P&S Journal: Winter 1998, Vol.18, No.1
Class of 1926
Abram J. Abeloff, a former associate clinical professor of surgery at New York Hospital, died Aug. 15, 1997. For more than five decades, Dr. Abeloff performed general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, where in 1971 he was named surgeon in charge of the surgical service. A graduate of Columbia College, Dr. Abeloff trained at Presbyterian and Lenox Hill hospitals and pursued postgraduate work in pathology and surgery at Freiburg and Frankfurt universities in Germany. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as consulting surgeon to the Persian Gulf Command during World War II, rising to the rank of colonel. In 1950, he was decorated with the U.S. Army Legion of Merit. A loyal and active P&S alumnus, he was a long-time member of the alumni association's board of trustees, a class chairman, and former president (1956-57). In 1963, he was awarded the Alumni Federation Medal for Distinguished Service to Columbia and in 1969, the P&S Alumni Association's Silver Medal for service to the school. In 1987, he officiated as honorary chairman of the P&S Alumni Reunion Weekend. Also an accomplished photographer,
Dr. Abeloff had a one-man show of his work at the Camera Club of New
York in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, and a son. . . . Sidney
D. Leader, a retired pediatrician formerly affiliated with Mount Sinai,
died June 4, 1997. Of his 55 years of medical practice he once wrote,
"It taught me to be interested in the philosophy of life and has
guided me in thinking towards the betterment of society, philanthropy,
and hope for universal peace." Active in philanthropic endeavors
related to the welfare of children, Dr. Leader also served for a time
as his P&S class chairman. He leaves behind his wife, Ruby, a daughter,
a son, and four grandchildren.
Wolcott B. Dunham, a nationally respected medical investigator who published up until the age of 95, died June 22, 1997. Noted for his research in the treatment of hepatitis, syphilis, and other infectious diseases, Dr. Dunham worked on penicillin therapy and, later in life, on the supplementation of vitamin C as a way to prevent a severe nervous disorder suffered by rural populations in Bangladesh, India, and Ethiopia. Dr. Dunham had been affiliated with the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, the VA Hospital in Memphis, the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Menlo Park, Calif. He is survived by a son, a daughter, two sisters, and four grandchildren. . . . Internist David R. Rosendale died Sept. 26, 1997. He was affiliated with Faxton Hospital in Utica, N.Y.
Class of 1929
The alumni office has been informed of the passing of Daniel Klein, date unknown. Dr. Klein, a retired plastic and reconstructive surgeon and member of the faculty at Downstate Medical School, had been a senior attending at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center. Among his most memorable and stirring postmedical school experiences, he recalled in a reunion questionnaire, was "putting faces together in the front lines as a surgeon in a World War II field hospital." He is survived by his daughter, Judith, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Class of 1930
Word has been received of the death of J. Edward Stern of El Paso, Texas, on July 29, 1995. A retired neurologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Stern had been director of electrodiagnosis at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps during World War II. There are no known survivors.
Class of 1933
John M. Atkinson, a general surgeon, died June 5, 1996. Dr. Atkinson had been affiliated with Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., and retired to North Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Bertha, and two daughters.
Class of 1934
Robert C. Hume died April 15, 1997. A retired forensic psychiatrist
affiliated with the New York State corrections department, he trained
at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., and the Boston VA Psychiatric
Hospital and went on to earn a master's degree in public health from Harvard.
Dr. Hume served for a year as a medical missionary in Alaska and was a
former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Syracuse University.
He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
. . . Pediatrician James H. Maroney died July 23, 1997. A member
of the U.S. Naval Reserve who saw active duty, Dr. Maroney trained at
St. Luke's and Babies hospitals. For many years he was an attending at
Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. Survivors include a daughter, two sons,
and six grandchildren. . . .
Class of 1942
William J. Welch, a cardiologist who had dispensed medical advice in a popular syndicated newspaper column and radio program, died July 10, 1997. A former associate professor of clinical medicine at New York University and medical director of the New York Cardiac Center in Yonkers, N.Y., Dr. Welch also pursued a thriving private practice. Among his many patients were notable New Yorkers, including clarinetist Benny Goodman, painter Ben Shahn, physicist Robert J. Oppenheimer, and Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Concerned with the ethical aspects of medicine, Dr. Welch was an avid believer in the virtues of the house call and helped create the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation devoted to medicine and human dignity and the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Welch was a past president of the New York Heart Association. He leaves behind his wife, Louise, a daughter, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and six grandchildren.
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Class of 1943
Dudley A. Roberts, a retired pediatrician from Westfield, Conn., affiliated with Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield and Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., died May 9, 1997. Among his medical accomplishments, Dr. Roberts, who had been an instructor of clinical pediatrics at Columbia University, instituted a countrywide scarlet fever screening test in conjunction with the Union County Chapter of the American Heart Association. Serving with the U.S. Army occupation forces in Germany after World War II, he rose to the rank of captain. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Class of 1948
The alumni office has received long belated word of the death of Ruth A. Davis Asbed in 1993. Dr. Davis, who trained in pediatrics and pediatric pathology at Babies Hospital, later earned a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins. She taught on the medical faculties of Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities. In 1973, she won the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for a pre-school medical screening she developed. Among her other numerous accomplishments, she helped develop the first department and formal curriculum of maternal and child health at the University of Philippines Institute of Hygiene and helped train several generations of physicians in community pediatrics in conjunction with the Montgomery County Health Department in Rockville, Md. Survivors include a daughter and a son. . . . Richard B. Krakauer died April 1, 1997. A retired pathologist formerly affiliated with the blood program of the American Red Cross, he trained at the Rockefeller Institute, Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, and the Algemeine Krankenhaus in Vienna. Dr. Krakauer served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Surviving him is his wife, Violet.
Class of 1951
Orthopedic surgeon Marvin R. Mufson died in July 1997. Dr. Mufson pursued his postgraduate training at Bellevue and enjoyed a long and successful private practice. He served in the U.S. Army. His survivors include a daughter and two sons.
Class of 1952
Joseph J. Barlow, one of the few Americans ever invited to present research at the Royal Society of Biochemistry in London, died May 4, 1997. Training in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he pursued a two-year fellowship at the Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry in London, where he specialized in steroid chemistry. Returning to America, he trained in OB/GYN at the Boston Hospital for Women and later joined the OB/GYN faculty at Harvard. The author or co-author of more than 150 articles, most dealing with gynecologic cancer, Dr. Barlow was the first to describe an ovarian cystadenocarcinoma tumor antigen. He leaves behind his wife, Lillian, and a son.
Class of 1956
Jerry C. Jacobs, professor of clinical pediatrics at P&S and specialist in juvenile arthritis, died Sept. 6, 1997. Head of the pediatric rheumatology section at Babies & Children's Hospital, he also served as pediatrician-in-chief at the Edward Daniels Faulkner Arthritis Clinic at CPMC. Dr. Jacobs was the author of a textbook, "Pediatric Rheumatology for the Practitioner," and numerous scientific articles in the field. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Survivors include his wife, Isabel, a daughter, two sons, and a sister.
Class of 1980
The alumni office has been informed of the April 15, 1996, death of Sandra D. Hand-werger, assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai and staff physician in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Following a residency in medicine at Beth Israel, Dr. Handwerger pursued postgraduate research in microbiology at Rockefeller University. In the course of a promising career cut short by breast cancer, she co-authored more than 17 peer-reviewed papers. She leaves behind her husband, Dr. Wilfredo Talavera, chief of pulmonary medicine at Cabrini Medical Center.