Wednesday, May 31, 2006

In Memoriam: Ronald Cranford

I'm sad to announce that a friend passed away today: Ronald Cranford, Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School; Senior Physician and Assistant Chief of Neurology, Hennepin County Medical Center; and Faculty Associate, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had the privilege of meeting Ronnie in Newport shortly after I had done the Gray vs. Romeo case in Rhode Island; we were both lecturing at the Newport Hospital Ethics Conference on Life's Final Days: Rights, Responsibilities, and Resources and we were introduced by our mutual friend, attorney Paul Armstrong, the New Jersey lawyer (now a superior court judge) who represented the families of Karen Ann Quinlan and Nancy Ellen Jobes. Intelligent, passionate in his beliefs, and not one to be intimidated by naysayers, he will be missed. May he rest in peace and in the arms of the angels.

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