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Founding Editor Roscoe ?Ike? Robinson Passes Away




The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) bids farewell to one of its member luminaries




Brussels, Belgium – August 18, 2004

– Internationally recognized physician, educator, and researcher Roscoe R. ?Ike? Robinson, MD, died on Saturday, August 7, 2004.


Robinson?s many years of spirited dedication to the Society exemplified seriousness of purpose and selflessness before a higher cause.


Among his most significant contributions to the organization were serving as Founding Editor of ISN?s flagship journal

Kidney International

from 1972-85 and as ISN President from 1990-93.


Steward of a journal

Robinson?s almost 13 years at the helm of


were marked by intellectual diligence and practical ingenuity. Facing formidable competition from established medical journals at the time of


?s launch, Robinson set a high standard for print-worthy submissions, thereby insuring that the nascent publication would not suffer in comparison. In accordance with ISN?s international mission, he quickly established a global scope for the publication. Building on a rock solid academic foundation, he managed to develop the journal into a profitable venture – one that in later years served as the de facto driver for the development of many of the Society?s other activities.


Kidney International?s

longtime position as the world?s leading journal of nephrology is a direct result of Robinson?s visionary stewardship.


Disseminator of knowledge

As ISN President, Robinson sought to bridge knowledge gaps between the world?s economically developed and developing nations. Organized during his tenure, ISN?s 1993 meeting in Jerusalem offered a top-quality program organized along a thematic format that was accessible to most of the renal community, regardless of country of origin.


Ever vigilant of opportunities to increase efficiency and eliminate redundancy, Robinson invited the leaders of national and regional renal societies to partner with ISN in the organization of information-disseminating events for the good of all.


At the time of his death, Robinson was Vice-Chancellor Emeritus for Health Affairs and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he had been affiliated since 1981.


He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Ann, and their two daughters, Brooke and Susan.

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