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In Memoriam Spring/Summer 2019

School of Medicine

Kato Van Leeuwen Pomer ’43, of Los Angeles, whose application to enter the Johns Hopkins medical school was enhanced by a personal recommendation from Albert Einstein, died on April 14, 2018. She was 100. A native of the Netherlands and a pioneering woman psychoanalyst, she held pediatric and psychiatric positions at a half-dozen hospitals nationwide before joining the faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles medical school. In 1961, she became the head of child and adolescent analysis at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Los Angeles.

Robert A. Schimek ’49, of New Orleans, former director of the Ochsner Eye Clinic who went on overseas missions to surgically restore the sight of thousands of impoverished patients in Central America and elsewhere, died Nov. 4, 2018. He was 92. 

Harry P. Raymond Jr. ’50, of Windemere, Florida, died on Aug. 12, 2018. He was 92. A World War II veteran who was recalled to duty as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he oversaw military hospitals in France, Germany and California. He then moved to Orlando, Florida, where he practiced for 46 years.

Donald G. Mulder ’52, of Pacific Palisades, California, a cardiac surgery protégé of both Alfred Blalock ’22 and William Longmire ’38, died on April 4, 2018. He was 94. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he entered Johns Hopkins on the GI Bill. Upon graduation, he spent three years as an intern and surgical resident under Blalock. In 1955, Longmire invited him to complete his residency at the just-opened UCLA Medical Center, where Longmire had become head of surgery. Mulder conducted important, pioneering research in the use of cardiopulmonary bypass techniques and both built and tested the first bypass pump oxygenator used at UCLA.

Herbert L. Fred ’54, of Houston, professor emeritus of medicine at McGovern Medical School and a Master in the American College of Physicians, died on Dec. 30, 2018. He was 89. Fred joined the faculty of Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine in 1962, where he earned honors as an outstanding teacher. At the age of 88, he published his 488th journal article, describing the case histories of five patients who had developed a rare condition, the tricuspid insufficiency-pulsating varicocele connection. This enlargement of the veins in the scrotum is now officially called the Fred syndrome.

William J. Hostnik ’54, of Old Lyme, Connecticut, a former president of the New England Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgeons, died on Dec. 1, 2018, after a long battle against Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90. 

Michael S. Buckner ’55, of Headland, Alabama, died on Jan. 4, 2019. He was 88. After receiving specialty training in pathology at the University of Denver and serving in the U.S. Navy, he practiced pathology in Denver and at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, and in Dothan, Alabama.

Hamilton W. “Peter” McKay Jr. ’55, of Charlotte, North Carolina, founder and head of the Charlotte-based Carolina Asthma and Allergy Clinic, died on Nov. 24, 2018, of progressive lung failure. He was 89. McKay undertook postgraduate studies in the then-new field of allergy and immunology at Duke, and participated in early clinical trials of the polio vaccine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He returned to Charlotte to expand an existing asthma and allergy clinic. It since has grown to become the area’s largest such practice.

James E. Jordan ’60, of Baltimore, died on Jan. 9, 2019. He was 84. Jordan spent his career at Columbia Medical Practice in Columbia, Maryland, as chief of obstetrics and gynecology. He also became president of the Patuxent Medical Group and served as vice president of Maryland BlueCross BlueShield.

Jack D. Bargainer ’61, of Abilene, Texas, the first interventional cardiologist in that city and founder of the first cardiac catheterization lab at West Texas Medical Center, died on Aug. 15, 2018. He was 83.

Rodney D. Skoglund ’66, of Normandy Park, Washington, died on June 24, 2018, from metastasized ocular melanoma. He was 78. Skoglund maintained a private practice in Normandy Park for more than 45 years. He also served as a clinical professor at the University of Washington medical school, chief of staff for Highline Community Hospital and medical director for the Medic One paramedical emergency medicine training program in Highline.

