A Professorship named for George R. Honig, MD, PhD, will support the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Now serving as Professor Emeritus, Dr. Honig was Head of the Department of Pediatrics from 1984 to 2004 and an internationally recognized investigator in Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. Honig founded and directed the University of Illinois Sickle Cell Center in 1971, encompassing programs in patient care, education, screening and counseling services, and clinical and laboratory-based research. The National Institutes of Health grant award received in support of the Center was, at that time, the largest NIH grant ever received by the University of Illinois (U of I). Dr. Honig’s research characterized the molecular structure of abnormal hemoglobin variants. He remained an active investigator until his retirement. During Dr. Honig’s tenure as Department Head of Pediatrics, the Medicine-Pediatric Residency and many other innovative educational programs were standardized and developed. He also established off-site care locations (Michael Reese Hospital) and stewarded the department through many administrative and financial challenges. Dr. Honig was known for his close interactions with medical students and residents, as well as for recruiting and developing an outstanding group of faculty colleagues and highly committed research associates. His daily participation in morning reports, along with his clinical acumen and insights, are long remembered by a generation of colleagues, students, and trainees. Dr. Honig’s work on behalf of the children of Chicago as Department Head and as a physician-scientist was recognized with the Chicago Pediatric Society Joseph P. Brenneman Award. Dr. Honig authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters on medicine and biomedical science and scientific reports. He drew upon his experience as a physician, as well as his longstanding interest in history and religion, to write a novel, “The Alexandria Letter,” which was published by Synergy Books in 2010 (Ignite, 2018). Dr. Honig graduated from the Niles Township High School in Skokie, Illinois, and from there, he enrolled in the premed curriculum at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign. While attending the U of I College of Medicine, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Harris Busch in the Department of Pharmacology in addition to his medical studies. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Honig became a pediatrics intern and subsequently a resident at the venerable Harriet Lane Home for Indigent Children in Baltimore, Maryland. He went on to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, as a Research Associate. While there he also enrolled in a program that had been jointly developed between the NIH and George Washington University, through which he completed the requirements for a PhD degree in biochemistry. He then returned to Chicago to begin a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology with Dr. Irving Schulman at UIC. After completing his fellowship training, he was invited to remain at UIC, where he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; the following year he was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Honig also subsequently served as the Head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Children’s Memorial Hospital before returning to the University of Illinois in 1984.