Remembering Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD


Renowned forensic pathologist and AAFS Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, passed away May 13, at the age of 93.

Dr. Wecht was president of the American College of Legal Medicine and headed the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine. He served as County Commissioner and Allegheny County Coroner and Medical Examiner, serving the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. He was a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University.

Over the years, Dr. Wecht authored several books and became famous appearing on television and consulting on deaths with a high media profile covering high-profile cases. He performed over 17,000 autopsies throughout his career.

Dr. Wecht entered the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in 1962. He always had a large presence at the AAFS conferences, authoring several papers and presenting on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Wecht participated on several committees and served as AAFS President from 1971-72.

Dr. Wecht will always be known as one of the leading figures in forensic pathology. He will be missed.


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