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Maurice Rich, 36C, 39M, has retired after 42 years of caring for patients with cardiopulmonary disease. He continues to be an avid art collector and agent who has donated many pieces to the University of Miami Medical School, which he helped found. His most recent donation was a six-foot stainless steel sculpture of the logo of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in memory of his beloved wife, Doris J. Rich. The Miami Project is a research center dedicated to the study of paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.


Retired radiologist Albert Rayle Jr., 44M, is keeping busy as a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Health Center, founded by William Warren, 79M. He resides in Atlanta with his wife, Margaret, and is father to three grown children.

Curtis D. Benton Jr., 42C, 45M, won the 2000–2001 Volunteer Award from the health department in Broward County, Fla.

Arnall Patz, 45M, received an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins for his contributions as a researcher and teacher in ophthalmology.

At age 32, Patz showed that the popular practice of giving high levels of oxygen to premature infants was causing an epidemic of blindness. For this discovery, Patz received the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, the first of many prestigious awards to come.

Specializing in diseases caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye, Patz helped develop one of the first lasers used to treat eye disease.

Patz joined the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1970 and in 1979 founded the Retinal Vascular Center. He served as director of the Wilmer Eye Institute for 10 years. A native of Elberton, Ga., Patz also holds a master of liberal arts degree from Hopkins, which he received in 1998 at age 78. He is professor emeritus at Hopkins.

Paul Teplis, 44C, 47M, is the proud head of an accomplished family of high achievers, including his son, Alan Teplis, 78C, 82M, who now practices emergency medicine at Holy Spirit Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa., and his daughter, Carol Teplis, 94M, who is a pediatrician in Elgin, Ill.

Ruth McClure, 48M, one of the first female Emory medical graduates, has retired from her gyn/ob practice. (BACK TO TOP)



In recognition for 18 years of service, the Central Florida Blood Bank Board of Directors honored Oscar W. Freeman Jr., 51M, with the naming of the Oscar Freeman Laboratory Building. While maintaining his private practice in internal medicine, Freeman served as medical director of the blood bank from 1971 to 1989. It is the largest independent blood bank in Florida, providing more than 200,000 pints of blood to hospitals and health care facilities each year.

Freeman, who retired in 1989, and his wife, Laura Jean, currently split their time between Orlando and Highlands, N.C.

B. Donald Minor, 52C, 55M, retired after 40 years of practicing radiology with Radiology Associates of DeKalb and the DeKalb Medical Center.


The Pensacola News Journal featured Norman Vickers, 56M, on the day of his retirement, dubbing him the “The Jazz Doctor.” Vickers, a gastroenterologist for 36 years, is also the founder and current volunteer executive director of the Jazz Society of Pensacola, which supports local jazz musicians and brings in out-of-town performers.

Vickers shares his love of music with his wife, Elizabeth, who is author of a book on the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Together, they have three grown children and lots of CDs.

Frank Carrera III, 57M, retired in 1999 from his position as medical director in Devereux, Fla., and as chair of the National Medical Advisory Committee. (BACK TO TOP)


Joe Hardison, 60M, professor emeritus and former associate chief of staff at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, received the 2001 Evangeline Papageorge Teaching Award at commencement exercises last year.

Russell W. Wallace Jr., 60M, retired from the practice of neurology. He was the first neurologist to enter into private practice in the Decatur-DeKalb County area in 1968.

Cecil B. Wilson, 57C, 61M, is chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). The Board of Regents manages the business and affairs of ACP-ASIM, the nation’s largest medical specialty society comprising more than 115, 000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Wilson is currently in private practice in Winter Park, Fla.


Herbert DuPont, 65M, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Emory School of Medicine’s Board of Advisers. He is currently chief of internal medicine at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston and clinical professor of medicine at Baylor and University of Texas.

DuPont also recently was elected to lead the Texas Southern Region of the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine as governor-elect (2002) and governor (2003-2007). In addition, DuPont was recently appointed by the mayor of Houston to serve on the medical advisory steering committee for biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism.

DuPont was noted in the 2001 edition of America’s Top Doctors for his extensive knowledge in the field of tropical diseases and diarrhea. Every summer since 1980, he and his wife, Margaret, have taken six to 10 senior medical students to Mexico to conduct medical research. Over the years, this work has helped define recommendations about the cause, prevention, and treatment of diarrhea among travelers to developing countries. Dupont has also studied tropical diseases and diarrhea in Egypt, Zambia, Kenya, India, and Jamaica.

Governor Jeb Bush has appointed Clarence H. (Buck) Brown III, 62C, 66M, as chair of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Board. Brown is currently president and CEO of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Fla.

