Dr. Arnold Rawson, former Chair of the Department, Dies at Age 99
April 21, 2014
Dr. Arnold J. Rawson, emeritus professor of pathology and former chair in the Perelman School of Medicine, died at his home in Sarasota, Florida, on January 28, 2014 at age 99. Born in 1914, he received his BS degree from Harvard University and his MD degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1950 he left Philadelphia to accept a position as chief of laboratories at Norfolk General Hospital, but in 1957 he returned to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as assistant professor of pathology, being promoted to full professor in 1968, to pursue his twin passions of teaching and research. He was noted for teaching the required course in pathology to all students and for winning the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1972. He served as acting departmental chairman from 1979-1980 prior to his retirement in 1982 and was the author of about 100 scientific papers dealing chiefly with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Obituary in the Penn Almanac.