Faculty

Rejane Harvey, M.D.
Rejane M. Harvey, M.D., the Dickinson W. Richards Professor Emeritus of Medicine, died Oct. 16, 2005. After graduating from P&S in 1943, she served on the Columbia division of Bellevue Hospital. She joined the P&S faculty in 1946. In 1968, she moved to Harlem Hospital, where she was chief of cardiology and directed the third-year clerkship program for P&S students. She became director of the pulmonary division at Columbia-Presbyterian in 1973.
     She built a national and international reputation in the study of cardiopulmonary disorders, with particular emphasis on pulmonary circulation. Dr. Harvey served as president of the New York Heart Association from 1975 to 1977. She was an NIH career investigator, member of the Harvey Society, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She retired in 1983. See the In Memoriam Class of 1943M for more information.

George Katz, Ph.D.
George Katz, Ph.D. George M. Katz, a former researcher in the Department of Neurology, died March 3, 2006, in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia in 1967. Dr. Katz spent more than 30 years at P&S, first in the Department of Surgery and later in the Department of Neurology. He and his colleagues did groundbreaking work in the laboratory of Dr. Harry Grundfest using single nerve cells from squid and muscle fibers from various forms of sea life. See the In Memoriam Class of 1967 for more information.


James Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.
James Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D. One of the founders of Columbia’s Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, James H. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., died March 13, 2006. Dr. Schwartz was professor of physiology & cellular biophysics, psychiatry, and neurology (in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior). He joined the P&S faculty in 1974.
     Together with Alden Spencer and Eric Kandel, he founded the first Center for Neurobiology and Behavior in the country that integrated cellular, molecular, and biophysical approaches in the study of behavior. Their collaboration was instrumental in defining the modern field of neuroscience. Formed first at NYU in the late 1960s, this group moved to Columbia in 1974.
     Beginning in the early 1970s, Dr. Schwartz pioneered the investigation of the molecular mechanisms that contribute to learning and memory. He remained a leader in this field for more than three decades with his studies characterizing the second-messenger cascades and changes in gene expression that mediate various forms of synaptic plasticity underlying learning.

Basil Worgul, Ph.D.
Basil Worgul, Ph.D. Basil V. Worgul, Ph.D., a professor of radiation biology in radiology and ophthalmology, died Jan. 19, 2006. He joined the P&S faculty in 1974 as a fellow of the National Eye Institute. He founded the Eye Radiation and Environmental Research Laboratory at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute in 1984 and had served as director since its founding.
     His studies focused primarily on defining the pathomechanisms of genotoxins on ocular tissues and their overall risk to the visual system. Although his lab studied a broad range of agents, his efforts were focused on the deleterious effect of radiation on the eye in general and the lens, in the form of cataract development, in particular. As principal investigator of the Ukrainian-American Chernobyl Ocular Study, an expansive epidemiological study that followed the clean-up workers after the reactor accident in Chernobyl in 1986, he led the way to current understanding of radiation effects to the eye, especially radiation-induced cataracts, and the necessary levels of protection.

Other Faculty Deaths
Yahya M. Berkmen, M.D., professor of clinical radiology, died Aug. 24, 2005.

Murray Glusman, M.D., retired professor of clinical psychiatry at P&S and founder of the Department of Behavioral Physiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, died Jan. 26, 2005.

Alumni

Class of 1936
The Alumni Association recently learned of the death of ARTHUR N. FLEISS of Syracuse, N.Y., on March 22, 2001. A retired psychiatrist and neurologist, Dr. Fleiss had been a member of the clinical faculty at the Health Science Center, State University of New York at Syracuse. Survivors include three daughters and two sons.
Long belated word has been received of the March 25, 1999, death of MORTIMER A. ROSENFELD of Brooklyn. A retired obstetrician/gynecologist, he had been affiliated with Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Dr. Rosenfeld served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. Preceded in death by his wife, Babette, and a son, he is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Class of 1940
ROBERT E. ERLER, a retired general practitioner from Lakewood, N.J., died Jan. 16, 2006.
He had been affiliated for many years with Orange Memorial Hospital in East Orange, N.J. Dr. Erler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jane, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
F. IRBY STEPHENS
F. Irby Stephens’40
F. IRBY STEPHENS, a retired internist, died Dec. 24, 2005. A private practitioner, he had been chief of staff at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia. He is survived by two daughters.




Class of 1942
STUART W. COSGRIFF, a former clinical professor of medicine at P&S who specialized in anticoagulation, died Dec. 17, 2005. Dr. Cosgriff also earned a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University in 1948. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary, he is survived by a daughter, four sons, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Dr. Cosgriff served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
VINCENT DELALLA JR., a retired internist, died Dec. 5, 2005. A past president of the Oneida County Medical Society in Utica, N.Y., he had been affiliated with St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he served as chief of medicine. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, three daughters, and two sons.