Charles R. Rosenfeld, 62C, 66M, has three sons who have graduated from medical school. Rosenfeld’s youngest son is presently volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa.

Kay Herrin Woodruff, 68M, was president of the American Board of Pathology for 2001. (BACK TO TOP)


Richard (Rick) Holm, 75M, is president of the South Dakota State Medical Association. He and his wife, Joanie, have four children: Eric, Carter, Preston, and the youngest, Julia Xu, whom the family adopted from China in 1996.

Steven H. Moss, 75M, is the director of physical therapy and rehabilitation at Spring Hill Regional Medical Center, where he served as chief of surgery for two years. Moss is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement. He is also a member of the Inaugural Gulfcoast Arthritis Foundation Benefit Tournament of Hernando County, Florida.


Harold Morse, 76M, has been awarded the first annual Award for Clinical Excellence of the National Association of Inpatient Physicians, which represents hospitalists, physicians who focus on the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

Morse, who practices and resides in Anderson, S.C., formed the Anderson Free Clinic in 1983 and established the first hospitalist group in the city. He is now medical director at the free clinic and president of the Anderson County Medical Society. Along with his associate professorship at the Anderson Family Practice Residency Program, Morse is active in clinical trials. His research interests include thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction.

Morse also travels annually to the Haitian village of Cange, where he has helped establish a center of clinical excellence in one of the poorest areas in the western hemisphere. He also helps raise money for Partners in Health, a foundation that delivers medical care and supplies to Haiti.

Arthur H. McCain, 75C, 79M, is chairman of the board of directors at Macon Northside Hospital in Macon, Ga., and continues to practice vascular and interventional radiology. (BACK TO TOP)


Melinda Lewis, 81M, spent two days at an Indian reservation in Rosebud, S.D., in June, working with the Native American See and Treat Single Visit Cervical and Breast Cancer Prevention Program, initiated by the College of American Pathologists. She read Pap smears and performed fine-needle breast biopsies on site, where patients also received treatment as needed, based on the test results.

Alan Teplis, 82M, see Paul Teplis, 47M.


Scott Morris, 83M, is a man with a mission. For the past 15 years, Morris has led a community health center that annually serves more than 30,000 low-income patients in Memphis, Tenn. An ordained minister, Morris is the founder of the Church Health Center, a nonprofit faith community health ministry that provides affordable, high-quality health care to uninsured workers, their families, the elderly, and the homeless.

The center opened its doors in 1987, but its origins date back to the 1960s, when Morris was a high school student in Atlanta and decided to become a minister dedicated to caring for the sick.

After college, seminary, and medical school, Morris was on the house staff at Grady Hospital, an experience he remembers as eye-opening. “Those years helped me see the reality and difficulties of providing health care for the poor.”

Morris moved to Memphis in 1986 to become associate pastor of St. John’s Methodist Church, which leases space to the Church Health Center.

The center offers primary care, dental and eye care, and psychological and pastoral counseling in addition to wellness programs and a healing center.

Patient visits costs range from $15 to $35 and are calculated on a sliding scale according to family size and income. The homeless are provided care at no cost.

Morris is one of the center’s few full-time staff members The rest is operated largely by a network of 600 volunteers, and funding is provided by private donations.

For his colleagues in the for-profit sector, Morris realizes it is easy these days to become frustrated. He offers this advice: “Do your best to remember why you went into medicine in the first place. Every doctor I know entered medical school because they wanted to help people. That is still the driving force behind our profession.”

Morris has written a book about health care for the poor, Relief for the Body, Renewal for the Soul (Peraclete Press). He can be reached at 901-272-0003.

Reid B. Blackwelder, 84M, received the 2001 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award in Clinical Sciences from East Tennessee State University, where he is the residency program director for ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport and an associate professor in family medicine.


Angela Michiko Martin, 84M, recently called to discuss being the first and only African-American woman in private practice in Anniston, Ala. She opened the practice on Oct. 3, 1994.

“I saw three patients that day, two of whom had nothing wrong with them. They were just checking out the new doctor in town,” she says. Unfortunately, the community was less than supportive at first. “I was told I was not needed,” Martin recalls.

Then, around Christmas of that year, something happened that turned the tide. A young child was sick in the hospital with what appeared to be meningitis. All appropriate tests and treatments had been given, but the child was still severely ill. Martin ordered a CAT scan, which showed an enormous cyst in the child’s brain. The boy was moved to a different hospital for surgery, and the cyst was successfully removed. Martin then began receiving notes in the mail saying: “We’re glad you’re here.”

Since then, Martin’s practice has grown steadily into one of the top three in Anniston. In addition to her practice, Martin currently serves as chief of pediatrics at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. She hopes some day to build a child development and research center there.

