Rheumatology’s Dr. John Atkinson speaks about the loss of his long time colleague Dr. Richard Brasington

Dr. John Atkinson, a physician and professor at Washington University Medical Center, first met Brasington 25 years ago, when he was recruited to be the director of their training program and teaching students during their fellowships on how to become rheumatologists.

Atkinson said Brasington took care of them, taught, and trained them.

“He was kind of their grandfather, if you will, in many ways,” he said. “And also, if things didn’t go right, he would help them correct it, and teach them. And he did it in a very nice, congenial way.”