The Executive Desk: A loss to ACOG and our specialty

Dr. Hal C. Lawrence IIIHal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President

In May, ACOG suffered a terrible loss as our vice president for education, Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD, passed away after a brief illness, just as he was looking forward to retirement. Sterling led The College’s Education Division and directed the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) since 2001. He was dedicated to ACOG and our ob-gyn profession, serving it superbly for many years.

I encourage you to join us in paying tribute by getting to know Sterling through the article “Remembering Dr. Sterling Williams.” As you will see, he was passionate about ob-gyn education and was a strong believer in—and stood as an example of—professionalism and ethics. To honor him, ACOG has created The Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD Lecture, which will be housed within CREOG.

Also in this issue of ACOG Today, you’ll meet colleagues ready to serve ACOG at the national level. I encourage you to review the national officer candidate bios. Discuss their qualifications at your annual district meetings this fall and let your district representative on the Committee on Nominations know who you think would make an outstanding national officer. The committee will select a slate of candidates in November for ACOG Fellows to vote on during the 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting, April 26–30, in Chicago.


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