EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue our coverage of alumni who are military veterans. In the print version of the magazine for this issue, we had to edit each submission down to a paragraph or two due to space constraints. The summaries below are the complete text from our alumni. Enjoy!
- AFB = Air Force Base
- ASTP = Army Specialized Training Program – established during WWII at universities to meet demands for junior officers and soldiers with technical skills
- HPSP = Health Professions Scholarship Program
- ICBM = Intercontinental ballistic missile
- LST = Landing Ship Tank
- LTC = Lieutenant Colonel
- LTCDR = Lieutenant Commander
- MC = Medical Corps
- MP = Military Police
- Navy V-12 = college training program established to provide the Navy with a continuous supply of officers
- RAF = Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)
- SAC = Strategic Air Command
- USAF = U.S. Air Force
- USAR = U.S. Army Reserves
- USMC = U.S. Marine Corps
- USNR = U.S. Navy Reserves
Frank Frable, ’51 MD, decided to practice medicine after hearing a radio broadcast about sulfa drugs in 1935. He was drafted on June 1, 1944, accepted to the medical school on Oct. 1, 1944, and discharged on June 15, 1946. He was an electronics technician, mate 3c, stationed at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He also worked at the Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Conn., and the torpedo range in Piney Point, Md. Dr. Frable worked at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Ind., from 1959 to 2000 and was chief of surgery for eight years and chief of staff for two. He retired as a general surgeon in 2000.
Dr. Frable writes: “I have a good wife, seven children, walk two miles daily by the river and have a mental journal of wonderful medical school and practice memories.”
Sam Koide, ’53 MD, ’58 GME, sent the following timeline of his military training and service:
Feb. 12, 1945: inducted U.S. Army, private, infantry, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Feb.-Aug. 1945: Basic infantry training, Ft. McClellan, Alabama
Aug.-Dec. 1945: Infantry Officer Training, commissioned as 2nd lieutenant, Ft. Benning, Georgia
Jan.-June 1946: Military Language School, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota
Aug. 1946-Feb. 1948: War Crimes Division, Military Intelligence Service, SCAP (Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers), Manila, Philippines
March-July 1948: Interpreter, Civil Service Section, Yokohama, Japan
Sept 1949-June 1953: Student, Northwestern University
July 1953-June 1954: Intern, Cook County Hospital, Chicago
July 1954-June 1955: Graduate student, Northwestern University
July 1955-June 1956: Resident in medicine, VA Research Hospital, Chicago
July 1956-June 1957: Resident in medicine, Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago
July 1957-April, 1960: Graduate student, biochemistry, Northwestern University
June 1960: PhD, Northwestern University
April 1960- Sept. 1960: Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
Oct. 1960-Oct. 2000: Population Council, New York
Dr. Koide has had more than 300 papers published in medical and biological journals throughout his career.
Simon K. Myint ’53 MD, served in the USAR Medical Corps as a lieutenant colonel at the former 828th Station Hospital in Fresno, Calif. He was on active duty for five months during Desert Storm in 1991, and was then promoted to full colonel. Dr. Myint also served in Aberdeen, Md., the Maldives, Camp Bullis at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, and Camp Pendleton, California.
Arnold “Arnie” L. Widen, ’53 MD, ’55, ’59 GME, served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as did all of the male members of his class who had not already served before medical school, since a physician draft was still in effect. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, on active duty from Jan. 1, 1956, through Dec. 31, 1957, and then in the active reserve for an additional four years. Dr. Widen has very positive memories and attitudes about his Army medical service, since he served during a time of peace, and his medical duties contributed significantly to his overall experiences as a physician.
Dr. Widen is an emeritus staff of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, since he retired from private practice Jan. 1, 2000. He enjoys his teaching activities and has continued as an active member of the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine. He currently supervises/mentors Northwestern Medicine internal medicine residents who have chosen to fulfill part of their ambulatory training requirements by seeing patients at CommunityHealth, the largest entirely free clinic in the nation. He has served as a volunteer physician at CommunityHealth since 1997, a member of their board since 1998, and as president from 2006 through 2010. Dr. Widen’s most recent employment was medical director of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General; he retired from this role June 1, 2012. He is gratified that he received the title of Master of the American College of Physicians in 2008.
Dr. Widen and his wife, Judy, currently spend most of their time at their Door County, Wis., home, although they maintain a small residence in Chicago so they can fulfill their organizational commitments, and regularly see local family members. Dr. Widen takes great pride and joy in the accomplishments and activities of his four children, nine grandchildren, two stepchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Dr. Widen says he is very pleased with the present philosophy and social orientation of the Feinberg School and the ever-increasing percentage of women in the healthcare professions.
Edmond Eger II, ’55 MD, co-edited “The Wondrous Story of Anesthesia” (Springer, 2014), a 944-page book describing the history of anesthesia.
Robert G. McKillop, ’56 MD, was accepted to attend medical school at the University of South Dakota in 1950, but was drafted into the U.S. Army from Dec. 1950 until Aug. 1952, finally starting medical school in Sept. 1952. While in the Army, he went through infantry basic training and later, medic training. He was not sent to Korea and became a dental assistant, eventually getting an early discharge to attend medical school. This was followed by an internship in Chicago and an orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic. He started private practice in Portland, Ore., in 1962, with gradual retirement ending in 2005. Dr. McKillop’s retirement activities include watercolor and acrylic painting and singing in a men’s chorus.