Martin was awarded an honorary doctorate from Morehouse in May 2001 and has published two books, It’s Time to Roll the Stones Away and Holiness Embraces Kaolin.

She is also the founder of the Martin Foundation, which awards scholarships in education, agriculture, and medicine in memory of her parents, Cornell and Catherine.

Mark Litwin, 85M, received the 2001 Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association. This is given to the urologist within 10 years of training who has made the most substantial contributions to the field of urology. Litwin’s work has focused on outcomes research and quality-of-life assessment in urology.

Born: To Mitchell Garber, 87M, and Michele Asrael Garber, 92MPH, their first child, Robert Alan Garber, on Nov. 1, 2000.

Born: To Kathleen Nixon, 88M, and residency alumnus Gregory Berkey, their second son, Michael Dosh Berkey, on Mother’s Day of 2000. (BACK TO TOP)


Anna Paré, 90M, a member of Emory’s Medical Alumni Board, is a partner with Dermatology Consultants in Atlanta. She is also on the board of the Atlanta Women’s Medical Alliance, which offers female physicians in Atlanta networking and ways to connect with the Atlanta community.


Lisa LaVallee Ray, 92M, completed her residency at Health Sciences University in Oregon and worked afterwards at a private family practice in Portland. There, she was team doctor for a women’s professional basketball team, the Portland Power, for 2-1/2 seasons.

“That was so much fun,” recalls Ray. “One of the best parts was that during games, I got to sit right on the floor.”

Ray later moved to Asheville, N.C., to be closer to family and to start a new position on the faculty at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, the only family practice residency program in Asheville. She is also an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. She lives with her husband, Geoff (her high school sweetheart) in an old, turn-of-the-century house.

Incidentally, Ray’s mother-in-law is related to John and Willis Westmoreland, who helped start one of the antecedents to Emory’s medical school. Their portraits hang in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building.

Gregory Berkey, 94M, see Kathleen Nixon, 88M.

Carol Teplis, 94M, see Paul Teplis, 47M.

Born: To Stacy Stein Gryboski, 94M, a daughter, Katherine Stein Gryboski, on May 16, 2001.

Born: To Aimee Post League, 90C, 94M, her second child, Parker League, on Jan. 10, 2001. Aimee was also recently promoted to lieutenant commander in the US Navy.

Brett E. Dorfman, 96M, completed his residency in otolaryngology at Duke and has taken a position at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Stephanie Hunter Eidson, 96M, married Tim Eidson, a residency classmate, in January 2001 in Houston. She and Tim now live in Nashville, where she works as an attending in the pediatric emergency room at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Tim is in private practice as a pediatrician. Stephanie would love to hear from fellow alums and can be e-mailed at

Born: To Todd Frieze, 96M, and Tricia Kunovich-Frieze, 96M, a son, Grayson, in February 2001. Grayson has a sister, Emma. Todd is now chief of endocrinology at Keesler USAF Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. Tricia is now in private practice in internal medicine at Magnolia Medical Center at Cedar Lake in Biloxi.

Born: To F. Kennard Hood, 96M, and Keisha Carlton Hood, a son, Ashton Kennard Hood, on Nov. 26, 2000. They reside in McDonough, Ga., and Kennard is employed by Eagles Landing Family Practice in Ellenwood, Ga.

Born: To Jennifer Lapp Macia, 96M, and her husband, Mario, a daughter, Sarah Elisa, on Jan. 18, 2001. Jennifer completed her residency in pediatrics at Baylor in 1999 and is currently practicing general pediatrics in Houston.

Erin Rubin Ochoa, 96M, was recently reappointed to the College of American Pathologists Management Resource Committee. Ochoa is at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Anish Mahesh Sharma, 97M, married Andrea Conlisk-Sharma, 99MPH, on April 8, 2000. Anish is now working in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Brion Gardner, 98M, was featured as one of the top 29 “Super Bachelors” in the June 2001 issue of Ebony magazine. Currently a Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) flight surgeon, Gardner was nominated for the title by one of his friends. Despite a daily barrage of phone messages from enamored bachelorettes, Gardner claims to have no intention of settling down soon.

Debra A. Smith, 98M, was appointed to the Council of International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs by the president of the American Osteopathic Association. (BACK TO TOP)


Gregory Adkison and Joanne Carlson, both 01M, are in residencies in Chicago, Gregory in anesthesiology at Loyola and Joanne in pediatrics at University of Chicago in pediatrics.

Brooks Moore, 01M, a resident in emergency medicine at Emory, finished an on-call shift in the emergency room one day last November and took a flight to Los Angeles. The reason? To appear on “Jeopardy,” where he won more than $17,000. His nondrinking habits came to light on the second day, when he lost in the Final Jeopardy round, missing the answer about tequila, to which the correct question was Jose Cuervo.The show aired in January.

