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Metabolism

Clinical and Eqxrimental


VOL 38, NO 2 FEBRUARY 1989

In Memoriam:
Thaddeus S. Danowski, MD (1914-1987)

W ITH the passing of Thaddeus S. Danowski, MD, the and disorders of thyroid and adrenal function. With the help
medical community lost a great clinician, medical of a devoted team of nurses and collaborators, to whom he
scientist, and educator. He was born on September 6, 1914 in was known as Doctor D, he ran a tight ship, and his research
Wallington, NJ, the son of Polish parents. He obtained his operation was very well organized.
medical degree magna cum laude from Yale University Dr Danowski was a member of a great number of commit-
School of Medicine and served his internship and residency tees and belonged to numerous learned societies. He was a
at the New Haven Hospital. In 1947, Dean William S. valued associate editor of Metabolism from 1960 until his
McEllroy attracted Dr Danowski to Pittsburgh, where he death. He was proud of his Polish background, and it pleased
became the Renziehausen Professor of Research Medicine him tremendously when, in 1976, the Polish Academy of
and physician in charge of the Renziehausen Memorial Science elected him to membership. In the same year, the
Ward and Clinic at Childrens Hospital. He was appointed Krakow Academy of Medicine honored him with a medal
chief of the section of endocrinology and metabolism at Pitt commemorating the 600th year of the Faculty of Medicine.
Medical School in 1953. He spoke fluent Polish and visited Poland personally to
Following many years of service, Dr Danowski left the receive these honors. He even took a few days off for
University in 1973 to assume the directorship of the Depart- sightseeing, which most certainly was not his usual practice.
ment of Medicine and supervision of the residency program Dr Danowski was a well-informed and avid reader. In
at Shadyside Hospital. Both the University and Shadyside addition to the medical literature, he read the daily papers to
Hospital benefited greatly from his wise counseling, as he keep abreast of local as well as world news. The British
possessed a great ability to reduce complex problems to the publication “Punch,” of which he possessed a large collec-
essentials and to suggest practical solutions. Moreover, he tion, intrigued him since, as an Anglophile, British humor
was a smooth and highly skilled negotiator. was much to his liking.
Dr Danowski was a prolific writer; his papers are clear and Dr Danowski was very protective of his privacy, and he
to the point as evidenced by the many witty editorials he was a very difficult person to understand. He disliked parties,
communicated to the Bulletin of the Allegheny County and his only hobbies were hard work and fishing. I was
Medical Society. His phenomenal memory and remarkable privileged to join him on many fishing expeditions, and on
stamina for hard work characterized him a workaholic in the these occasions, his real self began to surface.
truest sense of the word. Fifteen monographs and some 600 Friends and colleagues will not readily forget Thaddeus S.
articles are his legacy to the medical literature. Early Danowski, MD.
research interests dealt with electrolyte and water balance.
His monograph with Elkinton, “The Body Fluids,” published
in 1955, was a classic at its time. Later, he turned to Klaus ffofmann PhD
endocrine problems, particularly diabetes mellitus, obesity, University of Pittsburgh

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