In Memoriam

Alumni

Class of 1923
Long-belated word has been received of the December 1985 death of retired internist EDWARD C. KLEIN JR. Dr. Klein was formerly affiliated with St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I and again as a captain of the Military Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, earning a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star. Survivors include a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Class of 1925
FLORIE D. FROTHINGHAM, a retired allergist and ear, nose and throat specialist, died in December 1996. Dr. Frothingham had been affiliated with Manhattan Eye and Ear and United Hospitals in Newark, among other institutions. Survived by a son, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.
Class of 1928
The Alumni Association only recently learned of the death of LOUIS S. KANE in November 1982. He was a retired internist and former senior medical director of Executive Health Examiners.
ROBERT L. MCCOLLOM, a retired otolaryngologist, died in May 1996. He was a former president of the Nassau and Suffolk County Otolaryngological Society. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Class of 1929
ALEXANDER A. FISHER, a former clinical professor of dermatology at NYU-Postgraduate Medical School, died July 17, 2004. Considered a preeminent dermatologist of his time, Dr. Fisher conducted research that focused on uncovering contact allergens and finding hypoallergenic substitutes. He was the author of the pivotal text in his field, "Contact Dermatitis," and more than 300 scientific papers. He continued well into his advanced years to write a monthly column for Cutis, the most widely read journal devoted to dermatology. Dr. Fisher was a loyal alumnus and generous supporter of the medical school. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
GLADYS WINTER, a retired pediatrician from Tenafly, N.J., has died, date unknown. She had been affiliated with Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, N.J. "I look back at my years at P&S as the basic focus of my life," she once wrote. As her most memorable experience after medical school, she wrote, "watching my patients grow and develop." A loyal alumna, Dr. Winter served for a number of years as Annual Fund class chairwoman. Preceded in death by her husband, Christian C. Yegen, she is survived by two daughters and a son. Belated word has been received of the Oct. 14, 1999, death of JACK F. WU, a retired family practitioner. A native of Kwangtung Province in China, Dr. Wu returned to practice in China, first as medical director of Lingnan University in Canton, then as chief of the medical service at Soochow Hospital in Soochow, and finally as medical director of the Shanghai Sinza Health Demonstration and chief of its tuberculosis clinic. In Shanghai, he also served as director of the hospital's Blood Donor Service, the first of its kind in China, where he used many German-Jewish refugees as donors. Returning to the United States, he held multiple positions and pursued a private family practice for many years in Kalamazoo, Mich. He is survived by a daughter and a son.
Class of 1933
John Pool'34
Judd Marmor'33
JUDD MARMOR, the Franz Alexander Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the University of Southern California, died Dec. 16, 2003. A former director of the psychiatry division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Marmor was a past president of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He was the author of eight books in his field, including "Homosexual Behavior: A Modern Reappraisal" (1980). Among his many encomia in the course of a long and distinguished career, Dr. Marmor was an honorary fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, recipient of a Doctor of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and recipient of the Pawlowski Peace Prize of the Pawlowski Peace Foundation. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine.
Class of 1934
Judd Marmor'33
John Pool'34
JOHN L. POOL, a distinguished retired thoracic surgeon, died April 19, 2005. A former associate clinical professor of surgery at Cornell and Yale, he had been affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. During World War II, he served as chief surgeon of a field hospital in the South Pacific; immediately following Japan's defeat, he served as commanding officer of a field hospital there. Outside of his practice and teaching, he served a term as president of the New York Academy of Medicine and helped found the Tata Cancer Hospital in Bombay, India. A class chairman for many years, Dr. Pool was a loyal alumnus and staunch supporter of the medical school. He is survived by a son.
Class of 1937
ALBERT N. BROWNE-MAYERS died Nov. 16, 2004. Dr. Browne-Mayers had been medical director of Serenity Hill Farm, an alcohol rehabilitation program in Canaan, Conn., and a member of the staff in the psychiatric division at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Michael L. Gompertz'37
Michael L. Gompertz'37
MICHAEL L. GOMPERTZ died April 14, 2005. He was a former professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee and retired chief of gastroenterology at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Dr. Gompertz served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, two years of which he spent as general medical officer of field stations in the Southwest Pacific Theater. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and a son.
Class of 1939
HAMILTON B. WEBB, a U.S. Air Force retired brigadier general, died Jan. 21, 2005. He was 90 years old. His long career in the Air Force included postings to the Surgeon General and Office of the Secretary of Defense and the commands of base hospitals in Brazil and Panama. He served in Viet Nam as surgeon of Headquarters Seventh Air Force at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. He was awarded the Bronze Medal Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon, and other military honors. A jazz fan, he assembled a well-regarded lexicography of jazz idiom. His first wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death. He is survived by his second wife, Esther, five daughters, and six grandchildren.
