Curtis D. Benton, 45M, published A Debt Repaid (Tate Publishing, LLC, 2006). His book tells the story of becoming a doctor and his efforts to repay those who helped him during his journey. Benton practices ophthalmology in Knoxville, TN.
The auditorium of the Governor Square Boulevard Health Center in Tallahassee, FL, was named in honor of the late I.B. Harrison, 48M. Harrison was an internist and cardiologist who served as director of medical affairs for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for 16 years. He died in 1999.
W. Douglas Skelton, 63M, received an honorary doctor of science degree in 2006 from Mercer University School of Medicine, where he formerly served as dean. He lives in Savannah, GA, where he serves as district health director for Georgia's Department of Human Resources.
Herbert DuPont, 65M, received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. DuPont was honored at a ceremony in March, along with Emory professor emeritus William Foege, who received the 2007 Jimmy and Rosa-lynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind. In 2006, Ohio Wesleyan University honored DuPont with the Distinguished Achievement Citation. It is the highest honor for alumni, recognizing contributions to scientific research, teaching, clinical practice, and service.
DuPont serves as chief of internal medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston and as chair of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He is an expert in infectious diseases, travel medicine, and tropical infections, with a special interest in intestinal infections. He established diarrheal research programs in Mexico, Egypt, Jamaica, and Zambia. He and his wife, Margaret Wright DuPont, created a partnership that includes taking medical and undergraduate students annually to Mexico to work in infectious disease research.
Allan M. Ramsay, 73M, received the 2005 Physician of the Year Award from the Vermont Medical Society. He is associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and director of the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. He also serves as medical director of the Palliative Care Service at Fletcher Allen Healthcare.
Alan Blum, 75M, received an honorary degree from Amherst College for his work in the field of family medicine and the prevention of tobacco-related illness. He holds the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in Family Medicine and directs the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa. The National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC, recently hosted "Cartoonists Take Up Smoking," an exhibition of original newspaper cartoons presented by Blum.
David P. White, 75M, was named as chief medical officer for Respironics Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of sleep and respiratory products in Murrysville, PA. White leads clinical research strategies and programs for both markets.
Susan Platt, 80M, a clinical instructor in the School of Medicine, and Allan Platt, 79AH, a faculty member in the medical school's Physician Assistant Program, co-wrote Overcoming Pain: What It Is, Why It Is, and Successful Ways to Treat It (Hilton Publishing, 2006) for patients and family members. Susan's sister, physical therapist Kathy Hedrich, is also a co-author.
David Clapham, 81M, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 for his studies of calcium ions channels, the most common signal transduction element in cells. Clapham is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Aldo R. Casteñeda Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Ramon Parrish, 81M, was named associate
professor of family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia after serving with the Rubin White Indian Clinic in Poteau, OK.
Pierpont F. ("Pepper") Brown, 84M, was named to the board of directors of Gainesville Bank & Trust in Gainesville, GA. Brown is a surgeon with Northeast Georgia Surgical Associates and the former chief of surgery at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Steven J. Levin, 85M, was named the 2007 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians for providing compassionate, comprehensive care and leadership. Levin is the sole physician at St. John's Health Center, a community health center in New Brunswick, NJ, that cares for underserved and indigent populations. He also is an associate professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at New Brunswick.
Sol Jacobs, 92M, co-wrote The Nantucket Diet (Random House/Ballentine Books, 2005). He served on the faculty at Tufts Medical School before joining the Emory faculty as a clinical assistant professor in 2006. He specializes in endocrinology.
Married: Jason M. Budde, 96M, and Laura Yount, 04M, on September 3, 2005, in Atlanta.
Married: Nancy Phillips, 96M, and Joe Deatherage on June 17, 2006, at the Maple Grove Inn in Knoxville, TN.
Jeffrey S. Grossman, 97M, helps practicing physicians tap into the creative process in his book, Innovative Doctoring: Solutions Lie Within Us (2006). He describes his book as a blueprint for new ways of thinking and working for those seeking a better way to overcome professional challenges. Grossman is a nonsurgical spine and pain specialist with Peachtree Spine Specialists in Atlanta.
Born: To Traci Coleman Johnson, 98M, and her husband Trey, twins, Lucas Robert and Katherine Rebecca, on December 23, 2005.
Born: To Alexis Cherie Weil, 98M, and Bradley Laesch on February 19, 2006, a son, Conrad. He joins big sisters Lily and Greta. The family lives in Seattle, where Weil is an emergency room attending physician.
