A First Book Raises Eyebrows . . . and Draws Praise


Arlene Heyman, M.D. ’73, a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst who practices in New York City, has published Scary Old Sex (Bloomsbury, 2016). It is a col­lection of short stories that The New Yorker has described as “frank tales of conjugal relations among the old.” Although the book is her first, she had earned an M.F.A. degree after college and published some stories in national journals before she en­tered medical school. Her very first publication was in New American Review in 1968, and her stories have been listed twice in the honor rolls of The Best American Short Stories. Heyman has received Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, and Robert Wood Johnson fellowships. 

The collection has been praised in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vogue, among other places, and Hey­man has been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air. According to the Times, “Not all of these sto­ries are about sex. . . . Some are about illness and aging and car­ing for elderly parents and way­ward adult children.” And Hey­man can be both rueful and ob­servant. In one of the stories, an older woman observes her sec­ond husband: “He came in naked and she remembered again why she did not like to make love in the daytime.” Doctors appear in some of the stories. In one, an obstetrician-gynecologist is awakened in the middle of the night and called to the home of his married father’s mistress. His father had died in her bed, and the son had had no inkling that his father was having an affair. In another story, a bench scientist is enraged after her study on rats’ salivary glands is rejected by a prestigious journal – and things just get worse after that! 

During her years at Penn Med, Heyman met Philip Roth, who was then teaching literature at the University. She recalls taking him to the gross anatomy lab and showing him the cadavers.

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Gordon G. Power, M.D. ’61, a professor of basic sciences at Loma Linda University, and a team of researchers from several other universities, have received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the use of nitrite salts to treat specific car­diovascular conditions. The dis­covery was made through con­tinuing research and support from the National Institutes of Health. The patent was awarded for methods that include treating patients with pulmonary hyper­tension by having them inhale a therapeutically effective amount of sodium nitrite in order to de­crease pulmonary artery blood pressure. Phase II clinical trials are now under way. The unique feature of the treatment is that the sodium nitrite is inhaled as an aerosol, which confines its effects to the lungs and avoids side effects from systemic actions.

Bennett Lorber, M.D. ’68, the Thomas M. Durant Professor of Medicine in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anaerobe Society of the Ameri­cas, an international scientific so­ciety, at its biennial meeting in July. It is the second lifetime achievement award for Lorber, who was previously honored with the Alexander Fleming Life­time Achievement Award by the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2003. In May, he also received his 13th Golden Apple Teaching Award from Temple’s medical school.


Richard D. Guyer, M.D. ’75, G.M. ’80, was appointed to the scientific advisory board of St. Teresa Medical, Inc. Guyer is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and a founder of Texas Back Institute, where he currently serves as its president. The chairman of the board of di­rectors for the Texas Back Insti­tute Research Foundation, he has been director of the Spine Sur­gery Fellowship program since its inception in 1986. He was also recently appointed to the board of the American Board of Spinal Surgery.

Bartley S. Asner, M.D. ’76, has been appointed to the first physi­cian advisory board of Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. Asner is chief executive officer, chairman, and founder of Monarch HealthCare, now part of OptumCare, a divi­sion of UnitedHealth Group. He is also the current chair of CAPG, the leading U.S. trade as­sociation representing account­able physician organizations.

Steven J. Weisholtz, M.D. ’78, was named to the board of trust­ees of the Daughters of Miriam Center, which provides care for Jewish senior citizens. For the past 33 years, he has maintained an active internal medicine and consultative infectious disease practice in Englewood, N.J. His special interests are HIV, chronic viral hepatitis, osteomyelitis, and difficult diagnostic problems. He has been an active leader at the Englewood Hospital and Medi­cal Center, serving as chief of the infectious disease division for many years. In addition, he has served as president of the medi­cal staff and on the executive board of the hospital.

George M. Wohlreich, M.D. ’79, has been appointed a trustee of Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Wohlreich is the in­augural incumbent of the Thomas W. Langfitt Chair as the presi­dent and chief executive officer of the College of Physicians of Phila­delphia, one of the nation’s oldest professional medical organizations.


