In Memoriam: Spring/Summer 2023

Published in Hopkins Medicine - Spring/Summer 2023



Julius H. Jacobson II, of New York City, died at age 95 on Dec. 4, 2022. He was known as the father of microsurgery, and his work advanced many areas of surgery, such as cardiac bypass, organ transplant and neurosurgery. He developed a double-headed microscope for use in the operating room: a diploscope, one of which resides in the Smithsonian Institution. He also pioneered hyperbaric surgery at Mount Sinai, where he spent the majority of his career.


Donald E. Carey (HS, pediatrics, 1955–56), of Gilford, New Hampshire, died on Dec. 19, 2022, at the age of 93. From 1961 to 1971, he was as a virologist with the Rockefeller Foundation studying tropical viruses while running laboratories in India and Nigeria. Then from 1971 to 1989, he served as a pediatrician at the Laconia (New Hampshire) Clinic and was one of the first pediatricians in the area willing to attend home births. Carey culminated his career as medical doctor for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa from 1989 to 1994.


Robert B. Flinn, of Greenville, Delaware, a nephrologist, died on Sept. 2, 2022, of metastatic melanoma. He was 91. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in nephrology at the Brigham Hospital in Boston, where he served on the team that performed the first successful kidney transplant in nonidentical twins. In 1963, he moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked for the predecessors of Christiana Care Health System, becoming chair of the Department of Medicine there in 1980. He continued in that position for 26 years until his retirement.


George M. Callard (HS, surgery, 1964–65), of Cincinnati, died on Nov. 19, 2022, at the age of 88. In 1972, he joined the staff of The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati where he and his colleagues developed a world-class heart surgery program. Callard was chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery for six years until fully retiring in 1997. Additionally, he helped to establish the cardiac surgery program at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the cardiac transplant program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.


Thomas P. Duffy (HS, medicine, 1962–65; fellow, pathology, 1965–66; faculty, medicine, 1971–76), professor emeritus of medicine in hematology at Yale, died on Oct. 28, 2022, at his home in New Haven. He was 85. After teaching at Johns Hopkins, he joined the Yale faculty in 1976 and continued there for 46 years, winning seven teaching awards during his career. He also served as director of the Hematology Fellowship Program for Yale Cancer Center for over a decade. A prolific writer, he co-authored Medical Complications of Pregnancy and co-edited Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing.

Dennis W. White (faculty, medicine, 1971), a radiologist, died on Dec. 5, 2022, at his home in Easton, Maryland. He was 85. After working at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore in the early 1970s, he relocated to the Eastern Shore and began working at Memorial Hospital at Easton, later becoming chief of radiology services at the former Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. In 1992, he returned to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he continued until his retirement.


Larry R. Kirkland, of Atlanta, an internist who specialized in cardiology, died on Sept. 25, 2020. He was 82. While he was in medical school at Johns Hopkins, he participated in a study abroad program at Guy’s Hospital in London. He took his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then in 1970, moved to Atlanta, where he began working at Emory Medical Center, continuing until his retirement in 2000. He was the first cardiology fellow at Crawford Long Hospital.


Pathologist Dennis K. Heffner died on Sept. 26, 2022, at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 83. After completing his medical training, he joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy and served at the Naval Medical Research Center, the Naval Hospital Philadelphia and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he became chair of the Department of ENT and Endocrine Pathology. His service awards included the Legion of Merit.


William H. Barker, who specialized in epidemiology, geriatrics and preventive medicine, died on Sept. 17, 2022, at his home in Rochester, New York. He was 82. Originally from Baltimore, he was the grandson of Lewellys F. Barker, head of medicine at Johns Hopkins from 1905 to 1914, and the son of William Halsey Barker, an assistant dean at the medical school. In 1975, Barker joined the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical School, where he taught generations of students. His influential monograph, Adding Life to Years (Johns Hopkins Press, 1987), which was on geriatric health services in the U.K., led to improvements in geriatric care in the United States.


William J. Freeman (HS, otolaryngology, 1969–71), who specialized in otolaryngology, reconstructive plastic surgery and immunology, died on Oct. 23, 2022, at his home in Estill Springs, Tennessee. He was 81. During the Vietnam War, he trained to be a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and flew as a co-pilot of the F4 Phantom. After the war, he moved to Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he served patients in the four surrounding cities.

Paul J. Gregory, of Reno, Nevada, an anesthesiologist, died on Nov. 10, 2022. He was 82. After completing his internship at University of Washington, he joined the Navy, trained as a flight surgeon and served two tours in Vietnam. After the war, he completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington and, in 1974, joined Associated Anesthesiologists in Reno, where he continued for over two decades.

Robert W. Guynn (HS, psychiatry, 1968–70), of Bellaire, Texas, died on Oct. 30, 2022, of cancer. He was 80. In 1973, he joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In 1989, he became department chair while also becoming executive director of the Harris County Psychiatric Center, holding both positions until 2007. Throughout his career, he was actively involved with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, producing and directing continuing education videos for the organization.


