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Fall 2013


Date: October 1, 2013

School of Medicine

Herbert Elias Sloan Jr. ’40, of Ann Arbor, Mich., who influenced generations of cardiothoracic surgeons during his long career, died on May 17, 2013. He was 98. A pioneer in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, he performed Michigan’s first successful open-heart surgery in 1956; and in 1960, he became the first to perform such a procedure on infants there. On the University of Michigan medical school faculty since 1949, he headed thoracic surgery from 1970 to 1985.

Robert D. Sloan ’43 [February], of Medford, Ore., the first chairman and professor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Radiology when it was founded in 1955, died on April 3, 2013. He was 95.

John McGee ’44, of Sun City West, Ariz., a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War who practiced surgery in Marin County, Calif., for 40 years, died on March 29, 2013. He was 93. McGee’s wife of 69 years, classmate Marjorie LaMont McGee ’44, whose career included service as a physician for the Public Health Department, died a few months later, on June 11, at the age of 93.

Mohsen Ziai ’52, of Great Falls, Va., whose career in pediatrics included influential work spanning two nations, died of pneumonia at his home on March 27, 2013. He was 85. He returned to his native Iran after completing his medical education, but came back to Hopkins in 1965 as an associate professor and director of the pediatric ambulatory service. In 1969 he again went home to Iran to become dean of the medical faculty at the University of Tehran. He returned to the U.S. in 1977 as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester and chair of pediatrics at Rochester General Hospital in New York. He later taught pediatrics at Georgetown University in Washington and established the pediatric residency program at what is now Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax County, Va. In 2000, he became chairman of pediatrics at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., now part of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

John C. Smith II ’54, of Minneapolis, a former director of pathology and nuclear medicine at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, N.D., and coroner of Ward County, N.D., whose training in forensic science led to his appearing as an expert witness in numerous high-profile state and federal trials, died on March 14, 2013, of leukemia. He was 83.

Salvatore J. Cantolino ’61, of Bradenton, Fla., an ophthalmologist who was chief of staff for Manatee Memorial Hospital and a founding physician of the University of South Florida’s School of Medicine, died on March 9, 2013. He was 77. In addition to being a clinical professor of ophthalmology at USF, he served on the board of trustees of the USF Eye Institute.

Stephen J. Ryan ’65, of San Marino, Calif., who served from 1974 to 1995 as the first full-time head of the University of Southern California’s Department of Ophthalmology and its Doheny Eye Institute, as well as dean of the university’s Keck School of Medicine from 1991 to 2004, died on April 29, 2013, of cancer. He was 74. An internationally renowned expert in retinal diseases and ocular trauma, he was an enthusiastic mentor to young physicians. A member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, he also was a former president of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and of the Macula Society, as well as founding president of the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research.    

Mark Noël Martz ’70, of Whitehall, Pa., a dedicated cardiothoracic surgeon whose career was cut short by the early onset of Parkinson’s disease, died of his illness on Feb. 13, 2013. He was 68. As a member of the Rex cardiothoracic surgical group at Lehigh Valley Hospital, he was renowned for his skill in the operating room and compassion at the bedside.

Richard R. Rubin ’71, of Monkton, Md., a psychologist and former president for health care and education of the American Diabetes Association died on March 25, 2013, of prostate cancer. He was 69. On the faculty of Hopkins’ departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Pediatrics, Rubin spent more than three decades counseling children and adults on how to handle the emotional impact of diabetes. He lectured worldwide, wrote more than 200 diabetes-related papers, book chapters, abstracts, and articles, and co-authored eight books.


Former Faculty, House Staff

Jane Coplerud (HS, obstetrics, 1948), of Palmerton, Pa., the head of obstetrics and gynecology at Palmerton Hospital from 1948 to 1986, died on Feb. 14, 2013. She was 93. During her career, she delivered more than 8,700 babies.

Gilbert C. Schreiner (HS, pediatrics, 1949–51), of Omaha, Neb., who became a pediatric legend at the city’s Children’s Memorial Hospital during his 44-year career, died on March 20, 2013. He was 90. Schreiner ultimately became president of the hospital, where he had been one of its first three pediatric residents prior to his house staff service at Hopkins. In 2010, grateful patients created The Gilbert C. Schreiner Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial.

