P&S Journal: Fall 1997, Vol.17, No.3
Class of '47 Turns 50
Some strained to read the name
tags, others recognized each other at a snap, bald spots and wrinkles
notwithstanding. Old friendships were rekindled and a half century
fell away with a wink and a sip of Chablis as members of the Class
of 1947 and spouses gathered at the Harmonie Club to reminisce. The
unmistakable hearty laugh of Helen Ranney rang out. The celebrated
emeritus professor and chairman of medicine at the University of
California at San Diego and the first woman to hold such a position
in the United States, had been back many times to deliver lectures
and accept encomia but was delighted to reconnect with classmates.
New York native Morton Creditor, emeritus professor of medicine at
the University of Kansas, another class star, recalled how he left
New York in uniform, required attire for all enlisted men in the
class. "With World War II still raging," he recalled, "we went
to school without a break from Jan. 1, 1944, virtually until we
graduated in the spring of 1947 with very little in the way of
holidays or vacations."
From left: Grange S. Coffin'47,
Jean L. Cook'47, Anthony B. Felice'47, and Morton
Creditor'47 at their 50th reunion
The Class of 1947 spread into all domains of clinical and academic
medicine and settled throughout the country, with one member, Jean
L. Cook, following a distinguished career as emeritus associate
professor of medicine and former associate dean for students at
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, retiring to Nice, France.
Peter Beck traveled the world as a ship's doctor. William G. Abel
III served as a former mayor of East Hampton, N.Y. Joseph M.
DiCaprio capped off a career in infectious diseases, epidemiology,
microbiology, and public health with his current passion of
composing terse poetry in Japanese haiku.
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