- College of Medicine Faculty News
Dr. Richard Hornick, an Orlando infectious disease specialist who helped create the UCF College of Medicine, passed away August 9.
During his career as a physician, scientist and teacher, Dr. Hornick contributed to the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases including cholera, tularemia, typhoid fever, Q fever and dysenteric disorders. In addition, he authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific papers and book chapters on those topics.
As a member of the original Curriculum Committee in the fall of 2006, Dr. Hornick helped form the College of Medicine’s curriculum. An affiliated faculty member, he was a professor of Internal Medicine at the college.
“Dick Hornick was an excellent physician and a true gentleman,” said Dr. Robert Armacost, special advisor to the Dean at the UCF College of Medicine. “He faithfully made time in his practice to attend meetings and help form our curriculum. In addition, he was a master of bow ties and was successful in teaching me how simple it is to tie them – ‘Just like tying your shoes,’ he said. He was a great role model and we are better off in the college because he was here.”
Dr. Hornick attended Johns Hopkins University and Hopkins Medical School, and served in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Medical Unit at Fort Detrick. He joined the faculty at the University of Maryland where he rose to become professor and chairman of Infectious Disease. He was appointed chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and was Vice President for Medical Education at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
He was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Clinical and Climatological Association, Armed Forces Epidemiological Board and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “Dr. Hornick Memorial Fund, Orlando Health Foundation, 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Suite 50, Orlando, FL 32806.