Faculty

Charles J. Campbell, M.D., M.S.D.
Charles J. Campbell, right,
Charles J. Campbell,
right, with Bob Hope
in 1984
Charles J. Campbell, the Harkness Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology, died March 1, 2007. He was chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and executive officer of the Harkness Eye Institute from 1974 to 1987
   Dr. Campbell received his M.D. degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree in optics from the University of Rochester. He completed a residency at the Harkness Eye Institute and earned a doctor of medical science degree from Columbia. After completion of his residency in 1957, he joined the ophthalmology faculty and remained at Columbia for his entire career. He was an acknowledged pioneer in the development of the first laser used to treat eye disease.

Henry Clay Frick II, M.D.
Henry Clay Frick II, professor emeritus of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, died Feb. 9, 2007. A 1944 P&S graduate, he served in the Army Medical Corps immediately following World War II and later received three certificates for meritorious service as a volunteer field surgeon in Viet Nam.
   He spent 30 years on the faculty of Columbia and as a clinician at the medical center, specializing in oncology. His interest in drug abuse led him to co-author a book, “Drug Abuse in the Modern World. A Perspective for the Eighties,” which chronicled proceedings of a symposium at P&S in 1980. The book received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. See Alumni In Memoriam for more information.

David B. Sprinson, Ph.D.
David B. Sprinson, Ph.D.
David B. Sprinson, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, died Feb. 28, 2007. He joined the P&S faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1946, serving on the faculty for more than 60 years.
   His prolific career focused on research that provided much of our current understanding of the chemical pathways by which sugars are converted into important amino acids and nucleic acids. Dr. Sprinson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1980 in recognition of four decades of research contributions.


Alumni

Class of 1935
Wirt S. Scott Jr., a retired internist, died Jan. 22, 2007. Dr. Scott served as a doctor in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He practiced for many years in Stockton, Calif., where he was affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital. Preceded in death by his wife, Carol, he is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Class of 1936
Albert S. Lyons’36
Albert S.
Lyons’36
Albert S. Lyons, clinical professor of surgery emeritus at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, died Sept. 24, 2006. A distinguished gastric surgeon, Dr. Lyons pursued research on esophageal replacement and colostomy and ileostomy management. He also served as Mount Sinai’s archivist and director of its History of Medicine Program, helping to preserve the institution’s historical papers. Dr. Lyons published more than 40 scientific papers and was co-author of “Medicine — An Illustrated History,” published in 1978. Dr. Lyons was a recipient of Mount Sinai’s Jacobi Medallion for outstanding contributions to surgery, teaching, the hospital, and its alumni. Survivors include two daughters, a stepdaughter, and a stepson.

Class of 1942
Robert H. Clymer, a retired urologist from West Reading, Pa., died Jan. 22, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Fay, two daughters, and a son.

Class of 1944
Reese F. Alsop, a former member of the faculties of New York University School of Medicine and SUNY Stonybrook Medical School, died Dec. 19, 2006. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. A revered internist and one of the founders of the North Shore Medical Group in Huntington, N.Y., Dr. Alsop was the author of numerous works, including poetry and two children’s books. He is survived by his wife, Elise, four daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.

Hugh R.K. Barber’44
Hugh R.K.
Barber’44
Hugh R.K. Barber, a renowned researcher of ovarian cancer, died Dec. 26, 2006. The author of hundreds of scientific papers, he was a professor of ob/gyn at Cornell University and former chairman of ob/gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where an endowed chair was created in his name, and a founding member of the New York Gynecological Society. Dr. Barber was an active and loyal alumnus and a staunch supporter of the medical school. In 2002 he was named International Scientist of the Year by the Society of Gynecological Oncologists, where a lectureship bears his name. A star athlete in his youth, Dr. Barber was captain of the 1940 football team at Columbia College, his undergraduate alma mater. He served in the U.S. Navy immediately following World War II. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise.