Class of 1943M
REJANE M. HARVEY
Rejane M. Harvey’43M
REJANE M. HARVEY, a distinguished cardiologist and longtime faculty member in the Department of Medicine at P&S, died Oct. 16, 2005. Dr. Harvey spent her entire academic career at P&S, holding major positions at three P&S-affiliated hospitals. Following her training she worked on the staff at Bellevue Hospital, First (Columbia) Division. After Columbia established an affiliation with Harlem Hospital, Dr. Harvey moved there in 1968 and served as chief of the cardiology division. In 1973, she moved back to Presbyterian Hospital, directing the pulmonary division. That same year she served as chairman of the Criteria Committee of the American Heart Association, supervising the editing and updating of “Nomenclature and Criteria for the Diagnosis of Disease of the Heart and Great Vessels,” a standard cardiological reference work. From 1975 to 1977, she served a term as president of the New York Heart Association. In 2002, P&S honored her with the Distinguished Service Award. She is survived by her sister.

Class of 1943D
Retired internist ARNOLD M. BEHRER died Nov. 12, 2005. Following service in the U.S. Army he began a private medical practice in Garden City, N.Y. He also pursued research in the monitoring of submersion hypothermia for neurosurgical procedures as well as preoperative screening and preparation and postoperative care of patients treated by chemopallidectomy and pallidotomy for Parkinson syndrome and cerebral palsy. Following his retirement from private practice, Dr. Behrer served as medical director of Whitten Center in Clinton, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
DOROTHY BREWER, a retired internist from San Antonio, Texas, died Nov. 29, 2005. Fondly known as “Peaches” to her classmates and friends, Dr. Brewer served in her “post-retirement” as medical director of the Hospice San Antonio. A past president of the San Antonio Club of Internal Medicine, she was also a loyal and active alumna, graciously hosting regional alumni events. She was preceded in death by her husband, Niles Chubb.

Class of 1945
ARTHUR W. FEINBERG, a retired internist and geriatrician and former professor of clinical medicine at Cornell University and New York University, died of vascular disease Nov. 28, 2005. Dr. Feinberg served as a doctor in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippine Islands immediately following World War II. One of the founding physicians of North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, he was associate director of the Department of Medicine for more than three decades. There he established one of the first primary care training programs in the country. He was the first director of North Shore’s Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation and a founder of the Division of Ambulatory Care. He created the hospital’s home visit program for the elderly and served some years as dean of admissions at Cornell University’s medical school. In addition to his teaching and practice, Dr. Feinberg wrote a regular medical column for Newsday and hosted a television program on Lifetime Medical Television. Preceded in death by his first wife, Jean, he is survived by his wife, Harriet, five daughters, a son, and 14 grandchildren.
PHILIP MONTGOMERY, a retired pathologist and former associate dean of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where a chair in medical administration was created in his honor, died Dec. 17, 2005. Dr. Montgomery was one of the founders of the UT Southwestern campus. He served in the U.S. Army immediately following World War II. An early bout with tuberculosis proved a formative experience. “TB doesn’t change your perspective,” he once said, “it changes the emotional charge with which you view that perspective. You learn not to get frustrated over small events because you’ve lived through a big one.” Dr. Montgomery taught for many years in the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern and served as Dallas County medical examiner. He pursued research on the effect of zero gravity on human cells in conjunction with NASA’s Skylab Project. In his extra-medical life, he was instrumental in the planning and development of the Dallas Arts District in downtown Dallas. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. He and his wife established a lectureship in pathology at P&S.
Clarence  E. Woodward and his wife, Marion
Clarence “Clancy” E. Woodward’45 and his wife, Marion
CLARENCE “CLANCY” E. WOODWARD, a former member of the clinical faculty in ob/gyn at New York Medical College, died along with his wife, Marion, in an automobile accident Sept. 29, 2005. After serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Woodward joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group, one of the first successful group practices in the country. He was former chief of ob/gyn at Northern Westchester Hospital Center. Dr. Woodward also served as a former president of the Westchester Obstetrical Society. An active volunteer with the March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood, and ASPCA, in his extra-medical life he was a pilot for the U.S. Sky Diving Team and a member of the Westchester Sports Car Club. Survivors include a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.

Class of 1946
Max Yergan
Max Yergan’46
MAX YERGAN, a retired general surgeon and former member of the clinical surgical faculty at P&S, died July 18, 2005. The son of American missionaries in South Africa, Dr. Yergan attended Columbia College before entering medical school. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. For many years he practiced full time at Harlem Hospital Center and Cabrini Hospital. A passionate sailor, Dr. Yergan took time off to sail across the Atlantic. He also was a licensed pilot. His brother, Charles’47, and a son, John’76, also attended P&S.

Class of 1951
HERMAN ROIPHE, a retired psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist and former member of the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School, died Dec. 14, 2005. A researcher in early childhood development, Dr. Roiphe was noted for his work on sexual identity in early childhood development. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He is survived by five daughters.

