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P&S Journal: Fall 1996, Vol.16, No.3
In Memoriam: Faculty

Mary Callahan

Mary Callahan, professor emeritus of physical therapy and longtime director of the physical therapy program, died June 19, 1996, in Lenox, Mass., at age 81. She was a staff physical therapist at Presbyterian Hospital for three years and joined Columbia's physical therapy faculty in 1949, serving as associate director for two years and director for 29 years.

She was recognized as a national leader in physical therapy education and was a founding member of the Council of Physical Therapy School Directors. Her publications focused on professional education. She was an active member of the Greater New York District of the New York Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and was assistant editor of the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

She retired in 1980 but maintained an interest in Columbia's physical therapy program through letters and visits. The Mary Callahan Scholarship Fund was established at her request for the physical therapy program.


Henriette R. Klein, M.D., retired special lecturer in psychiatry, died May 11, 1996. She trained at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute from 1935 to 1940.

McColvin Scott, M.D., assistant clinical professor of pediatrics and a junior assistant attending in pediatrics at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, died March 29, 1996.

Francesca M. Thompson, M.D., assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, died Feb. 15, 1996.

Charles M. Yergan, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, died in January 1996. See alumni deaths for more information.


Class of 1919

Percy Klingenstein '19
Percy Klingenstein, a distinguished surgeon whose professional career spanned the better part of the century, died May 22, 1996, at the age of 100. Dr. Klingenstein, emeritus professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he trained, served as chief of surgery of the Third General Hospital during World War II. A member of the New York Surgical Society and the New York Academy of Science, Dr. Klingenstein was also a loyal and active alumnus of P&S, setting a sterling example of vitality and caring well into his golden age. His wit and charm will long be remembered by all who were privileged to know him. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, his companion, Ruth M. Blumenthal, and three grandchildren.

Class of 1929

Frederick H. King died Dec. 29, 1995. A cardiologist noted for establishing the first cardiac catheterization unit at Mount Sinai Medical Center, he was named distinguished service professor there in 1987. Author of more than 30 chapters and papers in cardiology, Dr. King was honored by the creation of the Frederick H. King Professorship in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center and scholarships created in his name at Mount Sinai, Brandeis, and P&S. Survivors include his wife, Lucile, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1933

George C. McEachern, an internist retired to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Feb. 11, 1996. Dr. McEachern, who had worked in the G.I. clinic of Presbyterian Hospital with the late Charles Flood'28, had been assistant clinical professor of medicine at New York University and practiced for more than half a century. During World War II he served as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, two daughters, and two sons.

Class of 1934

Irving M. Clyne died April 5, 1996. A psychiatrist in private practice, Dr. Clyne trained in psychoanalysis at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Clinic for Teaching and Research. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and son Robert.

Class of 1935

Retired radiologist Edward Schwiebert died April 26, 1996. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Dr. Schwiebert was on the staffs of Mary Immaculate and Flushing hospitals in New York. Fond of the outdoors, he gardened, fished, clammed, and kept bees. He leaves behind his wife, Mildred, a son, a daughter, a brother, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1936

Raymond L. Osborne of Fort Lee, N.J., died Feb. 15, 1996. A retired neurologist, Dr. Osborne had been affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

Class of 1937

David E. Warden, former clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University, died Jan. 25, 1996. A founding partner of the North Shore Medical Group on Long Island, Dr. Warden received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Bellevue Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and a certificate of merit from the American Cancer Society, both in 1979. Dr. Warden served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Alice, a son, and a daughter.

Class of 1938

J. Jay Sitney, a retired ophthalmologist, died Aug. 20, 1995. He is survived by his wife, Coletta.

Class of 1940

Otolaryngologist John W. Platt, who had been affiliated with Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md., died Jan. 10, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Florence, and three children, including son Tan'73.

