Biographies of the 2001 Laureate Award Honorees

In 2001, the Texas Chapter presented its highest award to four distinguished members -- Edward C. Lynch, MD, MACP; Walter P. Dyck, MD, FACP;Raymond Frederick Gregory, MD, FACP; and Carey G. King, Jr., MD, FACP

The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the ACP who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, the Chapter, and the ACP.


Edward C. Lynch, MD, MACP

Doctor Edward C. Lynch was born in Fayette, Missouri, and spent his formative years in Jefferson City, Missouri. Later he attended and graduated from high school in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1953, he received a Bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and in 1956 his Doctor of Medicine degree (with honors) from Washington University School of Medicine. He then went on to internship and the first year of internal medicine residency training on the Ward Medical Service at the Barnes Hospital followed by Senior Residency and a Chief Medical Residency year at Strong Memorial and Rochester Municipal Hospitals, Rochester, New York.

After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps with the rank of Captain as a staff internist and Chief of the Female Medical Service, Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he came to Houston in 1962 to join the faculty as an Instructor in the Department of Medicine of the Baylor College of Medicine. Thus, began a remarkable and distinguished career in internal medicine, academic medicine and administration at Baylor and Methodist Hospital. For over 23 years, as the highly regarded Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Residency Program Director and Deputy Chief of the Medicine Service at Methodist, he has mentored hundreds of internists in training and provided wise career and personal counseling for those fortunate enough to seek his help, guidance and assistance.

Earlier in his Baylor tenure, he answered the call of Baylor's President, Dr. Michael DeBakey, to serve as Associate Dean of Student Affairs where he was instrumental in successfully expanding Baylor's recruitment, retention and graduation of increased numbers of women and underrepresented minorities. Between 1970-1986, as a superb clinician-educator, he was awarded eighteen citations for Excellence in Teaching by Baylor graduating classes, was the recipient of the Phi Chi Award for Excellence in medical teaching, the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award in the Clinical Sciences, the BCM Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, the Corbin J. and Barbara Robertson Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, was inducted into the BCM Outstanding Faculty Hall of Fame, and in 1995 was designated a Distinguished Service Professor, Baylor's highest academic rank for his exemplary contributions to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

With true passion, Dr. Lynch has supported the ideals of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the Texas Chapter while playing a pivotal role in the growth and development of Associate and medical student activities and promoting diversity within the organization. As governor of the Texas Southern region (1995-1999) he provided steady, effective and outstanding leadership in service to internal medicine, his region and the Texas chapter. His exemplary service to the College and to Internal Medicine was recognized at the 2000 ACP-ASIM annual session when he was awarded Mastership in the ACP-ASIM.

Although Dr. Lynch stepped down from the Associate Chairmanship and Residency Program Directorship in the spring of 2000 he remains on the faculty as an active Senior Attending Physician at the Ben Taub General Hospital. He is married to college sweetheart Nell Robinson Lynch and they are the parents of four very successful progeny.

Dr. Edward C. Lynch has been a role model par excellence for students, fellow faculty and house staff to admire and emulate. He has demonstrated grace under pressure, humility, equanimity and empathy for his fellow man that is legendary and worthy of recognition. The Texas Chapter of the ACP-ASIM is proud and delighted to name one of its stalwarts a Chapter Laureate for the year 2001.


Walter P. Dyck, MD, FACP

Doctor Walter P. Dyck was born in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, in 1935. He grew up in Winkler where he attended public school. He attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and received his bachelor's degree in 1957. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1961. Dr. Dyck completed his internship and medical residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. In 1963 he completed a research fellowship at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland, followed by a research fellowship in Enzymology at the University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He entered into a National Institutes of Health fellowship in Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1966.

Dr. Dyck was recruited to Scott and White Hospital in 1968 by Dr. Nicholas C. Hightower. His distinguished career at Scott and White includes service as Director of Research from 1971-74, Director of Gastroenterology from 1974-96, as well as serving as the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director. He has been a Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine since 1979. He has served as Administrative Director for Research and Education at Scott and White since September of 1996 and is also currently serving as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Dyck has been a leader in medical education and research. He is well known for his research in pancreatic function. He was successful in helping develop a nationally recognized division in hepatology research at Texas A&M/Scott and White, where he has been a teacher and mentor to Gastroenterology fellows for 22 years.

Dr. Dyck is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has subspecialty certification in gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the ACP-ASIM. Dr. Dyck has served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect and President of the Texas Academy Chapter. He played an instrumental role in the merger of the Texas Academy Chapter of the ACP with the Texas Society of Internal Medicine.

