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Class Notes 5-12-16: News Briefs on 9 Alumni

Lauren Howard Lucke, MD ’52, deceased Dr. Lucke was born in Jefferson, Iowa, August 24, 1926, and died Dec. 15, 2015. He graduated from the University of Washington with a major in Zoology, and after serving in WWII, attended medical school at SUNY Downstate, paid for by the US Army. He had followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps to medicine. He met a nurse at SUNY Downstate, the late Jane Buskirk Lucke, who would eventually become his wife. Dr. Lucke practiced beside his father in a Seattle general practice before moving to his own practice in Sultan, Washington. He earned his Masters in Public Health, and spent the rest of his career as Director of Health for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties in Washington.

Herbert Leonard Wachtel, MD ’56, deceased Dr. Watchtel, 81, died in his sleep Feb. 12 in Maryland. He was a military cardiologist who left the service in 1969 to join Bethesda Memorial Hospital’s burgeoning heart ward. He eventually served as both the hospital’s chief of cardiology and chief of staff. He was also instrumental in helping start Delray Medical Center.

Robert L. Stamper, MD, ‘65 Dr. Stamper is still working at UCSF where he is the Fortisure Distinguished Professor of Clinical Opthalmology, involved in clinical care teaching and research projects in India, Ethiopia and Thailand.

Allen I. Goldberg, MD, ‘68 Dr. Goldberg recalls, “My student travel in 1967 to France led to my professional development as a home care physician.”

Robert D. Rudnicki, MD ‘68 Dr. Rudnicki retired from his rheumatology practice in October, 2015. Two of their eight grandchildren are in college, attending Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD ’72, deceased Dr. Nussenblatt, Chief of the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Eye Institute dies at 62. Read more, here.

Donna J. Barbot, MD ‘78 Dr. Barbot works for the Temple Health System as the Chair of Surgery at Temple Jeanes Hospital.

Miriam Vincent, MD ’85 Dr. Vincent was appointed SUNY Downstate Director for Healthcare Innovation and DSRIP. Read more, here.

Kenneth Becker, MD, ‘86 Dr. Becker is Director of Trauma/General Surgery at South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, NY.

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