George J. Race, MD, PhD (1969)

Dr. George Justice Race was born on March 2, 1929 in Everman, Texas. His mother, Lila Eunice Bunch Race, was a school teacher and his father, Claude Earnest Race, was a farmer and carpenter. Dr. Race married Annette “Anne” Rinker from Dallas, who he met while they were both attending medical school. They had five children, George, Jonathan, Mark, Jennifer, and Elizabeth. Jennifer died of leukemia when she was eight years old. The other four children went into the medical field. Dr. Race and Anne were married 61 years.
Dr. Race passed away on December 17, 2013 at his home in Dallas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Race did his undergraduate work in biology and chemistry. He spent one year at Texas Wesleyan College and then transferred to Baylor University. He obtained his MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1947. Dr. Race also holds advanced degrees in parasitology, anatomy and microbiology and public health.

After medical school, Dr. Race and Anne were married and moved to Durham, North Carolina so he could take a residency in pathology at Duke University. Dr. Race had planned to do a surgical internship at Boston City Hospital the following year, but was called to active duty for the Korean War.

He had served in the Army during World War II and narrowly missed being shipped to the 103rd infantry right before it was destroyed in the Battle of the Bulge. He entered the U.S. Air Force at Alamogordo, N.M., in 1949. He served in Korea as a flight surgeon for the next three years. When he returned home from Korea, Dr. Race and Anne moved back to North Carolina so Dr. Race could complete his residency at Duke. He, then, accepted a position as instructor of pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston and practiced at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to take a position at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

The Races moved back to Dallas in 1959 to be closer to family. Dr. Race worked at Parkland, Children’s, and the VA Medical Center while teaching at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He eventually became chief of pathology and laboratory director at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Race was instrumental in converting Baylor’s labs from manual to automated, and helped grow Baylor’s labs.

Dr. Race was active outside of his practice, serving in several medical organizations, lecturing at SMU on anthropology, law and biology, and obtaining a PhD in anatomy and microbiology at Baylor. After officially retiring as head pathologist and director of Baylor’s laboratories in July, 1986, he served as chairman of the Baylor Research Foundation. He also served as dean of the A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Education in Health Sciences, as associate dean for continuing education, and as professor of pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

During his career Dr. Race received many honors. He is listed in the “World Who’s Who in Science, Antiquity to Present” and “Who’s Who in the World.” He has been president of eight community service and professional organizations and is a lifetime member of the American Cancer Society. In 1981 he was honored by Baylor University with its Distinguished Alumni Award, and Baylor established the George J. Race Endowed Chair in Pathology Research.
Between 1979 and 1983, Dr. Race served as a special advisor to the Governor of Texas on human and animal diseases. He was a member of the Governor’s Medical Education Management Effectiveness Council from 1980 to 1983 and was chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education from 1981 to 1983.

Dr. Race retired as emeritus professor from UT Southwestern, having first attended the school at age nineteen. He is remembered for mentoring many students during his time as a professor.

Texas Society of Pathologists

When Dr. Race returned to Dallas, he was originally going to work in Dr. Terrell’s pathology laboratory, but those plans had changed and he ended up working with UT Southwestern. He remained active with the TSP and was a charter member of the Dallas Academy of Pathology.

Dr. Race served as president of the TSP in 1969 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1973.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Race’s book Laboratory Medicine (written at Baylor) is a four-volume publication that was updated regularly through thirteen revisions. He has published 165 articles in peer-reviewed journals and nearly as many abstracts.
Race, G. J. (1973). Laboratory Medicine. Hagerstown, MD: Harper & Row
Race, G. J., White, M. G. (1979). Basic Urinalysis. Hagerstown, MD: Harper & Row


John R. Rainey, Jr., MD (1965)

Dr. John R. Rainey, Jr. was born on December 29, 1920 in Edgewood, Texas to John Roland Rainey and Hattie Jones Rainey. He and his two brothers grew up in Dallas, Texas where he attended public school. He married Betty Smith Rainey from Austin, Texas, and they had two daughters and a son, Laura, Linda, and Vern.

Dr. Rainey died on November 29, 1991 in Austin, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Rainey graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1946 and did his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital near Dallas. He was board certified in pathology in 1953.

