Richardson, Mark Andrew 66 Sept. 22, 1949 Sept. 02, 2016 Mark Andrew Richardson, M.D., whose distinguished career in academic medicine spanned four decades, died Sept. 2, 2016, in Portland, with his family at his side. He was 66. Dr. Richardson was dean of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and a national leader in academic medicine. He was a devoted, loving and adored husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, and a loyal friend and colleague. His engaging personality, easy laugh, warmth, wit and curiosity lifted all that met him. He was married for forty years to Ellen Myers Richardson and together, they raised two daughters, Caroline and Abigail. Dr. Richardson's life and legacy are far-reaching, and his commitment to and passion for the medical profession will reverberate for generations. He was internationally recognized as a brilliant clinician and surgeon and found immense joy in helping care for thousands of children and their families as a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Richardson earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1975. He completed his surgical internship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his otolaryngology/head and neck residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his pediatric fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. After his training, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1993, he was appointed vice-chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in Seattle. In 1995, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he was deputy director of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. While at Hopkins, he earned both his Master of Science in Business degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. In 2001, he was recruited to OHSU to serve as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Under his leadership, the department moved to a top-five ranking in research grants received from the National Institutes of Health. He was named interim dean of the medical school in 2006 and dean a year later, a role in which he served until his death. Dr. Richardson received numerous awards recognizing excellence throughout his career, was a member of the Blue Ridge Academic Health Group and Past-President of the American Board of Otolaryngology. "Mark was a devoted clinician, an inspiring and accomplished leader, a warm, caring and engaging person and a dear, dear friend," said Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., president of OHSU. "The intensity of this loss is felt not only because of Mark's leadership, but because of his genuine interest in, knowledge of and concern for every enterprise of the school and the students, faculty and staff at all levels." With family, friends and colleagues, Dr. Richardson enthusiastically shared his love of the outdoors, travel and sports. He loved boating, golf, and his favorite place to be was with his family and beloved dog on Decatur Island in the San Juan Islands. He was an insatiable reader and enjoyed discussing books, articles, films, new business ideas and more, often over a bottle of wine. Though he indelibly shaped the future of health care, Dr. Richardson's work was not yet done and the world of medicine has lost a true champion. Accolades, remembrances and condolences are pouring in from across the university he so loved, the state of Oregon, which he tirelessly served, the nation and globe. He will be deeply missed by so many, but by none more so than his loving family. Dr. Richardson is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Abigail Maletis and Caroline Weiner; their husbands Bryan and Josh; four grandsons; brother, Peter B. Richardson and his wife Chris; and his mother, Min Richardson. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Mark A. Richardson Deanship Endowment. Contributions can be directed to the OHSU Foundation at 1121 SW Salmon St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205 or by going to http://bit.ly/mark-richardson A service will be held in Dr. Richardson's memory at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 on the OHSU campus in the Old Library auditorium.
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