Married: Leslie Potter, 01M, to Thomas Lawley III, on May 26, 2001. Leslie Lawley begins a residency in dermatology at Emory this summer.

Married: James E. Stone, 89C, 01M, to Nimalie I. deSilva, 96C, on Sept. 2, 2000. They are residents in internal medicine in Baltimore.

Residency Training and Fellowship Alumni

Gordon T. Goldstein (radiology) is an assistant professor of radiology at Emory.

Charles E. Goodman Jr. (dermatology) and his wife, Delia, recently finished building their dream home on a 1,000-acre lot 18 miles outside of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

John Hardman (child psychiatry), executive director of The Carter Center, recently accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychiatric Association on behalf of The Carter Center and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The award recognized the center’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness and address associated public policy issues. The Carter Center is home to the Mental Health Task Force, which promotes positive change in the mental health field.

Matthew William Karowe (gastroenterology) married Diana Zintel on April 4, 2000. They live in Boulder, Colo.

Rodney A. Martin (surgery) was among 1,636 initiates from around the world who became fellows of the American College of Surgeons during its 86th Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago.

Born: To Thomas Parsons (pathology)and his wife, Sarah, their second son, Walter Griff Parsons, on Aug. 24, 2000, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Parsons is the associate medical examiner for Volusia County, Fla.

On June 3, 2000, the Interis Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., named its burn center for Paul Silverstein (plastic surgery), the center’s founder and medical director for 25 years. He is also clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Oklahoma.

Joel Tsevat (internal medicine) is director of outcomes research in medicine at the University of Cincinnati as well as director of health services for the Veterans Healthcare System of Ohio. He is president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. (BACK TO TOP)

Faculty Alumni  

Ever since Emory Professor Emeritus Mario DiGirolamo was a teenager, he has photographed the people, places and spirit of his native Italy. Now he has collected some of these photographs in the book Sole e Ombra (Sun and Shadow), Images of Italy. The book is filled with stunning black-and-white images that, according to the artist, “are not only the delineation of life in a particular country, but also narrate simple and powerful stories, expressing the fundamentals of the human experience.”





William Kendrick Purks, 29M, of Vicksburg, Miss., on April 5, 2000, at the age of 95. Purks served the Vicksburg community for more than half of the last century. He died at the Vicksburg Medical Center. Purks moved to Vicksburg in 1934 and practiced there until his retirement in 1980. He was chief of medical service at the Vicksburg Clinic and Hospital and chief of staff and president of the board of directors for the Vicksburg Hospital. He was also an instructor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical School for almost 30 years and served as medical officer for the US Public Health Service in his community.

Purks was a founder of the Vicksburg Hospital Foundation, where he served as trustee and then president from 1962 until 1999. Although the main objective of the foundation is to improve medical care for local residents, the foundation also established a scholarship fund for students attending Emory’s medical school.

Purks was an avid supporter of the Junis Ward Johnson Memorial YMCA, and one of the Y’s centers was named in his honor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen Kemper Purks, and a son, William Kendrick Purks Jr.

He is survived by another son, Robert K. Purks, Jr., 60C, and several nieces and nephews. Purks’ brother was Dr. J. Harris Purks Jr., an Emory graduate and former dean of the college of arts and sciences.



Charles W. Anderson, 35M, of Pine Bluff, Ark., on Oct. 5, 2000, at age 91. After medical school and interning at Marine Hospital in New Orleans in 1936, Anderson served in the US Public Health Service in Miami and then joined the Army Medical Corps for two years. He continued his education at the New York City Cancer Institute in 1938 and at Belleview Hospital in New York from 1939 to 1941. He was called to duty in 1941, serving in the Normandy invasion, and later became a radiology consultant for the 15th Army Medical Center in England.

He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1946 and moved to Pine Bluff, where he practiced radiology until his retirement in 1977. Anderson was a founding partner at Pine Bluff Radiology Associates and a past director of the Southeast Arkansas Tumor Clinic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Robson, whom he married in 1938, and two sons. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Marion Hillman, three sisters, and several grandchildren.


Will Camp Sealy, 33C, 36M, of Greenville, N.C., died on Jan. 27, 2001. Sealy was born in 1912 in Roberta, Ga., but was raised in Reynolds. After his training at Emory and residency at Duke University, Sealy volunteered for service in the US Army Medical Corps in Europe during WWII and left with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1946. He then returned to Duke and further developed his skill in cardiac surgery. Sealy eventually became known as the father of arrhythmia surgery for his pioneering work in surgical treatment of Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome. He served as chief of thoracic surgery at Duke until his retirement in 1982, when he was named an emeritus professor. Sealy’s passion for medicine continued, and two years later, he joined the faculty at Mercer School of Medicine as professor of surgery and program director of the Mercer Medical Center of Central Georgia general surgery residency program.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jacqueline Womble Sealy, two sons, a daughter, two stepdaughters, and his brother, Hugh K. Sealy, 53M.

