Stuart O. Bondurant
1929 - 2018
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Stuart O. Bondurant

September 9, 1929 - May 26, 2018

Chapel Hill

Stuart Bondurant, Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on May 26, 2018 following a brief illness.

Born into the historic Moravian community in Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. Bondurant was the son of Dorothy Siewers and Stuart Osborne Bondurant. After completing three years as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, he received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Duke University. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he served as President and Dean of Albany Medical College, Professor of Medicine and Dean of the Medical School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Interim Executive Vice President and Executive Dean of Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Bondurant was a pioneer in medical research and a leader in medical education. His early research focused on heart attack; during his service in the Air Force, he experimented with the human centrifuge to determine the limits of the heart's ability to endure stress. In 1966 when he became the Chief of the medical branch of the Artificial Heart-Myocardial Infarction Program of the National Heart Institute, the first organized research on heart attack was established.

Turning his primary attention to medical education, Dr. Bondurant became a leader in reorienting the research and clinical communities toward identifying and addressing the health needs of the patient and of the broader society. His influence in this updated approach to education has been felt throughout the country. Deeply committed to the importance of the best scientific research as an integral aspect of academic medicine and medical education, he also brought a new emphasis on ethics and compassion to the modern medical curriculum, thus producing generations of medical professionals whose professional service would reflect those values. He had the privilege of awarding nearly 3,000 M.D. degrees during his years serving as dean of three medical schools.

Dr. Bondurant's devotion to improving the health of the people of North Carolina was reflected in his co-founding of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and chairing for many years the North Carolina Governor's Commission on the Reduction of Infant Mortality. On a national level, he served as advisor to a variety of federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services including the NIH and the FDA, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Bondurant's achievements as a physician, scholar, and administrator have been recognized internationally. He served with distinction in the highest leadership positions of some of the country's most distinguished professional and scientific organizations. Among many honors, he received Honorary degrees from Indiana University and Georgetown University, the Distinguished Service Medal of the UNC General Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Duke University School of Medicine, the naming of Bondurant Hall at the School of Medicine of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the American Heart Association's Award of Merit and its Citation for Distinguished Service to Research, the Alfred Stengel Award from the American College of Physicians, and the David P. Rall Award from the National Academy of Medicine. In addition to his deanships, he served as President of the American College of Physicians, chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges, Acting President of the National Academy of Medicine, and President of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He was a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advance of Science.

Dr. Bondurant is survived by his wife, Susan H. Ehringhaus of Chapel Hill, NC, his children, Stuart F. Bondurant (Lisa) of Atlanta, GA, Margaret Lynn Bondurant (Gary Derr) of Danby, VT, and Nancy V. Bondurant (Mario Belloni) of Davidson, NC, and five grandchildren, William Bondurant, Elizabeth Bondurant, Benjamin Bondurant (Catherine), James Bondurant, and Emily Belloni. He is also survived by his sister, Ann B. Young of Winston Salem, NC, his brothers, Gordon E. Bondurant (Linda) of Charleston, SC and William L. Bondurant of Chapel Hill, NC, his sister-in-law, Josephine E. Ayers (Brandt) of Anniston, AL and their daughter Margaret, and his brother-in-law, J.C. Blucher Ehringhaus (Nancy), of Charlotte, NC, and their daughters Katherine Edelshain (Benjamin) and Julia.

Following a private service, the family will receive friends and colleagues on Saturday, June 2 at a time and place to be announced at www.walkers

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the UNC School of Medicine.

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Published in The News and Observer from May 27 to May 28, 2018.
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June 11, 2018
I was a senior resident in medicine at the then Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1958-59. There I met Stuart. We had a wonderful year together. I recognized him then as a wise, very kind and gentle physician. Since then our paths have crossed in many organizations to which he has regularly added luster.
I am deeply sorry that American medicine has lost Stuart. He is irreplaceable.
I offer my profound sympathy to Stuart's family, to the University of North Carolina and to American Medicine. Where Stuart sat was surely the head of the table.

David G. Nathan, MD.
President Emeritus Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Physician-Chief Emeritus Boston Children's Hospital
Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
June 6, 2018
Godspeed, Dr. Bondurant.

And please accept my sympathies, Ms. Ehringhaus.
Jason Kaus
June 5, 2018
His philosophy on education for all for the betterment of mankind lives on and is exponentially expanded through the comprehensive curriculum reform experienced by the thousands of students he touched, trained, encouraged, and influenced. I am a more thoughtful physician and a more compassionate administrator because of him.
George Perkins
June 1, 2018
"Dr. Bondurant was a cherished friend and a wise and empathic administrator He served with enthusiasm, compassion and integrity."
May 30, 2018
Dr. Bondurant was a wise counsellor and a warm friend. I mourn his passing.
Ernest Kraybill
May 29, 2018
My sympathy goes out to all the family. We had only brief conversations when Dr. Bondurant came into the Dean's Office. He struck me right away as quiet soft spoken, wise and very kind man. I instantly took a liking to him and I will miss his presence in our office. - Pat McKenzie
May 28, 2018
RIP Dr. Bondurant
Grace Chandler
May 28, 2018
Dean Bondurant was an exceptional mentor who provided incredible support during my early career at UNC and throughout it.

Many condolences to Susan and family.

Kay Lund
Kay Lund
May 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Jesus wept after the death of his friend Lazarus. John 11:35 We weep along with you. His example was written in the Bible to give us hope.
Rom. 15:4
May 27, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. At this difficult time please find comfort and peace in the 'God of all comfort'. Rv 21:3-5
May 27, 2018
Sending prayers and words of comfort. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Ms. Sowell
May 27, 2018
Dearest Susan,
Gwen and I send our condolences and love.
He was a wonderful dean and a great friend.
Aziz Sancar
May 27, 2018
Condolences to all, we've lost a wonderful scholar and gentleman, who made us all proud to be part of his medical community.
Janet Rubin
May 27, 2018
Gail and I were sorry to learn of Stuart's passing. He was a great friend and mentor and meant so much to so many

Mike Cohen and Gail Henderson
Myrin Cohen
May 27, 2018
Warm thoughts and condolences, Susan, at this time. Patricia & Paul Fullagar.
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