In Memoriam
The Bright Futures experts, consultants, staff, and editors wish to acknowledge the loss of dear friends
and colleagues since the publication of the last edition. We are forever grateful for their contributions to
children and their families.
Morris Green, MD, FAAP, a leader in the field of child behavior and emotional health and an early
proponent of family-centered care, was editor of the Bright Futures Guidelines, 1st Edition, and coeditor
of the second edition. Dr Green practiced pediatrics in Indiana for more than 45 years; for 20 years he
was physician-in-chief of the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and chairman of the Indiana
University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He died in August of 2013 at the age of 91.
Morris was an important consultant and role model in the development of the third edition.
Polly Arango was a cofounder of Family Voices, a national family organization dedicated to family-centered
care for children and youth with special health care needs or disabilities, and of Parents Reaching Out, an
organization educating and advocating for New Mexico parents of disabled children. She died in June of
2010 at the age of 68. Polly Arango served on the expert panels for the Bright Futures Guidelines, 3rd and
4th editions. We are indebted to Polly for centering our work on the families in which children grow
and develop.
Thomas Tonniges, MD, FAAP, served as director of community pediatrics at the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) and helped to bring the Bright Futures projects to the AAP. He died in October of 2015
at the age of 66. While in private practice before coming to the AAP, Dr Tonniges was instrumental in
developing the national model for the medical home. Tom’s leadership in the Bright Futures Pediatric
Implementation Project has fostered an improving standard for pediatric and adolescent health
super vision care.
Vaughn Rickert, PsyD, was a scholar and professor of adolescent medicine and was a past president of the
Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr Rickert was professor of pediatrics and the Donald P. Orr Chair in
Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children where he
was the director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine. He died in June of 2015 at the age of 62. Vaughn’s
contributions to the Bright Futures Adolescent Expert Panel were essential to the behavioral care compo-
nents of health supervision care.
May they rest in peace.
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