Class of 1940
DOROTHY M. AGGELER, a retired cardiologist and former member of the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, died Dec. 25, 2004. She had been affiliated with St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Aggeler was a loyal alumna and supporter of the medical school. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Aggeler, M.D., she is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.
Edward D. Freis'40
Edward D. Freis'40
EDWARD D. FREIS, a pioneering researcher on the risk of hypertension, died of multiple organ failure Feb. 1, 2005, at age 92. In the course of a landmark five-year study conducted at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Freis and his colleagues helped prove conclusively the risks to health and mortality of high blood pressure. Previous conventional wisdom discouraged treatment of high blood pressure because it was thought to be helpful in circulating blood to the brain and other body extremities. In 1971, Dr. Freis was recognized with the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for clinical research. Dr. Freis was the author of "The High Blood Pressure Book." In 1949 he was named chief of medical services and in 1959 senior medical investigator at the VA Hospital. Professor of medicine emeritus at Georgetown University Medical Center, his academic career spanned four decades. A past president of the Washington Heart Association, he was honored with an award of meritorious accomplishment from the American Heart Association. Divorced from his wife, Dr. Freis is survived by his companion of many years, Mary Rose Curtis, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Class of 1942
JAMES F. GLEASON died March 5, 2005. He was a former vice president of medical affairs and director of medical education at Atlantic City Medical Center and Ventnor city councilman. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and saw active duty in New Guinea and the Philippines. A past president of the Atlantic County Heart Association, Dr. Gleason had been medical director of the Miss America Pageant. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, four sons, and three grandchildren.
Retired general surgeon LOUIS NASH died Dec. 12, 2003. Dr. Nash pursued a solo private surgical practice in Redding, Calif., where he was affiliated with Redding Medical Center. He was a governor for Northern California of the California Academy of Medicine. He is survived by five daughters and a son.
Class of 1943D
EDWARD H. MEISTER, a retired internist, died July 20, 2004. A former member of the board of directors of the Suffolk City Heart Association, he had been affiliated with St. Charles and Mather Memorial Hospitals in New York. He is survived by three daughters.
ROY J. SMITH died Jan. 1, 2005. A retired plastic and hand surgeon, he had been affiliated with Worcester Memorial, Worcester City, and Worcester Hahnemann Hospitals in Worcester, Mass. Dr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude. He is survived by a son and two grandchildren.
Class of 1944
Brian Bradford'44
Brian Bradford'44
BRIAN K. BRADFORD, a retired internist and former member of the medical faculty of the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, died Nov. 4, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-47 at Halloran General Hospital. He spent close to two decades as chief of the Department of Medicine at Toledo Hospital. Dr. Bradford served a term as president of the Northwest Ohio Heart Association and state chairman of the Regional Medical Program of Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Ethel, a daughter, and four sons.
Class of 1945
STUART S. ASCH, professor emeritus of clinical psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College and lecturer at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, died Jan. 21, 2002. He served from 1946-48 as a captain in the medical corps and company commander of the Medical Collecting Company in Korea. In retirement, he worked at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Hospital of New York, also known as the New York State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Survivors include his wife, Mary, two daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren.
Retired orthopedic surgeon LEONARD B. BURGESS of Santa Barbara, Calif., died May 16, 2003. In addition to his successful private practice of more than three decades, he once listed on an anniversary questionnaire two trips to rural Taiwan in 1962 and 1963 to treat post-polio crippled children as a memorable post-medical school experience. He also served as team physician for athletic teams of the University of California at Santa Barbara. A former active member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, Dr. Burgess is survived by his second wife, Florence, three daughters, and a son.
MITCHELL F. CUMMINS, former clinical professor of radiology at Cornell's Weill Medical College, died of lung cancer Jan. 9, 2005. He was an emeritus member of the attending staff of the Department of Radiology at New York- Presbyterian Hospital. An active member of the P&S Alumni Council, he was preceded in death by his wife, ROSAMOND KANE CUMMINS'52. Survivors include a daughter and a son.
George Hyman'45
George Hyman'45
GEORGE A. HYMAN, a distinguished retired hematologist-oncologist, died March 23, 2005. His son, Barry S. Hyman'86, said the elder Dr. Hyman at age 4 would "carry around a medical bag with rocks and other little things he would give to people to ‘cure' them." Accepted at P&S two days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in the ASTP program, becoming a private first class, advancing to the rank of second lieutenant-MAC before graduating medical school. After completing internship and residency at Columbia, he served as first lieutenant-MCUSA at Fort Lyon Veterans Hospital in Los Animos, Colo., where he treated long-term mentally ill veterans, some from World War I. He became one of the first American physicians to use electric shock therapy to treat manic depressives. Dr. Hyman later served at an Army hospital, Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, where he treated tuberculosis patients using pneumothorax and the newly discovered antibiotic, streptomycin.
