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Memoir

Charles G. Child III
Regent's Proceedings

SEPTEMBER MEETING, 1978 Regents Proceedings

Charles Gardner Child III, M.D., Professor of Surgery, C. G. Child, III retired from active faculty status on June 30, 1978, after a most productive Retirement career in teaching, research, patient care and administration.

Dr. Child was born February 1, 1908, in New York City. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and received his A.B. degree in 1930. He earned his M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York in 1934 and served his internship, assistant residency, and residency at the New York Hospital in New York City from 1936 through 1942. His academic appointments began with the title of Instructor at Cornell University Medical College, and he progressed through the ranks to Associate Professor by 1947. In 1953 he accepted the appointment of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. There he remained until he came to Michigan in 1959.

Dr. Child was Chairman of the Department of Surgery, The University of Michigan, from 1959 until a period just prior to his retirement. At Michigan he was the project director of a 13-year-long, federally sponsored research grant in support of his work on portal hypertension. He is recognized as a world authority on portal hypertension and produced three books on the subject: Hepatic Circulation and Portal Hypertension (1954); The Liver and Portal Hypertension (1964); and Portal Hypertension as Seen by Seventeen Authorities (1974). He has written more than 140 articles and chapters in books on a variety of surgical subjects.

From 1960 to 1966 he was Editor of The Journal of Surgical Research. During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Child maintained membership in over 30 professional societies. He was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1948 and was a charter member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Admissions, the Society of Clinical Surgery (1968-69); Chairman of the Policy Committee of the National Research Council's Study of Differences in Postoperative Mortality (1970); Chairman of the subcommittee on the Quality of Surgical Care of the American Surgical Association and American College of Surgeons (1970); and Chairman of the American Board of Surgery (1964-65).

In 1972 Dr. Child was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at The University of Michigan. He received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Cornell University in 1974. The Regents now salute this distinguished physician and health educator for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Surgery.