Dr. Rainey spent some time in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. After his time in the Air Force, he spent the rest of his career in Austin. In 1952, Dr. Rainey joined Dr. Pelphrey at Seton Hospital, eventually purchasing the laboratory from Dr. Bohls with Dr. Pelphrey as a co-owner. Dr. Rainey was an advocate of private laboratories and was known for his leadership abilities as well as his abilities to organize people and address difficult problems. Under his leadership the lab at Seton Hospital flourished and drew several excellent pathologists.

Dr. Rainey served as Chief of Medical Staff for St. David’s Community Hospital and was part of a committee to oversee the expansion of city-owned Brackenridge Hospital. For many years Dr. Rainey supported and was active in statewide efforts to create a formal medical examiner system for the proper identification and disposition of questionable deaths and those involving criminal activity.

Dr. Rainey was active in several medical organizations and in politics. He was a member of the Travis County Medical Society. He served as CAP governor from 1979 until 1985 and was elected as Texas delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates in 1970, a position he held until 1988. He was selected by the CAP to visit Moscow and Leningrad as a guest of the Soviet Ministry of Health and participated in the first doctor-to-doctor visit of its kind.

On the political front, Dr. Rainey was the pathology consultant to the Texas health department at a time when The Texas State Department of Health was responsible for implementing Medicare provisions. Dr. Rainey’s assignment was from his connections to the TSP, which was assisting the state department in defining laboratory work by medical professionals.

Dr. Rainey also worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to ensure that pathologists were appropriately reimbursed for working with Medicare patients. At the time, the Texas Medical Foundation was implemented by the Texas Medical Association to set up physician profiles related to reimbursement for Medicare patients, but the criteria was based on clinical practice such as patient visits and diagnosis, leaving pathologists out of the picture.

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Notable Publication(s)
Leech, S. H., Bryan, C. F., Elston, R. C., Rainey, J., Bickers, J. N., & Pelias, M. Z. (1983). Genetic studies in multiple myeloma 1. Association with HLA‐Cw5. Cancer, 51(8), 1408-1411.

Ibrahim Ramzy, MD (1994)

Dr. Ibrahim “Abe” Ramzy was born on December 1, 1926 in Alexandria, Egypt. His father was a British-trained neurologist/psychiatrist who was on staff at the largest medical hospital in Cairo.

Dr. Ramzy graduated high school at age fifteen and met his wife, Faye, during his last year in medical school in Egypt.

Medical Education & Practice

After graduating high school, Dr. Ramzy was accepted into the oldest and most prestigious medical school in Egypt, Cairo University School of Medicine (Kasr El Aini). He graduated with his MD degree in 1958, and after completing his rotating internship, he began a residency in cardiology/internal medicine at Cairo University. However, six months into his residency, Dr. Ramzy became disillusioned with cardiology and was recruited by the new chair of the pathology department. In 1960, Dr. Ramzy became the first pathology resident at the school.

After five years, Dr. Ramzy completed his training, successfully defended his PhD dissertation, and took a position teaching at Cairo University. In the fall of 1966 Dr. Ramzy moved to Canada to accept a position as a resident and lecturer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Just before the start of their second winter in Edmonton, the Ramzys moved to Toronto where Dr. Ramzy took a position at the University of Toronto. He also did a six-month rotation in cytology.

Dr. Ramzy passed the Royal College’s fellowship exam in anatomic pathology and joined the pathology department of Victoria Hospital and the University of Western Ontario in London. During his eight years at the University of Western Ontario, he started a cytotechnology training program and built a national reputation for his small laboratory.

It was during this time, while Dr. Ramzy was serving as president of the Canadian Society of Cytology, that he became connected with physicians from Texas. In 1974, Dr. Ramzy hosted the president of the American Society of Cytology, Dr. Frank Velios, at the Canadian Society’s annual meeting. When Dr. Velios returned, Dr. Townsend, chair of pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, asked Dr. Velios if he knew anyone who would be able to start a program for fine needle aspiration. Dr. Velios recommended Dr. Ramzy.

