In Memoriam

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


Robert E. Carroll, M.D.
Robert E. Carroll

Robert E. Carroll, M.D.
Robert E. Carroll, professor emeritus of clinical orthopedic surgery, died Aug. 16, 2009, at age 92. Dr. Carroll spent more than 40 years on the P&S faculty, including many years as chief of the hand and microvascular service he established at New York Orthopedic Hospital 60 years ago. The Robert E. Carroll Professorship of Surgery of the Hand was established in 1997 in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to honor his many years of service.
    Dr. Carroll, a Yale Medical School graduate, trained in general surgery and orthopedic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and continued training at Columbia after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. The hand service he started in 1949 was the first and most highly specialized surgery service dedicated entirely to the hand in any teaching hospital in the world, and in 1958 he created the nation’s first fellowship in hand surgery. More than 150 similar fellowships are available throughout the country today, but Columbia’s training continues to be the top choice for many applicants. In 1966, his former residents formed the Robert E. Carroll Hand Club, made up of 37 surgeons with undisputed reputations for excellence across the United States.

Other Faculty Deaths
Edgar Hanks, M.D., professor emeritus of clinical anesthesiology, died Aug. 21, 2009.
Wayne Myers, M.D., lecturer in psychiatry, died Jan. 16, 2009. A future issue’s alumni In Memoriam section will include more information about Dr. Myers, a 1956 P&S graduate.
Hans Neuberg, M.D., clinical professor of medicine-endocrinology, died Aug. 10, 2009. A future issue’s alumni In Memoriam section will include more information about Dr. Neuberg, a 1950 P&S graduate.
Mayer H. Slatkin, M.D., retired faculty member in dermatology, died Oct. 21, 2008.
Nettie Terestman, D.S.W., assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in social work, died Feb. 3, 2009.
Philip D. Wiedel, M.D., retired faculty member in surgery, died July 26, 2009. A future issue’s alumni In Memoriam section will include more information about Dr. Wiedel, a 1941 P&S graduate.


Class of 1933

Alan Leslie’33
Alan Leslie’33

Alan Leslie, a retired internist and avid art collector and philanthropist, died May 23, 2006. Dr. Leslie served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. He and his late wife, Fannie, established a humanities center in their names at Dartmouth College, his undergraduate alma mater, and endowed a chair in pharmacogenetics at Dartmouth Medical School. A collector of the work of contemporary West Coast artists of a movement called Synchronism, an offshoot of abstract expressionism, he bequeathed his art collection to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Leslie had been a member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine. A longtime resident of Palm Springs, Calif., Dr. Leslie was a trustee of the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

Class of 1937
Elizabeth Ufford, a retired pediatrician and former member of the P&S clinical pediatrics faculty, died May 13, 2009. She was 99 and lived at the Pomperaug Woods Life Care Center in Southbury, Conn., which she co-founded. In addition to her private practice in Port Washington, N.Y., Dr. Ufford served for years as the school doctor for Manhasset and Port Washington public schools and also worked for the Freeport Department of Health. Retiring from private practice in 1975, she moved to Southbury, where she served as assistant director of health. Survivors include a son, a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.

Class of 1938
Carmine P. Russo, a retired urologist, died April 6, 2009, at age 94. He served as a major in the U.S. Army, third in command of a 3,000-bed military hospital in Coventry, England, during World War II, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon his return to civilian life Dr. Russo established the first private urologic practice in Ithaca, N.Y. Bringing innovation to surgical procedures in the area, he helped modernize Tompkins County Hospital, currently Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, with which he was affiliated for more than 50 years. In 2004 he retired from clinical practice and also mourned the loss of his wife, Rose. In retirement he found time for art and literature and to hone his basketball jump shot. Looking back in an alumni questionnaire, he recalled the teaching of Dr. Loeb and Dr. Atchley, who set “tough standards but solid values as physicians and role models.” Dr. Russo is survived by two daughters, a son, Paul’78 (a urological oncologist), six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Class of 1942
John E. Sullivan, a retired ophthalmologist, died March 17, 2009. He was 91. Dr. Sullivan served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, seeing combat in the European Theater during World War II. He pursued a private practice in ophthalmic surgery in Kearny, N.J., for more than 60 years and maintained affiliations with Newark Eye and Ear Infirmary and the West Hudson Hospital in Kearny. On an alumni questionnaire in 2006 Dr. Sullivan recalled the “fine training” he received at P&S, fondly remembering “having tea with the faculty,” but lamented the “lack of rapport [nowadays] between doctor and patient due to lack of time spent on initial visit.” He urged that “more attention be paid to the initial history of the patient and a little common sense and humor interspersed.” He retired to Eastport, Maine. Preceded in death by his son, Kevin, Dr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Helen, four children, and 13 grandchildren.

