Remembering those who have passed
Robert J. Andrew, M.D., MD ‘69, died Dec. 27, 2009. He was 66. In 1973, he moved to the Reno-Tahoe area where he began practicing Psychiatry. He was instrumental in establishing the Nevada Rural Mental Health Clinics and was the state’s first medical director for mental health in Northern Nevada. For 36 years he served as the staff physician for numerous rural clinics. In 2008, he received the Patient’s Choice Award. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cathy; stepchildren, Derek and Cheryl; and four grandchildren.
Arthur H. Applegate, M.D., HS ‘51-’52, died Nov. 21, 2009. He was 90. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1954, Dr. Applegate returned to the Mohawk Valley where he established a medical practice at the London Bridge Medical Office in Ilion, N.Y., until his retirement in 1984. Dr. Applegate thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of medical practice, the many people he worked with over the years and his patients. He was a member and past president of the Central N.Y. Academy of Medicine. Dr. Applegate is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty, and survived by children, Stephen, Robert and Mary; and 10 grandchildren.
Charles R. Benton, M.D., HS ‘49 -’50, died Feb. 23. He was 92. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of captain and as base pediatrician. Dr. Benton practiced Pediatrics for more than 40 years and was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He became one of the first pediatricians to practice in Escambia County in Pensacola, Fla. He was instrumental in the founding of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. He was also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann; and children, Carl and Ann.
Claude C. Blackwell, M.D., MD ‘37, died Nov. 4, 2009. He was 98. During his war time service from 1942-1946 he was at Walter Reed General Hospital and was chief of General Surgery from 1946-1949. After returning to Birmingham, Ala., he was at Highland Baptist Hospital and Baptist Medical Center Montclair, where he served as president of the medical staff. Dr. Blackwell was a member of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomat of American Board of Surgery, Jefferson County Medical Society, Medical Association State of Alabama, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Southern Medical Association and American Medical Association. He was also a member and former president of the Birmingham Surgical Society. Dr. Blackwell is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and survived by his son, Richard; and four grandchildren.
Robert L. Britt, M.D., HS ‘49-’52, died Jan. 9. He was 90. He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Britt practiced as a pediatrician for 25 years in Evansville, Ind. He moved to Jackson, Miss., in 1977, and became director of the pediatric outpatient department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. While there, he was awarded “Professor of the Year” three times. He moved to West Lafayette, Ind., in 1983 and he served as director of the student hospital at Purdue University until he retired in 1995. Dr. Britt is preceded in death by wife, Frances, and son, William, and is survived by children, Jane and Nancy; and six grandchildren.
Thomas H. Brown Jr., M.D., BA ‘43, MD ‘45, died March 17. He was 88. Dr. Brown served three years as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy. He practiced Orthopaedic Surgery with his father in Toledo, Ohio, and was assistant clinical professor at the Medical College of Ohio and chief of the Orthopaedic Service at Toledo Hospital. He was a board-certified fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a team physician for the University of Toledo, a trustee at the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo and past member of the Toledo Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Suzanne, and survived by his children, Carol, Thomas and Joanne; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Clark R. Cobble, M.D., BA ‘66, MD ‘70, died April 10. He was 65. Dr. Cobble was a captain in the U.S. Army. In l978, he moved to Danville, Va., where he began private practice in Ophthalmology. He retired in November 2010. He believed in the total body approach to medicine, was a certified gemologist, a gourmet cook and a connoisseur of fine wine. Dr. Cobble is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Laurel, Leah and Lane; one grandchild; two stepchildren, J. Kenneth and Christopher; and three stepgrandchildren.
Richard Crutcher, M.D., MD ‘37, HS ‘37-’40, ‘45-’46, died Nov. 14, 2009. He was 97. He served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army during World War II, and served in a variety of capacities at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky., including several years as the hospital’s chief of Surgery. In 1954, Crutcher performed the first heart catheterization in Central Kentucky and attended the 50th anniversary of his landmark open-heart surgery at the St. Joseph Heart Institute in March 2009. Crutcher is survived by five children; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Sam J. Denney, M.D., MD ‘53, died Dec. 28, 2009. He was 86. Dr. Denney served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his military service, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia. He completed his general surgery residency at Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Denney was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carol, and survived by children, Sam, Beth, Ann, William and Bruce; and 14 grandchildren.
