Max Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Max A. Eisenberg, professor emeritus and special lecturer in bio-chemistry and molecular biophysics, died April 8, 2006. Dr. Eisenberg retired from Columbia in 1987. He had been a member of the faculty since 1952.
Raymond McCaffrey Sr., M.D.
Raymond McCaffrey, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, died July 24, 2006. He joined P&S in 1968 as assistant professor, served as director of the residency program from 1971 to 1974, and was director of the gynecology service from 1975 to 1988.
He was president of the Sloane Hospital Alumni Society. He received teaching awards and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Alumni of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He maintained a large practice at Columbia over nearly four decades and was a mentor to hundreds of residents and medical students.
A graduate of Fordham University and Cornell’s medical school, he trained in internal medicine at New York-Cornell Medical Center and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia, where he was chief resident from 1962 to 1964. In 1963, he was chief resident at the Frances Delafield Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases.
Melvin L. Moss, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Melvin L. Moss, professor emeritus of anatomy and oral biology at P&S and former dean of the College of Dental Medicine, died June 25, 2006. Dr. Moss was a 1946 graduate of Columbia’s dental school, and after service in the Army Dental Corps and a brief period in dental practice he returned to Columbia to receive his Ph.D. in anatomy, specializing in physical anthropology. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1952.
He taught human anatomy to generations of medical and dental students and was renowned for his theory explaining how facial bones, including the jaw and cheekbones, grow and come together. “The theory, which helps describe how features coalesce, is frequently applied in orthodontics and other dental specialties when dealing with facial malformations,” reported the New York Times in its obituary of Dr. Moss.
Dr. Moss was dean of the dental school from 1968 to 1973. His leadership launched a period of renewal and new directions for the school. During his deanship, the school received more resources for strengthening dental education through investment in facilities and faculty recruitment and Dr. Moss made significant changes to the curriculum. A strong believer in the importance of student research, he encouraged students to join faculty research projects as summer research fellows. Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn, his wife for 36 years, is professor of dentistry and senior associate dean in the College of Dental Medicine.
Alfred Steiner, M.D.
Alfred Steiner, a New York City cardiologist and long-time member of the P&S faculty, died May 22, 2006. In recognition of his contribution to medical research, the Dr. Alfred Steiner Awards were created at P&S in 1984 to recognize medical students with original and potentially significant research projects.
Dr. Steiner began his pioneering research that linked cholesterol with coronary heart disease by feeding animals high doses of cholesterol to induce the development of atherosclerosis then reversing the effects of the disease by reducing the animals’ intake of cholesterol. In 1938, he was first recognized for his research in Time Magazine.
Dr. Steiner, a clinical professor of medicine at P&S, began his teaching career in 1936, and he received a medical science doctorate from Columbia in 1938. He retired in 1998 at age 88.
Other Faculty Deaths
Class of 1941
Paulina Kernberg, M.D., lecturer in psychiatry, died April 12, 2006.
Class of 1937
MICHAEL SCHLESSINGER, a retired anesthesiologist, died Feb. 20, 2006, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Schlessinger served with the 12th Evacuation Hospital attached to General Patton’s Third Army from the Normandy invasion to the end of World War II. Following the war he served for many years as an attending anesthesiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He is survived by his wife, Norma, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.
Retired neurologist and psychiatrist JAMES S.L. JACOBS died March 14, 2004. He was former chief of psychiatry at the VA Hospital in Encino, Calif., and chief of neurology and psychiatry at Clifton Springs Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Marion, and two daughters.
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BLAIR N. VINE, a retired generalist, died May 16, 2005. Dr. Vine had been affiliated with St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Edna, and two sons.
WILLIAM J. SCHIRMER died Feb. 23, 2006. Dr. Schirmer served as a battlefield doctor in the European theater during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge. Returning to the States, he served for two decades as a physician to the Union County Jail in Union, N.J., and pursued a private practice in obstetrics for another four decades in Elizabeth, delivering more than 11,000 babies in the course of his career. He is survived by his wife, Jean, two daughters, and seven sons.
CORNELIUS J. TYSON, an internist of the old school and an active alumnus and staunch supporter of the medical school, died March 9, 2006. During World War II, Dr. Tyson served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in the Pacific and European theaters and took part in the Normandy Invasion. Following the war, for more than half a century he served as a revered member of the clinical faculty at P&S, a mentor to generations of young physicians, and an esteemed and beloved private practitioner who continued to make house calls until his retirement at the age of 83. The sentiments of those for whom he cared were perhaps best summed up in a note from a patient’s niece that accompanied a contribution to P&S made in his name: “It was quite unbelievable to the whole family that there is still a doctor like Dr. Tyson in this day and age, and we feel so fortunate that it was he who tended Aunt Tat to the last of her 92 years. (I believe she was his first patient.)” In the words of a former student preceptee and later a colleague: “He is as close as one can come to being the ideal physician.” An Annual Fund class chairman for many years, Dr. Tyson was the recipient of a Gold Medal for meritorious service to the medical school and its alumni association. Preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, he is survived by three daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren.
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Class of 1945
IRVIN C. PLOUGH, a distinguished Army Department internist, died March 9, 2006, of respiratory failure and cancer. A department chief, commander, and director of the Army research laboratories, Dr. Plough was best known for his research in human nutritional requirements and liver disease. He also coordinated plans and programs with the Navy, Air Force, and other government agencies and supervised the development of budgets for Army medical research. He subsequently worked in the Office of the Surgeon General, supervising research programs and monitoring the quality of medical research in the Army. He also worked in the administration of the National Cancer Institute at the NIH. Survivors include his wife, Doris, four daughters, one son, and six grandchildren.
