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Hopkins Medicine Winter 2013


Date: February 1, 2013

School of Medicine

Douglass Durston Fear ’39, of Roanoke, Va., a longtime private practitioner who had been chief of surgery at several U.S. Army hospitals during World War II and later acting surgery chief at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., died on Aug. 15, 2012. He was 98. A fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Johns Hopkins Surgical Society, he also spent years providing support for orphans in Thailand, Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador.

Edward Suarez-Murias ’42, who served as a battlefield psychiatrist in the 99th Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge, Remagen Bridge, and Ruhr campaigns, then maintained a private psychiatric practice in Baltimore for more than 40 years, died of pneumonia on July 2, 2012, at his Baltimore home. He was 96. Cuban-born and fluent in Spanish and French as well as English, he was an insightful, patient practitioner who was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As assistant professor of psychiatry at Hopkins, he also served on the staff of Baltimore’s old Seton Psychiatric Institute and as a consultant at Mercy, St. Agnes, and Union Memorial hospitals.  

William Collier Helms ’43 (November), of Atlanta, Ga., a former chief of obstetrics and president of the medical staff at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital, where he delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 44-year career, died on March 17, 2012. He was 81. A Navy veteran of World War II and Korea who attained the rank of lieutenant commander, he also was a clinical professor in the obstetrics and gynecology department at The Emory University School of Medicine.

Robert Stringer Wilson ’44, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died at his home on Jan. 30, 2012, from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 92. Wilson maintained a private orthopedic practice from 1950 to 1994 in Clarksburg, W. Va., where he also was president of the medical staffs of the former Saint Mary’s and Union Protestant hospitals. After their merger to form the United Hospital Center, he became its first medical staff president. Known as “Dr. Bob,” he was credited with bringing the polio vaccine to Harrison County, W. Va.

Alfred Baer ’45, of Washington, D.C., died at his home on June 20, 2012, from end-stage renal disease. He was 95. A native of Strasbourg, France, he practiced internal medicine and rheumatology until 1993, using his fluency in French, German, and Spanish to treat patients from every corner of the globe. He also was on the clinical faculty at George Washington University Medical School for more than 45 years.

Wayne Niles Jacobus ’46, of Naples, Fla., died on Jan. 30, 2012. He was 88. He practiced medicine in Grosse Pointe, Mich., from 1956 to 1986, when he retired to Naples. In the aftermath of World War II, he spent 1946 to 1948 serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Japan.

Thayer Mills Mackenzie ’47 of Stillwater, Minn., who maintained a private psychiatric practice in Washington, D.C., for 45 years, died on June 24, 2012. He was 90. In addition to his private practice, he also served at the District of Columbia methadone clinic, Galluadet University for the Deaf, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, the National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf (known as Deaf-REACH), the State Department, and the Peace Corps.

Gerald Parker Hodge ’49, of Ann Arbor, Mich., an internationally acclaimed medical illustrator, died at his home on June 7 of cancer. He was 91. Founder of the master’s program in medical and biological illustration at the University of Michigan, Hodge was “a consummate teacher and graphic master,” said his former student, Gary Lees, now director of Hopkins’ Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. Frequently a winner of awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators, Hodge’s scientifically accurate yet aesthetically superb work appeared in hundreds of journals and books. Equally adept at botanical illustrations, he also taught at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, the University of Toronto, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona.  

Gerhard Schmeisser ’53, of Baltimore, an orthopedic surgeon and imaginative innovator in artificial limb technology, died on Sept. 23, 2012, of Alzheimer’s disease complications. He was 86. Named chief of orthopedic surgery at the old Baltimore City Hospitals, now Johns Hopkins Bayview, in 1959, he also joined the faculties at the Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine—making him for many years the chief source of orthopedics education in the state. He became a professor of orthopedics at Hopkins in 1971. Collaborating with Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory, he developed technologically advanced prosthetic devices, robotic equipment, and electric wheelchairs for quadriplegics.

