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Fall 2012


Date: September 1, 2012

School of Medicine

H. Fred Helmholz ’37, of Rochester, Minn., acclaimed for developing respiratory care as a specialty, died on Jan. 7, very shortly after his 100th birthday. At the Mayo Clinic, he performed some of the first pulmonary function tests, and helped launch a school for respiratory therapy. He was also a founder of the American Association of Respiratory Care.

Michael DiMaio ’39, whose 35-year, award-winning career as an internist in private practice and at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence included nearly a quarter century as head of the medical review board that licenses physicians to practice in the state, died on Jan. 24. He was 99.

Bettina Meyerhof Emerson, Feb. ’43, who spent most of her career caring for low-income families and children with developmental problems, died at her Seattle, Wash. home on Oct. 18, 2011. She was 93.

Loring W. Pratt, Nov. ’43, of Fairfield, Maine, a nationally recognized expert on the treatment of chainsaw injuries to the head and neck, and a former president of several national otolaryngology—head and neck surgery organizations, died on March 13 at the Maine General Hospital in Augusta. He was 93.

Karl Emil Hofammann Jr., ’46, a Birmingham, Ala., gynecologist, female urologist, and surgeon who served as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Birmingham’s Baptist Medical Center for two decades, died on Jan. 15. He was 90.

Charles W. Tillett ’46, of Charlotte, N.C., who developed the revolutionary corneal transplant procedure now known as DSEK in 1954—more than 40 years before its “discovery” by others was heralded—died on Oct. 19, 2011. He was 91. He headed the Tillett Eye Clinic in Charlotte from 1954 to 1987.

Lay M. Fox ’47, of Austin, Tex., a veteran Navy captain who served as Lyndon B. Johnson’s cardiologist during LBJ’s presidency, died on April 23. He was 87. Following his retirement from the Navy after a 21-year career, Fox served as medical director of D.C. General Hospital; director of the heart station at Georgetown University Hospital; and worked in Georgetown’s cardiology and nuclear cardiology divisions until his retirement in 1997.

William L. Stewart ’51, a pioneer in establishing the family practice of medicine as a specialty, died on Nov. 18, 2011 in Highlands Ranch, Colo. He was 86.

James I. Hudson Jr. ’52, of Nashville, Tenn., died on April 27 at the age of 84. He was the founder and first director of Hopkins Hospital’s Comprehensive Child Care Program, a pediatric clinic for low-income families, and later director of the Department of Health Services for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Andrew M. Nemeth ’53, of Wynnewood, Pa., died on Feb. 7 at the age of 84. A professor emeritus of anatomy and a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, he served on the faculty there for 40 years. He also maintained a private psychiatry practice for many years.

James A. Schoettler ’57, of Chevy Chase, Md., who practiced psychiatry in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 40 years, died of bladder cancer on March 6 at his home. He was 80.

Paul W. Kohnen ’65, of Portland, Ore., died on May 7 at the age of 73. He was known to long-time colleagues at the Providence Portland Medical Center as “Professor PK,” a remarkably skillful pathologist, diagnostician, and indefatigable worker with a gentle wit.

Dennis Stevens Barlow 85, of Eastford, Conn., died at his home on January 20. He was 52. Following internship and residency training at the Macha Hospital in Zambia, Africa, and the University of Vermont, he worked at the Mtshabezi Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe for five years. He returned to Connecticut in 1994 and worked as an emergency department physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Conn., and Rockville General Hospital in Vernon, Conn., for the remainder of his career. 

Former Faculty, House Staff

Curtis Prout (HS, internal medicine, 1942-43), of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., a primary care physician for more than 65 years and a widely known advocate for improving health care in prisons, died on December 2, 2011, in his home. He was 96.

William Henry Muller Jr. (HS, surgery, 1944-49; instructor, surgery, 1948-49), of Irvington, Va., who launched the open-heart surgery program at the University of Virginia; developed the pulmonary artery banding procedure for infants and children with certain kinds of congenital heart disease; and oversaw construction of a new University of Virginia hospital, died on April 19. He was 92.

T. Franklin Williams (HS, medicine, 1950-53, part-time lecturer, geriatrics, 1983-89), former director of the National Institute on Aging, and a pioneer in geriatric medicine, died of pneumonia at his home in Rochester, N.Y., on Nov. 25, the day before his 90th birthday.

John Anton Waldhausen (HS; fellow, surgery, 1954-57), a protégé of surgeon Alfred Blalock and founding chairman of the Department of Surgery at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, of which he also became interim provost and dean, died on May 15. He was 82. Following his training under Blalock, Waldhausen went to the University of Indiana Medical Center, where he developed the subclavian flap angioplasty that for many years was the standard treatment for coarctation of the aorta. It lowered the mortality rate of that disease from nearly 60 percent to 3 percent. He then moved to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where at the request of C. Everett Koop, he developed its congenital heart program. 

