Recent newspaper articles about strides in the treatment of heart disease and prevention of heart attacks reawakened Hagerstown resident William G. Gregg's memories of his father, a physician recognized worldwide for making many of those advances.
While Dr. Donald Eaton Gregg died 17 years ago, his son said his years of research paved the way for improvements in today's surgical techniques to reverse the effects of heart disease.
Among William Gregg's treasured mementos of his father is a picture of Dr. Gregg standing outside the White House with President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
At that occasion, Gregg received the Distinguished Federal Civilian Service award.
Also honored at that ceremony were former USSR ambassador Llewellyn Thompson and astronaut John Glenn, among others.
Gregg then was the chief of the Department of Cardio-Respiratory Diseases at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, according to his son.