Keith Smith, who was appointed Ombudsman for the Stanford University School of Medicine less than a year ago, died Tuesday in Washington, D.C., at the age of 59. Although new to the Ombuds profession, Smith was well-known on the Stanford campus, having worked there in various employee relations positions since 1977. (Stanford News Service.)
Update 4/17/09: Smith was en route to the Joint Conference.
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