DR. GORAN ENHORNING 88, of Vero Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 after a long and wonderful life. He was born March 18, 1924 in Birkdale, England and moved to Vero Beach in 2004, coming from Buffalo, NY, by way of Toronto, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden, where he grew up. Dr. Enhorning was a graduate of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, where he received his doctorate in 1961 and shortly thereafter was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent three years doing pulmonary research in Utah and California. In 1971 he moved with his family to Canada and joined the faculty at the University of Toronto and from 1986 he continued his research as a Professor of Medicine with the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Enhorning was a pioneer and instrumental in developing a surfactant treatment for premature infants with breathing difficulties, called Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome (IRDS). These products are now widely used and have been available for more than twenty years, saving the lives of millions of children all over the world. By 1998 he focused his attention on asthma, being convinced that this disease was also surfactant-related and that a cure must be found. Unfortunately, this work was not completed. Dr. Enhorning served at the Swedish Red Cross Hospital of Korea in 1952 and 1954, for which he was awarded the Syngman Rhee medal and the WWII Medal of Freedom. Dr. Enhorning and his wife were the owners of the Surf and Sand Oceanfront Resort, Vero Beach, from 1991 - 2002. He is survived by his wife, Louise; three sons, Ulf of Sweden, Dag (Diane) and Peder (Stacey), both of Toronto; daughter, Marianne (Chris) of Comox, British Columbia and six grandchildren. Services will be held in Canada and Sweden at a later date. Contributions in his name may be made to the Dr. Goran Enhorning Foundation for Pulmonary Research (www.easydonate.com/ enhorningfoundation) which has been created to further research of various respiratory illnesses, with a special focus on asthma.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 16, 2013