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Members and staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) mourn the passing of Chuck
Giorno, our dear friend and event photographer
since 1975. Chuck passed away on October 7, the last
full day of Clinical Congress 2015, in Chicago, IL, of
organic cardiovascular disease. He was 63 years old.
Chuck, an Elmwood Park, IL, native, took
thousands of photographs throughout the last 40 years,
documenting the College’s Clinical Congresses and
many other events, including Committee on Trauma
meetings, the annual Jacobson Dinner, and the 2014
Ernest A. Codman, MD, FACS, memorial ceremony.
Always on the move, Chuck was easy to spot,
with his ever-changing hair color and ever-present
stepladder, darting through crowds while hauling
his cart of heavy photography equipment. He was
a perfectionist in his work, expending great energy
and care on every assignment—straightening jackets,
removing badges, moving people just an inch or two,
teasing and exhorting, “This is the last one…and now,
just ONE more!”—all in the pursuit of excellence.
His vibrant personality made everyone smile. Both
on and off the job he joked with surgeons and staff,
related stories about past ACS meetings and leaders,
shared photos of his cats, discussed camera equipment
with interested passersby, and befriended hotel staff,
shuttle bus drivers, baristas, waiters…everyone.
Chuck studied in the well-known photography
program at Columbia College in Chicago, IL. He
began his career as a staff photographer for Oscar &
Associates, moved to Atwood Convention Publishing,
and then ran his own business in Washington, DC,
and Atlanta, GA, before returning to Illinois.
He was passionate about art and music; he played
in a rock band in the 1970s. Always generous with his
time, he volunteered with a local cat rescue and served
as a handyman and companion for elderly friends.
It’s difficult to imagine that such a lively character
is no longer with us, but we all have many, many
memories of Chuck to share and treasure. (For
more photos of Chuck, see page 35 of this issue.)
Condolences may be sent to the Giorno family c/o
Tina Woelke at the ACS, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL
60611. Donations to his favorite cat rescue, where his cats
now reside, would be welcome: Gypsy Cats NFP Inc., 1845
N. Natchez Ave., Chicago, IL 60707, or www.gypsycats.org.
Senior Graphic Designer/Production Manager/
Clinical Congress News Photography Editor
Chuck in 2015 (left) and 1998
DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF
EDITORIAL & PRODUC TION ASSISTANT
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER/
Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS
Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS
Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS
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