Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, who founded and directed Georgetown University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics and was a former president of The Catholic University of America, died June 13. He was 92.
Considered one of the most prominent founders of the field of bioethics and an early pioneer in teaching humanities in medical schools, he was the author of more than 600 published articles in medical science, philosophy and ethics and author or co-author of 23 books.
Pellegrino, who would have turned 93 on June 22, was a former director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He also founded and directed the university’s Center for Clinical Bioethics, which just this year was renamed the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics.
He received his bachelor’s of science degree from St. John’s University, Jamaica, and his medical degree from N.Y.U. He served residencies in medicine at Bellevue, Goldwater Memorial and Homer Folks Tuberculosis Hospitals.