Harry L. Leider, M.D. ’83, was named a clinical and commercial advisor at Sonde Health Inc., a company developing a voice-based technology platform for monitoring and diagnosing men­tal and physical medical condi­tions. Leider is the chief medical officer and group vice president of Walgreens. Before joining Walgreens, he was chief medical officer of Ameritox. He has served on the board of the Insti­tute of Aging at the University of Pennsylvania. Lieder also served for six years as an attending phy­sician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School; more recently, he was a faculty mem­ber at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

Richard S. Levy, M.D. ’83, G.M.E. ’86, has been appointed to the board of Madrigal Phar­maceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company fo­cused on developing and com­mercializing innovative therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic, and liver diseases. Levy served as executive vice president and chief drug development officer of In­cyte Corporation from January 2009 until his retirement in April 2016. Before joining Incyte, he held positions of increasing re­sponsibility in drug development, clinical research, and regulatory affairs at Celgene Corporation, DuPont Pharmaceuticals Com­pany, and Sandoz (now part of Novartis). Previously, Levy was an assistant professor of medi­cine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Jonathan A. Leff, M.D. ’84, has been named chief medical officer of Ascendis Pharma A/S, a clini­cal-stage biotechnology com­pany. Most recently he served as InterMune’s executive vice presi­dent for research and develop­ment, where he led the develop­ment of Esbriet for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis through a successful Phase 3 trial, resubmission of a New Drug Application, and eventual approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Before his role at InterMune, he served as chief medical officer of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and Halozyme Therapeutics. Leff began his in­dustry career working in various clinical development and medical affairs roles at Merck and Co., Amgen, and Roche. 

Scott D. Boden, M.D. ’86, was named chief medical advisor to Bone Biologics Corporation. A tenured professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, he serves as the director of the Emory Ortho­paedics & Spine Center, vice chair of the Department of Or­thopaedics, and chief medical of­ficer/chief quality officer of The Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. He is also the clinical director of the White­sides Orthopaedic Research Lab­oratory. Most recently, Boden served as president of the Ameri­can Orthopaedic Association.

Jay Mulaney, M.D., G.M.E. ’89, was named chairman of the board of directors of Lakeland Regional Health. A board-certi­fied ophthalmologist with Cen­tral Florida Eye Associates, he has served on the Lakeland Re­gional Medical Center/Lakeland Regional Health System board of directors since 2008. Mulaney has also served in numerous leadership roles in the medical profession, including as president of the Polk County Medical Asso­ciation, president of the medical staff at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and president of the Cen­tral Florida Physicians Alliance. His community leadership roles have included the board chair­man of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly.


Adam C. Husney, M.D. ’90, was named chief medical officer of Healthwise, a nonprofit producer of health education, technology, and services. Husney’s role aligns him closely with hospitals, health plans, and health-care manage­ment organizations to develop solutions that help put people at the center of care. After joining Healthwise in 2000 as an associ­ate medical director, he later served as medical director.

Brian J. Harte, M.D. ’96, was named the new president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Southern Region. Harte, who has worked with the clinic since 2004, has been president of the Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights for the past three years. During his time at the helm, Hillcrest Hospital achieved Magnet designation, ac­complished re-accreditation by the Joint Commission, and re­ceived recognitions for stroke, obstetrical, pediatric, and cardiac care. Before that, he served as president of the Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights. Harte is also an associ­ate professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Re­serve University.

Natalie R. Sacks, M.D. ’96, G.M.E. ’02, has been named chief medical officer at Aduro Biotech, Inc. Previously, she was vice president of clinical development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where she played an important role in the development and approval of Kyprolis® and in business devel­opment strategy. In addition to her industry experience, Sacks holds an active faculty appoint­ment at the University of Califor­nia, San Francisco, where she is an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of He­matology/Oncology. 


Oliver Mayorga, M.D. ’02, be­came director of the Westerly Hospital Emergency Department in June. He continues to serve as director of the Emergency De­partment and Pediatric Emergen­cies at L+M Hospital in New London and Pequot Medical Center in Groton, positions he has held for about five years. In 2007, Mayorga spent six months as mass-casualty coordinator at a U.S. Air Force hospital in Balad, Iraq, where he cared for injured soldiers and civilians. 


Anthony Wilson, M.D. ’10, has joined the Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Skin & Laser Center. Wilson is a plastic and recon­structive surgeon with extensive training in a wide range of surgi­cal and non-surgical treatments.



Orel Friedman, M.D., G.M. ’41, Queensbury, N.Y., a retired audi­ologist who had founded the Au­diology and Speech Clinic at Glens Falls Hospital; December 12, 2014.

James Grant Keller III, M.D. ’43, G.M. ’59, Woodbury, N.J.; November 12, 2015. He worked as a physician in Woodbury for many years and was on the staff at Underwood Memorial Hospi­tal (now Inspira). He was also president of KGE Medical Group. A physician with the New Jersey State Athletic Com­mission, he was a ringside physi­cian for many professional box­ing matches in Atlantic City. He also worked as the practice squad physician for the Philadelphia Ea­gles for a few years.

Rowan Crothers Pearce Jr., M.D. ’44, G.M. ’49, Lancaster, Pa., a retired otolaryngologist who had been on the staff of Cooper Medical Center in Cam­den for more than 35 years; Janu­ary 4, 2016. He served as a medi­cal officer in the Pacific Theater in World War II and also in the Korean War. After taking his in­ternship at Lankenau Hospital, he completed residencies in oto­laryngology at Pennsylvania Hos­pital and Geisinger Medical Cen­ter. He had been the first medical director of the Cooper Hospital Hearing & Speech Center. A dip­lomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, Pearce was also a life fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He volunteered with several Christian medical organizations and provided med­ical services in Haiti, the Domin­ican Republic, and Nepal. He had also served on the board of Inter­serve USA.

William H. Miller Sr., M.D. ’45, Ithaca, N.Y.; June 16, 2015. He was a captain in the Army Medi­cal Corps 1943-1948. From 1955 until his retirement in 1983, he served as director of clinical lab­oratories and pathology at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa.

Samuel Clay Williams Jr., M.D. ’45, G.M.E. ’49, Win­ston-Salem, N.C., a retired in­ternist; October 10, 2015. After earning his medical degree, he served two years in the U.S. Navy in Charleston, S.C. During his medical fellowship at Penn, he met his future wife, Mary Basher, a pediatric nurse at HUP. Williams had a private practice and also worked at For­syth Hospital until 1985. In re­tirement, he continued to visit former patients to offer support; he also volunteered at Senior Services, Inc., making calls to elders living alone. A former El­der at First Presbyterian Church, he served on the boards of Salem College, David­son College, and the North Car­olina Stroke Association. 


Richard G. Lonsdorf, M.D. ’46, a retired psychiatrist; March 18, 2016. A professor of psychiatry and law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he was a nationally known expert on the insanity defense. In the aftermath of World War II, he served with the Navy Medical Corps in Fort Worth, Tex. Later, he ran a busy private psychiatry practice. In the 1950s, he helped Penn’s law school develop a course in foren­sic law, dealing with legal issues relating to the criminal mind. The course became a mainstay of the curriculum, and Lonsdorf taught it for more than 40 years to generations of Philadelphia lawyers and judges. He often tes­tified in court and was a consult­ing psychiatrist in the legal chal­lenges that followed the 1982 conviction of John Hinckley Jr. for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. 


Louis Sokoloff, M.D. ’46, G.M.E. ’50, Hon ’97, Silver Spring, Md., retired chief of the Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism at the Na­tional Institute of Mental Health and a pioneer of positron emis­sion tomography (PET) scanners; July 30, 2015. He joined the NIMH in 1953, recruited by his mentor, Seymour S. Kety, M.D. ’40, and became chief of the lab in 1968. In his early years there, he retained a faculty appoint­ment at Penn’s medical school. With colleagues both at the NIMH and at Penn, he devel­oped a technique that allows re­searchers to look into the brain and to observe how its disparate parts function together as a uni­fied whole under physiologic and pathologic conditions. In 1981, Sokoloff received the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award for his role in developing what the Lasker Foundation de­scribed as the vivid color images that map brain function. Accord­ing to the Foundation, the Sokol­off method “has facilitated the diagnosis, understanding, and possible future treatment of such disorders of the brain as schizo­phrenia, epilepsy, brain changes due to drug addiction and senile dementia.” Sokoloff had been a member of the National Acad­emy of Sciences and the Ameri­can Academy of Arts and Sci­ences and had served as presi­dent of the American Society for Neurochemistry. His honors in­clude the Schmitt Medal in Neu­roscience, the Perelman School’s Distinguished Graduate Award (1987), and an honorary degree from the University of Pennsyl­vania (1997). 

William Nelson Stecher, M.D. ’48, G.M.E. ’52, Waynesville, N.C., a retired family practi­tioner; May 20, 2015. He had graduated from Friends’ Central School and Swarthmore College before entering medical school. A former flight surgeon for the United States Air Force, he was in private practice for 20 years in Shirley, Mass. He had also worked in the emergency room and had been a medical center physician on Cape Cod, where he retired. Stecher had served as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and as a consultant to the Minis­try of Health in Kingston, Ja­maica. He was a member of the American Board of Family Prac­tice and a charter member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.


Irvin C. Arno, M.D. ’51, Boyn­ton Beach, Fla., a retired obstetri­cian-gynecologist; June 8, 2015. He was a veteran of World War II. In his career, he delivered more than 8,000 babies.

William H. Spencer Jr., M.D. ’50, G.M.E. ’55, Boise, Idaho, re­tired chief of anesthesiology at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, N.J.; October 7, 2014. He took his residency in anesthe­sia after serving as a Naval Lieu­tenant at Coronado, Calif.

Olaf Victor Lindelow, M.D. ’51, Bismarck, N.D., a retired physi­cian who had maintained a prac­tice there for more than 40 years; May 23, 2015. He completed his internship and residency in inter­nal medicine at Geisinger Me­morial Hospital and Foss Clinic in Danville, Pa., and his fellow­ship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland before moving back to North Dakota to practice medi­cine at the Missouri Valley Clinic (now Mid Dakota Clinic). He had served as governor of the North Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians and as president of the North Dakota Medical Association, from which he received the Physicians Dis­tinguished Service award. He had been chief of medical services at St. Alexius Hospital and presi­dent of its hospital staff. His other appointments included president of the North Dakota Chapter of the Diabetes Associa­tion, chairman of the Blue Shield Board of Directors, and clinical associate professor of medicine for the University of North Da­kota School of Medicine.

Leonidas B. Hayes Jr., M.D. ’52, Ellsworth, Me., a retired physi­cian; January 7, 2016. He served as a country doctor for 18 years, running a small office and doing house calls at a time when a complete physical cost only $5. In 1971, he joined the staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and practiced internal medicine until he retired in 1999. He also helped to found the Ellsworth Free Clinic in his home office and served as its first medical di­rector. 

Harry Warren Slade, M.D., G.M.E. ’52, Waco, Tex.; Novem­ber 6, 2015. He served as chief of neurosurgery at Cleveland City Hospital and chief of staff of Uni­versity Hospitals of Cleveland. He was also a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve from 1953 to 1957. Moving to Waco, he opened his neurosurgi­cal practice there. He was a fel­low of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Associa­tion of Neurological Surgery, and the Congress of Neurological Surgery.

Lawrence Claman, M.D. ’53, Austin, Tex., retired director of the child-psychiatry residency program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; June 16, 2015.

Stephen C. Cromwell Jr., M.D. ’53, Silver Spring, Md., a retired physician; May 31, 2015.

Francis A. Locke, M.D. ’53, Napa, Calif., a retired gynecolo­gist; January 20, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and was a naval flight sur­geon in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955. Returning to civilian life, he maintained a successful Ob-Gyn medical practice. He held many leadership positions during his career, serving as president of the Lenawee County [Michigan] Medical Society and as chief of medical staff, chair of the De­partment of Ob-Gyn, and chair of the Department of Surgery at Bixby Medical Center. He also served more than 20 years as a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee of Maternal and Perinatal Health. When he retired in 1995, he was cited with a special tribute by the governor of Michigan for his years of service. 

Dene Thomas Walters, M.D. ’53, Wilmington, Del., former chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Wilm­ington Medical Center; August 14, 2015. During World War II, he was part of the 94th Infantry Division as a Browning Auto­matic Rifleman. After earning his medical degree, he took his internship and residency years at the Wilmington Medical Center (now Christiana Care). For 15 years, he was a family doctor in North Wilmington before being recruited by the Medical Center to start a Family Medicine Residency Program in 1971. He also served as chair of the Department of Family Med­icine from 1971 to 1991 and continued as a preceptor and mentor for many years. In 1988, he was appointed a clinical pro­fessor of family medicine at Jef­ferson Medical College.

