Donald E. King (Fig. 1) was born in Porterville, California, March 13, 1903, and died in San Francisco December I, 1987, at the age of 84. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1923 and his M.D. in 1927. After his internship at Stanford University Hospitals, he completed his orthopedic training under the tutelage of Dr. Carl Badgley at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he became Assistant Professor. After returning to Stanford University Hospitals in San Francisco as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, he developed the orthopedic residency program and served with distinction as Chief and Professor until the Medical School moved to Palo Alto in 1959. Don King continued his inspirational teaching of orthopedic residents as Chief of Orthopaedic Service at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center until 1978. He was a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at both Stanford University Medical School and the University of California School of Medicine until his death. Dr. King's ability to enthusiastically distill the truth and crystallize the facts of a clinical problem inspired his students to become orthopedic surgeons. His residents worshiped him and remember with appreciation the outstanding examples he set both in the operating room and in the care of patients. Dr. King's practice was considerable, and his approach to patients was friendly and direct. Many patients continued to seek his advice long after he ceased performing surgery. He served as president of both the Western Orthopaedic Association and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was a member of the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as many other distinguished orthopedic organizations. Dr. King's many honors included the J. E. Wallace Sterling Distinguished Alumni Award from Stanford University School of Medicine and the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Army. Friends and former residents founded the Don King Orthopaedic Library at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center in 1980. In his memory, the Don King Educational Fund has been initiated for the education of orthopaedic residents at that institution. He is survived by his wife, Eva; sons, Donald and Douglas; and daughter, Sharon Wilcox. Dr. Donald King's career was illustrious, and he will long be remembered by students, associates, and collaborators all over the world.
Adapted from King, D.: The healing of semilunar cartilages. J. Bone Joint Surg. 18:333, 1936.
* Poth's modification of Hill's radiopaque mass is very satisfactory for this purpose.