Randall Wright, 98M, was appointed assistant medical director of the Conroe Regional Medical Center Epilepsy Monitoring Unit near Houston.
Born: To Kristie Haney Clark, 00M, and her husband Robert, a son, Robert T. Clark V, on June 15, 2006.
Vikram Gopal, 00M, completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and joined the Borland-Groover Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.
Herbert Goodman (internal medicine) was named "Best Family Doctor" in a poll taken by the San Francisco Jewish Bulletin.
Born: To Todd Johnson (emergency medicine) and his wife Betsy, a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on July 21, 2006. The family lives in Palm Harbor, FL.
Tolbert S. Wilkinson (surgery) practices plastic and reconstructive surgery in San Antonio, TX. He volunteers for a tattoo removal program for youths who cannot get jobs or cannot serve in the military because of them.
John B. Crawford, 39M, of Barnesville, GA, on December 6, 2005, in an automobile accident.
William H. Benson Jr., 43M, of Marietta, GA, on May 10, 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and practiced psychiatry for 56 years. He completed his career at Brawner Hospital in Smyrna, GA.
Hugh Vincent Bell Jr., 44M, of Atlanta, GA, on May 22, 2006, after a long illness. Bell served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, practiced surgery in Mississippi and Alabama, and subsequently became a pathologist. He served as chief path-ologist at South Fulton Hospital and co-founded a private laboratory now known as Atlanta Dermatology and Pathology Laboratories Inc.
Donald S. Bickers, 44M, of Lawrenceville, GA, on May 25, 2006. He was 84. After completing postgraduate training in Boston and New York, Bickers completed his residency in neurosurgery at Emory Hospital in 1952. He specialized in seizure disorders and established electroencephalographic labs at Emory (its first), St. Joseph's Infirmary, and West Paces Ferry Hospital. As a member of the Northwest Hospital Corporation, Bickers was a founder of West Paces Ferry Hospital and served on its board of trustees. He retired in 1995.
John T. Sessions, 45M, on August 26, 2005, following a bee sting. He was 83. Sessions served on the faculty at UNC's School of Medicine, where he helped found the gastroenterology program and trained more than 100 gastroenterologists. He served as chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology and director of the school's Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease. He was also a distinguished professor of medicine. Sessions served the American College of Physicians as a member of the Board of Regents and as vice president.
Luten H. Teate Jr., 45M, of Stone Mountain, GA, on September 3, 2006, of cancer. He was 85. Teate practiced pediatrics for four decades, having served as chief of newborn services at Grady Hospital and on staff at Egleston Hospital for Children. He also practiced at Crawford Long Hospital, where he performed the first blood exchange transfusion on a newborn in the Southeast. Teate began his practice in 1950 in downtown Atlanta. The practice grew to become Children's Medical Group, with seven physicians covering two counties. Generous of heart, Teate spent several summers in Central America with his family to provide medical care for children.
Austin P. Fortney, 46M, of Jamestown, NC, on March 15, 2006. He was 84. Fortney served the Jamestown community for 44 years, starting out as the town's only doctor. After graduating from Emory, he served a second tour of duty in the U.S. Army as chief of medicine at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. He returned to his hometown of Sylvania, GA, where he opened a hospital with a classmate. Once established in Jamestown, he started his own practice and served as a staff physician at the Presbyterian Home, Maryfield Nursing Home, and High Point University.
Frank M. Bryan, 47M, of Tampa, FL, on March 21, 2006. He served 14 years with the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of commander. Upon returning to Fort Myers, FL, he established a private practice in internal medicine and became one of the first board-certified internists in southern Florida. He helped establish a Fort Myers nursing program and raised money for the endowed chair of nursing at the Fort Myers branch of the University of South Florida, now known as Florida Gulf Coast University.
Beatrice Louise Forrest Dennis, 48M, of Austin, TX, on September 6, 2006. She was 90. A native of British Columbia, she received her master's degree in laboratory technology at Emory and entered the School of Medicine in 1940. She was among the first women to be admitted to the medical school, and she graduated second in her class. She also met her late husband, Edward Wimberly Davis, in medical school. The couple eventually moved to Houston, where she served at Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital, and M.D. Anderson Hospital.
Samuel O. Poole, 49M, of Gainesville, GA, on September 6, 2006. He completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at Grady and at Emory, where he was a member of the Department of Medicine (cardiology). He then entered private practice with three other physicians, who later founded the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic in Gainesville in 1972. Poole was instrumental in developing one of the state's first coronary care units at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he served as director of the CCU from 1968 to 1990. He served as the medical center's first director of cardiology from 1979 to 1990.
