Henrik Bendixen, M.D.
Henrik H. Bendixen, 80, former vice president in charge of Columbia University's medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools, died of cancer April 4, 2004, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Dr. Bendixen was born in Fredriksberg, Denmark, and graduated from medical school at the University of Copenhagen. He completed his internship and residency in Denmark and Sweden, interrupted briefly by a tour of duty on the Danish Hospital Ship in Korea. He arrived in the United States in 1954 for a residency in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital. He stayed at the hospital and joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1957, staying in Boston until 1969. After four years as professor and department chief of anesthesia at the University of California, San Diego, medical director of University Hospital, and consultant to the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, Dr. Bendixen joined the faculty of P&S in 1973 as professor and chairman of anesthesiology and director of the anesthesiology service at Presbyterian Hospital.
In 1980, Dr. Bendixen served for nine months as acting provost and vice president for the health sciences at Columbia, returning to the faculty in 1984 as Alumni Professor. He later was named the E.M. Papper Professor of Anesthesiology.
His leadership of Columbia's health sciences division as vice president for health sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine began in 1984. His tenure was punctuated by a growing reliance on information technology. He was instrumental in establishing the computer network at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and used it extensively. When he led work on writing a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for curriculum reform, he asked that working groups involved in crafting the proposal transmit their text to his office via the computer network. Since the network in 1990 was still evolving, he acquiesced and agreed to receive diskettes instead, but he insisted on receiving no paper from the 10 committees at work on the proposal.
When Columbia University considered closing the School of Nursing to cut costs, Dr. Bendixen stepped in to argue for its continuation and today the school is one of the best in the nation.
He also supported the establishment of the Office of Clinical Trials, a joint program with New York-Presbyterian Hospital that was one of the first offices of its kind and today is one of the most often replicated clinical trials offices in the world.
As professor and chairman of anesthesiology, he published several scholarly papers on respiratory and circulatory physiology, the clinical problems of hypoxia and respiratory failure, intensive care medicine, and the cost-effectiveness of health care.
When he stepped down in 1989, he became senior associate vice president for health sciences and senior associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine until his retirement in 1994, when he was named professor emeritus of anesthesiology.
James Correll Sr., M.D.
James W. Correll, professor emeritus of neurological surgery, died in Hampstead, N.C., March 26, 2004. Dr. Correll spent his entire career in the Department of Neurological Surgery, from 1955 to 1987, and made many contributions to the understanding of the pathogenesis of stroke. He advanced the field through his laboratory studies on the role of the autonomic nervous system and lipid release. He was one of the pioneers of surgery on the carotid artery to prevent stroke, which led to a broader understanding of the prevention of this disease.
J. Lawrence Pool, M.D.
J. Lawrence Pool, professor emeritus of neurological surgery and a 1932 graduate of P&S, died May 4, 2004, at age 97. He was a pioneering neurosurgeon who made contributions that transformed his field.
He was born in a bygone era of gas light and horse-drawn buggies or, as he put it in his memoir, "Adventures and Ventures of a New York Neurosurgeon" (1988), "an age of cholesterol and coal." Dr. Pool's accomplishments in the operating room included the introduction of the microscope in brain aneurysm surgery long before the term microsurgery came into currency. He also developed the myeloscope, a device used to pinpoint damage to the lower spine.
Known for his ingenuity and daring, as well as his consummate skill, he was the second American to receive the prestigious Medal of Honour of the World Federation of Neurological Sciences. As agile as he was nimble-fingered, his skill with a scalpel was complemented by his skill with a squash racquet. He was a two-time National Squash Racquets champion, in 1929 and 1931.
He attended Harvard as an undergraduate. After graduating from P&S, he interned at New York-Cornell, where, he recalled, as "the low man on the totem pole" he admitted the very first patient to the then new medical center. After pursuing research on the circulation of the brain at Harvard, he returned to Columbia-Presbyterian for an internship in general surgery. He trained in neurology and neurological surgery at the Neurological Institute. He later pursued research tracing the path of nerve impulses in the wake of compulsive seizures in animal models, for which he earned an M.S.D. degree from Columbia in 1941.
