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James Turpin 49C 51T 55M  

James Turpin 49C 51T 55M, of San Diego, received one of two 2011 Emory Medals, the highest award given to alumni for achievements in community service or a professional field. In 1961, Turpin volunteered at a Tijuana clinic and saved the lives of two small children who were dying of pneumonia. The experience led him to found Project Concern International (PCI), a humanitarian organization committed to health and preventing disease in developing countries.  He officially started PCI in China after converting a 62-foot floating barge into a health clinic named Yauh Oi (Brotherly Love) on the Hong Kong harbor.

PCI now operates in 19 countries, reaching more than 5.5 million people. Though he is retired, Turpin continues to volunteer at PCI spots around the world. Last year he also was named one of Emory’s “175 Makers of History” in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary.


Cecil Wilson 57C 61M was elected president of the World Medical Association for 2012-2013. He is a retired internist in Winter Park, Fla., and is a former president of the American Medical Association.


Amos Anderson 76M 81MR is president of the Georgia Urological Association. He practices in Macon.

Brenda Fitzgerald 77M 81MR was named commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. 


David Clapham 79G 81M was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Pulmatrix, a clinical stage biotech-nology company. He is a cardiovascular researcher at Harvard University.

David Langford 83M and Alexander Justicz 86M 88MR 92MR 95MR have been named lead surgeons at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Strickland Heart Center, which began offering open heart surgery in January. The medical center is located in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Mitchell Garber 87M, of Atlanta, recently was named a senior managing consultant with Engineering Systems Inc., an engineering and scientific investigation and analysis firm. Previously he was a medical officer for the National Transportation Safety Board and a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon.

John Wright 85C 89M will start planting a 30-acre vineyard in the Davis Mountains of Texas in April. He describes the location as “a beautiful place hardly visited by humanity until I make it into a ‘wine destination.’” He is a radiologist in San Antonio.


Audrey Schuetz 00M 00PH 07MR is now a certified diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. She is assistant director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

David Feig 94C 98PH 02M was listed as one of Seattle’s top doctors of 2011 by Seattle Met magazine.

Robert Rogers 02M recently joined the faculty of the University of Colorado. He is an interventional cardiologist.

John Heflin 05M 08MR 10MR and Samuel Willimon 05M have joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Both are pediatric orthopedic surgeons. 

Ginger Merry 06M 06PH traveled to Uganda in September as a project manager for Imaging the World, a not-for-profit that gives low-cost portable ultrasound machines to developing countries. This year she will move to Chicago for a breast imaging fellowship at Northwestern University.

MARRIED: Thomas Caggiano 08M to Ashley Norman on July 16, 2011. Caggiano is an anesthesiology resident at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

Residency Notes

Jerry Cohen (anesthesiology) was named president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is an associate professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine and specializes in transplant anesthesia.

Carlos Del Rio (internal medicine) was appointed to the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, and a professor of infectious disease at the medical school.

James Gulley (internal medicine) received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is a senior investigator at the Center for Cancer Research  of the National Cancer Institute.

Alma Jenkins (gastroenterology) has returned to her hometown of Smithfield, N.C., to open her new practice, Johnston Medical Associates Gastroenterology.

Ravi Patel (pediatrics) joined the faculty of Emory’s School of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Division of Neonatology.

Roderic Pettigrew (internal medicine) received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is the director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering  at the National Institutes of Health.

Nanette Wenger (cardiology) was awarded the James B. Herrick Award from the American Heart Association for her impact on clinical cardiology.

Justin Young (internal medicine) competed on CBS’s Amazing Race 19, which aired this past fall.




Wade Cline 39M, of Birmingham, Ala., on June 25, 2011. He was 96. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Anita, five sons, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Paul Brookshire 42M, of Kingsport, Tenn., on Nov. 28, 2011. He was an ENT physician  in Kingsport for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, Lois, five daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Goodwin Breinin 40G 43M, of New York, on Dec. 14, 2011. He was 93. He served as chair of the ophthalmology department  of the New York University medical school from 1959 to 2000 and remained a professor until 2006. He authored more than 100 papers and received the American Medical Association’s Knapp Medal for Contributions to Ophthalmology and the Emory Medal. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose-Helen, and is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

William Hutchinson 40C 43M, of LaGrange, Ga., on March 27, 2011. He practiced general medicine in LaGrange but recognized the need for a certified obstetrician/gynecologist in the area so he pursued a second residency. He became the city’s first ob/gyn in 1954. He is survived by his wife, Morrill, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

George Stubbs 41C 43M, of Waynesville, N.C., on Oct. 26, 2011. He practiced surgery for 36 years at Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, two daughters, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren.

