Faculty

Leslie Baer, M.D.
Dr. Leslie Baer, associate professor of medicine at P&S, died Nov. 26, 2002. After graduating from P&S in 1963, he completed a residency at Presbyterian Hospital and the NIH in Bethesda, Md., then returned to Columbia-Presbyterian, where he spent the rest of his career. (See the In Memoriam section’s alumni listings—Class of 1963—for more information.)

Neville Colman, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Neville Colman, professor of pathology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, died Feb. 11, 2003. He joined Columbia in 1974 as a research pathologist and became full professor in 1994. Dr. Colman is credited with furthering the acceptance of DNA as a forensic tool, for elucidating the role of folic acid deficiency in pregnancy, and for developing a way for Crohn’s disease patients to get supplementary vitamin B-12. The New York Times announcement of his death also credited him with founding the highly successful West Side Soccer League in New York City after discovering Southern California’s interest in soccer in the 1980s.

Harold Ginsberg, M.D.
Dr. Harold Ginsberg, the Higgins Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, professor emeritus of medicine, and retired chairman of the Department of Microbiology, died Feb. 2, 2003. Dr. Ginsberg was a world-renowned virologist who made original contributions leading to the understanding of viruses and the mechanisms by which they produce disease. When he was stationed in England as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army 7th General Hospital, he discovered that the pooled plasma given to wounded soldiers was causing what is now called hepatitis B. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for the Army research he conducted while fulfilling heavy clinical responsibilities. After his military service, Dr. Ginsberg began a fruitful research career. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1973 as chairman of microbiology.

Emanuel M. Papper, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Emanuel M. Papper, former chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at P&S, died Dec. 3, 2002. He earned his M.D. degree from NYU and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Miami. Dr. Papper was the first chairman of anesthesiology at P&S, after the anesthesiology division in the Department of Surgery evolved into a department, one of only four anesthesiology departments in the world. He left Columbia in 1969 to become dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine. For his pioneering achievements in anesthesiology, Dr. Papper was honored by a lectureship and a professorship in his name at Columbia. He maintained an interest in Columbia and was a founding member of the Columbia-Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council.

Other Faculty and Administrator Deaths

Dr. Robert L. Braham, clinical professor of medicine and director of the residency program in primary care medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian, died suddenly Nov. 30, 2002.

Dr. George Van Brunt Cochran, retired professor of clinical orthopedic surgery, died Jan. 10, 2003. He founded and directed the orthopedic engineering and research center at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y. He graduated from P&S in 1956.

Dr. Eli Ginzberg, a renowned economist who spent six decades at Columbia, died Dec. 12, 2002. He was a special lecturer in public health at the time of his death.

Michael I. Leahey, director of the Office of Clinical Trials, a joint Columbia and New York-Presbyterian Hospital program, died suddenly Jan. 30, 2003, at age 46. He was a brother to the late Edward Leahey Jr.’73.

Alumni

Class of 1923
WILLIAM SNOW
, former director of radiology at Bronx and Harlem hospitals, died Nov. 19, 2002, at age 104. He had been the oldest living alumnus. The author of numerous papers on roentgenology in obstetrics and gynecology and on radiology of the chest and the small bowel, he was also an inventor known for his pelvimetry ruler used to measure the mother’s pelvis and the head of the fetus when contemplating cesarean section. In his spare time, Dr. Snow was an artist who won first place at a San Francisco physicians art exhibit for a painting. Survivors include a son, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Class of 1931
FRANK W. NEWMAN
died Nov. 16, 2002. As he once recalled in a letter to the Alumni Association, his was the last class to attend medical school at 57th Street before trekking up to Washington Heights. In the course of his long career, Dr. Newman performed house calls on horseback in the hard-hit coal mining country of Harlan County, Ky., and served for 13 years at a Presbyterian mission hospital in Elat, Cameroon. Among his other responsibilities there, he helped train Africans to perform surgery and other procedures. He served later in Presbyterian mission hospitals in China, treating primarily malaria and ascariasis, as well as bombing injuries from two wars. Later switching to psychiatry and returning to practice in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, Dr. Newman retired at age 78. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

