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24 Oct 2014

IN MEMORIAM: Prof. Dr. Safiye Gogus

(Turkish Pediatric Pathology Society lost their revered leader and teacher)

The first time I met Prof. Gogus was at the Hacettepe University Pediatric Pathology Unit at my interview.

In my state of extreme excitement, she took her place in my heart with her heart-warming smile and soothing voice. Later on, when I had the opportunity to work with her, I realized that this was her philosophy in life. I never witnessed her raising her voice. She approached her students, her peers and seniors with the same kindness and respect. Anyone would knock on her door for relief. She would take upon herself to resolve any issues people in the department may have.

She believed in endless learning. She read and researched on all complicated cases or new projects to be explored. She firmly believed inscientific investigation. She never pronounced any question as impertinent. She would meticulously explain the answer to such questions and recommend other sources for further detail.

She was devoted to her work in the field of pediatric pathology. It was due to her that PPS and IPPA gained recognition in Turkey. With her inquisitive personality and desire for learning, she was the first Turk to attend the IPPA Courses in her senior years. She opened the road to many pathologists to divert their specialization in this direction. She was the most modest person I have known. I don't recall her ever mentioning any of her outstanding social or professional achievements. She valued everything taking part in her life. She kept her memories in her heart and with the small icons or souvenirs she collected.

Born on August 1, 1934, Prof. Gogus had witnessed the initial steps of the development in the newly established Republic of Turkey. She frankly shared her experiences on this subject with others. She had a special place in her heart for Ayd?n, her birthplace as well as I?stanbul in her time while attending I?stanbul University Medical School.

She became a resident of Ankara after she started her pediatrics training in Hacettepe University. She became a specialist in 1965. She worked in several Children's Hospitals in the UK between 1965 and 1967. Then shereturned to Hacettepe University and continued her academic life becoming an Associate Professor in 1971 and Professor in 1975. She concentrated on pediatric pathology since 1970. When she retired in 2001, her remark was I still have a lot to accomplish and I have the enthusiam for it. She left us unexpectedly after a brain hemorrhage due to a silent brain tumor.

She was married and had a daughter who is also an academic in medicine.

May she rest in peace.

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