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Class Notes: February 2017

Roger Kallhovd, MD ’67 Dr. Kallhovd was Chief of Psychiatry & Director of the Phelps Memorial Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, from 1980-1993, and Chief Medical Officer of the Pederson-Krag Mental Health Center on Long Island from 1993-2014. He is currently in private practice in Northport, and his wife, Beverly Hoffman, is a psychotherapist in New York City. Dr. Kallhovd’s daughter Christy lives in Los Angeles with their granddaughter Tess, 7. His son Erik will be living in Westchester County with their 20-month-old twin grandchildren, Emma & Conor. I still love old movies, and Beverly is a passionate Master Gardener.


Arnold Wald, MD ’68 Dr. Wald’s wife Ellen is completing her tenth year as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Arnold is working three days a week in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology where he is Professor of Medicine, and recent recipient of the Graham-Meyer Teaching Award.


In memorium

Leonard Bristol, MD ’44 Leonard J. Bristol M.D. passed away at home Oct. 22, 2016 at the age of 97. Dr. Bristol was born in New York City on April 28, 1919, and grew up in Peekskill, working in his father’s grocery store. He completed his pre-medical education at New York University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from Long Island College of Medicine in 1944. He also married Virginia (Ginny) Gallagher in 1944. In November 2015, they celebrated their 71st anniversary. Prior to coming to the Adirondacks he was appointed LTJG in the US Navy. Dr. Bristol served as an assistant radiologist at the National Naval Medical Center, USA Navy Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland. He was also a full-time fellow in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland. In 1949, he became the director of the Department of Radiology of the Trudeau Institute Inc. He and his family later lived in Saranac Lake and Rainbow Lake. In addition to serving at the U.S.A. Navy Hospital, his professional appointments as Radiologist included those at Saranac Lake General Hospital, later known as the Adirondack Medical Center, Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, Saranac Lake; Placid Memorial Hospital, Lake Placid; Alice Hyde Hospital, Malone; Community Hospital, Elizabethtown; and U.S. Air Force Hospital, Plattsburgh. He was director of the Trudeau School, Trudeau Foundation, Saranac Lake. He was a consulting Roentgenologist at the former Sanatorium, Gabriels and Stonywold Sanatorium, Lake Kushaqua. He served as supervising radiologist at the Saranac Lake Rehabilitation Guild X-Ray Training School and as an instructor in radiology at The Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He was appointed special consultant to the Division of Occupational Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, Washington, D.C. in connection with the study of health problems in the asbestos industry and other studies of pulmonary diseases, and was a certified reader of coal workers chest x-rays by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Service. Dr. Bristol was a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a Member of the American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, the Radiological Society of America, Eastern Section American Trudeau Society, Franklin County Medical Society (of which he served as president 1965-1966), a life member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Saranac Lake Medical Society, associate member of the Baltimore City Medical Society, Baltimore, Maryland (1948-1950), Charter Member of the Northeastern New York Radiological Society and member of the New York State Chapter of American College of Radiology.


Thomas Edward Perdue, MD ’51 Dr. Perdue, age 99, passed away peacefully January 11, 2017 at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown in Naples, Florida. He was born on July 21, 1917 in Watervliet, New York. He attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City and the University of Buffalo, and received his medical degree in 1951 from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He interned at University of Buffalo hospitals. He was a much respected and well-loved family physician in Massena, New York from 1954 until his retirement in 1988, and delivered thousands of Massena-area babies spanning multiple generations. After retirement, Dr. Perdue split his time between Massena and Naples, Florida, where his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit and spend time with him.

He served proudly in World War II as an Army Air Corp Navigator/Bombardier on a B-17 in the China-Burma-India theatre. He flew missions over the Himalayas (“the hump”) delivering gasoline to allied forces in China. He married Sarah (Sally) Richards August 9, 1948. They had seven children. Sally died January 4, 1987. Tom and Betty Patterson Spencer married September 24, 1988.


Sylvan H. Sarasohn, MD ’54 Dr. Sylvan “Sy” Henry Sarasohn,  87, of Doral FL, died Dec 29, 2016. Born in Newark, NJ, Dr. Sarasohn attended Weequahic High School. He completed his undergrad, Phi Bete Kappa, at Syracuse University and earned his MD at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Sarasohn was an Air Force captain/flight Surgeon in 1956, and then completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York. He moved to Florida to co-launch a successful group radiology practice, serving Miami Beach, Northern Miami General Hospital and Parkway General Hospital. He was president of the Florida Radiological Society and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Sy was predeceased by his adored son Mark Sarasohn and sisters Peggy & Eleanor. He is survived by his beloved soulmate Beverly Grapin and extensive family. Dr. Sarasohn was passionate about people, and maintaining connections with family and friends was his forte during his 45-year radiology career.


Charles Rabiner, MD ’56 Dr. Rabiner, 84, died on January 2, 2017. He was former Chairman of Psychiatry at L.I.J. Hillside Medical Center. In 1987 he became Medical Director of Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, CA.


Kenneth Kellner, MD ’71 Dr. Kellner died January 14, 2017 after a battle with cancer, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. He was raised on Long Island, New York and began his career with an interest in embryology at Union College, where he was an Eliphalet Nott Scholar. Attending the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in the Combined-Degree Program, Dr. Kellner received both a M.D. and Ph.D. degree in 1973 doing research in embryology. This was followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida. He was board certified in both fields and had been on the faculty of the University of Florida since 1977. Dr. Kellner’s interests were diabetes and pregnancy and psychosocial aspects of obstetrics. He was the Director of the Perinatal Diabetes Program at the University of Florida and founder and Director of the Perinatal Mortality Counseling Program. He was an internationally-recognized expert on perinatal bereavement and perinatal loss, and served as President of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kellner was the Director of the Third Year Clinical Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 25 years. The Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the specialty’s national educational organization, recognized the UF Clerkship as the best in the country. During his tenure, the clerkship was recognized by the graduating medical school class with the Golden Apple Award as the best clinical clerkship nine times, more than any other clerkship. He was recognized by the College of Medicine as an exemplary teacher every year and twice by his department with the J. Lee Dockery Teaching Award and APGO Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Kellner served on numerous educational committees and was instrumental in the development of many pioneering courses, clerkships and curriculum designs. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars, only the eighth faculty member so honored. Since his retirement from clinical practice in 2012, Dr. Kellner continued to be active in student and resident education both at the College and Departmental level. After retiring, he was awarded Professor Emeritus, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A dedicated family man, Dr. Kellner is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Irene. Ken and Irene traveled the world, visiting six of the seven continents. However, their favorite places to visit were Atlanta and Chicago to spend time with their children and grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoyed Gator sports, photography, creating photo albums, fixing things and tinkering.

Lynn Beinfield, MD ’76 Dr. Beinfield was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 8, 1949. Her family moved to Westport in 1951 where Lynn graduated from Staples High School in 1967. She graduated from Antioch College and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, where her father and her grandfathers, Henry Beinfield and Harry Koster, attended before her. She practiced psychiatry in Newtown before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She died Jan. 1, 2017, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas while undergoing treatment for leukemia. She was 67.

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