Class Notes and Deaths

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Alumni News


William Orr 44C 47M, of Macon, Ga., received the Physician of the Year Award from the Bibb County Medical Society in April. He was a pediatrician for 50 years.


C. Charlton Mabry 54M, of Lexington, K.Y., received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, Maryville College. He is a pediatrician at the University of Kentucky.

Jerald Watts 59M 60MR 64MR, of Peachtree City, Ga., recently was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year Award by the Georgia Writers Association. He published Promises Kept on his reflections on Grady Hospital and Emory’s medical school during the  early 1960s. 


Cecil Wilson 57C 61M, a retired internist in Winter Park, Fla. and president of the American Medical Association, recently stood behind President Barack Obama as he signed into law a one-year delay of the Medicare physician payment cut. The AMA had strongly advocated for the delay. The provision would have mandated a 25% cut in reimbursements to physicians. “It’s clear that 2011 is the year to finally fix this problem, as the baby booms began relying on Medicare in January for their health care coverage,” Wilson says. Wilson is the 165th president of the AMA. He has served on the board of trustees of the AMA since 2002 and been a member of the AMA House of Delegates since 1992. 

Joseph Miller 62C 65M 74MR joined the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta as chief of thoracic surgery and thoracic oncologic surgery. He also has served as an examiner on the board of cardiothoracic surgery for the past 19 years. 


Ramon Parrish 75Ox 77C 81M 82MR 08MPH, of Augusta, Ga., received an outstanding teaching award from the Medical College of Georgia for the 2009-2010 school year. He teaches family medicine. He married Lisa Marks in January 2009.


Ethan Gundeck 98M, of Lagrangeville, N.Y., has been named president of the Poughkeepsie board of directors of the American Heart Association for 2010-2011.

BORN: Aleksandr Rhys on March 26, 2010, to Tina Rizack 91C 93MPH 98M and her husband, Christopher Langlois. Aleksandr joins brother Holden. The family lives in Providence, R.I., where Rizack is a hematologist/oncologist at Women and Infants Hospital of Brown University.


Jeffrey Brewster 00M received his MBA from Auburn University in May 2010. He is a pediatric intermediate care specialist in Columbus, Ga.

MARRIED: Aarti Kakkar 00C 05M to Jeffrey Evans on July 17, 2010. She is a gastroenterology fellow in Boston.

BORN: Lola Hannah to Benjamin Barden 02C 08M and his wife, Lauren 02C, on March 6, 2010. The family lives in Greenville, S.C.

MARRIED: Ian Campbell 09M to Natalie Reese 05G 11B on May 22, 2010. He is a radiology resident at Emory.

MARRIED: Christopher Griggs 02Ox 04C 10M/MPH to Cecilia Miranda Pierangeli 02Ox 04C on May 30, 2010. Griggs is an emergency medicine resident at Boston Medical Center. 

MARRIED: Kristen Burgess 04C 11M to Paul Hudson 02Ox 04C 12MBA in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2010.

Residency Notes

BORN: Lakshmi Elin to Eric Almli (emergency medicine) and his wife, Arathi 01L, on Feb. 10, 2010.

Jyoti Manekar (family medicine) has joined the practice of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, Flowery Branch.

In Memory



Nathan Rifkinson 36M, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 21, 2010. He was born in Lithuania in 1912, and after his town was bombed in 1914, Rifkinson’s mother tied her 2-year-old son to her back and escaped with the retreating Russian army. Their trek across Siberia and China and then across the Pacific by ship to the United States, where they rejoined Rifkinson’s father, took three years.

Rifkinson began his career in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contacted by Margaret Sanger, he was persuaded to establish birth control clinics on three of the islands. In 1942, he studied pathology in San Juan at the School of Tropical Medicine and then completed a neurosurgery residency in St. Louis, Mo. He returned to San Juan in 1948 as Puerto Rico’s lone neurosurgeon. 

In 1972, he was appointed to the post of 
Secretary of Health and served as director of the University of Puerto Rico’s 
new neurosurgical residency program for 30 
years. In 2000, the university named him a distinguished professor. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by a son and a daughter.

William Grimes Jr. 37M 38MR 40MR, of Atlanta, on May 5, 2010. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist for 46 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

Jack Tepper 39M of Overland Park, Kan., on Aug. 12, 2010. He practiced pediatrics in Chattanooga, Tenn. Unhappy about the local public hospital’s pediatric department, Tepper built the Tepper Hospital and Clinic, which grew into a 67-bed pediatric hospital accredited by the American Hospital Association. He is survived by a daughter, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, son, and two grandchildren.


Quentin Pirkle 37Ox 42M, of Atlanta, on July 7, 2010. He retired from his general practice at age 89. He is survived by his wife, five children, and 15 grandchildren.

James Anderson 43M, of Greenville, S.C., on June 10, 2010. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and three grandchildren.

Darnell L. Brawner 44M 51MR, of Brooklet, Ga., on Nov. 8, 2010. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Savannah, Ga., from 1951 until 1995. After his retirement, he farmed his 50 acres of flowers. He is survived by his wife, six children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

G. Thomas Cowart 41C 44M, of Atlanta, Ga., on July 13, 2010. He declined a full scholarship to the University of Virginia to remain in Atlanta so he could continue going to Georgia Tech football games. He later served as chief of urology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from 1951 to 1954. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.

