PassagesMedical alumni and faculty remembered

Below we pay tribute to recently deceased alumni and faculty members. Because we are not always aware of deaths in the larger UW Medicine community, especially those that take place outside of Seattle, we rely on other alumni, faculty and friends to notify us and send us obituaries. Our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones.





Charles E. Simons, Jr., M.D. ’51Born April 19, 1923, in Missoula, Mont.Died Sept. 10, 2011, in Shoreline, Wash.

Charles E. Simons, Jr., M.D. ’51

Charles E. Simons, Jr., M.D. ’51, saw active service in Patton’s Third Army in Europe from 1943 through 1946, and, after receiving a medical degree in 1951, he served his country again as a medical officer during the Korean War. He trained in urology and surgery at University Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and he was a urologist and surgeon in private practice in Seattle for 36 years. Retiring from private practice at 70, Simons participated in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and as an appointed member of the Snohomish County Planning Commission. He was an avid sportsman, fisherman and botanist, and he was a board member at the University of Washington Arboretum Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol Haynes Simons, as well as three sons, four daughters, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Gilbert K. Schaller, M.D. ’52Born in 1924 in Seattle, Wash.Died Dec. 23, 2011, in Burien, Wash.

Gilbert K. Schaller, M.D. ’52, graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1942. His college years were interrupted by World War II, and he served in the U.S. Army’s 89th Division. Schaller returned to the University of Washington after his military service, completed a degree in chemistry, and graduated from the UW School of Medicine in 1952. He interned at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, specializing in internal medicine. Schaller practiced in Burien, Wash., at Seahurst Medical Center and at Highline Medical Center for 42 years, and he retired in 1993. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Phyllis, and his stepson, Robert G. Langdon.

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Haruto Sekijima, M.D. ’53Died Sept. 12, 2011, in Seattle, Wash.

Born in Seattle, Haruto Sekijima, M.D. ’53, attended Garfield High School until he was taken to a Japanese-American internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho. Sekijima served in the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service, and he was one of the founding anesthesiologists at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, where he practiced until his retirement. “I’m lucky” was one of his favorite sayings. Sekijima is survived by his wife, Toki, four children — Margaret, Janet, John and Robert — and seven grandchildren.

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Joseph W. Voegtlin, M.D. ’54Born Oct. 29, 1926, in Seattle, Wash.Died Nov. 5, 2011, in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Joseph W. Voegtlin, M.D. ’54

After high-school graduation, Joseph W. Voegtlin, M.D. ’54, joined an Army Air Corps training program. He was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II. Graduating from the UW School of Medicine with honors in 1954, Voegtlin completed a medical internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Michigan. In 1955, Voegtlin joined Dr. Walter Ebeling of the Ebeling Clinic in Mount Vernon, Wash. After Ebeling’s death, Voegtlin continued practice as a partner in the Hammond-Voegtlin Clinic. He was instrumental in the opening of Skagit Valley Hospital in 1958, served as chief of staff and chief of surgery, was the co-founder of the hospital’s coronary care unit, and — after 37 years of medical practice —retired in 1992. (He also enjoyed flying his own airplane; he earned a private pilot’s license in the 1960s.) Voegtlin is survived by his wife, Gerine, his son, Mike, his daughters, Kathy Hulbert and Anne Voegtlin, four grandchildren, his siblings, William Voegtlin and Mary M. Anderson, and his stepchildren, Christa Head, A. J. Roarke and Scott DeRosier.

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Howard R. Bowman, M.D. ’56Born Oct. 19, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo.Died Nov. 2, 2011, in Naches, Wash.

Howard R. Bowman, M.D. ’56

Following in the footsteps of his father, the town doctor in Naches, Wash., Howard R. Bowman, M.D. ’56, graduated from the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and the UW School of Medicine. He returned to Naches in 1957, where he was a beloved family doctor for 42 years, retiring in 1999. Bowman was instrumental in the formation of the first family practice residency in Yakima, Wash. His love of nature led him to hike almost every peak in the southern Cascades, and he was an authority on wildflowers, which he loved to photograph. An avid gardener, Bowman was known for his miniature roses, and he won a blue ribbon for them at Naches Sportsman’s Day. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita, his children, Howard, Barbara, Mark and Anne, his sister, Lois Klarion, and five grandchildren.

