Dr. T. James Waters died on Friday, August 9, 2013 of bone disease at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 80.
He was born in Auburn, NY and attended St. Alphonsus grade school and Holy Family High School. He was Chief Columbian Squire and an Eagle Scout.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his internship, medical residency, cardiology fellowship and chief medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Upon completing his specialty training, he joined the Faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology during which time he founded the Coronary Care Unit, directed it, and was named a Teaching Scholar by the American Heart Association. He invented the Cardiac Palpator System, portable radiology table and a cardiac radiology teaching system. He also published several papers based on clinical discoveries along with his faculty colleagues.
He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He held Fellowships in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians and the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association.
He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Miller, five children and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be private.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2013