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Class Notes: November 2021

Richard Giustra, MD '66

has passed away due to complications from ALS. He was the loving husband of Karen Giustra for 52 years. His greatest joy was as a proud father of sons Matt and Luke and daughter, Sarah. Rich was born June 1, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Dr. Frank X. Giustra and Dorothy Erb Giustra, as the third of nine children. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1958, where he captained the wrestling team. In 1962 he graduated from Cornell University, where he was wrestling team captain and Ivy League Champion. He graduated from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1966. Following that, he did a one-year internship at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Hospital in San Antonio. He spent two years at Sembach AFB Germany as a general medical officer. He did a one-year surgical residency at VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by a three-year orthopedic residency at Scott White Clinic in Temple, Texas.

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Howard Richard Gould, MD' 56

has passed away due to unknown reasons. He also was lovingly known as "Howie," "Uncle Howie," "Papa," "Grandpa" and "Doctor Gould," died peacefully at home in Midlothian, Va., on October 20, 2021, with Barbara Anne, his beloved wife of 65 years, by his side.

Born in 1931, Howie was the only child of John and Mary Gould and was raised in Astoria, Queens in New York City from humble beginnings. His proud Irish parents valued academic success, and young Howie did not disappoint. He was selected to attend Regis High School, a prestigious all-scholarship Jesuit school in Manhattan. From there, he matriculated to Fordham University and entered the Air Force ROTC program, where he served as Captain of the drill team.

While pursuing his medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, he met the love of his life, Barbara. While Howie completed his studies and began his training in Radiology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, Barbara kept busy with their ever-growing family.

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