Abe Mickal, M.D.

Abe Mickal

1912 - 2001
AAOG: 1972, AGS: 1975

Dr. Abe Mickal passed away peacefully on September 20, 2001 at 89 years of age marking the end of what has been described as "having lived the American Dream". His career vibrantly demonstrated his outstanding athletic and intellectual skills and also that he possessed and lived with highest standards.

Born Ibrahim Khalil Mickal on June 15, 1912 in what was then part of Syria and now Lebanon, a region then angrily besieged with turmoil and by treacherous marauders. His family was able to immigrate to the U.S.A. in 1920 and settled in McComb, Mississippi, where Abe Mickal became a stellar high school athlete, lettering 12 times in football, basketball, baseball and track. The University of Notre Dame appeared to beckon this outstanding student/athlete but the sudden death of football coach Knute Rockne led to his decision to attend instead Louisiana State University where Abe began a not-surprising magnificent career. At L.S.U. Abe Mickal was literally a "triple threat" football star between 1933-35 and was also President of the L.S.U. Student Body, Cadet Colonel of the L.S.U. ROTC and recipient of the Golden Sabre as the outstanding ROTC Cadet. His football achievements led to election to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1967. The legendary Huey P. Long, Louisiana Governor and later U.S. Senator became his number one fan!

Abe Mickal graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1940. He served as a Major in the U.S. Army during World War II.

His memorable career in Obstetrics and Gynecology began with his residency during 1946-49 at New Orleans' Charity Hospital. He was appointed Professor and Head at L.S.U. Medical School in 1959 and served with high distinction, bringing great recognition to the Department through his numerous publications, visiting professorships and participation in medical programs (more than 200 over all) and memberships plus offices held in prestigious societies. In 1980 he retired to become emeritus Professor and Chairman and in 1985 until his death he was Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Kenner Regional Medical Center. Dr. Mickal's athletic and medical talents and contributions are recognized by the following memberships and accolades: The Louisiana, Mississippi and Greater New Orleans Sports Halls of Fame; L.S.U. Alumnus of the year 1980 and L.S.U. Medical Alumnus of the year 1986; The Abe Mickal Professorship & Chair was endowed in 1985 at L.S.U. Medical Center.

Dr. Abe Mickal was a member of over 20 medical societies and was President of the following: New Orleans Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Southern Obstetrics & Gynecologic Seminar and Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He was Vice-President of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Dr. Mickal received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1991 and was a founding member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Dr. Abe Mickal is survived by his wife Lois, three children, two sisters, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Abe possessed a genuine charisma, which engendered respect, good humor, friendship, and credibility, which is a treasured memory of his trainees, colleagues and multitude of friends.

Submitted by Charles A. White, M.D.

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