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Dr Robert W. “Bob” Prichard

Death 1995
North Carolina, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
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Dr. Robert W. Prichard, widely known as a medical historian, leader in the training of pathologists and humorist, died Sunday (at the N.C. Baptist/Bowman Gray Medical Center. He was 71.).

Dr. Prichard was one of the nation's pioneers in understanding hardening of the arteries and one of the most honored teachers at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

Prichard had been chairman of the Department of Pathology at Bowman Gray since 1973, the longest of any current chairperson, and Director of Laboratories of the Medical Center since 1957.Prichard was also widely known as a medical historian, as a national leader in the training of pathologists, and as a man who always had another funny story up his sleeve. He taught the history of medicine as well as pathology to generations of medical students. And eight times, he was honored by them for his teaching excellence.

In 1959, Prichard, Dr. Thomas B. Clarkson, and several Bowman Gray colleagues published ``Atherosclerosis in pigeons: its spontaneous occurrence and resemblance to human atherosclerosis' - one of the first indications that animals, like people, could get hardening of the arteries.

Prichard found the susceptible pigeon - called the White Carneau - on a farm in South Carolina that supplied the bird as a delicacy to the New York market. The collaboration between Clarkson, now chairman of the Department of Comparative Medicine, and Prichard demonstrated the importance of nutrition in contributing to hardening of the arteries - especially of dietary fat and cholesterol.

By the mid-1960s, the research team was showing that monkeys, too, got hardening of the arteries if they ate the high-fat, high-cholesterol diet favored by many Americans. Today the research team has grown to a major element of Bowman Gray research.

For 11 years, Prichard was editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal, where he presided with humor and whimsy. The titles of some of his editorials hint at his renowned humor: ``Going to hell with a cocktail pump,' ``A striking thing happened on the way to the morgue,' and ``Some medical effects of tight pants.'

``He was a colleague of endless energy, enthusiasm and good cheer,' said Clarkson, his longtime collaborator. ``Bob brought to our scientific endeavors a deep sense of history, a broad understanding of both human and animal diseases and special insights about research directions most likely to improve human health.'

The funeral will be private. A memorial service will be held at Bowman Gray at a later date. Memorials may be made to the R.W. Prichard History of Medicine Fund at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, in care of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

He is survived by his wife, Hellen Prichard of Winston-Salem; one daughter, Dr. Claudia Shepard of Winston-Salem; one son, Robert W. Prichard Jr. of Charlotte; and six grandchildren.

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