Class of 1946
The alumni office learned this year of the death of LEON R. COLE on May 7, 1977. A former member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Dr. Cole was a retired internist in private practice in Los Angeles, formerly affiliated with Cedars of Lebanon, Mount Sinai, Beverly Hills Doctors, Midway, and Los Angeles County General Hospitals.
JOHN M. GOULD, a retired thoracic surgeon from San Mateo, Calif., died Dec. 11, 2002. Following his service in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1947-49, Dr. Gould began a thriving solo practice in thoracic and vascular surgery and maintained affiliations with Mills, Peninsula, and San Mateo County General hospitals.
JAMES V. KENNEDY, a retired internist from Mount Vernon, Ohio, died Jan. 25, 2004. Dr. Kennedy served with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force, retiring with the rank of major. He was a past president of the Knox County Heart Association.
JOSEPH C. MACKNIGHT, a retired internist specializing in occupational medicine, died July 28, 2003. Following 25 years of private practice in Fredericksburg, Va., Dr. MacKnight served for another decade as medical supervisor of the DuPont Company in Delaware. He is survived by four sons, 13 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
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Class of 1947
JEAN L. COOK died at his home in Nice, France, March 14, 2006. He was an emeritus member of the faculty of medicine and served for many years as associate dean and dean of students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cook was a cousin of Margaret M. Lawrence’40.
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ARTHUR W. EPSTEIN, emeritus professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, died Nov. 8, 2005, in Austin, Texas, where he’d been temporarily relocated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Epstein was a past president of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. In 1992, the Louisiana Psychiatric Association named him “Psychiatrist of the Year.” He was the author of numerous articles on dreaming and a book, “Dreaming and Other Involuntary Meditation: An Essay in Neuropsychiatry.” He is survived by his wife, Leona, two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.
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HUMBERTO ESCAPINI, an internationally known pioneer in the investigation and treatment of ophthalmological diseases who is considered to be the father of Salvadoran ophthalmology, died Dec. 25, 2005, in his native El Salvador. He was 93 years old. Following his training, Dr. Escapini returned to El Salvador where he served as the first chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the Medical Faculty of the University of El Salvador. He is best known for his landmark studies in corneal transplants. Survivors include his wife, Helena, three daughters, and a son.
Class of 1955
PETER T. ROWLEY, a distinguished internist and geneticist, died from complications of multiple myeloma on March 27, 2006. Dr. Rowley was chairman of the Division of Genetics and professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y. He pursued extensive research in the area of hereditary susceptibility to cancer and on the genetics of leukemia. In his practice, he offered genetic counseling to families with multiple members suffering from cancer. Dr. Rowley was also an accomplished composer and painter. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons.
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Class of 1956
Class of 1961
LEALAND L. CLARK, a dermatologist from Salt Lake City, Utah, died Sept. 14, 2005. Dr. Clark earned a master of science degree in dermatology from the University of Minnesota in 1960 and pursued private practice in Salt Lake City, where he served as a clinical faculty member of the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, a daughter, and a son.
The alumni office just learned of the May 11, 1969, death of NANCY D. TYSON of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
CHARLES D. ALLEN died of cancer at his home in Kennebunk, Maine, on Jan. 31, 2006. Following his training in general surgery at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle, Wash., Dr. Allen served as surgeon and medical officer with the Indian Health Service in Rosebud, S.D., and held positions with the IHS in San Carlos, Ariz., Seattle, Anchorage, and Oklahoma City. His service to the health and welfare of Native Americans was recognized by the Sicangu band of the Teton Lakota, the Cherokee, and the Creek Nations, and USPS ribbon awards for hazardous duty, outstanding, meritorious, and distinguished service. In 1973, Dr. Allen opened a clinic at Wounded Knee during its occupation by the American Indian Movement. Following his retirement from IHS, he set up private practice in Tulsa, Okla., before returning to his native Maine to practice surgery at Goodall Hospital in Sanford. He is survived by his second wife, Jorie, four daughters, and a son.
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Class of 1962
ROBERT A. GUTSTEIN, a plastic surgeon, died April 2, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Monita, a daughter, and a son. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Great Falls, Mont., and later returned there to practice.
Class of 1972
JOSEPH H. KORN died of colon cancer March 6, 2005. Dr. Korn, a recipient of the 2003 Founders Research Award of the Scleroderma Foundation, was the Alan S. Cohen Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology, professor of biochemistry, director of the Arthritis Center, and head of the rheumatology section at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Korn was the author of more than 100 research articles, publications, and textbook chapters. His research focused on the underlying risk factors for scleroderma, a complex autoimmune disease. Survivors include his wife, Paulette, a daughter, and three sons.
Class of 1974
GREGORY E. SCOTT, a respected cardiothoracic surgeon from Princeton, N.J., died from complications of a stroke March 4, 2006. Dr. Scott held clinical faculty appointments at P&S, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He pursued research on the biochemistry and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, heart transplantation, and immunosuppressive agents. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three daughters, and a son.
CORRECTION: The name of ARTHUR N. FLEISS’36 was spelled incorrectly in the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of P&S Journal. We regret the error.