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In Memoriam Fall 2018

School of Medicine

Strother B. Marshall ’47 died on April 6 at the Veterans Home in South Paris, Maine. He was 93. Upon completing his medical education, Strother joined the Air Force in 1950 and served 10 years. He then opened a private practice in Claremont, New Hampshire. He later practiced in Albany, New York; Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Salt Lake City. He retired in 1970. He was active in the William Strother Society, which traces the lineage of a 17th-century British immigrant to Virginia whose descendants included not only Marshall but General George S. Patton Jr., actor Randolph Scott, former President Jimmy Carter and former Virginia Governor Charles Robb.

Charles L. Rast Jr. ’47, of Columbia, South Carolina, died on Feb. 27. He was 94. His medical education, which included a fellowship in hematology at Duke, was interrupted by service in the Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army medical corps during the Korean War. He practiced cardiology and internal medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, for 40 years, and served as the chief of staff at several local hospitals.

John H. Sewell ’48, of Fort Worth, Texas, a former president of the Texas Surgical Society and chief of staff of what now is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, died on Jan. 22. He was 92.

Arthur L. Humphries Jr. ’52, of Augusta, Georgia, a pioneer in transplant surgery who was believed to be the first physician ever to preserve a kidney for more than 24 hours prior to transplantation, died on April 21. He was 90. Humphries launched Georgia’s second transplant program at the Medical College of Georgia and undertook his landmark, daylong preservation of a kidney for transplant in 1963. His determination and dedication to the transplant program ensured its growth.

Howard L. Smith ’52, of Marlin, Texas, died on Aug. 5, 2017. He was 89. Known to friends as “H.L.,” he was a native of Marlin who returned there in 1957 to join the staff of Torbett Hospital, where he had the opportunity to work alongside his physician father, Howard Owen Smith Jr. The younger Smith ultimately became chief of staff at the hospital, serving some 30 years in that position before joining the Veterans Administration hospital that served both Marlin and Waco. He retired in 2008. A man of many talents, Smith was a magician who performed at patients’ bedsides and at children’s birthday parties, a race car driver, a pilot and an accomplished water skier.

Stewart M. Wolff ’52, a Baltimore ophthalmologist who was an expert on strabismus, died of respiratory failure on March 24. He was 92. A specialist in pediatric ophthalmology, he supervised the orthoptic, or muscular, clinic in the Wilmer Eye Institute and later became an associate professor at the institute while maintaining a private practice that he began in 1956.

David C. Dean ’56, of Buffalo, New York, who was a professor of medicine and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Buffalo’s medical school and served as chief of cardiology at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1962 to 1991, died on May 21. He was 87. He previously had been an instructor in medicine at Harvard and later was a pioneer in the use of implantable cardiac pacemakers. He trained 60 cardiology fellows and lectured on cardiology all over the world. The American Medical Association bestowed the Physicians Recognition Award on him three times. Dedicated to medical education, he established the Archibald S. Dean and David C. Dean Johns Hopkins medical school scholarship in 2009, honoring his father, Archibald S. Dean ’22.

Robert S. Hughes ’57, of Adamstown, Pennsylvania, died on April 2. He was 85. After serving two years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, he spent 40 years as a general practitioner in Frederick, Maryland. Retiring in 2005, he continued to do volunteer work for Mission of Mercy, a community-based organization offering free health care, as well as the Homewood Retirement Community in Plum Creek, Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Harry Beskind ’58, of Yarmouth and Pemaquid, Maine, whose 42-year career as a psychiatrist included work as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth medical school, died on May 13 of complications from acute mylogenous leukemia. He was 85. From 1963 to 1965, during the Vietnam War, he was a psychiatrist at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He later established a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, and subsequently moved to Norwich, Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire.

George W. Lewis ’60, of Denver, North Carolina, an infectious disease specialist whose career included a two-year postdoctoral Johns Hopkins fellowship in Calcutta, India, died on March 27. He was 83. From 1965 to 1975, he was an associate professor at the University of Connecticut medical school. He then became director of the family health center at Jamestown General Hospital in Lakewood, New York. He also was named president of the hospital’s medical staff.  In 1993, he moved to North Carolina, where he worked as an emergency physician for Coastal Physician Services in Durham and then at Cabarrus Emergency Medicine Associates in Concord.

Donald G. McKaba ’60, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, who focused his private medical practice and academic career on allergies, immunology and asthma, died on April 16. He was 83. He served as an associate professor of medicine at Cornell in New York and was instrumental in the growth of Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. He served terms as president of both the New York and New Jersey allergy societies, and served on the board of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Sara Watt Smith ’69, of San Marino, California, whose 35-year career as a pediatrician mainly focused on underserved communities in East Los Angeles, died on April 5 after an 18-year battle against cancer. She was three weeks shy of her 75th birthday. Smith initially entered Johns Hopkins hoping to become a medical illustrator but later decided to become a physician. Known for her compassion for the poor, she enjoyed keeping in touch with her patients and their families as they outgrew her care. One of her greatest pleasures was to hear from those patients who went on to college.

