Our dear friend and esteemed colleague Richard V. Aghababian, MD, FACEP, died in Southborough, Massachusetts, on Oct. 1, 2014, surrounded by his wife, Ann; their two children, Emily and Andrew; and Emily’s husband, Michael Groccia. As fate would have it, Emily’s unborn daughter was already past her due date, and Noella Rose did not arrive until one week later.
Dick and I first met at the ACEP Council in the fall of 1980 when we were both alternate Members of the Council. We became fast friends, and we were both bitten by the political bug. We became integral to the Small Chapter Caucus, and both of us eventually served as President of the College. My term was in 1991, and his in 1995.
Dick was a bright, gifted, and visionary leader. He graduated from Harvard and went on to become a member of the founding class at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. After a three-year residency in medicine at Harvard, he did a special two-year fellowship in emergency medicine at the University of San Francisco. After a brief stint in the private practice of EM, Dick became the founding chair of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He retired as associate dean of continuing education, also at the University of Massachusetts.