He is author of numerous articles and abstracts on GI issues and has presented at many national meetings.

Doctor Dyck has served as a volunteer physician at the Temple Free Clinic since 1992; was President of the Central Texas Orchestral Society 1969-70 and is a gifted violinist. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

In April 2000, Doctor Dyck's family, friends and colleagues established the Walter P. Dyck Lectureship in Gastroenterology at Scott and White in his honor. The plaque presented to him read, "Dr. Walter P. Dyck, distinguished physician, scholar, scientist and teacher, revered and respected by his colleagues, his students, his gastroenterology fellows, his patients and his family and friends. Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Scott and White, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine; Administrative Director for Research and Education, S&W; President, Texas Academy of Internal Medicine and many other honors."

Dr. Dyck has four children, Christa, Lauren, Jon and Paul. Lauren is married to Eric Fisher and they have two children - Jack and Katie. Jon is married to Lauren Schmidt.

Dr. Walter P. Dyck is the consummate example of a gentleman, a professional, a physician and a scholar. The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine is proud to honor Doctor Walter P. Dyck as a Chapter Laureate for 2001.


Raymond Frederick Gregory, MD, FACP

Doctor Fred Gregory was born August 3, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa. He became a Texan in 1940 when his renowned father began teaching medicine and pharmacology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Fred graduated from Galveston's Ball High School in 1952. The next year he took an extra year of secondary education at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.

His father and his maternal grandfather, Frederick Null, MD, both strongly influenced him to choose medicine as a career. Dr. Null was a Family Practitioner in Hawarden, Iowa, for more than forty years.

Fred received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Cum Laude, from Princeton University in 1957, and his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1961. He completed a medicine internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, and a residency in medicine at UTMB from 1962-1965. His next year was spent there as Chief Resident and Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

His next two years were with the U.S. Army as a Research Internist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, and as Project Officer, Division of Research Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, Office of the Surgeon General. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1968.

Since 1968, Dr. Gregory has been a practicing internist with the Diagnostic Clinic of Houston. A senior partner there since 1975, he was elected to many leadership roles including the executive committee, Board of Directors, President of the Clinic, and Chief of Staff of their hospital. Since 1998, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Diagnostic Clinic of Houston Foundation. Most importantly, he was devoted to the large number of patients he served there until the first of this year, when he retired from practice.

In 1972 he was appointed Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine of The University of Texas - Houston School of Medicine and for twenty years taught, and was taught by, their students and house staff.

In 1994, he became a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UTMB and holds that job today. He received their Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. Since 1998 he has served UTMB on their Development Board.

Dr. Gregory is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine, and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1968 and recertified in 1972.

He has been a loyal member of several medical organizations including ACP-ASIM, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, American Diabetes Association, and the Texas Club of Internists.

His bibliography includes many peer-reviewed articles.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Perussina, in 1957. During the last 44 years they have celebrated three children and six grandchildren. Raymond L. Gregory II is a practicing attorney in Houston. Thomas F. Gregory, MD, practices internal medicine in Tyler, Texas. Laura Null Gregory is Human Resource Administrator at American General Financial Group.

To quote Fred: "Forty years of patient care were more rewarding, challenging, and humbling than anything I could have imagined. Despite all of the changes in medicine in recent years…I would do it over again."

He has moved on now to a new career, philanthropy, serving as trustee of the Stark Foundation in Orange, Texas.

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine is proud to honor Dr. Raymond Frederick Gregory as a Chapter Laureate for 2001.


Carey G. King, Jr., MD, FACP

Doctor Carey G. King, Jr., was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1919. He attended Highland Park Schools and then completed a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in 1940. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and then an internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 1943. His studies were interrupted by the war, while he served in active duty with the U.S. Navy as a landing craft medical officer in the Pacific Theatre.

Following the war, Dr. King returned and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in McKinney and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

He is a Fellow and life member of the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine. He has served as past president of the Dallas Internist Club and has held memberships in the Dallas Academy of Internal Medicine, the Texas Club of Internists, the Texas Medical Association and American Medical Association. Dr. King is also a life board member of the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce. He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Dr. King had a long and illustrious career as a leading physician in Dallas, Texas. He is known for his devotion to patients and his good cheer and benevolence to colleagues. He was recently been honored with the Dr. Carey G. King, Jr. and Dr. Henry M. Winans, Sr. Chair in Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. King's wife Judith expired in 1980. He married Lucille Hodges Gill in 1982. He is the proud patriarch of four children, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, six step grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren.

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine is proud to name Dr. King as a Chapter Laureate for 2001.