In Memoriam

Remembering the faculty and alumni of
Columbia University’s College of
Physicians & Surgeons


Jeffrey Rosecan, M.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, died May 6, 2008.
Albert P. Rosen, M.D., retired pediatrics faculty member, died Nov. 18, 2007.


Class of 1935
Erwin T. Michaelson, former chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Doctors Hospital in Freeport, N.Y., died April 22, 2008, at age 95. In the course of a career that spanned more than 30 years, he delivered thousands of babies. Retiring to Tamarac, Fla., he was the recipient in 2007 of the Silver Circle Community Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Broward County, where he was active in the Genesis Society. Dr. Michaelson served in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by his wife, Vera, he is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Class of 1937
Stephen M. Schwartz, a retired internist and former member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at NYU, died March 1, 2008. Dr. Schwartz served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and saw combat in the North African, Middle Eastern, and European campaigns. He also participated in the Normandy Invasion and was decorated with the Bronze Star, Soldiers Medal, Croix de Guerre, New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and Distinguished Flying Cross. He pursued a private medical practice for more than half a century in New York City, where he maintained affiliations with New York Infirmary, Cabrini, Doctors, and Midtown hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Doris, a son, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1939
Harold G. Bergen, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist in Yakima, Wash., died Aug. 1, 2007. Dr. Bergen and his late wife, Marjory, established a scholarship fund in his name at P&S. In retirement, he enjoyed orchard farming.

Warren W. LaPierre, a retired ophthalmologist, died March 16, 2008. Dr. LaPierre served as a base and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He pursued a private ophthalmology practice for many years in Norwich, Conn. He had been affiliated with William W. Beacon and Norwich hospitals. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances, he is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Henry Saltonstall, a retired internist and surgeon revered by his patients for the quality of his care and a genial bedside manner, died Feb. 24, 2008. He served on the medical staff of the U.S. Air Corps and Army during World War II. After returning to the United States, Dr. Saltonstall helped found the Exeter Clinic in Exeter, N.H. In 1979 he was honored with the Granite State Award of the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Saltonstall was a loyal alumnus and supporter of P&S. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, two daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Class of 1939 MSD
Hyman Spotnitz, a distinguished research psychiatrist and neurologist and longtime researcher at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, died April 18, 2008. Dr. Spotnitz earned his M.D. from Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin, pursuing advanced training in psychiatry and neurology at Columbia. Trained in psychoanalysis, Dr. Spotnitz believed that narcissistic disorders were treatable and that schizophrenia was reversible. Recipient of the Sigmund Freud Award from the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, Dr. Spotnitz was honorary president of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He was the author of more than 100 articles and numerous books, including “Psychotherapy of Preoedipal Conditions” and “The Couch and the Circle.” He was preceded in death by his first wife, Miriam, and by his second wife, Dorothy. Survivors include three sons who graduated from P&S: Henry’66 (professor of surgery at P&S), Alan’70, and William’77.

Class of 1942

Harry B. Neal Jr
Harry B. Neal Jr.’42
Harry B. Neal Jr., a retired general practitioner, died May 6, 2008, at age 92. Dr. Neal served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his military service, he joined his father’s general medical practice in rural Pennsylvania where he practiced until his retirement in 1989. He was affiliated with the Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, Pa. In 1992 he was honored with a testimonial from the Pennsylvania Medical Society in recognition of 50 years of medical service.

W. Clifford Smith, a retired pediatrician, died March 28, 2008. Dr. Smith served as an Army doctor in Guam and the Pacific Theater during World War II, rising to the rank of major. A former pediatrics faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Dr. Smith maintained affiliations with Hahnemann, St. Vincent, University of Massachusetts, and Worcester Memorial hospitals. Survivors include his wife, Margie, two daughters, a granddaughter, and two step-grandsons.

