In Memoriam

Sep September 06 Sat 2014

Robert T. Schimke

Robert T. Schimke '54, MD '58, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, died on September 6, 2014, at age 81.

Born in Spokane, Washington, he received AB and MD degrees from Stanford University. He served in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, from 1960 to 1966, after which he returned to Stanford in the Pharmacology Department in the School of Medicine, serving as chair from 1970-73. He then moved to the Department of Biological Sciences, which he chaired from 1978-82, and became American Cancer Society Research Professor of Biology in 1983.

Schimke made pioneering discoveries in biochemistry and molecular biology. He was recognized for these discoveries with numerous awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Schimke was a member of numerous national advisory and editorial boards and served as President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1988-89.

Schimke's life changed dramatically in 1995 when he was hit by a car while bicycling, leaving him a quadriplegic. He became emeritus professor at Stanford and turned to his other life passion, painting, experimenting with the dynamic interaction of various materials and their textures. He has produced over 400 works of art, which have been exhibited at universities and corporate headquarters.

Bob Schimke approached all phases of his life with passion, creativity, and courage. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and former lab members. He is survived by his wife Patricia Jones, Professor of Biology at Stanford, his daughters Caroline Schimke, Cynthia Ames, and Allison Powers, five grandchildren, his sister Barbara Bazemore and two nephews. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Robert T. Schimke Graduate Fellowship Fund, Department of Biology, Stanford University. See more at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=172445603#sthash.rXIZKxAH.dpuf.

Aug August 24 Sun 2014

Ted Keyani ('52, MD '55)

Ted Keyani passed away on August 24, 2014, in Sunnyvale, California. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Judi Oszman Keyani. Ted was born in 1927 in Yazd, Iran into a Zoroastrian family and culture. He moved with his family, mother Homayoon and father Bahram, to Tehran while in his teens and came to the United States in 1947. He attended Perkiomen Prep School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania for a year before entering Stanford University where he completed both undergraduate studies and his medical degree. He and Judi were married in 1964 and have resided in Los Altos, California, since 1970.

After serving residencies in Internal Medicine and Pathology, Ted spent 2 years practicing medicine in Vancouver, Canada in order to qualify for his permanent Visa to the U. S. He returned to California for a Cardiopulmonary Fellowship at Presbyterian Medical Center (now California-Pacific Medical Center) in San Francisco. He began his private practice in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in 1964 in Sunnyvale, California. While on the Medical Staff at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, he helped to establish the Cardiac Catheterization Lab as well as the Medical Ethics Committee. Dr. Keyani made a significant contribution in introducing advanced medical/cardiac equipment as well as diagnostic tools in his field. He served on several medical committees from 1964 to 1991, when he retired due to ill health. During Ted's several decades of medical practice, he had an abiding concern for the well-being of his patients in the context of their lives.

Ted was a man of integrity and exceptional intelligence. His candor, irreverent sense of humor, and unpretentiousness were both disarming and admired. His knowledge and fondness of History - especially Persian History - was extensive. Having become a citizen of the U. S. in the 70s, Ted embraced his new homeland while continuing to hold his attachment to his homeland of Iran.

Deeply loved, Ted will be greatly missed by his wife, Judi, his children, Elizabeth Keyani Castro, (Larry), and Edward Keyani, (Catherine Spitters); grandchildren Louisa and Julian Keyani. He is also survived by sisters, Katayoun, Faranguis, Laal, and brother Hormozdyar (Barbara); sister-in-law Audrey Lannon; nieces Faranguis Parvin, and Dolly, Jennifer, Maria, Shirin, Simin, Homa, and Meri Lee; nephews Farhad, Bahram, Robert and Douglas. Ted was predeceased by his brother, Fereidoon.

The family extends our appreciation to the Medical and Nursing staff of El Camino Hospital for their consistent good care of Ted during his admissions there. Also gratitude for his caregiver, Tania Tuionetoa, for her reliable and attentive care. A private memorial celebration will be held. Please contact jkeyani@earthlink.net for more information.

Jul July 07 Mon 2014

Mark Solano (MD '83)

Dr. Mark Solano was born to Janet Mills and Juan Solano, Jr. on March 11, 1954.

