Memorial service for Flance June 24

A memorial service for I. Jerome Flance, MD, a renowned physician, educator and pulmonary disease specialist at Washington University School of Medicine, will be held at 4 p.m. June 24 in Moore Auditorium at the School of Medicine.

Jerome Flance

A reception will follow in the King Center at the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

Flance died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the age of 98.

Flance, emeritus professor of clinical medicine, was a member of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine for 53 years. In 1944, he became director of the Washington University Pulmonary Service at the St. Louis City Hospitals and an attending physician at Barnes and Jewish hospitals. In 1953, he initiated a hospital-based, home-care program at Jewish Hospital and served as its director for 11 years. During that time, he also started the first formal home-care program for tuberculosis in the United States.

Upon retiring from medical practice in 1998 at age 87, Flance became the special associate for community redevelopment at the medical school, representing the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. in its efforts to revitalize the 45-block Forest Park Southeast community. He was instrumental in the reopening of Adams Elementary, the building of the McCormack House assisted-living center and the construction of parks and playgrounds in the area. He continued working on neighborhood revitalization efforts until 2006, and then continued working to bring better education and health services to underserved children and adults in north St. Louis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the I. J. Flance, MD, Philanthropic Fund, c/o the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.