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ACOG Mourns the Passing of Warren H. Pearse, MD

Washington, DC—Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement regarding the passing of Warren H. Pearse, MD, former ACOG Executive Director:


"The ACOG family is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Warren H. Pearse, MD. As the Executive Director of ACOG for 18 years his contributions to our organization, the profession of ob-gyn and the women we serve were countless. He engineered and executed ACOG’s move to the Capitol in 1981 after determining that the organization needed to be closer to health care policy makers in Washington, DC. Dr. Pearse was instrumental in procuring the land and oversaw the building of the headquarters. When he retired in 1993, the ACOG headquarters building was named the Warren H. Pearse Building in his honor. Prior to his position with ACOG, while he was Captain in the United States Army, in private practice, with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Dean of the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, his achievements in education, clinical research and administration were extraordinary. Dr. Pearse was an author of more than 57 published scientific papers and an honorary member and leader of numerous obstetrical and gynecological societies. Our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Dr. Pearse’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him."

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 57,000 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.