Kimberly R. Kalli, Ph.D. ’94, of Rochester, Minnesota, who was instrumental in gynecologic oncology research at the Mayo Clinic for 25 years, died of uterine cancer on Jan. 8. She was 55. After receiving her Ph.D. in immunology, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and then joined the Mayo Women’s Cancer Program as an associate professor of oncology in 1997. A meticulous reviewer of research grant applications and papers by colleagues slated for publication, Kalli “made our research possible,” said one colleague.

Faculty, fellows and house staff

No matter the multifaceted activities he undertook during his six-decade career, Burton C. D’Lugoff was in his element. He died on November 25, 2017, of multiple organ failure. He was 89. An NYU medical school graduate, D’Lugoff arrived at Johns Hopkins in 1957 for his internship and residency in internal medicine. He joined the faculty and practiced primarily at the old Baltimore City Hospitals, now Johns Hopkins Bayview. There he created and led an impressive community-wide health system of outpatient clinics, where he specialized in treating drug addicts. The outpatient center at Johns Hopkins Bayview now is named in his honor. D’Lugoff also was a founder of the Chesapeake Physicians Professional Association, which became a national model for faculty practice plans in academic medical centers; and Maryland’s first health maintenance organization, CareFirst, later acquired by Maryland Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He played a pivotal role in the merger of City Hospitals with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Charles C. Brown (HS; university faculty, pathology, 1958–64), of Baltimore, a highly regarded pathologist recognized especially for his expertise in gynecological pathology, died on April 30 of heart failure. He was 85. An outstanding lacrosse player on the Gilman School’s undefeated 1950 team, he later was on the national championship 1953 Princeton team.

Richard L. Humphrey (HS; faculty, oncology; pathology, 1960–2016), a pioneering cancer researcher who probed protein disorders and bone marrow cancer and also devoted himself to helping the needy as an active volunteer for charitable organizations, died on March 26 at his Lutherville, Maryland, home following a series of strokes. He was 83. In 1977, he founded the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology. He also was an acclaimed teacher who won the Johns Hopkins Hospital Clinical Pathology Faculty Teaching Award three times.

Bobby R. Alford (fellow, otolaryngology, 1961–62), a former chair of what now is known as the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as its executive vice president and dean of the medical school, died on Feb. 20 of pneumonia following a long struggle with diffuse Lewy body disease. He was 85. During his four-decade career at Baylor, which he served as chancellor of from 2004 to 2010, Alford also was chief of otolaryngology services at six other Houston hospitals. He was president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, chief editor of Archives of Otolaryngology and a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Gunter K. von Noorden (faculty, ophthalmology, 1963–72), of Houston, the founding director of the Wilmer Eye Institute’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service, died in his home in February 2017 after a long illness. He was 89. A native of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, he was severely injured during the Russian bombardment of Berlin in April 1945, barely retaining his mangled right leg. He recovered fully and became an avid runner, tennis player, golfer and swimmer. After the war, he completed his medical education and emigrated to the United States in 1954. After additional training in Arkansas, Ohio and Iowa, he joined the Wilmer faculty to establish its pediatric service. He left to found a similar program at Baylor College of Medicine, where he remained until retiring in 1996.

Barry D. Fletcher (HS; university faculty, radiology, 1964–65), former chair of diagnostic imaging at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, died on May 17. He was 82. A pioneer in the use of MRI, he built an outstanding clinical research department and did groundbreaking work on childhood cancers. The Society for Pediatric Radiology gave him its two highest honors: its Gold Medal and its Pioneer Award.

Edward M. Hedgpeth Jr. (fellow, pediatric ophthalmology, 1969), a former clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Duke and University of North Carolina medical schools, as well as a prominent practitioner with what now is the North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat group in Durham, North Carolina, died on March 31 of prostate cancer. He was 81.

Edward C. Melby Jr. (faculty, comparative medicine, 1972–74), of Ithaca, New York, the longtime dean of the Veterinary College at Cornell University, died on April 22 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88.  Melby was named dean of the Cornell veterinary college in 1974 and served as its head for 10 years, overseeing considerable growth and expansion of its facilities, faculty, funding and programs. Melby received his D.V.M. from Cornell in 1954 and practiced privately before joining Johns as chief of the Division of Comparative Medicine, now the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology. While at Johns Hopkins, Melby served as director and president of the Baltimore Zoological Society. He also edited four major textbooks on laboratory animal science and published more than 50 scientific papers.

John H. “Jack” Judd Jr. (HS, surgery, orthopaedic surgery, 1975–81), who helped thousands of patients regain mobility during his three-decade career as an orthopaedic surgeon in Texas, Missouri and New Mexico, died on Feb. 3. He was 70. Judd frequently said he was “about to retire” but repeatedly hesitated to do so, saying that he still possessed the ability to serve patients.

Laurent Zessler (fellow, infectious diseases, 1987), director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its representative in the Pacific Sub-Regional Office on the island of Fiji, died on Feb. 6 in Malmaison, France. A French native, Zessler had worked as UNFPA’s representative in Afghanistan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vietnam, Pakistan and Ecuador. He also was the senior regional adviser in West and Central Africa for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. In addition, Zessler served as an adviser for the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.