In memoriam: Rubem Lederman

Long-serving IOF Board Member will be warmly remembered as great colleague, friend and supporter of IOF

IOF and its members were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Lederman on April 16, 2012 at the age of 76. Professor Lederman was a long-serving Board Member of the IOF from 1999 to March 2012. IOF extends its condolences to Professor Rubem’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed and warmly remembered as a valued friend and supporter of IOF. His important accomplishments in education, training and public advocacy will continue to serve the cause of osteoporosis patients in Brazil and in the Latin American region.

Colleague and friend, Professor Christiano Zerbini, said, ""Brazilian rheumatologists are very sad as we have lost a very good and beloved friend.  Rubem was an excellent person and a wonderful colleague. All of his friends had the opportunity to enjoy the company of our dear “Rubinho” for a long time. He was always a pleasant person in the events of rheumatology and bone metabolism or just talking in a good restaurant or at home. As a director of  the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology he worked hard to keep all the country regions coming together. Rubem was always concerned with the participation of all  Brazilian rheumatologists in the Society life and took a lot of care not to exclude anyone. I had the opportunity to talk with him about the merger of the three societies involved in bone metabolism to make a new society ABrASSO ((Associação Brasileira de Avaliação da Saúde Óssea e Osteometabolismo). He was enthusiastic about this merger and gave his sincere support to this initiative. He founded SOBRAO (Brazilian Society for Osteoporosis) and was a member of the IOF Board. Rubem, Wiliam, Chahade, Jose Zanchetta and Pierre Delmas staged a wonderful IOF meeting in Rio de Janeiro some years ago. Rubem was born in the state of Pernambuco, but his heart was “carioca” (born in Rio de Janeiro). We will miss him. We will remember that guy in a fashionable restaurant asking for “chicken or fish grilled without fat, no meat, and bread and butter please”. Rubem will stay in the annals of the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology but, mostly, in the heart of his friends."

Rubem Lederman was Chief of the Rheumatology Dept. and Clinical Research Chief of the Hospital dos Servidores do Estado do Rio de Janeiero. He was Founder and President of the Brazilian Osteoporosis Society, Co-founder of FENAPCO, and was President of the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology from 1982 to 1984 and of the Brazilian Academy of Rheumatology from 1994 to 1996. He was also President of the Anti-Ageing Society and the International Ibero American Committee from 1994 to 1998. Prof. Lederman was well known in Latin America and was an honorary member of the Argentine and Chilean (as well as Portuguese) Rheumatology Societies. He was Co-Chair of the 2004 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Rio de Janeiro and Executive President of the XVII World Rheumatology Congress ILAR held in Brazil in 1989.

He is survived by his wife Paulina and two daughters.