Dr. Roger O. Egeberg,93, the government's top health...


September 15, 1997

Dr. Roger O. Egeberg,93, the government's top health official during the Nixon administration, personal physician to Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II and a former medical school dean, died of pneumonia Friday at his Washington home.

He was heading the University of Southern California's medical school in 1969 when President Richard M. Nixon named him assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs in the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

As a special consultant to the president on health affairs from 1971 to 1979, he was a strong supporter of health care reform. In recent years, Dr. Egeberg, an expert on gerontology, was a senior scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health.

During World War II, he served on General MacArthur's staff as the Pacific Theater commander's personal physician and aide-de-camp.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Egeberg was a graduate of Cornell University and the Northwestern University Medical School.

Connie Clausen,74, who rode circus elephants and worked in Hollywood and on Broadway before becoming a literary agent, died in New York on Sept. 7 after a stroke.

She worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1940s before going to work for MGM studios in Hollywood. Her circus stint provided the material for her memoir, "I Love You Honey, But the Season's Over."

After moving to New York, she worked as an actress on Broadway and in television before working for Macmillan publishing in the 1970s. In 1976, she formed Connie Clausen & Associates, where she handled a series of best sellers by photographer Francesco Scavullo; the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," and "Resident Alien: The New York Diaries," by Quentin Crisp.

Dr. Jerry Jacobs,66, a pediatrician and leading authority on rheumatoid arthritis in children, died of cancer Sept. 6 at his home in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

He published numerous articles in medical journals and lectured worldwide about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and diseases of the connective tissue in children. He was the author of a textbook, "Pediatric Rheumatology for the Practitioner."

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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