(Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the May/June 1995 Bulletin, the forerunner of Psoriasis Advance. We've added to the original story based on our continuing research into our history. It appears for the first time online in honor of our 50th celebration.)
Dr. Kenneth M. Halprin, 64, died Monday, April 10, 1995, at home in Salem, Oregon. Halprin was an internationally acclaimed medical researcher and dermatologist. He was also Beverly Foster's physician. He urged her to set up a national psoriasis patient organization. He created and was the chairman of the National Psoriasis Foundation's first Medical Advisory Board (now the Medical Board).
"We owe our existence, in great part, to this man," said NPF Executive Director Gail Zimmerman. "NPF was a new concept in dermatology. Patient advocacy organizations did not exist. Dr. Halprin lent his name and energies to help lay the groundwork for NPF, and his support was critical in encouraging other leading physicians and researchers to support the fledgling organization. His compassion for psoraisis patients and his dedication to psoriasis research made him a great force in establishing the Foundation. His legacy of integrity and humanity continue to shape the character of NPF."
Halprin held many academic positions in his career. He was a faculty member at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; the Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon; and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, among others. In 1994, NPF established the Ken Halprin Research Award to be given to individuals for significant achievement in psoriasis research.
Halprin was the beloved husband of Bevery Foster. Halprin and Foster renewed their acquaintance at an NPF reunion in 1988 and later married.
"We will miss him," Zimmerman said. "Ken Halprin was a man of high integrity, great humanity and intellectual achievement. NPF was blessed to have such a man at its beginnings."
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