Poole also played an instrumental role in establishing the Good News Clinic, providing free medical and dental services to patients with limited access to health care. He received a number of awards for his work, including the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from Emory's Medical Alumni Association in 2002.
Jack T. Bechtel, 50M, of Melbourne, FL, on April 13, 2006, after a two-year illness. He was 85. Bechtel was one of the first four doctors to work at the former Brevard Hospital in Melbourne and was founder of what is now Holmes Regional Medical Center's nuclear medicine department.
Tom S. Howell Jr., 51M, of Atlanta, GA, on September 8, 2006, of injuries sustained in a fall. He graduated from Emory and married his classmate, Barbara Ann Pennington. They established the Howell Industrial Clinic. In addition to their practice, he served on several medical boards and medical advisory committees, including the Edison Electric Institute in New York, the Georgia State Board of Worker's Compensation, the Radiation Management Corporation in Pennsylvania, and the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions. Howell also served as medical director for Norfolk Southern Railway and the Georgia Power Company.
J. Malcolm McNeill, 47C, 51M, on December 31, 2005.
Bill J. Marshall, 52M, of Texas on March 30, 2006, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Frank L. Wilson Jr., 52M, of Atlanta, GA, on June 9, 2006, of renal failure in Highlands, NC. He was 79. Wilson completed his surgical residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. Once established in private practice, Wilson spent more than four decades caring for patients at Piedmont, Crawford Long, St. Joseph's, and Grady hospitals.
At Piedmont, Wilson served as chief of emergency services from 1975 to 1981 and as chairman of the department of surgery from 1983 to 1991. He also was a physician for the Atlanta Falcons football team from 1966 to 1996. During a medical mission to Brazil in 1973, he visited James Shepherd, who was paralyzed in a body-surfing accident in Rio de Janiero. Wilson helped bring James to Piedmont Hospital, which eventually gave rise to the Shepherd Spinal Center.
Wilson served the Emory community as an assistant clinical professor of surgery and as president of the Medical Alumni Association, which honored him in 2001 with the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award.
Robert S. Casey, 53M, of Cartersville, GA, on May 28, 2006.
James Carson, 54M, of Atlanta, GA, on August 27, 2006. He was 82. Carson began a private practice in internal medicine in 1958 and retired in 1994. He continued to swim and exercise until he was diagnosed with ALS in April 2006.
William H. Chambless, 55M, of Birmingham, AL, on June 5, 2006. He served as the Montgomery County coroner for 10 years and helped train the first paramedics in the county.
William B. Holliday, 57M, of Brookhaven, MS, on October 23, 2005. A retired U.S. Air Force physician, he was a member of the AOA Medical Honorary Society, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and Sons of the American Revolution.
Emil V. Spilman, 60M, of Vienna, GA, on August 26, 2005. He was 74. Spilman retired after operating a general practice in the Mableton and Marietta, GA, area for many years.
George A. Holloway, 67M, of Santa Fe, NM, on June 25, 2006. He served for two years as a U.S. Army physician in Thailand before returning to Grady Hospital to complete his residency in anesthesiology. He practiced at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital for more than 20 years.
Paul F. Baehren (medicine) of Ottawa Hills, OH, on March 5, 2006.
R. Freeman Bozeman Jr. (GYN/OB) of DeFuniak Springs, FL, on October 5, 2005, of Parkinson's disease. He was 72. A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, he completed his residency in GYN/OB at Grady Hospital in 1963. He practiced in Myrtle Beach, SC, until 1986, when he retired because of his health.
Hugh S. Colquitt (pediatrics) of Marietta, GA, on December 30, 2005. He served 18 months in the U.S. Navy during the
Korean War. After the war, he completed a pediatric residency at Emory and Grady and then began a private practice in Marietta. He retired in 1985.
Abraham B. Conger (medicine) of Columbus, GA, on October 1, 2005. He was 85.
Robert Cowgill (medicine) of Atlanta, GA, on August 20, 2006, of a heart attack. He was 62. Cowgill most recently served as medical director for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Atlanta and practiced surgical oncology at the Center for Specialty Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital. He became the first medical director of Hospice Atlanta in 1978. After serving as a surgical oncologist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1980, he returned to hospice and private practice in Atlanta. He subsequently participated in the first mastectomy/immediate TRAM-flap breast reconstruction. This procedure is now performed worldwide.
Marvin L. Davis (pediatrics) of Atlanta, GA, on June 30, 2006. He was 84. After serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, he served as chief resident at Grady Hospital and was on the teaching staff at Emory. He was on staff at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals, now part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Piedmont and Northside hospitals. He practiced pediatrics for more than 50 years.