G. Stephen Scholly, ’56 MD, served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy from l957 to 1959, consisting of 18 months of sea duty and six months of shore duty. During those last six months, he was stationed at an 80-bed clinic/hospital at Patuxent River, Md., where he shared the inpatient ward with another physician who had internal medicine residency training. It was this hospital-based experience that influenced his career choice of internal medicine and later, pulmonology.
Dan M. Henshaw, ’57 MD, was part of the U.S. Army Senior Program during his last year of medical school and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in July, prior to his senior year. He was promoted to first lieutenant during his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and then entered active duty. His initial assignment was Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, followed by two years in Europe, prior to his dermatology residency at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. He served as a physician in the Army and Air Force for a combined total of 28 ½ years, including with the 106th General Hospital during Vietnam and the 317th Contingency Hospital during Operation Desert Storm. While serving in the USAF, he taught medical students, interns and residents, and was twice voted “Teacher of the Year” by the students.
On several occasions, he was stationed near classmates: Thomas Harle, ’57 MD, ’58 GME, in Washington, D.C., Richard Simons, ’57 MD, in the eastern U.S., and Don Logan in Europe. During his military career, Dr. Henshaw was a dermatology consultant to various surgeons general and overseas commands, served as chief of medicine at March AFB, and as NATO Exercises Hospital Commander. He was chief of dermatology at Fr. Bragg, Davis-Monthan AFB, March AFB, Lakenheath AFB, and Andrews AFB. Among his medals are the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Device, and the National Guard Eagle Award. He retired as a USAF colonel.
Dr. Henshaw retired from medicine on May 23, after 57 years as a practicing physician, the last 19 of which were in Kinston, N.C., as president of Kinston Dermatology. His final act as a physician was to enroll in a Phase II clinical trial for a new chemotherapy drug for signet ring cell carcinoma (SRCC) in hopes that he could contribute to helping find answers for other patients. He passed away on July 7, and was laid to rest with a 21-gun salute from the USAF Honor Guard.
Theodore “Ted” Englehorn, Jr., ’58 MD, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from Oct. 1960 until Oct. 1962. He spent two years on active duty as an obligated volunteer at the 225th Station Hospital, Muenchweiler, Germany. His military occupational specialty was D3150 general surgeon (one year residency). His shoulder patch was the flaming sword of U.S. Army Europe and his rank was captain.
Dr. Englehorn writes: “The Cuban Missile Crisis nearly caught me as I was being transferred into the Active Reserve, but I was not called back up as many of my contemporaries were. I spent four years in the reserve before being discharged. I would not have had to spend any time there, but I had signed my commission before my 26th birthday. In Germany, one of my duties was commander of an ambulance train, and I actually made a tour on the train between various hospitals in Germany, including Nuremberg and Munich on one occasion. It was interesting to sign a hand receipt for an entire ambulance train.
My most interesting night was Aug. 18, 1961. That was the night of the ‘Second Berlin Crisis’ when the Russians shut the Autobahn between West Germany and West Berlin, which would have forced another airlift. We lined up tanks on the western end and the Russians backed down. I was Medical Officer of the Day and my battle station was therefore to remain with the hospital instead of the train. The third time I was awakened by a corpsman to tell me we were on alert, it turned out that my wife had just come in to maternity and they could not find the OB doctor on call. So I nearly delivered my own daughter. The OB man showed up at the last possible moment. That would have continued the family tradition, since I had been delivered at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Medora, N.D., by my father who was serving as medical officer to the CCC, which was building the Theodore Roosevelt National Monument in 1934. Like me, he was the only doctor available at the time.”
Perry T. Roberts, ’58 MD, joined the Air Force during his last year of medical school and served continuously on active duty and in the reserve until 1980. He trained in a military hospital with two years as flight surgeon and chief of Aerospace Medicine at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He served in England and in Texas until 1971. The last three years on active duty were at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, as training officer in the residency program. After leaving the Air Force, he served in the reserve at Hill AFB and Scott AFB until June 1980, when he retired.
George Kaplan, ’59 MD, ’66 MS, ’73 GME, served three years as a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy after his internship. He was first assigned to an LST Squadron and then was transferred to an APA (Attack Transport) that spent nine months in the Western Pacific, just before the onset of the Vietnam War. The APA had a crew of about 300 and carried as many as 1,500 marines. Dr. Kaplan then spent two years at the Naval Training Center San Diego, also as a general medical officer. He writes, “I think the experience was maturing and, as a result, I got a lot more out of my residency than did those who had gone directly from internship to residency.”