Henry Clay Frick II, professor emeritus of ob/gyn at P&S and former president of the board of the Frick Collection, one of America’s finest small art museums, died Feb. 9, 2007. The only grandson and namesake of Henry Clay Frick, the industrialist and art collector, Dr. Frick served for 50 years as a trustee and 35 years as president of the Board of Directors of the illustrious collection housed in the family mansion, which was subsequently donated to the public. Following his military service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps immediately after World War II, Dr. Frick trained at Sloane Hospital for Women, Presbyterian Hospital, and Memorial Hospital, then joined the clinical faculty in the Department of Ob/Gyn at P&S and served for many years as an oncologist on the hospital staff. He also taught at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Among his encomia in the course of his medical career, he was honored with certificates of meritorious service from the U.S. Department of State, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Vietnam, and the American Medical Association. Also a great wildlife enthusiast, he served as trustee of several major institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Zoological Society, and the North American Wildlife Foundation. A devoted alumnus and staunch supporter of the medical school, Dr. Frick served for many years as the Annual Fund chairman for his class. In 1999, he was honored with the P&S Alumni Gold Medal for meritorious service. He is survived by his second wife, Emily, three daughters, a son, two stepsons, five grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Leo Wilking, a retired pediatrician, died Oct. 13, 2006, in the wake of a stroke. Following service in the U.S. Army, he began a private pediatric practice in New York. A long-term member of the clinical faculty at P&S, he was a former director of the pediatric service at St. Luke’s Hospital and also served for a time as school physician at the Brearley School and St. Bernard’s School. Preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Virginia Nichols Wilking, a retired psychiatrist, he is survived by a daughter, four sons, and 12 grandchildren.

Class of 1945
John D. Fernald died Oct. 6, 2006. Dr. Fernald served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. For more than five decades he pursued a private medical practice in Needham, Mass. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, two daughters, two sons, a stepson, and three grandchildren.

Joseph M. Ford, a retired vascular and cardiothoracic surgeon and former member of the clinical faculty in surgery at P&S, died of multiple myeloma Feb. 16, 2006. He was 86. Dr. Ford served in the U.S. Air Force. A past chairman of thoracic surgery at Roosevelt Hospital, he maintained affiliations with Doctors, St. Barnabus, and Manhattan VA hospitals. In his extra-medical life, he was an accomplished violinist and an avid sailor. Preceded in death by his first wife, he is survived by his second wife, Barbara, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1946
Robert T. Barry of West Hartford, Conn., died Oct. 10, 2006. A retired internist, he had been associated with Hartford Hospital.

David B. Sprinson, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2007. He was on the P&S faculty for 61 years. See Faculty In Memoriam for more information.

Class of 1948
Hugo Moser, a noted neurologist, died Jan. 20, 2007, from complications of surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. He was professor of neurology and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed the Neurogenetics Research Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Born in Bern, Switzerland, he grew up in Berlin. He and his family fled the Nazis and immigrated to the United States. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea. Dr. Moser taught on the faculty of Harvard Medical School before moving to Johns Hopkins. He was best known for his work on inherited disorders of the nervous system, in particular, adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). He and his fellow researcher and second wife, Ann Boody Moser, developed an effective blood plasma screening test for the disorder. Though much maligned — unjustly, he felt — in a Hollywood movie, “Lorenzo’s Oil,” in which he was portrayed as a stubborn opponent of experimental alternative medical treatment, he subsequently launched a clinical trial and published a paper confirming the limited efficacy of a mixture of oleic acid and erucic acid found in olive oil and rapeseed oil. He was the author of 100 book chapters and some 350 peer-reviewed articles on the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren.

Blair O. Rogers’48
Blair O.
Rogers’48
Blair O. Rogers, professor emeritus of clinical surgery (plastic surgery) at New York University, died Jan. 5, 2006. He was a past president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and founding editor of two journals, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Among his professional accomplishments, Dr. Rogers reported on the first survey of the research and clinical studies of skin homografts. He was a leader in the modern development of tissue and organ transplantation in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic plastic surgery. Also a historian of plastic surgery and former chairman of the Section of Historical Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine, Dr. Rogers delivered a memorable talk on Civil War plastic surgery, which included photographs of wounded soldiers, at the P&S Alumni Reunion in 1998.

