Public Health, Spring 1998 - Alumni News


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Will C. Sealy, 33C, 36M, emeritus professor of surgery with Duke University, has also received emeritus status at Mercer University, Macon, Ga. A section in the Medical Library at Mercer will be named for him.

James L. Campbell Jr., 36C, 40M, retired urologist in Orlando, Fla., is now a master craftsman of period furniture reproductions.
  Dr. Campbell works on his pieces every day, sometimes for up to six hours. His favorite woods are walnut, mahogany, and cherry. Most of his finished works go to family members.
  The piece of which he is proudest is a reproduction of a Newport block front desk by Goodard and Townsend. The originals were made in the 1770s, and only four remain. Most of these are housed in museums. The last one purchased sold for several million dollars.
  Dr. Campbell crafted his desk from mahogany and decorated it with brass handles, trimmings, and carved wooden shells. With 15 drawers, it took him about three months to complete.
  He is a member of the Central Florida Woodworkers Guild, and V.J. Taylor's book Period Furniture Projects is dedicated to Dr. Campbell, "one of the finest nonprofessional cabinetmakers I know."

Curtis D. Benton Jr., 42C, 45M, retired ophthalmologist in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been certified as a medical review officer and is now associated with Substance Abuse Technologies.

John K. Davidson III, 41Ox, 43C, 45M, professor emeritus of internal medicine at Emory, returned in 1997 to the University of Toronto to attend the Charles H. Best Lectureship and Award Ceremonies. The lectureship and award are endowed by Dr. Davidson and his wife, Mary, and they are financed with profits from Dr. Davidson's textbook Diabetes Mellitus, A Problem Oriented Approach. The first edition of this textbook was published by Thieme while Dr. Davidson was on staff at Emory.
  Dr. Davidson earned his PhD in physiology under the tutelage of Dr. Charles H. Best, co-discoverer of insulin, at Toronto in 1965. His thesis described the insulin-like activity of what are now called growth hormones, which spawned a whole new industry. Subsequently, Dr. Davidson received academic appointments at Toronto in both physiology and medicine.
  The Davidsons eventually were recruited back to Emory, where Dr. Davidson headed the diabetes unit in the department of medicine. The alliance subsequently gave birth to diabetes research units at Grady and the VA hospitals. Dr. Willis Hurst is credited with recruiting Dr. Davidson to Atlanta. But Mrs. Davidson still talks about those eight Canadian winters, which by 1968 had been enough.

John S. Inman Jr., 42C, 45M, longtime Albany, Ga., obstetrician, was honored in 1997 by the unveiling of the Inman Pavilion for Women at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, in Albany. The facility features 10 labor/delivery/ recovery rooms, two ante-partum rooms for high-risk patient monitoring, and two C-section rooms.
  Dr. Inman began practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Albany in 1952 and has delivered more than 10,000 babies during his career. He is past chairman of the Georgia section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, past president of the Georgia OB/GYN Society, and past vice president of the South Atlantic Association of OB/GYN.
  Dr. and Mrs. Inman have two sons, John S. Inman III, 79C, 83M, who is in practice with his father, and Mark A. Inman, an attorney in Atlanta.


Surgeon Will Sealy

James Campbell in his workshop

Internist John Davidson

S. William Clark Jr., 48C, 51M, of Waycross, Ga., was elected chair of the board of regents of the University System of Georgia in 1997. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Clark has been in private practice since 1956. He has served as chief of surgery at Memorial Hospital in Waycross.
  He is past president of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and the Medical Association of Georgia. His numerous awards include the Florence McDonnell People of Vision Award by the Georgia Society to Prevent Blindness and the Distinguished Alumnus Award given by the alumni association of the Emory Eye Center.

Ernest C. Denney, 47C, 51M, phoned to let us know that at age 74 he's alive because of Emory. That piqued our curiosity, and so we called him back.
  He was referring to the Gliadel wafer treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumors investigated by Dr. Jeffrey Olson, co-director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Emory's Winship Cancer Center.
  Dr. Denney said he'd never had a headache in his life until he had one that lasted all day on June 2, 1997. Later that evening, his wife thought her husband was acting kind of strangely and took him to the emergency room.
  After doctors used CAT scans and MRIs to diagnose GBM, a young neurosurgeon debulked the lesions, a treatment followed by a full course of radiation.
  Follow-up on October 16, though, showed a recurrence. The same surgeon then performed at South Austin Medical Center a second debulking of the tumor, positioning in its place four Gliadel wafers.
  On the day after surgery, Dr. Denney was dressed in his blue jeans and boots, ready to head home to ranch territory, where his two Texan-trained doctor daughters could keep an eye on him.
  Several months later, Dr. Denney says he's felt amazingly well, with no side effects associated with the Gliadel wafer.
  He's back home now in the town where he's long been a general practitioner. Matador, Tex., population roughly 1,000, is proud of its "old country doctor," who came to them from Emory. Just watch out for those bulls, Dr. Denney, pardner.

