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In Memoriam Fall 2021

In Memoriam Fall 2021

School of Medicine


Myron I. Buchman, an obstetrician/gynecologist whose career spanned seven decades, died on November 11, 2020, in New York City. He was 98. From 1966 to 2018, he served as a voluntary faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College.


John W. Runyan Jr., an endocrinologist and leader in preventative medicine, died in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 20, 2020. He was 96. Founder of the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, College of Medicine, he was also chairman of the Department of Preventative Medicine there for more than 20 years.


George F. Schnack, a psychiatrist, died in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 21, 2020. He was 102. After receiving his medical degree from Johns Hopkins and completing his residency at Columbia University, he settled in Honolulu in 1959, where he opened a private psychiatric practice and also headed the mental health clinic at Lanakila Health Center.


Gerald S. Spear, a pathologist, died in Newport Beach, California, on April 11, 2021. He was 93. For more than two decades, he served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins and made significant contributions to the field of renal pathology. In 1977, he became a professor of pathology at the University of California, Irvine, before retiring and becoming emeritus in 2005.


Tsun-Yee Lawrence, a pediatric cardiologist, died in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, on June 29, 2020. He was 95. For many years, he was on the staff at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and a professor at University of Southern California, where he conducted research on pediatric cardiomyopathy.


Thomas F. Mullady III, an internist, died in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 30, 2020. He was 90. After completing a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he settled in Chattanooga in 1962, where he practiced internal medicine for 55 years with the Parkridge Medical Group Diagnostic Center.

Paul E. Shorb Jr., a surgeon whose career spanned four decades, died in Bethesda, Maryland, on February 19, 2021, of natural causes. He was 90. For many years, he practiced surgery and held leadership positions at the George Washington University Medical Center while also serving as a professor of surgery there. He helped to establish the Breast Care Center at George Washington.

Brenda J. Voorhis, a psychiatrist, died in Orchard Park, New York, on January 4, 2021. She was 90. For many years, she worked for the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, in Gowanda, New York, where her ward was known as the “Angel Ward.”


John E.W. Baay, a surgeon, died on March 13, 2021. He was 88. After completing a fellowship in vascular surgery at Duke University and receiving cardiothoracic surgical training with Michael E. DeBakey and Denton A. Cooley ’44 in Houston, he settled in Amarillo, Texas, where he practiced surgery for more than three decades.


Joseph A. Romeo, an acclaimed cardiologist who practiced in the Washington, D.C., area, died in Potomac, Maryland, on March 16, 2021, of glioblastoma. He was 84. After serving as a cardiology consultant to the U.S. Department of State, he became chief of cardiology in the Bureau of Medical Services at State, and in 2014, he received the Superior Honor Award from the State Department for his exemplary service.


Peggy B. Prock, of Needham, Massachusetts, died on May 27, 2021. She was 91. Prock earned a master’s degree in physiological chemistry from the school of medicine.


Duane F. Alexander, a former director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, died in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on February 16, 2020, from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79. A champion for the health and well-being of women, children, and people with intellectual and physical disabilities, he presided over landmark achievements at the NICHD while serving as director from 1986 to 2009. His advocacy for people with disabilities helped to establish the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within the NICHD.


Richard W. Light, a world-renowned pulmonologist and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, died in Brentwood, Tennessee, on May 11, 2021. He was 79. His pioneering research as a medical resident at Johns Hopkins led to “Light’s criteria,” a pulmonary diagnostic tool still taught in medical schools around the world. He came to Vanderbilt in 1997 from the University of California at Irvine, where he was a professor of medicine for two decades.

Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

Allen N. Jelks (HS, pediatrics, 1957–1959), a pediatrician, died in Panama City, Florida, on May 26, 2021. He was 90. He met his wife, Mary L. Jelks (1929–2018), while they were both medical interns at Johns Hopkins. After residency, the couple started their own pediatric practice in Sarasota, Florida.

Joseph D. Lichtenberg (faculty, psychiatry, 1957), an acclaimed psychoanalyst and prolific author, died in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 19, 2021. He was 95. The author of Psychoanalysis and Motivation, as well as the founder of an ongoing study group known as the “Creativity Seminar,” he also maintained a private psychoanalytic practice for 55 years.

Hilary T.S. O’Herlihy (faculty, cardiology, 1958–2007), a cardiologist whose career spanned five decades, died in Annapolis, Maryland, on October 5, 2020. He was 90. He served as chief of cardiology at Bon Secours Hospital for 15 years and as chief of medicine for 36 years at North Arundel Hospital (now University of Maryland Baltimore/Washington) where the cardiology wing is named after him.

Carola Eisenberg (HS, psychiatry, 1959–1967), a renowned psychiatrist and human rights advocate who became the first woman to hold the position of dean of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died in Lincoln, Massachusetts, on March 11, 2021. She was 103. She was a founding member of Physicians for Human Rights as well as an honorary psychiatrist with the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Charles R. Hatcher Jr. (HS, surgery, 1959–1962), an acclaimed cardiothoracic surgeon who served as vice president for health affairs at Emory University and director of Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, died in Cashiers, North Carolina, on March 27, 2021. He was 90. A protégé of Johns Hopkins’ Alfred Blalock ’22, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory. Often referred to as Atlanta’s first “health czar,” Hatcher was also the founding chairman and CEO of the Emory University System of Healthcare.

