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Class Notes: March 2017

Stratos G. Kantounis, MD ’58 Dr. Kantounis has “finally retired from surgery, but still teaching medical students and surgical residents. Joan is still painting.”

Stan Fischman, MD ‘60 Dr. Fishman writes that he’s “Still alive and kickin’!” from Woodside, California.

Harvey Joel Penziner, MD ’65 Dr. Penziner wrote in April, 2017, that he had retired after 47 years as a clinical dermatologist.

Samuel Packer, MD ’66 Dr. Packer was promoted in March 2017 to Professor of Medicine and Professor of Ophthalmology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Kaaren Zvonik, MD ’72 Dr. Zvonik is “retired and enjoying travel and bird watching,” in Green Valley, Arizona.

David Benn Crawford, MD ’74 Dr. Crawford writes that he retired in 2012, and is “living with my bride of 45 2/3 years, Kathleen. We welcomed a granddaughter, Tamsen Crawford, into our family in 2015.”

Henry Lim, MD ’75 In March, 2017, Dr. Lim was also elected as an honorary member of the Baltic Association of Dermatovenerology, and an honorary member of the French Society of Dermatology. On March 7, he started his one-year term as the President of the American Academy of Dermatology, the largest dermatological society in the world.

Robert Jay Spatz, MD ‘77 Dr. Spatz’s son, Harrison, is a junior at UCONN Dental School, and his daughter Paula is a junior at Adelphi University. His wife, Bilha Biggeleisen Spatz, is a CHRP 1978 graduate and Occupational Therapist, Registered.

Aaron Stein, MD ’79 Dr. Stein wrote in April, 2017, that he is the “proud father of three married children (no doctors), and grandfather of five – a wonderful club.” He also asks, “What happened to our profession? It’s been hijacked by EMRs, insurance companies and health care administrators!” He also writes, “Where are you Liz, Svedlsher, Rebbe and the Cine Prospecter?”

Ann DiMaio, MD ’83 Dr. DiMaio wrote in April 2017, “Moving back to NYC with my husband Bill Ricci, MD. He has been appointed the Head of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and begins September 2017. Can not wait. Will visit Downstate soon!”

William Davis, MD ’95 Dr. Davis is a cardiologist, author of the New York Times Bestselling Wheat Belly Books, and health crusader for the wheat-free, grain-free lifestyle. Read more about his works, here:

In Memorium

Robert Rauch, MD ’53 Dr. Rauch died September 27, 2016, in Boyton, Florida. He served for two years in the Air Force at Anchorage, Alaska, and went on to practice OB/GYN in The Five Towns for more than 50 years.

Franklin Glickman, MD ’54 Dr. Franklin of Roslyn Heights, New York, and Boynton Beach, Florida, died March 10, 2017, at 87 years old, leaving his wife, of 64 years, Leatrice (Lea), his sons and adored grandchildren. He was a classic Renaissance man, a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School ’47, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, on a full academic scholarship from Hofstra University, ’50. He also became a full professor at SUNY Downstate Medical School. He maintained a private dermatology practice in Brooklyn, and became Chairperson of the Graduate Medical Education Department at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. He earned a master’s degree in health care administration from New York University in 1990. At Wyckoff Heights Hospital, he was honored with the Humanitarian Award in 1973. He also wrote two textbooks, 80 peer reviewed dermatology papers, and for fun, five novels. Obituary excerpted from the New York Times.

Frederick William, MD ‘54 Dr. William of Greenport, NY, formerly of Syosset, NY, died November 14, 2016. He was the husband of Sally Hansen Norcott and the late Margaret Norcott, and father of Linda, Bruce, Jan, Craig, Sandra and Scott. He is survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Stanley Dunkelman, MD ’55 Dr. Stanley S. Dunkelman, a 40-year resident of Goshen, New York, died December 21, 2016 at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was 86. Dr. Dunkelman attended the University of Rochester, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and SUNY Downstate Medical School, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Dr. Dunkelman was an endocrinologist, practicing in Middletown, New York, until his retirement in 1983. The Stanley S. Dunkelman M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center at Orange Regional Medical Center was dedicated in his honor in 1995 in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of diabetes care. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and served in Germany as a physician. He was also an active member of the Goshen, NY community, where he helped establish a Goshen High School soccer team exchange with Fortuna Bonn in Bonn, Germany.

Thelma Jones, MD ‘63 Dr. Jones, 79, of Scarsdale, New York, passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2017 at White Plains Hospital where she was on staff since 1973. She is survived by her daughters, Amy and Michelle Sack, their father, Joshua Sack, grandson Jack Blasbalg and many close friends. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she was a longtime resident of Scarsdale, New York. Dr. Jones graduated in 1955 as Valedictorian of the Bronx High School of Science. She went on to graduate cum laude from both Barnard College (’59) and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she was one of only three females in her graduating class in 1963. She had a private practice in Internal Medicine and Hematology in Scarsdale for thirty years. She later had a private practice in integrative medicine, also in Scarsdale, and was passionate about a holistic approach to patient care. She had hospital appointments at White Plains Hospital, where she served as Chief of Hematology for eight years, Montefiore Hospital and St. Agnes. She served as the past President of the Central Westchester American Cancer Society and was on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society among many other honors.

James Leslie Perry, MD ’77 Dr. Perry was born April 21, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, and died January 22, 2017, at 81. He his survived by his wife Linda, of almost 59 years, and their extensive family and family of friends. With his father’s permission, Dr. Perry joined the US Air Force where he served as a radar technician and was discharged with rank of Staff Sergeant in 1956. Jim followed his father’s path to Kansas University and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also joined Air Force ROTC and received a 1st Lieutenant Commission and a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1960. Dr. Perry accepted an offer from Sperry Gyroscope Company on Long Island where he worked for three years and then moved to Grumman Corporation and was assigned to team developing the radar system for the Apollo 11 Lunar Module which landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. During the 60’s he enrolled in night courses at Adelphi University, MS in Physics 1965, and in Columbia University for Pre-Med courses. In 1973, he began four years at the State University of New York School of Medicine in Brooklyn, followed by Internship at VA Hospital and residencies in Nuclear Medicine and Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He accepted a staff position in the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center on Coney Island for several years until hired by the NY State Department of Mental Health and served the next 20 years in state psychiatric hospitals and out-patient clinics treating persons afflicted with schizophrenia.

Menachem Friedman, MD ’86 Dr. Friedman was an internist affiliated with Maimonides for over 25 years, and specialized in Geriatrics. He died suddenly on March 10.


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