Class of 1935
EDMOND LIPTON
, a retired psychiatrist, died May 28, 2002. Dr. Lipton had been a member of the clinical faculty at Downstate Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mildred, a daughter, a son, Richard’64, and a granddaughter. AARON NISENSON, a former clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA, died Aug. 3, 2002. His career honors included a Teacher of the Year Award from UCLA and a 25-year award from Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Survivors include his wife, Ann, a son, and three grandchildren. MORRIS N. YOUNG, a retired ophthalmologist, died of a ruptured aneurysm Nov. 13, 2002, at age 93. A leading collector of books on magic and paraphernalia of the magician’s craft, he also wrote extensively about these passions. Dr. Young’s early fascination with sleight of hand, sparked by a meeting with the legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, led him to a professional interest in the function and medical care of the eye. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, performing plastic surgery on wounded airmen. After the war, he resumed his medical career and served as director of ophthalmology at NYU Downtown Hospital. Dr. Young was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of San Marino. He is survived by his wife, Chesley Virginia, a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren.

Class of 1937
STEPHEN MCCOY
, a retired New York City surgeon, died Dec. 24, 2002. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in both World War II and the Korean War, then served for more than 25 years as surgeon, 12 of those years as chief surgeon for the New York City police. He had been an attending surgeon and former president of the medical board at Methodist Hospital New York. A devoted alumnus, Dr. McCoy served for many years as class chairman and regional representative from Connecticut. He also established a named scholarship fund. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM PARSON, a master of the American College of Physicians, died Nov. 25, 2002, of complications following a myocardial infarction. The Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he had been emeritus professor, established a visiting professorship for teaching excellence in his name. Dr. Parson spent a decade as professor of medicine at Makerere medical school in Kampala, Uganda, where he served as Idi Amin’s personal physician. He also taught at medical schools in Indonesia, Zaire, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and China. He later moved back to the United States and settled in Seattle, where he joined the faculty of the University of Washington as clinical professor of medicine. Dr. Parson is survived by four sons.

Class of 1939
HENRY BABCOCK
, a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist, died Oct. 3, 2002. A retired psychiatrist in private practice, specializing in behavior modification, Dr. Babcock had been a consultant to the Harvard University Health Service. Outside of the practice of medicine, he was active as a volunteer for various social action groups, including the Church Social Action Committee and Project Head Start. Dr. Babcock served with the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Frances, two sons, and three grandchildren. WILLIAM R. DONOVAN died Nov. 16, 2002. Former district health officer and regional health director for the New York Department of Health, he had been a lecturer and faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. Dr. Donovan served as a medical officer in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, three daughters, and three sons.

Class of 1942
WILLIAM E. OWEN
died July 28, 2002. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and saw active duty on a torpedo boat in the Western Pacific Theater. Returning home, he pursued a general medical practice for 37 years in rural Iowa. He served in the Vietnam War for several years in a provincial hospital run by the American Medical Association. He served a total of 25 years as mayor and member of the city council at St. Ansgar, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1943
FRANKLIN "BUD" LYNCH
, a retired pediatrician, Dartmouth College football star, and World War II veteran, died July 21, 2002. Dr. Lynch served as a medical officer on one of the landing ships that took part in the Normandy invasion. After the war, in which he was injured, Dr. Lynch took up a private pediatrics practice in Connecticut and later in his old stomping ground, Hanover, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Elise, a daughter, and four sons.