John Bofinger Varner, 37M, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., formerly of Atlanta, died at his home on Feb. 12, 2001, at the age of 86. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a Medical Officer in North Africa and Italy. He practiced medicine at Crawford Long Hospital, where he was chief of staff for obstetrics and gynecology and held memberships with the AMA and the American College of Surgeons.
He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul Flowers, 39M, on Dec. 16, 2000. He is survived by two sons: Robert E. Flowers, 72C, and McDavid Flowers, 67Ox, 69B, and his daughter, Cordelia F. Boone, 74C.


William Craig Robertson, 37C, 40M, of Gadsden, Ala., on Oct. 12, 1998. Robertson attended his class reunion shortly before his death and was surprised at how much the campus had grown.


Curtis W. Bowman, 41M, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died at the age of 85 on March 14, 2001.

While in medical school, Bowman was president of his graduating class and a member of the men’s glee club. Music and medicine were his passions. He was a talented pianist with a beautiful Irish tenor voice and often entertained at family gatherings and parties.

Bowman received his urology training at Grady Hospital. In 1945, after serving in Navy during WWII, he opened a urology practice in St. Petersburg and worked there until his retirement in 1984. Bowman was president of the Florida Urological Association and a member of the American Urological Association, the American and Florida Medical Associations, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Pinellas County Medical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Louneal W. Bowman, two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.


William R. Thompson, 38C, 42M, on Feb. 16, 2001, at the VA Nursing Home in Augusta, Ga., where he had lived for six years. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine C. Thompson, and their twins, as well as his former wife, Buell S. McCutchen, their daughters, and several grandchildren.

E. Jordan Callaway, 45M, of Covington, Ga., died tragically in a fire on Dec. 14, 2000. He was in good health and had fallen asleep on the sofa when a lamp cord caught on fire. Callaway was a doctor of general surgery and medicine. When Newton County Hospital was built in 1954, Callaway performed the first surgical procedure there—a hernia operation. In 1970, he opened his own successful practice in Covington and continued to work there until he left medicine to spend time traveling with his wife, Caroline Smith Callaway. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

Curran S. Easley Jr., 45M, of LaGrange, Ga., on Jan. 1, 2001. Easley practiced pediatrics in LaGrange from 1950 to 1992. In 1993, the pediatric unit at West Georgia Medical Center was named in his honor.


Louis Felder, 46M, of Atlanta, on April 27, 2001 after suffering a stroke. Felder, 78, was a leader among physicians at Piedmont Hospital, where he would often spend 12 hours a day caring for his internal medicine patients.

“He was one of the most enthusiastic doctors I’ve ever known and was an extremely hard worker,” said Richard Hubbard, CEO of Piedmont, where Felder served as chief of staff. Felder also was known for his generosity and compassion. According to his son, Richard, his father “couldn’t stand to see anyone struggle. He would jump in and help. He was always making other people more comfortable.”

He is survived by his wife, Joann Felder, two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.

Walter H. Wellborn Jr., 44C, 46M, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., on Dec. 13, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Comer Wellborn, and three children.


William C. “Pat” Patterson, 47M, of Smyrna, Ga., at age 79, of prostate cancer, on April 15, 2001. Patterson was known as a talented surgeon in private practice as well as a brilliant businessman who helped shape the growth of Cobb County. He was a founding member of the Cobb General Hospital Authority.

Patterson had a variety of hobbies that included gardening, flying, playing piano, restoring old sports car engines, and volunteering at the Calvary Children’s Home in Cobb County. Survivors include his wife, Iwee Patterson, two sons, a sister, and a brother.

Mabry E. Garner, 48M, of Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 14, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Celeste D. Garner.


William B. Young III, 48M, of Wilson, N.C., on Sept. 17, 2000. For most of his career, Young practiced internal medicine in his hometown of Wilson. He was the only specialist in a group of six physicians. Young helped recruit other specialists into his community, which led to the establishment of a 32-physician multi-specialist clinic during Young’s 34 years of practice.

Young interned in pathology and served as a captain in the US Medical Army Corps, where he was in charge of the base hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, from 1949 to 1950.

In Wilson, he also served as president of the County Medical Society, the County Heart Association, and the Mental Health Association. He was a director of the Board of Health of the Wilson Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief of staff and was president of Carolina Clinic.