John Romine, ’59 MD, served many years in the military, beginning as a Navy Reservist in 1957. From 1959 to 1962, he was stationed at a Marine Corps base, Camp Pendleton, California. From 1962 to 1965, he had a Navy residency in orthopaedic surgery, with a two-year fellowship in children’s orthopaedics at Indiana University to follow. From 1966 to 1967, he served as an orthopaedic surgeon for the 3rd Medical Battalion, USMC, in Vietnam, and then from 1967 to 1970 at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy. From 1970 to 1972, he was the chief of orthopaedics at Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill. He finished his military career as an Army reservist from 1987 to 1995, including being called back for Desert Storm in 1991. He retired in 1995.
Kevin Glynn, ’61 MD, writes: “Like most physicians from the Cold War era, I was part of the “doctor draft.” After the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Uncle Sam pulled me out of residency and ordered me to active duty as a captain in the USAF. I was stationed at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, where I was chief of internal medicine. Stanley ‘Stan’ Englander, ’59 MD, was the base pediatrician and we became good friends. I returned to residency in July 1965, just before the troop build-up started in Southeast Asia. In 1968, I received an honorable discharge. I had a good experience in military service. It gave me two years of practical experience in clinical medicine, and I felt like I genuinely helped the airmen and their families.”
Robert M. Vanecko, ’61 MD, served as a captain in the USAF from 1967 to 1969, and was assigned as the chief of surgery at Homestead Air Force Hospital, Homestead, Fla. This was an SAC Base and the Sea Survival School and Combat Training Center for personnel assigned to Vietnam.
Howard N. Ward, ’62 MD, served in the USAF from July 11, 1966, to July 9, 1968, at the 838th Tactical Hospital, Forbes AFB, Kansas, as captain in the Medical Corps. During this service, he was chief of internal medicine, director of professional services, and deputy hospital commander. He also served 30 days of temporary duty (Sept. 1967) at Incirlik Air Base, near Adana, Turkey, as the medical support for a NATO paratrooper exercise.
Richard M. Heller, ’63 MD, was a physician in the Air Force from July 1, 1964, to June 30, 1966. He was a general medical officer assigned to Izmir, Turkey, for 19 months and then Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, for five months. After leaving the Air Force, he completed a radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He joined the radiology faculty at Johns Hopkins, and then in 1975, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he founded the section of pediatric radiology and the pediatric radiology clerkship. There he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching in Pediatrics. Dr. Heller was honored with a named lectureship in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and was instrumental in designing the layout of pediatric radiology at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where subsequently a classroom was dedicated in his name. In addition, as Honorary Danish Consul for Tennessee, Dr. Heller arranged an exchange program between Vanderbilt and Copenhagen University Medical School, and for his activities as consul, was awarded “Knight, First Class” by the queen of Denmark.
During his career, he has authored and co-authored six textbooks and more than 100 articles. He served many years as an examiner in pediatric radiology on the American Board of Radiology board exams and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, Dr. Heller has been promoted to professor emeritus at Vanderbilt.
William F. De Rose, ’64 MD, served in the Army Medical Corps from 1966 to 1968. He entered the service after completing a year of internship and one year of a residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital. He was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, his first year of service and worked in the outpatient department at Martin Army Hospital. He spent his second year in Vietnam assigned to the 37th Medical Company of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as the commanding officer. As such, he spent more time in administrative work and military matters than in medicine.
After his service, he returned to the University of Iowa Hospital to complete his residency and in 1970, moved to Oak Lawn, Ill., where he joined a small group practice until his retirement in 1996. Since then, Dr. De Rose has been a volunteer teacher at Advocate Christ Medical Center to second- and third-year medical students from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and Chicago Medical School.
Richard Dedo, ’64 MD, ’69 GME, served from 1957 to 1960 as a navigator/radar intercept officer on an F-101B Voodoo, a two-man fighter-interceptor, which carried two air-to-air atomic missiles and two heat seeker missiles. From 1960 to 1970, he completed his medical school and residency training while in the Air Force Reserve and then from 1970 to 1980, he was in the Florida Air Force National Guard. He served in the medical corps, USAF Reserve, in California from 1980 to 1982, and then switched to the USAR in order to work at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. He helped with the orthopaedic training program by attending in the orthopaedic clinic and performing surgery, primarily on low back pain patients.
In 1990, Dr. Dedo was called up for Desert Storm and sent to Ft. Stewart, Georgia, for six months where he replaced two orthopaedists. He treated the dependents of the 24th Infantry Division, 3,000 paratroopers in Savannah, soldiers from the Georgia “militia” (National Guard) who were called up, and thousands of retirees. He stayed in the Army Reserve until he was 65, and retired as colonel, Medical Corps.
Robert delaFuente, ’64 MD, completed his internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital, St. Albans, N.Y., followed by a residency in anesthesiology at the Naval Hospital Chelsea, Mass. Upon completion of that training, he was sent to field basic training at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and then deployed to the Republic of Vietnam to serve as an anesthesiologist with Delta Company, First Medical Battalion of the First Marine Division in Da Nang, Chu Lai, and Phu Bai from 1967 to 1968, a period that included the TET Offensive. After completion of his overseas tour, he was sent to the Naval Hospital, Newport, R.I., where he ended his career as a Navy medical officer with the rank of lieutenant commander.