Frank Gibson 42C 44M 50MR, of Bainbridge, Ga., on Aug. 12, 2010. He was in the Navy for seven years and remained in the reserves for 45 years. He worked at two hospitals in Bainbridge. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren.

Frank Deese 45M, of Ada, Okla., on Sept. 5, 2010. 
He is survived by a son 
and daughter and four grandchildren. He practiced at the Sugg 
Clinic in Ada for 34 years.

Hal Henschen 44M, of White, Ga., on Sept. 17, 2010. He is survived by his wife and four children.

William Moore Jr. 44M 48MR, of Atlanta, on March 29, 2010. He was  89. He was a neurosurgeon and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Medical Association of Georgia.

Jack Worth 41C 44M 55MR, of Newnan, Ga., on July 2, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, two sons, seven grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

F. Dewitt Stanford 43C 46M 47MR, of Windermere, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2010. He practiced orthopaedics and had a policy never to accept payment from teachers or ministers.

Charles D. Hollis 45C 48M 50MR, of Albany, Ga., 
on Nov. 15, 2010. He practiced internal medicine from 1954  to 1994. He helped establish the MAG Mutual Insurance Co., an insurance provider owned by physicians for physicians. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren. 


Walter Lusk 50M, of Los Angeles, on Oct. 3, 2010. He practiced in North Carolina before moving to California in 1965. He served as chief of endocrinology at Sunset Medical Center in Los Angeles until 1996. He is survived by his wife, three children, and three grandchildren.

John Schreeder 50M, of Snellville, Ga., on June 17, 2010. He was 95. He earned a degree in engineering from Georgia Tech in 1940 and then served in the Army during WWII. After graduating from medical school, he practiced family medicine in Chamblee. Schreeder and his wife were avid foster parents, opening their home to 33 children over the years. He is survived by his wife and a sister.

Dale Addington 48C 52M, of St. Simons Island, Ga., on June 24, 2010. He is survived by his wife.

Lloyd Burns 49C 52M, of Peachtree City, Ga., on June 16, 2010. He was a gynecologist in Sacramento, Calif. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Walter Long Jr. 53M, of Kingwood, Texas, on Oct. 7, 2010. He served in the public health service in North and South Dakota and was a flight surgeon with the Air National Guard in Wyoming. He later practiced surgery in Houston. He is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

Hobson Rice 50C 53M, of Decatur, Ga., on Aug. 5, 2010. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren.

Thomas Smith 47Ox 49C 54M 55MR, of Valdosta, Ga., on Jan. 31, 2010. He practiced ophthalmology in Valdosta for 37 years until his retirement in 1998. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Frank Thorton 50Ox 56M 57MR, of Winter Haven, Fla., on May 31, 2010, of complications of diabetes. He was a family practice physician for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Lovic Hobby 57M 62MR 65MR, of Atlanta, on Aug. 8, 2010. He was 78. He served as director of Piedmont Hospital Laser Treatment Center and as chief of plastic surgery at the hospital. He is survived by two children and a grandchild.

William Lazenby 57M 63MR 64MR, of Atlanta, on June 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife, three children, and 11 grandchildren.

Charles Geiger 58M, of Gainesville, Ga., on July 14, 2010. He served on the Emory faculty for two years after his pathology residency. He later obtained a license from the Atomic Energy Commission and opened the first radioisotope laboratory in North Georgia. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Samuel Haddock 58M 59MR, of Anderson, S.C., on June 19, 2010. He was a pediatrician in Anderson for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, including son William 93M, and seven grandchildren.

James Milsap Jr. 59M 63MR, of Atlanta, on Aug. 16, 2010. He practiced radiology at Piedmont Hospital for 30 years. After retiring, he served as chief radiologist for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and at Georgia Tech’s student health center. He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.


William Mitchell Jr. 56C 60M, of Clermont, Fla., on April 16, 2010, of cancer. He is survived by his wife, four children, and six grandchildren.

Don Young 64M, of Sandusky, Ohio, on August 31, 2010, of cancer. He is survived by his wife.


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

John Bussey 74M 75MR, of Thomson, Ga., on June 19, 2010, of injuries sustained in a car accident. He is survived by his son and mother.

Richard Eckert 76M, of Evans, Ga., died May 12, 2010, after a long illness. He was a pediatric emergency department physician. He is survived by his wife, two sons, four daughters, 31 grandchildren.

Philip Role 76M 79MR, of Sandpoint, Idaho, on June 11, 2010, of multiple myeloma. He practiced internal medicine for 11 years. In 1995, he completed an anesthesiology residency in Denver and then joined Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint. He is survived by his wife, three children, and his parents.


