John H. Van Landingham, a retired neurosurgeon, died Dec. 19, 2013. Dr. Van Landingham served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and practiced neurosurgery for more than half a century while affiliated with Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean, he is survived by five daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Peter Beck, a retired ophthalmologist, died May 11, 2016, at age 92. Dr. Beck earned a second MD degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland. He served for a time as a ship’s doctor on cruise ships sailing out of New York City. He is survived by his wife, Nancy.
Alfred G. Knudson, a renowned cancer researcher, died July 10, 2016, at age 93. Dr. Knudson, Fox Chase Cancer Center Distinguished Scientist, received many honors in the course of his career, including the Medal of Honor of the American Cancer Society, the Kyoto Prize, the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, the Bristol-Myers Squibb “Freedom to Discover” Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Research, and the 2002 P&S Alumni Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievements in Medicine. He was best known for his “two-hit model” explaining how cancer develops in the wake of damage to tumor-suppressor genes. His model has since become an accepted paradigm for understanding inherited cancer syndromes. Working with hereditary and nonhereditary retinoblastoma, Dr. Knudson reasoned that cancer can occur because of loss or inactivation of both alleles of genes that regulate growth. He and his colleagues later localized the retinoblastoma gene, the first gene to be cloned. A disturbance in its function appears to be present in many cancers. His insights into the mechanisms that govern cancer growth spawned a new line of research into the genetic basis of cancer. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Anna T. Meadows, professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, three daughters, three stepchildren, 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Robert W. Crecca, a retired general surgeon, died July 19, 2016. Dr. Crecca served in the U.S. Army and was based at the General Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. After the service he pursued a private surgical practice in Newport Beach, Calif., maintaining affiliations with Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and South Coast Hospital in South Laguna. He left private practice to join the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. He also volunteered with Project Hope in St. Lucia, Nicaragua, and Honduras and on the Navajo Reservation. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nicki.
Lucian Fletcher Jr., a retired internist, died Aug. 10, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy in the V-12 Program, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Later, during the Korean conflict he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and was posted to Iwo Jima, Guam, and Okinawa. He later served as chief of medicine at the U.S. Air Force hospital in Tachikawa, Japan. Returning to civilian life, Dr. Fletcher joined a group practice in cardiology and internal medicine in Newton, N.J. He directed construction of the first ICU unit at Newton Memorial Hospital and was founding director of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. He also served as director of the New Jersey Mosquito Commission and as president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Heart Association. In his free time Dr. Fletcher was an accomplished pilot and enjoyed sailing. Preceded in death by his first wife, Constance, he is survived by his second wife, Dorothy, two daughters, two sons, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and nine grandchildren.
Bernard D. Epstein, a retired internist, died March 5, 2016. He was 93. Dr. Epstein, who specialized in diagnostic and preventive medicine and was also interested in aviation medicine, pursued a private practice for many years in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a former president of the staff at Delray Hospital in Delray Beach, Fla., and a past president of the staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland. Dr. Epstein was a loyal alumnus who served for years as co-class chair of the annual fund. He is survived by his wife, Hilda, a daughter, five sons, and four grandsons.
John MacIver, a retired psychiatrist also involved in occupational medicine, died of pulmonary disease on June 8, 2016. Following his retirement from full-time practice, he continued to see patients once a week at a clinic in Hyannis, Mass., and remained active in the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He served for more than a decade as assistant medical director of U.S. Steel, was a past chief of psychiatry at Cape Cod Hospital, and at various times in his career taught on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard. A devoted alumnus, Dr. MacIver served for many years as annual fund chairman of his class and was a longtime member of the P&S Alumni Regional Representatives Committee. Ever thoughtful to the end, ever eager to help foster a better world, he once quoted a line from Oscar Wilde in a missive to the Alumni Association: “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is worth not even a glance.” Preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Shirley R. MacIver, he is survived by two sons.
Irving M. Ader, a retired family practitioner and former member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, died April 29, 2016. He was 95. A former member of the Bronx County Medical Society, Dr. Ader was honored with Einstein’s 50-year service award. Preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, he is survived by a daughter, a son, and a grandchild.
Anthony Donn, the Harkness Professor Emeritus, former chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at P&S, and former director of the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, died April 22, 2016, at age 90. Dr. Donn was renowned for his treatment of diseases of the cornea. In the course of his career he developed revolutionary techniques, notably intraocular lens implantation following cataract surgery and specular microscopy to monitor the endothelial cells lining the back of the cornea. He was honored upon his retirement with the endowment of a professorship in ophthalmic science in his name at P&S. Survivors include his wife, Linda, a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.
