George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, an icon in American surgery and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), passed away Sunday, June 16. Dr. Sheldon was the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. His family was with him at the time of his passing.
Dr. Sheldon's contributions to American and international surgery, academic surgery, and the American College of Surgeons, as well as his accomplishments in general, are legendary. He continued to work with the College\'s leadership and staff until even this last week, offering his services in a number of areas. His dedication to the ACS has been recognized through his appointment and election to serve on the Board of Regents as an ACS President, as well as his receipt of the second ACS Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
A more complete reflection on the life and work of Dr. Sheldon will appear in the September issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.