Ernest W. Carpenter III
Ernest W. Carpenter III, M.D. (Residency 1971), of Petoskey, Michigan, died May 9, 2009, at age 73. He interned at the U-M from 1962-63, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a chief medical officer in Libya from 1963-66. In 1966, Carpenter returned to the U-M to complete a residency in general surgery. He specialized in vascular surgery and oncology at Northern Michigan Hospital and Ostego Memorial Hospital until his retirement in 1999.
Edward Fillmore Crippen (M.D. 1950), of Ann Arbor, formerly of Traverse City, Michigan, died November 13, 2009, at age 88.
Mary Jane Dexter (M.D. 1950), of Olympia, Washington, died August 5, 2009, at age 83.
Richard S. Dillman (M.D. 1956, Residency 1959) died October 18, 2009, at his home in Hamburg, Michigan. He was 83. An anesthesiologist, Dillman was licensed in seven states and served in the U.S. Army.
Sara Dubo, M.D. (Residency 1956), 93, died December 4, 2009. Originally from Canada, Dubo joined the Canadian Army during World War II and served as a psychiatrist for the Women’s Army. In 1948 she moved to Michigan and co-founded Children’s Psychiatric Hospital at the U-M. In 1956 she co-founded the Hawthorn Center in Northville, Michigan, and served as associate director there until 1981. She practiced privately for the remainder of her career.
Eleanor M. Gillespie (M.D. 1944), of Suffield, Connecticut, died July 23, 2009, at age 94, following a long illness. She began her career as an occupational therapist at University Hospital, and decided to become a doctor after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Upon completing an internship in Nebraska, Gillespie opened a private general practice in Sturgis, Michigan, which lasted more than 23 years. She completed an anesthesiology residency in 1970 in Massachusetts, and practiced anesthesiology at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston until retiring in 1977.
Joseph A. Holden (M.D. 1982), Ph.D., of Salt Lake City, Utah, died March 28, 2009, at age 60, from pancreatic cancer. He practiced, performed research and taught residents and Ph.D. students in anatomic pathology at the University of Utah. His investigational contributions include the description of prognostic markers for a variety of cancers, and the discovery of a genetic mutation important in the pathogenesis of a subset of malignant melanomas.
Carl J. Impellitier, M.D. (Residency 1955), of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died September 9, 2009. He was 88.
Manuel Jacobs (M.D. 1949), 86, died September 12, 2009. He lived in Franklin, Michigan, and La Jolla, California.
Robert J. Kositchek (M.D. 1939, Residency 1941), 96, died November 23, 2009. He founded St. John’s Health Center’s (Santa Monica, California) Retired Doctors Association and was a hospital trustee. Kositchek was past president of the Beverly Hills Medical Association and a founding member of the L.A. Poison Center. He practiced in California for more than 54 years.
Edward B. Leverich, M.D. (Residency 1957), 87, died October 15, 2009. He resided in Charlevoix, Michigan. Leverich received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tulane University in 1942, and served as a naval aviator with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Following the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree in science and a medical degree from Tulane, and in 1957 completed his residency training at the U-M. He spent the majority of his career practicing obstetrics and gynecology in East Lansing, Michigan, retiring in 1991.
Raymond H. Murray, M.D. (Residency 1954), of Sarasota, Florida, died October 2, 2009, at age 84. A cardiologist, he served with the Navy Medical Corps during World War II and was in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for seven years. He participated in aerospace research at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for Indiana University Medical School, and directed the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at IU before becoming chair of the Department of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, where he remained until retiring.
Marshall Nirenberg (Ph.D. 1957), 82, of Potomac, Maryland, and New York, New York, died January 15, 2010. Nirenberg won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work on the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis. Working at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (today the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health and Skin Diseases), part of the National Institutes of Health, Nirenberg and his assistant in 1961 discovered how RNA transmits “messages” encoded in DNA and directs how amino acids combine to make proteins. By 1965 he and colleagues had created a 64-square table showing the relationship between DNA and proteins; the table is still in use today. Nirenberg remained at the NIH throughout his career and made other significant discoveries in neurobiology and genetics.
Aurea Noronha, M.D. (Residency 1978), 70, of Ann Arbor, died August 12, 2009. She practiced anesthesiology in her native India, as well as in Africa, England, Germany and the U.S. She practiced for more than 25 years at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, retiring in 2006.
Millard M. Posthuma
Millard M. Posthuma (M.D. 1942) died May 31, 2009, at age 92 in Franklin, Tennessee. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, practiced surgery in Cadillac, Michigan, for 45 years and founded the Medical Arts Group there. Upon retiring, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for a second career as an assistant surgeon. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
Robert M. Reynolds (M.D. 1950, Residency 1952), of Lake Angelus, Michigan, died February 25, 2007. He served with the U.S. Marines in a MASH unit from 1953-55, during the Korean War.
Elmore D. Shoudy (M.D. 1959), 80, of Port Huron, Michigan, died November 22, 2009. He served in the U.S. Air Force and in 1960 began a career in family medicine. In 1972 he switched to emergency medicine, managing the ER at Port Huron Hospital until his retirement. While there, he helped establish an ambulance service in St. Clair County, and served for a time as medical director of Blue Water Hospice, which he founded.
David M. Smith (M.D. 1959, M.S. and Residency 1965), 75, died September 2, 2009. Smith interned at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and was active in the Naval Medical Corps. He then returned to the U-M for a residency in ophthalmology and became a founding member of Eye Associates Northwest, in the Seattle area. He taught in the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology from 1967-2000.
D. Emerick Szilagyi (M.D. 1935, Residencies 1937, 1938 and 1939) died November 1, 2009, at age 99. Born in Hungary, Szilagyi immigrated to the United States in 1931 and entered the U-M Medical School. He remained here for residency, and served as a pathology teaching assistant. In 1939 he accepted a position in surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and practiced there until retiring more than 50 years later.
Robert H. Winemiller, M.D. (Residency 1962), of Rochester, Minnesota, died October 14, 2009. He was 74.
Donald V. Youll, M.D. (Fellowship 1963), died January 27, 2008, following a three-year battle with lung cancer. He practiced allergy and immunology in Kansas City, Missouri, for 33 years prior to his retirement in 1996.
William Brudon, of Chelsea, Michigan, died July 6, 2009. He was 87. Brudon joined the U-M in 1948 as staff illustrator at the Natural History Museum and later moved to the Medical School and School of Art where he taught a variety of courses related to medical and biological illustration. Brudon contributed numerous illustrations to several editions of Essentials of Human Anatomy, co-authored by Russell Woodburne (Ph.D. 1935) and William Burkel, Ph.D. He received the Association of Medical Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Brudon retired in 1984 as associate professor emeritus of medical and biological illustration in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Medical School, and professor emeritus of art in the School of Art.
David Handleman, of Bloomfield Hills, a well-known businessman and philanthropist in southeast Michigan, died of heart failure on December 13, 2009, at age 95. He was former chair and CEO of the Handleman Company, founded by his father in 1934, which distributed videotapes, music, computer software and books. Handleman and his wife, Charlene, established the Marion and David Handleman Research Professorship in Vascular Surgery in the Medical School, in recognition of the care provided to Handleman’s first wife, Marion, who preceded him in death in 1999.