Brief Chronology

  • 1913 --Born May 27 in Denver, Colorado, to Henry and Carla Denison Swan
  • 1935 --AB in History and English, magna cum laude, Williams College; class valedictorian
  • 1936 --Married Mary Fletcher Wardwell, June 26 (children: Edith, Henry, Helen, and Gretchen)
  • 1939 --MD cum laude, Harvard Medical School; class valedictorian
  • 1939-40 --Pathology fellowship, Colorado General Hospital, Denver, Colorado
  • 1940-42 --Surgical internship, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942-43 --Surgical residency, Children's Hospital, Boston
  • 1943-45 --U.S. Army, Assistant Surgeon, 4th Auxilliary Surgical Group, and Chief Surgeon, 5th Auxilliary Surgical Group
  • 1946-50 --Assistant, associate, and full Professor of Surgery, University of Colorado Medical School
  • 1949 --Performed first graft repair of aortic aneurysm using preserved aorta section
  • 1950 --Began laboratory research on use of hypothermia in surgery
  • 1950-61 --Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Medical School
  • 1953 --Performed first clinical series of open-heart operations using hypothermia
  • 1955 --Received American Medical Association Hektoen Medal for original research on hypothermia
  • 1963-82 --Professor of Surgery, Research, Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1964 --Married Geraldine Morris Fairchild; began studies of African lungfish
  • 1968 --Reported his identification of hibernation-inducing substance "antabolone" in lungfish brains
  • 1974 --Published Thermoregulation and Bioenergetics: Patterns of Vertebrate Survival
  • 1996 --Died July 13, in Denver, of progressive neuromuscular disease