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In Memoriam

Reuben Leass, ’34
Old Brookville, New York
November 26, 2000

Dr. Leass volunteered for active duty during WWII, serving as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1942–46. He completed a fellowship at the New York University Rusk Institute in 1956 and was an attending orthopaedic surgeon at St. Joseph’s, Far Rockaway and Queens General hospitals. He was attending assistant chairman of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Nassau County Medical Center from 1962–77. Dr. Leass was an avid swimmer, a life master bridge player and an expert medico-legal consultant. He is survived by his first wife Mae Kripke, sons Donald, ’70 and James, daughter Elaine, seven grandchildren, wife Shirley, three step-children and one step-grandchild.

Max Needleman, ’34
Somerville, New Jersey
October 10, 2000

After serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Dr. Needleman continued postgraduate training at the Psychiatric Hospital, U.S. Public Health Service, Ellis Island and in 1948 graduated from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He was a self-employed psychiatrist for more than 50 years and held appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Beth Israel Medical Center. He retired in 1990. In 1954, he published articles in the Journal of American Medical Association and the Journal of American Geriatric Society. He had a great love for teaching and enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Dr. Needleman was predeceased by wife Naomi and is survived by son Jack and four grandchildren.

Eugene S. Bereston, ’37
Pikesville, Maryland
December 16, 2000

Dr. Bereston was an Army dermatologist who served in the Pacific and at stateside military hospitals during WWII. He was discharged with the rank of major in 1946. Upon fulfilling his military obligation, Dr. Bereston added graduate degrees in dermatology from the University of Pennsylvania which included a master of science in 1945 and a doctor of science in 1955. He practiced in Baltimore for more than 50 years with an office on Eager Street and later in Pikesville. He was clinical professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Maryland, an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and served as chief of dermatology at the former Mercy Hospital from1969–92. He served as team dermatologist for the Baltimore Colts and Orioles. In 1961, when Yankee Roger Maris was attempting to break Babe Ruth’s home-run record for one season, he experienced a mysterious loss of hair. It was Dr. Bereston who diagnosed the slugger’s problem: stress-related hair loss. Dr. Bereston was predeceased by wives Marion Ableman and Betty Kaufman, and is survived by sons David and Michael, one stepson, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Jacob E. Schmidt, ’37
Charlestown, Indiana
June 2, 2000

Dr. Schmidt trained at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and maintained a general medical practice for 15 years before becoming a medical vocabulary writer. His principal work was the Attorney’s Dictionary of Medicine, a three-volume medical dictionary first published in 1962, yet he was the author of more than two-dozen books. He served as associate editor of Trauma, a medical journal for lawyers. Honors included an award and citation from the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Medical Writers’ Association. He is survived by one niece and one nephew.

Bernard Brodsky, ’39

New York City
February 12, 1998

James P. Kerr Jr., ’39
Damascus, Maryland
December 28, 2000

Dr. Kerr served as the Damascus community physician for 54 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of Pentalpha Lodge 194, AF&A Masons in Gaithersburg, and was a life member of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department. Dr. Kerr enjoyed many hobbies, especially wood carving, gardening and birdwatching. He is survived by wife Marion, two children and four grandchildren.

Jacob B. Mandel, ’41
New York City
January 3, 2001

Upon graduation Dr. Mandel performed military duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, assigned to the China-Burma-India Theatre and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of major. He received training at Medical Center Hospital (Jersey City, N.J.), Mt. Sinai Hospital (New York City) and Maimonides Hospital ( Brooklyn). Dr. Mandel was assistant attending surgeon at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital from 1950–70, attending surgeon at Williamsburgh General Hospital from 1950–76, and assistant attending surgeon at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. He maintained a surgical practice in the New Jersey and Brooklyn, N.Y., area for 26 years. He was a member of the John Beale Davidge Alliance, having established a no-interest student loan at the medical school. He is survived by wife Shirley.

Memorial Gifts may be made to:

Medical Alumni Association of the
University of Maryland, Inc.,
522 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD, 21201-1636,
or for more information,
call 410-706-7454.

Richard Q. Lewis, ’43M
Canyon Lake, Texas
November 16, 2000

Following graduation Dr. Lewis fulfilled his military duty in the U.S. Medical Corps, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He received orthopaedic training in Nashville and Dallas from 1946–50, before opening an orthopaedic practice in Lubbock that he maintained until 1975. He was a member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He and wife Dorothy had four children.

Albert I. Rubenstone, ’44
Glenview, Illinois
August 13, 2000

Dr. Rubenstone was associate pathologist and assistant director of pathology at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago before joining the staff at Mount Sinai Hospital where he became chairman of the department of pathology. A member of several medical societies and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Rubenstone served as professor of pathology at Chicago Medical School and the Rush Medical College. He was president of the Chicago Pathological Society and was consultant to the department of breast pathology for the Illinois Registry of Anatomic Pathology. In 1997, the Albert I. Rubenstone Surgical Suite was dedicated at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Rubenstone was preceded in death by wife Eva Mae and is survived by daughter Georgette.

Mary Stuart Wilson-
Tuggle, ’44

Keysville, Virginia
December 4, 2000

Dr. Wilson-Tuggle trained at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She was one of two doctors in Keysville when she arrived in 1946. Dr. Wilson-Tuggle maintained a solo family practice, was a member of the Charlotte County Board of Health for 46 years, and served as medical examiner for 32 years. In addition, Dr. Wilson-Tuggle performed 20 years of service to the selective service board and was president of the Charlotte County Medical Society. She enjoyed reading, travel, photography, and spending time with her grandchildren. Dr. Wilson-Tuggle is survived by husband Hugh and four children.