L. Rowe Driver 42C 44M, of Nashville, on Jan. 4, 2012, of cancer. After serving in WWII and the Korean War, he practiced ophthalmology for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Hubert Strickland Jr. 43C 45M, of Dothan, Ala., on Oct. 6, 2011. He was 90. After serving in WWII, he returned to Alabama to serve as a general practitioner at Tippins Hospital. He became the sole owner of the hospital, which was later renamed Hartford Hospital. He later opened the Strickland Clinic, and his wife, Louise, worked as a receptionist there. They worked side by side for 55 years. He retired at age 83. In addition to being survived by his wife, he is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

Samuel Denham Jr. 44C 46M 49MR 53MR, of Jacksonville, Fla., on July 23, 2011. He served as president of the Florida OB/GYN Society and the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society and was a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, and is survived by his son, three daughters, and two granddaughters.

Jackson Landham 45C 47M, of Griffin, Ga., on Nov. 15, 2011. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Medical Corps. While in Europe, he was selected to attend the first International Congress of Cardiology and the first International Congress of Internal Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, four children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Walter Dunbar 45C 48M 53MR, of Atlanta, on July 5, 2011, of lymphoma. He was 86. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by three children, including son Mark 76C 80M 84MR, and five grandchildren, including Mark’s daughter, Kristen 05C 12M.            


Marion Pittard 47C 50M, of Toccoa, Ga., on Aug. 4, 2011. He was 85. He was certified by the American Board of Family Practice and was a clinical assistant professor of preventive medicine and community health at Emory. He also opened a clinic for treatment of addiction. He is survived by his wife, Maridan, three daughters, a stepson, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Robert Cain 50C 53M, of Quitman, Ga., on July 29, 2011. He was 87. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, and is survived by a son, daughter, and one grandchild.

Hans Engel 53M, of Mission Hills, Calif., on June 21, 2011. He was 87.

Thomas McMillan 50C 53M, of Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 6, 2011. He practiced internal medicine at the Charlotte Medical Clinic from 1958 to 1992 but continued to work at several satellite clinics until he was in his mid-70s. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

Sidney Sellers III 50C 53M, of Dalton, Ga., on Dec. 9, 2011. He was 85. He and his partner were the first board certified obstetricians/gynecologists north of Atlanta in 1957, when they set up practice in Dalton. Sellers practiced until 2007. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, three children, two step-children, seven grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren.

George Goza 50C 54M 57MR 58FM 62MR, of Rice Lake, Wis., on Oct. 19, 2011. He was 85. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, a son, a daughter, and three granddaughters.

John Pruitt Sr. 53C 56M, of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Oct. 8, 2011. He was a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who invented the Pruitt-Inahara shunt and an irrigation embolectomy catheter. He donated millions to the University of Florida’s biomedical engineering department, which was named after him, and its medical center. He also gave $2.8 million worth of land to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. During his lifetime, Pruitt bought close to 100,000 acres. He is survived by his son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Arthur Gabriel 57M, of Tenafly, N.J., on Sept. 14, 2011. He was 79. He was an associate professor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three children, and four grandchildren.

Randolph Carter 55C 59M 64MR, of Amelia Island, Fla., on Aug. 27, 2011. He was an ophthalmologist in the Deland, Fla., area for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and six sons.

James Forbes 55C 59M, Clewiston, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2011. He was 78. He practiced for 45 years as one of the area’s last rural family practice doctors—delivering babies to performing general surgery. In 1999, he received the Wendell N. Rollason Service Award from the Florida Rural Health Association, and in 2007, he received the Florida Hospital Association’s Lifetime Heroic Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Janice, a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 


Louis Orr Jr. 60M, of Gainesville, Fla., on Oct. 23, 2011. He was a urologist for more than 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Ann, four children, and six grandchildren.

Thomas Bryant Sr. 58C 62M 63MR 67L, of Newcomb, Md., on Dec. 9, 2011, of injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 75. He, along with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, led the President’s Commission on Mental Health, an advisory board that called attention to the shortcomings of mental health care in the late 1970s. Faced with the threat of spending cuts for mental health training and only a modest increase in research funds in 1978, he and the first lady just showed up at the Office of Management and Budget. After a meeting, funding for research related to drug and alcohol abuse and mental health increased from $11 million to $40 million.

Bryant later worked on mental health issues with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Task Force and the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. He also served as president of the National Foundation for Mental Health. He is survived by his partner, Albert, a son, daughter, and six grandchildren.