Anne Elizabeth H. Gaston, 55M, received the Emory Medal during alumni weekend, Sept. 26-28, 1997. It is Emory's highest honor for alumni. Dr. Gaston is a retired pediatrician.

J. Harper Gaston IV, 52C, 55M, also was a 1997 Emory Medal recipient. Now retired, he is president and CEO of Gaston Loughlin Inc. and Healthcare Partnership Consultants.

Thomas E. Whitesides, 52C, 55M. See entry for I. Barnett "Bud" Harrison (internal medicine).


John Inman has delivered 10,000+ babies

William Clark

Clinton D. McCord Jr., 57C, 61M. See entry for John C. Hagan III (ophthalmology).

Cecil B. Wilson, 57C, 61M, was reelected in 1997 to a three-year term as a trustee of the American Society of Internal Medicine. He is an internist in solo practice in Winter Park, Fla. He has also been president-elect of the Florida Society of Internal Medicine and president of the Florida Medical Association.

William N. Kelley, 63M, and his wife, Lois F. Kelley, were the 1997 recipients of the American Heart Association's Edward S. Cooper Award. Dr. Kelley is chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He and his wife, who was honored for her years of service in communities throughout the U.S., reside in Bryn Mawr and have four children.

W. Shain Schley, 62C, 66M, was elected president of the medical board of the New York Hospital in December 1997. He is professor and chairman of the department of otorhinolaryngology at Cornell University Medical College.

Joseph L. Printz, 64C, 67M, is medical director of First Choice Community Healthcare, in Albuquerque, N.M.


Cecil B. Wilson

William Kelley

Daniel C. Martin, 68C, 72M, has taken up competitive paintball and has even won a sportsmanship award along the way. Playing for Nervous Rex as a defensive center, in 1997 he helped win the North Alabama novice division tournament and an open division tournament in Jonesboro, Ark. His son Adam also plays.
  Just what is paintball? From what we can gather from Dr. Martin's explanations, participants make their way across a designated area, carrying guns that hold canisters of paint. The goal of the game is to avoid being splattered with latex. The issue of Paintball Sports International that Dr. Martin shared with us shows a player dressed in psychedelic camouflage, dotted with wounds of paint.
  In the photo above, team members are holding first place certificates. Adam is next to his father, who's wearing the hat and carrying his gun.
  In other news, Dr. Martin's son Josh graduates from the University of Richmond this year. He and his wife, Glenn Ann, and Adam continue to live in Memphis, where he practices gynecology/obstetrics.

Luis M. Viamonte, 72M. See entry for W. David Varner, 37C, 41M, in Deaths, School of Medicine Alumni.

Ramon A. Suarez, 74C, 78M, is the Georgia state chairman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Piedmont Hospital and is past president of the Atlanta Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

Fayette A. Sims III, 68Ox, 70C, 75M. See entry for Fayette A. Sims, Jr., 36Ox, 38C, 41M, in Deaths, School of Medicine Alumni.

Abraham S. Marcadis, 75C, 79M, wrote recently that for 12 years he has been chief of surgery at Memorial Hospital in Tampa, Fla., where he practices plastic surgery.

Ronald A. Paynter, 75C, 79M, has been certified by the American Board of Medical Management, American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, Fla. He is vice president for medical affairs at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, in Patchogue, N.Y.


Dan Martin (center) with his paintball team.

MARRIED: Fernando A. Duralde, 80M, and Yolanda A. Duralde, 77C, 81M. See entry for Fernando Urriza Duralde (surgery) in Deaths, Residency Training and Fellowship Alumni.

Wesley B. Robinson, 76Ox, 78C, 82M, and Karen A. Shoaf, Oct. 13, 1996. Dr. Robinson is a staff anesthesiologist at University Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.

John S. Inman III, 79C, 83M. See entry for John S. Inman Jr., 42C, 45M.