Daniel L. Moore ’58, of Summit, N.J., an innovative surgeon and influential mentor to now prominent practitioners, died on June 27, 2012, of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 80. Moore practiced general surgery at Overlook Hospital in Summit from 1971 to 1999, developing novel methods for breast-conserving surgery that proved superior to mastectomies in appropriate breast cancer cases, as well as a nonoperative treatment for pediatric splenic rupture that now is the standard of care. As a clinical professor of surgery at Columbia University, as well as an instructor at Seton Hall University-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Physician Assistant program, he counted among his more prominent residents the now world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Eric Rose, plastic and reconstructive surgeon Mark Sultan, and cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality Mehmet Oz.

Iee Ching Wu Anderson ’02, of Towson, Md., a former assistant resident and instructor in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery who waged a valiant four-year battle against metastatic breast cancer, died on August 9, 2012. She was 36. The wife of William “Stan” Anderson ’01, now an assistant professor of neurosurgery whom she met when they were Hopkins medical students, she and her husband spent two years in Boston, where he was an instructor of surgery at the Brigham and Children’s Hospital, while she worked at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, also affiliated with Harvard. Her focus there was on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and related conditions. They were recruited to return to Hopkins in 2008. “She was an incredible mother, wife, and surgeon,” her husband said. The couple’s daughter, Nancy, is 9.   


Former Faculty, House Staff

Carlton Lasley Sexton (HS, internal medicine, 1948–56), of Towson, Md., a meticulous internist whose extraordinary thoroughness led many Hopkins physicians and others to become his patients, died on July 20, 2012, of pneumonia. He was 87. In addition to his private practice, he was a longtime assistant professor in the School of Medicine, where he taught physical diagnosis. For many years he was the medical director at Baltimore Life Insurance Co., a consultant to the Social Security Administration, a staff physician at the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., and a flight examiner for the Federal Aviation Agency.

Reubin Andres (fellow, medicine, 1950–55; faculty, medicine, 1956–2007), of Baltimore, a pioneering, award-winning gerontologist who was the first clinical director of the National Institute of Aging, located on the Hopkins Bayview campus, died of heart disease complications on Sept. 23, 2012. He was 89. Joining the staff of Hopkins Bayview’s predecessor, the old Baltimore City Hospitals, in 1956, he soon accepted an offer from Nathan Shock, considered the father of gerontology, to help create the Gerontology Research Center, which ultimately became the NIA. In 1958, he and Shock founded the Baltimore Longitudinal Study, an ongoing project that has been gathering invaluable clinical, biochemical, physiological, and psychological data on the aging process for half a century. Andres also invented the glucose insulin clamp, which gave physicians the ability to quantify insulin sensitivity and secretion; worked on redefining standards for diabetes diagnosis; and produced still-controversial studies contending that weight gain in the elderly increased longevity.   

Robert M. Benson (fellow, pediatric neonatology and pediatric endocrinology, 1972–74), of North Canton, Ohio, the founder of the pediatric endocrinology unit at Akron Children’s Hospital, died on August 19, 2012, of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease. He was 69. Over a nearly 30-year career in Akron, he treated thousands of patients, then continued his practice in Canton-area hospitals and clinics elsewhere in Ohio. He also was an associate clinical professor at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, and president of the Akron chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Susan A. Bardwell (HS, pediatrics, 1994–97), of Plymouth, Ind., died on August 25, 2012. She was 48. Recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and a researcher on allergy and immunology at the National Institutes of Health, she joined a private pediatric group practice in 2003 and also served as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

The School of Medicine also has received word of the following deaths:

John F. Troxel ’49 on July 6, 2012

George Kessler ’60 on July 30, 2012

Cyril Hauser (HS, orthopedics, 1951) on June 1, 2012

William P. McInnis (HS, medicine; neurology, 1956–58) on June 30, 2012

Seymour Haber (faculty, medicine, 1961–62) on Sept. 7, 2012

Paul Ming Hsung Yen (HS, cardiovascular surgery, 1959–61; orthopedics, 1961–64) on July 5, 2012

John Hilton (faculty, oncology, 1978–2011; fellow, radiology; oncology; pharmacy and experimental therapeutics, 1999–2007) on August 24, 2012 

Mustafa Vali (fellow, oncology, 1998–2003; faculty, radiology, 2003–2007) on March 19, 2012

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