Realizing a Dream, Cultivating a Legacy

Carl C. Hug, Jr., MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Emeritus, Emory University School of Medicine, and Emeritus Faculty at the Emory University Center for Ethics, spent more than 30 years of his career as an anesthesiologist and intensivist at Emory University Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Atlanta. Dr. Hug served on the FAER Board of Directors from 1994 to 1998, and was Chair of the Board from 1999 to 2001. He is former president and director of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCCA in 2002, and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 2006.

Beyond his many professional achievements and contributions to the field of anesthesiology, Dr. Hug is dedicated to his family. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 57 years, and have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Dr. and Mrs. Hug became members of the FAER Legacy Society last year, when they decided to give to FAER through a beneficiary designation on a retirement account. Although Dr. Hug’s passion for and dedication to the future of the specialty is no secret to those who know him well, he shared his vision for the future and why he and Marilyn have made a legacy gift to FAER in a letter to all anesthesiologists.

“I hope Marilyn’s and my planned gift to FAER helps preserve and enhance anesthesiology’s standing among medical specialties, and attracts talented young physicians to this specialty. I think it is critical to support junior faculty in developing their academic careers in anesthesiology teaching and research. Otherwise, there is risk that departments of anesthesiology will changes to departments of anesthesia services. It has always been a challenge for anesthesiology to compete for research grants with other medical specialties. Support for research on patient safety has enhanced our profession while reducing medical errors, injuries, death rates linked to anesthesia, as well as malpractice risks. FAER supports development of qualified investigators who can study all aspects of anesthesiology.”

Click below to download and read Dr. Hug’s full Legacy Letter.

FAER Legacy Society Letter