Jack G. Makari (HS, infectious diseases, 1952–54), of Suffield, Conn., a pioneer of immunology and cancer research who developed the Makari Intradermal Test (MIT) for diagnosing cancer, died on May 4, 2013. He was 95. A graduate of the American University of Beirut’s school of medicine, he was named director of immunology at Houston’s MD Anderson Hospital in 1954. Later, as director of research at Muhlenberg Hospital, he was the first to describe cancer-specific antigens. In 1965, he established the Makari Research Laboratories in Englewood, N.J., directing it until his retirement.  

Winslow Caughey (fellow, physiological chemistry, 1953–56; faculty, medicine, 1960–67), of Hamilton, Mont., a former chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Colorado State University, died on Feb. 25, 2013. He was 86. In addition to Hopkins and Colorado State, he held faculty positions at the University of South Florida and Arizona State University.

Howard H. Patt (faculty, surgery, 1956–84), of Santa Monica, Calif., a surgeon who was among the founders of what is now Baltimore’s Northwest Hospital, died on April 25, 2013. He was 95. After World War II service as a paratrooper medic, he completed his residency at Sinai Hospital, then across the street from Hopkins, entered private practice, and subsequently became chief of surgery and then chief of staff at what became Northwest Hospital. 

David L. Simes (HS, obstetrics, 1957–61), of Daytona Beach, Fla., a former chief of staff at both the Halifax Hospital and Humana Hospital in Florida’s Volusia County, died at his home on March 1, 2013. He was 84. A pillar of the Daytona Beach medical community for more than 30 years, he pioneered a number of now-common medical procedures there, including laparoscopy, and was said to be the first obstetrician in the area to invite fathers into the delivery room. He delivered approximately 10,000 babies during his long career.

Sami I. Said (fellow, respiratory medicine, 1958–59), of Stony Brook, N.Y., who received the Veteran Administration’s highest scientific honor, the Middleton Award, for his discovery of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (known as VIP), a hormone that affects the function of nerves, muscles, the pancreas, and other organs, died on April 30, 2013. He was 84.

Leon Cytryn (HS and fellow, psychiatry, 1959–61; faculty, pediatrics, 1957–59), of Silver Spring, Md., professor emeritus of psychiatry at George Washington University and a pioneer in the field of childhood depression, died on Feb. 15, 2013. He was 84. Born in Lodz, Poland, Cytryn survived internment in the Terezin concentration camp, partly because of his ability to sing, which pleased his captors. Graduating from medical school in Germany after the war, he worked as a merchant marine physician before immigrating to Baltimore for his residency. While at Children’s Hospital in Washington, he concluded that major depressive disorders seen in adults also could be found in children. He coined the phrase “masked depression,” conducted two decades of research at the NIH that confirmed his ideas, and co-authored two well-known books, Why Isn’t Johnny Crying: Coping with Depression in Children and Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment.

Peter Sterling Mueller Sr. (HS, psychiatry, 1963–66), of Princeton, N.J., a groundbreaking psychiatric researcher, died on March 29, 2013. He was 82.  Collaborating with researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, Mueller confirmed his theory that seasonal light variations caused mood swings, leading to the naming of seasonal affective disorder and seasonal energy syndrome. He also published extensively on the role of fatty acid metabolism and insulin resistance in psychiatric disease, as well as the role of lipid and glucose metabolism in neurodegenerative disorders. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.


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

Jean Morrow Tune ’50 (Art as Applied to Medicine) on March 19, 2013

Gerald Maurice Little ’54 on April 30, 2013

Thomas R. Bell ’59 on Feb. 18, 2013


Former Faculty, House Staff

Allan R. McClary (HS, psychiatry, 1950–52; faculty, psychiatry; medicine, 1952–2005) on Jan. 17, 2013

Jean M. Marshall (faculty, physiology, 1951–60) on April 14, 2013

John Richard Strawsburg (HS, medicine, 1953–54) on April 9, 2013

Jane Donohue Battaglia (HS, neonatology, 1958; anesthesiology, 1961; faculty, medicine, 1961–65) on March 5, 2013

William Doyle Calley (faculty, pediatrics, 1965–76) on Feb. 27, 2013

James Harold Heroy III (HS, otolaryngology, 1971–75; faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, 1975–97) on March 13, 2013