Jerry A. Shields (M.D. 1964) is director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Institute and professor of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been active for 30 years in the care of patients with ocular tumors, and in clinical research to improve methods for the diagnosis and treatment of eye cancers. He resides in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Carol Shields, M.D., and their seven children.
Richard F. Lockey, M.D. (Residency 1970), has been named one of the first six Distinguished University Health Professors at the University of South Florida (USF) Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. His peers recommended him for the honor, which was given based on substantial achievement in research, teaching or clinical care. Lockey serves as director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and as professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health at USF. He resides in Tampa, Florida.
Walter Willett (M.D. 1970) has co-written The Fertility Diet, outlining dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes to help women increase fertility. Willett is chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has previously co-authored Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, and resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lawrence Chin (M.D. 1987) has been professor and chair of neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine and neurosurgeon in chief at Boston Medical Center since May 2006. He was previously professor of neurosurgery and medical director of the Gamma Knife Center at the University of Maryland. He resides in Wayland, Massachusetts.
Emmanuel J. Zervos (M.D. 1992) has been appointed professor and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He also will serve as associate director of the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center there. For the first six years of his career, Zervos established his clinical and research expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatobiliary malignancy at the University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center, and continues these studies in his new appointment.
Norman F. Bach (M.D. 1948), of Chelsea, Michigan, died on June 11, 2007, at age 86. A longtime resident of Owosso, Michigan, Bach practiced internal medicine at the former Owosso Medical Group from 1952-90, and served as its president for 10 years during that time. He also served as president of the Shiawassee County Medical Society and as chief of staff at Owosso Memorial Hospital. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Physicians and a member of the Society of Internal Medicine. Bach was a member of the Owosso Rotary Club and Salem Lutheran Church, among other organizations, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, golf, crossword puzzles, following the Detroit Tigers and spending time with his family. Bach is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean, five children and seven grandchildren.
Norman L. Banghart (M.D. 1945, Residency 1953), died on June 17, 2007, in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was 85. Banghart served as an Army doctor in World War II, then opened a private obstetrics/gynecology practice in Ann Arbor where he saw patients for more than 40 years. During his career, he served as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and chief of staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was an avid swimmer and golfer, an involved U-M sports fan, and took pride in being an Eagle Scout and a member of the Ann Arbor Kiwanis, Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity and the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, four sons, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
George W. Cheek Jr., M.D. (Residency 1958), 78, of Burlington, North Carolina, died on June 12, 2006. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. Cheek, a surgeon, is survived by his wife, Janette, four daughters and four grandchildren.
Emma Jane Conklin (M.D. 1949) died on March 13, 2007, in a hospital near her home in Troy, Michigan. She was 82. Conklin specialized in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. She was the only woman to hold the position of executive administrator at Wayne County General Hospital, where she worked for most of her career. Conklin liked to travel, especially to Scotland, and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family, including a niece whom she mentored to become a
doctor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman A. Nelson, M.D., and is survived by a son.
Peter VanVechten Hamill (M.D. 1953), 80, of Annapolis, Maryland, died of complications from pneumonia on March 10, 2007. He was the scientific director and medical coordinator under U.S. Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, who in 1964 issued the groundbreaking study stating that smoking was the major cause of lung cancer and other diseases. He served as chair of a government study that contributed to the creation of the growth and development charts used by nutritionists and physicians. In addition to his medical career, Hamill served in the Navy during World War II and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. He was an avid sportsman and a Golden Gloves boxing champion at Notre Dame in 1944. He enjoyed sailing and researching his ancestors’ roles in the Revolutionary War. He is survived by his wife, Margot, four children and 11 grandchildren.
Morris Weiss (M.D. 1951, Residency 1956), died on June 1, 2007. He was 82. Weiss received his bachelor’s degree in science from the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1947 before completing his medical degree and residency here. He is survived by his wife, Fae, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Richard Lowell White, M.D. (Residency 1967), 73, died June 9, 2007, at his home in Yarmouth, Maine, after an eight-year battle with cancer. After completing residencies in surgery at the Boston City Hospital, and in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the U-M, White joined Chris Lutes, M.D., at the Maine Medical Center in Portland. As the first board-certified cardiac surgeons in Maine, White and Lutes initiated and improved the standard techniques of cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac surgical patient care management in the state. White appreciated and supported Maine artists, played piano and studied jazz. He also enjoyed hiking, camping, sailing and training Labrador retrievers for field trials. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, two children and two stepchildren.
Kenneth W. Yost (M.D. 1954), of Port Huron, Michigan, died June 20, 2007, at age 90. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Yost practiced pediatrics and obstetrics in Marysville, Michigan, for 42 years and presided over more than 7,000 deliveries. He also was on the staff of Mercy Hospital and Port Huron Hospital. Yost enjoyed electronics and golf. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma, in 2003, and is survived by four sons and two grandsons.