Honorary Founders


Joe Butterfield

L. Joseph Butterfield, MD, FAAP and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado was a charter member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics and helped found District VIII in 1982.  Joe had many passions and projects and was recipient of many awards during his remarkable career.  Fortunately, District VIII was one of his passions.  He shepherded the organization and then promoted membership to heights that have not been achieved since.  His influence lives on in the efforts of the individuals who knew him.  Joe passed away in 1999.  With establishment of our Education Foundation Endowment in 2005, in Midway, UT we were able to recognize his contributions to District VIII by naming him the first "honorary founder" and making a deposit in his name towards this fund-raising effort.   We hope Joe would have been pleased.  We are proud to call him one of our own.




 August L. Jung, MD, FAAP and professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah helped found District VIII in 1982.  Larry brought Utah into the organization and over the years has participated as a long-time Council member and former District Chairman.  As chair of the nominating committee until 2005, he also hand-picked nominees and thereby the elected leadership of the district for most of its history.  His influence is evident in the longevity and continuing success of the organization.   With establishment of our Education Foundation Endowment in 2005, in Midway, UT, we were able to recognize his contributions to District VIII by naming him an "honorary founder" and making a deposit in his name towards this fund-raising effort.   


W. Joseph Daily, MD, FAAP was a founding member of the District, served as it's Chairman for many tireless years, and has always been instrumental in the development of District VIII as a true representative of excellence and the global organization of care for our region.  Based primarily in Phoenix, AZ, Joe and his colleagues were amongst the first to bring centralized regionalization concepts to neonatal and perinatal care.  Tackling budgets, politics and apathy, Joe achieved creation of a world class system for conduct of Neonatal Intensive Care and Maternal / Perinatal transport.  His role as a teacher and true educator for countless Pediatric Residents and Neonatal Fellows is legendary.  Joe remains active in the District and his sage advice is always both rewarding and enjoyable!


Dr. Douglas McMillan has been one of our longest standing leaders on the Canadian side of the District. Following graduation in Medicine from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Doug took  a rotating internship and pediatric residency in Calgary before training in Neonatology and pediatric pulmonary disease at the Cardiovascular Research Institute in San Francisco. Returning as a faculty member of the University of Calgary, Doug became involved with the AAP District VIII Section of Perinatal Pediatrics in 1977. He was the first chapter representative from Alberta and assisted in the involvement of Canadians in District VIII conferences attending 23 of the first 27 annual meetings. He was the program chair for the 1987 meeting in Banff and Chairman of the District VIII Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, 1993-1996, and initiatied the drum that remains symbolic of this position. Doug credits his involvement with District VIII with many of his opportunities, and hopes his activities have enhanced those of others. Doug has been instrumental in ensuring the contribution of Canadian Neonatology to the District and has been hugely invested in the regionalization, organization, and promotion of excellence in Neonatal Care in Calgary, Alberta, and, indeed, all of Canada.   Another "born educator" for many Medical Students,  Pediatric Residents and Neonatal Fellows, Doug's sharp witt and excellent, though perhaps "Canadian", humor always makes work, learning, and comraderie extremely enjoyable and hugely rewarding.  Doug has recently moved to Hallifax, in Eastern Canada, but promises to remain loyal to his roots in the District, and it is an honor to have him amongst our Founders, inducted at the 2015 meeting in Victoria, BC.  

Gerry Merenstein, MD, FAAP was professor of pediatrics and medical director of Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program at the University of Colorado (UC) at Denver and Health Sciences Center, and former senior associate dean for education at the UC Denver School of Medicine.  So many of us were residents, fellows, colleagues and friends that Gerry was loved and respected by legions!

Gerry practiced neonatology for more than 30 years and chaired the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics executive committee. He received the section's 2007 Neonatal Education Award. His publications includes more than 150 articles, chapters and books. The Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care (sixth edition), which he co-edited, was published in 2006.

Gerry attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He moved to Denver in 1966 to begin his career in medicine at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1986 as a colonel and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado.

Gerry was inducted into the Founders at the Hawaii Meeting in June, 2016.




Carl Bodenstein, MD, FAAP trained with the greats of the late 70's in Phoenix, with Joe Daily as his mentor.  He was exposed to the District as a Fellow and, except for one year, just after Fellowship, spent lost somewhere off the coast of Southeastern Florida, has been an active member ever since.  Carl hosted the 1984 Conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID, was WA State Representative for many years, and subsequently Chair of the District.  Practicing from 1983 to 2015 in Spokane, WA, Carl helped develop the Forest Bird VDR High Frequency Ventilator, was a key researcher in the E-Ferol debacle, and an active member of his community Pediatric Society. Carl currently chairs the District VIII Educational Foundation, and encourages your donation!   Known to be fairly outspoken, Carl's favorite activity is diving with sharks.

Carl was inducted as Foundation member at the Seattle meeting, June, 2017.




Dennis Mayock, MD, FAAP has long been Secretary and "Go To" person for the District.  Dennis is a gentleman, scholar, teacher, mentor and advocate for all that is neonatology.  Dennis is Associate Division Chief, Clinical Research at Seattle Children's Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics. He has been on staff at UW/Children's Seattle since 1985 and a member of the District ever since.

In Dennis's own words:

"My goal is to provide the best evidenced-based medical care to newborns. When evidence is not available on which to base clincal decisions, I feel obligated to pursue such answers through clinical research projects. Generation of new evidence remains my primary focus."

Dennis was inducted as Foundation member at the Seattle meeting, June, 2017


Jerald (Jerry) King

Dr. Jerry King:  Jerry King is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah where he has served as Medical Director of the University NICU for 20 years.  More recently he has been Director of Neonatal Outreach and Education and has been instrumental in founding the Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank in Salt Lake City.
Jerry has enthusiastically worked for and supported the AAP District VIII Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine for decades during his career.  He has been a Council Member, Secretary-Treasurer, Chairman, Conference Host (2005, 2018), and webmaster.  Under his leadership, the District Council developed the first website, the Education Foundation and Founders’ Dinner, increased membership, improved finances, and advanced conference planning.  His advocacy for members “getting involved” has helped inspire increased administrative opportunities for District members.  It is most fitting Jerry was named an honorary founder in 2018.