Mackenzie Walser’48
Mackenzie
Walser’48
Mackenzie Walser, a distinguished nephrologist known for his work on the dietary management of kidney disease, died Oct. 28, 2006. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, he served at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, then joined the National Heart Institute at the NIH. He later joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he rose to the rank of professor of pharmacology, experimental therapeutics, and medicine. Dr. Walser helped develop a restricted protein and phosphorus diet for patients with kidney dysfunction to help forestall the need for dialysis. The diet he prescribed helped prolong life for many individuals. He wrote numerous articles and three books, including “Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis,” for the general public. He was a staunch supporter of P&S and active in Democratic Party politics. He is survived by his wife, Betsy, two daughters, two sons, two stepdaughters, a stepson, six grandchildren, and five stepgrandchildren.

Class of 1949 MSD
Mortimer Ostow, a distinguished psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and ardent advocate for psychotherapy in conjunction with medication, died of cancer Sept. 23, 2006, at age 88. Earning a B.A. degree and a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia, he went to New York University for his medical training and later returned to Columbia to pursue an MSD. In his book, “Drugs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy,” published in 1962, Dr. Ostow outlined his position that drugs alone subdued the symptoms but did not treat the underlying disturbance of mental illness. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Ostow served as director of the Bernstein Pastoral Psychiatry Center at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he taught family dynamics and other psychological issues to rabbis in training. He also directed a study group of psychologists and psychoanalysts on the psychological roots of anti-Semitism and other forms of religious and racial hatred, summing up his findings in a book, “Myth and Madness: The Psychodynamics of Anti-Semitism,” published in 1996. He later traced the fanaticism and unbridled rage of terrorists to early childhood disturbance. Dr. Ostow received the Sigmund Freud Award of the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians. Preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, he is survived by three daughters, including Abigail’78, a son, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Class of 1950
Word has been received of the Feb. 5, 2001, death of John N. McGreevy, a psychiatrist from Arlington, Va.

Jason A. Tepper’50
Jason A.
Tepper’50
Jason A. Tepper, a retired pediatrician and allergist, died Jan. 10, 2007, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Tepper served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a clinical faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Albany Medical College. Survivors include his wife, Alice, two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.




Class of 1951
Madeline F. Grumbach’51
Madeline F.
Grumbach’51
Madeline F. Grumbach, a retired child psychiatrist, died Jan. 17, 2007. She was 86. After moving to San Francisco she joined the staff of Kaiser-Permanente. A member of the clinical faculty at UCSF medical school, she served a term as president of the Northern California Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. An accomplished harpsichordist, she also played Baroque recorder. Her other extramedical passions were knitting and bird watching. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Grumbach’48, three sons, and five grandchildren.


Class of 1951 MSD
Calvin H. Plimpton’51 MSD
Calvin H.
Plimpton’51 MSD
Calvin Plimpton, a distinguished clinician-educator who headed three major institutions of higher learning and played a pivotal leadership role in others, including P&S, died Jan. 30, 2007, following a lengthy illness. Dr. Plimpton served in the Third Army, 83rd Field Hospital during World War II, for which he received a battle star. Having earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he returned to Harvard after the war to pursue a master’s degree in biochemistry, later training in medicine under the legendary Robert Loeb at P&S, where he added an MSD to his CV. He remained at P&S, where he joined the clinical faculty and served as an assistant dean. A leave of absence spent as chairman of medicine and assistant dean at American University of Beirut in Lebanon whetted his appetite for leadership. “We need an idea so big, we are willing to lose ourselves in it,” he once said. That idea for him was education. Returning to teach at P&S, he left again in 1960 to become president of Amherst College, his undergraduate alma mater. At Amherst, he is credited with starting the process that led to the admission of women and helping the school maintain a steady keel through the turbulent student unrest of the 1960s. In 1971 he left Amherst to become president of Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, at the time the third largest medical school in the country. And in 1982, upon the assassination of American University president Malcolm Kerr, Dr. Plimpton courageously took on the job and helped the institution survive. His service career included membership on the Council on Foreign Relations. His many honors include the Order of Cedars, commander rank, of the government of Lebanon, the Jane Award of the National Geographic Society, and honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning around the world. In 1998, he was saluted as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Society of the Alumni of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, a daughter, and three sons.