For 28 years, Dr. Solano faithfully and humbly served the community as a healer, counselor, confidant and friend through his vocation to medicine at South Logan Family Practice.

He entered eternal life July 7, 2014.

Dr. Solano is survived by his mother, Janet; Leah Estrada; children, Sofia, Carlos (Megan), and Mia; and grandchildren, Gabriela, Mariah, and Javon; brothers Juan Solano and his wife Cheryl, Matthew Solano and his wife Joan, Michael Solano; Sister Vickie Laws-Willis and Barry. Mark is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Recitation of the Rosary will be Monday, July 14, 2014, beginning at 9:30 AM, with Funeral Mass immediately following, both at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 300 South Sherman Street, in Denver, Colorado 80209.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dr. Mark Solano's name may be made to:

Clinica Tepeyac
4725 High Street
Denver, Colorado 80216

- OR -

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
300 South Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado 80209

Please share memories of Dr. Solano and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook at:
http://www.horancares.com/obituary/Mark-D.-Solano-M.D./Denver-CO/1399755.

May May 28 Wed 2014

Eddie Reed (Resident '81)

Eddie Reed, M.D. was born on December 17, 1953 to Floyd and Gennora Reed. He passed away on May 28, 2014. Eddie, guided by his parents, found his Lord and Savior at an early age. He went on to attend Mildred Jackson School and graduated from Hughes High School. He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and continued his education by obtaining his medical degree at Yale University in 1979. Eddie completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University in 1981. He became an authority regarding the actions and use of two important cancer drugs, Cisplatin and Taxol. As a renowned oncologist, Dr. Reed’s expertise has been sought by many premier medical institutions.

Dr. Reed held multiple, high profile positions: Chief of the Clinical Pharmacology Branch at the NCI (National Cancer Institute); Professor of Medicine and Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at the West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia; Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, Georgia; Clinical Director and Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the Mitchell Cancer Institute of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama; and Clinical Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. Dr. Reed has served on numerous boards to cancer centers, served on federal and state health policy panels, and his research has been used in over 300 scientific publications.

Throughout his career, Dr. Reed became internationally known in the cancer research field for his two overriding interests, cancer drug development and cancer care for the underserved. In his honor, his friends and colleagues have established the Dr. Eddie Reed Fellowship Program in Global Oncology.  It will bring cancer care trainees from Africa to Massachusetts General Hospital and its collaborators at Harvard University and other American academic centers. Contributions can be sent directly to Lindsay Simpson at the MGH Development Office, 100 Cambridge St. Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114 and will be directed to the "Dr. Eddie Reed Exchange Fellowship Fund." Your contribution in honor of Eddie would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Reed was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L and Gennora Reed, his son, Edward Lardino Reed, and his siblings Floyd L Reed Jr., Ray Reed, and Cora Reed.  He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mrs. Meenakshi Reed and by his siblings Ms. Johnnie Reed, Mrs. Forrestine L. Witherspoon, Dr. and Mrs. Hazell & Loistine Reed , Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, Dr. and Mrs. Pearlie Sylvester & Lesia Reed, Ms. Tommie Reed, Ms. Faye Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Michael & Janice Reed Duvall, Dr. Beatrice Reed, Rev. Elroy Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Tom & Mary Wilson, Ms. Rachel C. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey & Gennora Reed Willis, and Ms. Elvon Reed.  Eddie also has numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family, close friends, and colleagues.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at New Sardis Baptist Church 7739 East Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38125 with burial immediately after at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Arkansas.

Wake and Visitation will be from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at Anthony Funeral Home 135 S. 16th Street, West Memphis, AR 72301.

Mar March 26 Wed 2014

David A. London, MD (Resident)

David A. London, M.D., devoted husband, father, and physician. 28-year resident of Portola Valley, California. We mourn the loss of David, beloved husband, best friend and soul mate to his wife, Valerie, and adored Papa to their son, Benjamin. He was loved, respected, and admired by innumerable friends, family and colleagues. He was a gifted Radiologist and a natural educator.

