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In memoriam

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2013 - Winter


Festus Olumiywa Adebonojo, M.D. ’60, HS ’63, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Eastern Tennessee State University, died in Johnson City, Tenn., on June 25. He was 81. Adebonojo was the first Nigerian to graduate from Yale University and the first Nigerian to complete an M.D. and residency training at Yale.

Richard J. Apell, doctor of optometry, died on May 30 in Madison, Conn. He was 90. Apell was head of the Optometric Department of the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven between 1950 and 1960.

Edith M. Beck, M.D. ’48, died on August 17 in Greenwich, Conn. She was 91. Beck was chair of the general medical section at Greenwich Hospital for many years and had been a clinical instructor at the School of Medicine.

Allan A. Brandt, M.D. ’51, died in Milford, Conn., on May 1. He was 89. As director of Emergency Medical Services at Milford Hospital, Brandt was instrumental in establishing the city’s first Emergency Medical Services Council whose efforts allowed Milford to be a pioneer participant in the national 911 system.

Jane B. Cadbury, M.D. ’43, one of the first women to juggle a career as a physician with raising children, died on July 7 in Framingham, Mass. She was 94. Cadbury was one of only three women in her medical school class and became the first woman to be promoted to district director of the Saint Louis County Health Department in the early 1960s. After moving into public health she spent more than 20 years as a physician in the health service at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Anthony P. Cipriano, M.D., HS ’69, died on May 25 at his home in Branford, Conn. He was 96. As a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, Cipriano landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, witnessed the liberation of Paris, and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. On his return to New Haven, he became one of the first specialists in internal medicine. In 1969 he completed a residency in dermatology at Yale and practiced in New Haven and East Haven until he retired in 2003 at the age of 87.

John Dana Clark, M.D., died on June 30 in Madison, Conn. He was 79. Clark had been chief of anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine.

John P. Ferguson Jr., M.D. ’39, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, died on June 30 in Springfield, Mo. He was 97.

Edward J. Gerety, M.D. ’54, a retired thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, died on September 7 in Albuquerque, N.M. A fighter pilot in the Marine Corps during World War II, he was 93.

George W. Greenman, M.D., FW ’59, HS ’65, died on May 16 in Tucson, Ariz. He was 85. A retired psychoanalyst, Greenman began his career as a pediatrician but later completed a medical residency in psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Henry H. Jones, M.D. ’43, HS ’46, professor emeritus of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, died at his home on campus on August 11. He was 95. Jones was a key member of the team that built the department into a powerhouse in the field. He was the first chief of the radiology service at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, now the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Jones was a founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a leader in the movement to eliminate the threat of nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction.

Edith M. Jurka, M.D. ’44, died on May 19 in Clearwater, Fla. She was 96. A longtime resident of Croton-on Hudson, N.Y., Jurka had a private practice in psychiatry.

Jerome “Jerry” Kaye, M.D. ’44, a retired pediatrician, died on May 28, in Boulder, Colo. He was 93. Kaye practiced pediatrics in Phoenix from 1947 to 2002 and was part of a group of doctors who helped make Phoenix Children’s Hospital a reality.

Frederick Martin Lane, M.D. ’53, HS ’59, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, died on June 12 in New York City. He was 84.

Walter E. Needham, Ph.D., who served in the departments of psychiatry, psychology, and neurology at the School of Medicine, died on June 6 at his home in Madison, Conn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.

Eveline B. Omwake, M.A., died in Black Mountain, N.C., on August 19. She was 100. Omwake was assistant professor in the Child Study Center from 1952 to 1964 and also served as the director of the center’s Laboratory Nursery School.

Fitzhugh C. Pannill Jr., M.D. ’45, died on June 30 in New Braunfels, Texas, after a brief illness. He was 90. In 1965 Pannill was named dean of the new University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, where he recruited faculty, students, and staff to establish what was soon recognized as a world-class medical institution. In 1973 he was recruited to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he served as vice president of health affairs, acting dean, and professor of medicine.

William L. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D., HS ’91, FW ’95, medical director at arup Laboratories and a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, died in Salt Lake City on July 26 following a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 52. In 1998, Roberts joined the University of Utah and arup as assistant professor in clinical chemistry, and he became a full professor in 2007.

Richard H. Saunders Jr., M.D., HS ’49, a retired professor of medicine, died at his home in Middlebury, Vt., on August 12. He was 93. Saunders helped to create the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., where he was professor of medicine and associate dean from 1969 to 1982.

Paul H. Seton, M.D. ’52, HS ’53, a retired psychoanalyst, died of pneumonia in Northampton, Mass., on May 22. He was 88. Seton had been director of counseling services at Smith College, taught at the Smith College School of Social Work, and maintained a private psychoanalytic practice.

Roy B. Sherman, M.D. ’58, HS ’61, of Winsted, Conn., died on June 13, his 83rd birthday. Sherman had been chief of anesthesiology at Winsted Memorial Hospital.

Bernard Snow, M.D., HS ’61, a retired psychiatrist who practiced in New Haven for many years, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on September 10. He was 81.

Marc J. Taylor, M.D., HS ’66, FW ’68, of Southbury, Conn., died on June 5 at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. He was 75. Taylor was head of the liver study unit at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. He had been a clinical associate professor of medicine at Yale and attending physician at Waterbury Hospital.

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