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In Memoriam

Remembering those who have passed

August 2012

Calvin Applewhite, M.D. ‘43, died Feb. 2. He was 92. Dr. Applewhite is survived by his wife, LaVerne; children, Rebecca, Charlotte, Virginia and Elizabeth; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Anne Utley Barnes, M.D. ‘55, died Feb. 18. She was 85. Dr. Barnes is survived by children, Sidney Jr., and James; and three grandchildren.

Charles Betts, M.D. ‘51, died Nov. 6, 2011. He was 86. Dr. Betts is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Leah, Charles and Craig; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Lonnie S. Burnett, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, emeritus, and former chair of the department, died April 3, following a brief illness. He was 84. After distinguishing himself as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Burnett was recruited to Vanderbilt in 1976 as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he served in that role for 19 years. He is recognized for his contributions in gynecological oncology. In 1993 the Vanderbilt Obstetrical Gynecological Alumni Association (“The Stork Club”) was renamed the Lonnie S. Burnett Society. In 1995, he was named the Frances and John C. Burch Professor at VUMC. Under Dr. Burnett’s leadership, the department increased in size and national reputation. More than 100 residents completed their residency training during his tenure. In recognition of his support of and devotion to medical student scholarship, Dr. Burnett was elected president of the Canby Robinson Society in 2006. Dr. Burnett is survived by his wife, Betty, and children, Anne and Michael Julian.

Dixon N. Burns, M.D. ‘45, HS ‘52, died March 24. Dr. Burns is survived by three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Davies, M.D., HS ‘69, died Jan. 13. He was 72. Dr. Davies is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Elizabeth and Meredith; stepchildren, Catherine and Christopher; and one grandchild.

Michael Faulstich, M.D., Ph.D., HS ‘96, died April 21. He was 53. Dr. Faulstich is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Paul, Natalie and Maria; and parents, Helen and Jerry.

John M. Flexner, M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus, died Dec. 27, 2011. He was 85. Dr. Flexner was a U.S. Navy veteran who attended Yale University, earning a B.A. there in 1950, followed by a medical degree from Johns Hopkins in 1954. That same year he began an internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt, joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1959, and over the years devoted himself to treatment of hematology/oncology patients, with a special interest in pain control and end-of-life issues. He was also a tireless educator of students, residents and fellow faculty members. He was elected an American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology, one of only 17 in the country; he was a co-founder, along with David Barton, M.D., of Alive Hospice; and he was one of the early physicians interested in pain management. His first wife, Barbara, who for many years was director of the Radiation Technologist Training Program, died in 2002. In 2003, in a hospital chapel packed with well wishers, Dr. Flexner married his second wife, Glenda, who survives him, as do four children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

William Harrison, M.D., HS ‘50, died April 27. He was 91. Dr. Harrison lived in Houston. He is survived by children, Cindy, Bill, Melissa, Douglas and James; 11 grandchildren and five

William H. Hill, M.D., HS, FE ‘63, died in April. He was 81. Dr. Hill is survived by his sister Jean; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack A. Jaffe, M.D., BA ‘56, MD ‘59, HS ‘60, died Dec. 15, 2011. Dr. Jaffe is survived by children, Jack and Dara.

Joanne Linn, M.D. ‘50, HS ‘53, FAC ‘02, died Jan. 27. She was 85. Dr. Linn is survived by children, Mary Louise, Margaret, Joseph and David; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Shields Livingston, M.D., HS ‘51, died June 28, 2011. He was 72. Dr. Livingston is survived by his wife, Harriette; children, Barbara, Marian and Thomas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

R. Gordon Long, M.D. ‘55, BA ‘52, died April 6. He was 81. Dr. Long is survived by his wife, Francoise; and children Chris and Andrew.

William Lyle, M.D., BA ‘41, MD ‘44, HS ‘47, died Feb. 28. He was 92. Dr. Lyle is survived by his wife, Sara; children, Laurie, Lane, Lillian, Bill and John; step children, Chole and Caress; 15 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Richard Mathews, M.D. ‘66, of Dallas, died May 13. He was 72.

David Mullins, M.D. ‘49, HS ‘52, B.A. '46, died April 13. He was 86. Dr. Mullins lived in Pelike, Ala. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children David and Claudia; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lech Pietrasz, M.D., FE ‘95, died March 27. He was 55. Dr. Pietrasz is survived by his wife, Marta.

Ron Rice, M.D. ‘72, HS ‘78, died Dec. 19. He was 65. Dr. Rice is survived by his wife, Pam; and children, Bradley and William.

Jourdan Roane, M.D. ‘56, HS ‘57, B.A. '53, of Memphis, Tenn., died May 13. He was 80.

Thomas Whitley, Jr., M.D., HS ‘73, died Jan. 29. He was 69. Dr. Whitley is survived by his wife, Jennifer; children, Carson, Harrison, Tim and Rob; and one grandchild.

John Yardley, M.D., HS ‘54, died Dec. 7, 2011. He was 85. Dr. Yarley is survived by his wife, Eritha; children, William, Madeleine and Elizabeth; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

James Zickler, M.D., BA ‘43, MD ‘47, HS ‘57, died April 23. He was 90. Dr. Zickler is survived by his wife, Bobby; children, Jane, Dotty and Jim; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charles Zirkle, M.D. ‘41, HS ‘46, died Jan. 23. Dr. Zirkle is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Helen, Ian and Kevin; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.




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