Former NLM Board Member Dr. A. Wallace Conerly Dies
Physician, Researcher, Educator and Advocate was 76
Wallace Conerly, MD, the first Mississippian ever to serve on the NLM Board of Regents, died from complications of Parkinson's disease January 10, 2012. Dr. Conerly was formerly dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Early in his career, he served in the US Air Force as the director of aerospace medicine at Moody Air Force Base and director of base medical services at Vance Air Force Base.
A Mississippi native, who earned his MD at Tulane University in the neighboring state of Louisiana, Dr. Conerly maintained a lifelong dedication to improving the health of his fellow Mississippians, and also the caliber of medical education in the state. He received many accolades throughout his distinguished career, including a Medal of Service from former Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour and the American College of Chest Physicians' Governor's Award for Community Service. The critical care tower of the UMMC was named the Wallace Conerly Hospital for Critical Care in his honor.
"He put us onto the path of the 21st century when you consider the facilities we have now and our accomplishments in education, research, and health care in this state. He was a personal mentor and advisor of mine, which I greatly appreciated," observed Dr. James Keeton, current Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at UMMC.
Dr. Conerly was instrumental in the creation of the Jackson Medical Mall, a medical center in an abandoned shopping center that provides a full range of quality health services to the uninsured. The Jackson Medical Mall was featured as part of the Community Health section of the NLM exhibition, Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health, (http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/againsttheodds/exhibit/community_health/challenging_times.cfm) in 2007.
During his 2002-2006 tenure with the NLM Board of Regents, Dr. Conerly also served as a member of the planning subcommittee charged with coordinating development of the NLM long-range plan for 2006-2016.