Julian T. (Bill) Parer, MD, PhD: It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Julian T (Bill) Parer, MD, PhD, a leading academic in the field of perinatal biology and medicine and a member of the SRI for the past 40 years. Bill died while hiking on Mt. Tamalpais on August 3, 2016.
A native of Australia, Bill moved to the United States, where he received his PhD from Oregon State University in 1965 and an MD from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1971. After completing his OBGYN residency at the University of Southern California, Bill joined the faculty of the Department of OBGYN and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco in 1974 as a perinatologist and a researcher, reaching the rank of Professor in 1982. He also served as Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UCSF, and for 33 years directed the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at UCSF.
Bill’s research centered on fetal physiology, with a focus on fetal responses to asphyxia, oxygen transport in pregnancy, fetal heart rate monitoring, and diverse clinical topics related to high-risk pregnancies. His pursuits resulted in more than 230 manuscripts and book chapters. He also cared for thousands of high-risk pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, providing perinatal care and unique services such as intrauterine fetal transfusion and abdominal cerclage. Bill created and directed a continuing medical education course for 40 years on antepartum and intrapartum management, which attracted attendees from around the country. Bill was truly passionate about his clinical and scientific work, and served as a role model to many of us in the field and in our society who were fortunate to work with him or to be trained by him.
Lawrence D. Longo, MD: With deep sadness we share with you that Lawrence D. Longo, MD, passed away 5 January 2016.
Dr. Longo, a distinguished Professor of Physiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loma Linda University, was internationally recognized in the field of fetal and neonatal physiology as a pioneer investigator, mentor, teacher, missionary, innovator, medical historian, and ambassador of academic scholarship. Among his many significant accomplishments he authored more than 350 scientific papers, and edited or authored 20 books.
Graduating from Pacific Union College, and then the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University School of Medicine) in 1954, Dr. Longo had an illustrious career. Over the past five decades he compiled an impressive record in research and academic leadership. He established the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University into one of the world’s leading research groups in the field of developmental physiology, and served as its founding Director from 1973 to 2012. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies since 1964.
Dr. Longo was President of both the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (1982-1983) and the American Osler Society (2002-2003). In 1987, Dr. Longo prepared the original grant application for the Reproductive Scientist Development Program, which was first funded in 1988 by the National Institutes of Health. He served as Director and Co-Director until 2013.
His life was an extraordinary example of dedication and perseverance.