Class of 1943M
Ruth K. Russell, a distinguished retired internist and author, died April 10, 2008. Dr. Russell was the co-author, along with her mother, Dr. Josephine Kenyon, of the popular book, “Healthy Babies are Happy Babies.” Outside of her medical practice, she managed to apply the experience gleaned from raising 11 children to many articles on childrearing. Preceded in death by her second husband, William F. Russell’45, and one daughter, she is survived by 10 children, 23 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Class of 1944
Shepard Krech, a retired general practitioner based in Easton, Md., died Feb. 11, 2008. Dr. Krech was former chief of staff at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for 30 years of overseeing the operations of the American Memorial Hospital in Reims. Devoted to his patients, Dr. Krech once in a reunion questionnaire bemoaned the passing of the family doctor, “a dying treasure and a personal relationship with patients and their families, which seems to have vanished in favor of defensive medical practice brought about by a litigious society.” Among his most memorable postmedical school experiences, he recalled the moment “when that first patient walked into the office.” Following his retirement he joined the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission and the Maryland Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, among other groups involved with environmental issues and problems. He is survived by his wife, Nora, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.

Class of 1945
Rolla D. Campbell, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Feb. 16, 2008. Dr. Campbell, who pursued a private orthopedic practice in New York City, was long affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery and Roosevelt Hospital, where he served as chief of the Orthopedic Clinic. He served as an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. A middle distance and track star in his youth and a long-distance runner well into middle age, he finished the Boston Marathon at age 46. Dr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim, two daughters, two sons, two step-children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Henry D. Shapiro, a retired internist and hematologist, died Feb. 5, 2008. Dr. Shapiro pursued a private practice for more than three decades in Paterson and Fair Lawn, N.J., and maintained affiliations with Paterson General and Wayne General hospitals, where he also served as director of medical education. An internist of the old school, Dr. Shapiro made house calls until the day of his retirement. Outside of his professional practice, Dr. Shapiro served on the Fair Lawn Borough Council and Board of Education. He was an impassioned advocate for school library funding. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, a daughter, a son, 11 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

Class of 1947
Word has been received of the Nov. 29, 2006, death of Margaret Miller Junker, a retired general practitioner and former director of the Student Health Service at Southampton College of Long Island, where she was also a member of the faculty. Survivors include two daughters and a son.

Class of 1948
Domenic G. Iezzoni, a pediatrician who supervised medical research in pharmaceuticals, died of lymphoma Jan. 20, 2008, at age 84. Dr. Iezzoni served as a physician with the U.S. Army. Returning to civilian life, he held positions in major pharmaceutical concerns, including Pfizer, DuPont, and Schering-Plough, where he was in charge of global medical affairs and drug safety and served as consulting medical director until seven months before his death. Dr. Iezzoni also made time to volunteer for more than a decade at Valley Hospital’s pediatric clinic. Following his retirement, he heeded the call of the outdoors, co-founding the Bel Lago Winery on the Leelanau Peninsula, Mich., becoming involved in the environmental efforts of the Leelanau Conservancy, and serving as a scientific adviser to the Michigan cherry industry, helping to evaluate the potential health benefits of tart cherries for the treatment of heart disease. He was a long-time class chairman and loyal alumnus. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, and four daughters.

Thomas Petrick’48
Thomas Petrick’48
The Alumni Office has learned of the death on July 13, 2004, of Thomas J. Petrick, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist based in Cypress, Texas. He also had been a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina Medical School. Dr. Petrick served in the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, two daughters, and two sons.

Class of 1949

William R. Fifer’49
William R. Fifer’49
William R. Fifer, a retired internist and academic medical administrator, died April 30, 2008. Dr. Fifer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was recalled into service as a battalion surgeon during the Korean War. Following 15 years of medical practice at the St. Louis Park Medical Center, he turned to medical administration, serving as director of the Regional Medical Program and Area Health Education Center at the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of the clinical faculty in internal medicine and public health. Dr. Fifer was the author of more than 100 scientific papers. In 1980, he launched a third career, founding Clayton, Fifer Associates, an educational consultant to hospitals, healthcare institutions, and professional societies. He is survived by his wife, Anne, four daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.

