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Charles H. Read

Charles H. Read
Charles Herbert Read, MD, was born July 22, 1918, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and died Feb. 21, 2016, in Iowa City.
Charles served as a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Iowa from 1954 to 1987. In addition to a long career in clinical practice,
Charles devised a treatment program for Southeast Asian diabetics, developed the first method for measuring human growth hormone, investigated the role of lipids in causing arteriosclerosis and developed the insulin assay. Charles was also instrumental in setting up the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic with medical residents and nurses in 1971.
Charles obtained his medical degree at the McGill College of Medicine in 1943, following an undergraduate degree at Acadia, and subsequently served as a flight surgeon on the first Canadian aircraft carrier in WWII from 1943 to 1945. After the war, Charles worked for a short time as a rural family physician in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This period of his life is documented in his memoir, “This Navy Doctor Came Ashore.”
In 1946, he was a resident in pediatrics at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, where his interest in endocrine disorders first peaked. He continued his investigation into this area as a medical fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, until 1951 when Charles became an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba in Pediatrics. At this time, he developed the ‘Constant Carbohydrate Diet’ for people suffering from diabetes.
Upon retirement, Charles traveled extensively and captured exquisite scenes through his exploration of photography. He played tennis well into his 80s, until recently he attended every home Hawkeye football game, and made yearly treks to his favorite summer location, Prince Edward Island, with his family.
Charles is survived by his dedicated wife, Chunghi Choo, his daughters, Pat (Dick Botthof), Judy Guernsey, Susan (Glenn Mazer) and Connie (Chuck Hippee) and son, Charles; six grandchildren (Nick, Kimberly, Read, Alaine, Anna, Camilla) and a great-grandchild (Kailey).
There will be a private family service at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic. Online condolences may be sent for his family at www.gayandciha.com.