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James W. Tupper, M.D., Res. ’59 Born April 20, 1928, in Billings, Mont.Died Dec. 27, 2011, in Seattle, Wash.

James W. Tupper, M.D., Res. ’59

An outstanding student, James W. Tupper, M.D., Res. ’59, played football and tennis at Queen Anne High School. Following his graduation from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, he completed an internship at the University of Michigan and a residency in orthopaedics at UW Medicine. Tupper served as a Navy physician during the Korean War, and he trained in Texas with renowned spine surgery pioneer Dr. Paul Harrington. He returned to Seattle to specialize in scoliosis treatment and research and general spine and neck surgery. Tupper helped establish the Seattle practice that became Orthopedic Physician Associates, he was president of the Scoliosis Research Society, and he was respected internationally as a lecturer and teacher. An avid athlete and outdoorsman, he helped found Skiers Inc., at Crystal Mountain and was a member of Ancient Skiers. Tupper is survived by his wife, Sylvia, his children, Brad, Christy, Kari and Kathie, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Joseph C. McCarthy, Jr., M.D. ’68, Ret., USNRBorn Aug. 13, 1942, in Seattle, Wash.Died Aug. 20, 2011, in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Joseph C. McCarthy, Jr., M.D. ’68, Ret., USNR

Born and raised in Seattle, Joseph C. McCarthy, Jr., M.D. ’68, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict; in all, his military career spanned 20 years. McCarthy graduated from the University of Santa Clara before attending the UW School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., a residency in pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and spent four years on the family medicine teaching faculty — a break from military service — at Oregon Health & Science University. Following his military career, McCarthy worked in both family and emergency medicine at U.S. Naval Hospital-Bremerton and Madigan. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn, his son, Thomas, his daughter, Kerry, and one granddaughter.

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Ronald Dale Graves, PA-C (Seattle Class 1, 1970)Born Jan. 7, 1944, Omaha, Neb.Died Dec. 22, 2011, in Palestine, Texas.

Ronald D. Graves, PA-C (Seattle Class 1), graduated from MEDEX Northwest in 1970 and was a physician assistant with the Texas Department of Corrections, Gurney Unit (retired). He served as a corpsman with the U.S. Navy and the Marines in Vietnam; he received a Purple Heart with two clusters, and he was nominated for the Navy Cross and Silver Star. Graves is survived by his wife, Linda Graves, four children (Jennifer Weber, Mary Thorson, Donnie Graves and Ronnie Graves), three siblings (Connie Riley, Larry Graves and Lonnie Graves), nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Franklin Scott Newman, M.A., Ph.D.Born July 31, 1931, in Rozel, Kan.Died Nov. 11, 2011, in Bozeman, Mont.

Franklin Scott Newman, M.A., Ph.D., died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Mont., of acute respiratory failure. He was 80 years old.

Newman was born July 31, 1931, in Rozel, Kan. He received a B.A. in biology from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in virology from Kansas State University. Newman, a Marine from 1951–1980, served in the Korean War and retired a lieutenant colonel.

Newman was a member of the faculty at Montana State University, and he was one of the founders of the MSU branch of the Montana WWAMI program. He also served as its director. Newman also served as director for the Montana Family Practice Residency Program, the Montana Area Health Education Center and the Montana Office of Rural Health. At the time of his death, he was actively involved in teaching and advising pre-professional healthcare students and writing grant proposals for rural health programs in Montana.

Newman, a runner, was a founding member of the Big Sky Wind Drinkers in Bozeman, as well as the race director of the annual Frank Newman Marathon Relay, held in May. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his children, Scott, Eric, Gayle Roth and Lynn Sweeney, 13 grandchildren, and his siblings, Everett and Joyce.

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William O. Robertson, M.D.Died Nov. 30, 2011, in Seattle, Wash.

William O. Robertson, M.D.

William O. Robertson, M.D., known as “Dr. R.,” was one of Seattle’s most influential physicians. An expert in pediatrics, toxicology, teaching and poison prevention, Robertson was born in Brooklyn, raised in New York, and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. He taught pediatrics at Yale University before heading to Ohio State University to chair its Department of Pediatrics.