Class of 1952
John C. O’Loughlin with his wife, Kathleen
John C. O’Loughlin’52 with his wife, Kathleen
JOHN C. O’LOUGHLIN, a neurosurgeon from Abilene, Texas, died Oct. 26, 2005, from complications of leukemia. He had been affiliated with Hendrick Medical Center, where he was a former chief of surgery, and Humana Hospital, both in Abilene. Dr. O’Loughlin served with the U.S. Army during World War II, during which he engaged in combat in the Battle of the Bulge. He later pursued research in spinal cord circulation. A loyal alumnus, he was a staunch supporter of the Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund and other educational causes at P&S. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, four daughters, four sons, and four grandchildren.


Class of 1953
W. PIERCE SMITH, a retired internist and emeritus member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Michigan, died Sept. 8, 2005. Dr. Smith served as a captain and group lead pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and saw combat in Italy. Formerly a member of a group practice in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., he was affiliated with Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he served for many years as physician-in-charge of the First Medical Division. He continued to teach fourth-year medical students at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Class of 1954
Thomas B. Bradley
Thomas B. Bradley’54
THOMAS B. BRADLEY, a distinguished academic hematologist and former secretary of the American Society of Hematology, died of lung cancer on Nov. 25, 2005, at age 76. Trained in medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Bradley subsequently served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ryuku Army Hospital in Okinawa. Upon returning to civilian life, he taught at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before moving west. Through his career he maintained an affiliation with the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he served as associate chief of staff for research and ambulatory care, he was among the first physicians in the country to treat patients with what was later identified as AIDS. Moving to the South Texas VA Medical Center in San Antonio, where he was chief of staff, he pursued clinical research on the structure, function, and genetic variants of human hemoglobin. He was equally innovative in his extra-medical activities, building a harpsichord on which he played Baroque music and flying a private plane. Survivors include his wife, Susan, a daughter, three sons, and eight grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established in his name at P&S.

Class of 1961
Peter F. Kohler
Peter F. Kohler’61
PETER F. KOHLER, professor emeritus of medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, died Sept. 16, 2005, shortly after surviving Hurricane Katrina in Covington, La. In the course of a long and productive academic career, Dr. Kohler taught on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine and head of clinical immunology. His publications included multiple book chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in immunology and related fields. Highly respected in the field of allergy and immunology, Dr. Kohler served terms as president of the Louisiana Allergy Society and the American Board of Allergy-Immunology and was honored with a Career Development Award from the NIH. He was particularly proud of his work at Charity Hospital, the oldest hospital in the nation and the sole hospital that remained open throughout Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Dr. Kohler was a loyal alumnus and staunch supporter of P&S. He is survived by his wife, Christa Eckert Kohler, M.D., three sons, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1966
Elsa B. Cohen
Elsa B. Cohen’6
ELSA B. COHEN, a retired academic pathologist, died of leukemia Dec. 5, 2005. After training at the famous First (Columbia) Medical Division at Bellevue Hospital and Einstein Medical College, she moved to Milwaukee, where she taught on the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin and worked on staff at Milwaukee County General Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Roger D. Cohen’63, a son, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1967 Ph.D.
GEORGE M. KATZ, a scientific researcher who developed pioneering technology to measure the electrical conductivity of nerve and muscle cells, electronic instruments to visualize the inside of the stomach, and techniques to transmit electrocardiograms via telephone, died March 3, 2006, after a long illness. He was 83. He earned his MS degree in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1959 and his Ph.D. degree in physiology from P&S in 1967. He spent more than 30 years of his career at P&S, first in the Department of Surgery and later in the Department of Neurology in the lab of Dr. Harry Grundfest. Much of the research was accomplished when the Columbia laboratory group moved for four months a year to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. After retirement, Dr. Katz remained a member of the Marine Biological Laboratory Corporation and a summer resident until his death. He is survived by his wife, Marcella, two daughters, including Martha’79 of Cambridge, Mass., and four grandchildren.

Class of 1970 PSY
DAVID K. JORDAN, M.D., a graduate of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, died Oct. 14, 2005.

Class of 1976
Arthur S. Barnett
Arthur S. Barnett’76
Anesthesiologist ARTHUR S. BARNETT died Dec. 4, 2002. Dr. Barnett belonged to a private group practice in Medford, Ore., and was affiliated with Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Surgery Center of Southern Oregon. Passionate about medicine, he once wrote: “Ours is a profession of the highest calling. It is an honor, privilege, and responsibility to help our fellow man as only a physician can!” He is survived by his wife, Crissy.

Class of 1983
Greg Yolowitz
Greg Yolowitz’83
Anesthesiologist GREG YOLOWITZ died of leiomyosarcoma July 3, 2005. He was a co-owner of the New Jersey Center for Pain Management and New Jersey Ambulatory Anesthesia. Dr. Yolowitz is survived by his wife, Shari, and two daughters.




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