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P&S Journal: Spring 1996, Vol.16, No.2
In Memoriam


Alice Baker, M.D. , instructor in clinical medicine, died Oct. 1, 1995. She was a 1929 graduate of P&S.

Frank S. Jewett, M.D. , retired faculty member in psychiatry at Harlem Hospital, died Oct. 12, 1995. See alumni deaths for more information.

Lewis A. Johnson, M.D. , adjunct associate professor of pathology, died Jan. 12, 1996.

Saul H. Karlen, M.D. , former associate clinical professor of psychiatry, died Dec. 21, 1995. He received training at Columbia's Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Eugene L. Klenk, M.D. , former assistant professor of pediatrics, died Nov. 7, 1995.

Joseph Muschel, M.D. , postdoctoral research fellow in medicine, died July 9, 1995.

Robert P. Noble, M.D. , retired associate clinical professor of medicine, died Nov. 1, 1995. See alumni deaths for more information.

Anna Southam, M.D. , retired faculty member in obstetrics and gynecology, died Nov. 14, 1994. See alumni deaths for more information.


Class of 1931

Olive S. Bosworth, a retired pediatrician and physician for Hunter High School, Sarah Lawrence College, Mount Vernon School, and The Bronxville School in Bronxville, N.Y., died Nov. 4. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Bosworth was an accomplished gardener, artist, musician, and a reader for the Recordings for the Blind. She was married to the late Beardman Bosworth'31. She is survived by a daughter.

Orthopedic surgeon Philip T. Schlesinger died Oct. 10. Dr. Schlesinger had been chief of orthopedics at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Fay, a son, and a daughter.

Class of 1933

David Waugh, a retired ophthalmologist, died Sept. 7. Dr. Waugh trained at Brooklyn and Long Island College hospitals and had been affiliated with Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn. He served as a major in the Marine Corps during World War II. Surviving him are his wife, Bertha, a son, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1935

John L. Work, an emeritus clinical associate professor of pathology at New Jersey College of Medicine, died Oct. 6. Dr. Work, who served as attending pathologist and director of laboratories at Mountainside Hospital, was a longtime trustee and past president of the North New Jersey Blood Center. He is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Class of 1936

James Donaldson Jr., an attending surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital for 50 years, died Nov. 9. Dr. Donaldson served as a major with the Lenox Hill Evacuation Hospital Unit during World War II; as a Navy surgeon, he landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Later in life, he volunteered his services as an honorary surgeon for both the police and fire departments of New York City. He was a loyal and active alumnus of P&S, where for many years he rallied the ranks as class chairman. Surviving him are his wife, Clarisse, two sons, a brother, and eight grandchildren.

Class of 1937

Valdemar M. Jordan, a retired otolaryngologist and clinical professor at Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, died Nov. 5. He pioneered research on the surgical anatomy of the middle ear and helped develop a teaching curriculum in this area. In the early 1950s he was medical consultant to the Cleveland Indians. Dr. Jordan served with the Fourth General Hospital in the Southwest Pacific and New Guinea during World War II. His was the first medical unit to be sent to the Pacific following the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. He had been married to his classmate, the late Frances Cobb'37. Dr. Jordan is survived by two daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.

Class of 1938

Richard O. Diefendorf died in October 1994. A general surgeon specializing in trauma, Dr. Diefendorf had been a member of the clinical faculty of the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. A past president of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, he also served as chairman of the Society's Washington State Disciplinary Board. Surviving him are his wife, Josephine, and three sons.

Class of 1939

Donald G. Anderson, a former dean and director of the medical center of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a national authority on medical education, died Dec. 10. In his long and distinguished career in medical education, Dr. Anderson served as dean of the Boston University School of Medicine and as secretary of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. The recipient of numerous honors, including the Janeway Prize at P&S, Columbia's Bicentennial Medal, and knighthood in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, his publications included papers on his medical specialty, the clinical use of penicillin and other antibiotics, and on issues of medical education. He is survived by his wife, Hermine, a daughter, a brother, two stepdaughters, and seven grandchildren.

John B. Gramlich died Oct. 9. The first board certified surgeon in Wyoming, where his father was a general practitioner, Dr. Gramlich tended to the surgical needs of the state police of Wyoming and Colorado on a pro bono basis. In addition to his surgical expertise, Dr. Gramlich was also an accomplished pianist and organist, skier, and mountaineer. He served as a major in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and his second wife, Jean.

