Dr. Orian Truss was a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and of Cornell University Medical College. His post-graduate training was on the Cornell Division of Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where he completed successive years as Intern, Assistant Resident, and Chief Resident in internal medicine. He later held the position of Chief of Cardiology and Assistant Chief of Medicine at the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Maxwell Field, Alabama. There followed a year devoted to study of the female endocrine system as a Fellow in Pharmacology at the University of Alabama Medical College in Birmingham.
Dr. Truss served as Instructor in Medicine at Cornell Medical College and as Instructor in Clinical Medicine at the University of Alabama Medical College prior to devoting full time to private practice. Dr. Truss was a certified specialist (Diplomate) of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of numerous medical organizations.
For many years his private practice was focused on the relationship of allergy and infection in many of the problems dealt with by internists. In particular, this interest was centered on the role of the yeast “Candida albicans” in human illness.
Dr. Truss died in September 2009 at 86. He and his late wife, Susan Heaslett Truss, were married for fifty-six years and had five children. He was the proud grandfather of fourteen grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren.