Class Notes and Deaths

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Harper Gaston 55M 61MR recently self-published A Heritage Lived Up To & Beyond, a collection of stories told to him by his grandmother. His grandmother, Louise Frederick Hays, was a state archivist for Georgia and a historian. Gaston lives in Greenville, Ga., along with his wife, Anne 55M 60MR.

Philip Schley 56M 65MR retired after 40 years as a surgeon in Columbus, Ga. He was elected chair of the board of education of the Muscogee County School District in January 2009.


Cecil Wilson 57C 61M of Winter Park, Fla., was named president-elect of the American Medical Association. He will become president of the organization in June 2010. Wilson also has served as president of the Florida Medical Association and chaired its board of governors and executive committee. A former chair of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Board of Regents, he received the Florida Medical Association’s certificate of merit and the Laureate award from ACP.

Evan Weisman 63M 70MR of Atlanta, received the 2009 Laureate Award from the American College of Physician’s (ACP) Georgia Chapter. The award is presented to members who have demonstrated by example an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research to their community and to the ACP.


Frederick Turton 73C 77M was elected chair of the board of regents of the American College of Physicians for 2009–2010. He has served on the board since 2003. He is an internist in Sarasota, Fla., and chair of Emergent Health Technologies. He received an MBA from the University of South Florida in 2007.

David Chow 78M 78PH was named president of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia and was selected to participate in the 12-month long Claude Moore Physician Leadership Institute. He is an ophthalmologist in Reston, Va.

Ramon Suarez 74C 78M 82MR was elected assistant secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He is medical director of ob-gyn graduate education at Piedmont Hospital and clinical professor at Emory. He has been an ACOG member since 1980 and has served as its president and on its executive board. He is a past president of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
In 2007, the School of Medicine presented him with the Alumni Award of Honor.

Joseph Stubbs 79M was elected president for 2009–2010 of the American College of Physicians. He is an internist in Albany, Ga. He served two terms on the college’s board of regents and is chair-elect of its foundation for 2009–2010.


Penny Castellano 85M 88MR was selected for the 2009-2010 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. ELAM is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. Castellano is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine and chief quality and medical officer at The Emory Clinic.

Mygleetus Williams Wright 81C 85M 88MR of Warner Robins, Ga., retired from the Air Force as a colonel in August 2008. She works part-time at Cornerstone Pediatric Associates and is part-time public health faculty at Fort Valley State University. She received her master’s of public health from Wright State University in 2006.


BORN: Noah Jay to Jonathan Ratcliff 01MPH 08M and his wife, Megan, on March 21, 2009. Ratcliff is a resident in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati.

Residency Notes

BORN: Twins Jacob Charles and Joshua Haskew to Jason Cole (cardiology) and wife, Jennifer, on September 24, 2008. Cole is a cardiologist in Mobile, Ala., and is on faculty of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Mark Pfeifer (internal medicine) was named chief medical officer for the University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He also serves as professor of medicine at the University of Louisville.


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John Chamblee 38M of Nashville, N.C., on July 14, 2007. He was 93.


John McCoy Sr. 40M of Moultrie, Ga.,on May 3, 2009. He was 95. He practiced in Moultrie for almost 40 years. He is survived by three sons, one daughter, and 12 grandchildren.

Henry Herbert Bryant III 42C 44M of Parrish, Fla., on Dec. 14, 2008. He practiced at South Miami Hospital for more than 40 years.

Forest Funk Jr. 41C 44M of Atlanta on Dec. 6, 2008, of complications from diverticulitis. He was 88. After his residency, he returned to Atlanta in 1952 and began a private practice at Piedmont Hospital, and in 1960, he co-founded Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic. He performed the first total hip replacement surgery in Atlanta in 1969 and the first arthroscopic knee surgery in Atlanta in 1975. At age 63, he served as a physician for a U.S. climbing team on Mt. Everest. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Florrie, and three daughters, including Helen McSwain 82M 87MR.

Jacob Riley 44C 46M 52MR of Winter Park, Fla., on Feb. 6, 2009. On March 16, 1946, he graduated from the School of Medicine in the morning, was commissioned a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the afternoon, and married Georgiana Jennings in the evening. After his discharge from the Army, he came back to Emory for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He opened his own practice in Winter Park in 1953. He was a charter physician of Winter Park Memorial Hospital and delivered its first baby in 1955. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

Stuart Sims 44C 46M 54MR of Atlanta, on May 25, 2009. He was 87. He was a naval surgeon during WWII and then practiced as a general surgeon for 20 years. He served as the medical director at AT&T for 10 years and was a medical examiner for the Social Security Administration. He retired at 86. He is survived by his wife, Rose, and two children.

Norman Goldstein 45C 47M of Sarasota, Fla., on April 22, 2009. He served as a pediatrician in Sarasota for 24 years. When he retired in 1983, his retirement party drew several thousand people. He continued his subspecialty practice in developmental and behavioral pediatrics until 1994. He is survived by his wife, Rita, and three children.

Marguerite Candler Ballard 43G 48M of Monticello, Ga., on June 2, 2009. She was one of the first women to attend the School of Medicine and retired in 1985 as medical director of the U.S. Public Health Service. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and is survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Byron Davis 49M 50MR of St. Simons Island, Ga., on May 7, 2009. He was 87. He was a pathologist in Valdosta, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, his daughter, and son.


Thomas DuPree Sr. 50M 59MR of Swainsboro, Ga., on Feb. 17, 2009. He was 89. Before entering medical school, he served in WWII as a dive bomber pilot on the USS Wasp and the USS Lexington. He earned the Navy Cross, Presidential Unit Citation, and Air Medal with Gold Stars and was nominated for the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. He later worked as an ophthalmologist at Riverside Hospital in Bainbridge, Ga., and at the Riverside Clinic Hospital in Macon, Ga., from 1962 to 1985. He is survived by his wife, Jean, seven children, and 12 grandchildren.

Shed Caffey Jr. 51M of Memphis, Tenn., on May 9, 2009. He was 83. He was a pediatrician in Memphis for 30 years. He and his wife, Jane, supported the work of Baddour Center in Senatobia, Miss., for those with mental disabilities. In 1993, the center recognized their efforts by dedicating the Shed and Jane Caffey Clinic. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children.

Louis McDonough 46C 51M 54MR of Atlanta on Feb. 20, 2009. He was a pediatrician for more than 30 years. After graduating from Emory, he headed over to the School of Medicine and told the dean he simply had to be a doctor. He was the physician for the children of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. King called him to come see one of the children on the night King was assassinated. McDonough is survived by his wife, Alice, (whom he met in the emergency room of Emory University Hospital when her father was having a stroke), three sons, and two daughters.

Bernice Waldo Moore 49C 52M 55MR of Atlanta, on July 15, 2009. During his residency, he worked under noted cardiologist Bruce Logue. He later formed a private practice and was affiliated with Piedmont Hospital for 35 years. He also was on the founding board of directors of Wesley Woods. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and a daughter.

Joseph Griner 50Ox 52C 56M 62MR of Fitzgerald, Ga., on May 20, 2009. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist in Tallahassee, Fla., for 40 years. He is survived by four children and six grandchildren.

Hugh Mathews 53C 57M of Beach Haven, N.J., on April 29, 2008.

Richard Noland 54C 58M 60MR of Amherst, Mass., on June 25, 2009. He was 76. After his residency in internal medicine, he decided to pursue an interest in literature. He earned an MA from Columbia University and then realized that teaching was to be his life’s work and returned to Columbia to earn a doctorate in literature. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for 38 years and served as chair of the English department and assistant to the chancellor. He is survived by his wife, Barbara.


James Averett 56C 60M of Atlanta, on December 4, 2008, of cancer. He was an orthopedic surgeon for 32 years at Piedmont Hospital. He is survived by his daughter and son.

Bryant Mauk 57C 60M 64MR of San Antonio, on Dec. 1, 2008. He retired in 1994 after 30 years in the medical corps of the U.S. Air Force. He also earned a law degree from George Washington University and a master’s in public health from University of Texas at San Antonio. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and two sons and two daughters.

Jerry M. Robinson 59C 62M 63MR of Deltona, Fla., on Dec. 25, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, five daughters, and two sons.

John Francis Payne 63M of Thomasville, Ga., on May 4, 2009. He established the Thomasville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1971 and practiced there until his retirement in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, two sons, and a daughter.

Otto Johnson Jr. 59Ox 61C 65M of Dublin, Ga., on July 19, 2009. In 1971 he joined Dublin Internal Medicine and retired from the practice in 2003. From 1967 to 1968 he served in the U.S. Army with the First Air Cavalry in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Star, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Air Medal. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and a son. Another son preceded him in death.

Charles Greer III 62C 66M 67MR 73MR of Cordele, Ga., on March 2, 2009.


Christopher Hames 74C 78M of New York, on Jan. 27, 2009. He was 55. He practiced psychiatry in New York for 24 years.


Adam Cohen 95C 99M of Houston, on April 8, 2009. He was 34. He was a pediatrician in the Houston area. He is survived by his mother and sister.

Residency Deaths

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John Boys Smith (ophthalmology) of Seattle, Wash., on March 21, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Alicia, and two daughters.

Charles Harmon Brown (internal medicine) of San Mateo, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2008, of cancer. He was in the first class of board-certified specialists in sports medicine. He coached women’s track and field teams from 1953 to 2008. He was named coach to 10 U.S. National teams and served as the U.S. teams’ physician at several international events. He did some of the earliest work that dispelled the myth that women would be harmed from running more than 800 meters or lifting weights. He recently helped the Ladies Professional Gold Association develop its drug-testing policy. He is survived by his wife, Eula Love, his daughter, and son.

