Chris had been with the Spondylitis Association of America since 2004 – having first joined us as our Web Specialist – and whether you knew him or not, if you’ve been at all involved with SAA and our services, you’ve been impacted by his work. He was closely involved in numerous aspects of our programs, and served as our Programs Director from 2011 to 2015, after which –having moved to Missouri – he remained involved with SAA as an independent contractor. From our website to our seminars, our news items and the eSUN e-newsletter, our news magazine, Spondylitis Plus, everywhere we look today we see Chris’ substantial contributions and the rich legacy he’s left behind.
We remember the life and achievements of this talented, creative, kind, and caring man.
The deeply loved and talented Michael Tracy Smith - tireless spondylitis advocate, friend to thousands, leading voice and constant presence in the spondylitis community, and writer of haikus (among many, many other things) - passed away on December 6th, 2016, at the age of 65, after having suffered a fall and a heart attack. With his 66th birthday one day away, he passed in the hospital, surrounded by loved ones. We would like to remember the life and many achievements of our dear friend, and offer our deepest condolences to his family and his many loving friends.
“Don’t feel discouraged
when your back’s against the wall…
you’ve found some support.” ~Michael Smith”
Dr. Prete was perhaps one of the most active and knowledgeable rheumatologists of her time. In addition to being granted numerous awards for her research on rheumatic diseases, she was also a chief of aerospace medicine in the United States Air Force Reserves, earning the rank of colonel before retiring and being awarded four meritorious service medals and two national defense medals. As a director or a Rheumatology fellowship program, she was also a great teacher and mentor and was recognized as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology for her outstanding service to her patients, students and profession.
But above all, Dr. Prete was a kind and compassionate individual. Her dedication to her work was evident in the selfless care she provided for all of her patients and reflected in the many individuals who have shared their memories of Dr. Prete.
Dr. Terasaki’s work revolutionized the field of organ transplantation. His research findings and protocols for assessing the compatibility of organ donors and recipients have become the international standard for genetically matching donors and recipients. His work has greatly increased the success rates of organ transplants, saving countless lives. Besides being one of the most important transplantation scientists, and establishing the largest transplantation registry of his time, Dr. Terasaki was responsible for discovering the linkage between HLA-B27 and ankylosing spondylitis in the U.S. in 1971.
We remember the life and achievements of Dr. Terasaki, whose work and generous spirit touched and saved many lives.
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