In Memoriam Winter 2022

Published in Hopkins Medicine - Winter 2022

School of Medicine


J. Martin Myers Jr. a psychiatrist, died on July 20, 2021, at his home in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He was 101. After serving as the medical director/psychiatrist-in-chief at The Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, he became head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Pennsylvania Hospital. He was also a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, becoming emeritus in 1985.


Virginia B. Calkins, a psychiatrist, died on October 8, 2021, on her 97th birthday, at her home in Hamburg, New York. She was a member of the medical staff at Gowanda Psychiatric Center and later became the staff physician at the Gowanda Correctional Center.


Alton B. Cobb, whose career in public health in Mississippi spanned 35 years, died on October 14, 2021, at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 92. In 1973, he was appointed state health officer for the Mississippi Department of Health, a position he held until 1992. In this role, he helped to create some of the nation’s most comprehensive vaccination requirements for children.


Alan F. Hofmann, a gastrointestinal physiologist, died on September 7, 2021, at his home in La Jolla, California. He was 90. In 1977, he became a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Diego, where he led groundbreaking research on bile acids and lipid digestion, and in 2002, he achieved emeritus status.

Samuel P. Tillman, who specialized in internal medicine and cardiology, died on June 3, 2021, at his home in Millen, Georgia. He was 91.


James H. Dorsey, of San Augustine, Florida, a pioneer in gynecologic surgery, died on August 14, 2021. He was 88. In 1965, he joined the staff at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and eventually became chairman of the Department of Gynecology, a position he held for more than two decades.

H. Lorrin Lau, of Honolulu, Hawaii, whose career as an obstetrician–gynecologist spanned six decades, died on July 17, 2021. He was 89. While serving on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he conducted research on infertility, miscarriage and gender identity, and invented some of the first affordable pregnancy tests. In 1982, he returned to private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Honolulu for 34 years, and he helped to open St. Francis Medical Center-West Hospital.


Frank W. Jackson, a gastroenterologist in private practice, died on September 29, 2021, at his home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was 88.

Gordon B. Leitch Jr., of Dundee, Oregon, an ophthalmologist, died on August 28, 2021, from pancreatic cancer. He was 87. For more than 30 years, he ran a private practice in ophthalmology in the Portland area as well as in Baker City, Oregon.


Ronald K. Tompkins, of Santa Monica, California, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, died on August 17, 2021. He was 86. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine as assistant professor of surgery, rising to professor of surgery in 1979 and achieving emeritus status in 2001. He also served as chief of the division of general surgery as well as the program director of the surgical residency at UCLA.


Gary L. Lemoine, of Portland, Oregon, died on August 18, 2021, from COVID-19. He was 79. His career as a senior development chemist at Lever Brothers, in Edgewater, New Jersey, ended in 1973, after he was brutally mugged.


Roy M. Maletz, of Andover, Massachusetts, whose career as a nephrologist spanned more than five decades, died on September 23, 2021. He was 78.


Edward L. Yourtee, of Windham, New Hampshire, an infectious disease consultant, died on July 8, 2021, at his home in Windham, New Hampshire. He was 75. After completing a fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University, he worked as a clinician in private practice, becoming a partner of Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine Associates in 1992. From 2012 to 2019, he served as the chief medical officer at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire.


Marc F. Lieberman, an ophthalmologist, died on August 2, 2021, at his home in San Francisco, California. He was 72. For more than 25 years, he practiced as a glaucoma surgical specialist in the Bay Area and served as a clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. In 1995, he founded the Tibet Vision Project and volunteered to train local surgeons in modern cataract surgery throughout central Tibet for many years.


Rodger A. Blake, a specialist in diagnostic radiology, died at his home in Huntington, West Virginia, on October 11, 2021. He was 60. After completing his residency at the University of Maryland, he served as a radiologist in the Huntington community for 29 years.