Rodney J. Simonsen ’67, of Austin, Texas, a pioneering practitioner of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in Central Texas, died on Feb. 20, 2019. He was 80. In 1974, he opened the first PM&R center in Austin’s Shoal Creek Hospital, where he also became the leading Central Texas physician to treat muscular dystrophy. Simonsen established rehabilitation units at other Austin hospitals while using his private pilot’s license to fly to underserved communities and treat patients there.

Jerry L. Rubin ’68, of Carmel, California, a beloved oncologist and hematologist to thousands of cancer and AIDS/HIV patients on the Monterey Peninsula, died on Oct. 16, 2018, of acute myelogenous leukemia. He was 74. During his 44-year career in California, he was instrumental in establishing support groups for his patients, which ultimately evolved into Hospice of the Central Coast, the first of its kind in the area.

Frank Guerra ’69, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally recognized leader in the care of patients with treatment-resistant mood disorders, died on Nov. 4, 2018, after a monthlong battle with bone cancer. He was 73. Trained in anesthesiology and psychiatry, he became a clinical professor in both fields at the University of Colorado. Guerra was tirelessly committed to decreasing the stigma of mental illness.

Loren G. Lipson ’69, of South Pasadena, California, former chief of the section on geriatric medicine in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, died on Sept. 27, 2018. He was 74. An endocrinologist, he held associate professorships in medicine, gerontology, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational science and occupational therapy. His abiding interest in elder care led to his influential work drafting landmark medication regulations for nursing homes. He was a respected forensic witness specializing in nursing home and assisted living facility standards, testifying in cases nationwide. 

Arve Michelsen ’70 (Ph.D. in biomedical engineering), of Silver Spring, Maryland, principal staff engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory for 36 years, died on Sept. 10, 2018. He was 94.

Kathreen M. Johnston ’79, of Burlingame, California, an expert in metabolic conditions afflicting both children and adults, died on Dec. 18, 2018, of ovarian cancer, which she fought valiantly for more than 11 years. She was 65. She was a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University’s medical center from 1986 to 1993. From 1993 to 2015, she was clinical geneticist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, where she was chief of the genetics department. She also was on the clinical faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, where she mentored many residents, fellows and genetic counselors.

Former Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

Blair E. Batson (HS; faculty, pediatrics, 1946; 1952–55), considered the father of organized pediatrics in Mississippi as the first chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, died on Nov. 26, 2018. He was 98.

Saul Boyarsky (HS, medicine, 1946–47), of Durham, North Carolina, died on Jan. 15, 2019. He was 95. Following service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Boyarsky completed a urology residency at Duke and then joined its faculty. He became director of both urologic research and rehabilitation medicine before moving to St. Louis in 1970 to become urologic surgeon-in-chief at Barnes Hospital and Washington University. When his eyesight began to fail, he entered Washington University’s law school, obtaining his law degree in 1981. He used his law degree to lobby for tort reform, write on malpractice, and co-author a code for relations between physicians and attorneys.

Alvin A. Stambler (HS; faculty, pediatrics, 1955; faculty, 1970–2017), a pediatrician who treated generations of Baltimore infants, children and adolescents during a six-decade career, died on Sept. 26, 2018. He was 91.

William P. Cornell (HS, cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine, 1957–65), of Paradise Valley, Arizona, who in 1969 performed the first kidney transplant in Arizona and was widely known as an accomplished cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, died on July 21, 2018. He was 86.

Victor Eugene “Gene” Cornett (HS, surgery, 1957), of Greenville, South Carolina, died on June 12, 2018. He was 88. Following his postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins, Cornett taught at the Medical College of Georgia for six years before becoming a founding partner of Thoracic Cardiovascular Associates in Greenville.