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Burton Combes’51 died Nov. 23, 2013, and his wife, Mollie Allensworth Combes’52, died Oct. 26, 2012. Burton was professor emeritus of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, where a lectureship was established in his name. Well-known for his research in hepatology, he focused initially on the metabolism and transport of various forms of bromosulfophtalein as a marker of membrane transport. In his clinical studies he defined prognostic factors in acute liver failure and described various hepatic disorders observed in pregnancy and therapies for primary biliary cirrhosis. He established—and directed for more than 40 years—the liver unit at UT Southwestern. Among other honors, he received a research career development award from the U.S. Public Health Service, was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and to the Association of American Physicians, and capped off his career with the Distinguished Service Award of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, of which he was a past president. He was instrumental in developing the guiding principles for collaboration between academic medicine and the public in promoting research in liver disease. Mollie, a retired pediatrician, was chief of the pediatric and neonatal nurseries at Parkland Memorial Hospital, a UT Southwestern affiliate, for many years. She is credited with detecting sciatic nerve injury in some prematurely born infants. Thanks to her intercession, injections of tetracycline previously administered in the buttocks were administered to the thigh to avoid sciatic nerve injury. The thigh muscle of neonates subsequently became the routine site for administering injections. She pursued a private pediatric practice in Dallas and also served as a member of the student health service at SMU and later at North Texas State University in Denton. She served for a number of years as secretary of the Southern Pediatric Society. They are survived by a daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Howard H. Stone, retired clinical professor of ophthalmology at UCLA Medical Center, died April 21, 2016. Dr. Stone was a native of Frankfurt, Germany. In 1932 he fled Nazi persecution with his family to Palestine and later to the United States. Volunteering to serve as a member in the British 8th Army during World War II, and later in the Jewish Brigade, he saw action in the Italian campaign. He published more than two dozen professional papers. At UCLA he was a member of the Human Subjects Protection Committee. In the course of his professional career he visited more than 70 countries on four continents, lecturing on diabetes, glaucoma, and retinal surgery. Dr. Stone pursued a private ophthalmology practice in Los Angeles. He is survived by a daughter, three sons, and three grandsons.
Retired obstetrician/gynecologist Walter A. Bonney died April 18, 2015. Dr. Bonney served as a captain in the U.S. Army, based in Landstuhl, West Germany. As chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he helped desegregate the medical center. He later served as professor and chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He also had a private practice and later served as chief of surgery at Monongalia General Hospital. He delivered more than 5,000 babies in the course of his career. Preceded in death by two daughters, he is survived by his wife, Virginia, a daughter, and a grandson.
Eugene J. Feeley, a retired pathologist, died June 27, 2016, at age 86. Dr. Feeley served in the U.S. Army. He worked for many years at Western Laboratories in Oakland, Calif., and later was chief pathologist at Washington Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Marguerite J. Gates, a retired pediatrician and former member of the P&S clinical pediatrics faculty, died July 20, 2016. She specialized in caring for children with developmental and rehabilitative issues, maintaining affiliations with Presbyterian Hospital and Helen Hayes Hospital. She served as project director for an NIH Collaborative Perinatal Study with 15 partner institutions searching for causes of cerebral palsy. She is survived by two nephews.
George H. Hogle died Nov. 28, 2015. A longtime member of the American Friends Service Committee, as a young man he engaged in relief work in the bombed-out German city of Koblenz. While in Europe he traveled to Switzerland to meet Dr. Carl Jung. Inspired by Jung, Dr. Hogle decided to become a psychiatrist. Pursuing his residency in psychiatry at Stanford, Dr. Hogle subsequently pursued a private practice in Palo Alto, specializing in individual and couple therapy and Jungian analysis, and served as a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford. A past president and former member of the board of governors of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he also volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee-Prison Committee, supported Native American youth education programs, and continued throughout his life to be active in various progressive political causes, including anti-war protests. A loyal alumnus, he supported a Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund. Dr. Hogle is survived by his second wife, Ann, a daughter, two sons, three stepchildren, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Charles L. Schocket, a retired oncologist, died Nov. 8, 2012, at age 82. Dr. Schocket served in the U.S. Army. A member of the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was for many years director of medicine at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, N.Y. Preceded in death by a son, he is survived by his wife, Lorraine, three daughters, and a granddaughter.
Joseph P. Zawadsky, a retired orthopedist and former academic chair of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died June 25, 2016. He was a former vice president of the American Orthopedic Association. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Starting out in general medical practice, he subsequently specialized in orthopedic surgery and founded University Orthopaedic Associates in New Brunswick, N.J. Dr. Zawadsky performed the first hip replacement in New Jersey. A longtime orthopedic consultant to Princeton University, he also served as team doctor for Rutgers University’s football team. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, three daughters, three sons, and 15 grandchildren.
