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William Bailey Barnes (1232-1218-3211)

William Bailey Barnes 75, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away on June 14, 2002, at his home after a lengthy illness. William was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 24, 1926, the son of Lenore Almy (Enslen) and Howard A. Barnes. He married Mary Ruth Sullivan in Plattville, Wisconsin, on September 27, 1947. They had three children: Deborah, Pamela, and Randall.

Thomas P. Almy (1233-4657-11)

Dr. Thomas P. Almy, age 87, died at Kendal at Hanover, New Hampshire, Sunday, May 5 after a long illness.

Dr. Almy was born January 10, 1915 in New York City, the only child of Don Robinson Almy, a distinguished lawyer, and Marie Pattison Almy. He spent his early years in New York, graduating from the Collegiate School at age 16. He was a member of the class of 1935 at Cornell University and of 1939 at the Cornell University Medical College. He served as intern and resident at the New York Hospital, and as Chief Resident of its Medical Service in 1942. Owing to a back injury he was ineligible for military service but was trained by the Army as a teacher and consultant in tropical medicine, duties he performed at the New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center throughout the war years. His primary interest had been in Endocrinology, but due to the exigencies of wartime he was asked to serve as director of the Gastroenterological Clinic. Over a decade he developed the clinic into one of the finest departments of Gastroenterology in the country, attracting to it several of the future leaders in the field. He was a pioneer in clinical research on functional bowel disorders, elucidation of mind-body relationships, and the effects of stress on illness. He received many honors for this work, and in 1963 was elected President of the American Gastroenterological Association. He was active in Washington working for the support of medical research, and was for 25 years a member of various peer review panels and advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health.

His greatest gifts were as a teacher, and his greatest pride was in the accomplishments of the young physicians he trained, many of whom now occupy leadership positions in American academic medicine. They represent a loyal and devoted group whose friendship meant much to him in his retirement years. In 1954 he was appointed Director of the Cornell Medical Division at Bellevue Hospital, where much of the clinical instruction of the Medical College then took place. There he developed a first-rate training and research unit, linked also to a Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in a shared residency training program. He trained over 100 physicians from Latin America in North-American clinical methods, under a fellowship program of the Kellogg Foundation. Nearly all returned to leadership positions in their native lands.

In 1967 New York City ended the policy of dividing Bellevue Hospital into divisions each separately affiliated with Cornell, Columbia, or New York University. When the Cornell Medical Division ceased to exist Dr. Almy accepted the position of Nathan Smith Professor of Medicine and Chief of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He was attracted by its plans for expanding the School from its two-year basic science program to a complete M.D. curriculum. He had long loved northern New England, coming with his family every year to hike in the White Mountains and enjoy the countryside.

After moving to Dartmouth, Dr. Almy worked with many others to build up the academic and research capabilities of the clinical departments at the Medical School, to design the clinical curriculum, and to adapt it to the needs of primary care and geriatric medicine. He sought through joint effort by the school and the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the home-care agencies, and other local resources for the care of the chronically ill, to lay the groundwork for the development of the Medical Center as we know it today. Since his retirement in 1985 a continuing interest has been the development in the Upper Valley of resources for the care of the elderly, particularly in the area of home care. After 1968 he served as consultant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and took pride in the work of its staff. From 1982-85 he worked there full time in the post of Distinguished Physician, taking part in a national VA program.

For several years he co-directed with Dr. Hale Ham a program for 250 Dartmouth undergraduate students, placing them during leave terms in health-related service positions in the U.S. and around the world, in order to assist them in making sound career choices.

While at Dartmouth, following his term as Chairman of the Department of Medicine, he served 10 years as Third Century Professor of Medicine, and in 1981 was appointed a Professor of Community and Family Medicine, a position he held Emeritus after 1985. He authored many scientific papers, and was a member of many scientific societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. A Master of the American College of Physicians, he served it as a Regent and a member of its Committee on Health and Public Policy. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1990.

After moving to Kendal, he helped to initiate ILEAD, teaching the introductory course, and to set up the Residents' Health Services Committee, the health lecture series now named after him, and numerous health initiatives.

Dr. Almy was a lover of the outdoors. His hobbies were hiking in the mountains, canoeing, gardening in summer, and snorkeling over the reefs in the Caribbean each winter. His wife of 59 years shared his interests as did his children.

He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Anne S. Almy, in 1997. He leaves his wife, Katharine Swift Almy, who is also a physician; two daughters, Susan W. Almy of Lebanon N.H., and Christine A. Bachrach of Columbia, Maryland; and two grandsons, Peter and Thomas Bachrach.


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