In 1949 he was named professor and chairman of neurological surgery and chief of the neurological service, positions he held for 25 years.
In a profile that appeared in 2001 in P&S, he recalled bringing the microscope into the operating room. "We were having so much trouble with aneurysms, which are little blood blisters of a brain artery. The blood vessels were so tiny you could hardly see them. We had used jewelers loops but they didn't magnify enough. I heard about binocular microscopes being used by ear surgeons and figured, well here's the microscope, why not use it in the brain? So we did."
Dr. Pool was a founding member and the first president of the New York Neurosurgical Society and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.
Upon his retirement from surgical practice in 1972, he took up a passion for writing. He was the author of 15 books, including two celebrated textbooks in neurosurgery, a popular treatise on the brain, "Nature's Masterpiece: The Brain and How it Works," two memoirs, and books on a wide assortment of other topics, notably the great fighting sloops of the American Revolution.
A professorship was established in his name at P&S.
Marvin Shelton, M.D.
Marvin L. Shelton, professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery, died July 7, 2004. Dr. Shelton, a leading orthopedic surgeon who pioneered advanced operative techniques and implants for the treatment of ankle fractures, was associated with Columbia for 40 years. He served as director of orthopedic surgery and the residency training program at Harlem Hospital Center.
Arthur Snyder, M.D.
Arthur I. Snyder, assistant clinical professor of medicine, died March 15, 2004, of pneumonia. Dr. Snyder completed a fellowship at Columbia in internal medicine and rheumatology and taught at three Columbia-affiliated hospitals: Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Harlem Hospital Center, and Francis Delafield Hospital. For the past 30 years, Dr. Snyder was an active faculty member in the Department of Medicine's rheumatology division. For more information, see the alumni In Memoriam listing for the Class of 1950.
Class of 1932
J. LAWRENCE POOL: See faculty In Memoriam.
Class of 1933
Belated word has been received of the death of OLAF J. SEVERUD, an emeritus chief of ob/gyn at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2001. He is survived by a daughter and a son.
Class of 1935
JULIANA SWINEY, a general practitioner, died Jan. 19, 2004. Dr. Swiney was the first woman intern at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Elizabeth, N.J. Following her training she joined her father in general practice at the Swiney Sanitorium, a small health care facility he founded in Bayonne. Following her retirement after 56 years of practice in 1986, she served as a consultant for the Bayonne Visiting Nurses Association. Survivors include six nieces and 10 nephews.
Class of 1937
VIRGINIA LUBKIN, thought to be the first American woman to become an ophthalmologist, died May 3, 2004. In the course of her long career, in which she combined clinical practice with research and teaching, Dr. Lubkin visited some 35 countries to disseminate her considerable wisdom and know-how in ophthalmological surgery and helped pioneer the field of ophthalmic plastic surgery. A former director of the Aborn Eye Research Laboratory of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the institution with which she was long associated, Dr. Lubkin invented the first major corneal topography device known commercially as TMS-1. Her interest focused on the piezoelectric behavior of the sclera and cornea. Preceded in death by her husband, Roger Bernstein, and a daughter, she is survived by three sons.
Class of 1940
JOHN F. STEINMAN, a retired psychiatrist, died June 25, 2002. A former member of the faculty in pediatrics, psychiatry, and neurology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Dr. Steinman pursued a private practice. Originally trained in pediatrics, he took further training in child psychiatry and switched to that field. In a biographical note, he quoted the words of Dr. Rustin McIntosh, a mentor at P&S: "Devising a formula to feed an infant is no great matter, but getting an infant to take it and quieting the anxieties of a new mother is more of a challenge," an idea to which he wholeheartedly subscribed. In 1960, he served as Nebraska delegate to the White House Conference on Children and Youth. Dr. Steinman served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. He is survived by his second wife, Ellen, two daughters, a son, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, and eight grandchildren.
