Dr Claude H. Organ, Jr, was one of the most talented, respected, and honored figures ever to grace American surgery. He was an astute observer of the surgical scene, and his extensive friendships, keen intellect, and incisive insights allowed him to predict or understand events often missed by others. He had a unique ability to define the core of an issue and to address it forthrightly, courageously, and honestly. His sense of humor was subtle, pervasive, and infectious. When Claude would give you a wink and a grin, you knew he was about to unleash some outrageous barb, usually on an unsuspecting colleague who had begun to take himself too seriously.