Along with a colleague, Captain Stan Hoffman, he wrote two important papers on pulmonary tuberculosis. Returning to Columbia in 1948, he joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine, where he lectured on hematology and oncology for close to 50 years. One of the original members of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, he was author and coauthor of more than 100 papers in medicine. Dr. Hyman pursued a thriving private practice with his brother, Julian Hyman, M.D. Following a first "retirement" in 1995, he moved to Florida, where he resumed practice in oncology and served on the medical staffs at Good Samaritan Hospital and at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach. According to his son, "he never really retired. Even when he closed his office in Florida his patients always tracked him down. He was always open to hearing from them and giving advice." His adoring patients included numerous well-known personalities, notably Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh, U Thant, Duke Ellington, Edith Piaf, Leonard Stern, Geraldine Brooks, Zero Mostel, Roger Price, Maurice Levine, Eartha Kitt, Bobby Baird, Marcel Duchamps, and Mrs. Lou Gehrig. One of his patients, Bruno Zirato, was Enzo Caruso's manager and director of the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, where Dr. Hyman served as the doctor in attendance.
He also was a major collector of American 20th century art. A loyal alumnus and staunch supporter, he left a significant portion of his estate to the medical school. Dr. Hyman is survived by two daughters and two sons.
Long belated word has been received of the death on May 12, 1999, of ALBERT R. MILAN. A retired ob/gyn, Dr. Milan was a member of the clinical faculty and attending obstetrician at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He was the author of two books, "Endometrial Cytology Utilizing the Milan-Markey Technique" (1977) and "Breast Self Examination" (1980) plus numerous papers. He served as a delegate to the Baltimore City Medical Society.
WILLIAM A. SPENCER, a retired general surgeon and anesthesiologist, died Nov. 18, 2004. He lived and practiced in Osage, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Benna, three daughters, and two sons.
Class of 1946
The notice of GORDON B. MAGILL's death (Winter 2005 issue) did not mention his first wife, Jane West Magill'48. In a letter, Jane West Magill wrote: "Gordon and I met in medical school — he was two years ahead of me — and our romance was the talk of both of our classes. I was married to Gordon for 38 years and am the mother of his four daughters. All of the class of 1946 and 1948 attended our engagement party at the Smith Club of New York. As I recall, Dean Severinghaus was also there. Since Gordon was a member of the Princeton Nassoons (Princeton's equivalent of the renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs), the Nassoons made up words to their signature song to announce our engagement. The words were as follows: You've wondered ‘til now when they'd take the vow/That inseparable team is now on the beam/Ladies and gentlemen, we're here to croon/They've set the date, the fifteenth of June! Gordon had a large number of his male classmates in their army and navy V12 program uniforms as ushers and Monty Peck'48 was his best man at our wedding. I only tell you these details because they are a bit of P&S history and others in our classes might be interested in reminiscing and glad to hear that I am alive and well." Jane West Magill also mentioned some of Gordon Magill's accomplishments that were omitted from the notice of his death. "He was a pioneer in chemotherapeutic research and was in the original chemotherapy department with Dr. David Karnofsky and Dr. Joseph Burchenal at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was an attending at that hospital for many years, both before his practice in North Dakota as well as upon returning to New York."
Class of 1948
GEORGE H. MCCORMACK, a member of the clinical faculty at P&S and revered internist, died Jan. 25, 2005. "My only professional achievement," he once wrote on an alumni questionnaire, "is to have practiced medicine in New York City for almost 42 years. My greatest award was to be Dr. R.F. Loeb's physician for the last years of his life." He was a loyal alumnus of P&S and in addition to his own philanthropy, he helped channel the kindness of countless patients in support of the medical school. Preceded in death by his wife, Joy, he is survived by three daughters and two sons. An award fund has been established in his name at P&S.
Class of 1950
The Alumni Office recently learned of the Feb. 10, 1992, death of RUSSELL W. DORN, a retired Jersey City general practitioner.
Alfred A. Messer'50
Alfred A. Messer'50
ALFRED A. MESSER, a retired psychiatrist considered one of the pioneers of family psychiatry in the United States, died Dec. 29, 2004, of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood condition. A former professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, he was also a prolific author. His books include "America on an Impulse Orgy" and "Your Family's Mental Health." For many years he also wrote a column titled "Your Mind's Eye" that was syndicated in 55 newspapers. In addition, he had a weekly radio program, "Call the Psychiatrist." He served as a consultant for CNN on mental health issues related to violence and catastrophes. Dr. Messer served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and saw active duty with the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart and battle citations. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, two sons, and four grandchildren.
MARTIN A. RIZACK died March 7, 2005. He served with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1951-1953. A distinguished internist and pharmacologist, Dr. Rizack was a former professor and associate dean of graduate studies at Rockefeller University, where for many years he headed the Laboratory of Cellular Biochemistry and Pharmacology. He was a loyal alumnus and regular supporter of P&S. Survivors include his wife, Lea, three daughters, and a son.
