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Jerold Lucey

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Lucey, Jerold
March 26, 1926 - December 12, 2017
Jerold Francis Lucey, MD passed away in Sarasota, Florida on December 10, 2017 after a long and fruitful life. Jerry's life work as a doctor, teacher, researcher, editor and visionary was on behalf of the smallest and most vulnerable of babies. He felt lucky that he never needed a job because he was paid to do what he enjoyed. Beyond his work, he truly loved his wife of 45 years, Ingela; his children; chocolate chip cookies; basketball, from Larry Bird and the Celtics to Tom Brennan and the UVM Catamounts; reading the Sunday New York Times and the view from his home on Lake Champlain.
He will be missed by all who worked with him or benefited from his care but most especially by his wife, Ingela, his four children: Colleen Lucey Montgomery (and Douglas), Cathy Lucey (and Stephen Peisch), David Lucey; and Patrick Lucey (and Emily Schneider) , four grandchildren ,three great grandchildren and very special friends Buzz and Donna Land.
Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1926, Jerry grew up in Northampton. He served in the US Navy, graduated from Dartmouth College and NYU Medical School and spent his entire working career at the UVM College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center, where he was the Harry Wallace Professor of Neonatology. In 2008 he had a professorship of neonatology named in his honor as well. Jerry also served for a record 35 years as the editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatrics, the most widely read pediatric journal, nationally and internationally. In addition, Jerry was a senior member of the Institute of Medicine.
During his long and illustrious career, Jerry earned just about every honor and award possible in the fields of Pediatrics and Neonatology, including the Humboldt Senior American Scientist Prize, the Ronald McDonald Charities Research Award, the Apgar Award in Neonatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Alfred I. DuPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care. In 2009, he was the recipient of the John Howland Award from the American Pediatric Society, the highest award given to an academic pediatrician in this country who exemplifies the highest qualities of scholarship and advocacy on behalf of children.
His contributions were monumental and resulted in millions of preterm infants not just surviving but thriving. Ask any nurse or parent of a premature baby about the lights that treat jaundice or the transcutaneous oxygen monitoring that helps avoid blindness or the surfactant that helps tiny lungs expand and they will tell you how grateful they are for the work that Jerry shared with the world. His vision to see the importance of collaborating with other neonatal intensive care units led to his founding the Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network which is now composed of over a thousand neonatal intensive care units in this country and around the world and has been responsible for landmark improvements in the overall quality of care to premature infants.
A remembrance will be held in Spring 2018. Memorial contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to the UVM Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401, to support the Jerold F. Lucey, MD Visiting Professorship for Innovations in Neonatology at the University of Vermont.
Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2017
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