In Memoriam - Dr. Jerold Lucey
Dr. Jerold Lucey, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine, passed away on December 10, 2017. He served the Department of Pediatrics from 1956 until his retirement in 2010. Lewis First, M.D., Chair of the Department, relates that "during that time, his contributions to our Department, the College of Medicine, and the field of Neonatology were monumental and resulted in millions of preterm infants not just surviving but thriving."
Dr. Lucey founded the neonatal unit at what is now the University of Vermont Medical Center in the early 1960s. His research and cutting-edge medical discoveries include the use of phototherapy to treat infants with jaundice, transcutaneous oxygen monitoring in the United States, bovine surfactant trials, and more. Dr. Lucey established the Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network of NICUs, beginning with about 30 hospitals. Today, 1000 centers provide data and information to the network.
He was a mentor to generations of medical students and physicians, and will be profoundly missed. You may read his full obituary here. Our thoughts are with Dr. Lucey's family and friends.
A remembrance will be held in Spring 2018. Memorial contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to the UVM Foundation, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401, to support the Jerold F. Lucey, MD Visiting Professorship for Innovations in Neonatology at the University of Vermont. Gifts can be made at this page. If you wish to share your memories of Dr. Lucey, you may email our office at this address.