It was with great sadness that I read that James Whitacre, MA, RRT passed away recently at the age of 93.
Whitacre was one of the first members of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), and served on the Board of Directors of the AARC in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also the first editor of the widely read journal Respiratory Care , and is widely credited as the creator of that journal. He also founded one of the first baccalaureate RT programs at the University of Missouri in Columbia in the 1960s.
Whitacre is also recognized as a caring respiratory care clinician, who often reminded students and coworkers that they “did as much therapy with their presence as they did with their equipment.
To read more about Whitacre’s outstanding contributions as a pioneer in the field of respiratory care, check out https://www.aarc.org/first-editor-respiratory-care-passes-away/