Dr. John R. Ward, professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been
named the first holder of the new Thomas E. and Rebecca D. Jeremy Presidential Chair for Arthritic Research.The chair was established with a $1 million endowment from the late Rebecca Jeremy in memory of her husband, Thomas Jeremy. Mrs. Jeremy died in 1989.
A third-generation Utah rancher, avid golfer and trap shooter, he suffered in his later years from severe rheumatoid arthritis.
"For 20 years, Dr. Ward kept my husband walking," Mrs. Jeremy once said. "He dedicated himself to helping my husband."
A graduate of the U. School of Medicine, Ward founded and served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology for nearly 30 years. He recently relinquished his administrative duties to concentrate on research and patient care. This fall he was named Laureate of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
The author of more than 250 scientific papers, book chapters and books, Ward has served on the editorial boards of the three most prestigious journals dealing with arthritis and rheumatism. He also was the U. School of Medicine's Outstanding Professor in 1970, its Professor of the Year for 1974, the Utah Arthritis Foundation's Man of the Year in 1983 and is a recipient of the Salt Lake County Medical Society's Distinguished Physician's Award.
"We are grateful to Thomas and Rebecca Jeremy and their family for endowing this chair, which not only honors Dr. Ward but ensures that important work in arthritis will always be done at our Utah medical school," said Dr. William Gay, vice president for health sciences.