Dr. Laurence E. Earley, professor emeritus and former chair of medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, passed away March 13, 2012, at age 81.
Dr. Earley came to Penn from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he had been professor and chairman of the department of medicine from 1973-77. He was appointed to Penn's faculty in 1977 as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine and then was designated the Francis C. Wood Professor of Medicine in 1983. He also chaired the department from 1977-90. Dr. Earley became emeritus in 1995. In addition to teaching, Dr. Earley served as the senior associate dean for international medical education from 1991-95, traveling to strengthen Penn's connections with institutions in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
In 1995, Dr. Earley left Penn and served as professor of clinical medicine at the University of North Carolina until retiring in 2000.
Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Earley held appointments at Harvard University and then the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as chief of the renal division in the department of medicine. Dr. Earley was internationally known for his work in nephrology. He was co-editor of a textbook, Diseases of the Kidney, and authored many articles in research and clinical journals. During his career, he held editorial positions in several scholarly journals that explore renal physiology and kidney disease. He was the past president of the American Association of Physicians and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Born in Ahoskie, North Carolina, Dr. Earley earned both degrees-his BS in 1953, and MD in 1956-from the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Earley is survived by his wife, Joanne; sons, Peter and Laurence Jr.; and seven grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Andrew.