A stroke forced him into retirement in 1988, but he was able to enjoy an active retirement with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann Bondurant “Bonnie” Young, their three sons, and four grandchildren.


C. Gibson Hooten, 49M, of Belleair, Fla., on Dec. 24, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Anne J. Garner.



James Richard Amerson, 52M, of Atlanta, on Dec. 21, 2001, of complications from metastatic melanoma, at age 74. Dr. Amerson served on the Emory medical faculty for 40 years before retiring in 1997.

Following his graduation from medical school, Amerson, an Augusta native, served a five-year residency at Grady Hospital. After six months of private practice, he was offered a job as assistant professor in surgery at Emory.

As colleagues in surgery can attest, Amerson was a tireless patient advocate, a dedicated teacher, and an outstanding role model for surgical residents and medical students. “He was the best surgeon I ever encountered, one of the finest general surgeons in the country,” said Dr. Paul Seavey of Atlanta, who served on the Emory faculty with Amerson for more than 30 years.

During his tenure with the department, Amerson helped unite the residency training programs at Emory Hospital, Grady Hospital, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Egleston Children’s Hospital, and Crawford Long Hospital. His soft-spoken manner and excellent surgical skills earned him the respect and affection of his patients and fellow physicians.

“He was a surgeon’s surgeon,” recalls Dr. Grant Carlson, a professor of surgery who trained under Amerson. “Surgeons who needed surgery would go to him, including me.”

Amerson is survived by his wife, Peggy, four sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Harold T. Dodge, 53 M, of Shoreline, Wash., on Feb. 26, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Zeta M. Dodge.

Eugenio de Juan Sr., 53M, of Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 11, 2000. He enrolled at Emory College at the age of 13 and graduated at 17. He received his medical degree at 21 and became an ophthalmologist. He is survived by his wife, Nancy de Juan Oppenheimer, and his son, Eugene de Juan Jr., 73C.

Franklin P. Watkins, 53M, of Richmond, Va., on May 6, 2001, at age 79. After completing his internship at Medical College of Virginia, he served two years in the US Army Medical Corps at Fort Knox, Ky. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. Afterwards, he enjoyed a 32-year career with Virginia Orthopedics Associates, now West End Orthopedic Society. He retired in 1992. Watkins had a lifelong interest in American antiques and was a founding member of the Antique Collectors Guild. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two sons, four grandchildren, and his brother.


Saul Vitner, 54M, died of a heart attack at his home in Atlanta at 71. Vitner was an obstetrician-gynecologist who founded Georgia’s only birthing center not based in a hospital. In the 1980s, many of Vitner’s patients were asking to deliver their babies at home. To respond to the needs of his patients, Vitner and his partners at North Atlanta OB-GYN built a birthing center in a house located near his office to allow for quick responses to emergencies.

More than 400 babies were born at the center during its three years in operation, but Vitner himself delivered thousands more during his career.

Vitner decided to become an ob-gyn after spending 12 years in the Army and serving in the Korean War.

“He wanted to bring life into the world, not see it destroyed any more,” says his wife, Joan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, a stepson, two daughters, a stepdaughter, a sister, and 10 grandchildren.

Wayne L. Godbold, 59M, of Winter Garden, Fla., on Dec. 15, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Lois Carroll Godbold.


John W. Chidsey Jr., 63M, of Sarasota, Fla., on Jan. 4, 2001 at age 64. Chidsey was a general and vascular surgeon who completed his residency at Grady and Emory hospitals. He was stationed in Hawaii as a physician and lieutenant in the Navy from 1965 to 1967. He served as chief of surgery and chief of staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He also served two terms as chief of staff at Doctor’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Susan, a daughter, two sons, a stepson, and two grandchildren.


Mark Alan Batson, 85M, of Houston, on April 7, 2001. Batson was born in Greenville, S.C., in 1960. After medical school, he served his internship and residency at Baylor, where he later served on the faculty. At the time of his death, he was affiliated with Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston and Memorial Hospital in the Woodlands. Batson was a valued member of many anesthesia committees and societies. He received the “Bent Needle Award” for Excellence in OB Anesthesia, the Fondren Brown Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Anesthesia, and the Golden Apple Award for excellence in clinical instruction from Baylor. Batson was also an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Houston.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Hall Batson, sons Robert and Kyle, parents Judge Robert and Betty Batson, three sisters, and a brother.

Residency Training and Fellowship Alumni


James E. Dennard (otolaryngology) of Valdosta, Ga., on Dec. 26, 2000, of pancreatic cancer. Dennard was born in Atlanta in 1941. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at Emory after serving as an Air Force major during the Vietnam War. Dennard was in private practice in Valdosta for many years and eventually became chief of staff at South Georgia Medical Center. At the time of his death, he was senior partner in ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia.