Joseph F. LaBarbera died May 9, 1995. He had a solo practice in general medicine in Rockville Centre, Long Island. A charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. LaBarbera was affiliated with the South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. He served with the Seventh Evacuation Hospital in the South Pacific during World War II. He is survived by four sons.

Class of 1940

Robert P. Noble of Lakeville, Conn., who had been a member of the Nobel Prize-winning team of Drs. Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards, who pioneered the first heart catheterization, died Nov. 1. Dr. Noble, a retired associate clinical professor at P&S, was one of the founding members of the Sharon Clinic and also was instrumental in founding the Sharon Research Institute in Sharon, Conn. In his own research, he documented a genetic link in hypercholesterolemia. Dr. Noble served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II.

Class of 1945

Word has been received of the death of Robert B. Simons Jr., date unknown. An internist from Lexington, Ky., Dr. Simons trained at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He served with the Navy during World War II. Survivors include a son and three daughters.

Class of 1947

Anna Southam, retired associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at P&S, died Nov. 14, 1994. A specialist in the treatment of infertility, Dr. Southam was in charge of the Sloane Hospital Endocrine Clinic at CPMC for many years, caring for women with reproductive problems. She participated in the pre-market testing of oral contraceptives and drugs for inducing ovulation and also performed the early clinical evaluation of a rapid immunologic test for pregnancy. Dr. Southam also worked in conjunction with the Population Office in the International Division of The Ford Foundation, administering research programs in fertility control in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific basin. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1948

Harry J. Robinson Sr., former vice president of medical affairs at Allied Chemical Corporation and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died Nov. 8. Dr. Robinson previously served as vice president of scientific affairs for the Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Co. His many honors included an honorary degree of doctor of science from Bucknell University and membership in the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation and the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapy. An early pioneer in recognizing the therapeutic potential of penicillin, streptomycin, and various sulfonamides, he was the author of more than 70 articles in peer review journals. He is survived by his wife, Marion, a daughter, and two sons, Harry Jr.'72 and Raymond'75.

Class of 1951

Mark L. Armstrong, professor emeritus of internal medicine at the University of Iowa Medical School and senior staff physician in the cardiology division, died July 11. Dr. Armstrong served as a Navy lieutenant during World War II. He was active in numerous professional societies, including the American Heart Association and the American Federation of Clinical Research. In addition to his medical duties, Dr. Armstrong officiated as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Bertha, a son, two daughters, and a sister.

Arthur O. Wilson died May 24, 1995. Past president of the staff and chief of OB/GYN at Somerset Medical Center in Sommerville, N.J., Dr. Wilson trained at Lenox Hill, Sloan, and Frances Delafield hospitals. Surviving him are his wife, Sheila, three daughters, and three sons.

Class of 1952

Robert A. Evans, a radiologist and pioneer in the field of neuroradiology and pediatric neuroradiology, died March 17, 1995. Following service as a staff radiologist in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957, Dr. Evans joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the staff of Methodist Hospital. The recipient of numerous awards and honors from the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart Institute, and the James Picker Foundation, he helped develop model residency training programs in his field at Stanford, Baylor, Columbia, and the University of Texas. At age 55, he started a second medical career in psychiatry, later becoming staff psychiatrist and psychiatric director at Sierra Tucson Company in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Evans is survived by two daughters, four sons, and five grandchildren.

Class of 1957

Frank S. Jewett, a psychiatrist and longtime member of the faculty at P&S, died Oct. 12. Early in his career, he pursued research at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on the interaction between schizophrenic mothers and their newborns and subsequently followed the children, particularly those predicted to have a vulnerable development. A former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at P&S, he had a hand in updating the curriculum of the basic course in human development. He served for many years as director of psychiatry at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, N.Y. Dr. Jewett is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and two daughters.

Class of 1961

Long belatedly, we report with sadness the death of Richard C. Bray, Ph.D., on Sept. 4, 1993. A member for many years of the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Bray was also an accomplished art photographer. He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie'63 Ph.D. Word has been received of the death of Stanley Luftschein on Feb. 26, 1993. A retired rheumatologist, Dr. Luftschein had been a member of the clinical faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Medical, Scientific and Educational Foundation and as chairman of the New York State Department of Health Committee on Medical Record Access Review. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, a son, and a daughter.

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