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In Memoriam

Remembering those who have passed

July 2009

William F. Boeckmann, M.D., HS ‘84-’86, died March 31. He was 59. Dr. Boeckmann graduated in 1973 from the University of Rochester in New York, with a B.A. in Biology/Psychology. He graduated in 1979 from State University in New York with his medical degree. He was employed by Professional Emergency Physicians in Fort Wayne, Ind. He is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Sarah, Will and Seth.

*James Callaway, M.D., MD ‘47, HS ‘47-’49, died Nov. 21, 2008. He was 85. Dr. Callaway served with the U.S. Navy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in pulmonary medicine research. He returned to Nashville in 1953 where he practiced internal medicine until his retirement in 1998. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nan. He is survived by children, Jim, Tom, Mike, Elaine and Catherine; and six grandchildren.

Richard W. Carpenter, M.D., MD ‘62, died March 28. He was 75. Dr. Carpenter graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1955. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1958. He eventually settled in Morehead, Ky., where he founded the Morehead Clinic in 1971, started the first cardiac rehab program there, and practiced internal medicine for 25 years. He is survived by children, Wendy, Rachel, Chris and Sam; and six grandchildren.

William A. “Bill” Cook Jr., M.D., HS ‘53-55, died Dec. 28, 2008. He was 86. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Wake Forest. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Following his graduation from the Medical College of Virginia in 1951, he served residencies in Ob/Gyn. He practiced Ob/Gyn in Lynchburg, Tenn., retiring in 1992 at the age of 70. Dr. Cook is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; children, Ruth, Bill, John, Robert and George; and 15 grandchildren.

*Orrie Alexander Couch Jr., M.D., MD ‘40, FA ‘57-2000, died Feb. 1. He was 81. Dr. Couch had a private practice of internal medicine in Nashville from 1948-2005 and was an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He served on the medical staffs of Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital and Centennial Medical Center. He served as a Medical Corps Officer in the U. S. Army from 1942 - 1946. Dr. Couch is survived by his wife, Marion; children, Nena, Constance, Barbara, Arthur, and Chester; and seven grandchildren.

George Crafton, M.D., HS ‘51-’54, died Jan. 10. He was 88. He was born in Fulton, Ky., and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He served as chief of Ob/Gyn at Baptist Hospital and was past president of the Nashville Ob/Gyn Society and the Tennessee Ob/Gyn Society. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Martha; children, Sarah, George and William; and five grandchildren.

*William DeLoache, M.D., MD ‘43, HS ‘44-’48, died March 4. He was 89. He attended Furman University and Vanderbilt University. After service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he returned to South Carolina to practice pediatrics. He founded the Christie Pediatric Group in Greenville, S.C., where he practiced for 20 years. He later became director of Nurseries for the Greenville Hospital System. He spearheaded passage of S.C. legislation requiring child restraints in automobiles. Dr. DeLoache is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bond; children, Frances and William; and six grandchildren.

William Dungan, M.D., MD ‘54, HS ‘54 – ‘57, died March 8. He was 78. After serving in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, where he was the Chief of Pediatrics at the USAF Hospital at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, he joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Dungan received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in 1997, and he was inducted into the UAMS Hall of Fame in 2004. Dr. Dungan is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; children Gail and Susan; and four grandchildren.

Charles Ellicott, M.D., HS ‘48-’52, died Nov. 25, 2008. He was 85. Dr. Ellicott earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He established his medical practice in Lexington, Mass. After the death of his wife, he returned to Baltimore and joined an internal medicine practice in Lutherville, where he retired. Dr. Ellicott became active with a number of organizations dedicated to serving the disabled. He is survived by children, Abbie and Aimee; and four grandchildren.

