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In Memoriam

Remembering those who have passed


February 2012

Robert J. Capone, M.D., HS ‘66, died June 29, 2011. He was 72. He served as lieutenant commander and practiced at the Oakland Naval Hospital from 1968-1970. He was a professor of medicine at Brown University and a cardiologist at Rhode Island Hospital from 1972-1991. He also held positions at Strong Memorial Hospital and Albany Medical Center Hospital until 2008. Dr. Capone is survived by his wife, Emilie; children, Robert and Jeffrey; and four grandchildren.

Bruce Dan, M.D., MD ‘74, HS ‘78, FE ‘80, died Sept. 6, 2011. He was 64. An adjunct associate professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt, he was a leading federal researcher who helped establish a link between toxic shock syndrome and the use of tampons. He was a member of the Toxic Shock Syndrome Task Force created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1980 after an outbreak of the disease. He later became editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association, and then executive editor and anchor for the Medical News Network, which provides daily newscasts directly to physician’s offices. He also conducted media training for academic faculty members at Vanderbilt and other institutions. In 1981 he received the CDC’s highest award for epidemic investigation, the Alexander D. Langmuir Prize, and the United States Public Health Service Commendation Medal. Dr. Dan is survived by his wife, ABC News correspondent Lisa Stark; and children, Rachel and Ethan.

Robert (Bob) Dorton, M.D., MD ‘59, died Dec. 12, 2011. He was 78. He started his career with an internal medicine practice in Richmond Heights, Mo., before relocating to an office near St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, with Dr. J. Collins Corder. He taught at St. Louis University School of Medicine for more than 40 years before retiring in 2000, and was honored by the Missouri Medical Society and the American College of Physicians for his service to the university. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ingrid; children, J. David, Dorothy and Deborah; and 11 grandchildren.

John W. Fristoe Jr., M.D., MD ‘45 died Dec. 5, 2011. He was 92. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, attaining the rank of captain and practiced medicine in the field of obstetrics and gynecology in Jackson, Miss., Atlanta and Decatur, Ala. He delivered the first baby at DeKalb General Hospital. He also practiced at the VA Hospital for 13 years as a member of the psychiatric staff treating patients with substance abuse. Dr. Fristoe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth; four children, Katherine, John, Elizabeth and Thomas; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Alan H. Fruin, M.D., MD ‘67, HS ‘73, died Aug. 20, 2011. He was 69. He practiced neurosurgery in Omaha, Neb., where he was chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at Creighton University from 1975-2000. After retiring from his practice, he and his wife, Carolyn, returned to Nashville at which time he offered his services to the Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt. He spent the last decade taking care of patients at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and invested a significant amount of time in the education of neurosurgery residents. In 2008, he was the recipient of the first Robert S. McCleery Master Teacher Award for Surgical Resident Education. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn. Dr. Fruin is survived by children, Alex and Candy, and five grandchildren.

Eugene W. Fowinkle, M.D., MPH, FAC ‘99, died Aug. 26, 2011. He was 76. Dr. Fowinkle earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, interned with the City of Memphis hospitals and was a resident in Neurosurgery at Baptist Hospital, Memphis. He earned a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan in 1962. In 1983 he became associate vice-chancellor for Health Affairs and associate professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he served until his retirement in April 1999. Dr. Fowinkle was active in state, regional and national health policy and a member of the President’s Commission on Three Mile Island Task Force on Public Health and Epidemiology in 1979. Among the honors he received were Distinguished Service Awards from the Tennessee Medical Association, UT College of Medicine Alumni Association, Tennessee Public Health Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He enjoyed spending time with his family and relished his role as grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; children, Greta, Frieda and Brenda; and five grandchildren.

William A. Gardner Jr., M.D., FAC ‘76-’81, died Oct. 2, 2011. He was 72. He served as director of laboratory services for Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Charleston, S.C., from 1969-1976 and as professor and vice chair of the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University from 1976 until 1981. He served 21 years as professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and as interim dean and vice president for Medical Affairs at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine from 1997-1999. Dr. Gardner is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann; children, Elizabeth, Lee and William; and seven grandchildren.

Harry C. Helm, M.D., MD ‘40, died Nov. 12, 2011. He was 97. He was commissioned as a medical officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was a flight surgeon aboard the carrier USS Yorktown when World War II ended. In 1945-1946, he served as senior medical officer, U. S. Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tenn., and was discharged from active duty in March 1946. After serving a surgical residency at Thayer Veterans Hospital, he moved to Columbia, Tenn., and helped obtain funding to establish the Maury County Hospital. Dr. Helm retired from active medical practice in January 1987 after serving the medical needs of Maury County for 36 years. He is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Anne, Clay, John and Martha; four grandchildren; two step-children, and three great-grandchildren.

