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John Bruce Beckwith

Born  1933

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American paediatric pathologist, born September 18, 1933, Spokane, Washington.

Biography of John Bruce Beckwith

John Bruce Beckwith spent his childhood in the town of St. Ignatius, Beckwith spent his childhood in the town of St. Ignatius, Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He received his BA from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington in 1954 and qualified in medicine in 1958 at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. He took an early interest in embryology and histology, and decided to become a paediatric pathologist.

Beckwith trained in paediatric pathology at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles in 1959. In 1964 he became director of pathology at the Children's Orthopaedic Hospital, Seattle. In 1984 Beckwith moved to the post of director of laboratories of the Children's Hospital, Denver, Colorado.

His particular research interests include sudden death in infancy, tumour pathogenesis and classification of Wilm's tumour. He collects antiquarian book on congenital malformation. His private interests are collecting Christmas seals, fly-fishing and bird-watching

In 1980 he was accorded the honour of being named as distinguished alumnus of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, for information submitted.

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