David L. Andrews, a longtime member of the faculty in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at P&S, died Aug. 25, 2016. Dr. Andrews served as chief of the orthopedic trauma service at Presbyterian Hospital. His other great passions in life were gardening and the collection of rare books about botany. Dr. Andrews was a board member of the New York Botanical Garden, board member and president of the Bonsai Society of Greater New York, and an active member of the New York Hortus Club. In 2005 he received the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of New York in recognition of his contributions to horticulture. As a collector he was particularly interested in books and ephemera on the natural sciences in the Colonial era. He was a loyal alumnus and staunch supporter of the medical school. Preceded in death by a son, his survivors include his wife, Nancy, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Frederick Bruce Lewis, a retired hematologist-oncologist and former clinical professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, died July 19, 2016, at age 85. Dr. Lewis served as a captain in the U.S. Army, stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He later moved to Minnesota and practiced with Minnesota Oncology Hematology, P.A., and was affiliated with United Hospital in St. Paul. In response to an alumni questionnaire, he once wrote: “So much of what we learned is now obsolete, but the drive to excellence and the compassion for patients is never out of date.” Having been named for the composer and piano virtuoso Frederic Chopin, Dr. Lewis, who had been something of a child prodigy, continued to play piano throughout his life. Active with many arts groups, he served tenures as a board member of the Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Diana, three daughters, a son, and 13 grandchildren.
L. Arne Skilbred, an orthopedic surgeon, died Sept. 6, 2013. A native of Norway, he came to the United States at age 16. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, assigned to the Orthopedic Service at the 34th General Hospital in France. A past president of the Essex County Medical Society and the New Jersey Orthopedic Society, he practiced first in Montclair, N.J., then in North Haven, N.Y., subsequently serving as medical director of Southampton Hospital in Southampton, N.Y., where he also was a member of the Performance Improvement Joint Conference Committee. Dr. Skilbred returned to Norway on several occasions to lecture on traumatic and orthopedic surgery at the University of Bergen. He served on the board of directors of the finance committee of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co. Survivors include his wife, Dianne, three daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren.
Mayo Johnson, a retired general surgeon, died Aug. 24, 2016. Following completion of his medical training he joined the Grenfell Mission, an organization devoted to medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. He subsequently served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps based at the 31st Field Hospital in Korat, Thailand, where he also volunteered to care for civilians. Upon his return to the States, he moved to Beverly, Mass., where he remained associated for more than 45 years with the Beverly Hospital, serving terms as president of the medical staff, chief of surgery, and president of Beverly Surgical Associates. He was honored with the hospital’s Pride of Practice Award. Also active in the community, he served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Beverly and the Beverly Conservation Commission. He loved to fish for striped bass and bluefish. He is survived by his wife, Julia, a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.
Alan W. Osborne, a retired radiologist, died April 6, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force. For many years Dr. Osborne practiced radiology at Rahway Hospital, now Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, and Children’s Specialized Hospital. Preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, he is survived by two daughters, five sons, and five grandchildren.
Lyman A. Page, a retired pediatric endocrinologist and emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury, died July 3, 2016. He was 84. Dr. Page served in the U.S. Public Health Service. Practicing first in Saco, then in Portland, and finally in Kennebunk, he was the first board-certified pediatric endocrinologist in Maine. After joining the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale, he helped found a Yale program at the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also served as a pediatrician for the Mission Evangelique Babtiste in Bethesda, Haiti. Survivors include his wife, Gillet, a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.
Ruth E. Triedman, a retired dermatologist, died Aug. 15, 2016. She spent more than three decades in private dermatology practice and served on the staff of Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. Dr. Triedman also taught on the clinical dermatology faculty at Brown University. She served for many years on the board of the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association, which honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Preceded in death by her husband, M. Howard Triedman’56, she is survived by two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.
Glen E. Gresham, professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, died Feb. 24, 2016. A founding fellow of the American Rheumatism Association, he served as director of rehabilitation medicine and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he continued in retirement to officiate as a member of the honorary staff. He was co-author of the book “Functional Assessment in Rehabilitation Medicine.” He also received the Dean’s Award and the Walter B. Cooke Award from SUNY Buffalo, where a visiting professorship in rehabilitation medicine was established in his name. In retirement he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at SUNY Buffalo. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.
