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H. E. Griswold ’39

Herbert E. Griswold ’39, August 25, 2002, in Portland. After graduating from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Herbert attended the University of Oregon Medical School, receiving an MD in 1943. He married Norma Walker in the same year, and they raised three children. Herbert completed internship and residency programs at French Hospital in San Francisco, then served in the army, and in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1949 he was appointed assistant professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School and became head of the cardiology division in 1955, retiring from that position in 1983. During his career at the university he established the division of cardiology, created the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Oregon, secured and worked on key research grants for the institution, and was instrumental in the establishment of the intensive care unit at OHSU. He was an early proponent of the cardiac benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and in 1960 he was a partner with Dr. Albert Starr in the first successful heart valve replacement surgery. He is survived by his wife, his son and daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2003

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