William David Varner Jr., 83M. See entry for W. David Varner, 37C, 41M, in Deaths, School of Medicine Alumni.

BORN: To Edward M. Racht, 80C, 84M, and Cheryl Piche Racht, a son, Harrison MacLeod Racht, on Sept. 16, 1997.

Mark S. Litwin, 85M, has been awarded grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to study prostate diseases and their effects.
  The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded him $1 million for the development of a clinical research center. He was awarded a second grant by the American Cancer Society.
  Dr. Litwin is an assistant professor of urology and health services at the University of Calfornia at Los Angeles, where he has been since 1993. He lives in Santa Monica.

BORN: To Allen W. Averbook, 86M, and Emily Lance Averbook, 88M, a daughter, Dana Caston Averbook, April 8, 1997, who joins two sons, Alex and Carey. Dr. Allen Averbook is assistant professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University and chief of vascular surgery at the VA Medical Center there.

BORN: To William C. Small, 79C, 85G, 86M, and Susan Dinwiddie Small, 85C, their second child and first daughter, Sarah Frances Small, on May 8, 1997. Dr. Small is assistant professor of radiology at Emory.

BORN: To Mark I. Furman, 83C, 87M, and Dr. Meg Sullivan, a son, Noah Edmund Furman, on Dec. 8, 1996. Dr. Furman is assistant professor of medicine and cell biology as well as associate director of the cardiovascular thrombosis research center at the University of Masschusetts Medical Center.

BORN: To Kevin R. Johnson, 83C, 87M, and Sandra Caswell, 81Ox, 83C, their third child, Kevin "Reed" Jr., on May 12, 1997. Dr. Johnson is with Pediatric Associates in Gainesville, Ga.

MARRIED: Kathleen T. Nixon, 84C, 88M, and Gregory S. Berkey (diagnostic radiology) on May 24, 1997. Dr. Nixon practices neuroradiology at Northside Hospital, in Atlanta, and Dr. Berkey is an interventional radiologist associated with Eastside Hospital.

BORN: To Capt. James F. Elton, 85C, 89M, and Nicole Carpenter Elton, 89C, their second son, Jake Alexander, on Nov. 6, 1997. Dr. Elton is with Anesthesia Associates at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky.

BORN: To Marian L. Evatt, 89M, and James W. Beauchamp, twins, Thomas Lee and Robert Frazier Beauchamp, on Aug. 26, 1997. Dr. Evatt is an assistant professor of neurology at Emory.

BORN: To Brian D. Hale, 85C, 89M, and Constance Meyer Hale, 85Ox, 87C, 91M, their second child, Lauren, on July 3, 1997.

BORN: To Laurence Sperling, 85C, 89M, and Sidney Barr Sperling, 85Ox, 91M, their second son, Daniel Andrew, on Nov. 1, 1996. Dr. Laurence Sperling is an assistant professor of cardiology at Emory.

BORN: To Stephen H. Vander Sluis, 89M, and Carol Jean Vander Sluis, a daughter, Melissa Ann, on March 6, 1997. Dr. Vander Sluis is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Emory.


Urologist Mark Litwin

BORN: To John Michael Copenhaver, 86C, 90M, and Kirstin D. Copenhaver, 88C, a daughter, Erica Chloe, on Sept. 29, 1997. Dr. Copenhaver is an assistant professor in pediatrics at Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory.

Constance Meyer Hale, 85Ox, 87C, 91M. See entry for Brian D. Hale, 85C, 89M.

Sidney Barr Sperling, 85Ox, 91M. See entry for Laurence Sperling, 85C, 89M.

BORN: To Margaret Malys Stone, 86C, 91M, and Benjamin A. Stone, 88C, a daughter, Lauren Mary, on Sept. 29, 1997. Dr. Stone is associated with North Georgia Dermatology. Her husband is an attorney.

David E. Vann, 85Ox, 87C, 91M, and his wife, Jodi Wolfe Vann, 87C, 93M, are associated with Papp Clinic, Newnan, Ga., both in internal medicine.

Air Force Capt. John B. Kerrison, 92M, was one of 19,000 participants in the 22nd annual 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon. He is an ophthalmologist at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

BORN: To Jeffrey D. Reich, 92M, and Alissa Marshak Reich, 92C, a son, Alexander Benjamin, on Aug. 1, 1997.