Charles S. Wilson, ’64 MD, served in the Army Medical Corps from July 1965 to July 1968, attaining the rank of major, MC, USAR. During that time, he served as battalion surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, at Ft. Lewis, Washington, 1965 to 1966, and as medical officer, US Army 5th Field Hospital in Thailand, 1966 to 1968. After he left the military, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Mayo Clinic from 1968 to 1972. From 1972 to 2012, he was in a cardiology private practice in Lincoln, Neb., retiring in 2012.
Gerald “Jerry” Halpern, ’65 MD, ’72 GME, writes, “My father, Sam Halpern, ’28 MD, was in the first graduating class of the Northwestern University medical school. I was in the first six-year program class in 1961 as a college graduate (Cornell) with a research background. It was with life-changing luck that Dr. Grayhack accepted me as a resident in his urology program in 1966.
After two years in the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia, as chief of urology at Martin Army Hospital, I started in private practice in South Florida. There, my wife, Lauren Rosen Halpern (U. of Michigan 1966), and I raised our three children. Our eldest, Leigh (Chip), ’00 MD, ’04 GME, was a Northwestern undergraduate and medical school graduate, and is now an emergency medicine attending at Presence Health (St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago). He is the third generation NU medical school graduate. I should also mention that my mother, Dorothy Finkelstein Halpern, and my father-in-law, Morton W. Rosen, were also Northwestern graduates. My older brother, Herbert Halpern, was valedictorian of his NU class in 1959, and after earning a PhD in mathematics at Harvard, he became chairman of the math department at the University of Cincinnati.
After retiring in 2005, my wife and I moved to a small subsistence farm in central Vermont where we spend six months per year working the land. Much of our time is spent in volunteer work both in Florida and Vermont.
Northwestern has been an important influence in my life. I follow all the celebrity alumni as well as the sports teams, especially Pat Fitzgerald’s football team and the women’s lacrosse team. Go Cats!!
Robert E. Pickard, ’65 MD, ’00 BSM, interned at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital after graduating from Northwestern University. He then served on active duty from 1966 through 1968, during the Vietnam War, and was stationed at RAF Chicksands Dispensary, England, as the medical officer for the AF Security Service base.
After being discharged as a captain from the USAF, Dr. Pickard returned to the University of Miami Medical School for a residency in general surgery, later specializing in ear, nose and throat surgery. He began his practice of medicine and surgery in South Miami and Coral Gables in 1972. He joined the Florida National Guard and served a total of 22 years in active service, retiring as a colonel 06 in 2000.
Dr. Pickard was elected national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) at its 118th Annual National Convention in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 23, 2013. He comes from a JWV family. His father, Ted, was department commander of Illinois and his mother, Lena, was president of the Illinois JWVA.
When the Nazis threatened to march in Skokie, Ill., in 1978, Dr. Pickard went to Chicago to face them. Under pressure from the JWV and other organizations, the Nazis ultimately decided not to march in Skokie. As a counter to the Nazis, Pickard and past national commander, Ainslee Ferdie, decided to hold their own demonstration. They drove to the National Socialist Party of America Headquarters in Marquette Park, Ill., where they staged their own march across the street.
Like all members of JWV, Dr. Pickard devotes a great deal of energy, caring and passion to his community. He is a life member of Post 243 in Coral Gables, Fla., where he has previously served as post commander. At the national level, he has held positions as national adjutant, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Committee, a member of the National Executive Committee, and past editor of The Jewish Veteran. He is married to Susan Lemkin Pickard and has four daughters: Gabrielle, Annie, Teddi and Beke. He has been in the ear, nose and throat, head and neck surgery practice in South Miami since 1972, and still works every day.
Frederick Dean, ’66 MD, served as captain in the Army Medical Corps from June 1967 to June 1969, serving 15 months in Incheon, Korea, and the remainder at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Stephen Kwedar, ’66 MS, ’66 MD, served as a major in the USAF as an ophthalmologist from 1970 to 1972. He was stationed in U-Tapao, Vietnam. Dr. Kwedar retired in Sept. 1993 to Naples, Fla.
Andrew D. Bunta, ’67 MD, ’74 GME, completed a classic rotating internship and was then drafted by the military with assignment to the USAF during the Vietnam War, as essentially all physicians had a military commitment—either before or after residency training. As were most physicians prior to completing their residency training, he was commissioned as a captain and functioned as a general medical officer, family physician, for most of his tour of duty from 1968 to 1970. He was assigned to the Minot Air Force Base in Minot, N.D.—the “land of ‘horizontal snow’ and frigid, Arctic cold, but extremely pleasant and thoughtful people.” It was a large base with a population of 15,000 and included an SAC bomber wing, a fighter squadron and an ICBM group.
During much of his second year of duty, he was fortunate enough to spend some professional time at the base hospital, located in the town of Minot, where he participated in the orthopaedic clinic and in some orthopaedic surgical procedures.
