Dr. Cronkhite was born on May 4, 1919 in Newton, Mass. He attended Bowdoin College, during which he joined the Maine National Guard. With WW II beginning he joined the Army as a Private, was initially assigned to Intelligence in South American and later the Pacific Theater. After several years in the service, some as a paratrooper, he returned to Bowdoin, completed his undergraduate studies and entered Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1950. After an Internal Medicine residency at Harvard, Dr. Cronkhite studied metabolic medicine in the Public Health Service. He spent several years in private practice during which he became a consultant for health-care plans and an expert on life support systems. He returned to the army in 1961, serving in Alaska and later became Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee Chairman. He retired from the Army with the rank of Major General and was made commander of the 21,000 member 94th Army Reserve Command in Boston in 1975. His further accomplishments included: General Director, and later president, of the Boston Children's Hospital establishing many new programs. He moved to the presidency of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1977. From 1977 to 1984 he oversaw the development of several new innovative programs. Dr. Cronkhite passed away in July of 1996 at age 77. He was survived by his wife Judith of 20 years and three daughters. Sources: "Engbring, Norman H. An Anchor for the Future: a history of the Medical College of Wisconsin, 1893-1990. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1991. p. 267" ; "Funeral program for Dr. Cronkhite. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1996. Available at MCW Libraries" ; "Obituary: Leonard Cronkhite Jr., 77, Health Plan Organizer, The New York Times. July 3, 1996"