Class of 1941
CHESTER W. FAIRLIE, a retired internist and former chief of medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Rocky Hill, Conn., died Jan. 9, 2004. He pursued a private medical practice for more than 30 years. Dr. Fairlie served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force Medical Corps in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Naomi, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Class of 1942
Internist ROBERT A. MAYER died Aug. 26, 2003, at age 87. A former member of the medical staff at Missouri Baptist Hospital, he practiced internal medicine in the St. Louis metropolitan area for close to five decades. Serving with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the South Pacific during World War II, he was stationed in New Guinea, Leyte, Manila, and Japan. Dr. Mayer was a past president of the St. Louis County Medical Society and a councilor of the fourth district to the Missouri State Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Camilla, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Class of 1943 (December)
GRAHAM B. BLAINE, a retired psychiatrist, died April 7, 2003. Dr. Blaine served as a consultant in psychiatry to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and to the Harvard University Health Service. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and three daughters.
MYRON C. PATTERSON, a retired cardiologist, died Feb. 8, 2003. A former associate clinical professor of medicine at P&S, Dr. Patterson served as director of electrocardiography at Roosevelt Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Michaeleen, and two daughters. COL. JAMES W. BLUNT, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Dec. 14, 2003, at age 85. A career officer in the U.S. Army, in which he served for more than 40 years, Dr. Blunt proudly noted on an alumni reunion questionnaire some years ago to being "the oldest medical officer on active duty." He earned numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal of Germany, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. Dr. Blunt is survived by his wife, Elsie, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a grandson.
Class of 1945
CARYL A. POTTER, a fourth generation physician, died Sept. 20, 2003. A cardiologist, he was the founder of Internal Medicine Associates of St. Joseph, Mo. He taught for a time on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University. Dr. Potter served with the Medical Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve and the U.S. Public Health Service. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four sons.
Class of 1946
STANLEY R. DRACHMAN, a retired internist, died Nov. 16, 2003. He had been affiliated with White Plains Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Sally Ann, three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.
|Thomas G. Kantor'46
THOMAS G. KANTOR died Feb. 8, 2004. Following medical school, he served in the U.S. Army as a ship's doctor and pursued studies in motion sickness that led to the development of anti-motion sickness medication. After leaving the military, he set up a private practice in internal medicine in Westport, Conn. Pursuing advanced training in rheumatology, he joined the faculty at NYU, where he was appointed professor of medicine in 1972. His research focused on the use of analgesics in patients with arthritis, which he wrote about in numerous scientific papers and textbook chapters. He served as chief of rheumatology at Beekman-Downtown Hospital in NYC. Dr. Kantor was recognized as a master of the American College of Rheumatology and sat on the National Board of Governors of the Arthritis Foundation. A past president of the Arthritis Foundation, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Survivors include his second wife, Deirdre, two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren. ARCHIBALD L. RUPRECHT, a retired psychiatrist, died Feb. 7, 2004, following an accident on the squash court. He was 82 years old. Dr. Ruprecht trained in medicine at Bellevue Hospital and served as a medical naval officer during the Korean War, subsequently joining the staff at the Firland Sanatorium in Seattle, then one of the largest chest disease hospitals in the world, where he contracted pulmonary tuberculosis from patients. In the course of his convalescence he became more and more interested in patients' emotional response to disease and went on to pursue a psychiatric residency at the University of Washington, followed by close to two decades of psychiatric practice. Dr. Ruprecht served as the first company psychiatrist for the Boeing Company, assessing mental illness in the work force. He was a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington and a former medical director of the Seattle Alcoholism Treatment Clinic in Seattle. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.