William H. Brownlee, a former instructor in psychiatry at P&S and chief of the psychiatric outpatient department at Roosevelt Hospital, died March 14, 2016. He was 81. Dr. Brownlee served as a captain in the U.S. Army. A specialist in addiction medicine and occupational psychiatry, he co-founded Brownlee Dolan Stein Associates, a pioneering employee assistance program, and volunteered to coach first-time job interviewees and to assist refugees in English conversational skills. He is survived by his husband, Marvin Koenig.
Richard S. Milligan, a retired general surgeon, died Feb. 18, 2016. He was a former president of the Stanislaus County Medical Society and the Stanislaus Preferred Provider Organization in Modesto, Calif. His avocations in life included singing tenor in a church choir, captaining the houseboat he kept on Lake Powell, sailing, skiing, antique car collecting, and photography. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, three daughters, and a son.
William Y. Duncan, a retired urologist, died April 16, 2016. Having served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In the course of his career he practiced urology in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. When not practicing medicine he loved hunting, fishing, tennis, sailing, and piloting his own plane. He is survived by three daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Robert B. Gollance, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataracts and refractive surgery formerly affiliated with New York Eye and Ear, died Jan. 20, 2016. Dr. Gollance was stationed with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea from 1966 to 1968, where he founded that country’s first eye bank. He was an accomplished photographer in his free time. Preceded in death by his wife, Carmen, he is survived by a son, Stephen Gollance, MD, who will continue his ophthalmological practice.
James D.S. Kim, a retired dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, died Aug. 14, 2016. Born in South Korea, he grew up under strained circumstances before arriving in the United States. After medical school he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Hahn Air Force Base in Germany. Returning to civilian life, he took up private practice in Lodi, Calif., where he was affiliated with Lodi Memorial Hospital. He also taught at various times at UC Davis, UCSF, and the Village Bella Clinic in Salo, Italy. He is survived by his wife, Yoshiko, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.
William J. Schneider, a specialist in occupational medicine, died Aug. 11, 2016. Dr. Schneider also held an MPH degree from the Mailman School of Public Health. He served for many years as medical director and managing director of health care services at JP Morgan Chase. He also worked in employee health at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He taught at various times at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three sons, and three grandsons.
Frederick W. Tiley, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Feb. 20, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill., during the Vietnam War. A former member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Oregon, Dr. Tiley was affiliated with Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore. Survivors include his wife, Candace, a daughter, and two sons.
Roger T. DeAngelis, a retired surgeon, died May 4, 2016. Dr. DeAngelis served as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. A past president of the Westchester Surgical Society, he joined his father in private practice and maintained an affiliation with St. John’s Riverside Hospital, where he served for a decade as chief of surgery. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three daughters, two sons, two stepdaughters, a stepson, and five grandchildren.
Jon A. Kay died Aug. 10, 2016, at age 74 of Alzheimer’s disease. He served as a physician in the Indian Health Service based at the Crow Agency in Montana before starting his own family practice and later joining a group practice in Canton, N.Y. He also served as a physician at St. Lawrence University, the Clarkson school system, and at nursing homes in Potsdam, N.Y. As Alzheimer’s advanced, he found some solace in playing the trumpet. Survivors include his wife, Shereen, two sons, two stepsons, and four grandchildren.
John P. Hoche, a cardiologist, died June 4, 2016. A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Dr. Hoche later served as head of the vestibular physiology branch of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Fla. A talented drummer, he won numerous first prizes in percussion in Florida state band contests. At the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory he pursued research for NASA on partial earth gravity, publishing a widely read paper, “The Value of Exercise at One-Half Earth Gravity in Preventing Adaptation to Simulated Weightlessness.” He developed motion sickness pills for astronauts and was a leading expert on the lower body negative pressure machine that enabled astronauts to maintain strong heart muscle while weightless. Dr. Hoche later joined the P&S Department of Medicine faculty and practiced cardiology in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he introduced Florida’s first nuclear cardiology imaging in a doctor’s office. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, a daughter, and a granddaughter.
Samuel Z.C. Westerfield died Nov. 25, 2015. Survivors include his former wife, Leah, and a son.
James L. Jordan, a specialist in sports medicine, died June 6, 2016, of cancer. Dr. Jordan began his career as a specialist in emergency medicine, affiliated with Rutland Hospital, now the Rutland Regional Medical Center, in Rutland, Vt. He later shifted specialization to sports medicine. In 1980 he was one of the co-founders of the Killington Medical Clinic at the base of Killington Mountain; the clinic was devoted to sports and rehabilitation medicine. He also served as medical adviser to the Killington Ski Patrol. He is survived by his wife, Nan.