In 1975 Dr. Ramzy joined the faculty of pathology and obstetrics and gynecology at UT San Antonio. In 1983, the UT San Antonio cytopathology review course was started. After Dr. Townsend retired in 1986, Dr. Ramzy moved to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he designed a cytology program. He stayed at Baylor for seventeen years, until he became a professor and chief of anatomic pathology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California where he now serves as professor emeritus.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Not only was Dr. Townsend responsible for bringing Dr. Ramzy to UT-San Antonio, but he also connected Dr. Ramzy to the Texas Society of Pathologists. Dr. Ramzy joined the TSP in 1979. In 1985 he chaired the scientific program in El Paso, and he was also responsible for establishing a competition for residents and young faculty in which six papers would be selected for podium presentation. In 1994, Dr. Ramzy served as president of the TSP, and in 2009 he received the Andujar Citation of Merit Award.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Ramzy has published extensively on cytology and gynecologic pathology, including seven books, and 150 scientific articles. His latest two books, Gynecologic Pathology Intraoperative Consultation and Pulmonary Cytopathology were published by Springer in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is currently working on the third edition of his textbook Clinical Cytopathology to be published by McGraw-Hill in 2015.

Raymond H. Rigdon, MD (1961)

Dr. Raymon Harrison Rigdon was born on July 30, 1905 in Musella, Georgia to Clifton Rigdon and Mary Harrison. He married Margaret Britt and they had two daughters, Louise and Virginia.

Dr. Rigdon passed away on July 28, 1998 in Georgia.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Rigdon received his MD degree from Emory University Medical School in Athens, Georgia in 1931. He completed an internship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1935, serving as an instructor of pathology from 1934 to 1935.

In 1935, Dr. Rigdon became an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1939, he served as pathologist at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis. He also served as associate professor of pathology at the University of Tennessee, a position he held until 1944.

From 1944 until 1947, Dr. Rigdon worked as a professor of pathology at The University of Arkansas Hospital and practiced at the university hospital. Then, in 1947, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, as professor of pathology and experimental pathology and consulted for John Sealy Hospital. In 1956 he began consulting for MD Anderson Hospital in Houston and the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Galveston.

Dr. Rigdon’s research interests were in human autopsies and experimental research on the relationship between smoking and cancer. He has provided expert testimony on several occasions before the United State Congress questioning the evidence for the link between smoking and cancer.

Dr. Rigdon has been involved in the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the College of American Pathologists. He has served in leadership positions for the Southern Medical Association. He was also a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Rigdon served as president of the TSP in 1961 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1975.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Rigdon has over three hundred publications. Select publications are listed below.

Neal, J., & Rigdon, R. H. (1966). Gastric tumors in mice fed benzo (a) pyrene: a quantitative study. Texas reports on biology and medicine, 25(4), 553-557.
Rigdon, R. H., & WILLEFORD, G. (1950). Sudden death during childhood with xanthoma tuberosum: review of literature and report of a case. Journal of the American Medical Association, 142(16), 1268-1271.
Rigdon, R. H. (1961). Amyloidosis: spontaneous occurrence in white Pekin ducks. The American journal of pathology, 39(3), 369.

James E. Robinson, MD (1929)

Dr. James Ernest Robinson, Sr. was born on June 3, 1880 in Indian Gap in Hamilton County, Texas. He was the son and grandson of prominent West Texas cattlemen, and eventually served as president of the Central Texas Hereford Breeders Association and of the Central Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. He married Gussie Lee Robinson, and they had one son, James, Jr.

Dr. Robinson died on October 25, 1959 in Temple, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Robinson received his MD degree from the Memphis Hospital Medical College (University of Tennessee School of Medicine) in 1902 and practiced in Brownwood until 1911. Dr. Robinson studied under Sir Almroth Edward Wright, principle of the Institute of Pathology and Research at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. He specialized in anti-typhoid inoculation and immunizations.

In 1912, Dr. Robinson returned to the United States and settled in Temple, Texas. He practiced at King’s Daughter’s Hospital where he would stay until he retired in 1945. His laboratory in Temple was one of the first pathological laboratories in Texas and was recognized by the American Medical Directory when it first listed approved medical laboratories.

Dr. Robinson was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the American Medical Association, and the Society of American Bacteriologists.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Robinson was a charter member of the TSP (State Pathological Society of Texas) and was among the members in attendance at the first meeting at the Oriental Hotel in 1921. He was also part of the meeting in 1934 when the Society was reinstated. He served as president of the State Pathological Society of Texas in 1929.

Valerie R. Rone, MD (2003)

Dr. Valerie Rene Rone, known as Rene to her friends and colleagues, was born on December 11, 1952 in Sikeston, Missouri to Juanita Moody Rone, a junior high English teacher, and James Herbert Rone, a farmer and local businessman. She spent her childhood in Portageville, a small farming community near Sikeston. Dr. Rone graduated valedictorian of her high school class. During high school, she spent a summer shadowing a local doctor, which solidified her decision to go into medicine.