Lonnie S. Burnett (HS, 1957-62; GYN/OB, fellow, microbiology, 1962-64), a leader of Vanderbilt University’s OB/GYN department, died on April 3 at the age of 84. While at Hopkins, Burnett pioneered not only in vitro fertilization procedures but sex-change operations; at Vanderbilt, he oversaw development of a leading department in the field. 

James Claris Wright Jr. (fellow, pediatric endocrinology and metabolism, 1961-64), of Indianapolis, Ind., died on Mar. 22. He was 81. Indiana’s first pediatric endocrinologist, Wright served as director of the pediatric endocrinology department at Indianapolis’ Riley Hospital for Children and as a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

David L. Rimoin (HS, internal medicine, 1963-64; fellow, genetics, 1965-67; faculty, 1967-71), an acclaimed medical geneticist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, died on May 27, just days after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. He was 75. Rimoin conducted early studies of dwarfism and other skeletal abnormalities while at Hopkins, and subsequently played a pivotal role in creating screening programs for Tay-Sachs disease. Such programs have led to the virtual elimination of the disease.   

Joseph F. Kennedy (HS, gynecology/obstetrics, 1965), whose pioneering research on in vitro fertilization led to the first “test tube” baby born in San Diego, died at his home in La Jolla, Calif., on Jan. 24, following a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76.

Thomas Provost (faculty, dermatology, 1978-1996), former director of the Department of Dermatology, died on April 18, in Fairfax, Va., of pneumonia following a battle against colon cancer. He was 74. Widely respected not only in dermatology but internal medicine, rheumatology, and immunology, Provost often collaborated with rheumatologists on research. Perhaps his major contribution to the field was discovering the antibody marker that identified an important subset of patients with systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), a mysterious autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, leading to chronic inflammation of the skin, joints or internal organs.  He also made important contributions to defining the immunological features of such blistering autoimmune diseases as gestational pemphigoid, a rare, pregnancy-associated affliction that causes significant rashes that develop into blisters on women during and after pregnancy.

Luigi Giacometti(faculty, medicine, 1981), of Potomac, Md., former chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, died on Oct. 9, 2011, of prostate cancer. He was 85.

Carol M. Meils (fellow, interventional cardiology, 1987-1991), of Milwaukee, Wis., died on April 1 following an eight-year battle with breast cancer. She was 59. Meils was the first female chief resident at Boston City Hospital and Hopkins’ first female fellow in interventional cardiology. She founded her own cardiology practice and later developed the cardiovascular program at All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wis.

Zenobia Ann Casey (HS, anesthesiology, 1999-2001; faculty, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, 2002-2007), of Baltimore, died on Mar. 31.  She was 47. She served as Director of Adult Remote Anesthesia and was a past coordinator of the Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine residency lecture series.

The School of Medicine also has received word of the following deaths:

Sheldon Fox ’42 on Mar. 29, 2012

Virgil A. Place ’48 on Mar. 14, 2012

Sanford Chodosh ’52 on Aug. 30, 2010

William Michael Holmes ’52 (Art as Applied to Medicine) on April 4, 2012

Donald S. Daniel ’58 on Feb. 5, 2012

Lianne Krueger Sullivan ’99 (Art as Applied to Medicine) on Jan. 10, 2012

Former Faculty, House Staff

Justin J. Wolfson (fellow, radiology, 1949-50; HS, 1950-53) on May 2, 2012

John L. Pitts Jr. (fellow, pediatric cardiology, 1953-55; assistant professor, pediatrics, early 1960s-89) on March 13, 2012

Rosa Meysersburg Gryder (fellow, ophthalmology, 1954-59) on Feb. 28, 2012

Raymond Markley Jr. (part-time instructor in gynecology, 1954-1990) on Mar. 4, 2012

James B. Brooks (HS, orthopedic surgery, 1957; part-time assistant professor, 1958-2007) on March 18, 2012

R. Gordon Long (HS, neurosurgery, 1958-61; faculty, 1961-64) on April 6, 2012

Mamdouh M. Younes (fellow, gynecology/obstetrics, 1958-59; HS, 1959-61)on Dec. 12, 2011

Charles A. Stump (HS, obstetrics, 1959)  on Dec. 25, 2011

Onkar N. Sharma (fellow, pediatric neonatology, 1969-70) on Feb. 10, 2012

Brent F.G. Treiger (fellow, urology, 1986-90; chief resident, 1990-91) on Nov. 14, 2011