William Johnston, M.D., MD ‘67, died Nov. 9, 2011. He was 69. He served as captain in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971 and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was in private practice as a cancer surgeon in Nashville since 1980 and was an associate clinical professor of Surgery at VUMC. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pat; children, Emily, William and David; and three grandchildren.

Hossein Massoud, M.D., FAC ‘73-’89, died April 26, 2011. He was 81. After graduation from medical school in Isphahan, Iran, he worked as a company physician for Amiran Oil Co. in Abadan, Iran. He trained in pediatrics at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital at Erlanger), and was named medical director in 1965 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1996. He was associate professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Dr. Massoud is survived by his former wife of 30 years, Carolyn; children, Jamileh, Mary and Susan; and six grandchildren.

Stanley R. McCampbell, M.D., MD ‘53, died Sept. 23, 2011. He was 85. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He began the private practice of cardiology in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1957 and in 1964 became the medical director of Globe Life Insurance Co. Among his greatest joys was spending time at the family farm, raising horses and tending to a world-class vegetable garden. He is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Sody, Robert, Jim and Kelly; and six grandchildren.

Donald McIntosh, M.D., HS ‘81, died July 11, 2011. He was 60. He began his medical practice in 1981, served on the staff of Upstate Carolina Medical Center for nearly 30 years and was affiliated with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System for the past 15 years. Dr. McIntosh is survived by his wife, Debra; and children Elizabeth, Donald and Rachel.

Jack. E. Mobley, M.D., MD ‘48, HS ‘50, died July 17, 2011. He was 85. He served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned medical officer and later as a flight surgeon during the Korean War. He joined his father, H.E. Mobley, M.D., in the practice of obstetrics, general medicine and surgery in Morrilton, Ark., until 1963. He then held a number of administrative positions at the University of Arkansas, Rush Medical College, South Dakota School of Medicine and East Tennessee State University before returning to Conway, Ark., to retire. Dr. Mobely is survived by his wife, Susanna; children, Jack, T. Andrew, Susanna and Deborah; and six grandchildren.

Robert E.L. Nesbitt Jr., M.D., MD ‘47, died May 25, 2011. He was 86. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and again during the Korean War, when he was a captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps, chief of obstetrics and gynecology, U.S. Army Hospital, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, 1952-1954. He served as professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, retiring as professor emeritus. Dr. Nesbitt is survived by his wife, Ellen.

William G. Riley, M.D., MD ‘45, HS ‘51, died June 10, 2011. He was 88. He served two years in the U.S. Army Air Force as a flight surgeon then returned to Meridian, Miss., in 1950 and began practicing general pediatric medicine alongside his father until his retirement in 1984. He also served in an administrative capacity at Riley Memorial Hospital and Riley Development Systems and served as a founding member of the Riley Foundation, which has made numerous grants for the betterment of Meridian. Dr. Riley is survived by his wife, Christine; children, Beth, Gail, Harriet, Kim and Amanda; and 11 grandchildren.

William (Bill) P. Riordan Jr., M.D., HS ‘05, FAC ‘11, died Sept. 9, 2011. He was 42. Dr. Riordan was chief of Emergency and General Surgery Services, assistant professor of Surgery for the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at VUMC. He held numerous honors and awards in the medical and surgical fields, presented during many conferences and has been published in several medical journals and medical books. Dr. Riordan is survived by his sister, Margaret; brother-in-law, James; stepbrother, Lee; stepsister, Kelly; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and Vanderbilt colleagues.

Marvin E. Schmidt, M.D., MD ‘62, HS ‘67, died Sept. 8, 2011. He was 75. He served in the U.S. Army as a captain during the Vietnam conflict as a preventive medical officer at Fort Riley in Kansas for two years. He was director of Graham Hospital Laboratory for 30 years and director of Mason District Hospital Laboratory for 35 years. A board-certified pathologist, he was an avid world traveler, tennis player, a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; children, Laurie, Robin and Karl; and five grandchildren.

Andrew W. Walker, M.D., MD ‘60, died Sept. 25, 2011. He was a supporter of Vanderbilt University and its athletics teams, serving as president of the Vanderbilt alumni association and chairman of the university’s major gifts programs in western North Carolina. In 1969, he joined the practice of William Berkley, M.D., and Hal Chaplin, M.D., which later became Charlotte Plastic Surgery, where he performed surgery until his retirement in 1996, and served as medical director of the Charlotte Surgery Center. Dr. Walker is survived by children, Scott, Bruce and Heather; former wife and the mother of his children, Kathleen Walker Hartley; and four grandchildren.

Houston (Corky) W. White, M.D., HS ‘91, died Oct. 27, 2011. He was 52. He was an anesthesiologist at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Cedar Creek Yacht Club and attended St. Mary’s of Seven Sorrows Church in downtown Nashville. He served in the Tennessee National Guard for 13 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of major. Dr. White is survived by his wife of 23 years, Debbie; and daughters, Kaitlin and Alexandria.

 

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