William S. Maxfield (HS, radiology, 1959–1961; faculty, radiology, 1961–1963), a radiologist, died in Odessa, Florida, on March 25, 2021. He was 90. He was a clinical professor of radiology at Tulane University and, concurrently, chief of the Ochsner Radiation Therapy Department. A pioneer in the field of hyperbaric medicine, he was a co-founder of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

Peter E. Dans (HS, medicine, 1963; faculty, internal medicine, 1978–1991), an infectious disease expert and prolific author, died in Cockeysville, Maryland, on February 28, 2021, from COVID-19. He was 83. An innovator throughout his career, he launched the school of medicine’s first required course in medical ethics, founded one of the first health clinics for migrant farm workers in the nation, and helped to create the field of quality care assurance. The author or co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and other contributions to the medical literature, he also authored Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah, as well as Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob, a children’s book.

Domingo A. Garcia (fellow, medicine, 1966), an internist in private practice, died in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, on April 5, 2021, of congestive heart failure. He was 92.

Mark R. Silk (HS, urology, 1968), who practiced urology for almost 50 years, died in Farmington, Connecticut, on April 30, 2021, of Alzheimer’s disease.

Jiri Valenta (fellow, surgery, 1968–1969), a vascular surgeon, died in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on February 6, 2020. He was 86. For 30 years, he worked at Charles University in Pilsen, first serving as the dean of the medical faculty, then heading the surgical clinic, and later working at the Institute of Anatomy.

Henry R. Herrera (HS, medicine, 1971; psychiatry, 1976), a psychiatrist, died in Casper, Wyoming, on November 19, 2020. He was 78. He practiced psychiatry for many years before transitioning to farming and becoming interested in land trust and food equity issues, including long-term work at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

David C. Randall (faculty, psychiatry, 1971–1976), a physiologist, died in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 11, 2021. He was 75. For more than 40 years, he served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. During his career, he published more than 100 scientific papers.

William G. Merz (faculty, laboratory medicine, 1974–1993; dermatology, 1974–1998; pathology, 1974–2012), director of the Mycology Laboratory at Hopkins for more than 30 years, died in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on November 22, 2020, from Parkinson’s disease. He was 79. A fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, he authored more than 145 peer-reviewed publications during his career.

Aldo T. Paz-Guevara (fellow, endocrinology, 1975; faculty, internal medicine, 1975–2012), an endocrinologist for more than 35 years, died in Lutherville, Maryland, on February 2, 2021. He was 87.

David C. U’Prichard (fellow, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, 1975–1978; faculty, neurosciences, 1987), a pharmacologist, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 29, 2020. He was 72.

William Reichel (faculty, medicine, 1976–1990), one of the founders of geriatric medicine who had a deep interest in medical ethics, died in Lutherville, Maryland, on May 14, 2021, from complications of a stroke. He was 93. He established a family medicine residency at what is now Franklin Square Medical Center, where he also served as director of outpatient services and director of family medicine and human development.

Gladys Arak Freedman (faculty, psychiatry, 1979–1999), of Baltimore, died on November 5, 2020. She was 77. A dedicated psychiatrist for more than four decades, she treated patients up until the day she died.

Barbara A. Falco (faculty, obstetrics and gynecology, 1981–1998), a certified nurse midwife, died on February 14, 2021, in Reisterstown, Maryland. She was 85. She worked as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, at University of Maryland Hospital, and with the Baltimore City Health Department. After becoming a certified nurse midwife at Georgetown University in 1980, she provided women’s health care and taught at Johns Hopkins for many years.

Warwick L. Morison (faculty, dermatology, 1981–2016), a dermatologist known for his expertise in photodermatology and photomedicine, died in Galena, Maryland, on February 25, 2020. He was 78. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he was an attending physician at Harvard for six years and at Johns Hopkins for almost 30 years. His book Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy of Skin Disease became a classic guide in the U.S.

Julian W. Proctor (faculty, oncology, radiology, 1983–1986), a radiation oncologist, died in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, on March 24, 2021. He was 79. He practiced at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Pennsylvania, for more than 30 years, and also helped to create the Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Michael S. Shear (fellow, rehabilitative medicine, 1984–1986; faculty, geriatrics, 1987–1993), a physiatrist who treated chronic pain, died in Towson, Maryland, on April 5, 2021, of cancer. He was 68.

William H. Adler III (faculty, pediatrics, 1975–2003; medicine-radiology, 1987–2003), who conducted research on the immunology of aging, died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 27, 2021. He was 81. In 1976, Adler became chief of Clinical Immunology Research at the National Institute on Aging’s Gerontological Research Center. During his 20 years at the NIA/GRC, he held voluntary faculty positions at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland schools of medicine. Throughout the 1980s, his research included many studies on HIV and the effect of aging on the course of AIDS.

M. Lee Williams (faculty, otolaryngology-head/neck surgery, 1988–2021) died in Irvington, Virginia, on April 26, 2021. He was 96. For more than four decades, he held teaching appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins and also served as chief of otolaryngology at the Union Memorial Hospital.

Calvin E. Jones (faculty, surgery, 1989–2002; emeritus, 2002–2021), a vascular surgeon, died in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 16, 2021, after suffering a fall at his home. He was 82. After completing fellowships in Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, he established a private practice in Baltimore and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1989. He served as chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Bayview until his retirement in the early 2000s.

Eric B. Jelin (faculty, surgery, 2015–2021), a renowned pediatric surgeon, died in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 13, 2021. He was 42. He served as director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Fetal Program, where he performed prenatal, neonatal and pediatric surgery, and counseled parents. His research interests focused on improving outcomes after fetal therapy for congenital hernia, and device development for fetal therapy.

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