Walter J. Benavent, ’46
Catonsville, Maryland
January 26, 2001

After training at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and serving a preceptorship in plastic surgery, Dr. Benavent became the first qualified plastic surgeon in Puerto Rico. He was the founder and first president of the Puerto Rico Society of Plastic Surgery, president of the house of delegates for the Puerto Rico Medical Association, and was affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Benavent was a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, was a member of the American and International societies of plastic surgery as well as the societies of anesthetic plastic surgery. He and wife Marie moved back to Baltimore after retirement in 1994. Dr. Benavent enjoyed motor-boating. He is survived by wife Marie, seven children and ten grandchildren.

John Wm. Barnard, ’49
Williamsburg, Virginia
July 21, 2000

Dr. Barnard was an ordained Presbyterian minister and was pastor of Relay Presbyterian Church while attending medical school. After training, Dr. Barnard practiced psychiatry in Portsmouth, Va., for 30 years. He and wife June retired to Williamsburg. They had four children and 12 grandchildren.

Norman E. Rudy, ’50
Pacific Palisades, California
November 12, 2000

Dr. Rudy served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War following medical school. He trained at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and served a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Southern California. He was a member of the surgical staff at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and was an assistant clinical professor of surgery at UCLA. Dr. Rudy served as first team doctor for the U.S. Davis Cup team until 1974. He held similar positions for the World Cup and Master’s Tournament for tennis. He enjoyed Bach, the violin and tennis. Dr. Rudy is survived by wife Susan, four children and nine grandchildren.

William G. Esmond, ’51
Havre de Grace, Maryland
December 23, 2000

William E. Lamb, ’51
Jacksonville, Florida

Daniel Bakal, ’52
Baltimore, Maryland
January 3, 2001

Upon graduation from high school, Dr. Bakal enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent to the European theater of operations where he saw heavy combat at the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Saarland while serving as lead scout with the 358th Infantry of the 90th Division. He was decorated with two Bronze Stars. It was the war that influenced his decision to become a physician. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Bakal trained at the old Sinai Hospital on East Monument Street and in 1956 started a private practice in internal medicine. His first office was attached to the Lochearn home where he was living, and in the 1960s he relocated to Pikesville. Dr. Bakal was instrumental in establishing an oncology treatment program for patients at what is now Northwest Medical Center. His 33-year career as a physician was brought to an end in 1989 by a stroke, yet he continued to attend medical meetings and keep up-to-date on medical advances. He is survived by wife Ruth Silver, two daughters, son Arthur, ’79, and six grandchildren.

Ernest A. Leipold Jr., ’55
Glendale, Arizona
December 11, 2000

Dr. Leipold is survived by wife Marie and nine children.

Robert M. Kaplan, ’56
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts
November 5, 2000

Harold L. Fishkin, ’58
New York City
May 2000

Dr. Fishkin is survived by one daughter and one granddaughter.

Mervin L. Trail, ’59
Metairie, Louisiana
January 3, 2001

A medical officer in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Trail completed an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at Johns Hopkins. He was recruited by the Louisiana State Medical Center to initiate an educational process for the residency training program for his specialty. He devoted his professional life to the LSU Health Sciences Center, where he headed various academic and clinical programs and founded the Stanley Scott Cancer Center. In 1994, Dr. Trail was appointed chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center and also carried the titles of senior vice president and CEO of Health Systems, serving as chief executive officer of a statewide comprehensive public health care education and delivery system comprising six professional schools and ten hospitals. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Head and Neck Surgery and the AMA Archives of Otolaryngology, and he authored numerous articles published in leading professional journals. He is survived by wife Edythe, four daughters and eight grandchildren.

James J. Cerda, ’61
Gainesville, Florida
January 24, 2001

Dr. Cerda trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Maryland and University of Pennsylvania hospitals. He had a faculty appointment at Pennsylvania before being recruited by the University of Florida where he reached the rank of professor of medicine and chief of nutritional support services. It was his work in the nutritional services that focused his unit as a referral for many patients in the southeastern part of the country and led to his scientific findings, numerous publications and awards. His interest in gastroenterology was focused on nutrition, and his major contribution was on water soluble fibers and cholesterol regulation. For his contributions he was awarded the Paul Dudley White Award—the first non-cardiologist to receive this honor. During his academic tenure, he continued his active service in the Naval Reserve. In appreciation of his contributions, he achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit. Upon his retirement, the Navy established a research achievement award in his honor. Dr. Cerda was an accomplished concert and jazz pianist who played on programs with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Van Cliburn, and at the White House for presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. He is survived by wife Mariana and three children.

Clifton C. Presser, ’61
Towson, Maryland
February 12, 2001

Dr. Presser received training at the Hospital for Women of Maryland on Lafayette Avenue in Bolton Hill and was chief resident from 1965–66. Upon completion of training, Dr. Presser took over a practice of obstetrics and gynecology which he maintained for more than 35 years. His practice combined traditional and alternative remedies mixed with compassion and a huge sense of humor. He delivered babies until 1972. Dr. Presser was an enthusiastic lacrosse fan and traveled with family to every NCAA championship from 1980–99. He also attended the World Games in the United States, Canada, Australia and England. He is survived by wife Ruth, son Clif and daughter Amy.

Albert Bernard Pleet, ’64
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
November 24, 2000

Dr. Pleet trained at the University of Maryland and served 22 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring as a captain. Faculty appointments included professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, professor of neurology and chair of the faculty affairs committee at Tufts University School of Medicine, and chief for the division of neurology for Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was the author and co-author of many professional publications. He loved his life, his work and his family and remained on the job until six weeks before his death. He is survived by wife Rochelle, daughter Jennifer, son Michael and four grandchildren.

Robert N. Whitlock, ’65
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
November 17, 2000

Eun-Kyu Grace Lee, ’86
Sharon, Massachusetts
November 22, 2000

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