Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is with great sadness that we communicate with you today. Our dear friend, Dr. Michael Huckman, passed away on January 19th at home, while in the company of his son Andy. Michael had a long and distinguished career which would be impossible to fully describe here thus, we will tell only some highlights.
As he was always proud to say, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and after medical school and a residency in radiology, he was an NIH-sponsored fellow in neuroradiology under Dr. Juan Taveras at Washington University. In 1970 he moved to Rush University in Chicago as chief of neuroradiology and played a key role in obtaining one of the first three CT scanners in the USA. He spent his entire career at that institution until 2010 when he retired and became Emeritus Professor. His annual course in Neuroradiology (known to us all simply as the “Chicago Course”) was one of the longest running ones and attracted attendees from many countries.
Michael always spoke warmly of his days as editor in chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology. He was president of ASNR (1987) and of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies (2002). He received the Gold Medals from ASNR and RSNA.
His love of humorous limericks was known to us all. When he finished his tenure as editor of AJNR, our colleague Dr. Robert Quencer said of him:
His tenure has come to an end
Where eloquence and science were a blend
So from all of its ranks
Our Society gives thanks
To Michael Huckman, Editor and Friend
Michael was a lovely, honest, elegant, and warm person. He had many friends and always spoke kindly of his trainees, many of them whom he considered as family. With Beverly, his wife of many decades, they formed a lovely and respected couple and many of us were lucky to be their guests at their amazing home. Beverly preceded him and passed away 2 years ago leaving Michael heartbroken but accompanied by many friends from every corner of the world. He is survived by his sons Andy, a lawyer in Chicago, and Robert, professor at Harvard University.
The Executive Committee of WFNRS.
Four AJNR editors: Drs. Quencer, Huckman, Castillo and Grossman during the 50th Meeting of ASNR at Keen’s Steak House in NYC.