Dr. Rone married Fred LeSieur after graduating from medical school in 1978.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Rone attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri at Columbia where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her MD degree also from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1978. Dr. Rone was originally going to be an internist, but after completing an elective pathology rotation in her third year and a fourth-year rotation with an internist in Poplar Bluff, Missouri she decided to pursue pathology.

After getting married, Dr. Rone and her husband moved to San Antonio where she did her residency at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center, serving as chief resident during her last year. She then joined the pathology staff at UTHSC in San Antonio with a focus on cytopathology. She worked closely with Dr. Ibrahim Ramzy to develop a robust fine needle aspiration service and cytology course for practicing pathologists. She eventually served as assistant director of cytopathology and of the cytotechnology training program.

In 1987, Dr. Rone joined Severance and Associates, working primarily at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio with Dr. Oscar Abbott. She became the medical laboratory director in 2001. Dr. Rone currently works with Pathology Associates with Metropolitan Hospital. She has served on several committees and is involved in mentoring programs at the hospital.

Among her work in organized medicine, Dr. Rone has served as both vice-president and president of the Texas Society of Cytopathology and as president of the San Antonio Society of Pathologists. She has been active in the College of American Pathologists, serving on several councils and committees and as a member of the CAP House of Delegates.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Rone has been an active member of the TSP for several years. From 1997 until 1999, she served as chair of the Membership Committee, and in 2003, she served as president of the TSP. Dr. Rone received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 2013 for her contributions in the field of pathology.

Notable Publication(s)

Ramzy, I., Rone, R., Schul Tenover, S. J., & Buhaug, J. (1985). Lymph node aspiration biopsy diagnostic reliability and limitations—an analysis of 350 cases. Diagnostic cytopathology, 1(1), 39-45.
Amrikachi, M., Green, L. K., Rone, R., & Ramzy, I. (2001). Gynecomastia. Acta cytologica, 45(6), 948-952.
Kahky, M. P., Rone, V. R., Duncan, D. L., Cruz, A. B., & Gaskill, H. V. (1988). Needle aspiration biopsy of palpable breast masses. The American Journal of Surgery, 156(6), 450-452.

Garry F. Rust, MD (1997)

Dr. Garry F. Rust was born on March 24, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles and May Rust. He had four brothers, and went to high school in Northampton. He was senior class president and obtained his Eagle Scout when he was fifteen. Dr. Rust married his high school sweetheart, Judy Sullivan, on September 4, 1961. They had four daughters, Shanon, Erin, Heather, and Megan.

Dr. Rust died on June 20, 2005 after a long battle with ALS.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Rust graduated cum laude from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1960. He received his MD degree from Creighton Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska in 1964. He did his internship at Creighton Memorial St. Joseph’s Hospital where he also did a residency in pathology under the direction of Dr. Theodore Perrin. Dr. Rust completed his pathology residency under Dr. Robert Schidt at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1969. He was board in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1969 and re-certified in 1998. He was also certified in radioisotope pathology in 1976.

Dr. Rust moved to New Orleans to take a position as chief of pathology for the United States Public Health Service. He also lectured at Tulane University Medical School. He completed his service with the USPHS in 1971, and moved to Texas to take a position as associate pathologist at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. He remained at St. Paul until 1980 when he moved to Humble, Texas to be chief of pathology at Northeast Medical Center Hospital. While there he served on several committees including the Bylaws, Infection Control, Family Practice Internal Medicine, Medical Record, Quality Assurance, Surgery Anesthesia, and Utilization Review committees.

Dr. Rust served as chief of the Texas delegation for the House of Delegates for the College of American Pathologists from 1997 until 2003 and as a member of the State Affairs Committee from 1995 until 2001. From 1996 to 2002 he served as a member of the Harris County Delegation to the House of Delegates for the Texas Medical Association. He also served on the Board of Ethics for five years and from 1998 to 2000 as chairman of the Inter-Specialty Society Committee. From 1993 to 1994 he served as president of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists.

On the national front, Dr. Rust is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the International Association of Pathology, and the American Medical Association.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Among his many activities with the TSP, Dr. Rust served as a member of the House of Delegates, a member-at-large on the Board of Directors, and as Path Pal coordinator.

He served as president of the TSP in 1997. During this time the TSP established the Education Council, developed and implemented the Path Pal program, organized the Young Pathologist Section, and ratified the society’s updated constitution and bylaws. He received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 2003.