In Memoriam


Isidore S. Edelman, M.D. Isidore S. Edelman, M.D.
Dr. Isidore S. Edelman, the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at P&S, died Nov. 21, 2004, of gastrointestinal cancer. "Izzy," as he was universally known, spent 26 years at the University of California, San Francisco, before joining P&S in 1978 as chairman of biochemistry and building the department into one of the premier biochemistry departments in the world.
A native of Brooklyn, he received an M.D. degree from Indiana University. He became professor emeritus in 1991 but remained active. He founded the Columbia Genome Center, today named after its benefactor, Judith Sulzberger'49, and directed it until 2000. A professorship fund has been established with a lead gift from Dr. Sulzberger. Gifts to the fund may be sent to the Isidore Edelman Endowment Fund at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, 630 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032.

M. Irene Ferrer, M.D. M. Irene Ferrer, M.D.
Dr. M. Irene Ferrer, professor emeritus of clinical medicine, died Nov. 12, 2004. She worked with the Nobel Prize-winning team that developed the cardiac catheter and used the catheter to define the mechanism of action of several important cardiac medications, including digitalis, and outlined the pathophysiology of cardiac disease. A 1941 P&S graduate, she completed her internship at Columbia's Bellevue Hospital division and was the first woman to serve as chief resident in medicine there. She was director of Presbyterian Hospital's electrocardiographic lab for 33 years. During that time she worked with IBM to develop the first software for the computer interpretation of the electrocardiogram. Influential in her field beyond Columbia, she had been editor in chief of Current Cardiology and the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association. Her legacy is recognized through the M. Irene Ferrer Professorship in Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia. Dr. Ferrer's work is part of a display at the National Library of Medicine on 300 women who changed the course of medicine throughout the world.

Robert M. Hui, M.D.
Dr. Robert Hui, professor emeritus of clinical otolaryngology and former chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at P&S, died Oct. 27, 2004. He spent more than 40 years at the medical center.

Steven Miller, M.D. Steven Miller, M.D.
Dr. Steven Z. Miller, the Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a 1984 graduate of P&S, died in a commuter airplane crash in northeast Missouri Oct. 19, 2004. Dr. Miller was en route to an osteopathy school in Missouri on behalf of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for a seminar on humanism and professionalism in medicine, a topic dear to him as a doctor and an educator. One of the most popular members of the P&S faculty, Dr. Miller was frequently honored for his teaching skills. He joined the P&S faculty in 1993 after spending the years following his P&S graduation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He also was director of pediatric medical student education and director of pediatric emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. His wife, Dodi Meyer, M.D., is assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at P&S. See P&S Students, page 34, for more about Dr. Miller.

Class of 1938
William Seitz'38
William Seitz'38
WILLIAM H. SEITZ, a retired general surgeon and family practitioner, died Aug. 10, 2004. He practiced for many years in Flushing, N.Y., where he was affiliated with St. John's Hospital. Retired from active practice in 1984, he continued to see patients, as he put it, “one hour a day for fun,” at an emergency clinic at Huletts Landing on Lake George from June thru October. Dr. Seitz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, supervising the 2011th Medical Evac Unit in North Africa and Italy. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Catherine, a daughter, a son, William H. Seitz Jr.'79, an orthopedic surgeon, and four grandchildren.