Dr. Bunta writes: “While I had decided on applying for an orthopaedic surgery residency position toward the end of my internship, the orthopaedic experience I had in the Air Force in Minot solidified that decision. After my military service, I returned to Chicago and completed my orthopaedic surgery residency training at Northwestern. Since then, I’ve enjoyed the field of orthopaedics and orthopaedic surgery for the last 40 years, practicing for 25 years in a Chicago suburb (Park Ridge, at Lutheran General Hospital) and then moving to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1999—all of those 40 years functioning as a faculty member at Northwestern Medical School Orthopaedic Surgery. Despite the time commitment and break in formal training, those two Air Force years in general medicine actually taught me an invaluable amount about people and medical practice, while also serving to make me a far more complete physician and surgeon throughout my professional career. Therefore, in many ways my military service was certainly another ‘educational experience.’”
Dr. Bunta is currently vice chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, and medical director, Orthopaedic Unit, Feinberg/Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Jon Scott Fantz, ’67 MD, served in the USNR from 1968 to 1970 at Naval Submarine Base, Norfolk, Va., and Naval Support Activity, Da Nang, Vietnam.
Wynn Kearney, ’67 MD, writes: “The Vietnam War was raging and there was a physician draft in effect when I was in medical school. I believe most members of our class were drafted… The Berry Plan was a program that gave a deferment until specialty training was completed for certain specialties. I was deferred until I completed my orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1972.
During our senior year, some of the Berry Plan class was bused to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center (north of Chicago) where a hospital had been activated. There were several hundred beds occupied. The patients were young men who had been wounded in Vietnam, some less than a week earlier. There were operating rooms, which were busy.
The wards were organized with military precision. A row of beds with amputations: both legs, then right legs, then left legs, then arms. Then a ward of lower extremity fractures in traction, left legs, then right legs, then both legs. Also head injuries, torso injuries, etc. The wards we visited seemed to be mainly orthopaedic injuries.
I served in the United States Navy Medical Corps, Navy Reserve. I was on active duty from 1973 to 1975. I was stationed at Quantico Naval Hospital, U.S. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery had five fully trained orthopedists and one or two general medical officers. My rank was lieutenant commander and for most of my time at Quantico, I was chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. I travelled to Japan and Australia on orders, but never was in Vietnam while on active duty.
Many of the Marines at Quantico were combat veterans who were serving on the training staff for the various officer schools at the base—everything from Officer Candidate School to Amphibious Warfare School to Command and Staff College. The FBI Academy was also located there.
Years later, I finally did make it to Vietnam where I twice spent time as an Orthopaedics Overseas volunteer at Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi. Not withstanding history, we were warmly welcomed by staff and patients alike. Our role was mainly as teachers and consultants for orthopaedic staff physicians and residents. We also did some total joint replacements and other surgeries.”
Michael Reinstein, ’67 MD, served in the Army from 1969 to 1971, at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was assigned as a psychiatrist but his biggest commitment was playing on the Army Hospital basketball team, which included several N.B.A. draftees, before large crowds. Dr. Reinstein writes: “I continue to practice psychiatry in the Uptown area of Chicago. My basketball playing days ended years ago.”
Cary Andras, Jr., ’68 MD, writes: “After graduating in 1968, I did a straight surgery internship at Ohio State University with Dr. Robert Zollinger. Though controversial, I have to say that I loved him like a father. He provided a great preparation for my active duty time. Most will not be aware that Dr. Zollinger was General Patton’s surgeon in Europe and, I believe, in North Africa. As most did then, I entered military service through the Berry Plan. I was assigned to the Navy after a couple of hiccups. I then requested a couple of different duties, which were denied, and finally the Fleet Marine Force (FMF). Some may not be aware that the FMF is the name of the actual combat portion of the Marine Corps. As this was a tacit request to go to Vietnam, it was joyfully accepted, but with typical efficiency, I was sent to Quantico, Va. After discussing my military career at length with my detailer, I was sent to the Republic of Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, where I did sick call in the field and also held MedCaps. After a few months, I was transferred to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, which was more military-oriented duty. I returned stateside and went to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (there was no prison there then). I returned to 2nd Recon at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, to complete my active duty. I was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.”
Tim Hunter, ’68 MD, ’69 GME, served in the Navy from 1969 to 1971, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. As part of the Navy Medical Corps, he served in the Field Medical Services School, Camp Pendleton, California, in Sept. 1969, and the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa Ana, Calif., from Oct. 1969 to May 1970. He was then a general medical officer, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Republic of Vietnam, from June 1970 to April 1971, and finally medical officer for the Marine Officer’s Candidate School, from May to Sept. 1971.
Dr. Hunter retired at the end of June as professor of medical imaging and orthopaedics at the University of Arizona. He was head of the Department of Radiology (now Department of Medical Imaging) from 2008 to 2011.
F. Peter Rentz, ’68 MD, ’70 GME, served as a physician in the Navy from 1969 to 1971. Dr. Rentz writes: “In those days we had the Berry Plan, which was a lottery that determined if a physician could complete residency before entering service. I lost, making me a general medical officer with internship training only. I elected to complete a course in submarine and diving medicine, which cost me an extra six months but put me in some interesting assignments, first on a nuclear submarine, then with the diving Navy in Little Creek, Va. I was encouraged by the commanders to participate in diving exercises as an additional officer, spending quite a bit of my time under water. I grew to know and respect the men of the Special Warfare Group. I call it my ‘veterinary period,’ providing primary care to about a thousand divers of the Frogmen and Seal teams. We never had to treat a military diving accident in any of our chambers; we followed the rules. There were a few civilian casualties, some of which did not go well, despite treatment. It was a bit of an adventure, a good break from academic medicine, yet a mental challenge in its own way. The nuclear medicine I was exposed to was a prelude to my subsequent career as a radiologist, but I did not choose to continue as a recreational diver. My military service was not at all typical, especially at the time of the Vietnam conflict, but provided me with some unusual life-lessons.”