Class of 1947
PERRY G.M. AUSTIN, a distinguished internist and staunch advocate for the health care of veterans, died of pneumonia Feb. 12, 2004, at age 81. He served in the Air Force Medical Corps as chief of medicine at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., during the last years of the Korean War. After the war he pursued a residency in medicine at Johns Hopkins then joined the staff of the Loch Raven VA Hospital in Baltimore, where he spent the next three decades and became chief of outpatient services. The health of veterans became a lifelong cause. Dr. Austin taught for a time on the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Among his proudest honors was the receipt of a citation for outstanding services from the Disabled American Veterans for 1984-1985. He is survived by his wife, Sally, three sons, and six granddaughters. Pediatrician ANTHONY FELICE died Sept. 24, 2003. He was a beloved presence in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where he practiced for more than 35 years. A native of Sicily, he came to the United States with his parents at age 7 and attended Stuyvesant High School and Fordham University before attending P&S. Following his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Felice devoted the rest of his career to tending to the aches and bruises of the little people of Bay Ridge, seeing patients at all hours of the day and night and earning their eternal devotion and that of their parents. He is survived by his wife, Clare, two daughters, fours sons, and 13 grandchildren.
|Perry G.M. Austin Jr.'47
Class of 1949
Psychiatrist STANLEY H. BERNSTEIN died May 16, 2003. Long affiliated with Elmhurst and Mount Sinai hospitals, Dr. Bernstein was a loyal alumnus and a generous supporter of the medical school and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where he trained. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter, and a grandson. MICHAEL I. REHMAR died Jan. 6, 2004. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Dr. Rehmar served in the military for close to three decades, most as hospital commander. Awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, he retired with the rank of colonel in 1974. He then joined General Electric as medical director for the New York area and worldwide operations. He joined the clinical faculty of Cornell Medical College, teaching physical diagnosis. A board member of the Alcoholism Council of New York, he helped develop a training program for counselors. He served as medical director of the Methadone Maintenance Clinic of Long Island Jewish Hospital and medical director of malpractice claims for Frontier Insurance Company. Survivors include his wife, Miriam, a daughter, two sons, and four grandsons. WILLIAM R. SCOTT, a retired general and thoracic surgeon, died Dec. 10, 2003. Following his retirement he consulted for Medicare and the Lutheran Church and served as an emergency physician in a small community hospital in northern Minnesota. He was a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota. He served in India and Bangladesh as a medical missionary for more than 17 years and was involved in the establishment of the LHCB Hospital in Dumki in Bangladesh. Dr. Scott was a member of the first MASH in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, two daughters, and two sons.
|William R. Scott'49
Class of 1950
ROBERT L. MCKENNA, a retired internist, died Feb. 1, 2004. He saw active duty in the U.S. Navy, commanding two naval vessels in the Pacific Theater during World War II. A former member of the clinical faculty of the University of Colorado's medical school, Dr. McKenna pursued a solo private practice. Following his retirement in 1992 he served as a medical consultant for the Social Security Disability Evaluation Agency. He also consulted as a physician to the Denver Broncos football team. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and two daughters. ARTHUR I. SNYDER, an internist and rheumatologist, died March 15, 2004, of pneumonia. Dr. Snyder served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. A practitioner for more than 54 years, he was a founding member of New York Physicians Inc. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two daughters, a stepdaughter, stepson, and seven grandchildren.
|Arthur I. Snyder'50
Class of 1953
|Walter H. Riester'53
General and vascular surgeon WALTER H. RIESTER died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 7, 2004. A member of the surgical staff at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, where he was former chief of surgery, and Lawrence Memorial and Winchester hospitals in Wakefield, Mass., Dr. Riester had been a member of the clinical faculty in surgery at Tufts Medical School. He served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Janet, two daughters, and two sons.
Class of 1956
J. ALEXIS BURLAND died March 13, 2004. A psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist in private practice, he taught on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and as a training/supervising analyst at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute in Philadelphia. A past president of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Society and president of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute, he is survived by his wife, Patricia. Pathologist NATHAN S. TAYLOR, a refugee from Nazi Germany, died Feb. 16, 2004. A specialist in the pathology of prostate, GI and breast diseases, he was affiliated with Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and for many years ran the New York State Pathology Society. He is survived by his wife, Alisa.
Class of 1962
DONALD S. COHEN, an obstetrician-gynecologist who practiced in Rockville Center, N.Y., died Sept. 3, 2003. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Survivors include his wife, Judith, a daughter, and two sons.