Class Notes and Deaths

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Alumni News


J. Orson Smith 52C 56M 59MR, of Tallahassee, Fla., retired from Southern Medical Group after 48 years of service and began the Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center in association with the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetic Center.

Kenneth Wing 56M, of Sanford, Fla., was included in this year’s The Universal Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers. He is a general surgeon near Orlando. 

Jay Williams Jr. 55C 59M 64MR, of Pensacola, Fla., was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2010. He retired from his internal medicine practice in 1995 but continues to practice health law. He received his law degree  in 1988.


Charles Ferguson 71Ox 76M joined the Emory Clark-Holder Clinic in LaGrange, Ga. He previously served as surgical residency program director at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Ramon Suarez 74C 78M 82MR was awarded the Montague-Boyd Award from Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for excellence in writing for his textbook chapter, “Surgical Technique of Abdominal Hysterectomy.” In 2010, he received the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Outstanding Service Award for District IV, one of 10 national awards. He also received his third outstanding faculty award from Emory’s obstetrics and gynecology department.


David W. Smith 87M, of Anniston, Ala., was named CEO of the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization of Alabama. He joins the organization from Northeast Alabama Surgical Associates where he was a partner.

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David Fiellin 91M was promoted to professor of medicine at Yale University.

Raymond Barfield 93M 96MR 00G 01G has a new book, The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry, coming out in early 2012 from Cambridge University Press. He is an associate professor of medicine and Christian philosophy at Duke University.

BORN: Jacob Thomas to Tom Connolly 95M and his wife, Mequel, on May 25, also the date of Tom’s birthday. In June, Connolly was named president of the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society. The family lives in Jacksonville, Fla.

Henry Chester

Christopher Kersey 96M was re-elected to another term on the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also was elected chair of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and to a three-year term on the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a partner in Camden Partners Holdings, a Baltimore-based private equity and investment management fund. He focuses on investments in health care and life sciences industries.

BORN: Henry Chester to Leslie Anne Choy-Hee 91Ox 93C 97M 01MR and her husband, Kevin Geurtsen, on March 29, 2010. The family lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where Choy-Hee is an obstetrician hospitalist.


MARRIED: Padmashree “Champa” Chaudhury 01C 05M 09MR to Daron Woodham on May 29, 2010. She is a maternal-fetal medicine fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

MARRIED: John Chenevey 07M 08MR 11MR and Kim Ann Tyson 02Ox 04B on Nov. 6, 2010. The couple lives in Atlanta.


Fray Marshall

The Emory urology department established an endowed chair in March to honor Fray Marshall. The Fray F. Marshall Chair in Urology will be devoted to research. Marshall, who is on a medical leave as chair of the department, came to Emory in 1998. He took Emory urology from a division of general surgery to a nationally recognized department to which more than 400 medical school graduates apply each year for three available residency slots. Marshall has co-authorized more than 300 papers and book chapters and produced more than 10 videos on new operative procedures.

Residency Notes

André Churchwell (cardiology) and Keith Churchwell (cardiology) were honored in January with Trumpet Awards for Medicine. The awards honor African American achievers. André is associate dean for diversity in graduate medical education and faculty affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Keith is executive director and chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute.

Alexander Gross (internal medicine) of Atlanta, was elected chair of the Georgia Composite Medical Board for 2010-2011. He was appointed to the board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2008.

Valerie Montgomery Rice (obstetrics/gynecology) was appointed dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. Rice formerly was dean of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. and directed its Center for Women’s Health Research.

Michael Sandborn (medicine) joined Three Rivers Health Rehab Pavilion in Three Rivers, Mich., as medical director.




James Garner Jr. 43M, of Trion, Ga., on May 18. He was 93. He is survived by three children. He was preceded in death by a daughter, son, and two grandchildren.

William Garvin Jr. 42C 44M 45MR 46MR, of Jacksonville, Fla., on May 8. He served in the Army during WWII and in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. He later established a dermatology practice in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, two sons, and two grandchildren. 

James Morgan 41C 44M, of West Point, Ga., on Oct. 27, 2010. He was 90. He practiced ophthalmology at the former Clark Holder Clinic in LaGrange. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and two children.

Frederick Boykin 45M, of Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 29, 2010. He practiced neurosurgery in Shreveport, La., from 1953 to 1985, when he retired to Florida. He is survived by his wife, Lois, a son and daughter, and three grandchildren.

David Hallstrand Sr. 45M, of Pinecrest, Fla., on Dec. 1, 2010. He served as chair of the founding board of South Miami Hospital in 1959 and through the years served as its president of the staff, chair of the surgery department, treasurer of the board of governors, and interim CEO. He is survived by his wife, Marcy, and a son.