BORN: To Michael Sang Yoon Han, 88C, 93M, and Mikyung Lee Han, 97M, a son, Isaac Harrison Han, on Sept. 15, 1997. Dr. Michael Han is an anesthesiologist with Newport Medical Center, Newport Beach, Calif.

BORN: To David M. Laird, 93M, and Taylor Laird, 92C, 93P, a son, Walker Saucier Laird, on Feb. 14, 1997. After completion of his general surgery residency, Dr. Laird begins practice with the U.S. Air Force.

BORN: To Steven D. Lenhard, 93M, and Wendy Eisner Lenhard, a son, Brian Jeremy, on July 9, 1997. Dr. Lenhard is with Promina Northwest Physicians Group in Marietta, Ga.

MARRIED: Edmond B. Moses III, 88C, 93M, and Lori R. Rankin, on May 31, 1997. They reside in Chapin, S.C.

BORN: To James Duncan Whitehouse, 93M, and Tracey Walker Whitehouse, a son, Graham Walker, on May 2, 1997. Dr. Whitehouse has been a fellow in infectious diseases and international health at Duke University Medical Center.

Navy Lt. Julie H. Zimmermann, 93M, has reported for duty at Naval Hospital, Cherry Point, N.C.

Tokunbo David Gbadebo, 94M, completed his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University Hospital and is now a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Laureen Jacqueline Laughnan, 90C, 94M, has joined Children's Medicine of Rockdale, Conyers, Ga.

BORN: To Brian K. Nadolne, 90C, 94M, and Dr. Marnie Bookman Nadolne, 90C, a daughter, Rebecca Leigh, on June 5, 1997. He is a family physician with Eagle's Landing Family Practice. They reside in McDonough, Ga.

Lt. Peter David Panagos, 94M, flight surgeon with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Okinawa, Japan, was a volunteer in two community relations projects in Pattaya, Thailand. Lt. Panagos's fellow Marines and sailors removed several tons of concrete rubble and painted the inside of a school auditorium. They also helped out at a local drug treatment facility, painting and repairing the structure's lighting and utilities.

M. Michelle Berrey, 86Ox, 88C, 92P, 95M, is a fellow in infectious diseases at the University of Washington, studying acute HIV infection.

David Wayne Markham, 89Ox, 91C, 95M, has been a fellow in cardiology at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Tex.

MARRIED: Lisa Cooper Barr, 97M, and Dusty Barr, on October 29, 1995. They live in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Margaret Stone and her daughter, Lauren.

Gregory S. Berkey (diagnostic radiology). See entry for Kathleen T. Nixon, 84C, 88M.

Doug Campbell (internal/emergency medicine) wrote Associate Dean John Stone recently to say he was still running a windsurf and snowboard shop in Hood River, Ore., and that he is also very involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. "That takes a lot of time," he says, "but I really enjoy it. I get to know a lot of interesting high school students, both from here and foreign countries, and it gives me a chance to use some of the foreign languages I've been studying."
  Dr. Campbell is presently studying Finnish, and has, in the past, studied Japanese, Italian, French, and Spanish. He can speak a little German and Russian on top of that. "Once I get started on a new one, I just can't stop!" he says. "It seems sort of silly, I suppose, but it keeps me out of trouble."
  As does, he reports, having a 5- and 6-year-old at age 53. "We're having a lot of fun with them," he says. "We took them to Finland last summer, to visit our exchange student of 10 years ago. Having little kids definitely gets you off your butt!"

Miguel A. Faria Jr., (neurological surgery) has released his second book, Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine, by Hacienda Publishing, Inc., Macon, Ga.
  According to a press release from Hacienda, "Dr. Faria argues that managed care and HMOs are...changing the ethics of medicine from a Hippocratic ethic to a veterinary corporate morality." Medical Warrior also includes three essays recounting some of Dr. Faria's trials and tribulations as editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia titled "Censorship and Editorial Lynching in the Deep South."

John C. Hagan III (ophthalmology) wrote that "Twice in the past year Emory ophthalmology alumni have reached new heights." Both he and Clinton D. McCord Jr. (57C, 61M), on separate occasions, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Dr. Hagan reached the top with seven other physicians during a Wilderness Medicine Seminar on Oct. 9, 1997. He sent a photo of himself at 19,430 feet.
  Also climbing with Dr. Hagan was Emory nuclear medicine professor Dr. Andrew "Tip" Taylor. As a postmark, Dr. Hagan currently is president of the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and is in private practice in North Kansas City, Mo.
  Dr. McCord was accompanied by his two daughters, Marty and Hollis, when he reached Kilimanjaro's peak, on August 15, 1997.

