ACOG Mourns the Passing of Former President and Founding Fellow, Brooks Ranney, M.D.

January 3, 2017

Washington, DC -- Hal C. Lawrence III, M.D., Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement regarding the death of Brooks Ranney, M.D.:

"The ACOG family is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Brooks Ranney, a devoted doctor and scientist who dedicated his life to advancing women’s health care. Dr. Ranney served as president of ACOG from 1982-83. He is remembered for significant contributions to the field of obstetrics and gynecology, including as a founding member of ACOG. Over a career spanning 50 years, he published 75 papers based on results of clinical trials. Many of these papers were life changing for women and babies, including his research in surgical treatment for endometriosis to decrease infertility among patients with endometriosis, and development of the standard procedure for turning breech babies in the womb to ensure a safe birth. As a faculty member at University of South Dakota’s School of Medicine, and a leader at ACOG, he is also remembered for his emphasis not just on the fundamentals of clinical care, but also the necessity for doctors to treat patients with kindness and empathy.

Dr. Ranney graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1939, but before finishing his residency, volunteered his medical knowledge and skills as an enlisted medical officer in the United States Army during World War II. Following the war, Dr. Ranney completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and in 1948 joined the Yankton Clinic in South Dakota. In addition to his work at the clinic, Dr. Ranney taught at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, eventually becoming Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There, he established the school’s first obstetrics and gynecology residency training program.

Dr. Ranney is survived by his wife, Viona, and three children Robert (Pat) Ranney, Dr. David Ranney and Carol Ranney Hesla, one granddaughter, and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service for Dr. Ranney was held on December 28. Memorials may be made to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 or to the United Church of Christ for restoration of the historic windows, 218 W. 5th Street, Yankton, SD 57078. Please see his obituary for more details."



The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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