Dr. William Robert Jarrett was the newly appointed director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Park Hospital and son of Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Vernon Jarrett, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at 40 years old. He was diagnosed with Behcet's syndrome, a rare rheumatological condition only known in this country in the last 20 years, He was also a surgeon, was stricken as he returned from giving a lecture at Pontiac General Hospital in Michigan. He was pronounced dead at Michael Reese Hospital after efforts made enroute to the hospital failed to revive him. He was the son of Chicago Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett and Fernetta Jarrett. He was a graduate of Roosevelt University, after having attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his medical education at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He served his residency at Pontiac General Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, and was appointed chief resident at the hospital before coming to Chicago, Illinois. He was on the staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital and at Jackson Park Hospital, where two months before his death that he was appointed director of obstetrics and gynecology. He was involved in a project to bring health education and disease prevention to the black community through the Daniel Hale Williams Memorial Medical Society, named for the black surgeon who did the first operation on the human heart. He, along with his wife, Dr. Sherry Luck Jarrett, recently opened two medical offices, one at 79th and Stony Island and the other on the North Side. In 1992, the couple received a national award from Dollars & Cents magazine in recognition of their achievements. Other survivors of Dr. Jarrett include a son, Vernon C. Jarrett; a daughter by a previous marriage, Laura Allison Jarrett; a step-daughter, Khadija Holman, and a brother, Thomas S. Jarrett.
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