Brown University's founding dean of medicine dies at 92

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Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:26 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The founding dean of Brown University's medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92.

The university says Aronson died Wednesday in hospice care in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brown President Christina Paxton says the medical school "and many of the statewide improvements in medical care delivery that grew along with it" began with Aronson's arrival in Providence. She says Aronson was too humble to take credit but was pleased by the school's growth and development.

Aronson was a New York native. He moved to Providence in 1969. He launched the medical school in 1972 and was dean from 1973 to 1981. He co-founded the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Aronson wrote weekly columns in the Providence Journal, including one this month considering how changing attitudes toward death led to modern public health research.