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In Memoriam

Remembering those who have passed

August 2013

 Frank Bauer Jr., MD ‘48, died May 31. He was 88. Dr. Bauer is survived by his children, Julia, Cinde, David and Michael; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bennett Caughran, M.D., ‘53, HS ‘58, died Jan. 23. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyillis. He is survived by children, Becky, Philip and Fred; and five grandchildren.

Eugene Davidson, M.D., ‘56, FE ‘60, died Nov. 21, 2012. He was 81. He is survived by his wife, Judith; children, E. Taylor, Anne, Elizabeth and Helen; and six grandchildren.

Royce Dawson, M.D., ‘52, HS ‘58, died Dec. 2, 2012. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; children, John, Lucy and Mary; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

William Dow, M.D., ‘71, HS ‘75, died Dec. 4, 2012. He was 66. He is survived by his partner, Ms. Daryl Walker.

Lewis Elliston, M.D., HS ‘75, FE ‘76, died Nov. 25, 2012. He was 69. He is survived by his wife, Julia; children, Carl, David, Mike, Paul and Danielle; and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Ernest Ewers, M.D., ‘48, HS ‘54, FAC ‘09, died June 10. He was 88. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah. He is survived by his wife, Marge; a son, William; and two grandchildren. Dr. Ewers, the son of medical missionaries, was born in China, finished high school in Somerset, Ky., and attended Emory University and Vanderbilt University. He served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. Dr. Ewers was a professor emeritus of Clinical Medicine at VUSM, and served on the Medical School Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. One of the founders of the Canby Robinson Society, he served as its president from 1981-1983. He practiced internal medicine and cardiology for more than 60 years in Nashville.

Roberta Friedman, Ph.D., ‘83, FE ‘85, died March 23. She was 56. She is survived by her husband, Paul; and children, Zach, Max and Benny.

James Green, M.D., ‘62, HS ‘68, died Jan. 12. He was 76. He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; children, Margaret, Bradford, Elisabeth; and four grandchildren.

James Growdon, Jr., M.D., ‘69, HS ‘73, FAC ‘00, died May 22. He is survived by his wife, Laura; children, Robert, James and Robyn; and five grandchildren.

William Hall, M.D., ‘48, died Sept. 8, 2012. He was 88. He is survived by family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Joseph Johnson, M.D., ‘43, died Dec. 1, 2012. He was 93. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice. He is survived by children, Pete, Martha, David, Edwin and Marion; and 10 grandchildren.

Milnor Jones, M.D., ‘48, died Feb. 19. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; children, Miriam, Camille and Jonathan; and five grandchildren.

John Kesterson, M.D., ‘43, HS ‘49, died Jan. 27. He was 94. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and is survived by his children, Martha and Karen.

Verne Lanier Jr., M.D., ‘66, HS ‘71, died Jan. 24. He was 73. He is survived by his wife, Dean; children, Cecile, Melissa and Renee; and six grandchildren.

Gene Lasater, M.D., ‘48, died March 30. He was 88. He is survived by children Carole, Randy, Eric, Gene and J. Scott; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sheng Kai Lin, M.D., FE ‘88, died Feb. 21. He was 64. He is survived by his siblings, Sheng Hsien, Jan Cheng-Yu, Cheng Horng, Shenchuan, Shen-Shiou, Tzee-Yuan and many nieces and nephews.

Warren Lonergan, M.D., ‘40, died Feb. 26. He was 97. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allene, and is survived by children, Lynn, Douglas, Diane and Todd; and seven grandchildren.

James McComb, M.D., ‘74, died March 9. He was 64. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, JoAnne; and children, Andy and Erin.

Michael Moore, M.D., ‘89, died April 24. He was 50. He is survived by his wife, Gina; and children, Madeline, Zachary, Jack and Sarah.

Hoke Nash Jr., M.D., ‘54, died Dec. 11, 2012. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Sara; children, Kathryn, Andrew and Amy; and eight grandchildren.

Robert Ray, M.D., ‘55, died March 25. He was 83. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; children, Robert, William, Joseph and Elena; and five grandchildren.

Joseph C. Ross, M.D.,’54, died June 22, after a lengthy illness. He was 86.
Dr. Ross, who was professor of Medicine, Emeritus, and associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, Emeritus, played a key role in many Medical Center initiatives during his years of service, including the establishment of the Department of Emergency Medicine and LifeFlight. He was also the driving force behind banning smoking at VUMC, which became effective in 1989, and often served as a media spokesman for the Medical Center.
Dr. Ross earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1954. He focused his career on pulmonary disease, was a resident in Medicine at Duke and began his career in academic medicine at Indiana University, where he participated in research that helped lead to the Surgeon General’s warning about smoking and health in the 1960s. He was internationally prominent in his specialty, and was elected president of the American College of Chest Physicians in 1978. He served as medical director and chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina before returning to Vanderbilt in 1981 as professor of Medicine. He was persuaded by then Vice Chancellor Roscoe R. Robinson, M.D., to enter Medical Center Administration in 1982, where he served until gaining emeritus status in 1998. Dr. Ross is survived by his wife of 61 years, Isabelle; children, Laura, Sharon, Jennifer, Mary and Jeff; and by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

John Schimmel, M.D., ‘73, died March 1. He was 66. He is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Ruth, Jay and Rob; and one grandchild.

John Thomison Sr., M.D., ‘44, HS ‘52, died April 21. He was 92. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva, and is survived by children, John, Robert, Mary Ann and Elva; and five grandchildren.

David Wheeler, M.D., ‘85, died Nov. 26, 2012. He was 53. He is survived by his wife, Mindy; and children Sally and Samuel.

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