Everett Veach 58C 62M 70MR, of Anniston, Ala., on Aug. 19, 2011, of leukemia. He was an orthopedic surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. 


Stephen Feldman 74M, of Short Hills, N.J., on June 27, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and four sons, including Evan 06M.

Nicholas Mamalis 77M, of Tulsa, Okla., on June 25, 2011, of renal cell cancer. He was 58. He practiced at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa for 28 years and was an avid traveler who visited 35 countries. He is survived by his wife, Carla, and two daughters.


Fred Sabsowitz 80M 82MR, of Stockbridge, Ga., on July 8, 2011, of leukemia. He was 62. After earning a physician’s assistant degree from Yale, he worked in Emory’s Department of Pathology. He found pathology so interesting that he enrolled in the School of Medicine. He was director of pathology at the Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and a son and daughter.


Steven Taraszka 95M, of Monroe, Ga., on Nov. 19, 2010. He is survived by a daughter, his parents, and two siblings.

Residency Deaths

John Brinson (internal medicine) of Monticello, Fla., on July 17, 2011. He practiced at the Gerry Medical Center in Monticello for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and one son.

Wendell Buckhaults (ophthalmology) of Savannah, Ga., on March 27, 2011. He served in many positions at Candler Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Nobel David (neurology), of Coral Gables, Fla., on Nov. 30, 2011. He was 83. He was a professor of neurology at the University of Miami and chief of neurology service at the Miami VA Medical Center. He was known for pioneering fluorescein angiography, a method of detecting and locating strokes by photographing dyed blood in the small blood vessels of the retina, used before the invention of CT scans and MRIs. He is survived by his children and grandchildren.

James Everett (pediatrics) of Lakeland, Ga., on July 20, 2011. He was 58.

Francisco Gonzalez (obstetrics/gynecology and pathology) of Woodstock, Ga., on Nov. 5, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Abraham Kaplan (thoracic surgery) of Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 9, 2011. He was 85.

Archie Morris (general surgery) of Vidalia, Ga., on Aug. 10, 2011. He was 81. He is survived by his wife, Clio, four children, two step-children, and 12 grandchildren.

Tet Pang (thoracic and cardiovascular surgery) of San Francisco, on Sept. 19, 2011, of complications of Parkinson’s disease. He practiced at Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Anna, a son, daughter, and four grandchildren.

John Schellack (general surgery) of Cumming, Ga., on Oct. 10, 2011. He practiced at the former Crawford Long Hospital for close to 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, and is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

William Senter (internal medicine) of Raleigh, N.C., on May 28, 2011. He was 93. He practiced internal medicine until age 77. He is survived by his wife, Bettye, three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Carl Simpkins (thoracic surgery) of Columbia, Tenn., on May 27, 2011. He was 89. He served in the Navy in WWII and in the Vietnam War. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served as medical director for Springs Industries in South Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, four children, and two grandchildren.

Lawton Smith (ophthalmology) of Miami,  on Jan. 10, 2011. He was 81. He was one of the founders of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System, where he worked from 1962 to 1993. In 1978, he launched the Journal of Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. He is survived by his wife, three children, and three grandchildren.

William Spearman (radiology) of Smyrna, Ga., on Sept. 4, 2011. He was 74. He and 10 other internal medicine doctors established the Colony Medical Group at Colony Square in Atlanta. Emory eventually bought the practice, and Spearman finished his career at The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road. He is survived by his wife, Francesca, two children, and three grandchildren.

William Spruell Jr. (rheumatology) of Lilburn, Ga., on Nov. 2, 2011. Twice a year, he traveled to Honduras to treat low-income residents. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and five children. 

Ildefonso Tellez (internal medicine) of Atlanta, on Sept. 14, 2011. He was 49. He is survived by his wife, Lourdes, his mother, and three sisters.

Halford Whitaker (pediatrics) of Lydia, Tenn., on Nov. 1, 2011. He was 77.

Milton Whitley (general surgery) of Huntsville, Ala., on June 18, 2011. He was 87. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Ronald Wright (otolaryngology) of Oklahoma City, on Oct. 17, 2011. He was 67.

Faculty Deaths

John Ammons Jr., of Atlanta, on Aug. 20, 2011. He was 79. He was a neurologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from 1965 to 1995 and became an associate professor of neurology at Emory in 1969. After retiring as chief of neurology, he worked part-time in several specialized clinics. He was preceded in death by a son and is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, daughter, three stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

James Crutcher (internal medicine), of Powder Springs, Ga., on Oct. 11, 2011. He was an Emory professor of medicine, associate chief of medical services at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, national VA chief medical officer, and regional health director for Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and is survived by two daughters and two sons. 

