Dr. J. Bradley Aust recruited Dr. Arthur Storer McFee to become one of the founding faculty of a new medical school in San Antonio in 1968. Dr. McFee and his new bride, Iris, arrived sight unseen to San Antonio to help build a new medical school in South Texas. Dr. McFee stayed at this same institution and the same community for the remainder of his life. He was named a full professor in 1974, and became the Chief of the Division of General Surgery in 1996. During his career he played critical roles in all facets of surgical care at University Hospital, serving as the chief of the operating room, director of the surgical intensive care unit and chief of the medical staff. He was the critical founding member and life-long steward of the Aust Surgical Society, an alumni organization dedicated to helping and mentoring surgical residents from the residency he and his colleagues built in San Antonio.
Dr. McFee's entire professional life was spent in the education of surgeons. On Saturday, June 20th, as Dr. McFee peacefully passed away at his home, the surgery program he invested his life toward building was hosting its annual graduation ceremony successfully graduating its 300th surgical resident. Arthur McFee played a meaningful and vital role in the education of all 300 of these surgeons, and his legacy endures in the cumulative work of these dedicated men and women.
Arthur Storer McFee, MD, PhD was a true gentleman, a highly skilled and capable surgeon, and a quick-witted meticulous and gifted scholar. He committed his life to making the world around him a better place. Through the surgeons and students he influenced and molded, he leaves an enduring legacy in South Texas and across the globe. He will be sorely and sadly missed.
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