Ronald Baylis George, M.D.
Shreveport - Ronald Baylis George, M.D., passed away in the early morning of Monday, July 19, 2021, in Shreveport. He was 88 years old.
Dr. Ron George was Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport. He excelled in many areas in the field of medicine, including his skills as a physician of chest medicine, an outstanding teacher, a successful clinical investigator, an author, and an adroit administrator.
He was an outstanding clinician and was a nationally recognized leader in the field of pulmonary diseases. He had a special gift for diagnosing difficult lung disease cases and was constantly sought out by residents, staff, and physicians around the area for his help with patients. He was a visiting professor at many academic institutions throughout the country.
He was a great teacher winning several major teaching awards and trained over 75 fellows, many of whom are still in practice across the nation. He was always popular with students and really enjoyed the stimulation of young people—he always appeared to be surrounded by a group of students, residents, and fellows.
He was recruited from Tulane University to LSU in Shreveport in 1972 where he founded the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division and then served as Chief for many years. He was appointed Chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1992 and served in this capacity for several years.
He was one of an elite group of Master Fellows; he was President of the American College of Chest Physicians and the recipient of the American College of Physicians Laureate, Louisiana Chapter, in 1997.
He was a prolific writer, authoring over 200 manuscripts, books, and book chapters, including one of the most successful pulmonary textbooks of all times, Chest Medicine, now in its 5th edition. He had special expertise and conducted clinical studies involving fungal diseases of the lung, tuberculosis, COPD, smoking cessation, and asthma.
Every year, one of the most prominent, nationally known pulmonary & critical care physicians is invited to LSU to speak at Grand Rounds and a dinner is held in his or her honor. Dr. George founded the event in 1987 to honor George Meneely, one of the founders of LSU Medical School in Shreveport, and it has been an annual tradition ever since. The event was renamed several years later to the Meneely/George lectureship to honor Dr. George as well.
Dr. George earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He also served in the United States Air Force in Misawa, Japan.
Ron George was an avid reader and crossword puzzler. He collected pottery and enjoyed cooking and creating new recipes. He had the opportunity to travel all over the world sharing his expertise in pulmonology at medical conferences.
He is survived by his sister Joan George Kane, niece Kathy Kane, nephews Bryan (Suellen) and George Kane, and great-nephews Michael (Megan) and Chris (Daisy) Kane. He is preceded in death by his parents Theo Virginia Baylis George and Ronald Lee George. The family also wishes to recognize Dick Jamison, one of Ron's best friends for 50 years.
Funeral services were private; a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Ron's life will be scheduled at a future date.
Should anyone wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests a contribution to a scholarship fund established in his honor would be most meaningful: Dr. Ronald George Scholarship Fund, LSU Health Sciences Foundation, 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 506, Shreveport, LA, 71106, or online at www.lsuhsfoundation.org/wcsc
Published by Shreveport Times from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2021.