In Memoriam - Winter 2024



Jack M. Zimmerman (HS, surgery, 1953; faculty, 1958, 1965–99) died on July 23, 2023. An infantry leader and surgical technician in the U.S. Army, he later served as chief of surgery at the old Church Home and Hospital in Baltimore and is credited with bringing hospice care to Baltimore during the 1970s.


James “Jim” L. Erwin died on Feb. 17, 2023. He was 91. A member of the medical community of Worcester, Massachusetts, for more than 40 years, he led a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology before joining the Fallon Clinic.


Patricia Tarr Mildvan (faculty, pediatrics, 1981–97) of Baltimore died on July 29, 2023, at the age of 91. She devoted her career in pediatrics to caring for underserved patients in Philadelphia and Baltimore. The wife of Albert Mildvan ’57, who died in 2019, she was the “North Star” of her family.


Charles “Charlie” Johnson (fellow, otolaryngology, 1972–77; faculty, 1977–78) of Providence, Rhode Island, died on June 1, 2023. He was 85. Following the completion of his residency, he worked with the National Cancer Institute before starting his own private practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He attended patients at Miriam Hospital and Blackstone Valley Surgicare for more than three decades.


James C. Gieske of Easton, Maryland, died at the age of 84 on Aug, 10, 2023, at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton (formerly known as Memorial Hospital), where he cared for many patients. He trained in Boston in general, pediatric, thoracic and cardiac surgery, and afterward began Naval service as a medical officer during the Vietnam War. Following his service, he moved to Easton, where he started a private practice. In retirement, he served on the board of Talbot Hospice.


John Parker Kurlinski died on Dec. 7, 2022, at the age of 74 in his home in Big Sky, Montana. He was a specialist in neonatology, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. In 1980, he moved to Las Vegas to establish the neonatal unit at Sunrise Hospital. During his 50-year medical career in southern Nevada, he held many leadership roles, including chief of staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, director of neonatology at Sunrise Hospital and clinical associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.


Peter B. Lyon (fellow, medicine, 1977–80) died on June 15, 2023. A Navy veteran, he practiced medicine in Portland, Oregon, with Westside Internal Medicine for 27 years. During retirement, he volunteered as the medical director of End of Life Choices in Oregon and was a mentor at St. Mary’s Home for Boys.


Michelle Yun Peng died on died on August 26, 2022, after a long battle with sarcoma. She was a skilled clinician and surgeon in ophthalmology who practiced at University of California San Francisco and West Coast Retina.



Constance Johnson (faculty, neurology, 1994–99) of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, died on Oct. 13, 2023. After completing her residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, she joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in the Department of Neurology, conducting clinical research in the area of stroke. She relocated to Tennessee in 1999, where she established a private neurology practice.

Eva Ehrlich (faculty, medicine, 1994–2010) died on Aug. 21, 2023, one month before her 80th birthday. Born in London during World War II, she and her family later defected from their native Czechoslovakia in a harrowing journey to Rome. Ehrlich moved to Baltimore in 1976, pursuing a three-decade career at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center.

Gerardo Lopez-Mena (HS, medicine, 2011–14) died unexpectedly on Sept. 4, 2023, in Mission, Texas. Known for his commitment to Latino community medicine, he served as physician executive of community engagement at Doctors Hospital Renaissance in Texas, where he was later named vice president of medical affairs. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the National Hispanic Medical Association’s Young Physicians of the Year. At Johns Hopkins, he founded the Embajadores de Salud de la Comunidad (Ambassadors of Community Health), and was the recipient of the 2014 Martin Luther Jr. Award for Service and the 2014 Diversity Recognition Award.