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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 61
JOHN HOLMES DINGLE
November 24, 1908-September 15, 1973
BY WILLIAM S. JORDAN, JR.
JOHN DINGLE'S CONTRIBUTIONS to biomedical science and medical education were fully expressed in each of the components of the classic triad of research, teaching, and service. He pioneered studies of the epidemiology and etiology of acute respiratory infections in military and civilian populations, which set a standard for all such future studies; he created a new department of preventive medicine at Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve) and participated in the school's extensive review of medical education and subsequent curriculum revision; and he served with distinction on numerous national advisory groups, most notably as director of the Commission on Acute Respiratory Diseases and then as president of its parent body, the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. With a remarkable group of like-minded contemporaries, John Dingle extended efforts in all of these areas to promote international cooperation in the study and control of infectious diseases.
John Holmes Dingle was born on November 24, 1908, in Cooperstown, North Dakota, where his father was a Methodist minister. He was the only child of his father's second marriage, joining six much older children borne by his father's first wife. His mother was from Honeoye, New