DR. CARL J. WIGGERS, Honorary Professor of Physiology of The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation, and known throughout the world as the “dean of cardiovascular physiologists,” passed away suddenly of coronary disease at his home on April 29, 1963.
His death brought to a close one of the most remarkably distinguished careers in American research and teaching. His basic contributions in physiology laid the foundation for many recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and have provided the groundwork for further advances by generations to come.
He was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 28, 1883, and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1906. During his active career, spanning more than 50 years, in addition to his many research achievements, he trained scores of students, at the University of Michigan, at Cornell University, and at Western Reserve University where he was Professor of Physiology from 1918 to 1953. He took special pride in the fact that so many of his students subsequently made their own important contributions in cardiovascular physiology, and that more than two dozen of them became professors or heads of departments during his lifetime.
Upon his retirement from Western Reserve University, he joined The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation as Honorary Professor of Physiology where he continued to teach in graduate and postgraduate courses, and to serve as research consultant; he continued to lecture throughout this country and abroad. Also in 1953, he was chosen as the first editor of a new . . .