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George W. Morley
Department of OB/GYN

George W Morley, MD,
Norman F Miller Professor of Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Geroge W. Morley, one of the fathers of gynecologic oncology in the United States, passed away on February 20, 2005 at the age of 81.

Dr Morley was one of America's most distinguished gynecologic surgeons. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in 1958 and in gynecologic oncology in 1974, his academic pursuits spanned the full breadth of obstetrics and gynecology. He was best known for his work as a surgeon for benign and malignant gynecologic disease. Dr Morley's bibliography lists over 110 articles and 15 book chapters, including major contributions on radical pelvic exenteration in the treatment of recurrent cancer of the cervix. This series has the highest five-year survival rate reported in the literature and remains a landmark of success in treating recurrent pelvic neoplasm.

Dr Morley was elected President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and the Norman F Miller Gynecological Society. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He was three times listed as among America's ten best obstetricians and gynecologists.

It is as an educator that residents and medical students at Michigan will best remember Dr Morley. Though an excellent lecturer and discussant, Dr Morley's most important contribution to his students was in the operating room where he was the champion of education. Not only a firm master, he was also a patient teacher, assuring that all members of the surgical team learn both the fundamental principles as well as the fine nuances of operative gynecology.

In 2002, Dean Lichter presented the Distinguished Alumni Service Award to Dr. Morley, and Dr Lichter stated that he couldn't think of anyone more deserving. Dr. Morley exemplified the very best in Michigan traditions. Now there is Maize and Blue in heaven.