House Staff, Fellows and Faculty

Robert W. McDivitt (HS, internal medicine, 1958; pathology, 1960; faculty, pathology, 1959), of Salt Lake City, Utah, a pathologist, died on September 18, 2021. He was 90. An expert in breast pathology, he had faculty appointments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Utah, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Gerard Church (fellow, internal medicine, 1960; faculty, 1961–1990), a cardiologist, died on July 17, 2021, at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 93. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he began his medical practice in Annapolis in 1960, eventually becoming the chief of medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he helped to establish the coronary care unit, one of the first in the country. He later became the director of the coronary care unit at North Arundel Hospital.

George A. Bannayan (HS, pathology, 1967–1972), of San Antonio, Texas, who was a renowned expert on kidney transplant pathology, died on June 4, 2021. He was 89. While a resident at Hopkins, he authored a paper about the congenital disease that was later named Bannayan–Riley–Ruvalcaba syndrome. For more than four decades, he served as a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and also worked as a medical director of laboratories at Methodist Hospital in Dallas and at South Texas Pathology Associates in San Antonio.

Richard L. Bishop (HS, internal medicine, 1970–1971; fellow, cardiology, 1973–1974; faculty, 1970–1974), a cardiologist, died on September 10, 2021, at his Williamsburg, Virginia home. He was 80. A long-time resident of Worcester, Massachusetts, he became the director of cardiology and president of the medical staff at Saint Vincent Hospital; he also served as a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Richard A. Currie (faculty, surgery, 1970–1995; emeritus), a surgeon, died on October 12, 2021, at his home in Columbia, Maryland. He was 96. Originally from Montreal, Canada, in 1970, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins as an associate professor of surgery while also becoming chief of surgery at Columbia Medical Plan. From 1974 to 1980, he served as the first chief of surgery at Howard County General Hospital, where he practiced until his retirement in 1995.

Martin D. Valentine (faculty, internal medicine, 1976–2013; emeritus), whose career in allergy and immunology spanned nearly five decades, died on September 15, 2021, at his home in Baltimore. He was 86. In 1976, he joined the faculty of Hopkins as a professor of asthma and allergy, becoming emeritus in 2013. He is particularly known for his work on insect-sting allergies, and he helped to develop the diagnosis and treatment protocols that remain the standard of practice in this area. He was also a clinician in private practice for many years, and he served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology.

Walter T. Hughes Jr. (faculty, pediatric neonatology, 1977–1980), of Memphis, Tennessee, who was a leader in the field of pediatric infectious diseases, died on August 8, 2021. He was 91. After serving as head of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Hopkins, in 1981 he became chairman of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There, he conducted pioneering research on infections associated with AIDS and cancer until his retirement in 1998.

Kelly T. Drake (faculty, radiological sciences and oncology, 1979–1983), of Roswell, Georgia, whose career as a radiation oncologist spanned 45 years, died on September 9, 2021. He was 74. For many years, he practiced in Decatur, Georgia, and was affiliated with Emory Decatur Hospital and CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Michael W. May (HS, pediatrics, 1985–1989; fellow, pediatrics, 1985–1989), of Columbia, Maryland, a pediatrician, died of injuries from a car crash on September 10, 2021. He was 62. He was one of the founding partners of Howard County Pediatrics and was previously the assistant chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Howard County General Hospital.

Martin Y. Iguchi (fellow, psychiatry, 1986–1988), of Los Angeles, California, whose career in behavioral health research and practice spanned nearly 40 years, died on June 5, 2021. He was 66. A lifelong champion of equity and racial justice, he was the senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of redesign for the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Affairs.

Robert I. Gregerman (faculty, endocrinology, 1988–1994), of San Antonio, Texas, a leading researcher in the fields of endocrinology and gerontology, died on October 6, 2021. He was 91. He conducted endocrinology research at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute on Aging, where he led some of the first human studies on the metabolic effects of aging; later, he became director of the Hopkins Bayview Research Center Division of Endocrinology. In 1992, he relocated to San Antonio to serve as associate director for research at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital as well as professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He retired in 2011 at the age of 81.