Bill Westwood –
Bob Demarest had a profound influence on the Association of Medical Illustrators and the profession of medical illustration that continues even today. He was a great intellect, an inspiring, always learning student of anatomy and above all he was a consummate illustrator. Bob passed away this past November at the age of 90. The purpose of this presentation is to both celebrate Bob’s career among those of us who had the privilege of knowing him, working with him and being inspired by him and to share knowledge about his work and achievements with younger members who, because of their youth, didn’t have similar opportunities. There have been true giants in medical illustration who have played major roles in propelling our profession and association to remarkable heights. Bob is definitely among them.
William B. Westwood, MS, CMI, FAMI Bill is a Medical College of Georgia graduate with over 40 years of experience in Medical Illustration. He worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for ten years before leaving to start his own business, Westwood Medical Communications, in Albany, NY. Bill is a past President of the AMI and served two terms on the Board of Governors. His medical artwork has won 37 awards, including a Billings Gold Medal from the American Medical Association, and he was the 2010 recipient of the AMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill is a frequent speaker on copyright and other business issues affecting medical illustrators (copyright, contracts, licensing, etc.) and an on-air panelist for 12 years with a popular regional call-in radio program, “The Copyright Forum” on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.