Perry Black (HS, neurological surgery, 1959–63; fellow physiology, 1961–62; faculty, neurosurgery, 1959–79; faculty, surgery, 1967–79), of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, who headed the department of neurosurgery at what now is Drexel University College of Medicine from 1979 to 1995, died on Oct. 28, 2018, of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

Mary Shams Roberts (HS, obstetrics, 1960; faculty, 1989), of Baltimore, an obstetrician, gynecologist and psychiatrist, died on Nov. 19, 2018, of mesothelioma. She was 86. A 1959 graduate of the University of Tehran, she maintained a private practice in gynecology and obstetrics for several years, then later trained in adult and child psychiatry at Baltimore’s Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, where her husband of 57 years, Paul Roberts (HS, pediatrics, 1961–62; faculty, psychiatry, 1985–2007) also worked. Before retiring in 2014, she maintained a private psychiatric practice for 40 years.

Samuel Charache (fellow, hematology, 1960–62; 1964–66; faculty, laboratory medicine, 1966–95; faculty, department of medicine-hematology, 1966–2007), of Towson, Maryland, who left an enduring legacy in the field of hematology, died on Jan. 29, 2019. He was 89. Charache was best known for being the lead author of a pivotal New England Journal of Medicine article in 1979 that demonstrated that hydroxyurea, a common cancer drug, could reduce the frequency of pain crises in sickle cell patients. This paper and Charache’s work with George Dover, former director of the Department of Pediatrics, proved to be a revolutionary step in alleviating these excruciatingly painful episodes for countless patients. Charache also was a mentor in the departments of medicine and pathology, along with his wife, internationally renowned microbiologist Patricia Charache, who died in 2015 at the age of 85.

Sir David J. Weatherall (fellow, medicine; hematology, 1960–65), of Oxford, England, who founded the first institute of molecular medicine in the United Kingdom and discovered most of what is known about thalassaemia, a group of inherited blood conditions that affect 1 to 2 percent of the world’s population, died on Dec. 8, 2018. He was 85. Thanks to genetic techniques developed by Weatherall, the incidence of thalassaemia has been reduced in many nations. Knighted in 1987, he received the 2010 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. A former Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford and chancellor of Keele University, Weatherall was a protégé of Johns Hopkins’ pioneering hematologist C. Lockard Conley.

Dennis Dionysios Agallianos (HS, psychiatry, 1963–65), of Urbana, Illinois, died on Jan. 29, 2019. He was 96. Born in Galati, Romania, he fled the country after the 1951 communist takeover there. Originally a urologist, he became a psychiatrist in the U.S. He worked as a psychiatrist at Spring Grove State Hospital in Catonsville, Maryland, as well as the Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont, where he was on the staff for more than 30 years.

James G. Coldwell (fellow, pediatric neonatology, 1965), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the longtime chief of pediatrics and medical director of inherited and metabolic disorders at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine in Tulsa, died on Oct. 14, 2018. He was 88. He established one of the first comprehensive treatment facilities in the U.S. for children with phenylketonuria, a condition that can result in permanent intellectual disability if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Arthur M. Dannenberg Jr. (faculty, pathology, 1964–2017), an acclaimed researcher into the pathogenesis of pulmonary tuberculosis, died on June 15, 2019. He was 94.

Robert W. Edmonds (fellow, pediatric neonatology, 1966–67), of Chesterfield, Missouri, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine and at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, died on March 7, 2018. He was 84.

Randolph “Randy” Capone (HS surgery, 1997–98; fellow, 1997–2004; otolaryngology, faculty, 2004–05), of Towson, Maryland, died on Dec. 29, 2018. He was 50. He maintained a private practice in Baltimore as a head and neck fascial plastic surgeon while also serving as an extremely popular assistant professor chosen by Johns Hopkins medical residents as their “top instructor.” He co-edited Complications of Facial Plastic Surgery, published in 2012.

Mark W. King (faculty, emergency medicine, 2000–18), of Washington, D.C., a superb teacher of emergency medicine who also was director of the emergency room at Johns Hopkins’ Howard County General Hospital for eight years, died on Dec. 28, 2018. He was 63.