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In Memorium Spring/Summer 2015
School of Medicine
Hugo Rizzoli ’40, a pioneering neurosurgeon and first full-time professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at The George Washington University, died of heart failure on Dec. 4, 2014, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 98. A member of the now legendary “brain team” of pioneering neurosurgeon Walter Dandy, 1910. Rizzoli opened a private practice in Washington, D.C., following service in World War II, and held top neurosurgery posts at the District’s Emergency Hospital and Washington Hospital Center before assuming leadership of the specialty at George Washington. Rizzoli also made significant contributions to the medical literature, including his landmark book on postoperative complications in neurosurgery and many journal articles on spinal cord injury, lumbar and cervical disc disease, peripheral nerve operations, the surgical management of aneurysms and the handling of radiation necrosis of the brain.
Anne Fulcher Hunter ’41, of Charlottesville, Virginia, one of only four women in her Johns Hopkins medical school class, died on Nov. 24, 2014. She was 98. Hunter met her future husband, Thomas Hunter, who would become dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, during her residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and she first practiced pediatrics on a boat in New York City’s harbor. She later spent decades raising their five children and, at the age of 53, completed a second residency at the University of Virginia. She then maintained a private psychiatric practice until she was 77.
Marcus B. Bergh ’45, of Jacksonville, Florida, who provided general medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and geriatric services to his community for more than 40 years, died on Jan. 24, 2015. He was 93. In the 1950s, he founded the Pureal Medical Center, which for years served as a hospital for the nearby town of Orange Park, Florida.
Leonard F. Rosenzweig ’46, of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, a pediatrician who cared for generations of children on Long Island, New York, died on Dec. 13, 2014. He was 91. After obtaining his medical degree, he began his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, but it was interrupted by military service. This included serving as assistant chief of pediatrics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center between 1948 and 1949. In 1951, he founded South Nassau Pediatrics in Freeport, New York, and practiced there until retiring in 1999. He was also chief of pediatrics at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, from 1969 to 1999 and established a pediatric residency program there.
Victor Marder ’59, of Los Angeles, an internationally renowned hematology and thrombosis researcher, died at home on Jan. 29, 2015, following a two-year battle against myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder, complicated by acute leukemia. He was 80. A protege of Johns Hopkins’ pioneering hematologist C. Lockard Conley, Marder began his academic career at Temple University, then became chief of the Division of Hematology at the University of Rochester, where he built an outstanding team of hemostasis and thrombosis researchers. In 1999, he became director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Vascular Medicine Program at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital and the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology in the Department of Medicine. Despite his illness, he continued working at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he was focusing on improving the treatment of acute stroke and developing a therapy to dissolve blood clots without the risk of bleeding complications.
Thomas Cebula ’73, who was a microbiology research fellow in the school of medicine between 1977 and 1978, before becoming one of the world’s top microbiologists as director of the Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment for the Food and Drug Administration, died on Oct. 29, 2014, of a heart attack. He was 67. A visiting professor in the school of medicine, Cebula was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2002. The Department of Health and Human Services similarly recognized Cebula’s achievements by bestowing on him its Distinguished Service Award for protecting the health of all Americans.
David Yue ’87, of Baltimore, a renowned calcium signaling expert, died suddenly on Dec. 23, 2014, of a heart attack, suffered while he was working in his Baltimore laboratory. He was 57. An M.D.-Ph.D. graduate who joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1988, Yue was recognized as a world leader in unraveling the mysteries of calcium signaling in myocardial cells and neurons. He was also an accomplished pianist and scholar of scriptures and found inspiration in the link between scientific discovery and religion. View full memorium.
Dylan Litao Yu ’03, of Rapid City, South Dakota, an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon who specialized in laser-assisted eyelid, lacrimal, orbital and aesthetic surgeries, died on Nov. 5, 2014. He was 37.
Former Faculty, Fellows and House Staff
Arnold J. Slovis (fellow, pediatric cardiology, 1962), a pediatric cardiologist who spent more than four decades practicing his specialty in New York City-area hospitals, died on Jan. 20, 2015. He was 84.
Barbara Lynn Straus (HS, pediatrics, 1981–84; faculty, pediatrics, 1984–85), of Toledo, Ohio, a much-beloved pediatrician and advocate for Jewish education who had been an accomplished modern dancer, died on Jan. 22, 2015, of a brain tumor. She was 64. After joining the Johns Hopkins faculty and helping to run the pediatric clinic for the East Baltimore Medical Plan, she moved to Toledo in 1988 when her husband joined the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she ultimately joined the faculty as well.
Thomas Farris Huff (fellow, immunology, 1983–85), of Richmond, Virginia, the vice provost for life sciences and research at Virginia Commonwealth University who fostered its entry into genomic studies, died on Feb. 1, 2015. He was 62. A 30-year veteran of the VCU faculty, Huff was named vice provost in 2001. He oversaw the university’s entrance into the new fields of biological sciences opened up by the sequencing of the human genome.
Idoreyin Montague (HS, internal medicine-pediatrics, 2013–14), much-beloved second-year resident from Knightsdale, North Carolina, was killed in a car crash on Dec. 24, 2014. She was 30. A magna cum laude graduate of Shaw University and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Meharry Medical College, she was committed to a career in domestic primary care and always had more patients in her clinic panel than any other resident, eagerly recruiting them to visit the East Baltimore Medical Center.