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Clifford A. Bachrach
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Service: Thursday June 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Location: Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD

Clifford A. Bachrach, M.D.

Dr. Clifford A. Bachrach was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 29, 1916. He received both his Bachelor's and Medical degrees from Cornell University. In 1940, he studied tropical medicine and parasitology at the University of Havana, Cuba. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for four years during World War II, he joined the New York State Department of Health as an apprentice epidemiologist where in 1947 he participated in the control of the last naturally occurring outbreak of smallpox in the United States. This was followed by graduate work at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Bachrach remained on the faculty of the School for ten years as a member of the Department of Biostatistics and served concurrently as Director of Medical Records and Statistics of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Bachrach left Hopkins to become Director of the Research Statistics Division of the Veterans Administration Department of Medicine and Surgery, where he was responsible for the statistical support of the VA's program of cooperative clinical trials of new drugs. He then transferred to the National Heart Institute to participate in a large-scale study of risk factors in ischemic heart disease. From 1955 until his retirement in 1985 he was on the staff of the National Library of Medicine where he served as Editor of Index Medicus, the major bibliography of current journal literature concerned with all aspects of medicine. This became the basis for Medline, an online index to more than forty years of the world's medical literature. Following his retirement in 1986, he travelled extensively and participated in a number of activities at Asbury Methodist Village where he lived for 17 years before his death.

Dr. Bachrach is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dr. Leona L. Bachrach, formerly Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical School. He is also survived by a daughter, Susan Bachrach Coney and her husband, William Coney, of Watertown, Massachusetts; and two grandsons, William Coney of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Nathan Coney of Watertown, Massachusetts.

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Bachrach on Thursday June 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Asbury Methodist Village, Guild Memorial Chapel, 211 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Asbury Methodist Village Benevolent Care Endowment Fund at

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