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M. RICHARD KOENIGSBERGER

KOENIGSBERGER--M. Richard, M.D. (1933-2013). Dr. M. Richard Koenigsberger, who was best known for his contributions to neuroscience and pediatrics, passed away this Sunday at home after battling with a chronic illness. Dr. Koenigsberger trained in neurology and child neurology at the NIH, the Centre des Rechersches Neonatales in Paris and at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He was a member of the faculty at Columbia University from 1968 to 1980 and 2000 to 2012. From 1980 to 1999, Dr. Koenigsberger served as Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UMDNJ. During his academic career he had a number of honors including the Ramon Cajal Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Iberoamerican Academy of Child Neurology (2000) and the Child Neurology Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). He was among the first to perform service as a Peace Corps volunteer physician, serving in Togo, West Africa. Dr. Koenigsberger was a very active and exceptionally effective teacher and mentor for individuals training in child neurology. Over more than four decades he cared for thousands of children. Colorful humor combined with professional rigor made him an unforgettable role model. His academic credentials were further represented by his appointment and service as an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Koenigsberger is survived by his wife, Dorcas; daughters Nicole and Martine Afi, and son, Michael. A memorial service is being planned for Friday, March 1st at 4:00pm at Columbia University Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memorial to Child Neurology Society (CNS) Attn: Roger Larsen, Executive Director, Child Neurology Society, 1000 West County Road E, Suite 290, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55126 or email: rblarson@childneurologysociety.org. Richard Mayeux, MD, MS Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry & Epidemiology Chair, Department of Neurology Columbia University Medical Center Lawrence Stanberry, MD, PhD Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics Columbia University Medical Center


Published in The New York Times on Feb. 21, 2013
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