Follow-up on a newspaper article about I. Barnett "Bud" Harrison (internal medicine), of Tallahassee, Fla., elicited both good and bad news. Dr. Harrison was the recipient of the first I.B. Harrison Humanitarian Award, from the Tallahassee medical community. Presented by Capital Health Plan, the award will be given annually to a deserving area doctor. Capital Plan is an 88,000-member HMO in a five-county area in Tallahassee. As a member of its board of directors, Dr. Harrison is credited with much of the success of that organization.
  His wife also shared disturbing news, however, that her husband is now dealing with a life-threatening illness. It is not the first time Dr. Harrison has been ill, with Mrs. Harrison offering to tell us the whole story of Dr. Harrison's famous "catfish debacle" that took place in the early seventies. This fish "tail," it seems, had been reported in part by all the national sports magazines.
  One morning at the family beach cottage, the Harrisons' son landed two giant catfish. Rigor mortis set in after a spell, but Dr. Harrison was persuaded to bag them up for the home freezer so Junior could show them off. With the car loaded for the trip home and almost in gear, Dr. Harrison was patiently swinging the plastic bag with the fish when one of the stiffs got its kickback and impaled his knee with its fin.
  The fin proved to be full of Pseudomonas, with bacteria invading all the way to the bone marrow. Several operations later, when local doctors were crying amputate, Dr. Harrison dialed up his alma mater.
  At Emory, Thomas E. Whitesides, 52C, 55M, then head of orthopaedics, removed the knee joint, fused the leg bones together, and saved his leg. Ever since then, Dr. Harrison has walked with a limp and hasn't even liked the sound of the word fish.
  Retired now more than five years, Dr. Harrison, known as "Dr. Folks," has maintained a strong influence on the Tallahassee medical community, with more than 100 of his former family practice residents remaining in the area. For 16 years, he was director of medical affairs at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center.
  Dr. Harrison is noted for being a physician who never let age, race, gender, or ability to pay keep him from treating a patient. On his retirement, however, fellow cardiologist J. Orson Smith remarked in jest in the Tallahassee Democrat: "[O]ne patient brought him a sack of sweet potatoes, and that was his payment for the year..... I was really glad when he retired...because then we could start charging."
  Dr. Harrison and his wife, Miki, have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Barry N. Hyman (internal medicine, ophthalmology), of Houston, Tex., chaired a symposium titled "Hypertension and the Ophthalmologist" at a meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on Oct. 28, 1997.

Geoffrey Simon (pediatrics) has joined Joy Ann Maxey (pediatrics) in practice at the Atlanta Children's Clinical Center in Buckhead, of which Dr. Maxey is founder.
  Dr. Simon also is the coordinator of the department of pediatrics journal club at Emory.

Ronald C. Simons (psychiatry), of Vashon, Wash., is professor emeritus in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and clinical professor at the University of Washington. His new book, Boo! Culture, Experience and the Startle Reflex, has been published by Oxford University Press.

T. Lamar Teaford (diagnostic radiology), of New Orleans, La., was granted a certificate of added qualification in vascular and interventional radiology by the American Board of Radiology. He is associated with the New Orleans Radiology Group.

Residency Training and Fellowship Alumni

Author Miguel A. Faria Jr.

John Hagan at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

I. Barnett "Bud" Harrison

Pediatrician Geoffrey Simon

G. Orien Moss, 27M, of Ruthfordton, N.C., in October 1994.

William T. Edwards Jr., 31C, 35M, retired ophthalmologist, of Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, at age 87. Dr. Edwards was Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Celestine Sibley's eye doctor. Shortly after his death, he was the subject of her column on June 18, 1997.
  Ms. Sibley spun her yarn about the time she called in Dr. Edwards to help save the eyes of a girl who had been diagnosed with cancer. At the Mayo Clinic, the girl was told she'd have to have her eyes removed. But Dr. Edwards took a different approach. In fact, he cured her eyes with a diet of fresh vegetables, mostly carrots.
  Other memories were passed on to Ms. Sibley by Dr. Edwards' daughter, Jacqueline de Bar, named for her mother. She said her father weighed only 2 pounds at birth, "a twin who with his sister Sara was kept on hot bricks to warm them . . . . He grew into a handsome 6 foot 2."
  She also recalled the time when her father had heart surgery in 1976, and "patients from all over the state went to his house, bringing home-grown tomatoes, corn, and muscadines."
  Dr. Edwards taught physiological optics at Dartmouth College. He also had served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy medical corps in the Pacific in World War II.

