In Memoriam

Fall 2022

Marking the passing of our alumni and faculty.


’45 M.D. — Douglas Edward Johnstone Sr. of Highland Beach, Fla., March 22, 2022; pediatrician, immunologist; director of the Pediatric Allergy Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical School; professor of pediatrics emeritus; student of the V-12 Navy College Training Program, serving as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy; officer or founding member of medical societies the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and GAA-INTERASMA Global Asthma Association; author of medical textbooks and articles in medical journals.

’45 M.D. — Rudolph Wagner Jones Jr. of Macon, Ga., June 16, 2021; internist of 55 years and “physician’s physician” who reserved one half-day each week to see doctors and their families; member of the wartime class who completed four years of studies in three calendar years; escorted fiancée Dorothy Zimmerman, Cornell B.S.N. ’46, to the Times Square V-J (Victory over Japan) Day celebration; served as chief of staff to Macon area’s two major hospitals; active in retirement at his independent senior living community and in his undergraduate and Weill Cornell Medicine alumni reunions; created a RODEO group (Retired Old Doctors Eating Out); avid gardener, especially of peonies, and gave gardening talks until two months before his death, at age 100.

’45 M.D. — Gerald H. Klingon of New York, Oct. 31, 2021; neurologist; served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and the Public Health Service; associate clinical professor at what is now Weill Cornell Medicine; founder of Neurology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering; established Neurology Service at Bellevue’s Third (NYU) division with Morris B. Bender, M.D.; enjoyed storytelling and playing baseball.

’52 M.D., M.S. — Eugene J. Segre of San Francisco, June 5, 2021; senior vice president of clinical development at Syntex Corp.; flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force at Westover Air Force Base Hospital, Chicopee, Mass.; emeritus clinical professor, Stanford University; developed and received global regulatory approval for drug naproxen; lover of Yankee games, arts in the local community, travel, member of social services organizations and participant in national and international medical, environmental and social justice causes.

’55 M.D. — William W. Van Stone of Philadelphia, Sept. 22, 2021; psychiatrist; associate chief of mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, Washington; psychiatric unit chief at what is now the Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health System in Topeka; assistant chief of staff, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Menlo Park division; worked to support outpatient services programs, supportive housing, community mental health programs; nationally recognized for creating programs for substance addiction and PTSD in Vietnam War veterans; author of 35 journal articles and book chapters; singer and player of the saxophone and bassoon; lover of travel; participated in Quaker projects; volunteer and founding board member of the Community School of Music and Arts; member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; member of the Green Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

’56 M.D. — Mildred Rust of Silver Spring, Md., Sept. 20, 2021; psychiatrist; one of four women admitted to Weill Cornell Medical College’s 1956 class; enjoyed music, mentoring women, volunteering in the community, and helping others; advocated for many causes including animal welfare, environmental conservation, and gender, racial and social justice.

’56 M.D. — Abraham F. Ward of Brooklyn, May 20, 2022. Longtime family medicine physician; superb and compassionate clinician; exceptionally noble person.

’59 M.D. — Henriette “Cookie” Abel Stackpole of Kennebunk, Maine, and previously Elizabeth, N.J., March 3, 2022; clinical assistant professor of dermatology at what is now Weill Cornell Medicine; practiced dermatology in Elizabeth, N.J., for over 50 years; lover of history, travel, and playing tennis; part of an extensive and multigenerational family of Weill Cornell Medical College graduates. 

’60 M.D. — Richard Minick of Sea Cliff, N.Y, Nov. 5, 2021; professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine; recognized for contributions to the role of cell injury and inflammation in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, his work helped to focus scientific research on the role of immunological and viral injury in the development of cardiovascular disease; published dozens of papers and numerous book chapters in the field of atherosclerosis research; award-winning teacher of Weill Cornell Medicine students; active in professional affairs. 

’61 M.D. — William L. Newmeyer of San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2022; chief of surgery, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco; assistant clinical professor of surgery at UCSF; editor and contributor to Journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; author of “Primary Care of Hand Injuries”; lover of hiking Colorado’s mountains, cycling through states, travel, and daily walks.

’62 M.D. — Richard M. Morrison of Sarasota, Fla., July 5, 2022; neuroscientist; chief of staff of Venice Hospital; clinic director, Boca Grande Health Clinic; founder of Surgical Associates of Venice and Englewood; president of Sarasota County Medical Society; enjoyed traveling, cruising, fishing, reading and was a lifelong golfer; president of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association.

’64 M.D. — John Sellman of Los Angeles, Nov. 19, 2021; orthopedist; surgeon at Valley Forge Army Hospital; chairman of the Department of Surgery, St. John’s Hospital; Chairman of Board of Directors, St. John’s Hospital; associate professor of orthopedic surgery at what is now the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; associate editor of Foot and Ankle International, and winner of 2006 Assistant Editor of the Year; enjoyed camping and hiking, bike riding, travel, ornithology, astronomy, and understanding how things worked. 

’66 M.D. — Mark M. Sherman of Springfield and Chatham, Mass., October 2021; surgeon, serving Springfield in private practice; lieutenant commander in U.S. Navy; devoted member of Temple Beth El; enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, boating, and playing the tuba, piano and guitar. 

’72 M.D. — Robert Gary DeLong of Brookline, Mass., March 16th, 2022; practiced emergency medicine for 35 years; was an adventurous kite surfer and heliskiier; an avid fly fisherman, hiker, photographer and carpenter; enjoyed cooking, travel, new music and modern dance.

