Charles Kennedy, one of the first child neurologists in the USA, passed away on October 6, 2015 in Maine at the age of 95 following a brief illness. Born in Buffalo, NY, he attended Nichols School and later Deerfield Academy. He graduated from Princeton University with honors in Chemistry in 1942.
Jean Aicardi was arguably the greatest child neurologist of the modern era, an internationally renowned French child neurologist who wrote his textbooks in English. His name will live on in the two separate conditions that he described—Aicardi syndrome and Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS). His name will also live on through his several textbooks, all written in English, and through his friends, colleagues, and pupils (over 100 fellows trained with him) throughout the world. Most of his work was done in Paris, but in later years he also held posts in Miami, Florida (as Visiting Scientist), at the Institute of Child Health (as Honorary Professor of Child Neurology), and in Great Ormond Street Hospital (Honorary Consultant Neurologist), London, UK.
Niels L. Low, a long-term colleague and friend and one of the pioneers in child neurology, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 16, 1916, the third generation of a family of physicians. He attended the medical school of Charles University in Prague, transferring for his last year to the Medical College of South Carolina, Charleston, from which he graduated in 1940. A rotating internship in Racine, Wisc, from 1940 to 1941 was followed by 2 years of pediatric residency at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. It was while he was performing a spinal tap on an infant that he met a charming rotating student nurse, Mary Margaret, who was holding down the child and would become his wife of 64 years.