J. Elliott Blaydes Jr., M.D. ’54, Bluefield, W.Va., a retired oph­thalmological surgeon; May 19, 2015.

Alfred W. Brody, M.D., G.M. ’55, Omaha, Neb., retired found­ing head of pulmonary medicine at Creighton University medical school and its hospital; April 12, 2015. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Eu­rope. His daughter is Betty Ann Brody, M.D. ’78.

Rupert O. Clark, M.D. ’55, Las Cruces, N.M., a retired family practitioner; February. 4, 2015.

Mendon R. MacDonald, M.D. ’55, Laconia, N.H., retired medi­cal director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire; May 10, 2015. He had served on the board of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Steven S. Spencer, M.D. ’55, Santa Fe, N.M., former medical director of the New Mexico Cor­rections Department; July 11, 2015. In the 1950s, he served as senior assistant surgeon and chief of outpatient services for the U.S. Public Health Service, based on the Navajo reservation. In 1960 he seized an opportunity to work with a man he greatly admired, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and spent six months at Schweitzer’s Lambarene Hospital in the Gabon. In the 1960s, Spencer had a private practice of internal medicine in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he also established a coro­nary care unit in the Flagstaff Community Hospital. He was an associate professor at the Univer­sity of Dar es Salaam, Depart­ment of Medicine, in Tanzania from 1970 to 1974 and headed the department for two years. From 1974 to 1979, Spencer was on the medical faculty at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he founded the C.U.P. Pro­gram (Commitment to Under­served People), a special educa­tional and enrichment program for medical students. He later served as medical director at the Navajo Nation Health Founda­tion and Sage Memorial Hospi­tal, in Ganado, Arizona, 1979-85. Along with his wife, Joan, he was a founding member of the N.M. Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty, which was instrumental in the ultimate repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico. 

Charles M. Davis Jr., M.D. ’56 GM ’61, Tafton, Pa., a retired or­thopaedic surgeon who had maintained practices in Bryn Mawr, Pa., then in Morgantown Va.; July 21, 2015. He had served on the faculty of the West Vir­ginia University medical school.

Robert J. Reed III, M.D. ’56, Wheeling, W.Va., a retired physi­cian; January 31, 2016. He served as a U.S. Army medic stationed in Germany during World War II. Returning to Wheeling to join his father’s medical practice, he was considered a medical pio­neer in the region in the use of pacemakers and cardiovascular surgical procedures. He had been a staff member of the Ohio Valley Medical Center and sev­eral hospitals. Reed was instru­mental in developing EMSTAR, the OVMC trauma unit, serving as its medical director and trauma surgeon until his retire­ment in 2000. In addition, he was medical director of the OVMC hyperbaric oxygen unit towards the end of his career and was active in the West Vir­ginia Medical Society. 


Peter J. Jannetta, M.D. ’57, G.M.E. ’64, Pittsburgh, a world-renowned neurosurgeon who served as head of neurosur­gery for nearly 30 years at the University of Pittsburgh medical school; April 11, 2016. In 1966, he pioneered a novel procedure that relieved trigeminal neural­gia, a chronic facial disorder that causes excruciating pain. The process, known as microvascular decompression – more infor­mally, the Jannetta procedure – does not damage or destroy the nerve. According to The New York Times, it took more than a decade for the procedure to win acceptance from the neurosur­gery establishment. Jannetta’s work was the subject of a book, Working in a Very Small Space: The Making of a Neurosurgeon (W. W. Norton, 1989). Before joining the University of Pitts­burgh in 1971, Jannetta was chief of surgery at Louisiana State Uni­versity Medical Center in New Orleans. After a stint as Pennsyl­vania’s Secretary of Health 1995-96, he joined the staff of Allegh­eny General Hospital in 2000. 

Among his many honors were the Herbert Olivecrona Award from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, the time it was given to a neurosurgeon; the Horatio Al­ger Award, which honors the achievements of outstanding in­dividuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity; the Zulch Prize for basic neurological re­search, presented by the Max Planck Society; and the 2008 Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award from the Pennsylvania Society. As an un­dergraduate at Penn, he was a member of the men’s swimming and lacrosse teams. 

