John H. Bryant, MD, former director of the School of Public Health at Columbia, died July 5, 2017. After graduating from P&S in 1953, Dr. Bryant completed internship and residency at Presbyterian Hospital, then pursued research at the NIH and the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, and completed a fellowship in hematology at Washington University. He worked at the University of Vermont, at the Rockefeller Foundation, and in Thailand before returning to P&S in 1971 to lead the public health school when it was still part of the Faculty of Medicine, for which he served as associate dean. He established the Center for Community Health Development and interdisciplinary programs with Columbia’s business and social work schools. He left Columbia in 1978 and served in the Department of Health and Human Services, participating in several World Health Organization activities before becoming founding chairman of the Department of Community Health Services at the new Aga Kahn University in Pakistan.

Roger A. MacKinnon, MD, professor emeritus of clinical psychiatry, died July 24, 2017. He was the first full-time director of the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where he
re-emphasized the importance of research. He appointed an advisory panel to help with scientific methodology and practical guidance in developing reliable research instruments. A 1950 graduate of P&S, he trained in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and earned a certificate from the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He joined the P&S faculty in 1957.


Other Faculty Deaths

Morton Aronson, MD,associate clinical professor of psychiatry, died June 22, 2017.

Walter Berdon, MD, professor emeritus of pediatric radiology (in radiology and pediatrics), died Aug. 6, 2017.

Ruth Dickinson, former director of the Program in Physical Therapy, died Jan. 24, 2017.

James F. Hammill, MD, professor emeritus of clinical neurology, died June 21, 2017.

Raphael Jewelewicz, MD, retired faculty member in obstetrics & gynecology, died July 21, 2017.

Ronald Lewis Katz, MD, former professor of anesthesiology, died May 15, 2017.

Richard J. Kitz, MD, former associate professor of anesthesiology, died Sept. 19, 2017.

Raymond Raskin, MD, former member of the psychiatry faculty, died April 8, 2017.

Gail Sorrel-Mosk, MD, assistant professor of radiology at CUMC, died Sept. 19, 2017.

Virginia Warner, DrPH, associate in clinical psychiatry in the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, died June 10, 2017.

Walter A. Wichern Jr., MD, professor emeritus of clinical surgery, died March 27, 2017.

John A. Wood, MD, retired clinical professor of medicine, died Sept. 17, 2017.