Robert Choplin, ’70 MD, ’71 GME, served in the USAF from Aug. 1972 to Aug. 1974, where he was a general medical officer based in Blytheville, Ark. This base has since closed. Dr. Choplin writes: “Since I had already graduated from medical school, it did not influence my decision to go into medicine. Just to be clear, most of my classmates and I served in the military. It was the time of the war in Vietnam and most of us were drafted. I spent my time acting as a base physician doing general medical practice in support of active military and retired military persons in the area.”
After his military service, he completed residencies in internal medicine and radiology and then spent his career in academic radiology at Wake Forest University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Choplin is still practicing medicine.
Louis H. Martone, ’70 MD, served as a general medical officer at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Fla., from Aug. 1971 to Aug. 1973, after graduating and interning at Passavant Memorial Hospital. While at MacDill, he was introduced to dermatology by the base dermatologist. He was accepted for a dermatology residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve Medical School. He returned home to Pittsburgh to open a private practice in 1976, where he still works full time. Dr. Martone is looking forward to his 45th class reunion in April 2015.
J.D. Bartleson, ’71 MD, sends greetings from Rochester, Minn., where he has been seeing interesting neurology patients at the Mayo Clinic for 37 years. He writes: “I served as a neurologist from July 1975 to July 1977 at Ft. Knox, Ky., as a major. It was peacetime. Kentucky is very nice.”
Joseph “Joe” Haddock, ’72 MD, spent three years in the Navy after medical school and an internship in medicine at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont/University of Vermont. He served as a general medical officer at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, One quarter of his time was spent as a battalion medical officer with 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. The other 75 percent of his time was spent as primary care physician in a small clinic with a PA and two corps women caring for the families of the enlisted.
Dr. Haddock writes: “I had planned on a career in cardiology, but after that experience, finished my medicine residency with all electives in pediatrics. Since 1978, I have been in private primary care at Thomas Chittenden Health Center in Williston, Vt. Side activities include teaching medical students, playing guitar, woodworking and raising Lincoln sheep. Retirement remains in the future, as I haven’t figured that out yet!”
Arnold R. Eiser, ’74 MD, recently released “The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Considerations,” published by Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. The book, according to Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus sociologist and philosopher, University of Leeds, “…is not solely about medicine but reaches much deeper into the multiplying fissures in the tissue of human togetherness in a society in which the public sphere is subsumed by advertising, marketing, entertainment, computerization, electronic gossip, and other interests devoid of ethical orientation and in the result ‘morality is strictly privatized, individualized, compartmentalized in personalized space.’”
Per Edward J. Huth, Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine, “Electronic health records, moves of physicians’ practices into corporate structures, for-profit hospital systems and other changes, all can influence the patient physician relationship and standards in the conduct of medical care. Dr. Eiser’s survey of today’s American medicine makes clear why potential patients, patients, and physicians should be aware of potential results of such influences.”
Dr. Eiser was also honored with a Mastership of the American College of Physicians in April. Previous awards include the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2010, and the ACP, PA Chapter Laureate Award in 2008.
Gary R. Ahnquist, ’76 MD, retired from obstetrics in June 2011 after 31 years and 6,311 babies delivered. He now practices only gynecology. Dr. Ahnquist recently stepped down as chief of staff at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and is enjoying his first grandchild, who was born in August.
Britt Kolar, ’77 MD, entered Navy Officer Candidate School and served on active duty from July 1968 to Jan. 1972 as a lieutenant, the last two years in the Middle East. Dr. Kolar writes: “I felt strongly about our mission, and equally strongly about the needs of the 150 sailors and marines and families for whom I was responsible. During this time, I experienced a ‘calling’ to become a family physician. Thanks to Northwestern, the GI Bill, and my wife and family, I was able to answer that calling five years later as a resident at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine and Practice.”
Michael Omori, ’80 MD, completed a master’s in medical informatics at Northwestern in Dec. 2013. In June, he participated in his second Northwestern graduation, 33 years after his first.
Alicia Armstrong, ’81 MD, had a military scholarship for medical school, and ultimately spent 22 years in the Army, retiring at the rank of colonel in 2003. After retirement she took a position at the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Dr. Armstrong holds a faculty position as professor of OB/GYN at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as well as clinical privileges at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She also coordinates the military unintended pregnancy task force. Previously, she served as the chair of OB/GYN at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and prior to that, vice chair, division director, consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Women’s Health, and associate residency program director. Before her assignment to Walter Reed, she coordinated the OB/GYN clerkship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Dr. Armstrong writes: “It was a difficult decision to join the military in 1977 after the end of the Vietnam War. There was a great deal of anti-military sentiment in the country. Joining the Army was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had extraordinary opportunities and made lifelong colleagues and friends. I have never seen the kind of caring and commitment that military healthcare providers show to their patients in any other environment. Caring for the men and women who serve this country is an honor and a privilege.
