We were all saddened to hear about the recent demise of Chip Ridgway, one of the most stellar members of the Endocrine Society. We have lost a wonderful colleague. From the patients he treated and the young physicians and research assistants he mentored, to his groundbreaking thyroid research, Chip’s impact on the field of endocrinology and medicine is immeasurable. He will be greatly missed. My personal view of Chip was developed through observations and interactions over several decades. Chip had many gifts and he used them all very well. He was considered the person to go to when a difficult question arose about thyroid disease. His judgment was well reasoned and based on a thorough understanding of the problem at hand. He effectively bridged the gap between the care of patients, the ability to ask and answer questions through basic and clinical investigation, and the art of conveying his knowledge to others in an unselfish way. Chip had vision, not only in his own area of thyroid physiology and clinical thyroidology but more generally. It was initially surprising to me that Chip singled out obesity as a key focus when president of the Endocrine Society in 2003-4. Later I came to understand that he realized how important obesity was as a national and global problem and that the Endocrine Society could spearhead efforts to address the problem. He may have been a bit ahead of his time, but that is the mark of a true leader. His perception in 2003 that obesity would be a growing problem turned out to be right on target. We need more Chip Ridgways to lead the way and serve as role models for all of us. First a physician, and then teacher, investigator, administrator, and close colleague to all of us, Chip will be fondly remembered as one of our best.
~ Dick Santen, University of Virginia
On behalf of the staff of the Endocrine Society, I extend our condolences and sympathies to the family of Chip Ridgway. He was a beloved past president who lead during a critical time in the Society's development. He was a strategic thinker, brilliant researcher, supportive mentor and kind coach. He was a prince of a man and the world will be a better place when we all emulate him as a role model. We all are thankful for knowing him.
~ Barbara Byrd Keenan, CAE, Endocrine Society
I was so lucky to serve as VP for Clinicians in Practice during Chip's Presidency of the Endocrine Society from 2003-2004. He was a giant in the field yet one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His untimely death is a tremendous loss for all who knew him and especially for those who never will.
~ Carolyn Becker, Brigham and Women's Hospital
I had the great pleasure of serving on Endocrine Society Council when Chip was President. Chip was amazingly intelligent, perceptive, and always constructive in everything he did. But what I remember most is his sense of humor and sardonic smile - they say wit is a sign of great intelligence - very true in Chip's case! We will all miss him very, very much.
~ Hershel Raff, Medical College of Wisconsin
I am so saddened by the untimely and premature passing of Dr Ridgway, a great Endocrinologist, leader, researcher, and mentor. He made countless contributions to the field of Endocrine, to the U of Colorado, and to the former Fitzsimons AMC, the latter of where I did my Endocrine Fellowship, and greatly benefitted from my excellent mentors, of which he was one. He was a brilliant, kind, generous leader. The world will miss him.
~ Nadine H. Alex, MD, Alex Endocrine Associates
I had the honor and the pleasure of working with Chip as ES President and in his many subsequent leadership roles with the Society. Always thoughtful, kind, with a sense of humor and a gentle demeanor. My heartfelt condolences to Chip's family, friends and close colleagues.He touched us all and we will miss him greatly.
~ Elizabeth Kan, Endocrine Society staff
It is with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of Chip (E. Chester) Ridgway today. I didn't really get to know Chip until he was President of our Society but was very impressed with his dedication to the Society, his organizational skills, and his brilliance as a teacher, researcher, leader, and role model in thyroid disease and endocrinology. He was a very kind person who took a keen interest in the well being of his colleagues, friends, and students both personally and professionally. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May his memory serve as a blessing.
~ Elliot J. Rayfield, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Chip recruited me to The Endocrine Division at the Medical School in Denver in the summer of 1985 to determine the structure and function of the subunit genes of thyrotropin. For the next two decades we had a close relationship as our group grew and our contributions to the field advanced. I enjoyed those early years the most. Many times, at the end of a long work day, Chip would come by the lab, with his shirt tails hanging out (not something you would see during the day), to find out what new things we were working on or help strategize the next few steps to solve a rather complex problem. He would be quietly reflective, listen attentively to our ideas, and then carefully plot out potential solutions. That is until our janitor, Fluff (a real big motorcycle type of guy), would come around and attend to his daily tasks. All would stop as we discussed the Broncos, motorcycles, or other interesting topics before getting back to science once again with clean trash cans. I continued working with him even as I retired. We finalized our last book chapter together on TSH for the Jameson/DeGroot Endocrinology textbook just this past June. Chip did a superlative job and now a new group of students, fellows, and practitioners can rely on his sage words to learn about our field for years to come.
~ David F. Gordon, University of Colorado
my deepest Condolences ...my thoughts with his Family many thanks for his contribution to our society.