December 21, 2013 |
N. Harry Gartzman, 94, of Philadelphia, a family physician who spent 23 years as chief physician for Camden schools, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill. Music provided the theme to his life, with him asking for piano lessons at age 8 and playing at a saloon in Camden by 14. Graduating from Camden High School as valedictorian in 1937, Dr. Gartzman played parties to pay his tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1941.
December 13, 2013 |
Nicholas A. Kefalides, 86, of Merion, a physician, a groundbreaking scientist, and an educator, died Friday, Dec. 6, at his home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Kefalides was emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and remained active until his final days as a member of the medical school's admissions committee. In 1970, he began what would become a 43-year career at Penn and a high-profile role as a pioneer in the study of the extracellular matrix - components of the body that fill the space between structured cells.
November 15, 2013 |
Milton A. Batoff, 98, a career West Philadelphia family physician, died of kidney failure Saturday, Nov. 9, at his home on Long Beach Island, N.J., where he had resided since 1986. He was the uncle of the late William W. Batoff, the political fund-raiser who was Pennsylvania finance chairman for the 1980 reelection campaign of President Jimmy Carter. From his office on South 57th Street near Catharine Street, Dr. Batoff made house calls from 1946 until he retired in 1985, daughter Susan Carson said.
October 12, 2013 |
Walter P. Lomax Jr., 81, of Hilltown, a prominent physician, entrepreneur, and leader in Philadelphia's black community and beyond, died Thursday, Oct. 10, of complications from a stroke at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement came from his daughter Sara Lomax-Reese, president and general manager of WURD Radio, which Dr. Lomax purchased in 1993 to give an ongoing voice to black living history and culture. "It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Walter Lomax," the statement said.
October 11, 2013 |
BACK IN February 1968, Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. had a distinguished patient. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Philadelphia to give a speech and he became ill. He arrived in Dr. Lomax's South Philadelphia office with an upper-respiratory infection. Nothing serious. "We took a picture together, and I asked him to write something for my kids," Lomax said in a 1983 interview in the Daily News. His message to the Lomax children was a simple one: "May you have a noble future. " For King, time was running out. Two months later, on April 4, 1968, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to fight for the rights of garbage workers.
September 12, 2013 |
Bernard A. Krull, 97, of Haddon Township, a former internal medicine physician in Teaneck, N.J., who earned a Bronze Star in World War II, died Monday, Sept. 9, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Mount Holly. He had lived in Haddon Township since 2006. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in January 1933, and earned a bachelor's degree at New York University in 1936, a master's at the University of Cincinnati in 1937, and his medical degree there in 1941.
August 16, 2013 |
Doris Gorka Bartuska, 84, of East Falls, a physician who balanced career with family long before most women did, died Sunday, Aug. 4, of complications from lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bartuska pursued a career as a doctor because she loved medicine and thrived on teaching. She chose endocrinology because she thought it would give her more time to raise a family. She and her husband, Anthony J. Bartuska, whom she married in 1951, had six daughters.
August 14, 2013 |
Lane M. Sandler, 49, a physician and partner at Shore Neurology in Toms River, N.J., died of complications from cancer Friday, Aug. 9, at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Philadelphia, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Temple University in 1986 and graduated in 1991 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He spent his residency in neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, becoming chief resident in his final year, and earned a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Jefferson in 1996-97.
July 25, 2013 |
WHEN KEVIN Chavarria arrived at Harvard University for a summer of study, he was impressed by the seriousness of the students. "Everybody had their nose in a book," said his wife, Karla. "There was no fooling around. Everybody was serious. He truly learned to study and to discover that if you really desire to achieve your goals and dreams, you must eat, drink and sleep it. " Kevin did. Devoting himself heart and soul to learning medicine and, ultimately, becoming a highly respected doctor in Philadelphia who specialized in relieving his patients of pain and the dread of illness.
June 30, 2013 |
On the physician's checklist, somewhere between describing how difficult an operation was and which steps a family might want to take next, expressions of empathy may now become more prevalent. Again making its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill - "benevolent-gesture" legislation - that would prohibit empathetic statements such as apologies and condolences from being used against medical personnel in court. The measure, which passed unanimously in the state Senate Tuesday and the House Judiciary Committee Friday, has advanced farther than previous efforts.