I dabble in watercolor and each year I send a Christmas card to my military colleagues.”
Theresa Yuschok, ’85 MD, a psychiatrist and director at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center, graduated as an academic associate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. Recently she visited with Julie Gsell Harley, ’82, who retired as senior pastor of First United Church of Oak Park, Ill. Dr. Yuschok also has kept in touch with Elaine Cheng O’Leary, ’81, ’83, ’85 MD, ’89 GME, Robin Ropar Heller, ’81, and Joyce Sauter-Zafar, ’82. She hopes to hear from other charter members of the Humanities Residential College.
Jamie E. Terry, ’89 MD, is a general surgeon at Westside Surgical Hospital in Houston. She specializes in breast health, with practices that focus on breast cancer education, prevention and treatment options. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Terry was the first African American woman, and just the third female, to graduate from the St. Joseph Medical Center’s general surgery training program in Houston. She and her husband Nelson have twin boys.
Joseph Marquez, ’99 MD (left), celebrated ten years as chief of the Department of Urology at the Polyclinic, a 180-physician multispecialty group in Seattle. He formed the department soon after completing a residency at the University of Minnesota, and has since added three partners. He is married to Dr. Sioban Keel, an academic hematologist at the University of Washington. He spends his time enjoying the Pacific Northwest, playing jazz drums with Sometimes Marc—a group of Polyclinic physicians—and making annual pilgrimages to Vancouver, B.C., to visit his good friend Jordan Moskoff, ’99 MD (right), as he shoots episodes for “Untold Stories of the ER.”
Angela Powell, ’00 MD, was the first woman in her family to join the military. She has been an active duty physician since 2006, following graduation from residency training in otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She completed Officer Indoctrination, holding the position of division officer as a lieutenant, and then took on the rank of lieutenant commander in Sept. 2006, shortly after arrival at her first duty station, Naval Medical Center San Diego. As the only general otolaryngologist for this busy group practice, she distinguished herself by ranking among the top 10 percent of military otolaryngologists for patient encounters.
She became a spokesperson and was selected to be featured in recruitment materials for the Navy Medical Leads Assistance Program, which was designed to aid in the recruitment and retention of minority healthcare providers. She deployed with the USNS Comfort humanitarian mission in 2007, which provided care to a dozen Central and South American countries, and then returned to San Diego to be awarded the 2007 Resident Teacher of the Year Award for her tireless dedication to resident education.
Dr. Powell was co-director of the first tri-service Endoscopic Sinus Surgery course offered in collaboration with the University of California at San Diego in 2009 and received the Program Director’s Award for outstanding contributions to the residency program before her transfer to the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She spent a six-month temporary duty assignment at the Naval Hospital, Pensacola, from Feb. to Aug. 2011 where she received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for both her clinical acumen and her role in spearheading standardization and introducing process improvements during the rollout of the electronic medical record system at this facility as the ENT Department Essentris Champion.
Dr. Powell currently serves in the Navy as an active duty otolaryngologist and chair of the Medical Records Committee, stationed at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (NHJX) in Jacksonville, Fla. At NHJX, she has been nominated for the Military Health System Female Physician Leader Award for two consecutive years. She has remained at the top of clinical productivity for the ENT department and was just promoted to the rank of commander. She also remains active in her church community as a cantor, lector and perpetual adorer.
Daniel S. Kim, ’04 MD, has been in the Reserves since Jan. 2006. He was on active duty from June 2008 through Dec. 2011 at Scott AFB, Illinois, as a family medicine faculty physician in the 375th Medical Operations Squadron. He was then deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, as a hospitalist from July 2009 to Jan. 2010 in the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron. Currently, he works as a family physician in Juneau, Alaska.
Jon Van Roo, ’10 MD, joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Oct. 1989 during his senior year in high school. He went to basic training from July through Aug. 1990 at Lackland AFB, Texas, and then trained as a crew chief (aircraft mechanic) at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He finished his initial training at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona, working on A-10s. Then he returned to Madison, Wis., where he continued to work as an aircraft mechanic with the Air National Guard through college. He had brief deployments to Denmark and Hawaii before eventually graduating in 1996 from UW-Madison with a degree in engineering mechanics and astronautics. He worked as an aerospace engineer at Orbital Technologies Corporation and deployed briefly to Kuwait in 1997.
In 1999, he was commissioned and became the bioenvironmental engineer for the unit he was assigned to, which involved trying to minimize worker exposure to chemical sand hazards, as well as talking to people about workplace hazards and efforts to minimize them. This was his first pseudo-patient encounter and eventually led him to volunteer in an ER and then apply to medical school. Dr. Van Roo stayed in the Air National Guard through medical school and residency at Northwestern, eventually becoming a flight surgeon.
