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Class of 1927

Lester R. Tuchman, an internist and emeritus professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School, died Dec. 19, 1997. He shared a long and happy life with his wife, author Barbara Tuchman.

Class of 1932

Surgeon Richard W. Kessler died at age 90 on Aug. 27, 1998, of complications brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Kessler practiced general surgery in New York City for more than 50 years, maintaining affiliations with Lenox Hill and St. Claire’s hospitals and University Hospital Skin and Cancer Unit. He is survived by his wife, Walpurga, a brother, Alfred, four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. . . . Margaret H. McKee, a retired pediatrician in private practice for 32 years, died Oct. 19, 1998. Dr. McKee had been affiliated with St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She leaves behind two daughters.

Class of 1937MSD

Ralph Collins, a native of Rensselaer, N.Y., died July 9, 1998. Dr. Collins served with the U.S. Army in Africa during World War II. A psychiatrist by training, he was the first industrial psychiatrist to be hired by a major corporation, the Eastman Kodak Company. Dr. Collins was appointed to and chaired the President’s Committee for Employment of the Handicapped under President Lyndon B. Johnson. A founding member of the Half Way House at the Monroe County Association of Mental Health in New York, he was affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical School. He leaves behind two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Class of 1942

Hugh Auchincloss, a highly respected breast surgeon born into a distinguished line of surgical forebears, died Oct. 25, 1998, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he completed his surgical residency at Presbyterian Hospital and subsequently joined the P&S clinical faculty and also was affiliated for many years as an attending surgeon at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. Dr. Auchincloss was noted for advocating and practicing modified radical mastectomy as a viable optional treatment for breast cancer, maintaining the integrity of the chest wall. Dr. Auchincloss was an active alumnus and generous supporter of P&S. He is survived by his wife, Katharine, three daughters, a son, two sisters, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. . . . George R. Gage, a retired obstetrician who delivered more than 5,000 babies, died of colon cancer Sept. 3, 1998. Dr. Gage served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II. A former member of the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine, he had been affiliated with Doctors, Mercy, South Miami, and Jackson Memorial hospitals, all in Dade County, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Jean, five daughters, six grandchildren, and a sister.

Class of 1943

Word has been received of the death of Charles M. Baldwin of Palm Springs, Calif., a medical legal consultant, sometime in 1995. He is survived by his wife.

Class of 1944

Retired radiologist Eugene H. Cummings died Aug. 16, 1998, from complications of emphysema. Dr. Cummings served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He was a past president of the Alachua County Medical Society in Gainesville, Fla. He leaves behind his wife, Etta, a brother, and nieces and nephews. . . . Henry D. Doyle died of prostate cancer on July 20, 1998. An internist who, following a private solo practice, served as associate chief medical officer of Texaco Inc., Dr. Doyle had been affiliated with Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. Mourning him is his wife, Ruth.

Class of 1949

Dr. Neuenschwander
Dr. Robert S. Neuenschwander
Robert S. Neuenschwander, a retired pediatrician from West Covina, Calif., died Sept. 5, 1998. Dr. Neuenschwander had been clinical professor of pediatrics at USC and past president of the Foothill District of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. He served with the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of first lieutenant. He is survived by his second wife, Margie, two daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1950

M. Dorothea Kerr, who started her professional career as a nurse before entering medical school, died March 20, 1998. She became the first woman to hold an internship in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She subsequently pursued a residency in pathology and served as assistant medical examiner for the New York City Health Department. Dr. Kerr went on to seek additional postgraduate training in psychiatry and later joined the clinical faculty at Payne Whitney and also served as associate attending psychiatrist at New York Hospital. She produced an educational film for New York Hospital on the psychohormonal aspects of menopause. She has no known survivors.

Class of 1950MSD

John F. Prudden, a retired surgeon, died Sept. 12, 1998. Dr. Prudden received his medical degree at Harvard before pursuing an advanced degree in biochemistry at P&S. During the Korean War, Dr. Prudden served as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Long affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital and the clinical surgical faculty of P&S, Dr. Prudden left active surgical practice in the late 1970s to devote himself to research in the use of bovine cartilage in treating cancer and autoimmune diseases. He received the Linus Pauling Scientist of the Year Award in 1995 from the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation. He is mourned by his wife, Carla, three daughters, and three sons.

Class of 1951

Word has been received of the death of Frank Morrell in 1996, precise date unknown. A neurologist with a special interest in the pathophysiology of epilepsy, Dr. Morrell had been a member of the faculty of Rush University Medical College in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1944 to 1945. He is survived by a daughter and three sons.

Class of 1974

A respected general and surgical ophthalmologist, John P. Detwiller died of a sudden heart attack following a game of squash on Sept. 1, 1998. He had been vice president of Concord Eye Care in Concord, N.H. A past president of the New Hampshire Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Detwiller made three medical missions to Quiché, Guatemala, to perform eye surgery. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy, three daughters, a son, six brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

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