Class of 1953
Word has been received of the 2004 death of F. Pearl McBroom, an internist with a strong commitment to holistic and preventive medicine. The cause of death was heart and respiratory failure. Dr. McBroom was one of the first African-American women to train at UCLA and the first African-American to pursue a fellowship in cardiology at the University of California. Dr. McBroom served on the board of directors of the Frederick Douglas Child Development Center. In 1977, she pursued a path of study in preventive medicine that included homeopathy, reflexology, Chinese medicine, and nutrition. Dr. McBroom also conducted research on human growth hormone. Among her honors she was recognized as one of 1001 Women of Achievement. She had been a concert pianist in her youth. She is survived by two daughters and a grandson.

Class of 1954
Arnold Mittelman, a surgical oncologist formerly affiliated with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was also chief of the colorectal service, died Feb. 3, 2008. He was also an emeritus member of the faculty at the University of Buffalo. Preceded in death by his wife, Edith Sproul, a 1931 graduate of P&S, he is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters.

Class of 1956

Charles B. Tulevich Jr.’56
Charles B. Tulevich Jr.’56
Charles B. Tulevich Jr., a retired ophthalmologist, died of kidney failure on March 23, 2008. He was 80 years old. Dr. Tulevich served with the 6817th Special Service Battalion in the European Theater during World War II. Originally intending to pursue a career in music, his war experience moved him to study medicine instead. He practiced ophthalmology for many years in Port Jefferson, N.Y., where he helped found the Long Island Eye Physicians & Surgeons, P.C., an association of ophthalmic specialists. In the course of his career he taught on the clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology) at the State University Hospital at Stony Brook and served as chief of ophthalmology at St. Charles and Mather hospitals in Port Jefferson. He helped pioneer on Long Island a technique of cataract extraction and implantation of a plastic lens which he first learned in Holland. Dr. Tulevich is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy), a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Donald J. Watt’56
Donald J. Watt’56
Donald J. Watt, a retired psychiatrist who practiced in Katonah, N.Y., died July 5, 2007. Dr. Watt also held an M.S. in administrative medicine from Columbia’s School of Public Health. In retirement he mentored students in local schools. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.

Class of 1957

Ronald M. Linsky’57
Ronald M. Linsky’57
Ronald M. Linsky, a former member of the surgical faculty at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., died May 14, 2008. He was a respected breast surgeon. Dr. Linsky served as a captain in the U.S. Army. In his retirement, he served as a docent at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Muriel, two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Samuel Raymond, a former member of the Department of Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, died of Alzheimer’s disease Dec. 24, 2007, at age 87. In addition to his M.D. he held a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. A pioneer in the application of computers to clinical pathology, Dr. Raymond was renowned for his research leading to the development of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, a technique now commonly used to separate proteins and other molecules. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Nish), a daughter, Elizabeth’85, and a son.

Class of 1958
Werner J. Edelmann, a retired urologist, died Feb. 18, 2008.

Daniel L. Weiner, former associate professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chief of plastic surgery at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, died June 3, 2007. He also volunteered as medical director of the International Rescue Committee and served on the board of directors of Children’s Medical Relief International. He helped establish and operate the Children’s Plastic Surgical Center in Saigon. Dr. Weiner served with the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. Survivors include his wife, Carol, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1968
Matthew Kirby Gale Jr., a retired neurologist from Mill Valley, Calif., died March 15, 2008, at sea when his boat disappeared during a charity race outside San Francisco Bay. He had been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente and was renowned as a diagnostician of neurological conditions. He is survived by his wife, Anna, a daughter, and a son.

Class of 1978
Jeffrey S. Rosecan, a psychiatrist, died May 6, 2008. Also a graduate of Columbia College, Dr. Rosecan, a pioneer in the treatment of substance abuse, created a treatment program at Columbia for cocaine abuse. He also co-edited one of the first comprehensive clinical guides to the psychiatric treatment of cocaine addiction.

Class of 2001

Jameson G. “Jamey” Thissell
Jamey Thissell
with daughter Rebecca at his 2001 commencement.
Dr. Thissell’s mother made the matching commencement
outfit for Rebecca, who was born
April 2, 2001.
Jameson G. “Jamey” Thissell died of injuries following a motorcycle accident May 21, 2008. He was 35 years old. Dr. Thissell was an emergency room physician at Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (who worked in the alumni office while her husband was at P&S), a son, and two daughters. An obituary and guestbook for Dr. Thissell can be found online at until June 2009.

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