Howard M. Dubose (medicine) of Lakeland, FL, on March 7, 2006.
August V. Gafford (ophthalmology) of Nashville, TN, on May 12, 2006, following a brief illness. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII and then studied otolaryngology and ophthalmology at Emory. He practiced medicine at the Harbin Clinic in Rome, GA, from 1952 until he retired in 1986. Among other activities, he served as president of the Floyd County Medical Society and the Georgia Academy of Ophthalmology.
Edwin J. Galler (medicine) of Stone Mountain, GA, on May 1, 2006. He was 75. Galler practiced medicine in Decatur for more than 30 years and served as chief of staff of DeKalb Medical Center. He was a past president of the Congregation Beth Jacob and founder and past president of Yeshiva Atlanta.
James A. Hagans (medicine) on February 6, 2006.
William G. Hollister (psychiatry) on October 12, 2005, at age 90. He was professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoyed listening to and writing opera.
Samuel H. Jones (medicine) of Dothan, AL, on February 24, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. He graduated third in his class at Emory and went on to serve as chief resident of medicine at Grady Hospital. Jones moved to Dothan, where he and his colleagues established the Southern Clinic. He was a member of the Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he established its first CCU. He served as president of the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Robert Fitzwater Leyen (internal medicine) of Knoxville, TN, on July 8, 2006, of complications from chronic pulmonary disease. He was 81. A graduate of Georgetown Medical School, Leyen was a chief resident in internal medicine at Emory. He served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy during WWII and as an Air Force flight surgeon during the Korean War. In 1955, he entered private practice at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, TN, where he remained until 2004.
John Chester Mitchell (GYN/OB) of Dalton, GA, on March 18, 2006. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology beginning in 1968 and was a member of the clinical faculty of the Medical College of Georgia, where he was voted teacher of the year for 1982–1983. He also was chairman of the OB/GYN department at University Hospital.
Neal H. Newsom (GYN/OB) of Atlanta, GA, on August 27, 2006, of complications from metastatic melanoma. He was 76. Newsom was an OB/GYN in private practice at Piedmont Hospital for nearly 40 years. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia, Newsom became a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the first graduating class of flight surgeons for NASA. He completed his residency at Grady, where he served as chief OB/GYN resident, and then began private practice.
Herbert Franklin Ryan (surgery) of Union City, GA, in 2006.
Oliver A. Sorsdahl (medicine) of Atlanta, GA, on August 30, 2006. He was 71. Sorsdahl served on the staff of the VA Medical Center in Atlanta.
Maxwell J. Sweat (medicine) of Albany, GA, on May 8, 2006. He practiced pediatrics in Albany until he retired in 1991. He was a member of the Dougherty County Medical Society and served on the staff of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. In addition to his practice, Sweat served as a clinician at the Kiwanis Clinic for Children, the Crippled Children's Clinic, and the Dougherty County Health Department Pediatric Clinic.
William Ronald Tipton (pediatrics) of Big Canoe, GA, on August 20, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Tipton was board certified in pediatrics and allergy/immunology. He established the neonatal nursery at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in Dalton, GA, where he was a partner in the Pediatric Clinic of Dalton for 13 years. He later served as medical director of PruCare of Atlanta and as CEO and medical director of Georgia 1st, known today as 1st Medical Network.
Joseph Patterson (professor of pediatrics) of Roswell, GA, on April 27, 2006, of complications from pneumonia. He was 91. One of the founders of Egleston Hospital for Children, Patterson helped it evolve into a 235-bed facility, now part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He taught hundreds of pediatricians who trained in Atlanta and diagnosed a rare form of dwarfism that is named for him. He was an expert in rheumatoid arthritis and developed new therapies for children with RA.
Patterson was one of the first pediatricians to involve the family in a child's medical treatment and inititated the practice of letting parents spend the night in their child's hospital room. As a member of Emory's medical school admissions committee, he facilitated the enrollment of the late Hamilton Holmes, the school's first black student and graduate.
William C. Maloy (clinical assistant professor of medicine) of Savannah, GA, on October 22, 2006, following a long illness. Maloy taught cardiology at Emory from 1972 to 1999. In 1993, he became a partner in the Atlanta Heart and Lung Clinic and established a cardiovascular laboratory at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. In addition to numerous pacemaker implants, he performed Georgia's first nuclear pacemaker implantation and established the first transtelephonic pacemaker monitoring clinic in the state. In the 1980s, he helped develop a new heart valve with Duromedics Inc. His interest led to the formation of the International Association of Pacemaker and Heart Patients.
