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Monday, June 8, 2009

“THE GIANT” OF ORGANIZED MEDICINE, CHARLES MAX COLE, MD, DIES

With sadness, I write to inform you that Charles Max Cole, MD, passed away on June 1, at the age of 95. He was the oldest living former TMA president. For many years, he was clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He led both the Dallas County Medical Society (1964) and TMA (1970) as president. TMA presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in 1984. And Dallas County Medical Society has attached Dr. Cole’s name to its own annual distinguished service award. Physicians from across the country have responded with a very consistent message. Here are a few examples.

  • “He was a giant — no, ‘the giant’ — in organized medicine from our community; a true leader, yet so very humble.”
  • “He was a wonderful man, a true gentleman, and the finest representative of medicine's best.”
Dr. Cole’s family has arranged a memorial service for Friday, June 12, at 11 am at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Rd., in Dallas. A private family funeral was held June 3.

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