Paul Fernhoff, of Atlanta, on Sept. 19, 2011. He was 65. He served as an associate professor of human genetics and pediatrics and as medical director of human genetics at Emory University Hospital. He served as medical director of the new genetic counseling training program and of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Center, directing clinical trials for lysosomal storage diseases that have led to effective control of many of these disorders. In addition, he served as medical director of the Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen program, an initiative which provides carrier screening and reproductive options for young Jewish adults, and as medical director of the Pediatric Program of Hospice Atlanta, one of the largest children’s hospice programs in the country. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, a daughter, son, and a granddaughter.

John Griffin Jr. 53C 56M 63MR, of Stone Mountain, Ga., on Aug. 6, 2011. He was 79. He had a pediatric practice for three years before returning to Emory for a residency in adult and child psychiatry and then joined the faculty. In addition to his practice in Emory Healthcare, he served as medical director of the Emory Autism Center and established child psychiatry services in the Covington and Gainesville community mental health centers. He was board certified in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, addiction medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy. He helped develop the exam for the National Board of Medical Examiners for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

He retired from Emory as professor emeritus at age 75 after 40 years of service and 20 years of service to the medical school’s admission committee. He is survived by his wife, Lavinia, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Ted Leigh 38M, of Atlanta, on Sept. 28, 2011, of congestive heart failure. He was 99. He was director of radiology at Emory University Hospital from 1948 to 1973 and radiology residency program director from 1973 to 1980, when he retired as professor emeritus. He continued to work one day a week at Grady Hospital until 1999.

He served in WWII, during which his superior said, “Leigh likes photography, and that’s all an X-ray is, so make him the X-ray man.” After the war, he completed a radiology residency. He was chair of the radiology section of the American Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association. He was vice president of the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. In 1975 he was elected president of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS). The ARRS awarded him in 1990 the gold medal for distinguished service to radiology.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and is survived by a son, daughter, and five grandchildren.


Fray Marshall, of Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 2, 2011, of cancer. He was 67. He was chair of Emory’s Department of Urology and the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor of Urology. He served Emory for 13 years and before Emory, Johns Hopkins for 23 years. At Johns Hopkins, he became the first Bernard Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Urology and Oncology, the director of the Division of Adult Urology, and chief of urology at Baltimore City Hospitals.

In 1984, he devised a new surgical treatment for intracaval neoplastic extension in the right atrium for patients with kidney cancer. Two years later, he held a patent for an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and ultrasonographic stone localization. In 1991, he developed the Marshall Omni-Tract Mini-Lap Retractor Blade that he used in a “mini laparoscopic prostatectomy” that required a smaller incision, resulting in less post-procedure pain for patients. In 1997, he worked with researchers at Johns Hopkins to help develop the first ex-vivo gene therapy treatment for kidney and prostate cancer.

Last year, the medical school established the Fray F. Marshall Chair in Urology. Proceeds of the endowed chair will be devoted to research within the urology department. The designation recognizes Marshall for his many achievements at the helm of the department, developing a division of surgery when he first came to Emory in 1998 into an internationally known urology department by the time he stepped down as chair in 2010 due to cancer.

He co-authored more than 300 scientific papers and 62 book chapters. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urology, Urology, Uro-oncology, and the International Journal of Urology. His honors include the 2000 Distinguished Contributor Award from the American Urological Association and being named the first exchange professor of the International European American Urological Association. He also served as a trustee and vice president of the American Board of Urology.

He is survived by his wife, Lindsay, two children, and a grandson.


Willis Hurst, of Atlanta, on Oct. 1, 2011. He was 90. He was a nationally renowned cardiologist at Emory for 56 years who continued teaching well into his 80s. He was an author who co-edited the seminal cardiology textbook, The Heart. He also was well known as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s personal cardiologist. He joined the Emory faculty in 1950 as one of two cardiologists on staff, served as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine from 1957 to 1987, and was a “founding father” of The Emory Clinic, which was established in 1953.

He taught more than 5,000 medical students and 2,500 residents and fellows during his career and continued to teach and counsel residents and medical students well into his 80s. He received numerous awards for his work, including the highest teaching awards from the American College of Cardiologists and the American College of Physicians. The Department of Medicine’s residency program was named in his honor in 2003.

In 2004, Emory Medicine asked him to write a brief history of cardiology at the School of Medicine. He turned in a 26-page manuscript. To read the highlights, access

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelie, and is survived by three sons, including John 67C 76MR, a cardiologist, and grandson Stuart 10M, who is now a resident at Emory.


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