Charles Feuss, M.D., MD ‘46, died Dec. 24, 2008. He was 87. He served in the Army Medical Corps until 1950 and then practiced Psychiatry until his retirement in 1994. Among his career highlights were serving as superintendent of Longview State Hospital in Cincinnati, medical director of Emerson North Hospital in Cincinnati, and chief clinical officer at the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center from 1985 until his retirement. In addition to his practice he served as an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and as a professor of Psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

*Judith S. Gravel, Ph.D., ‘85, died Dec. 31, 2008. An internationally renowned pediatric audiologist, Dr. Gravel held the William P. Potsic Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Childhood Communication at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her illness, she continued to serve as the director of the Center for Childhood Communication at CHOP where she elevated the service, education and research mission of the center through her strong leadership and mentoring. Dr. Gravel is survived by her husband, Bruce; children, Julie and Jay; and six grandchildren.

John Harrison, M.D., HS ‘43-44, died March 20. He was 90. Dr. Harrison was a graduate of The Citadel and Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He worked in pathology at Philadelphia General Hospital and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a battlefield surgeon. Dr. Harrison joined his father’s medical practice in Greenwood. In the early 1950s he and Dr. W.P. Turner formed a partnership which continued until his retirement in July 1985. He is survived by his children, Lynn, Beth, John and Guy; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.

*G.B. Hodge, M.D., MD ‘42, died Feb. 23. He was 91. Dr. Hodge led in founding what is now the University of South Carolina Upstate. A prominent surgeon, he chronicled the history of the campus and its leadership in his memoir entitled, “Reflections on Building an Institution: The University of South Carolina Spartanburg” in 2005. He practiced general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for more than 50 years. Dr. Hodge is survived by his wife, Katie; children, Susan, G. Byron and John; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Virgil M. Howie, M.D., MD ‘52, died Jan. 6. He was 81. He established a pediatric practice in Huntsville, Ala., that he held until 1978 when he moved to Galveston, Texas, to teach clinical pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His and the family’s lasting joy was to continually encounter parents and patients who remembered him fondly. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Carol, Helen, Sarah, Tricia, Mitch, David and John; and 13 grandchildren.

James Hunter Jr, M.D., MD ‘61, died Jan. 11. He was 73. Hunter practiced internal medicine for 46 years, serving 33 years in Decatur, Ala., The last year he served as a doctor, he did so in a wheelchair. His dedication to his patients continued after his practice closed. Friends, family and former patients remember him as a caring and compassionate doctor who treated many low-income patients. Dr. Hunter is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, James, Meg, Sissy and Jane.

*Ira Thomas Johnson Jr., M.D., MD ‘48, HS ‘48-’51, died Feb. 3. Dr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University in 1945. He was a resident physician in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University. He served a fellowship in cardiology at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. Subsequently, he practiced internal medicine in Nashville for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanine; children, Steve, Randy, Larry, Tommy and Gary; and five grandchildren.

Ake Mattsson, M.D., HS ‘56, died March 31. He was 79. He was associated with George Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry since 2004. Dr. Mattsson was a long-serving director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, and East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C.

Robert McKey Jr., M.D., MD ‘55, HS ‘55-’57, died March 24. He was 79. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to Miami and began a lifetime of service with the University of Miami School of Medicine as the first chief resident in the Department of Pediatrics and then as a member of the adjunct faculty. In 1960 he set up his pediatrics practice in South Miami and later established the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at UM, where he held an endowed faculty chair. Dr. McKey is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille; children, Robert, Randall and Dwight; and four grandchildren.

Howard Morgan, M.D., HS ‘49 – ‘53, FA '59 - '57, died March 2. He was 81. Dr. Morgan was internationally regarded as one of the greatest experimental cardiologists of the 20th century. His strong commitment to excellence in heart research is a clear vision for blending the basic sciences with clinical cardiology, and his deep devotion to helping cardiovascular scientists reach their potential, demonstrated his outstanding ability in the creative organization of medical research. Dr. Morgan is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Patricia; and two grandchildren.

James N. Pope, M.D., HS ‘66-68, died Jan. 26. He was 68. He had a private medical practice in Lynchburg, Va., and also worked as a surgeon at the Lynchburg Hospital. He practiced medicine for more than 30 years before retiring. He was a member of the Charlottesville Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Loree Lynn; children, John and David; and six grandchildren.

