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Posted by Kathy Whitney on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Alumni News, Losses, Spring 2021, Vanderbilt Community, Winter 2021 .

Dixon L. Bieri, MD’56, died Nov. 29, 2020. He was 90.

Alan L. Bisno, MD, HS’65, died Aug. 10, 2020. He was 84.

John W. Boldt, BA’51, MD’54, HS’59, died Oct. 24, 2020. He was 91.

Dennis Bonner, MD’83, died Jan. 4. He was 63.

Raymond Karl Bopp, MD’56, died June 2, 2020. He was 89.

Hubert Benjamin Bradburn, BA’53, MD’56, died Oct.13, 2020. He was 89.

Arthur Eastwood Broadus, PhD’70, MD’71, died Oct. 22, 2020. He was 79.

Ernest Ladd Brown, MD’52, HS’53, died Oct. 25, 2020. He was 94.

Richard Buchanan, BA’57, MD’61, HS’65, died July 5, 2020. He was 85.

Swan B. Burrus, BA’51, MD’54, HS’58, died Aug. 8, 2020. He was 90.

Thomas R. Cate, BA’56, MD’59, died Nov. 7, 2020. He was 85.

Bernard F. Clowdus II, BA’51, MD’54, HS’54, died March 11, 2020. He was 89.

Wallace A. Clyde Jr., BA’51, MD’54, HS’55,’57, died Oct. 30, 2020. He was 90.

Lawrence “Larry” B. Crowson Jr., MD, HS’65, died July 9, 2020. He was 89.

Bruce Derbyshire, MD, HS’62, died July 11, 2020. He was 91.

Richard E. Dixon, MD’69, died Nov. 30, 2020. He was 78.

J. Emmett Dozier, Jr., BA’62, MD’65, HS’68, FE’72, died June 23, 2020. He was 82.

Robert Harvey Edwards, MD’60, HS’65,’68, died Sept. 22, 2020. He was 85.

Robert E. Lee Gotcher, A&S’46, MD’49, died Aug. 19, 2020. He was 96.

Joel I. Greenberg, BA’56, MD’59, died Oct. 31, 2020. He was 85.

Marvin Geer Gregory Jr., MD’66, HS’67, died Dec. 24, 2020. He was 83.

Anne M. Haywood, MD, HS’77, died Aug. 2, 2020. She was 85.

Theodore Joseph Haywood, MD’52, died Nov. 1, 2020. He was 91.

Wilbur A. Heinz Jr., MD’62, died Nov. 14, 2020. He was 85.

Ray W. Hester, BA’59, MD’63, HS’65,’69, died Nov. 3, 2020. He was 83.

A. Myron Johnson, MD’59, died on Nov. 7, 2020. He was 85.

Erwin A. Jones, Jr., BA’55, MD’59, HS’60,’63, died July 26, 2020. He was 87.

Duncan “Arnold” Killen, BA’52, MD’55, HS’61, died July 21, 2020. He was 89.

Douglas W. Lowery-North, BA’83, MD’87, died Aug. 4, 2020. He was 58.

Ralph Williams Massie, BA’50, MD’53, HS’54,’59, died July 22, 2020. He was 94.

Lawrence S. McGee Jr., MD, HS’59, died Aug. 18, 2020. He was 91.

Charles Elford McKay III, MD, HS’81, FE’82, EMBA’86, died Aug. 29, 2020. He was 68.

Alexander C. McLeod, MD, HS’65 &’66, FE’67, EMBA’88, died Nov. 6, 2020. He was 85.

Billy Sam Moore, MD’63, HS’66, died Oct. 16, 2020. He was 84.

Brooks Morgan, MD’66, HS’68 &’73, died Nov. 1, 2020. He was 79.

James E. Russell, MD’62, HS’64,’69, died Oct. 20, 2020. He was 84.

Robert Vance Russell Sr., BA’59, MD’62, HS’64,’68, died July 29, 2020. He was 83.

Walter Smithwick III, BA’61, MD’65, died Oct. 11, 2020. He was 81.

Herbert Sheppard (Herb) Street, MD’55, died July 17, 2020. He was 89.

David E. Tribble, MD’54, died Oct. 31, 2020. He was 92.

David S. Whittaker, MD, HS’68, ’71, died Sept. 26, 2020. He was 80.

Thomas B. Zerfoss Jr., BA’43, MD’46, HS’47, died Nov. 30, 2020. He was 97.



Faculty Losses

William Cutter Alford Jr., BA’52, MD’55, HS’63, FAC, died July 29, 2020. He was 90. Dr. Alford was among the founding members of Cardiovascular Associates and was clinical professor of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Alford is survived by his children Allison and David and one grandchild.

Jeffrey David Byers, MD, FAC, associate professor of Clinical Dermatology and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Dermatology, died Jan. 9. He was 54. Dr. Byers is survived by his wife, Janet, and children Jessica, Daniel, Stephen and Andrew.

Geoffrey Fleming, MD, FAC, professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Vice President of Vanderbilt University Medical Center Continuous Professional Development, died Dec. 8, 2020. He was 50. Dr. Fleming is survived by his wife, Amy Fleming, MD, MScHPE, associate dean for Medical Student Affairs, and their daughters Hannah, Virginia and Delaney.

James J. Madden Jr., MD, FAC, died Nov.1, 2020. He was 80. Dr. Madden formerly taught in the Department of Plastic Surgery. He is survived by his children Peter and Christina.

Samuel Rowe Marney Jr., the founder of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Vanderbilt, died Jan. 7. He was 86. Dr. Marney is survived by his son, Samuel Rowe Marney III, of Memphis and granddaughters, Dylan Elizabeth Marney and Alexis Quinn Marney and their mother, Tara Gruet Marney; his daughter, Annis Morison Marney, and her husband, Glenn Gustus Dukes Jr., of Nashville, and their children, Ian Marney Dukes and Annis Kyle (AK) Morison Dukes; and his sister, Nancy Marney of Bristol, Virginia. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty. A complete obituary can be found here:

Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, a bioethicist, attorney and nurse leader at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died Jan. 6 after a very brief and unexpected illness. Kate is survived by her husband, Scott Weiss; her mother, sister and brother; and two nieces, a great-niece and great-nephew.

William (Russell) Ries, MD, FAC, died Jan. 5. He was 67. Dr. Ries was professor of Otolaryngology and Carol and John S. Odess Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is survived by his wife, Susie; children Katie, Russell and Robert; and two grandchildren.

Kenneth A “Ken” Wallston, PhD, Emer Fac Med, died on Oct. 27, 2020. He was 78. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Jonatha Gibuad.