Class of 1944
PAUL S. PIERSON
, a retired pediatrician, died of heart failure Feb. 2, 2002, at age 82. He pursued a private pediatric practice in Milwaukee and also taught on the faculty of Marquette’s medical school before retiring to Lake Wales, Wis. He was a co-founder of the Milwaukee Medical Clinic. As an undergraduate at Yale, Dr. Pierson had been captain of the ice hockey team that won the Ivy League Hockey Championship in 1941. Dr. Pierson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In his extra-medical life, he tutored high school students and served as a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. Surviving him are his wife, Patricia, a daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Retired psychiatrist VIRGINIA WILKING died Oct. 7, 2002. She was chief of child psychiatry at Harlem Hospital for almost two decades. She is survived by her husband, Leo ’44, a daughter, and four sons.

Class of 1946
KEEHN W. BERRY
, a retired internist, died Oct. 29, 2002, at age 80. He taught at the medical school now known as the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and developed the coronary care unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he also served as chief of cardiology and president of the medical staff. For more than three decades he served as the hospital’s director of teaching and clinical program and helped establish a medical clinic there for the underserved. He is survived by his wife, Murray, two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

VINCENT H. PASCALE died Jan. 26, 2002. A retired internist formerly affiliated with Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., he once listed his primary medical interest as “illness and its relief.” He served in the U.S. Army under General MacArthur’s occupation in Japan. His father, Vincenzo, was a member of the Class of 1910. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes, two daughters, and three sons. Psychiatrist


RICHARD C. ROBERTIELLO died Oct. 30, 2002. Dr. Robertiello served for 25 years as director of psychiatric services at Long Island Consultation Center. The author of 11 books and more than 100 papers, he is survived by his wife, Terril, and a son.

HERBERT WEINER, professor emeritus of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, died Nov. 5, 2002, of lung cancer. Born in Vienna, Dr. Weiner fled the Nazis and immigrated to the United States. Dr. Weiner served as a captain in the medical corps of the Army reserves. A leading researcher in psychosomatic medicine, his career took him from coast to coast. He served for close to two decades as professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chairman of psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center before moving to UCLA, where he also served as chief of behavioral medicine. His multiple encomia included an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine of the Technical University of Munich and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Dora Bierer Weiner, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

Class of 1947
ROBERT A. FURMAN
died Sept. 21, 2002, at age 79. Dr. Furman began his medical career in cardiology before switching to pediatrics and psychiatry and establishing an international reputation as a leading researcher in child psychotherapy. Founder of the Cleveland Center for Research in Child Development, he was the founding president of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis. The author of a number of books and more than 50 papers in his field, he stressed the need to train parents to provide therapy for their children to supplement professional care. Preceded in death by his wife, Erna, he is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Class of 1949
Pulmonologist ANNE L. DAVIS, a past president of both the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association, died March 9, 2003. Dr. Davis, a faculty member at NYU’s medical school and an attending at Bellevue, specialized in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and the effects of infection, air pollution, and smoking on patients with these diseases. Interning at the First (Columbia) Division at Bellevue, she completed her internal medicine studies there under Dickinson Richards’23 and trained in the chest service under J. Burns Amberson. She took a year and a half-long break from her career when she contracted TB. Her extensive publications included chapters in four textbooks on pulmonary medicine. An officer of the New York Academy of Medicine, she first served as president of the Eastern Section of the American Thoracic Society and later as president of the national society. A member of many national and federal pulmonary advisory committees and non-profit boards, she testified before Congress on pulmonary research funding and tobacco-related issues. She was honored in 1994 with the Life and Breath Award of the American Lung Association of New York. Dr. Davis was to have received the American Lung Association Will Ross Medal at the 2003 American Thoracic Society International Conference. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Walter A. Wichern Jr., professor emeritus of clinical surgery at P&S, a daughter, and a son.

