GARRISON RAPMUND

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Garrison Rapmund, MD,  
MG U.S. Army (Ret.)  

Garrison Rapmund, 90 of Bethesda, MD, born August 11, 1927 in Buenos Aries, Argentina, passed away Sunday April 22, 2018 in his home.
Dr. Rapmund was raised in Ontario, Canada and graduated St. Andrews College preparatory school in 1945. He completed an AB degree from Harvard University in 1949 and received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1953. Dr. Rapmund interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York from 1953 to 1954 and was a pediatrics Resident at Babies Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, from 1954 to 1957 (Chief Resident, 1956 - 1957). In 1957 Dr. Rapmund was commissioned in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and advanced through the grades to Major General. Dr. Rapmund and Janet Campbell were married on May 10, 1957 in Ridgewood, NJ.
Dr. Rapmund's military career included assignments at the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia; the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR); the Office of the Chief of Research and Development, Headquarters, Department of the Army; the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command Headquarters (USAMRDC); and the Pentagon. Dr. Rapmund served as Deputy Director and Director of WRAIR from 1975 to 1979. For the last six years prior to his retirement from the Army in 1986 he held dual roles as Commander, USAMRDC and Assistant Surgeon General (R&D).
After retiring from the Army in 1986 Dr. Rapmund stayed active in the medical research field serving as Chief Scientist (Biomedical Operations) for Flow General, Inc. from 1987 to 1990. He was a Senior Fellow at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at the George Mason University, member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Board for the Utah State University Research Foundation. He also served as a scientific advisor at the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Energy.
Awards and decorations received by Dr. Rapmund include the Legion of Merit (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He also received the Joseph E. Smadel Medal from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 1983 for research on ricketsial diseases. Dr. Rapmund was a Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Fellow, member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and member (past president) of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Rapmund is preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Campbell) Rapmund. He is survived by his son, Neil B. Rapmund, daughter, Elizabeth C. Rapmund and grandchildren, Madeleine J. Rapmund, Mary E. Rapmund and Kenneth J. Rapmund.
Prayer service and interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Jackson Galaxy Project.

Published in The Washington Post on May 13, 2018
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