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Byline: TRIBUNE STAFF
Dr. John E. Smialek, New Mexico's chief medical investigator in the 1980s, tried to take the tragedy and the mystery of death and learn something from it.
"He always felt that way," said Dr. Patricia McFeeley, Smialek's successor and the current assistant chief medical investigator for the state.
"That's why he was always involved in the study of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome not just the physical view but the impact it has on families."
Besides his nationally known work with SIDS, Smialek also wrote numerous studies on sports-related deaths and sudden deaths brought on by heart ailments.