In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of PRIM&R’s founders and longtime board presidents (1979-2001) Sanford Chodosh, MD, who died peacefully, surrounded by his large and loving family, on August 30, 2010.
Sanford Chodosh, a clinical investigator for more than 40 years, retired from the Boston University School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor and from the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was Chief of Staff for 14 years and Chief of Pulmonary. Dr. Chodosh authored or coauthored more than 73 articles, 38 abstracts, and 40 chapters in books and monographs. He was involved in a number of hospital and organization activities and received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Chodosh served as the IRB chair at the Boston City Hospital from 1971-1984. Through the time of his passing, he continued to be deeply involved with the protection of human and animal subjects in research as a founder of PRIM&R. In 2005, he received PRIM&R’s Founders’ Award in recognition of his long service to the organization.Dr. Chodosh looked to PRIM&R as his “second family” and provided the organization with vital leadership from its earliest beginnings. He was a positive example to all of PRIM&R, having lived each day with courage, strength, wisdom and dignity.Joan Rachlin, PRIM&R’s executive director, knew Dr. Chodosh for more than 35 years, and extended her sympathy to his wife, Harriet, and his children and grandchildren. She noted that Dr. Chodosh will be sorely missed by his many friends, colleagues, and loved ones in his PRIM&R family, in the community of pulmonologists of which he was a respected researcher/clinician, and among the many devoted stamp collectors who shared another of his passions. Ms. Rachlin noted that “Sandy was PRIM&R’s most visible and venerable leader for over two decades, and that leadership is part of his lasting legacy. His memory will always be a blessing.”Read more about Dr. Chodosh’s reflections of 25 years with PRIM&R, which was written in 1999. Please add your reminiscences and/or condolences the comments section below. PRIM&R will make sure to share them with Dr. Chodosh’s family.