John Thomas Grayhack, 1923-2012

23 August 2012

The European Association of Urology conveys its condolences to the family of Dr. John ‘Jack’ Thomas Grayhack, 89, a world-renowned physician, surgeon, researcher and scholar. Grayhack received his BA and MD from the University of Chicago. After a general surgery internship and residency at Johns Hopkins, Grayhack spent a year at Brady Research Laboratory and became interested in urology.

He completed his urological training at Brady in 1953.  He was an assistant professor at Hopkins and served two years in the Air Force before moving in 1956 to Northwestern University where he was appointed chairman and Herman Kretchmer Professor of Urology in 1963, a position he held until 1989.
Grayhack was a recipient of some of urology’s most prestigious awards, including the AUA’s Hugh Hampton Young Award (1979), the Eugene Fuller Prostate Award (1989), the Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Education Award (1991), Ramon Guiteras Award (1994) and Presidential Citation (2002).  He served on numerous AUA committees and as president of the American Board of Urology and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He was awarded the Keyes Medal (2001) and the Barringer Medal (1980). Grayhack also edited the Yearbook of Urology (1963 -1978) and the Journal of Urology (1985-1994).

Grayhack and his late wife Betty were married for 62 years. His children and grandchildren  remembers with fondness his passion for hunting, fishing and summers on Diamond Lake in Canada.