Gus A. Rush Jr., 32C, 35M, retired internist, of Lauderdale, Miss.

Leonard S. Annis, 38M, of Tampa, Fla., on May 29, 1995.

M. Charles Adair, 36C, 39M, died at home in Washington, Ga., on Dec. 3, 1997, at age 82.
  Dr. Adair was a captain in the U.S. Army medical corps and received the Purple Heart following the D-Day invasion. He served as vice president of the Medical Association of Georgia and was the first director of the family practice residency program at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga., beginning in 1974.
  Survivors include his wife, Lefreda Jackson Adair, two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Theodore Pollock, 39M, retired ophthalmologist, in Cedar Grove, N.J., on Oct. 12, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Ida Chapman, and three children.

Lewis G. Norman Jr., 37C, 41M, of West Point, Ga., on Jan. 5, 1998, at age 82. He is survived by his wife, Carrie E. Norman.

Fayette A. Sims Jr., 36Ox, 38C, 41M, Lawrenceville, Ga., of heart failure at age 79, Sept. 9, 1997, at Crawford Long Hospital, in Atlanta.
  Dr. Sims, retired general practitioner and owner of Sims Oil, was one of a fading breed of doctors who still made house calls. Having set up his practice in the small town of Lawrenceville, now part of the big A, he often said in jest, "when he was a country doctor, the country moved off and left him."
  Known to longtime patients as "Doc," he once delivered nine babies in one day. When he first started out, he literally lived on the job, with his resident quarters on one side and his medical office on the other.
  Dr. Sims was a decorated Army veteran of three campaigns in the South Pacific during World War II. In retirement, he concentrated on running Sims Oil, an oil company that he owned with gas stations in Gwinnett County.
  He is survived by his wife, Ann Pittard Sims, and three children, including son Fayette A. Sims III, 68Ox, 70C, 75M.

W. David Varner, 37C, 41M, gynecologist/obstetrician, of Columbus, Ga., on Aug. 7, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, son William David Varner Jr., 83M, daughter Ann Varner Viamonte, 69C, and son-in-law, Luis M. Viamonte, 72M, 69C.

Walter M. Watts Jr., 42M, of Leicester, N.C., retired orthopedic surgeon, on Sept. 13, 1997. He served in World War II in the China-Burma-India theater, with a discharge rank of major. He began his orthopedic practice in Asheville, N.C., in 1951, and retired from active practice in 1986.
  He is survived by a daughter and son Nelson B. Watts, who is a professor in the department of medicine at Emory.

Hyman Merlin, 42C, 45M, of Miami, Fla., on Nov. 17, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Ester Argintar Merlin.

William A. Nelson, 43C, 45M, of Longboat Key, Fla., on Nov. 2, 1997.

Louis E. Tolbert Jr., 45C, 50M, of Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 24, 1997.

Edward E. (Ted) Sammons, 56C, 61M, 61G, retired anesthesiologist and founder of an Atlanta pain clinic, on Oct. 2, 1997, at age 62. Dr. Sammons, who had no history of heart disease, died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.
  In 1961, he received a master of pharmacology degree in conjunction with his Emory MD. From 1964 to 1985, he was on the Emory faculty and participated in some of the early open heart transplants.
  Dr. Sammons co-founded the Pain Control and Rehabilitation Institute of Georgia in 1985. Since his retirement in 1995, he had been actively involved in Los Angeles's Self Realization Fellowship Institute, a rehabilitation facility for people with chronic pain.
  An avid runner who battled polio as a child, Dr. Sammons ran in the first seven Peachtree Road Races and in three Boston marathons. Survivors include his wife, Joan Maddox Sammons, and four children. Mrs. Sammons is a volunteer docent at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum and kindly delivered a photo of her late husband.

