Harold E. ‘Jack’ Resinger, MD
Former CAP governor Harold E. “Jack” Resinger, MD, died April 7.
He was 78.
immense enjoyment to those privileged to associate with him,”
says former CAP president Thomas P. Wood, MD. “He was truly
insightful and helped many other pathologists through excellent
educational efforts with the CAP.”
a past president of the American Pathology Foundation, was a governor
of the College from 1973 to 1979. “For a number of years he
was one of the foremost independent laboratorians in the country,”
says William B. Zeiler, MD, also a former CAP president.
In 1970 Dr.
Resinger cofounded International Clinical Laboratories. “Jack
was among the first to develop an entrepreneurial service offering
services to multiple physicians and hospitals in an extended geography,”
Dr. Zeiler says. In a 1985 interview with the College for its archives,
former CAP governor Phillips L. Gausewitz, MD, recalled that while
Medicare regulations at the time prohibited independent laboratories
within hospitals, “I remember Jack saying, ‘I’m
going to have one.’ And somehow or another he did it.”
Dr. Resinger chaired the ICL board for many years. The company was
sold to Smith-Kline Beecham Corp. in 1988.
retired in 1988 as chair of the board of directors of Pathology
Associates PSC, Lexington, Ky. From 1968 to 1984 he was chair of
the board of directors of Resinger, Wallace, and Geoghegan PSC.
Dr. Resinger had also served as chief pathologist at Good Samaritan
Hospital and visiting associate professor of clinical pathology
at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, both in Lexington.
received his B.A. and B.S. from the University of North Dakota,
which named its medical school’s media center after him, and
his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He
served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1946.
Among his colleagues,
Dr. Resinger was known as “a delightful conversationalist
and accomplished musician,” says Dr. Wood. For many years
Dr. Resinger was band leader, clarinetist, and saxophonist for the
Lexington dance band Men of Note. Dr. Zeiler remembers performing
with Dr. Resinger at CAP parties for outgoing presidents. “He
was one of the best clarinetists in the country,” he says.
“We had a great time.”
is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; sons James, John, Paul, David,
and Jack; daughters Kelly and Nancy; stepdaughters Cathy and Susannah;
12 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.