Jack Kevorkian

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Jack Kevorkian
Jacob Kevorkian
BirthplacePontiac, Michigan, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Michigan Medical School
Known for Influencing euthanasia debate worldwide

Kevorkian, Jack

(?1928–  ) medical pathologist; born in Pontiac, Mich. He was serving his residency in medical pathology at the University of Michigan Hospital when in 1953 he was dismissed because of his proposal that death-row inmates simply be rendered unconscious (instead of executed) so that their bodies could be used for certain medical experiments. After completing his internship at Pontiac (Mich.) General Hospital (1955), he joined the pathology department of the Pacific Hospital, Long Beach, Calif. (1955–82). Again he was let go because of his controversial views, and now unable to find a staff job, he moved to a small apartment in Royal Oak, Mich., and began to support himself (he was unmarried) by writing for European medical journals—often on issues regarding euthanasia. By 1989 he had invented his first "suicide machine," but the American medical establishment would not deal with him. He reached out to the public by appearing on such shows as Phil Donahue in 1990, but did not attain complete national prominence until June 4, 1990, when he used his apparatus to help a 54-year-old woman commit suicide. Using variations of his original apparatus, he thereafter proceeded to help a series of individuals commit suicide while defying the Michigan law passed specifically to stop him. In so doing he gained the nickname "Dr. Death" along with immense publicity, but whatever his motives, manners, and methods, he was forcing several important issues onto the public stage.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES, in a 2,128-word obituary (nearly three times the length of this article), fondly recalled Jack Kevorkian as "A Doctor Who Helped End Lives." Kevorkian, 83, the Michigan pathologist turned assisted-suicide activist, died in a hospital, a more dignified locale than the 1960's-era Volkswagen microbus where he uncorked the Thanatron, his suicide machine, dispensing a fatal chemical cocktail.
Jack Kevorkian, the zealous, straight-talking doctor known as "Dr Death" for his lifelong crusade to legalize physician-assisted suicide, died Friday at a hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.