Class of 1943M
Willard M. Failing, a retired ophthalmologist, died May 25, 2009. Dr. Failing served in Europe in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as medical officer for the 758th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, seeing action in three major confrontations, including
the Battle of the Bulge. In his spare time he was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron. He is survived by his wife, Louise, a daughter, and a son.

Class of 1944
Louis B. Turner, a retired internist, died June 11, 2009, at age 88. Dr. Turner served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. A specialist in hypertension, Dr. Turner pursued pioneering research on multiple myeloma and peritoneal lavage. He had been affiliated with North Shore University and Long Island Jewish hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Tanya, three daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Class of 1945

W.P. Laird Myers’45 with grandson Ryan Evans’04
W.P. Laird Myers’45 with grandson Ryan Evans’04

W.P. Laird Myers, a distinguished academic medical oncologist who trained several generations of specialists in the field, died April 1, 2009. Dr. Myers served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy. He spent most of his career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where, as chairman of the Department of Medicine, he is credited with transforming the center’s approach to oncology with a hand-picked staff of physicians trained in both oncology and internal medicine. Upon stepping down as chairman he was named the Eugene Kettering Professor of Education and served as the institution’s vice president for educational affairs. Author of numerous articles and several chapters in a widely used textbook in the field, Dr. Myers also taught on the faculty at Cornell. A former director of the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, he was active in the community as an elder of the Rye, N.Y., and the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian churches. A lifelong educator, he taught a course in physical diagnosis at Dartmouth Medical School and served on the Board of Trustees of the Hitchcock Clinic and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Myers served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve. Preceded in death by a son, he is survived by his wife, Katherine, two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Class of 1947

Gabriel d’Amato'47
Gabriel d’Amato’47

Gabriel d’Amato, a retired child and family psychiatrist, died April 15, 2009, at age 87. A native of Italy, Dr. d’Amato began his medical studies while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force with the Strategic Air Command in Savannah, Ga. After medical school he earned an M.A. in biomedical engineering from Drexel University. A psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, Savannah and Augusta, Ga., Jenkintown, Pa., and Binghamton, N.Y., he held faculty appointments at the Medical College of Georgia, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and Binghamton University. Dr. d’Amato was the first clinical director of Eastern State School and Hospital in Bensalem, Pa. An advocate for the care, as opposed to the imprisonment, of mental patients who had committed crimes, he led a group of fellow psychiatrists in a call for the inclusion of psychiatric wards in general hospitals in American cities. But his real passion was the care of troubled children. Dr. d’Amato devoted his career to the treatment of children with severe behavior disorders. The author of several books, including “Residential Treatment for Child Mental Health,” as well as numerous articles on treatment options for the mentally ill, his research interests included infant behavior, psychophysiology, autism, neuropsychiatric disorders, and neurometrics. In his free time Dr. d’Amato was an accomplished pianist, playing with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, among other musical groups. Preceded in death by his wife, Frieda Marie, he is survived by two daughters, two sons, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Robert G. McGovern, a retired pediatrician, died Nov. 29, 2008. Dr. McGovern divided his time among several New York hospitals and the Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Dr. McGovern served with the U.S. Air Force. He taught on the clinical faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Cornell. He leaves behind his second wife, Faye, and three children.

Thomas T. Tamlyn, a retired cardiologist and specialist in industrial medicine, died April 26, 2009. He served in the U.S. Public Health Service. Returning to New York, he was an attending physician at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals and served in the medical department at Con Edison. He taught on the faculties at P&S and Cornell. In 1960 he volunteered on the teaching hospital ship S.S. Hope in Tunisia. Outside of medicine his passion was choral music. Dr. Tamlyn was a lead tenor with the Village Light Opera Group and sang with many choirs, including the Columbia Chapel Choir and the Canterbury Choral Society. Preceded in death by a son, he is survived by his wife, Ann, a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren.

John M. Van Buren’47
John M. Van Buren’47

John M. Van Buren, a retired neurosurgeon noted for his clinical research in Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, died Oct. 26, 2008, at age 85. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Medical Corps following World War II. First training in orthopedic surgery, he switched paths and earned an M.S. degree in neurophysiology from McGill University. After completing his training at McGill and the Lahey Clinic in Boston, he became a clinical associate in surgical neurology at the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Blindness (now the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), with which he remained affiliated for much of his professional career, serving as chief of the institute’s surgical neurology branch. A lifelong learner, he also completed a Ph.D. degree in neuroanatomy at George Washington University School of Medicine, where he taught as a member of the clinical faculty. In 1978 he was appointed professor of neurological surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and as director of neurosurgery at the VA Hospital in Miami. Dr. Van Buren was the author of more than 100 papers, most on the neurosurgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Among his many encomia he treasured a Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Air Force and a certificate of merit and medal he received from P&S. In his spare time he loved to paint, bind books, and build antique-style furniture. His furniture was featured in several issues of Woodworking Magazine. Preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley, he is survived by his second wife, Ellen, three children, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1953

