F. Marian Bishop, longtime chairwoman of the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and often called "the mother of academic family medicine," died of cancer Saturday in her Salt Lake City home. She was 75.
Dr. Bishop was the first woman ever named to lead a department at the U.'s School of Medicine, and was the first woman to hold several other positions, such as the presidency of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She received scores of national awards throughout her career from government agencies, universities and professional societies.
"Dr. Bishop's tenure as our first female department chair should not be remembered for that reason alone, although it was a singular distinction," said Lorris Betz, senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school. "She guided the University of Utah's family medicine program from adolescence to adulthood with a firm hand and a clear vision of all we could become."
Dr. Bishop was also a rare Ph.D. in a field replete with M.D.s, and served as the first doctor of philosophy in many positions formerly occupied by medical school graduates.
Last year, Dr. Bishop received the American Academy of Family Physicians' highest honor — the John G. Walsh Award — for her leadership in furthering the development of family practice. She was published widely in professional journals and textbooks, and she lectured frequently. A U. medical school award is named in her honor.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Froelich, two children and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rice-Eccles Stadium towers (south entrance). Guests may call one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, Bishop Fellowship Program, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, Kan. 66211.