Class of 1952
VICTOR HERBERT
died of cancer Nov. 19, 2002. A hematologist and nutrition scientist of worldwide renown, Dr. Herbert was also a leading authority on and critic of dubious medical practices and the author of a classic work in the field, “Nutrition Cultism: Facts and Fictions.” He also co-authored “Vitamins and Health Food: The Great American Hustle.” Professor of medicine and chairman of the Committee to Strengthen Nutrition at Mount Sinai-New York University Health System, he served as chief of the Mount Sinai Nutrition Center and head of the hematology and nutrition research laboratory at the VA Medical Center in the Bronx. He taught on the medical faculties at Harvard and SUNY Downstate. The author of more than 850 papers on multiple medical areas of his expertise, he had been profiled in “Who Goes First? The Story of Self-Experimentation in Medicine” in the New York Times for his work in folic acid. He is credited with the discovery that anemia in pregnant women resulted from a deficiency in folic acid. A medical officer and paratrooper with the U.S. Army during World War II, Dr. Herbert also served in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, retiring from military service as a green beret with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife, Marilynne, three daughters, and two sons.

Class of 1958
Surgeon JOHN L. ALLEN died March 24, 2002. Dr. Allen served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Former clinical professor of surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, he also served as president of the medical staff at Memorial Medical Center and later as chairman of general surgery at St. John’s Hospital, both in Springfield, Ill. He is survived by his first wife, Mary, his second wife, Lynne, two daughters, four sons, and two grandchildren.

Class of 1959
Pediatrician GEORGE STORM of Kingston, N.H., died Feb. 6, 2002. A private practitioner, he specialized in behavioral and developmental pediatrics. Dr. Storm had been director of medical services at Children’s Medical Services Rehabilitation Center in Portsmouth, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and two sons.

Class of 1963
LESLIE BAER
, associate professor of medicine at P&S, director of the hypertension research program at CPMC, and a recognized authority on hypertension, died Nov. 26, 2002. Following a fellowship at the NIH, where he examined the effects of lithium on the kidney and studied circulatory disorders, Dr. Baer returned to P&S, where he joined the faculty and spent the rest of his distinguished career, greatly respected by his colleagues, revered by his students, and adored by his patients. In the words of one of those longtime patients, Deanna Levine, Dr. Baer was “the kind of doctor that’s no longer supposed to exist, except in novels. To him, you are a person first, and a patient second.” A former associate director of the clinical research center, his scientific acumen and quality of care matched the degree of his caring. His model for early detection and treatment of hypertension through Worksite Hypertension Control, a program he developed and refined over several decades, proved a highly successful and cost-effective method to prevent the key cardiovascular complications of hypertension. “The basic rule of medicine,” he once said, “is that we can never do enough.” A lectureship has been established in his name at P&S. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Baer’64, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1966
Psychiatrist and neurologist DONALD M. PALATUCCI died of colorectal cancer Nov. 8, 2002. Clinical professor of neurology and president of the clinical faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, he received many honors, including Outstanding Teacher in Neurology in 1974, Outstanding Teacher in Psychiatry in 1977, the Royer Award in 1997 for his contribution to neurology in the San Francisco Bay area, and the Charlotte Baer Award in 2000 in recognition of distinguished service to UCSF. A Humanism in Medicine Award has been established in his name at P&S. He is survived by his wife, Blanid, a daughter, and two sons.

Class of 1967
ROBERT G. BLABEY
, a surgeon formerly affiliated with Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn., died following a protracted battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Oct. 8, 2002, at age 61. In the course of his career, he spent two stints as resident surgeon at the Phebe Hospital in Liberia. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. He enjoyed close to three decades of private practice in general surgery. Survivors include his wife, Susan, a daughter, a son, and a grandson.

Class of 1968
KENNETH C. GRIFFITH
, an internist in private practice, or what he once called “a humble practitioner of the healing arts,” died Aug. 20, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Maryanne, and two sons. JERRY M. WIENER, a professor emeritus and former chairman of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine, died Sept. 7, 2002. A past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he called for a greater availability of psychiatric service for children from all walks of life. Editor in chief of “The Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,” he wrote extensively on such child-related issues as childhood depression and the relationship between mental illness and violence. Dr. Wiener was a member of the team of child psychiatrists assembled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to interview the father and Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy whose American relatives sought custody. He was honored with the American Psychiatric Association’s Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Distinguished Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Wiener is survived by his wife, Louise, four sons, and a grandson.


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