Dennard served in the vestry and as an usher at Christ Episcopal Church and was active in Rotary International. He enjoyed exploring the world with his family and accompanied them to destinations such as Europe, Australia, Alaska, and the Bahamas.

“Jim was a wonderful man who helped thousands of people through his medical practice. He died too soon,” wrote his wife, Julia. He is also survived by three children and two stepchildren.


John Terrell Logue (internal medicine) of Columbia, SC, on July 5, 2000. Logue was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated from Duke Medical School. He married Alberta “Berti” Barnstorff in 1951 and then moved to Columbia in 1956. He practiced as an internist in Columbia for many years and was on the staff of the University Medical Center. He also served as medical director of Shelter Insurance Co. Logue served in the armed forces as a paratrooper in WWII and as a physician in the Korean War. For many years he was a newspaper columnist on medical subjects.

Survivors include his wife, daughter, son, sister, granddaughter, and brother, R. Bruce Logue, 34C, 37M. He was preceded in death by another sister.

James Sidney Maughon (thoracic surgery) of Atlanta, on Aug. 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Frances G. Maughon.


George Schimert (surgery) of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, on Dec. 7, 2000. Schimert was a pioneer in cardiac surgery and was instrumental in development of the open-heart surgery program at Buffalo General Hospital in the 1960s.

Born in Switzerland, he grew up in Hungary and received his medical training in Hungary and Germany before coming to America after WWII. During this time, he read about the first successful intracardiac surgical procedure and decided to become a heart surgeon.

His training led him to intern at Tampa (Florida) Municipal Hospital and then to Emory, where he was a member of the house staff from 1951 to 1952.

During his career, he served as a resident in thoracic surgery at University of Maryland Hospital and Baltimore History Hospital. In Baltimore, he designed an oxygenator.

He then moved on to University of Minnesota Hospital, where he trained in cardiac surgery with renowned surgeons Norman Shumway and Christian Barnard under C. Walton Lillehei, developing hypothermia techniques and an early version of the heart pump.

In 1957, he performed the first open-heart surgical procedure in Asia after he was sent to Seoul National University in South Korea by the University of Minnesota to establish a thoracic surgery program.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Smyth Schimert, and three sons.

Faculty and Staff

J. Richard Amerson. See Amerson, 52M, under Deaths/1950s.


Charles Mason Huguley Jr., professor emeritus and former director of hematology and oncology at Emory, died of a stroke on Sept. 6, 2001, at the age of 83.

Huguley, one of 17 founding partners of The Emory Clinic, spent more than 40 years at Emory, retiring in 1988.

“Charles was one of only 15 members of the Department of Medicine when I became chair,” says Dr. J. Willis Hurst, a fellow founding member of the clinic who chaired medicine for almost three decades. “His broad shoulders and keen intellect were of enormous value to the fledgling department, and he lent stability and continuity. He was also a superb teacher.”

A native of Macon, Huguley had a passion for history and reading as well as sailing with his wife, Helen. The couple raced a 17-foot dinghy competitively for many years.

Huguley devoted his career to cancer care and education at a time when oncology was still developing as a specialty. He himself faced a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 1985 and shared his feelings about his own disease with readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution soon after his diagnosis.

“The most humane thing you can do for a cancer patient is cure them…,” he wrote. “We must conquer the fear, adopt a positive attitude toward what can be done for cancer, and get on with the business of doing it.... For my own part, I can’t say that the aftermath of three operations brought no discomfort or that all of my parts function as well as they used to or that I am not worried about the future. But I am alive, vigorous, working, and trying to help people with cancer, enjoying a day at a time, in this wonderful world of ours.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Charles III, 74C, and a granddaughter.


Boisfeuillet Jones Sr., 34C, 37L, died July 18, 2001, after a fall at his Atlanta residence. He was 88.

Jones, president emeritus of the Robert W. Woodruff and the Emily and Ernest Woodruff foundations, helped make Emory what it is today. He was president of the Woodruff family of foundations from 1964 to 1988, when they gave Emory $105 million, then the largest gift ever made to an educational institution.

Robert W. Woodruff’s last charitable act before he died in 1985 was to donate $3 million of his personal funds to Emory to build an administrative building to be named for Boisfeuillet Jones.

Emory President Bill Chace says Jones was an extraordinary participant in life at Emory. “His seven decades of association with Emory—as an exemplary student, innovative administrator, and wise trustee—have made Emory a far better place.”