Randall Grimes 88M, of Atlanta, on May 18, 2010, of pulmonary hypertension. After earning his medical degree, he completed a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech in 1996. His research focused on the fluid dynamics of mitral regurgitation and prosthetic heart valves. At the same time, he completed an internal medicine residency at Morehouse. He then moved to Boston for a cardiology fellowship and joined the faculty of Harvard. He moved back to Atlanta in 2001.He was a nine-time Ironman triathlon competitor, a marathon runner, and swimmer. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, his parents, and grandmother.

Residency Deaths

Edward Bowen (obstetrics/gynecology) of Decatur, Ga., on July 20, 2010. He was in private practice at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Norman Bowles (pathology) of Fort Myers, Fla., on April 26, 2009.

Joseph Brannen (urology) of Valdosta, Ga., on Sept. 9, 2008.

James Brooks (anesthesiology) of Dallas, on Oct. 15, 2009. He is survived by his daughter.

Kathryn Edwards (pediatric radiology) of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., on Feb. 27, 2007.

Robert Galambos (internal medicine) of La Jolla, Calif., on June 18, 2010, of congestive heart failure. He was 96. Galambos was considered a giant in auditory research. His work included proving how bats navigated in total darkness (by sound) and deciphering the codes by which nerves transmit sounds to the brain. His studies led him to develop a hearing test for infants.  He is survived by his wife, three daughters, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Edward Garbacz (internal medicine) of Acworth, Ga., on July 27, 2009. He was 56.

Thomas Griffin (urology) of Wilson, N.C., on Aug. 28, 2010. He practiced at the Carolina Clinic for 25 years and served on mission trips of the First United Methodist Church for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, four children,  and seven grandchildren.

Warren Jacobs (psychiatry) of Atlanta, on March 17, 2010. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Louis Kent (orthopaedics) of Clemson, S.C. on April 18, 2010. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Raymond Lupse (obstetrics/gynecology) of Gastonia, N.C., on June 5, 2009. He was 64. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Milton Mazo (pediatrics) of Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 20, 2009. He is survived by his partner and his brother.

Fernando Mendez (thoracic surgery) of Cincinnati, on March 27, 2009.

Ernest Phillips Jr. (internal medicine and cardiology) of Winston-Salem, N.C., on April 29, 2010. He is survived by his wife, five sons, and his father.  

Yonne Varese (medicine) of Harbor Island, S.C., on July 12, 2010. She was an internist in southwestern Virginia for 40 years.

John Vetter (family medicine) of Rockingham, N.C., on July 22, 2009. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Faculty Deaths

Robert Boger 57C 60M 65MR, of Atlanta, on Sept. 1, 2010. He practiced at the Atlanta VA center for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a grandson.

James Clements Jr. 42Ox 47M 50MR, of Eatonton, Ga., on Sept. 27, 2010. He retired as professor emeritus and director of gastrointestinal radiology. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by his daughter.

Marian Olansky, of Avondale Estates, Ga., on May 17, 2010 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. After joining the faculty in 1959, she directed the allergy clinic at Grady Hospital for 27 years. She also served as chief of pediatric allergy at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston. She is survived by four children and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband.

David Vroon 72MR, of Atlanta, on Aug. 17, 2010, of complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 70. He served as director of the clinical laboratory at Grady Hospital for 30 years and served on faculty from 1972-2005. Says Audrey Gohr,  a medical technician for Vroon for 30 years, “He had respect for the patient no matter their financial or socioeconomic level. He was a teacher for the residents and tried to instill in them the same focus he had. He was an advocate for the laboratory throughout Grady Hospital.” Vroon also lived with multiple sclerosis. He is survived by his wife, three children, and 10 grandchildren.


  Lindy Wolfenden

A doctor for the people

Lindy Wolfenden chose to work with cystic fibrosis (CF) patients so she would have the long-term relationships with patients that she so cherished. As a general pulmonologist, she would treat patients for a single ailment, and off they would go. But she would see CF patients at least three or four times a year, and that satisfying interaction was why she chose to specialize in CF.

In return, her patients cherished their doctor, who died July 24, 2010, of complications of breast cancer. She was 40.

“She got into medicine for the people,” says her husband, Arjun Srinivasan.

Andy Lipman, 36, was one of Wolfenden’s patients and writes a blog,, about living with CF. Shortly after Wolfenden’s death, he wrote, “I went through all of our old correspondences and realized how truly inspiring she was. She was always hopeful, believing she would be cured. I wanted her to be right. I’m sad that she was not. I wanted you to know the amazing optimism she showed and the fact that she was going through hell and still took the time to write me.”

Wolfenden was founding director of Emory’s adult cystic fibrosis program, established in 2008. Says David Guidot, division director of pulmonary and critical care at Emory, “She took over a team of nutritionists, respiratory therapists, nurses, and others to provide comprehensive care for patients. That combination made the adult center well known for high-quality care.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation granted full accreditation to Emory’s adult program in 2010. “It’s fair to say that she was nationally recognized for her work,” says Srinivasan. “When the program was granted full accreditation, leaders in the CF field called to congratulate her.”

Wolfenden and Srinivasan met when they were both residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Wolfenden came to Emory in 2000. Srinivasan is an associate director of health care-associated infection prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and continues to raise the couple’s two sons, Jackson and Joseph.

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