Robert A. Roosa, Ph.D. ’57, Wayne, Pa., a retired microbiolo­gist who supported scientists as an administrator at the Wistar In­stitute; June 19, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist’s mate on a hospital ship in the Pa­cific from 1943 to 1946. After earning his doctorate in microbi­ology from Penn in 1957, he took a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. In 1960 Roosa joined Wistar, where he did research on a range of top­ics, including drug resistance and cancer treatments. He also served as curator of the institute’s mu­seum. According to William Wunner, Wistar’s director of aca­demic affairs, Roosa had a pas­sion for helping the institute’s sci­entists. “He always answered the calls of scientists to do their work,” Wunner said. “He wore Wistar on his sleeve. He was a true believer in his place of work.” 

Max A. Stoner, M.D., G.M.E. ’58, Naples, Fla., retired director of rehabilitation at Polyclinic Hospital; April 26, 2015.

Carl E. Krill Jr., M.D. ’59, Akron, Ohio, a retired pediatric clini­cian; January 15, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968 and was discharged with the rank of commander. In Ak­ron, he began a long association with Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As founding director of its Division of Hematology-On­cology, he coordinated the care of Akron-area children afflicted with hemophilia, sickle-cell ane­mia, and other blood disorders, including a special outreach to the Amish and Mennonite com­munities in Holmes County. As a pediatric clinician, Krill contrib­uted to nationwide studies that improved patient treatment, and for more than 40 years he served in the Summit County Children Services clinic. In 2005, the American Cancer Society hon­ored his compassionate, skillful care of children with leukemia with a Hope Award.

William S. Masland, M.D. ’59 G.M.E. ’66, Tucson, Ariz., a neu­rologist who had served as medi­cal director of drug and alcohol­ism treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital; May 8, 2015. He was an assistant professor of neurology and physiology at Penn before moving to Tucson in 1971. 

Herbert S. Mooney Jr., M.D. ’59, Longmont, Colo., a retired surgeon; February 26, 2016. He began his career by serving at Heidelberg Army Hospital in Germany. After a brief time in Los Angeles practicing with his father, he began his general surgi­cal practice at the Longmont United Hospital and Loveland Memorial Hospital/McKee Med­ical Center. He was also a clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Albert L. Sheffer, M.D., G.M. ’59, Weston, Mass.; December 22, 2015. He was appointed to Harvard Medical School in 1964 as a clinical professor of medi­cine and joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital two years later. There, he helped establish the Allergy Clinic and launched the allergy training program that has educated more than 100 trainees, many of whom hold leadership positions in the spe­cialty. In private practice from 1969 to 1993, he then became a full-time staff member of the Brigham and served as director of the allergy program until 1998. He had been president of the American Academy of Al­lergy and Immunology; the first chair of the expert panel that generated the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma; and co-chairman of the first Global Initiative for Asthma Commit­tee. He also served on the United Nations Technical Op­tions Committee, which annu­ally allocated the world’s chloro­fluorocarbon supply. He was a former director of Beth Israel Hospital Allergy Clinic as well as the New England Deaconess Hospital Allergy Section. 


James J. Brod, M.D., G.M. ’60, Oneida, N.Y., a retired orthopae­dic physician; December 31, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy as the chief medical officer for the Underwater Ordnance Sta­tion in Newport, R.I., from 1954 to 1956. In 1965 he started Onei­da’s first orthopaedic practice at Oneida City Hospital, serving as both chief of surgery and chief of staff at the hospital. He would maintain this orthopaedic prac­tice for 30 years, also working as assistant professor of clinical or­thopaedics at Upstate Medical Center and as team doctor for the Oneida High School football team. Committed to service, he spent time in the Dominican Re­public, Pakistan, and Nicaragua, sharing his medical expertise.

Harold M. Friedman, M.D. ’60, Hanover, N.H., a retired physi­cian; February 28, 2016. He worked as the head of the De­partment of Allergy and Immu­nology at the Dartmouth-Hitch­cock Medical Center for 38 years. Named a master of the American College of Physicians, he served as governor of its New Hampshire chapter and earned the College’s Laureate Award. He was a former president of the New England Allergy Society and served on the board of directors of the Hitchcock Clinic. He taught at the Dartmouth Medical School and served on the admis­sions committee, which he led as its chair for 17 years. 

LeRoy L. Johnson, M.D., G.M. ’60, Ames, Iowa, a retired vascu­lar surgeon; May 5, 2015.

