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P&S Journal: Winter 1997, Vol.17, No.1
In Memoriam


George A. Carden Jr., M.D.

George A. Carden Jr., M.D., retired clinical professor of medicine and a P&S faculty member for 36 years, died Aug. 10, 1996. He was a noted internist who was awarded a Presidential Certificate of Merit in 1948 for his role in researching malaria during World War II.

At the beginning of America's involvement in World War II, more Americans died from malaria than from enemy fire. Research led by Dr. Carden's team resulted in the widespread use of medication to prevent and treat malaria among soldiers. Malaria was largely under control by the end of the war's Pacific campaign. Dr. Carden served as chief of the wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development's malaria division. He had served as executive secretary to the Committee on Drugs and Medical Supplies of the National Research Council.

His 1953 survey of American and European cancer research concluded that basic research in virology and immunology had more potential than narrow research focused on chemotherapy.

After earning his medical degree from Yale in 1935, he completed his internship and residency at Presbyterian Hospital. He retired from P&S in 1982 as clinical professor of medicine.

Survivors include a son, G. Alexander "Sandy" Carden'75.


Richard P. Bunge, M.D., former faculty member, died Sept. 10, 1996.

Ralph J. Hessekiel, M.D., associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, died Aug. 31, 1996.

David Min-Chyang Ju, former associate professor of clinical surgery, died Sept. 20, 1996.


Class of 1926

Word has been received of the death of Nagla M. Laf Loofy. Dr. Laf Loofy, an internist specializing in diseases of the chest, trained at Montefiore and Bellevue hospitals and practiced in Brooklyn before retiring to Naples, Fla., in 1969. She served on the board of directors of the Southwest Florida Lung Association and was an avid golfer, sailor, and fisherwoman well into her golden years. She is survived by a son and six grandchildren.

Class of 1929

Samuel M. Wishik, a former professor of public health administration at Columbia's School of Public Health, died Feb. 2, 1996. He also served on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego. Over the course of his career, Dr. Wishik, a former director of maternal and child health in Hawaii who trained in pediatrics, worked in public health in some 65 countries and on all continents of the globe. He was a recipient of the Population Award of the Population Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Wishik, who devoted much of his attention to the care of physically disabled children, published extensively in that area and other areas of pediatrics and public health. He is survived by his wife, Belle, two daughters, and a son.

Samuel Wishik'29

Class of 1932

Franklin N. Fry, a retired cardiologist in private practice for more than 50 years, died March 26, 1996. Dr. Fry received a Legion of Merit Medal for his service as a major in the 93rd Evac Hospital during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Esther, a son, and a daughter....Frank Stefansin died March 17, 1996. A retired internist and allergist from Hackensack, N.J., Dr. Stefansin trained at Roosevelt Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery. He served on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jennie.

Class of 1937

Vito Barbieri, a retired general practitioner affiliated with Dobbs Ferry and St. John's Riverside hospitals in Yonkers, died May 14, 1996. In his extra-medical life, Dr. Barbieri was a past president of the Dobbs Ferry Rotary Club. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Surviving him are his wife, Genevieve, and two sons.

Class of 1937 MSD

A. Gurney Kimberley, a retired orthopedic surgeon and former associate professor of orthopedics at the University of Oregon, died Dec. 17, 1995. Dr. Kimberley received his M.D. degree from the University of Oregon. From 1931 to 1937, he served as an instructor in orthopedics at P&S, where he earned his doctor of medical science degree. Starting a private practice in Portland in 1938, he specialized in spinal disorders. Dr. Kimberley served as a senior surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service and consultant for the Oregon Selective Service during World War II. One of the first board certified orthopedic surgeons in Oregon, he often traveled around the state to care for disabled children unable to come to his office. He is survived by three sons, three daughters, a sister, and 10 grandchildren.

Class of 1940

Donald N. Twaddell died Oct. 6, 1995. General practitioner and later a psychiatrist, Dr. Twaddell practiced for many years in Dundee, N.Y., where he was assistant superintendent of Embreeville State Hospital. He later became medical director of Norristown State Hospital. Among his many civic activities, Dr. Twaddell was active with the Boy Scouts of America, Family Service of Chester, and the Church of the Holy Trinity of West Chester. Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Class of 1941

Amleto J. Graziani, a general surgeon affiliated with St. Mary's Hospital in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., died April 23, 1996. Dr. Graziani was a former clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and chairman of surgery at St. Mary's Hospital. Following his retirement from surgical practice, he joined the Veterans Administration and served for some years as chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Batavia, N.Y. During World War II, Dr. Graziani served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Surviving him are his wife, Helen, and three daughters....Word has been received of the death of Charles S. Oliver, a retired internist and former staff member of the St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. In addition to his wife, Jacqueline, he is survived by a stepson and nine grandchildren.