James Matheny 49M, of Rome, Ga., on Nov. 26, 2010. He practiced pediatrics in Rome before retiring in 1985. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


Margaret Palmer Ayres 51M, of Ocala, Fla., on May 25. She was 85. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard. She is survived by her brother and sister.

George Katibah 51C 55M,  of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 21. After serving in the Navy, he practiced pathology at Baptist, Memorial, Riverside, and Flager hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Victoria, and three children.

Carl Schleifer 55M, of Moss Point, Miss., on Feb. 20. He was 82. He was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland from 1961 to 1967, when he entered private practice until his retirement in 1997. He and his wife, Hilma, then moved to the arts community of Moss Point, where he pursued his interest in painting. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, and nine grandchildren.

F. William Sunderman Jr. 52C 55M, of Middlebury, Vt., on April 1. He was 79. He was on faculty of Thomas Jefferson University, University of Florida (1964 to 1968), and the University of Connecticut as chair of pharmacology (1968 to 1997). From 1997 until his death, he was a research professor of pathology at the University of Vermont and a visiting scholar at Middlebury College. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Robert Arnall 53C 57M 59MR, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 29, 2010. He was chair of pediatrics and later, the first medical director, at Lee Memorial Hospital. After he retired in 1999, he was asked to serve as medical director of the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and then retired in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, two children, and two grandchildren.

Malcolm Williams 58M 63MR, of Dawsonville, Ga., on Dec. 5, 2010. He served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force and then practiced internal medicine at Kennestone and Emory-Adventist hospitals. He retired in 1996 but continued to volunteer at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Mercy Clinic and Meals on Wheels. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and four children.



James Armistead 60M 65MR, of Lakeland, Fla., on Feb. 27. He practiced internal medicine at Lakeland Regional Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Rita, four children, and eight grandchildren.

Saul Eisen 56C 60M, of Jacksonville, Fla., on April 12. After moving to Jacksonville in 1969, he joined a radiology practice at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he remained for 30 years. He also directed the School of Radiologic Technology at St. Vincent’s. He is survived by his wife, Judy, two children, and five grandchildren.

Paul White Jr. 60M, of Little Rock, Ark., on March 11. He served in Vietnam and then joined the U.S. Public Health Service. He later served with public health departments in Virginia, Arkansas, and Georgia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Celine, and is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

Gordon Gershon 56C 61M, of Mishawaka, Ind., on May 13. He served as an orthopaedic surgeon during the Vietnam War and then set up a practice in Austell, Ga., in 1971. He retired and moved to Indiana in 2004 to be closer to his alma mater, the Culver Military Academy. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren. 

Fred Greiner 58C 61M 62MR, of North Hutchinson Island, Fla., on April 10. He was a psychiatrist in private practice in Atlanta. In the 1970s, he invested in commercial real estate in Atlanta and Florida and used his investments to support international medical charities.

In the 1980s, he started breeding Andalusian horses in Costa Rica, a country he became fond of when he attended a medical conference there. He also went on to pursue cattle breeding and formed a Costa Rican company that eventually owned four farms and more than 2,000 cattle.

Four years ago, he developed polycystic kidney disease and had been preparing for a kidney transplant from his wife shortly before his death. In addition to his wife, Gaylyn, he is survived by two sons and eight grandchildren.

John Hall 61M 62MR 64MR, of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Nov. 2, 2010. He practiced internal medicine and gastroenterology at Northside Hospital in Atlanta for 25 years and then retired to Vancouver but recently moved to North Carolina for treatment of leukemia. His wife, Myrtis, passed away in February. He is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.

Robert Wight 59C 62M 64MR, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., on May 7 of brain cancer. He trained under Willis Hurst and later practiced cardiology in Tifton, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Sara, two children, and three grandchildren.


Jerome McCuin 73M, of Los Angeles, on Aug. 25, 2010. He was 63.

Residency Deaths

William Bootle (radiology) of Bonaire, Ga., on Dec. 17, 2010. He was 78. He practiced in Macon and Warner Robins, and most recently, he taught radiology at Mercer University.

Robert Currin (pediatrics), of Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 19, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, and is survived by three children.

Cleothus Duncan (obstetrics/gynecology) of Smyrna, Ga., on May 12, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Sunny, and two children.

William Illig (pathology) of Tulsa, Okla., on April 13. He is survived by his wife, Hannah, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Carroll Moody (medicine) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 26, 2010. He founded the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Heart Group. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, and six grandchildren.

