P&S Journal: Winter 1997, Vol.17, No.1
Alumni Association Activities
At the June 26 alumni dinner in the Faculty Club, council members marked the traditional changing of the guard, with outgoing alumni president John N. Schullinger'55 handing the gavel to his successor, Lewis B. Lane'74. Dr. Lane saluted Dr. Schullinger for his years of service to the school and its alumni, recounting some of his many professional accomplishments. Professor of pediatric surgery and longtime editor of the International Abstracts of Pediatric Surgery for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, as well as the journal's associate editor, Dr. Schullinger was honored in 1995 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with its award for his compassionate patient care and for being a humanistic role model for medical students and young physicians. Also a recipient of the Alumni Silver Medal in 1989 and the University Alumni Federation Gold Medal in 1992, he has been a director of the association since 1975.
As his last official act as president, Dr. Schullinger introduced the evening's guest speaker, Dr. Lanny G. Close, the Howard W. Smith Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Close recounted a brief history of his department, citing such notable Columbia otolaryngologists as Drs. Daniel Baker, Edmund P. Fowler, John Conley, and Maxwell Abramson. Since joining Columbia from his native Texas, Dr. Close has been active in recruiting new faculty and was instrumental in creating an endowed professorship. Dr. Close cited research projects under way in the department, such as the work of molecular oncologist Takaaki Sato, a new recruit from La Jolla, who is studying BCL-2 expression in head and neck cancers; Joe Haddad, who is exploring the role of free radicals in the pathogenesis of otitis media; and Jonathan Aviv, who has developed and patented a device to do sensory testing of the hypopharynx in stroke patients. The department's new suite of offices in Harkness 8 includes a Temporal Bone Center. Dr. Close also is in the process of recruiting a scientist-leader for the Audiology and Speech Therapy Center.
Dr. Lanny Close, the Howard W. Smith Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
On Aug. 4, the new chairman of the Regional Representatives Committee, Oscar B. Garfein'65, flew to Portland, Maine, to deliver the keynote address at an alumni luncheon at the Estes Lobster House in nearby South Harpswell. The event was hosted by local regional representatives Marguerite A. Pennoyer Endrizzi'82 and her husband Donald P. Endrizzi'82. Dr. Garfein, associate clinical professor of medicine, attending cardiologist at Roosevelt Hospital, and vice president of the Alumni Association, updated resident and vacationing alumni and friends on some of the dynamic changes taking place at the medical center. Those on hand agreed to make this an annual affair.
Reception for the Class of 2000 and House Staff
Alumni Association president Lewis B. Lane'74 hosted a Sept. 11 cocktail reception at the Faculty Club for members of the Class of 2000 and new house staff. On behalf of the Alumni Association, Dr. Lane welcomed the new members of the P&S community and future alumni and invited them to stop by the alumni office with any problems, concerns, or ideas. The reception was well-attended by students, faculty, alumni, and staff.
New Student Orientation
P&S rolled out the welcome wagon for incoming students in Bard Hall Aug. 19. The Alumni Association had a visible presence, with Director of Alumni Relations Katherine Couchells handing out goody bags stocked with coffee mugs and pens and offering a smile to ease the transition into medical student life. The P&S Club, the Bard Athletic Center, the Women's Resource Center, and other student-related groups, as well as local banks, businesses, and restaurants, also had tables.
Director of Alumni Relations Katherine
Couchells gives grab bag of alumni goodies to Emily Milliken, Class of 2000