John Duffy (rehabilitation medicine) of Conyngham, Penn., on March 29, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a daughter, and two sons.

Gaston Freeman (psychiatry) of Ridgeland, Miss., on March 4, 2009. He was 81. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 16 and remained in the Naval Reserve as a pilot, chaplain, and physician until he retired in 1987. He received a master’s of divinity from Emory in 1954 and later a medical degree. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Arthur Haebich (thoracic surgery) of Glenview, Ill., on Jan. 30, 2009, of heart failure. He chaired thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for 33 years at North Side Hospital in Glenview and served as chief of its medical staff. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his son.

William McCoy III (ophthalmology) of Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 14, 2008. He is survived by is wife, Melinda, and a son and a daughter.

Gordon McFarland (orthopedic surgery) of St. Tammany Parish, La., on Dec. 24, 2008. He was 75. He practiced at Ochsner Medical Center and specialized in bone pathology and reconstructive hand surgery. He served on the board of trustees of the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and on the board of the Ochsner Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Suzy, and two sons.

Elise Neeld (radiology) of Nevis, Minn., on Dec. 5, 2007. She is survived by her son and mother.

Charles Overbey Jr. (psychiatry) of Kalamazoo, Mich., on Dec. 11, 2008. He was 93. He worked for the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital for 28 years and for Social Security Disability Determination Services for 19 years, in addition to maintaining a private practice. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and a son and daughter.

Miriam Smith (psychiatry) of Decatur, Ga., on Oct. 29, 2008. She was 73.

Brian Thomas Sutcliffe (pediatrics) of Atlanta on May 8, 2009. He was 44. He finished his residency in 1994 and then worked in the emergency room at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Herbert Valentine Jr. (internal medicine) of Gainesville, Ga., on Jan. 6, 2009. He was 91. He is survived by his wife, Bonnelle, and three sons.

Darius Vohman (pathology) of Atlanta, on December 16, 2008, of pancreatic cancer. He was 80. He served as pathology chief at Piedmont Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Karen, two daughters, and a son.

Herbert Wallace (surgery) of Wynnewood, Penn., on Oct. 10, 2006.

Gerald S. Williams (obstetrics/gynecology) of Ormond Beach, Fla., on Jan. 7, 2008. He was 89.

Faculty Deaths

Collage of Emory University School of Medicine alumniJohn Davidson 41Ox 43C 45M of Atlanta, on Dec. 17, 2008, of complications from diabetes. He graduated from the School of Medicine’s expedited war program and then served as area surgeon for Florence, Italy during WWII. After returning to Georgia, he received an opportunity to study with Charles Best, the co-discoverer of insulin, in Canada. Davidson and his wife moved to Canada so he could earn a doctorate in physiology in 1965 from the University of Toronto. In 1968, he moved to Atlanta and joined Emory as founding director of the diabetes unit at Grady Hospital. He authored three editions of Diabetes Mellitus, a Problem-Oriented Approach. He is survived by his wife, Bebe, two daughters, and two sons.

Malcolm Freeman 52C 55M 61MR of Statham, Ga., on June 20, 2009. He served as an associate professor of pediatrics and pathology and professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He retired as professor emeritus in January 1996, after six years of disability from multiple sclerosis.

James Glenn of Versailles, Ky., on June 3, 2009. He was 81. He served as dean of the School of Medicine from August 1980 until March 1983. During his tenure, the school’s research grants quadrupled from $10 million to $40 million. He previously served as chief of urology at Duke University, where he vastly grew a small urology program. By the time he arrived at Emory, he had edited five urology textbooks and authored or collaborated on more than 100 published articles. After Emory, he served as president and CEO of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and then worked in the United Kingdom from 1989 to 1998, before returning to his native Kentucky. A past president of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie, he received its highest honor in 2007. He was former governor of the American College of Surgeons, named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1987, and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Urological Association in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Gay, two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Bernard Holland Jr. 40C 43M of Atlanta, on Dec. 4, 2008. He was 92. He retired in 1983 as professor emeritus of psychiatry. After working at Columbia University, he returned to Emory to chair an almost defunct department. As department chair, he developed accredited training programs, opened an inpatient psychiatry service at Grady Hospital, and began a psychoanalytic training program. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte 79L, three sons, and one daughter.

Andrew Muse Jr. 69MR of Athens, Ga., on Feb. 11, 2009. He was 74. He served on the faculty from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, he joined a surgery practice in Athens and retired from it in 2005. He also served as chief of surgery at Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. He served in the Georgia National Guard from 1966 until 2002, when he retired as a brigadier general. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and three daughters.

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