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Alfred A. de Lorimier, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, died at home of lung cancer on October 4, 2009. He grew up in San Francisco, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and then earned his M.D. degree at UCSF. During his general surgical training at UCSF he recognized the need for substantial improvement in the care of infants and children. Dr. de Lorimier went to Ohio State University for two additional years of training in the nascent specialty of pediatric surgery. He returned to UCSF where he was appointed to the surgical faculty, and where he established the Department of Pediatric Surgery. He was elected Secretary and then Chairman of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1977-1983. Dr. de Lorimier served on the American Board of Surgery from 1983 to 1990. In 1972 he and a like-minded group of other young surgeons founded the American Pediatric Surgical Association, of which he served as president in 1992, and as Associate Editor of its Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. de Lorimier and his colleagues pioneered numerous advances in the treatment of developmental abnormalities and tumors in infants and children. Dr. de Lorimier most enjoyed the privilege of being able to help thousands of infants and children under his care. His bibliography consists of over 130 publications and 26 book chapters covering a wide range of medical topics he had encountered over the years in caring for his patients. With his wife Sandy, Dr. de Lorimier developed a parallel career as a grape grower in Sonoma County in the early 1970's. In 1985 they established the de Lorimier Winery and operated it until its sale in 2005. Their wines earned numerous top awards in tasting competitions. A favorite pastime of Dr. de Lorimier's was sailboat racing on San Francisco Bay. Dr. de Lorimier is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandra; three children, Robert, Sally and Nancy; 2 grandsons, Hector and Adam; and two brothers, Jacques and Charles. His sister, Jeanette, predeceased him. Dr. de Lorimier was concerned about the status of the health care profession in the US, particularly as reflected in a decline in applications for medical school and in the training of primary care physicians. Oftentimes he was asked whether anyone should pursue a career in medicine today. He was emphatic that few in any other field of endeavor can beat what physicians can do by advancing achievements in science and applying that knowledge to the art and craft of medicine in the care of their patients. Dr. de Lorimier was also concerned with diminishing government support of education and research. To that end he established the Alfred A. de Lorimier, M.D. Endowed Chair of General Surgery at UCSF to help support surgeon teachers and investigators in their work. Those who desire to make a donation to the endowment in Dr. de Lorimier's memory may contribute to: UCSF Foundation - Alfred A. de Lorimier Endowed Chair, 220 Montgomery St., 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104. A gathering in Dr. de Lorimier's memory will be held in the near future. Details may be obtained at the following internet website: www.aadelmemorial.info. Arrangements by: Fred Young F. H. Cloverdale, Ca 707-894-2540
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 8, 2009
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