CHARLEVOIX — William Jourden Cameron, M.D., 84, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Kansas Medical School, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 5, 2013, in his home on Lake Charlevoix.
Dr. Cameron was born in Lansing, to Verta and William Cameron. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. Following his internship at St. Anthony Hospital, Denver, Dr. Cameron spent a year in general practice at the Burns Clinic in Petoskey. He then served two years as a captain in the U.S.A.F.
In 1958, Dr. Cameron began a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and, upon completion, joined the teaching staff at that institution. He progressed from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor. He was an assistant dean at the medical school and a vice chairman of the Ob-Gyn department. When he retired in 1995 he had been appointed Emeritus Professor.
Dr. Cameron was board certified in Ob-Gyn in 1965. He was chairman of the Kansas section of the American College of Ob-Gyn from 1971-74. He was a member of dozens of medical organizations, including the AMA and the American Fertility Society.
Dr. Cameron delivered thousands of babies during his career, but he was particularly recognized as an expert in treating infertility cases. He also was active in establishing the first in vitro fertilization program in the Midwest. Early in his years at KU he was first in the area to transfuse blood in utero to an at-risk fetus, the baby of an RH negative mother.
He was a much appreciated public speaker and appeared on medical programs throughout the U.S. and internationally. His medical articles were published throughout the country.
Dr. Cameron had a number of favorite pastimes, notably fishing, skiing, reading and watching televised sports. He devoted many hours to fishing Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and at special sites in Alaska, Montana and Canada. He was proud to have skied most of the popular areas in the U.S., and in Europe as well.
In retirement, Dr. Cameron honed his kitchen skills and emerged an innovative and talented family chef.
Friends and neighbors of Dr. Cameron recall his devotion to his dogs. The Cameron family has owned Labrador Retrievers for more than 50 years. Nick, a black Lab, and Carly, a yellow, remain with his family.
Surviving Dr. Cameron are his wife of 59 years, Monsie (Hoedl); son, W. Bruce Cameron (Cathryn) of Los Angeles; daughters, Amy Cameron of Kansas City, and Julie Cameron, M.D. (Ray Varuolo) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four grandchildren, Georgia Lee Murdoch (Chris), Chelsea Hatch (James), W. Chase and W. Gage Cameron; two great-grandchildren, Eloise Jourden Murdoch and Gordon Bruce Hatch.
Bill Cameron will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his unique sense of humor and forthright personality.
A memorial is planned for summer 2014 on Lake Charlevoix. Details will be announced later.
Those who wish to donate in Dr. Cameron’s name, may go to email@example.com, an animal rescue shelter his granddaughter Georgia operates in Denver, or to any dog charity.
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