James Wood Ellis, M.D., MD ‘43, died Jan. 21. He was 91. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1944-1946 attaining the rank of captain. He practiced Ob/Gyn in Nashville for 35 years, and retired in 1986 to part time work at the Nashville Military Entrance Processing station examining military recruits. He was on the medical staff of Vanderbilt, Saint Thomas, Centennial and Baptist Hospitals. He was a founding member of the Nashville Ob/Gyn Society and the Tennessee State Ob/Gyn Society and served as president of both organizations. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Martha, and survived by his wife, Mary; children, James, Jere and Catherine; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Robert C. Grier Jr., M.D., MD ‘47, died April 3. He was 85. Since 1954, he practiced Orthopaedic Surgery in Greenville, S.C., and was a member of the SCMA, the AMA, served as president of the South Carolina Orthopaedic Society and as a Diplomat of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Grier served in the U.S. Army, Army Air Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Caroline “Dimmie”; children, Robyn and Vicky; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edythe.
Wood S. Herren III, M.D., HS ‘48-’49, died Feb. 5. He was 86. Dr. Herren served in World War II and the Korean War where he received the Bronze Star Medal. His medical career includes assistant chief of medicine, U.S. Army Hospital, Yokohama, Japan; acting chief of Medicine, U.S. Army Dispensary, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and private practice of Internal Medicine for 34 years in Alabama. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ladye; children, Rebecca, Catherine, Gayle, Ruth and Alice; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Harriet Gayle Jacobs, Ph.D., PhD ‘67, died March 1. She was 71. She graduated from Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Science in math, and from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Dr. Jacobs spent her entire career at Vanderbilt first working in research, then as director of the Chemistry Laboratory at VUMC. Finally, she was director of Laboratory Computer Operations at VUMC. She is survived by her companion of 30 years, Gaines Mann.
Joseph E. Johnson III, M.D., BS ‘51, MD’54, died April 19. He was 79. Dr. Johnson served as a medical officer with the U.S. Navy. After two years in Hawaii, Dr. Johnson and his family returned to Johns Hopkins where he completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Immunology. In 1966, he joined the medical school faculty of the University of Florida as the division chief of Infectious Diseases and as associate dean. In 1971, he was named chairman of Medicine at the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In 1985, he began his tenure as the dean of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He retired in 2003. Dr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Judith. He is survived by children, Julie, Judith and Joseph; and three grandchildren.
Owings Wilson Kincaid, M.D., HS ‘50-’52, died Nov. 28, 2009. He was 88. Dr. Kincaid was a pioneer in developing the use of angiography to diagnose complex heart conditions, as well as vascular and renal diseases. Dr. Kincaid became a Mayo Foundation fellow in Radiology in 1952 and was named a professor of Radiology in the Mayo Medical School in 1973. He published many papers and participated in a number of medical societies during his career. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, and is survived by children Stinson, Sarah and Linda; and seven grandchildren.
Joseph A. Little Jr., M.D., MD ‘43, HS ‘43-’44, FAC ‘62-’70, died Nov. 3, 2009. He was 91. After an internship in Pediatrics, he served for two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, then resumed his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1950, he became an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville and in 1962, returned to the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt as associate professor. In 1970, he became the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at LSU Medical School in Shreveport, La. He retired to Sewanee, Tenn., in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sarah; children, Sarah, Susan, and Joseph; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Edward L. Mahon Jr., M.D., MD ‘47, died March 26. He was 86. Dr. Mahon accepted a position with the Travis Clinic in Jacksonville as their Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1956. He lived, worked and raised his children in Jacksonville, Fla., for more than 30 years until he retired in 1989. He was board-certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His favorite place to travel was Red River, N.M., where he took his family on many summer vacations. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and is survived by his children, Marveen, Janelle, Leanne and Steve; and three grandchildren.
Innes Armistead Nelson, M.D., HS ‘53-’60, died Nov. 11, 2009. He was 85. Dr. Nelson practiced general surgery at Baptist Hospital, Parkview Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital and Vanderbilt University Hospital until his retirement in 1987. He was a clinical instructor of Surgery at Vanderbilt, assistant chief of Surgery at Saint Thomas and served on its advisory and executive committees. He served on Parkview Board of Trustees, as well as the board of the local American Cancer Society, and was a member of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Surgical Society, Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons and H. W. Scott, Jr. Surgical Society. He is survived by his wife, Sara; children, Rebecca, Eugene, Sara; and five grandchildren.