’89 M.D. — Laurie B. Meckler of St. James, N.Y., April 7, 2022; psychiatrist, dedicated to private practice for over 20 years; lover of art, travel and literature.

’02 M.D. — Tanya Dutta of Scarsdale, N.Y., May 31, 2021; cardiologist; director of echocardiography, Westchester Medical Center; co-author of studies published in numerous peer-reviewed journals; lover of literature, specifically classic fiction. 

’16 M.D. — Courtney Haviland and Will Shrauner of Boston, Sept. 2, 2021; Courtney Haviland: pediatric emergency physician; resident of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital; member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; lover of learning and literature. Skilled and empathetic, Courtney’s childhood dream was to help others as a medical doctor. Her boundless warmth was seen in full force around patients, where she brightened the lives of the young people she served so enthusiastically.

William Shrauner: cardiologist; resident and research fellow of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and resident of Boston Medical Center; chapter president of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s 2011 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar; lover of cooking, cross country, and tennis. Will found great joy as an intern educator and left an indelible mark on those he helped train.

Courtney and William met and fell in love at Weill Cornell Medicine; their days were spent helping the sick and injured; entertaining friends and family; loving their son, Theodore William Shrauner; beaming with excitement for the upcoming birth of their daughter; rejoicing in their nieces and nephews; and playing with their dog, Bernie.


Gordon F. Fairclough Jr., Ph.D. Dr. Fairclough was an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and also served as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the Medical College.

Suresh Tate, Ph.D., of Chandler, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2020; professor of biochemistry; research accomplishments in amino acid transport and metabolism and enzymology; mentor and teacher of hundreds of medical, graduate and pre-medical students in New York and Qatar.

Lila Wallis, M.D., of New York, Jan. 3, 2022; clinical professor of medicine; recognized for her contributions to the model by which medical students are taught breast and pelvic exam etiquette; author of numerous papers and books on hematology, endocrinology and women’s health; advocate for women’s health and women in medicine; active in teaching medical students and physicians, and in professional affairs.

Fall 2022 Front to Back

  • From the Dean

    A Message from the Dean

    As an academic medical center, our tripartite mission is what drives us forward: we thrive on providing world-class care to our patients, making groundbreaking discoveries that are changing the future of medicine, and teaching the health care leaders of tomorrow.
  • Features

    The Search for a Cure

    Weill Cornell Medicine scientists aim to liberate those living with HIV by subduing the virus for good.
  • Features

    Evasive Action

    Could interrupting the evolutionary process of mutating cells hold the key to vanquishing cancer? Researchers led by Dr. Dan Landau are on the case.
  • Features

    New Frame of Mind

    Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Conor Liston (M.D. ’08, Ph.D.) and his team are poised to upend the way mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated.
  • Notable

    New Cancer Director

    Internationally acclaimed medical oncologist Dr. Jedd Wolchok, whose innovations in immunotherapy revolutionized melanoma treatment, was recently recruited as the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Notable

    3 Questions

    Dr. Jay Varma, director of the new Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response, explains why an interdisciplinary approach is critical.
  • Notable


    Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members are leading the conversation about important health issues across the country and around the world.
  • Notable

    Notable News Briefs

    Faculty appointments, honors, awards and more — from around campus and beyond.
  • Notable


    In the global scientific effort to understand vaccine and natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2, Weill Cornell Medicine’s location in Qatar, a country of only a few million people, has been making an outsized contribution.
  • Grand Rounds

    Chiari Malformation

    When is Surgery Necessary?
  • Grand Rounds

    3 Questions

    Dr. Susan Loeb-Zeitlin, who worked with a multidisciplinary team to launch the new Women’s Midlife Program, shares insights about making menopause manageable.
  • Grand Rounds

    Social Impediments to Health

    The murder of George Floyd and the resulting national reckoning on race, along with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, galvanized creation of the Anti-Racism Curriculum Committee at Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Grand Rounds

    Grand Rounds News Briefs

    The latest on teaching, learning and patient-centered care.
  • Discovery

    COVID-19 and Diabetes

    Basic science and clinical investigations converge to offer answers.
  • Discovery

    Development of Schizophrenia

    Multiple changes in brain cells during the first month of embryonic development may contribute to schizophrenia later in life.
  • Discovery


    The latest advances in faculty research, published in the world’s leading journals.
  • Alumni


    From taking the lead in newborn medicine to forging critical connections to move research from the bench to the bedside, our alumni are making an impact.
  • Alumni


    What’s new with you?
    Keep your classmates up to date on all your latest achievements with an Alumni Note.
  • Alumni

    In Memoriam

    Marking the passing of our faculty and alumni.
  • Alumni


    Marking celebratory events in the lives of our students, including Match Day, the White Coat Ceremony and Graduation.
  • Second Opinion

    A New Lens

    What’s one way that medical education must change to better address health inequities?
  • Exchange

    Pivot Points

    Two women leaders at Weill Cornell Medicine whose professional paths have connected discuss the power of mentorship — for themselves and other women in academic medicine.
  • Muse

    Two Forms of Truth

    Dr. Laura Kolbe, whose poetry has garnered notable honors, talks candidly about how her writing helps her build a bridge to her work as a clinician.
  • Spotlight

    Building Connections

    Dr. Kathleen Foley (M.D. ’69) has been bringing people together throughout her expansive career as a specialist in pain management and palliative care for cancer patients.