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Frederick R. Sidell, M.D., Class of 1956

Physician, Teacher, Scientist

Frederick R. Sidell

Following graduation from Marietta College and the NYU School of Medicine, Sidell completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. After spending two years in the U.S. Army, he was employed by the Department of Defense until he retired in 1995.

In the late 1960s Sidell and some colleagues developed a course for military medical personnel on the management of chemical agent casualties, of which he was course director for many years. More recently he prepared much of the teaching material and provided instruction in the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and in the Domestic Preparedness Program.

Because of his expertise, in 1979 the Surgeon General's office sent Sidell to Southeast Asia to investigate the alleged use of "yellow rain" against the Hmong tribesmen of Laos. In 1987 he examined Kurdish civilian casualties who were victims of chemical warfare in their homeland, and in 1995 he traveled to Japan to assist and advise Japanese physicians on the care of casualties from the terrorist nerve agent incident on Tokyo subways.

Sidell's research and studies have been published in more than 90 reports. In addition to writing several handbooks, including one for civilian responders, he was the senior editor of the military's textbook on the management of chemical and biological casualties.

He has received several achievement awards and commander's medals, and in 2002, a new building at Aberdeen Proving Ground was named the Sidell Learning Center in recognition of his work.