Class of 1941

Theodore Gold died April 9, 1996. A retired solo private practitioner in internal medicine, Dr. Gold had been assistant attending at Mount Sinai Hospital and medical director of the American Broadcasting Cos. He leaves behind his wife, Belle, two daughters, and a son....Sprague W. Hazard died Feb. 9, 1996. A pediatrician formerly affiliated with Children's Hospital in Boston, he pursued postgraduate training in psychosocial aspects of pediatrics. Dr. Hazard taught on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and had been director of the University Health Services of Brandeis University. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and three sons....Word has been received that Herbert Horne Jr., known to his friends as "Trader" Horne, died Sept. 13, 1995. His military service during World War II made a profound impression on his life when, as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he was chief medical officer in charge of the civilian population of Nagasaki six weeks after the bomb was dropped. The Japanese government invited him to return to Nagasaki 45 years later to receive an award of gratitude for the medical care and counsel he provided. A retired instructor in OB/GYN at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Horne had an international reputation as a pioneer in fertility. The author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in the field, he helped infertile couples conceive more than 5,000 healthy children. Dr. Horne also was interested in the effects of radon on humans. He is survived by his wife, Janet, two daughters, and a son.

Class of 1942

Thomas Hennelly, a retired member of the medical staff of the Western Electric Company and an active member of the American Occupational Medical Association, died Jan. 5, 1996. His survivors are his wife, Margot, and two daughters....Word has been received of the death of Edwin S. Olsan, former associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School. An internist who practiced privately for many years in Rochester, Dr. Olsan had been affiliated with Genesee Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, and two sons....Ross Kory, late of Williamsburg, Va., died May 10, 1996. Dr. Kory, an internist, specialized in pulmonary medicine and had been on the faculties of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of South Florida. Former medical director of Respiratory Care Services at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., he published extensively in pulmonary disease, including physiology and function testing and occupational lung disease. Surviving him are his wife, Virginia, and three sons.

Class of 1943M

Thomas C. Chalmers, a past president of Mount Sinai Medical Center and dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, died Dec. 27, 1995. A medical pioneer who foresaw the diverse medical, ethical, and economic problems related to the increasing longevity of Americans, Dr. Chalmers was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai, the first in the country. Likewise in the vanguard of the application of statistics to clinical medicine, he created the Department of Biostatistics there. His research interests were launched during the Korean War, when the U.S. Army commissioned him to study the treatment of hepatitis in the military. In the course of a successful series of clinical trials, he proved that patients with hepatitis A who felt well enough did not necessarily require long bed rest but could resume normal schedules. Following his successful tenure at the helm of Mount Sinai, Dr. Chalmers held positions on the faculties of Harvard, Tufts, and Boston University. From 1983 to 1993, he was a member and then chairman of the board of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Frances, two sons, and a daughter....Robert C. Storrs, a former associate professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, died Dec. 24, 1995. He leaves behind his wife, Jean.

Class of 1943D

Richard N. Reuben died Jan. 14, 1996. A former professor of clinical neurology at New York University, he maintained affiliations with Bellevue and Tisch hospitals and was attending neurologist for the Children's AIDS Clinic at Bellevue. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Rita S. Reuben, a daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Class of 1947

Robert Hall '47
Robert E. Hall died Oct. 6, 1995. An obstetrician and psychiatrist involved in early evaluation of IUDs, he ran the first contraceptive clinic at CPMC. A former associate professor of OB/GYN at P&S, Dr. Hall lectured widely and was instrumental in abortion law reform leading up to the Supreme Court's historic Roe vs. Wade ruling. Author of more than 70 medical papers, he also wrote for general interest publications on abortion law reform and related subjects. He is survived by his wife, Toni, two daughters, and two sons....Charles Yergan died in January 1996. An internist formerly affiliated with St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and former medical director of adult intensive care at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Yergan was active with county and state medical societies. He leaves behind his wife, Joan, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1950

Word has been received of the death of Robert W. Berry on May 30, 1995. A surgeon specializing in thoracic/cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Berry was director of the vascular laboratory at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, and five sons.

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