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ASBMR Mourns the Passing of Betsy McClung, MN, RN


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ASBMR is saddened to announce the passing of long-time member Betsy McClung, MN, RN. Ms. McClung was an active participant in the ASBMR Annual Meeting. She created what is now one of the most popular sessions among attendees, the ASBMR Annual Meeting Highlights and chaired the session for 20 years.

 

Ms. McClung was the Associate Director for the Oregon Osteoporosis Center in Portland, Oregon. She was involved in the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients at risk or diagnosed with osteoporosis for more than 20 years in collaboration with Michael McClung, MD, the Center's Director. Ms. McClung was also active in professional educational activities at the local, national and international level. She served as a past president of the Endocrine Nurses Society, on the Executive Board of Trustees of The North American Menopause Society, and on the Board of Directors for The Paget Foundation. She was the author of numerous papers and book chapters on postmenopausal women's health with a specific focus on osteoporosis evaluation and management.

 

Please share a kind thought or memory of Betsy McClung below.

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Guest Dolores Shoback

A champion for the effective detection and humane management of patients with osteoporosis has left us. Betsy was an unbelievable force for good in this world and in medicine and brought happiness and sparkle to all of us fortunate enough to come under her spell. To know her was to love her and to look forward to your chance to see her again, bump into her, talk to her, laugh with her, share with her. It is such an understatement to say this - but she will be so so very missed and her memory so very cherished by all of us considered fortunate enough to meet and know her.

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Guest American Bone Health

As a member of our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Betsy brought passion and common sense in educating the public about bone health. We will always remember her warmth and kindness. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.

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Guest Kathleen Cody

I always admired Betsy's ability to connect with people. She had a warm and gentle touch that made her strength and commitment to her life and work all the more inspiring. I will miss her.

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Betsy put patients first, something that is still unusual in the Twenty-First Century. She was one of the first nurses to take an active role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis and did so early in her career. She and I both sat on the Osteoporosis Advisory Panel of the Office of Technology Assessment from 1989-92, and her contributions were invaluable.

 

Betsy, we miss you!

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