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The P&S Journal: Spring 1998, Vol.18, No.2
In Memoriam

Class of 1924
Michael G. Mulinos, former P&S associate professor of physiology and of pharmacology, died in April 1997. Dr. Mulinos was 100 years old at the time of his death. He recalled the move of the college from 59th Street and 10th Avenue up to Washington Heights. A member of the P&S faculty from 1929 to 1944, he also held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physiology from Columbia. He later taught at New York Medical College before leaving academia to work with various chemical and pharmaceutical firms. He published some 116 peer-reviewed papers on physiological and pharmacological topics, specializing in toxicology and problems of the gastrointestinal tract. He was the author of “An Outline of Pharmacology,” published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mulinos, a loyal and active alumnus who had a long tenure as class chairman, received the P&S Alumni Medal for Medical Research and a silver medal for service to the school. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, a registered nurse.

Class of 1931
Jacob S. Barb, a retired general surgeon whose private practice extended over 50 years, died Aug. 6, 1997. Dr. Barb was an emeritus attending surgeon at Brooklyn Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Bunny, and daughter, Madeleine....Irving Kowaloff died March 22, 1996. A retired pediatrician formerly affiliated with Queens General Hospital in Jamaica, N.Y., he specialized in lead poisoning. Surviving him are two daughters and a son....Whitman Mead Reynolds, who had been affiliated with Equitable Life Insurance Society, died Oct. 29, 1997. Dr. Reynolds was a past president of the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America. After medicine, his great joys were bird-watching and boat-building. He is survived by his wife, Phebe, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1933
Thomas B. Walker of Concord, N.H., died Nov. 13, 1996. He had served as medical director for the General Defense Supply Center of the U.S. Army and physician to the New Hampshire State Prison System. Dr. Walker received New Hampshire’s Golden Deed Award in 1947. There are no known survivors.

Class of 1934
Urologist J. Edwin Drew died Jan. 12, 1996. Dr. Drew saw active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps during World War II. He then pursued private practice in New York and was on the faculty of Cornell Medical College. He leaves behind two sons and two grandchildren....Retired psychiatrist Sidney L. Tamarin died Nov. 31, 1997. He had been affiliated with numerous hospitals in the New York metropolitan area and on Long Island and served as technical adviser to the 1947 movie on asylum conditions, “The Snake Pit.”

Class of 1937
Felix Feraru, a former member of the surgical faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a surgeon affiliated with the VA Hospital in New York, died Aug. 25, 1997. Dr. Feraru served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Surviving him is his wife, Muriel....Anne D’Avella Savoia, a retired family practitioner, died Nov. 3, 1997. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Class of 1938
Michael O. Kovaleff died Oct. 30, 1996. A retired internist, Dr. Kovaleff had been affiliated with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, a son, and a daughter.

Class of 1941
Willard Ande has died, date unknown. A U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during World War II, Dr. Ande practiced general surgery and was a past president of the Florida division of the American Cancer Society. He is survived by three sons and a daughter....Dexter B. Blake, a former chairman of anesthesiology at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey, died Sept. 28, 1997. He also was affiliated with Newton Memorial, Lyons VA, and St. Clare’s hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, three daughters, and two sons....Sidney E. Pendexter died March 17, 1997. A retired ophthalmologist, he leaves behind his wife, Eleanor.

Class of 1943M
John A. Kennedy, a retired ophthalmologist and former chief of ophthalmology at the House of the Good Samaritan in Watertown, N.Y., died July 20, 1997. Dr. Kennedy’s survivors include a daughter, three sons, and 12 grandchildren.

Class of 1949
Ralph J. Bertalin died Sept. 23, 1997. Specializing in pediatric allergy, Dr. Bertalin had been a partner of the Magan Medical Clinic, a multispecialty clinic in Covina, Calif. Having officially retired, he practiced “for fun only.” His survivors include his wife, Dolores, seven children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Class of 1952
Paul L. Gilbert died Nov. 27, 1997. Associate professor of medicine and chief of the general medicine division at Mount Sinai Medical School, where he had taught and practiced for more than four decades, he was noted for his pioneering work on diseases of the thyroid. Also committed to the care of the patient as a whole, he helped found the general medicine division. He initiated one of the first women’s health fellowships in the United States. Surviving him is his wife, Harriet Smith Gilbert’55, also a distinguished member of the Mount Sinai faculty, a daughter and two sons.

Class of 1953
Surgeon Arthur G. Larkin Jr. died July 29, 1997. Dr. Larkin had been a member of the New York Medical College faculty and maintained affiliations with St. Clare’s and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospitals. Surviving him are his wife, Marie, a son, and three daughters.

Class of 1956
Edgar Haber, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany noted for his cardiovascular research and for a stellar career in medicine that included lengthy and successful stints in academe and industry, died Oct. 13, 1997, of multiple myeloma. Dr. Haber, the Elkan R. Blout Professor of Biological Sciences and chief of cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the biological sciences division at Harvard School of Public Health, previously was president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Born in Berlin, Dr. Haber immigrated to the United States and earned his B.A. from Columbia College before attending P&S. In the course of his career, he earned honorary degrees from Harvard and Oxford. His curriculum vitae includes more than 500 articles in professional journals. A specialist in applied immunology, his many accomplishments included discovery of an immunoassay for digoxin, leading to an improved understanding of the clinical pharmacology of the digitalis glycosides; discovery of an immunoassay for renin and the elucidation of the role of the renin-angiotensin system in maintaining blood pressure; the first use of antibodies in cardiovascular radioimaging; and the formation of chimeric plasminogen activators containing an antigen-binding site for fibrin. His more recent work focused on gene expression in vascular injury and arteriosclerosis. A recipient of the P&S Alumni Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Medical Research in 1993, his many other honors included the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology, the Joseph Mather Smith Prize from P&S, and Columbia University’s Medal for Excellence in 1976. Surviving him is his wife, Carol, and three sons.

Class of 1960
William Hicks died Aug. 9, 1997. A psychiatrist in private practice, Dr. Hicks lectured at the University of Chicago’s medical school, was president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Adolescent Psychiatry, and, following his relocation to Arizona, past president of the Phoenix Psychoanalytic Group. He leaves behind his second wife, Renee, and seven children, five from a previous marriage.

Class of 1961
Irwin B. Teran, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist and member of the clinical faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, died Oct. 10, 1997. Dr. Teran served as chief medical officer in the U.S. Navy and had been affiliated with French Polyclinic, Brookdale Hospital Center, the New York Infirmary, and Williamsburg General Hospital. His clinical research interest was the study of carcinoma of the cervix in pregnancy. He leaves behind his mother, Ethel, and three brothers.

The Fall 1996 issue’s announcement of the death of Edwin S. Olsan’42 in 1995 incorrectly listed his wife, Dorothy, as a survivor. She died in 1991.

copyright ©, 1996 Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

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