From 1946 to 1960, Jones served as an assistant professor of political science, dean of administration, and vice president of health services at Emory. He played a pivotal role in development of The Emory Clinic, which was underwritten by Mr. Woodruff.

After leaving the university, he also headed the Joseph B. Whitehead, Lettie Pate Whitehead, and Lettie Pate Evans foundations, as well as the Woodruff foundations.
Although Jones associated with the wealthy throughout his career, he often said he wasn’t wealthy himself, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Mr. Woodruff used to say it was easier to make money than to give it away,” he once said. “I’d tell him, ‘I wouldn’t know. I never made any.’”

Jones donated his body to Emory’s medical school. He is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, Boisfeuillet Jones Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Emory trustee Laura Jones Hardman of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.


Evangeline Papageorge, the School of Medicine’s first full-time female faculty member and first dean of students of either gender, died Sept. 15, 2001, at age 94.

Dr. Papageorge, who had a PhD in biochemistry, had a career at Emory spanning almost half a century. She came to Emory as a master’s student in 1928 on a $500 fellowship that paid for tuition and carfare. (She was desperate for a job, the second of seven children, anxious to help her recently widowed mother with five young ones at home. “I’m going to work so hard,” she told her mother, “they won’t be able to do without me.”)

From 1929 to 1956, she taught biochemistry to medical, dental, nursing, and graduate students, and in 1937 she developed Emory’s first course in clinical chemistry for medical technologists. In 1956, Arthur Richardson, the new medical dean, asked her to join his staff because he wanted someone, in her words, whose main focus was medical students, someone “responsible for admissions, scholarships, and all the administrative aspects of educating those young people.” In her 19 years as dean of students, a job she essentially defined for posterity, she combined high expectations (“mediocrity” was not a word in her vocabulary) with a good measure of compassion for medical students. (“There are times when their discouragement may be great, and they need sympathetic counsel,” she said. When one student was sent to her for falling asleep in class, she learned he was working weekends to support a wife and new baby, got him scholarship funds, and made him give up that weekend job. (“After that, he did well,” she said.) It is fitting that each year, numerous scholarships in her name are awarded to medical students based on need.

She was much loved by her students and alumni alike. Emory alumni gave her their Award of Honor in 1971, several medical classes made her an honorary class member, and in 1993 alumni gave out the first Evangeline Papageorge Teaching Award, a monetary award given each year to the faculty member deemed best teacher in the medical school. (A tribute written by one of her former students appears on page 24.)

Dr. Papageorge officially retired in 1975 but continued to serve on the alumni board and was a regent emerita at the time of her death.

She always said that Emory’s greatest gift to her was the chance to work there. “During my years at Emory, I felt secure, and I must say I was happy.”

Donations to the Papageorge scholarship fund or teaching award can be sent to Emory School of Medicine, 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30322, c/o Ann Edens.


R. Waldo Powell, on March 1, 2001. For 38 years, he was a renowned breast cancer surgeon at Emory University Hospital.

Born in Doerun, Ga., in 1922, he was a graduate of Duke School of Medicine and served as a physician in the US Navy for three years. After six years of surgical residency at Grady Hospital, he joined the Robert Winship Clinic at Emory in 1954.

He was a prolific researcher, collaborating on more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters. He taught Emory medical students from 1954 to 1992, when he retired.

Powell was a loving father, devoted husband, respected physician, and an avid gardener and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Juanita, and four children.


Robert G. Sybers, professor of radiology, died on Feb. 19, 2001, of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, at Emory University Hospital. A memorial service in his honor was held at Grady Memorial Hospital’s Goddard Chapel on March 2, 2001. He was 72.

Sybers spent his entire academic career of 36 years at Emory on the Grady campus and, according to Radiology Chair William Casarella, established himself as a teacher of medical students and residents without equal. He was named Teacher of the Year so often that his name was retired from consideration until 1999 when the residents again honored him with that title.

Casarella wrote in a letter to colleagues, “Dr. Sybers was a compassionate, caring man who was dedicated to his patients, students, hospital, and university. He was a master radiologist whose knowledge was eagerly sought after by house staff and attending physicians. Bob had a marvelous sense of humor, and he made learning a pleasant and easy experience.”

He is survived by two daughters who have followed in their father’s footsteps by becoming radiologists. Erica Sybers, 94M, is on the faculty at Emory in radiology, and Greta Sybers, 00M, is a resident at Emory. Sybers is also survived by his son, Robert, who lives in Atlanta.

In recognition of Sybers’ teaching abilities and contributions, the Department of Radiology has established the Robert G. Sybers Education Fund. Proceeds of the fund will be used to enhance the residency program at Grady Hospital. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the fund by contacting Emory at 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30322, c/o Jason Chandler. (BACK TO TOP)

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