William P. Steffee, M.D. ’61, Cleveland, retired CEO and chair of AcroMed Corp., an orthopae­dic implant firm; March 31, 2015. Earlier, he had been chief of medicine at St. Vincent Charity Hospital.

James D. Tully, M.D., G.M.E. ’61, Wyckoff, N.J.; November 17, 2015. In 1956 he served two years in the United States Navy as a medical officer in Hingham, Mass. In 1961, he joined the staff at Holy Name Hospital in Tea-neck, N.J., as an anesthesiologist, retiring in 1993.

Harvey L. P. Resnik, M.D., G.M.E. ’62, Aurora, Colo., emeri­tus clinical professor of psychia­try at George Washington Uni­versity; May 4, 2014.

Stephen J. Bednar, M.D. ’64, Lorton, Va., a retired physician who practiced family medicine and emergency medicine; April 29, 2015. During the Vietnam War, he was a medic in the U.S. Army.

Jacob J. Lokich, M.D. ’64, New­ton, Mass., a retired oncologist; May 12, 2015. During the Viet­nam War, he served as a medic in the U.S. Army.

Robert T. McKinlay Jr., M.D. ’64, Scottsdale, Ariz.; December 17, 2015. He operated his own ophthalmology practices for 25 years before retiring from Com­prehensive Eyecare of Central Ohio, Inc., in 1999. He was a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at The Ohio State University. He had been presi­dent of the Ohio Ophthalmologi­cal Society and the Columbus Ophthalmological & Otolaryngo­logical Society and had held board positions in several other medical organizations. He served in the U.S. Navy, including as a naval ophthalmologist in Viet­nam, and was honorably dis­charged as a commander in 1974 after 11 years of service. He later entered the U. S. Naval Reserves in Columbus, was promoted to captain, and retired in 1998. In his career, he was presented with numerous military decorations and awards. 

B. Lawrence Brennan, M.D. ’65, Denver, a retired nephrologist; Nov. 8, 2014.

Gary A. Fields, M.D. ’65, G.M.E. ’70, Sacramento, Calif.; Decem­ber 28, 2015. He served in the military at Fort Ord in California as an OB/GYN physician, then worked in private practice in Sacramento for 20 years. Until his death, he served as the medi­cal director for Sutter Health. 


Wayne W. Keller, M.D. ’65, G.M.E. ’69, Haverford, Pa., who had practiced for 41 years as a cardiologist at Bryn Mawr Hos­pital; October 3, 2015. He had treated some of his patients for 30 years. According to his daugh­ter, Mimi Drake, he was known for treating patients who could not afford to pay. “In Dad’s last days,” said Drake, “one patient wrote him and said that while she couldn’t give him much, she would happily give him her blood or bone marrow if that would help him.”

James S. McCaughan Jr., M.D., G.M. ’65, Galena, Ohio, a retired thoracic surgeon at Grant Hospi­tal; May 18, 2015. 

John H. Gundy, M.D., G.M.E. ’66, Corinth, Vt., a retired pedia­trician; May 26, 2015.


Kenneth P. Cicuto, M.D., G.M. ’72, Portland, Me; October 25, 2015. He was board certified in radiology and had been a fellow in the Society of Interventional Radiology. He worked in his practice at the Spectrum Medi­cal Group for 35 years before re­tiring in 2013. Cicuto was also a contributing author to two pub­lications in the Journal of Vascu­lar and Interventional Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Philip Littman, M.D., G.M. ’73, New York, a retired physician; March 16, 2016. He was a diplo­mate of the American Board of Radiology, in therapeutic radiol­ogy. After a long academic career at the Perelman School of Medi­cine and then Brown University School of Medicine as a profes­sor of radiation therapy, he opened – and became the pri­mary physician at – the Southern Wisconsin Radiotherapy Center in Madison in 1987. Following his retirement in 2003, he worked as a locum tenens radiation on­cology physician in various states. At the age of 70, he re-trained himself to be a general practi­tioner so he could volunteer as a physician at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Stuart, Fla. 

Legacy Giving: Supporting Penn’s Alzheimer’s Research While Planning for Retirement


To say that Frank Rasmus Jr. is a big fan of charitable gift annuities would be an understatement. So far, he’s created 129 of them, with 21 benefiting many different areas of Penn Medicine, as well as the Morris Arboretum and Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. 