Class of 1951
Monroe Himelstein'51
Monroe Himelstein'51
MONROE HIMELSTEIN, a retired general surgeon, died March 2, 2005. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a sonar officer in the Pacific Theater. Former clinical professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut and an adjunct faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Himelstein was affiliated for many years with Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., where he chaired the Medical Staff Council and served as president of the medical staff and as hospital director. He also served on the consulting staff of the Institute of Living, the Newington Veterans Administration Hospital, and the State Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill. Survivors include his wife, Faith, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Class of 1952
GARTH B. DETTINGER died March 22, 2005, of heart disease at age 83. Earning a master of science degree in surgery from Baylor University, he served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of major general and deputy surgeon general upon his retirement in 1980. Dr. Dettinger served as a health director for Fairfax County, Va., and as a surgical consultant to the CIA. He was a member of the clinical faculty at Georgetown Medical School. Preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, he is survived by his wife, Jeffa, a daughter, two sons, three grandsons, and three great-grandsons.
Class of 1953
LeRoy W. McDaniel'53
LeRoy W. McDaniel'53
LEROY W. MCDANIEL, a retired general and thoracic surgeon and former member of the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University, died May 12, 2005. He had been affiliated with Magan Medical Clinic in Covin, Calif. Dr. McDaniel served with the U.S. Maritime Service and with the U.S. Air Force as chief of surgical services at Foster Air Force Base Hospital. He took several trips as a Christian medical missionary to Baja California and the mountainous regions of central Mexico to provide medical services to the Huichul tribes. He also was a licensed pilot trained in aircraft maintenance, building, and remodeling. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, a daughter, and three sons.
Class of 1955
Long belated word has been received of the death of WARREN W. LEEDS, a retired general surgeon. He died from complications of cancer of the kidney on Oct. 14, 1995. He had been affiliated with East Jefferson General Hospital in East Jefferson, La., where he also served on the board of directors. He is survived by his wife, Joan Marie, a daughter, and two sons.
The Alumni Office received word of the death of JACK G. SHEPS, date unknown.
Class of 1957
Carl B. Lyle Jr.'57
Carl B. Lyle Jr.'57
CARL B. LYLE JR., retired professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, died March 14, 2005. Dr. Lyle served as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Air Force. He was affiliated with the Charlotte Medical Clinic and the teaching program of the Carolinas Medical Center. He received, among many honors, the Henry C. Forham Award and the Professor Award of the University of North Carolina for excellence in clinical teaching. Also an accomplished aviator, he was recognized as a pioneer in the delivery of health care by air transportation. He is survived by his wife, Ishbel, a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.
Class of 1959
CHARLES S. HOLLANDER, professor of medicine emeritus and former chief of the Department of Endocrinology at New York University Medical Center, died March 15, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three daughters, a grandson, and his brother, Joshua Hollander'60.
Class of 1963
Robert Heissenbuttel'63
Robert Heissenbuttel'63
ROBERT H. HEISSENBUTTEL, a clinical professor of medicine at P&S, died Jan. 1, 2005. Dr. Heissenbuttel pursued clinical research related to the pharmacology of antiarrythmic drugs. He served with the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps. He was a loyal alumnus and supporter of P&S. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, a daughter, and a son.
Class of 1965 PSY
Psychiatrist GEORGE O. PAPANEK died Jan. 23, 2004, of lymphoma. Born in Vienna, Austria, he and his family fled the Nazis to France, where his father, a physician, directed several homes for Jewish refugee children. Later immigrating to the United States, Dr. Papanek received a master's degree in social psychology and M.D. from Harvard, before pursuing his psychiatric training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A former faculty member at P&S, Harvard Medical School, Smith College of Social Work, and Boston University Medical School, Dr. Papanek served as staff psychiatrist at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.
Following his retirement from medical practice in 1996, he served as a volunteer consultant to a Haitian mental health clinic and taught in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Canada. He was active with the Physicians for Universal Health Insurance. An accomplished sculptor and photographer, he often exhibited his work. He also was a singer in many choirs. He is survived by his second wife, Judith, two daughters, a son, and four granddaughters.
Class of 1967
FREDERICK M. GISE, an internist formerly affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center, died Feb. 8, 2005. He served with the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Debra.
Class of 1972
ROBERT A. BOXER, a cardiologist affiliated with Schneider Children's North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., where he had served as chief of pediatric critical care medicine and an associate in pediatric cardiology, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 7, 2005. Dr. Boxer was a professor of clinical pediatrics at Cornell. Survivors include his wife, Harriet Siegel Boxer, M.D., a daughter, and a son.
Class of 1997
CRAIG A. JOSEPHS died Oct. 24, 2003.

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