Dr. Arnold P. Gold cloaks Julie Lyle’06 (now Julie Lyle Schuman) at the 2002 White Coat Ceremony.

Arnold P. Gold, a VP&S faculty member in neurology and pediatrics for more than 50 years, died Jan. 23, 2018, leaving a legacy that extends far beyond his long career as a clinician and mentor. As a founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1988, he became an advocate for humanism in health care and medical education. With the first Arnold P. Gold White Coat Ceremony at VP&S in 1993, Dr. Gold set the standard for introducing medical students to the human connection in patient care. Dr. Gold, most recently chairman emeritus of the foundation’s board, joined with his wife, Sandra O. Gold, EdD, and VP&S colleagues to create a foundation intent on preserving the doctor-patient relationship by advancing humanism through physician education. The White Coat Ceremony model—at which new medical students recite the Hippocratic Oath to pledge their commitment to the compassionate practice of medicine—spread to nearly every medical school in the country through the foundation’s support. More than 170 medical schools and physician assistant programs throughout the world and more than 260 nursing schools have adopted White Coat Ceremonies. VP&S students, faculty, residents, and fellows also have participated in the foundation’s other programs, including the Gold Humanism Honor Society. 



J. Thomas Bigger, MD, retired professor of medicine and former chief of cardiology, died Oct. 8, 2017. 

Robert E. Burke, MD, the Alfred and Minnie Bressler Professor of Neurology (in Pathology & Cell Biology), died Jan. 1, 2018.

Paul Cannon, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and former chief of cardiology, died Jan. 2, 2018.

Ronald Fieve, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry, died Jan. 2, 2018. See more in Alumni In Memoriam, Class of 1965 PSY.

Raymond Goetz, PhD, assistant professor of clinical psychology (in psychiatry), died Jan. 8, 2018, shortly after retiring.

John E. Hutchinson III, MD, former associate clinical professor of surgery, died Jan. 18, 2018.

Virginia Kanick, MD, retired clinical professor of radiology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, died Nov. 15, 2017. See more in Alumni In Memoriam, Class of 1951.

Peter Kim, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology, died Dec. 5, 2017.

Simme Cynkin Klebanow, former faculty member in occupational therapy, died Oct. 20, 2017.

John Francis Nicholson, MD, retired associate professor of pediatrics and of pathology, died Aug. 30, 2017.

Emil F. Pascarelli, MD, professor emeritus of clinical medicine, died Jan. 22, 2018.

Craig Tenke, PhD, adjunct associate research scientist in psychiatry, died Dec. 21, 2017.