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     On Wednesday, February 13th, 2008, the drug abuse treatment field lost one of its giants and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs lost a dear friend. Dr. George Gay, who we all knew as "Skip" died in Alaska after a brief illness at the age of 77. A true pioneer, Skip served as the innovative director of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics drug treatment programs and co-creator of the Rock Medicine program that provides medical coverage at rock concerts and other events. His JPD article, "A Dash of Mash," coauthored with Dr. John Newmeyer, provided a blueprint for such programs throughout the rock world.

Skip eventually left the Clinics to become, sequentially, a physician in the California Department of Corrections, an associate professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis, clinician for the Gualala Clinic on California's north coast and finally a bush doctor in Valdez, Alaska. Through it all, he maintained his ties with our Journal, writing some of its most provocative articles and serving on its Editorial Review Board. Although we are saddened by this loss, we can say "Goodbye old friend" and know that whatever Skip does next, it will be spectacular.

Richard Seymour











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