Class of 1952
Paul Beres’52
Paul Beres’52
Internist Paul Beres died Nov. 8, 2006. He was a founding member of Internal Medicine Associates of Westport, Conn. In a 2002 reunion questionnaire, he bemoaned: “Medicine was a profession. It is now a business.” Preceded in death by his first wife, Adele, he is survived by his second wife, Jill, five daughters, and six grandchildren.


Robert L. Bragg, professor of psychiatry emeritus at the University of Miami Medical School, died Oct. 13, 2006. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as chairman of the medical school’s admissions committee. Survivors include his niece and caregiver, Anna L. Peterson.

Class of 1953
Gardner F. Fay, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Oct. 26, 2006. A private practitioner in Concord, Mass., for more than three decades, he had been affiliated with Wrentham Hospital in Wrentham, Mass. Among his most moving postmedical school memories, he cited his experience caring for afflicted children at the Children’s Medical Center in Boston in 1957 during the polio epidemic. He is survived by his wife, Sally, a daughter, and three sons.

Class of 1957 MSD
Charles J. Campbell, a graduate of George Washington University’s medical school, died March 1. He received his MSD degree from Columbia. See the Faculty In Memoriam for more information on the longtime faculty member and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at P&S.

Class of 1958
Andrew H. Patterson’58
Andrew H.
Patterson’58
Andrew H. Patterson, the president and a founding member of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, died Nov. 11, 2006. An orthopedic surgeon formerly affiliated with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was director of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Patterson had been team physician for the New York Knicks. Dr. Patterson was a loyal alumnus and staunch supporter of the medical school. He is survived by his wife, Pat, and three sons.



Class of 1961
Paul R. Reich’61
Paul R.
Reich’61
Hematologist Paul R. Reich, a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former director of clinical laboratories and blood bank at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, died Nov. 18, 2006. His most recent position was medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Before that he was chief medical officer of Pilgrim Health Care. Dr. Reich was the author of two widely read hematology textbooks. Survivors include his wife, Dianne, and two daughters.



Louis Sherwood’61
Louis
Sherwood’61
Louis M. Sherwood, a distinguished endocrinologist and former senior vice president of medical and scientific affairs and chief medical officer of Merck & Co., died Jan. 25, 2007. An adjunct faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, at the time of his death he also was visiting professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he had earlier been the first chairman of the Unified Department of Medicine of the college and Montefiore Medical Center. A pioneer in the study of the physiology of parathyroid secretion, he also taught on the faculties at Harvard and the University of Chicago before leaving academia to join Merck. Dr. Sherwood was a past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and the American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel. Following his retirement from Merck, he served as president of MEDSA, LLC, an independent consulting firm. Among his many honors, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Pharmaceuticals Medicine Award from the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians. A staunchly loyal alumnus, he supported multiple causes at the medical school. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Judith Sherwood, a daughter, and a son.

Class of 1967
James G. Sweeney’67
James G.
Sweeney’67
The Alumni Association received belated word of the Dec. 27, 2002, death of retired pathologist James G. Sweeney. Dr. Sweeney was a former member of the adjunct faculty of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Maine at Augusta. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.




Class of 1968
Leon A. Weisberg, professor and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane Medical School, died Dec. 13, 2006. A dynamic pedagogue, he developed a problem-based learning module titled “Beat the Clock: Time is Brain” as part of an overhaul of the medical school curriculum. In 2003, he received Tulane’s Teaching Scholar Award. Also committed to the delivery of medical care to the poor and indigent, he served as director of inpatient and consultation services at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He was a loyal and generous alumnus. Dr. Weisberg is survived by his wife, Laurie, a daughter, and three sons, including Michael’05 and Stuart’07.

Class of 1969
Martin Wolferstan’69
Martin
Wolferstan’69
Martin Wolferstan, a specialist in emergency medicine affiliated with the Leicester Royal Infirmary in Leicester, England, died Sept. 1, 2006. Dr. Wolferstan was a former member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Survivors include his wife, Blossom, and two daughters.


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