Robert Robertson Jr. (cardiology) of Virginia Beach, Va., on Dec. 22, 2010. He practiced internal medicine and cardiology in Virginia Beach for more than 40 years.

Joseph Wilber (cardiology) of Atlanta, on April 3 from complications of ALS. He was 86. He served as a clinical associate professor at Emory. In 1989, he helped establish Jerusalem House, an AIDS hospice, and after he retired in 1994 he volunteered in AIDS clinics in north Georgia. He also volunteered at the Good Samaritan clinic in Jasper for nine years. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, three sons, and daughter Martha 85M 88MR.


Faculty Deaths

Ira Ferguson 48C 52M, of Atlanta, on April 22. He was 81. After serving two years in the Navy, he joined Emory’s surgery department. He served on faculty for 30 years and was honored in 1990 for his service. He also was an avid bridge player and competed in national and regional bridge competitions. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, and is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

Charles Gilbert 67MR, of Decatur, Ga., of prostate cancer. He was 76. He trained under Willis Hurst and then served on faculty for 12 years, practicing at Grady Hospital. He and fellow researcher Nanette Wenger completed a landmark study that showed exercise was beneficial after a heart attack. “It took a lot of persuasion with students when we started in the mid-1960s because the conventional wisdom back then was that heart attack victims and heart surgery patients should follow a sedentary regimen,” Wenger says.

Gilbert then opened a private practice at DeKalb Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, three children, and six grandchildren.

Stephen Holtzman, of Decatur, Ga., on April 23. He was 67. He joined Emory’s pharmacology department in 1969 as a postdoctoral fellow and then spent his entire career at Emory, retiring as a professor in 2007. His research contributed significantly to the widespread adoption of drug discrimination methodology, which now is standard in the pharmaceutical industry in preclinical development. He was a proponent of “small science”—all but a handful of his more than 230 publications had not more than three authors.  From his graduate school days to his retirement, he had a 42-year record of continuous NIH funding. He is survived by his wife, Yung-Fong Sung, a son, and three grandchildren.

Dorothy Jaeger-Lee 68MR, of Marietta, Ga., on Dec. 8, 2010. She was 93. She practiced pediatrics in Washington and Atlanta for 29 years. After completing a second residency at Emory, she practiced child and adolescent psychiatry in Atlanta for 28 years until she retired at age 80. She was on faculty of Emory’s psychiatry department.

Maurice Jurkiecicz, of Atlanta, on May 29. He was 87. He established Emory’s division of plastic surgery during his tenure as its first chief from 1971 to 1993. He served as president of the American College of Surgeons from 1989 to 1990 and remains the only plastic surgeon to date to have attained the office. He also was president of the American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, first vice-president of the Southern Surgical Association, scientific councilor for the National Institute of Dental Research, member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He retired in 1993 as professor of surgery emeritus but continued to educate and advise medical students and residents up until his death. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren. His wife of 57 years, Mary, died in 2008.

Shanthi Sitaraman, of Atlanta, on April 9, of cancer. She was 48. She was a professor in the division of digestive diseases whose research and clinical practice was devoted to inflammatory bowel diseases. “She embodied the school’s vision for excellence in service, teaching, and research, and she received numerous awards, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 2011 Premier Physician Award, the Nanette Wenger Distinguished Service Award, and the Dean’s Teaching Award,” says Dean Thomas Lawley. Her research led to  publication of more than 200 articles. She is survived by her husband, Suresh, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a son.

J. Cecil Toole 53M, of Marietta, Ga., on April 24. He was 85. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Crawford Long and Kennestone hospitals and then retired in 1986. In 1988, he pursued teaching and secured an assistant professorship at Emory from 1990-2000, working out of Grady Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Carleen, three children, and five grandchildren.

William Waters

William Waters III 50C 58M 60MR, of Newnan, Ga., on March 29 from prostate cancer. He was 81. As an Emory faculty member in the 1960s, he helped develop the chronic renal dialysis program in Atlanta and was the nephrology team leader of the first kidney transplant program in the Southeast. In 1963, he published the first clinical description of spontaneous lactic acidosis. During the 1970s and 1980s, he taught residents at Grady Hospital and then practiced at Piedmont Hospital from 1989­ to 2002.  He served as chair of internal medicine at Piedmont for seven years and a member of the governing board for 20 years. He retired in 2002. In 2007, the hospital opened the Waters Pavilion in his honor.

He received the first Internist-Laureate award from the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians in 1990, and in 1996 he was elected a master of the American College of Physicians.

After he retired in 2002, Waters began writing on medical issues for the general public and published three books. He also wrote a column for the local Newnan newspaper. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann, two children, and two grandchildren.


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