Moving to the Northwest in 1963 to work for UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s, Robertson started the Washington Poison Center. Over the next five decades, he served as director of medical education at Children’s, chair of pediatrics at UW Medicine, and medical director for Washington Poison Center. Robertson was a strong advocate of medical marijuana and supported an initiative to legalize marijuana for terminally ill and chronically debilitated patients; he also supported an initiative that advocated for patients having the right to die with dignity. He is survived by several children: Andy, Doug, Kerry Kuenzi, Kathy and Lynn.

If you would like to read more about Robertson, please visit The Seattle Times. The paper paid tribute to his life and accomplishments — while capturing his interests and his inimitable style — on December 6, 2011.

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Cyrus E. Rubin, M.D.Born July 20, 1921, in Philadelphia, Penn.Died Dec. 19, 2011, on Mercer Island, Wash.

Charles E. Simons, Jr., M.D. ’51

A member of the UW School of Medicine faculty for 57 years, Cyrus E. Rubin, M.D., was a pioneer in gastroenterology. Officially retired since 1992, he remained an active teacher, investigator and clinician. He received an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, and, after an internship at Beth Israel in Boston, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He then completed further training: a residency in medicine at the VA in Framingham, Mass., a residency in radiology at Beth Israel, and gastroenterology training at the University of Chicago. Rubin came to the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in 1954; at the time, he and Wade Volwiler, M.D., made up the entire gastroenterology faculty.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, Rubin made engineering advances in gastric and intestinal biopsies that led to the accurate diagnosis of celiac disease. Use of the Rubin Tube demonstrated that celiac sprue in children and in adults were identical disorders, and his classic 1960 paper established the diagnostic criteria for the disease. Over the years, he continued to refine endoscopic technology and its application to diagnosis, treatment and research on gastrointestinal disorders, becoming an authority on celiac disease and receiving international recognition for his many accomplishments.

Always mindful of patients’ needs, Rubin encouraged the food industry to produce gluten-free foods to help patients adjust to their condition. More recently, he produced an online lecture series for physicians on celiac sprue and many of gastroenterology’s classic texts. He was a sympathetic teacher and mentor who trained scores of gastroenterologists, including many leaders in the field.

Rubin received international recognition for his accomplishments, including the major awards given by all three American gastroenterological organizations: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Friedenwald Medal from the American Gastroenterology Association, the Rudolph Schindler Award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Clinical Research Award from the American College of Gastroenterology. The Cyrus E. Rubin Endowed Chair in Medicine at the University of Washington was created in his honor in 1997.

Rubin was a generous philanthropist, a dedicated oenophile who grew his own grapes, an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, education, culture, and good causes of all kinds, a bonsai artist, an amateur archaeologist, a singer in the Old GI Geezers Quartet (with Dave Saunders, M.D., Don Ostrow, M.D., and Charles E. (Chuck) Pope II, M.D., Res. ’61), and an all-around humanist. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace S. Rubin, his son and daughter, William D. Rubin and Betsy Deutsch, and five grandchildren: Aaron Akiva, Anna and Yoni Rubin, and Rachel and Sarah Deutsch.

(With thanks to Roberta Wilkes and William J. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., chair, Department of Medicine)

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Ethel Victoria Hackett ScribnerDied: Feb. 9, 2012, in Baltimore, Md.

Ethel Victoria Hackett Scribner

Ethel Victoria Hackett Scribner was born in Zamboanga in the Philippines. The daughter of a newspaper publisher, Mrs. Scribner went to work at her father’s paper in Manila. It was in Manila that she met her future husband, Belding H. Scribner, M.D., then on military duty in the Navy. The Scribners moved to the United States, and, in 1951, Dr. Scribner became part of the UW Medicine faculty. Mrs. Scribner became a loyal member of the Friends of the University of Washington School of Medicine, a volunteer group that raises funds to support students and student programs.

After Dr. Scribner died, Mrs. Scribner moved to the Baltimore area to be closer to family members. She is survived by her children, Brian John Hackett Lederer, W. Jonathan Lederer, M.D., Ph.D., Bruce Allen Lederer, Peter Scribner, Robert Scribner, Thomas Scribner and Elizabeth Scribner, six grandchildren, and her sister, Shirley Kezer.

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