Susan M. Ice, a psychiatrist who practiced for more than four decades, died at her home in Philadelphia on May 18, 2022. She was 75. After receiving her medical degree from Johns Hopkins, she completed her internal medicine residency at Tufts and her psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She was the founder and former director of the Belmont Center Eating Disorders Program, and vice president and chief medical officer of the Renfrew Center in Philadelphia. She specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and the complex patient.


Charles W. Hastings (HS, fellow, medicine, 1974–77) died on Sept. 1, 2022, at his home in Louisville, Colorado. He was 75. In 1977, he began his career as a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente and served in clinics throughout the Boulder and Denver area for the next 25 years. During this time, he was elected as Kaiser’s Physician of the Year and held several leadership positions. He later practiced in Topeka and Leavenworth with the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.


John P. Kurlinski (HS, pediatrics, 1980) died unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2022, at the age of 74 in his second home of Big Sky, Montana. In 1980, he moved to Las Vegas to help establish the neonatal unit at Sunrise Hospital, eventually becoming the chief of staff and director of neonatology there. He was also clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. In 1993, he co-founded the Sunrise Children’s Foundation and served as its first board chair.


Walter H. Ettinger Jr. (fellow, rheumatology, 1981–83; fellow, geriatrics, 1983–85; faculty, geriatrics, 1985–87), a leader in the field of geriatric medicine and gerontology, died from complications of prostate cancer on Oct. 17, 2022, at his home in Baltimore. He was 70. He began his medical career at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he became director of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation. After earning his M.B.A., he was appointed to executive positions, including at the University of Massachusetts, where he served as the associate vice provost for clinical and population health, and as president of UMass Memorial Medical Center. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins.


Donna K. Zeiter (HS, pediatrics, 1990–93), a pediatric gastroenterologist, died of metastatic breast cancer on Sept. 4, 2022, at her home in Windsor, Connecticut. She was 58. After completing her residency training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, she did a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She then relocated to Hartford, where she cared for children and adolescents at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for almost three decades.

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J. Edwin Coffey (HS, fellow, obstetrics and gynecology, 1958–62) died on Sept. 4, 2022, at his home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was 95. After receiving his medical degree at McGill University, he completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins under the guidance of Nicholson Joseph Eastman, Richard Wesley TeLinde and Allan Campbell Barnes. Beginning in 1962, he worked in private practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist in Montreal and also served as an associate professor at McGill University. His many accomplishments included helping Dr. Jacques Chauolli win the Supreme Court of Canada decision for the right of patients to obtain private health insurance in Quebec.

G. Michael Vincent (HS, medicine 1967–69; fellow, medicine, 1969–71), of Salt Lake City, a cardiologist, died on Feb. 12, 2020. He was 79. After finishing medical training at Johns Hopkins, he practiced cardiology for more than three decades at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was also a professor at the University of Utah Medical School, where he conducted groundbreaking research on cardiac arrhythmias. In 1992, he founded the SADS Foundation to help those at risk of sudden cardiac death.

Harry K. Genant (HS, medicine, 1968), a renowned leader in the field of musculoskeletal radiology, died on Jan. 14, 2021, at his home in Fresno, California. He was 78. After receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University, he completed his internship at Johns Hopkins and his residency in medicine and radiology at the University of Chicago. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), as chief of musculoskeletal radiology, where he remained for more than 30 years, retiring as professor emeritus. At UCSF, he founded the internationally known Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group in the Department of Radiology, serving as its executive director until his retirement in 2004. Through his visionary leadership, he helped to transform the field of musculoskeletal radiology from subjective image interpretation to quantitative analyses.

Andrew P. Goldberg (faculty, medicine, 1983–90; faculty, geriatrics, 1996; medical staff, geriatrics, 2007), professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland, died from complications of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 25, 2022, at his home in Baltimore. He was 77. From 1983 to 1990, he was an associate professor and director of research in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins and what was then Francis Scott Key Medical Center. He then moved to the University of Maryland, where he became chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in 1992, continuing in that position until his retirement in 2015. He was a prolific researcher whose work focused on topics such as exercise and weight loss, obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolism and the rehabilitation of patients following stroke or complications of cardiovascular disease.

Ana Alvarez Murphy (fellow, HS, obstetrics and gynecology, 1980–84; faculty, medical staff, obstetrics and gynecology, 1986–87), of Augusta, Georgia, died on Dec. 24, 2022, at the age of 68. She and her family fled from Cuba to Miami in 1960. She spent her medical career at Emory University in Atlanta. Her love of academic medicine led her to co-author many books and publications, and she received numerous grants to continue her research, with a particular focus on endometriosis.

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