September 23, 2012 |
Dr. Si-Chun Ming, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a pathology professor at Temple University School of Medicine from 1971 to 1992, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, of complications from a stroke at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ming was acting chairman of the pathology department at Temple from 1978 to 1980. Temple honored him in 2003 by placing his portrait on permanent display in the main corridor of its hospital, at the same time it gave that honor to his wife, Pen-Ming Lee Ming, a professor of pathology and obstetrics-gynecology there.
August 27, 2012 |
She escaped from Poland soon after earning her medical degree in December 1939, three months after the Nazi invasion. She then worked in Rio de Janeiro, performing more than 400 autopsies while reporting her findings in Latin to a translator because she was not fluent in Portuguese, the language of Brazil. And seven years after arriving in Philadelphia in 1957, she became the first woman to be named a full professor at Hahnemann Medical College, according to an archivist at its successor, the Drexel University College of Medicine.
August 1, 2012 |
BERNADETTE Maida was only 17 when she entered the orbit of the remarkable Gilbert C. Johnson. It would be a life-changing experience for the young woman. He was in charge of the non-pathology side of Chestnut Hill Hospital's laboratory and ran the technician-training program, which Bernadette joined. She also was his student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She credits him with putting her career on a path that led to executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
January 26, 2012 |
William C. Frayer, 91, of Bryn Mawr, a professor emeritus of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at home from complications of cancer. Dr. Frayer worked for more than a half-century in the ophthalmology department "during a critical time of medical change and ophthalmic discovery," Joan O'Brien, chairwoman of the department at Penn's Scheie Eye Institute, wrote in a recent tribute. It quoted Dr. Frayer as saying, "Our daily contact with patients remains the single most gratifying part of being an ophthalmologist.
August 4, 2011
Baruj Benacerraf, 90, a Venezuela-born immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, died Tuesday of pneumonia at his Boston home. A physician-scientist, Mr. Benacerraf discovered that genetic factors played a central role in the function of the immune system. That finding led to a 1980 Nobel Prize for him and colleagues Jean Dausset of the University of Paris and George Snell of Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He also led the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
March 19, 2011 |
Elizabeth V. Lautsch, 91, a researcher and former pathology professor at Temple University School of Medicine, died of pneumonia Monday, March 14, at Palm Gardens Nursing Home in Sun City Center, Fla. A native of Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Lautsch moved to Philadelphia in 1954 to join the faculty of the former Woman's College of Medicine. She later joined the faculty at Temple Medical School. She received several Golden Apple awards from Temple for excellence in teaching, and in 1968 the senior medical students dedicated their yearbook to her and another faculty member.
October 22, 2010 |
Irene Kieba, 61, of Woodbury Heights, a research specialist in the pathology department of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine, died Sunday, Oct. 17, at her home after a four-year battle with breast cancer. During her 25 years at Penn, Mrs. Kieba designed and conducted many experiments and coauthored more than 20 molecular biology reports. As a microbiologist, Mrs. Kieba worked with the cloning and mapping of genes, protein purification, and hybridomas.
May 28, 2010 |
August Wilson wrote better plays than Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, but never created a more charismatic gallery of characters who fight long and hard for a better life - and once achieving it, can't stop fighting even as they destroy one another. That such clear pathologies emerged from the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production at its Wednesday opening is the most obvious symptom of its overall (though not exactly consistent) excellence. The play was Wilson's first big success, even if the long view of the script is somewhat bewildering.
April 10, 2009 |
Bernett L. Johnson Jr., 76, a dermatologist, a retired Navy captain, and an artist, died of duodenal cancer last Friday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was senior medical officer. Dr. Johnson was also a professor of dermatology and associate dean for diversity and community outreach at the Penn School of Medicine. From 1995 until 2006, he was associate dean for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Philadelphia, where many of Penn's medical personnel train.
March 13, 2008 |
Rex Boland Conn Jr., 80, of Center City, a physician and educator who was head of clinical labs at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died of Parkinson's disease March 2 at Hahnemann University Hospital. After graduating from high school in 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dr. Conn joined the Navy Reserve in the final year of World War II. He was trained as a radar specialist before being discharged in 1946. Dr. Conn earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949 from Iowa State University and a medical degree in 1953 from Yale University.