Peachy R. Gilmer, Jr., MD (1987)
Peachy Ridgway “Ridg” Gilmer, Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 26, 1932. His father, P.R. Gilmer, Sr., was a chest surgeon and pulmonary specialist who practiced in Shreveport. His mother, Julia Morrow Church Gilmer, was from McKinney, Texas.
Dr. Gilmer married Irma Marie Kenney in 1955 in New Orleans. They had five children, William Somerville in 1956, Leo Kenney in 1958, Elizabeth Jaubert in1962, Dorothy Marie in 1967, and Julia Church in 1968. Kenney died on January 4, 1965. Irma Gilmer died in August, 1998.
Medical Education & Practice
Dr. Gilmer graduated high school in 1950 from Sewanee Military Academy in Sewanee, Tennessee. He attended Centenary College in Shreveport from 1950 to 1952 and completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1953. He received his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1957.
In 1957, Dr. Gilmer did a rotating internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and in 1958 was a resident in general surgery at Charity Hospital on the Tulane service. From 1959 to 1961, Dr. Gilmer was a fellow in pathologic anatomy at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He then spent a year as a resident in clinical pathology at Charity Hospital on the Louisiana State University service, after which he was certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology.
From 1964 to 1971, Dr. Gilmer had a private pathology practice in Shreveport. During this time, he served as a consultant to Panola General Hospital in Carthage, Texas, and to the Willis-Knighton Memorial Hospital and the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport. He was a clinical assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport from 1964 to 1971.
In 1971, Dr. Gilmer moved to Galveston to become assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He eventually became full professor in 1981. He served on several committees including the Curriculum Committee, the Continuing Education Committee, and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He was active in the teaching and resident programs for pathology.
After spending a year in Washington, D.C. as a project director for the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Gilmer returned to Houston to The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center and serve as chief of pathology at the LBJ General Hospital until his retirement in 1995.
Dr. Gilmer worked extensively with the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and served as the state commissioner of Texas from 1980 until 1984. He was the editor of Summing Up, a publication of the Survey Committee of the CAP. Since 1990, Dr. Gilmer has edited Laboratory Accreditation News, a quarterly newsletter of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation appearing in CAP Today.
Dr. Gilmer has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Galveston County Medical Society, the Houston Society to Clinical Pathologists, the National Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, the American Society of Medical Technologists, and the Texas Society of Medical Technologists. He was elected to membership in the American Society of Hematology in 1978. He chaired the TMA Council on Annual Sessions until 2001. He has most recently served as an alternate delegate to the TMA for the Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine.
Texas Society of Pathologists
Dr. Gilmer was elected as a TSP alternate delegate to the House of Delegates of the College of American Pathologists from 1976 to 1983 and delegate from 1983 until 1985. He served on the Quality Control Committee from 1975 to 1977 and on the Medical Technology Committee in 1979. He was appointed chairman of the Medical Technology Council in 1984, chairman of the Credentials Committee in 1984, and to the American Society of Clinical Pathology Council in 1984.
Dr. Gilmer served as president of the TSP in 1987. He received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1985 for his contributions to pathology.
Aside from his editorial tasks, Dr. Gilmer has also authored twenty papers dealing with hematology and is the author or co-author of thirteen pamphlets and books.
Bessman, J. D., Gilmer Jr, P. R., & Gardner, F. H. (1983). Improved classification of anemias by MCV and RDW. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 80(3), 322-326.
Bessman, J. D., Williams, L. J., & Gilmer Jr, P. R. (1982). Platelet size in health and hematologic disease. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 78(2), 150-153.
Bessman, J. D., Williams, L. J., & Gilmer Jr, P. R. (1981). Mean platelet volume. The inverse relation of platelet size and count in normal subjects, and an artifact of other particles. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 76(3), 289-293.