Dr. Van Roo writes: “Being a flight surgeon was great, especially working with aircrews and getting to fly in the F-16, but after 23 years in the military and a deployment to the Horn of Africa, I decided to retire in 2013. I miss the people I served with and the flying, but I enjoy having more time off with my wife and daughter.”
Dr. Van Roo is currently with Madison Emergency Physicians as an ED medical director at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital.
Sebastian Lara, ’12 MD, is currently in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He is also currently a third-year resident in pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
James L. Bryant II, MD, ’70, ’73 GME, writes: “My military experience definitely influenced my professional career path. After graduation in 1963 from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, I entered the Air Force. At that time I felt that I liked most areas of medical practice equally, there was not a specialty that I was drawn to enter, and I probably would have a general or family practice. Most of my USAF military experience was as a flight surgeon.
After a year of internship and a two and a 1/2 month course at the School of Aerospace Medicine, I was assigned to an AFB in the Azores for nearly three years. There was a small hospital with nine physicians. Because of my interest in general medicine and in an effort to continue my learning experience, I volunteered to assist the surgeon in the operating room, and I covered for the internist, pediatrician and obstetrician when they were away. This led me to clinical situations that required me to study continually, since my most readily available consultants were textbooks, and I grew in the ability to rely on my own resources to practice independently. I delivered about 15 babies during that experience.
The hospital commander was an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who preferred the eye side of his practice. He asked if I would work in an ENT clinic, and I accepted the challenge in the expectation that this would enhance my future practice. I was taught to do T’s and A’s, insert ventilation ear tubes, irrigate sinuses, clean mastoid cavities and more. I also began to provide ENT consultations. This gave me a good feeling that I was able to ‘give back’ a service to my colleagues, rather than always ‘receiving.’ After a couple of years I decided that this was the direction I wanted to go.
After returning to the U.S. in 1967, I began to look for otolaryngology residencies. My ENT consultant had his residency in Chicago and was familiar with otolaryngologists there, especially at Northwestern University. With this encouragement, I applied for the residency at Northwestern, as well as at other medical centers. After finishing my training at Northwestern, I returned to my home state of West Virginia where I had a practice of general otolaryngology until my retirement in 2011. I still see ENT patients in a free clinic in Clarksburg, W.Va.”
Mark D’Agostino, MD, ’91, ’94 GME, completed his otolaryngology/head and neck surgery residency and then went on active duty with the USAF, stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1997. While at Andrews, he provided otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon support to the crew of Air Force One, the Pentagon, White House support staff, a large retired military community, and numerous other military agencies in the D.C. area, including the NSA and members of the various military bands.
Dr. D’Agostino says it was a wonderful opportunity coming right out of residency, which left him with many great memories, experiences and friendships. Upon leaving the military, he joined a large otolaryngology practice, Southern New England Ear, Nose, and Throat Group in Connecticut, where he has practiced ever since. They have eight offices, and cover six hospitals. He has subsequently become board-certified in sleep medicine.
Paul S. Brown Jr., MD, ’93 GME, completed his general surgery residency at Northwestern, a research fellowship at NIH, and then a thoracic surgical fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown was influenced to join the Army Reserves Medical Corps shortly after he finished at Northwestern by Colonel Paul Meyer, MD, who was a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as by many other surgical faculty who had served in the Armed Forces. Dr. Brown is a colonel and just completed 21 years of service, during which he was deployed twice to the Middle East. He currently performs his Army Reserve duties at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
He is chairman of the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lancaster, Penn. His major surgical interests are aortic valve and aortic root pathology, although, he practices the full spectrum of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.
His son, Trey, who graduated from the University of Pittsburg with degrees in history and political science, was just promoted to captain in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed in Japan. His daughter, Jessica, recently graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a degree in criminal justice.
Michael Ault, MD, ’96 GME, an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Feinberg, was interviewed by “Good Morning America” about Joan Rivers. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/joan-rivers-family-remains-hopeful-recover-25210975
Alanna Higgins Joyce, MD, ’12 GME, and Timothy Joyce ’10 MBA, of Chicago, celebrated the birth of their son, Charles Dyar, on Dec. 29, 2013.
Joshua Cohen, MD, ’11 GME, joined the staff at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) in Houston as a cardiovascular anesthesiologist in August. Dr. Cohen completed his anesthesiology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2011 and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesiology at the Texas Heart Institute in 2012. He worked in private practice for a year before rejoining the staff at THI.
Jeremy Campbell, ’14 DPT, served as lance corporal, heavy machine gunner, with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, from 2004 to 2007. He writes: “Following a combat mission to Iraq, I was severely injured in a Humvee rollover accident in which I fractured my pelvis among other injuries. The hospitalizations and rehabs following this traumatic event have shaped who I am today, and have certainly impacted my decision to become a DPT. I am currently living in Chicago and preparing for my board exam.”
Charles J. Maseredjian, Jr., ’66 DDS, of Burbank, Calif., has started to plan for the 50-year reunion, as class representative for the Northwestern University Dental School Class of 1966. The reunion will be held in Chicago on April 22 and 23, 2016. For more information, please email Dr. Maseredjian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call his cell (818) 822-3172.