In lieu of our usual President’s message, we offer this moving remembrance of Dr. John Murray by Dr. Philip Gold. In part story of mentor and mentee, it is also a history of CTS and pulmonary and critical care medicine told through the perspective of two former society presidents.
On March 17, 2020, we began our first emergent CTS email in- forming our members that amid the confusion and unique chal- lenges of COVID-19, we would lead the charge in being a light of guidance and responsible hope for our community and respiratory healthcare providers.
This past week, CTS and the entire medical community were sad- dened to hear about the loss of our dear friend John F. Murray at the age of 93. Dr. Murray dedicated his life to advancing pulmonary medicine and providing hope to those suffering from respiratory dis- eases. To the world, he will be remembered as a giant in the field of pulmonology, but many in CTS will remember him as a master educator, mentor, personal friend and visionary past CTS president (1974).
The words of the 16th president of the United States could not be ever more applicable today as it was back then when he led a turbulent nation through the American Civil War. Presently we too, as a nation are experi- encing troubling times. We are bombarded with frequent reminders on how a novel virus has been able to not only afflict illness and death but change the daily life of Americans and halt the world's most influential economy.
While preparing for this month’s president’s message, I couldn’t help but grin and strained hard to find my old friend called disambiguation. I take comfort in making myself believe that I am not alone and that others also struggle to effectively turn neuro signal propagations into an understandable set of letters that has a graspable message.