Otha W. Linton, MS (1932-2020)
We have learned that former Associate Executive Director of the ACR, passed away on Monday, December 7th in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 88.
Over his tenure, Otha became fascinated with the history of radiology. His fascination ultimately led to two major projects that culminated his long tenure at the ACR. The first was to write a definitive anthology of the ACR's first 75 years, The American College of Radiology: The First 75 Years. The book was published in 1997 and is a must read for those interested in the College's history.
To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, Otha was selected to head up the efforts of Radiology Centennial Incorporated, a large cooperative organization of nearly 50 radiology societies and industry representatives that helped establish the goal of informing the public of the extraordinary development of the field of radiology from Roentgen's discovery to radiology practice as it neared the new millennium. The project was all-consuming establishing slide sets, videos, books, congressional recognition, a postage stamp, a travelling exhibit display and recognition and displays in the Disney's Epcot Center and Smithsonian Institute.
Otha ended his professional career as Executive Director of the International Society of Radiology and providing consultant work for radiology protection organizations.
For his dedicated service and accomplishments to the ACR and field of radiology, he was awarded the ACR Gold Medal in 2003. He also received the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society in 1995 and was awarded as an honorary member in the Radiological Society of North America in 1990.