Malcolm O. Perry II, M.D., FAC ‘88-’89, died Dec. 5, 2009. He was 80. In his long career, Dr. Perry was chief of Vascular Surgery and professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle; Cornell Medical College in New York City; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock; as well as the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was renowned for the emergency procedure he performed on dying President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Perry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeannine; children, Malcolm and Jolene; and two grandchildren.
Joe A. Pinkerton Jr., M.D., BA ‘60, MD ‘63, HS ‘66 –’72, died March 20. He was 71. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and completing his residency at Vanderbilt Hospital, he became a partner of Thomas Koontz Pinkerton at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he practiced cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for 35 years. He was associated with Children’s Mercy Hospital and Truman Medical Center, and was a clinical professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Pinkerton served as chairman of the Department of Surgery and president of the hospital staff at St. Luke’s. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann; children, Beth, Lisa, and Debbie; and seven grandchildren.
Eugene C. Sandberg, M.D., HS ‘49 – ‘55, died Feb. 13. He was 86. Dr. Sandberg served in the Korean War from 1951-1953 stationed at the U.S. Army Hospital in Honshu, Japan. He returned to Vanderbilt to complete his Ob/Gyn residency and started his medical career at Stanford University in 1955, where he served as associate professor and chairman. He retired in 1987. He received the honor as an Inductee to the Space Technology Hall of Fame by the United States Space Foundation and NASA. He was a member of the NASA Ames Human Research Institutional review board from 1996 until death. Dr. Sandberg is survived by children, Kristin and Kirk; and four grandchildren.
Stewart P. Smith, M.D., MD ‘42, HS ‘42-’43, died Oct. 26, 2009. He was 92. During World War II, he was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and began his Pediatrics practice in Chattanooga, Tenn. He always enjoyed his work and his patients, and considered himself fortunate to have a career and a profession that he loved. He was actively involved with St. Nicholas School and served on its board of directors. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cheryl; children, Stewart, Phyllis, Suzanne, David and Ruth; and stepchildren, John, David, Peggy, Greg and Chesley; 12 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Roger Lynn Swingle Sr., M.D., MD ‘62, died Jan.3. He was 78. He served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Upon leaving the military, he attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. After completing a residency, he co-founded the Athens Orthopaedic Clinic in Athens, Ga., and spent his entire medical career here, except for a two-year period working for the Alaska Native Health Service in Anchorage. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gwendolyn; children, Jim, Roger, Jean, and Sam; and six grandchildren.
Charles White Taylor, M.D., BA ‘54, MD ‘58, HS ‘58-’59, died Jan. 4. He was 76. After his residency in Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, he served in the U.S. Army. He opened his private practice in 1964 in Kentucky where he was the first to do overnight strep cultures. He retired in March 2006 after 42 years. In 1977, he was elected the secretary/treasurer of the Kentucky Pediatric Society, eventually becoming president. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice; children, Al and Page; and two grandchildren.
Clifford Tillman, M.D., MD ‘44, HS ‘44-’51, died Nov. 11, 2009. He was 89. Dr. Tillman served as a U.S. Army transport surgeon in World War II. He opened his medical practice in Natchez, Miss., in 1951 and retired in 2007. Dr. Tillman specialized in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and served as president on the board of the Armstrong Library from 1980 to 2005. He was president of the Natchez Audubon Society and shared his love for nature with friends. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; and children, Randy, Barry, Linda and Beth.
Robert H. Tosh, M.D., HS ‘58-’61, died April 18. He was 85. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He became an associate clinical professor of Ob/Gyn at Vanderbilt in 1969 and practiced medicine for 49 years. Dr. Tosh was considered a pioneer in laser gynecologic surgery. He was president of the Nashville Ob-Gyn Society, served on the board of the Women’s Hospital of Centennial Medical Center, and was chief of Gynecology at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. In 1997, Dr. Tosh received the distinguished alumnus award from the Lonnie S. Burnett Ob-Gyn Society at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was preceded in death by his son, George, and is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue; children, Susan, Ellen, Catherine, Robert and Lara; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.