In Memoriam Personal News Michael Joseph Pickering, MD, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends October 28, 2017. He embraced his life with strength of character and purpose. Dr. Pickering exchanged his Eagle Scout uniform for that of a Navy Corpsman in The Korean War, ultimate-ly achieving rank of Lt. Commander. It was in the military that his passion for medicine and healing began, graduat-ing first in his class at The University of Florida Medical School. He concluded his military service as a decorated flight surgeon. Upon completing his naval service he returned to his alma ma-ter as a professor, and is a member of the esteemed University of Florida Hall of Fame. Even upon his retirement, when asked about his 48 years of practicing medicine, he remarked simply and unabashedly, “Going to work every day was like going to a candy store.” He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Micky; daughter, Pri-cilla (Kim) Pickering Backus; grandchildren, Courtney (Hunter) Norton, Jacquelyn (Brian) Harrison, Kelsey Backus; and great-grandchildren, Lawson, Holt, and Harper. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Associa-tion or Lifepath Hospice. Circa: 1974 HCMA BULLETIN, Vol 63, No. 4 – November/December 2017 31 Prestigious Acknowledgement Lynn Ringenberg, MD, the immedi-ate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)/National and board member of PSR/Florida, has informed us that PSR received a pretty large slice of the Nobel Peace Prize that ICAN (Interna-tional Campaign for the Abolition of Nu-clear Weapons) received a few weeks ago. PSR and their sister organization in Europe-IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) started ICAN in 2007. It’s a hugely successful group of several hundred NGOs and others... largely young people who don’t want nuclear weapons on “their” planet. Also of note – Dr. Ringenberg served as the guest editor for the Sept/Oct issue of The Bulletin which is prominently featured on the PSR website’s home page! Check it out: www.psr.org New FAPM President... Dr. Stanley Dennison, Jr. is the newly elected President of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine. He was elected at the 17th annual FAPM sci-entific meeting. Dr. Dennison gradu-ated from the University Central Del Este, San Pedro De Macoris, Domini-can Republic. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Man-agement. He served his internship at Wayne State University in Detroit and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital in Toledo. Dr. Dennison completed a Fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He has 30 years’ experience in pain medicine and anesthesiology where he practices in Tampa. In Memoriam Harold L. Williamson, MD, passed away October 31, 2017. Dr. William-son, an orthopaedic surgeon, served as HCMA President in 1974. He retired in 1995. Kathryn Elizabeth Wilson Wil-liamson, Dr. Williamson’s wife, passed away October 3, 2017. Dr. and Mrs. Williamson (married 68 years) are survived by five children, Kay (husband Paul) Saari of Lakeland, Alan (wife Barbara) Williamson of Clermont, Judy (husband Richard) Maugeri of Clearwater, Bryan of Santa Fe New Mexico, and Glenn (husband Kurt Birusingh) of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
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