Dr. George Race: Professor Emeritus, CME advocate

By Russell Rian

Dr. George J. Race, Professor Emeritus of Pathology and editor of several historical writings on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s first 50 years, died Dec. 17, 2013. He was 87.

Dr. Race, an alumnus (Class of 1947), served as UT Southwestern’s first Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and was a prolific author and editor. The historical perspective on UT Southwestern, Commemorating the First Half Century, is a limited edition, gold-foil, leather-bound book with more than 300 pages of original photographs chronicling the first 50 years of UT Southwestern that was a special project of Dr. Race.

In addition, he edited a collection of essays by many of the medical center’s founding physicians, Selected Recollections. He published 165 articles in peer-reviewed journals and was Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Medicine, a four-volume publication, through 13 revisions.

“Dr. Race was an exemplary campus citizen. He embraced the concept of continuing medical education and was dedicated to the development of that program for several decades,” said Dr. Willis Maddrey, Assistant to the President of UT Southwestern and Professor of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Race also served as President of the Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education and on the American Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education, which were instrumental in writing national CME guidelines.

He and his wife, Dr. Anne Race, Class of 1948 and a retired psychiatry faculty member, established three professorships: the Drs. George and Anne Race Distinguished Professorship of Pathology, held by Dr. Jose Torrealba, Associate Professor of Pathology; the Drs. Anne and George Race Professorship of Student Psychiatry, held by Dr. Preston Wiles Jr., Professor of Psychiatry; and the George and Anne Race Professorship in History.

Dr. Race was born in Everman on March 2, 1926, attended Texas Wesleyan College and Baylor University, after which he entered Southwestern Medical School, graduating at age 21. It was at the medical school where he met his wife of 61 years.

Dr. Race interned in pathology at Duke University and in general surgery at Boston City Hospital. He served in the Army during World War II, and later in the Air Force as a flight surgeon during the Korean War. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Race earned a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in 1953, and a Ph.D. in anatomy and microbiology at Baylor University in 1969.

He completed a pathology residency at Duke University, joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and served as Chief of Pathology at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. In 1955 he joined the UT Southwestern Pathology faculty, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. Concurrently he was named Chief of Pathology at Baylor University Medical Center in 1959. He was instrumental in starting Baylor’s A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Education and served as its first Dean, as well as Chairman of the Baylor Research Foundation from 1986 to 1989, during which he founded the journal BUMC Proceedings.

Director of UT Southwestern’s early cancer center, Dr. Race also served as Chairman of the Multiple Discipline Research Forum of the American Medical Association. He received an Award of Honor from the National Cancer Society, the Annual National Divisional Award from the American Cancer Society, and Baylor University’s Distinguished Achievement Award, among other honors.

Dr. Maddrey holds the Adelyn and Edmund M. Hoffman Distinguished Chair in Medical Science, and the Arnold N. and Carol S. Ablon Professorship in Biomedical Science.

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