One of the more personally meaningful projects he is commit­ted to is the work of the Alzhei­mer’s Research Fund at the Penn Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, led by Penn faculty members and married couple Virginia M.-Y. Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A., and John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D. “I so admire the dedication, enthusiasm, skill, and work ethic that Drs. Lee and Trojanowski have applied for decades to improve treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other disabling neurodegenera­tive diseases,” Rasmus said.

“I watched my mother suffer from this disorder, which took her life in 1994. That led me to get involved in fundraising for Alzhei­mer’s research,” he said. “When I met Dr. Lee in 2007, I was just bowled over by her fervent desire to find a cure for this devastat­ing disease.” Together, Drs. Lee and Trojanowski lead more than 50 University of Pennsylvania researchers on various projects ulti­mately aimed at developing drug therapies to treat neurodegen­erative diseases.

Mr. Rasmus is a fan of gift annuities for a number of reasons but the ease in setting one up tops the list. With a gift of cash or stock, donors can set up a gift annuity that provides benefits both to the donor and to Penn Medicine. Mr. Rasmus appreciates this dual benefit that gift annuities provide – he receives guaran­teed, lifetime payments from his charitable gift annuities with Penn now while he plans his future support of much-needed re­search. “I view gift annuities as essentially retirement income but with a tax-free portion,” Mr. Rasmus explained. “This way, I man­age my retirement income and save on taxes while also laying the foundation of my future support of Penn’s great research.”

Planned Giving has sometimes been described by our donors as the final piece of a philanthropic puzzle. Figuring out how this important puzzle piece can work best for you, your family, and your philanthropic goals is what we do best. Speak with us to learn more about giving options to help you serve your charitable and income stream goals. Contact Christine S. Ewan, J.D., executive director of Planned Giving, at 215-898-9486 or cewan@upenn.edu.

For more information, please visit the website at www.plannedgiving.med.upenn.edu.

Frank A. Welsch, M.D. ’74, Doylestown, Pa., a retired pul- monologist who had maintained a practice there for many years; August 8, 2015.

Robert K. Kanter, M.D. ’76, Syracuse, N.Y; March 29, 2016. He completed his pediatric resi­dency at SUNY’s Upstate Medi­cal Center under Frank Oski, M.D. ’58, a recipient of the Perelman School’s Distin­guished Graduate Award. After completing a fellowship in pedi­atric critical care at Children’s Hospital National Medical Cen­ter in Washington, D.C., Kanter returned north to open the first pediatric intensive care unit in the Syracuse region. Among his many accomplishments, he served as division director of pediatric critical care medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical Uni­versity, as professor of pediat­rics at Upstate, as adjunct se­nior research scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Uni­versity, and as vice chair of the advisory committee of the emergency medical services for children in New York State’s Department of Health.


Ralph M. Schrager, M.D. ’83, Elkins Park, Pa., a neonatologist; May 13, 2016. A specialist in the care of fragile and seriously ill newborns, he joined the Abing­ton Memorial Hospital staff in 2006 as an attending neonatolo­gist. In a career lasting three de­cades, he saved the lives of thou­sands of babies, many of them born prematurely. In 1988, Schrager founded the inten­sive-care nursery at Frankford Torresdale Hospital and re­mained there as chief of neona­tology until the maternity unit was closed in 2006.



Richard G. Lonsdorf, M.D. See Class of 1946.

Philip Littman, M.D. See Class of 1973.

William S. Masland. See Class of 1959.

George J. Merva, a retired labo­ratory administrator in the De­partment of Pathology & Labora­tory Medicine; March 11, 2016. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines toward the end of World War II; after the war, he was stationed at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. He joined the Penn staff in 1953 while still in the reserves and fin­ished his service as a second lieu­tenant. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn in 1955. A polymath for the laboratories in the John Morgan Building, Merva served on the Penn Med staff for 58 years, assisting in research ad­ministration and the education of medical students. For many years, he put together the course guide for Pathology 101 and was instru­mental in creating the student course-evaluation forms (HAM­STER). Before the advent of com­puters, he collated all of the sta­tistics by hand. He was a medical history buff: he was responsible for salvaging 19th-century wax anatomy models that are now part of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians.

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