P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Robert Wylie, M.D.
Dr. Robert Wylie Jr., a 1931 graduate of P&S and professor emeritus of clinical surgery, died March 16, 1995.
After graduating from P&S, Dr. Wylie did internships in medicine and surgery at Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in surgery. His residency in surgery was at Bellevue Hospital.
He joined the P&S faculty in 1937 as instructor in surgery and became professor of clinical surgery in 1954.
Until his retirement in 1972, he was director of chest surgery at Presbyterian. Throughout his career, he also had appointments at Bellevue, Delafield, Harlem, Kingsbridge VA, Manhattan VA, Meadowbrook, Roosevelt, Mount Vernon, Huntington, St. Albans U.S. Naval, St. John's Riverside, and Sharon, Conn., hospitals.
The New York Times account of Dr. Wylie's death told about his notoriety in treating Martin Luther King Jr. and radio-TV star Arthur Godfrey. As a consultant to Harlem Hospital, Dr. Wylie was called there in 1958 after Dr. King was stabbed with a steel letter opener, the Times reported. The next year, Dr. Wylie operated on Mr. Godfrey, who had lung cancer and required a complicated procedure in chest surgery, still considered fairly hazardous at the time.
Dr. Wylie received the P&S Distinguished Service Award in 1990.
He is survived by five children, including John Wylie'69.
Donald A. Holub, M.D.
Dr. Donald A. Holub, professor of clinical medicine and a 1952 graduate of P&S, died Feb. 20, 1995. He spent his entire career at Columbia as an endocrinologist and a division chief in the Department of Medicine.
A 1948 graduate of Columbia College, he received his training in medicine and endocrinology at Columbia-Presbyterian after graduating from P&S.
He is remembered for astute diagnostic skills and for his contribution as a teacher of students, house officers, and endocrinology fellows.
A fellowship in endocrinology is being established at P&S in his name.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel; three daughters; and a granddaughter.
A.L. Loomis Bell, M.D.
Dr. A.L. Loomis Bell, professor emeritus of clinical medicine, died April 25, 1995. He was former director of the pulmonary and critical care unit of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and chief of the center's pulmonary medicine division.
Dr. Bell started teaching at P&S in 1953. He retired in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two sons; two daughters; and 10 grandchildren.
Other Faculty Deaths Robert E. Appleby, M.D., associate clinical professor of pediatrics, died in February 1995.
Marcia S. Ebert, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and academic coordinator of clinical education, died April 2, 1995.
Roy H. Petrie, M.D., former associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, died in May 1995. He received his doctor of medical science degree at P&S.
Thomas K. Tatemichi, M.D., assistant professor of neurology (in the Sergievsky Center), died April 22, 1995.