Class of 1942

Retired internist John Hickes died July 19, 1996. Following his retirement from full-time private practice, he volunteered as medical director of the county nursing home in Great Falls, Mont. He served as a flight surgeon with the 404th Bomb Squad during World War II. His survivors include his wife, Roberta, eight children (including Robert'71), and three grandchildren.

Class of 1943D

Richard N. Reuben died Jan. 14, 1996. A graduate of Columbia College, Dr. Reuben was professor of clinical neurology at New York University School of Medicine and attending neurologist assigned to pediatrics at Bellevue and Tisch hospitals in New York. His private practice included pediatrics and child neurology. Following his official retirement, he concentrated on the care of children with AIDS. Surviving him are his wife, Rita, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Class of 1945

General surgeon Morris R. Bradner died April 20, 1996. At the time of his death he was medical director of St. Anthony Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., where he previously served as chief of surgery. Dr. Bradner was past president of the Mid-Hudson Surgical Society. His survivors include his wife, Mary, two sons, and two daughters....Stephen Dewing of Harrison, Maine, died Feb. 7, 1996. A retired radiologist, Dr. Dewing had been director of radiology at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1946 to 1948. Surviving him are his wife, Elisabeth, and a son....The Alumni Office was informed of the death of William E.S. James, a former alumni regional representative from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Dr. James was affiliated with the Department of Medicine of St. Lukes Hospital in Cleveland. He is survived by three daughters.

Stephen Dewing'45

Class of 1946

Henry C. Reusch, a general surgeon and former director of emergency medicine at Huntington Hospital in East Northport, N.Y., died March 21, 1996. Dr. Reusch served as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1947 to 1949. He is survived by Kay, his second wife; three daughters, two sons, two stepchildren, and nine grandchildren.

Class of 1947

Stephen A. King, a retired general surgeon, died May 25, 1996. A resident of Darien, Conn., Dr. King served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a member of the 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and was the model for the character "Duke Forest" in the book "M*A*S*H" and its movie version. Dr. King practiced for many years in Stamford, where he served as president of the board of trustees of the Stamford Medical Society and president of the Stamford Hospital Medical Staff. Later in life, Dr. King, a longtime sufferer of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), wrote for the newsletter, Hear Our Voices, an advocacy group for users of alternative and augmented communications systems. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, five children, a brother, and seven grandchildren.

Class of 1949

John E. Canham, former U.S. Army colonel, commander, and director of the Letterman Army Research Institute in San Francisco, died May 8, 1996. A specialist in research administration and nutrition, Dr. Canham received the AMA's J. Goldberger Award for Work in Clinical Nutrition in 1971. He had been director and commanding officer of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Nutrition Laboratory in Denver, Colo. Surviving him are his wife, Mary, three sons, and four daughters.

Class of 1951

Denver psychiatrist Frederick Lewis died June 9, 1996. Dr. Lewis served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and, following graduation from P&S, served an additional two years in the Air Force. Former chief of inpatient psychiatric services and director of psychiatric services of Denver General Hospital, he launched a private general psychiatry practice. In 1981, he became active in the formation of a physician-owned, physician-operated professional liability trust that later became the Copic Insurance Co., a firm that provides liability coverage for most of Denver's doctors. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, two sons, three daughters, his mother, a sister, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1952

Jeanne Armstrong, a former attending radiologist and associate director of radiology at Harlem Hospital Center, died June 6, 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Kay.

Class of 1962

Solan Chao, professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at P&S and former director of OB/GYN at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, died Aug. 14, 1996. Founding president of the New York State Perinatal Association and a former chairman of OB/GYN at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Chao played a key role in the expansion of prenatal care access programs, helping reduce the number of low birth weight babies among underserved women. He was justly proud of helping to reduce the perinatal mortality rate at Harlem Hospital by one-third and for publishing the first description of perinatal AIDS in the world literature. Among his many honors were the President's Community Service Award of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Silver Stark Award of the March of Dimes, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Chinese American Medical Society. His survivors include his wife, Jeanette, and two daughters.

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