Rudolph E. Klare’53
Rudolph E. Klare’53

Rudolph E. Klare, a retired general practitioner whose career spanned 45 years in rural practice, died March 7, 2009. A private practitioner in Woodstock, Conn., he founded the Woodstock Medical Group. He served as the first pathologist for Day Kimball Hospital, where he was named chair of the Department of Medicine. A past president of the Windham County Heart Association, Dr. Klare was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice. He served with the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps as a pharmacist’s mate aboard the USS Wichita in the North Atlantic and as a Navy corpsman assigned to the U.S. Marines Third Division in the Pacific at Iwo Jima during World War II — “tough training,” he felt, that prepared him “for anything in life.” In his spare time he sang in the choir of the East Woodstock Congregational Church. In “final comments” on an alumni reunion questionnaire in 2003, Dr. Klare wrote, “What a wonderful life!” Preceded in death by a son, Dr. Klare is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1959
David W. Grainger, an orthopedic surgeon, died May 15, 2009. He was 76. Dr. Grainger served as captain in the U.S. Air Force. He taught for years on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle then moved to Spokane to join Northwest Orthopedic Specialists, a group practice. A past president of the Washington State Orthopedics Association, he was an early pioneer of a number of now common orthopedic procedures, including joint replacement and reattachment of severed limbs. A skier and outdoorsman in his spare time, he also loved travel. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, a daughter, three sons, and 10 grandchildren.

Word has been received of the Feb. 12, 2001, death of Richard L. Rohde, a retired internist and cardiologist. Dr. Rohde pursued a private practice in Covina, Calif., where he designed and built his own medical office building. He was chief of the EKG department and ICU at Intercommunity Hospital in Covina. He taught physical diagnosis and EKG interpretation on the faculties at Loma Linda University and USC. Outside of medicine he was passionate about digital photography as well as bird care and surgery. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

Class of 1960
Herbert F. Reilly, a retired radiologist, died March 23, 2009, of a brain tumor. He served as chair of the Department of Radiology at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., and maintained affiliations with Sunnyview and Littauer hospitals. Dr. Reilly served as captain and general surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. He was a recent past president of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, five sons, and 13 grandchildren.

Class of 1962
William G. Covey, a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at Yale University, died May 28, 2009. Dr. Covey served as a captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had a private hematology practice for more than three decades in Stratford, Conn. After retiring, he served as medical director at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, a position he held at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, a daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

Clement E. Marks, clinical professor of medicine at New York University, died of pancreatic cancer March 15, 2009. He was 72. Dr. Marks specialized in pulmonary medicine and geriatrics. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps based in Germany. He is survived by former wife Celine.

Class of 1971
Alan Berkman, a political activist, epidemiologist, and advocate for people with AIDS who devoted his life to fighting for a just society and the care of underserved populations, died June 5, 2009, at age 63. The cause was malignant lymphoma. Vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, he helped found Health Global Access Group (Health GAP), a coalition committed to making costly antiretroviral medications for AIDS available to poor people in developing nations. Dr. Berkman served for many years as medical director of the Highbridge Woodycrest Center in the Bronx, one of the first health-care facilities in the country dedicated to the treatment of individuals with AIDS. In his youth Dr. Berkman had been active with Students for a Democratic Society and other progressive groups and spent years underground as a political fugitive. Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, said of Dr. Berkman, “He was a man of strong convictions and profound dedication who made a tremendous impact on so many lives.” He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zeller’71, two daughters, and a grandson.

Class of 1974
Peter A. Prudden, a psychiatrist based in Fort Collins, Colo., died Dec. 19, 2008.

Class of 1979

Carl Camras’79
Carl Camras’79

Carl Camras, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the glaucoma service at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died April 14, 2009. His death was a long-term consequence of radiation treatment he received in 1980 for Hodgkin lymphoma. Widely respected in his field, he was the author of more than 275 publications, most on glaucoma pharmacology and aqueous humor dynamics. As a medical student at P&S, working with Dr. Laszlo Bito, he showed that prostaglandins applied as eye drops could reduce intraocular pressure. In later years he was the principal investigator of a multicenter clinical trial that showed the efficacy and safety of latanoprost, a prostaglandin analog approved for glaucoma therapy. Dr. Camras held the patents on two promising glaucoma drainage devices. He was the recipient of many honors in teaching and research, including the Hippocratic Dignity Award and the Senior Scientific Investigator Award at his university. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two daughters.

Lawrence B. Lehman, a neurosurgeon who switched to industrial medicine, died May 19, 2009, at age 55. Former vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, he also served as director of neurosurgery at Coney Island Hospital and chief of neurosurgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He later worked at Merck & Co. and Pfizer as senior director of evidence-based medicine. The author of numerous articles, he also was active as a health-care investment consultant. He is survived by his wife, Carol.

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