Class of 1939
BERNARD H. SHULMAN, a retired pediatrician and past president of the Brooklyn Academy of Pediatrics, died May 21, 2004. The Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he had been on staff for 45 years, the last 10 as chairman of pediatrics, named its pediatric library for him upon his retirement in 2000. He taught on the clinical faculty at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Volunteering for active duty, Dr. Shulman served aboard the U.S.S. Princeton and the U.S.S. Clemson during World War II. Following his discharge he began a private pediatric practice in his native Brooklyn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by a son and two grandchildren.
Class of 1941
MANUEL J. CARBALLEIRA, a retired internist who had been associated with St. Clares Hospital in New York, died June 10, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of major. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Carballeira was house doctor for the Metropolitan Opera for 15 years and was decorated by King Juan Carlos of Spain for the medical care he delivered to the Spanish diplomatic community in the United States. Survivors include his wife, Assunta, two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren. Word has been received of the death of EDWARD H. TOWNSEND, date unknown. A former member of the clinical faculty of pediatrics at the University of Rochester, Dr. Townsend served as director of the Rochester Regional Premature Center and chief of pediatrics at Rochester General Hospital. He had been a past president of the Browncroft Pediatric Research Foundation, a member of the Adoption Section of the Council of Social Agencies in Rochester, and pediatrician and trustee of the Rochester Maternal and Adoption Services.
Class of 1943 (December)
Long belated word has been received of the death of CURTISS CUMMINGS, a general practitioner, in 1998. Dr. Cummings had been an attending at the Nassau Hospital, now known as Winthrop Hospital. Serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he participated in the assault on Iwo Jima and Okinawa and in the occupation of Japan. Among his vivid memories were the sight of the American flag raised over Iwo Jima and the sight of survivors of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki. He also served as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, from which he retired after 31 years of service with the rank of captain. He left a generous allotment in his will to be applied to student scholarships at P&S. He is survived by his wife, Eileen.
Class of 1944
HOWARD S. WAY, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died May 27, 2004. A longtime private practitioner in Stamford, Conn., he moved to Napa, Calif., in 1955, where he was the town's first orthopedic surgeon. A former member of the surgical staff and chief of staff at Queen of the Valley Hospital, he also was affiliated with Veterans Hospital of California. Outside the hospital, Dr. Way volunteered with CAREMedico in the Dominican Republic, where he helped train local doctors and served as a volunteer physician on Sierra Club clean-up hiking trips in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A selftaught builder, he constructed and flew his own glider plane. Dr. Way served in the AUS Medical Corps. He is survived by his wife, Helen, four daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Class of 1946
GORDON B. MAGILL, a retired clinical oncologist, died July 25, 2003, of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Dr. Magill entered P&S under the Navy V12 program in 1943 and later served at a Naval Medical Research Unit in Cairo, Egypt. Returning to the United States, he practiced in various parts of the country, including his native Fargo, N.D., where he served a term as president of the North Dakota division of the American Cancer Society. He returned to New York to join the faculty at New York Hospital Cornell Medical College and the staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 1990 he joined the medical staff at HIP Manhattan. Dr. Magill is survived by his second wife, Narda, four daughters, and five grandchildren. WALDO VAN S. MIDGLEY, a retired general surgeon, died June 2, 2004. He had been affiliated with White Plains, St. Agnes, and Grasslands hospitals. Survivors include a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Class of 1947
Ole T. Jonassen'47
Ole T. Jonassen'47
OLE T. JONASSEN, a retired surgeon, died of lung disease July 20, 2004. A native of Norway, Dr. Jonassen grew up in Brooklyn. He served with a MASH unit during the Korean War. For many years chief of surgery at Glen Cove Community Hospital, in Glen Cove, N.Y., he served a term as president of the Nassau Surgical Society. He is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren.
Class of 1948
Word has been received of the death of JAMES F. SPEERS, a family practitioner and public health officer, on Dec. 24, 2002. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and a son, his survivors include two daughters and six grandchildren.
Class of 1950
Edmund C. Gaulden'50
Edmund C. Gaulden'50
EDMUND C. GAULDEN, a cardiologist in private practice, died May 15, 2004. He had been affiliated with St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., and Anaheim Memorial Hospital in Anaheim. Dr. Gaulden served with the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service from 1943 to 1946. He taught on the clinical faculty of medicine at the University of California at Irvine. He is survived by his wife, Julia, three daughters, five sons, 15 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Class of 1954
The Alumni Office recently learned of the death of MARTHA A. WIKANDER in 1993.
Class of 1955
EMIL M. POLLACK, an obstetrician/gynecologist and former medical director at Equitable Life Insurance, died July 16, 2004. He was a generous supporter of student financial aid and other causes at P&S. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, a son, and two grandchildren.

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