In Memoriam: Spring/Summer 2024



James Niederman (HS, medicine, 1949–50) died on March 2, 2024, at his home in Bethany, Connecticut. Niederman was a retired professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale University School of Medicine, a trustee of Kenyon College, a member of the Garden Club of New Haven and president of the Edgerton Park Conservancy. During his career, he was the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications.


Andrew Hilgartner, a specialist in general semantics, died June 26, 2023, after a short illness. Outside of his professional work, he loved classical music and sang in many choral concerts during his life.


Gerhart Duda (A&S 1954), 95, died on April 27, 2024.


William Dodge Kerr Jr. (HS, medicine, 1960–62) died Nov. 11, 2023, in his home in Evanston, Illinois. He enjoyed a long career at Evanston Hospital, where he spent more than 50 years practicing medicine as an internist and endocrinologist, mentoring other doctors and residents, and providing care to countless patients.


Gilbert A. Ratcliff Jr., 85, of Proctorville, Ohio, died Nov. 11, 2023. He worked as a pediatrician in solo practice and eventually joined Pediatrics Inc. He finished his career at University Pediatrics and as a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. While a member of the medical staff at Cabell Huntington Hospital, he co-founded the hospital’s intensive care unit.


Kenneth I. Berns (M.D., Ph.D.) (fellow, pediatrics, 1966–87; faculty, microbiology, 1970– 76) of Gainesville, Florida, died Jan. 26, 2024. Widely regarded as a pioneer in adeno-associated viruses, he served three stints as a leader at the University of Florida College of Medicine over the course of four decades.


Elliott Dan Kieff, a renowned virologist and infectious disease specialist, died Jan. 4, 2024, at age 80. He served as chair of the virology program at Harvard Medical School from 1991–2004 and was the emeritus Harriet Ryan Albee Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kieff was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.

Frank R. Barta Jr., died at age 83 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A past president of the Hollywood Academy of Medicine, he had served for many years as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. As a general surgeon in the Army Medical Corps, he served in Vietnam, where he earned the National Defense Service Medal.


Edwards Park Schwentker (HS, medicine, 1960–61; HS, urology, 1961–65) of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 22, 2023. He spent much of his career at Hershey Medical Center as a pediatric orthopaedist and director of rehabilitation, and participated in medical mission trips to Armenia and Honduras.


Peter C. Weber of Olney, Illinois, died Oct. 27, 2023, at age 78. He was an orthopaedic surgeon for more than 40 years and a third generation of Weber physicians to serve patients in Olney.


Raphael David (fellow, pediatrics, 1958–60), professor of pediatrics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, died Jan. 17, 2021, after a short illness. He was a highly respected clinician, educator and researcher at the Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center, and was one of the founding members of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

Maurice Lessof (fellow, medicine 1958–59), clinical immunologist; emeritus professor of medicine at King’s, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals; and chair of the Lewisham Hospitals NHS Trust, died at age 99. Lessof’s special interests were in food allergies, allergies and problems related to food. He served as an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Arturo E. Marchand Quintero (fellow, radiology, 1978–81) died Jan. 6, 2024. A radiologist, he practiced in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Medical College of Georgia, at Richland Memorial Hospital and Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina, and at WellStar Spalding Medical Center in Georgia.

Malcolm N. Joseph III (HS, medicine, 1991–92) died Nov. 26, 2023. After serving the U.S. as a chief flight surgeon for two decades, providing medical staffing for three presidential administrations and serving on Air Force One as Vice President Walter Mondale’s physician, Joseph retired in 1998 as an Air Force colonel and joined CareFirst, where he served as a medical director for 20 years.

Neal Salomon (faculty, cardiac surgery, 1990–1998) of Lutherville, Maryland, died from pancreatic cancer on March 21, 2024. After completing his medical degree and training, he moved to Baltimore to join the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He later established a cardiac surgery practice at Sinai Hospital and served as a medical consultant to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. At Johns Hopkins, he served as a physician mentor for the pre-professional, post baccalaureate program and mini-medical school.

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