Lewis P. (Bud) Rowland, MD, FAAN, 1925-2017
Neurology legend Lewis P. (Bud) Rowland, MD, FAAN, passed away on March 16, 2017, at age 91. Rowland served as AAN president from 1989 to 1991, and was editor-in-chief of Neurology® from 1977 to 1986. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Neurology Today® from 2001 through 2009, and was president of the AAN's Education and Research Foundation (now the American Brain Foundation) from 1996 to 1999.
“The AAN and our profession has lost a true giant in neurology,” said President Elect Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN. “Bud was a leader, advocate, teacher, mentor, and friend who personally touched so many of us. He inspired us to always do more for our patients and the field of neurology. We will miss his warmth, wit, and encouraging words, but he lives in our fond memories forever.”
Steven P. Ringel, MD, FAAN, president at the time Neurology Today was launched, said, “It was an easy choice to select Bud Rowland as the first editor of Neurology Today. His stature, leadership, and breadth of knowledge guaranteed success. My admiration for him steadily grew in the nine years we worked together on the publication.”
Rowland received his BA and MD degrees from Yale University and completed his residency under H. Houston Merritt at the New York Neurological Institute. He was a clinical associate at NINDS, focusing on neuromuscular disease, and taught neurology at Georgetown University. Rowland was a professor in neurology at Columbia University from 1957 to 1967, when he began a six-year stint as professor and chair of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He then returned to Columbia to chair the neurology department from 1973 to 1998. He was past president of the American Neurological Association, the New York Neurological Society, and the Association of University Professors of Neurology, The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and member of numerous NIH committees. His awards and honors, too numerous to mention in their entirety, include the AAN's Presidential Award in 1993.