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Class Notes: December 2020

Updated: Jan 7

Jerome G. Porush, MD' 55 is still reading some medical and scientific journals. He is still playing golf and awaiting a better year.


Theodore Dake Jr. MD' 62 retired from active clinical practice in December 2019 at age 90, but he still flies his private aircraft.


Michael S. Gold, MD' 63 has been fully retired since 2014. He was the Gastroenterology Chief and Training Director at Washington Hospital Center (39 years), and Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University. Dr. Gold was also ACP Governor of the DC Chapter from 2008-2012.


Richard M. Engelman, MD' 63 is still working as Chief Cardiac Surgical Research at Baystate Medical Center. He, and his wife Jane spend winters in Florida. Their three children (one son, two daughters), are a cardiac surgeon at Baystate, an artist and an attorney for an airline. There are five grandchildren and no great grand children as yet. Dr. Engelman's family is doing well and trying to remain virus free. One of his son-in-law has had the virus but thankfully he remains well. He gives his best to all his classmates!


Michael Blumenfield, MD' 64 is currently in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Susan. He has a part-time psychiatry practice and is completing a new book titled Shrink Talk.


Barbara Delano, MD' 65 is still practicing nephrology one day per week. She is now Chair of Community Health Sciences in our School of Public Health.


Geoffrey M. Posner, MD' 68 retired December 31, 2019 after practicing ophthalmology in Atlanta, GA for 46 years.


Marjorie Lincoln Carsen, MD' 69 retired in 2014 after closing her private practicer in Williston, Vermont.


Obinna A. Isiadinso, MD' 70 expresses his deepest gratitude to DMC and all his classmates. "Best wishes to current students in all their efforts. Deeply indebted to my mentor Dr. Stanley Aronson.


Paul S Quentzel, MD' 71 has relocated from Boca Raton, FL to Pompano Beach, FL. He is volunteering in gastroenterology at a cardiac center in Boynton Beach, FL. He would like to attend his 50th class reunion but is hesitant about the COVID-19 virus.


Warren A. Sweberg, MD' 71 retired from practice in 2018.


Jonathan M. Ross, MD' 75 "What a year! We survived COVID-19 and are hale and hearty". Dr. Ross is enjoying work at Dartmouth, working with students and residents coaching for patient and clinician excellence and as Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs. It has been a wonderful 37 years since he left Brooklyn and has so many frond memories of SUNY from 1971-1976. He wishes everyone health and happiness.


David S. Katz, MD' 80 is still enjoying occupational medicine after 37 years and is currently working for a community health network in Indianapolis. His granddaughter Sophie will be one this year.


Kenneth Friedman, MD' 81 has retired from medicine after over 30 years of practicing dermatology and directing/owning Bethesda Dermatology Laboratory. He is beginning the exploration of the next phase of his life.


Ann Di Maio Ricci, MD' 83 tells the Alumni Association that her son Michael Ricci is a member of the Class of 2024. He is enjoying his experience.



In Memoriam:*The Alumni Association recognizes in the “In Memoriam” section, not all alumni listed are recently deceased. As we become aware of the passing of our alumni we recognize them to provide their classmates with an update.


Arthur Schwager, MD' 55 ARTHUR SCHWAGER died June 30, 2020, at the age of 90. He practiced Pediatrics in Huntington, Long Island for more than 40 years. A committed physician, he cared for generations of children before his retirement in 2000. He served as President of the Suffolk County Pediatric Society, led the Continuing Education Program for Huntington Hospital’s Pediatric Department and later volunteered at the Dolan Family Health Center. He is survived by his wife Judy, his sons Mark and Richard, daughters Pamela and Valerie, and 11 grandchildren.


David A. Zohn, MD' 55 DAVID ARTHUR ZOHN, M.D.

Of Arlington, Virginia died September 14, 2020. For 54 years husband of former Rochelle Goulde. loving father of Mark of Atlanta, GA., and Sheryl (Rob Kutner) of Los Angeles, CA. cherished grandfather of Sasha and Jeremy Kutner; brother of Herbert Zohn of New York City.


To read the complete obituary click here.


Stephen Friedes, MD' 83 "My husband Stephen Friedes passed away April 7, 2020 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Our daughter, Rebecca Friedes is a Downstate student in her third year."

- Adrienne Friedes





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