Thomas S. Parrott, 64C, 68M, on July 7, 1997, at age 54, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
  He was born and raised in Newnan, Ga., where he played quarterback on the local high school football team. After serving two years as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Parrott returned to Emory to complete his urology residency. He then became Emory's first postgraduate fellow in pediatric urology.
  Dr. Parrott was subsequently named chief of urology at the newly opened Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta. He held this position for the remaining 21 years of his career.
  During this period, he also served as a clinical professor at Emory, building an academic bridge to the university and its residency program. He received the annual "Teacher of the Year" award from the Emory urology residents more often than any other faculty member. He authored or coauthored 50 scientific papers and ten book chapters.
  Motorcycle racing was his lifelong hobby. After several accidents on the track, however, he gave up his racing helmet and bought his own professional racing team, serving as member of the crew.
  In his eulogy, close friend and long-time associate John R. Woodard said: "He never put off until tomorrow what needed doing today. There were few gray areas for Tom. It was always black or white, right or wrong, and he seldom had trouble deciding which."
  He is survived by his wife, Laine, two daughters, and a son.

Stephen O. Olowu, 93M, of Presque Isle, Maine, on July 1, 1996, of a shooting.

Deaths - School of Medicine Alumni

Edward E. "Ted" Sammons

Thomas S. Parrott

Fernando Urriza Duralde (surgery), of East Point, Ga., on Sept. 6, 1997, of cancer. A native of Spain, Dr. Duralde was on staff at South Fulton Hospital for 30 years. After he retired, he was a volunteer in a hospital and leper colony in Guyana.
  At 16, Dr. Duralde served in a medical brigade in the Spanish Civil War. He came to Atlanta in 1952 and completed both general surgery and thoracic training at Emory. He was chief of surgery at South Fulton Hospital.
  Four of Dr. Duralde's children are practicing physicians: sons Xavier A., Rodrigo A., and Fernando A. Duralde, 80M, all of Atlanta, and daughter Yolanda A. Duralde, 77C, 81M, of Tacoma, Wash. He is also survived by two other daughters and a son, as well as his wife, Maria Llopis Duralde.

James C. Guin (internal medicine), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in Oct. 1996.

Charles K. Howard Sr. (surgery), of Atlanta, on Oct. 29, 1997. He had a private practice on Lee Street in the West End section of Atlanta, for more than 30 years. He held the state record for the 400 yard dash for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Matthews Howard, and two sons.

James Matthew Jones Jr. (emergency medicine), of Dothan, Ala., on Aug. 13, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy T. Jones.

Arthur Anthony Smith (obstetrics/gynecology), of East Point, Ga., on Oct. 24, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Lois H. Roberts Smith, and two children.

Robert M. West (internal medicine), of Marietta, Ga., at the age of 82. Dr. West opened his practice on Main Street in Forest Park, Ga., in 1959, where he continued for the next 30 years until his retirement. He was honored several times by the City of Forest Park as citizen of the year. In addition, he was inducted into the Emeritus Club at the Medical College of Georgia for 40 years of medical service. He is survived by his son and daughter and three grandchildren.

Deaths - Residency Training and Fellowship Alumni

Charles Boyd Romaine Jr., 63M, of Booneville, Miss., on March 25, 1998, of hepatoma brought on by exposure to hepatitis B. Dr. Romaine contracted hepatitis, as did many other military medical personnel, during a stint as a combat surgeon during the Vietnam War. Dr. Romaine is survived by his wife, Gay Gothard Romaine, and a daughter, Sarah Allinson.
  For a year during his tour in Vietnam, Dr. Romaine served as chief of surgery of a forward field station, operating during that time on more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel without the loss of a single life. The United States Army honored his achievement with the Legion of Merit.
  In 1970, Dr. Romaine entered the practice of general and vascular surgery in Cleveland, Tenn., and remained there for the next 20 years. In 1990, he and his wife moved to Mississippi, where he began a practice in Booneville and Corinth.
  Dr. Romaine learned of his liver cancer the day after Christmas, 1997. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife spent a couple of weeks in New Orleans with his former Emory roommate, Theodore J. Borgman, 63M, and his wife, Sandra. Dr. Borgman said his friend came to peace with his impending death by submitting himself to the Lord's will.
  Dr. Romaine is remembered as a charitable physician, who would treat any patient regardless of ability to pay and who was known to make anonymous gifts to help needy people in his community. An avid duck hunter (often calling it his "second religion"), he was a lifetime sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was also a staunch conservative, active in state politics, and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Chattanooga.
  "Charlie left a world made better by his presence," Dr. Borgman said. "He died with a wish to live longer but with the certain expectation that a better life lay before him."
In Memory - Charles Boyd Romaine Jr., 63M


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