*Fawzi Pualwan, M.D., MD ‘51, died Nov. 15, 2008. He was 82. After completing a surgical residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Pualwan volunteered and served in the U.S. Army. He was an assistant professor of surgery at UMass Medical School and maintained a private practice for 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty; children, Ramsey, Emily and Benjamin; and two grandchildren.

*Herbert Schulman, M.D., MD’50, HS ‘50 – ‘52, died March 8. He was 84. Dr. Schulman set up a general medical practice in Nashville and continued to see patients until his retirement in the late 1980s. In 1968 Schulman helped to create Hospital Affiliates International. He later helped start insurer HealthAmerica. Dr. Schulman’s wife, the former Joan Friedman, preceded him in death. He is survived by children, Tom and Janice; and two grandchildren.

*Myron Stocking, M.D., MD ‘55, died Oct. 3, 2008. He was 77. He was head of the Child Psychiatry Department at Tufts New England Medical Center before moving to Minneapolis in 1977, where he was a member of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He retired in 1995. He is survived by children, Ben, Nick and Tim; two grandchildren, and his former wife, Ingrid Stocking.

Charles Suggs Jr., M.D., MD ‘42, died Feb. 2. He was 89. Dr. Suggs, the second fully trained Ob/Gyn to establish a practice in Chattanooga, opened his doors in 1946 with his wife, Mary, as his nurse. He served the community until he retired at the age of 80. Dr. Suggs was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his children, Charles, Loretta, Jeanne, Ethel, Sharon and Bill; 14 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Robert E. Tolson Jr., M.D., MD ‘56, died March 27. He was 80. He was a pediatrician in private practice in Bethesda, Md., from 1960 until his retirement in 1995. He had been a Rockville, Md., resident since the mid-1960s. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dolores; children, Anne, Barbara and Susan; and three grandchildren.

Doyne Toone, M.D., HS ‘57-58, died Feb. 4. He was 82. Dr. Toone practiced medicine in Fayetteville, Tenn., for many years before moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1978 and starting practice in Surfside Beach. He retired in 1987 to devote more time to his love of golf, Spanish, and political science. His eldest daughter, Marguerite “Bunny” Toone, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Charles, Barbara, Lori, Christopher and Cregg ; and five grandchildren.

Ellis J. Van Slyck, M.D., HS ‘49- ’50, died Dec. 20, 2008. A native of New York City, he did post-graduate training at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and Vanderbilt University Hospital. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. In 1957 he joined the staff of Henry Ford Hospital’s hematology division in Detroit. He became division head in 1978. Dr. Van Slyck is survived by his wife, Annalea; children, Loring, Zenas and Abigail; and three grandchildren.

*Thomas Waltz, M.D., MD ‘58, HS ‘58 – ‘59, died Dec. 10, 2008. Dr. Waltz had been a director of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals since 2004 and was chairman since 2005. He was a neurosurgeon and a senior consultant in neurosurgery at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. He was formerly chairman and CEO of the Scripps Clinic and president of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group. He also served on the board of Genoptix Inc., and Premera Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska.

Robert Williams, M.D., MD ‘45, died Dec. 27, 2008, in Harwich, Mass. He was 88. A retired pediatric neurologist, he was an associate professor of Pediatric Neurology and associate professor of Child Development at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He was a life member of the American Association of Mental Retardation and a member of the American Association of Neurology and the American Medical Association. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally; and children, Sarah and Brooke.

Gottrell H. Wright, M.D., MD ‘51, died Feb. 2. He was 88. A retired pediatric neurologist, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and was awarded the Air Medal, three Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and one Oak Leaf Cluster. He loved his family, the outdoors, hunting and fishing, but his passion was practicing medicine and helping people. Dr. Wright is survived by his wife, Glorina; children, Stephen, Roger and Mary; four grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

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