John R. McLaren (professor of radiation oncology) of Atlanta on November 24, 2005, at age 83. He joined Emory in 1958, serving as director of radiation therapy and the radioisotope lab at Grady Hospital. In 1962, he became director of radiation therapy at the Robert Winship Memorial Tumor Clinic at The Emory Clinic; the tumor clinic eventually became a section of the Department of Radiology. McLaren's interest in immunotherapy for cancer treatment led him to establish the section of radiation biology, long before it was considered an important component of any department. He also started Emory's residency program in radiation oncology. He retired in 1992, a year after the Department of Radiation Oncology was formed.
Paul Robinson (associate professor of medicine) of Atlanta on July 11, 2006, after a long battle with leukemia. Robinson practiced cardiology at Emory for 42 years. A native of Ohio, he earned his medical degree at Northwestern University and subsequently served as head of a U.S. Air Force medical facility in Insurlik, Turkey. He completed his residency at Emory and joined the cardiology section of The Emory Clinic in 1966 and came to be widely respected for his clinical teaching.
Robinson embraced life in many ways. He was an avid runner, completing 70 marathons, including 10 Boston marathons. He traveled the world with his wife, Elizabeth Cates, also a physician. An accomplished tenor soloist, Robinson toured Europe with the Atlanta Boy Choir's operatic company and performed at many Atlanta churches.
Dean Danner (professor and vice chair of human genetics) on January 2, 2007, in Decatur, GA, after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.
Before joining the Emory faculty in 1973, Danner served as a faculty member at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Dakota and completed his post-doctorate training at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
His interest in genetics centered on the study of maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). If not diagnosed at birth and treated with a strictly regulated diet, MSUD results in death within the first months to years of life because of an inability to properly metabolize dietary protein. Danner's first scientific publication in 1968 described the isolation and characterization of the protein complex that is defective in persons with MSUD. Over the subsequent 39 years, he continued to study these proteins and the genes that encode them. His laboratory characterized many of the genetic mutations that cause MSUD and explained how the enzyme complex that is dysfunctional in MSUD is regulated in unaffected people to maintain health.
Danner earned a reputation as a well-loved and respected teacher of graduate and medical students and fellows. He was unique among Emory's medical faculty as interim chair of two basic science departments—human genetics and biochemistry.
He also played an important role in the original Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, which under his guidance evolved into the Department of Human Genetics. During this time, Danner helped restructure the Department of Biochemistry and the scientific curriculum of the School of Medicine.
Danner is survived by his wife Susan and a son, daughter, and grandson.
Bruce Logue, 34C, 37M, (professor emeritus of medicine) on February 27, 2007, in Atlanta. He was 95.
Known as the "father of cardiology" in Georgia, Logue enjoyed a career spanning more than 40 years and was well regarded by colleagues and medical residents alike for his receptive manner and master clinical skills. He retired in December 1987 as director of the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Crawford Long Hospital. He previously served as chief of medicine at The Emory Clinic and at Emory Hospital.
After graduating from Emory, he trained at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and at Grady Hospital. He joined the Emory faculty in 1940 and returned full time in 1946 after serving as a medical officer in WWII. He promptly began Emory's first residency training program in cardiology at Grady, where he trained hundreds of budding cardiologists.
It was his teaching methods that his former trainees remember best. As the late Dick Stribling, 53M, 57MR, recalled in a 1988 Emory Medicine article, "He taught us that most of the time you can determine what's wrong with a patient just through good examination skills, through listening and talking and feeling—a high-touch, low-tech approach. . . When he felt certain that a patient had been misdiagnosed as having heart disease, and he wanted to confirm his opinion, he'd have another doctor and me take the patient, one on each arm, and run up and down the hospital stairs together. Nowadays, they do that on a treadmill and call it a stress test."
When dealing with patients, Logue stressed the importance of making a sound decision as well as a quick one. He routinely told his students, "Don't fool around, and don't sit on the fence."
Logue himself wasn't one to sit around. He founded the Private Diagnostic Clinic, which was combined with other Emory units to become The Emory Clinic in 1953. He was founding president of the Georgia affiliate of the American Heart Association and published 90 scientific articles on cardiovascular disease. With Willis Hurst, he co-edited the still popular textbook The Heart. Logue received numerous honors, including the Award of Honor from Emory's Medical Alumni Association and a cardiology chair dedicated in his honor in 1986.
He is survived by a son and daughter. His wife, Carolyne, preceded him in death in 2001.
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