David was born in Miami Beach, Florida, where his love for the ocean, boating and fishing flourished. He graduated from Hamilton College, New York, class of 1971. David chose a career in medicine, following in the footsteps of his parents, Rose E. London, MD and Seymour B. London, MD, his grandfather Ettore Perrone, MD, his uncles Francis Perrone, MD and Hector Perrone, MD, and his sister Elizabeth Rogers, MD. In 1975, he graduated from medical school at Yale University. He subsequently completed his Radiology residency at Stanford University and a Fellowship at UCSF, where he was also on faculty. While at Stanford University, Dr. London developed a technique, using a modified ocular ultrasound transducer, to image the neonatal brain via the fontanel in order to search for intracranial hemorrhages in premature infants.  At UCSF, David was a member of the early team developing NMR imaging, now referred to as MRI. In 1983, David joined the El Camino Radiologists Medical Group and the medical staff of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, where he worked until his retirement in 2005.

David had an adventuresome spirit and an incredibly strong work ethic. He had a passion for a wide range of interests which included boating, fishing, sailing, whitewater kayaking, skiing, horseback riding, archery, bicycling, cooking, adventure travel, the arts, and philanthropy.

He was an extraordinary individual and will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. We will always cherish the memory of his integrity, his compassion, his generosity, his intellect, his love for his family, and his commitment to living life to its fullest.

Valerie and Benjamin extend their sincere thanks to the family, friends, colleagues, and medical team that provided care, comfort and support to David. We especially extend our deepest gratitude for the love, friendship, support and medical expertise given 24/7 by our dear friend Bruce Beck, MD and his wife Kathy Marini Beck, MD.

A private service will be held off the coast of Florida aboard David’s boat, Destiny. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in memory of David A. London, M.D., to Seacology, attention Aaron Rashba, www.seacology.org, Berkeley, CA, or American River Conservancy, attention Alan Ehrgott, www.arconservancy.org, Coloma, CA.

Mar March 05 Wed 2014

William Reimer (Resident '51)

Dr. George William Reimer, known to family, friends and colleagues as “Sandy”, died on March 5, 2014 from injuries sustained when his truck skidded off the Covelo Road during a sudden and severe downpour. He was 89.

Born on December 16, 1924 in Chicago, Sandy later attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He was drafted into the Army in March, 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. Having received high marks on the Army's intelligence test, Sandy was dispatched to Texas A&M to study engineering. That autumn, Sandy took the Army's medical aptitude test. He was one of five students selected from 5,000 to pursue a medical career. He studied pre-med at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and went on to graduate in 1949 from the University of Texas School of Medicine in Galveston. From 1950 to 1951, he served as a medical doctor in the US Navy and then completed his residency in radiology at Stanford Medical Hospital in San Francisco, California in 1951. The irony of being selected by the Army to become a doctor just before the war ended was not lost on him.

Sandy was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1956. He served first as an instructor of Radiology (1956-1958) and later as Clinical Professor of Radiology (1961-1988) at Stanford Medical School in Palo Alto, California. In 1960, he joined the staff of Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California as a Medical Doctor of Radiology. He also served there as Chief of Staff for two terms and retired in 1988.

Sandy Reimer was the epitome of a Renaissance man. In addition to being a physician and a teacher, he was a great adventurer and connoisseur. He traveled around the world in the early 1960's and did a stint as a volunteer doctor at a hospital in Enugu, Nigeria. He was a voracious reader of books on history and natural science. He was a superb cook and he loved classical music.  While living in the Bay Area he regularly attended the San Francisco Symphony, the Opera, and the Ballet.  

Sandy was also an athlete. In addition to being an avid backpacker, Sandy took up downhill skiing in his fifties. He loved to go helicopter skiing in the remote Canadian Rockies. For thirty years he was deeply involved with breeding and raising horses alongside his wife Carla whom he married in 1984. A devoted  rider, he particularly enjoyed going with her on pack trips deep into his beloved Sierras.

Survivors include his wife, Carla McPherson of Covelo, California; his daughters, Melissa Zahm of Santa Cruz and Daphne Reimer of Sacramento; and his grand daughters, Mary Zahm of Santa Cruz and Ione Fullerton of Sacramento.

Jan January 18 Sat 2014

Marcus Krupp (AB '34, MD '39)

A memorial service for Marcus Krupp, MD, a medical school alumnus who helped train Stanford medical students and residents for many years, will be held March 2 at the Stanford Faculty Club.

The event will be from 2 to 5 p.m., with the program beginning at 2:45 p.m. Valet parking will be provided. Guests should RSVP to michaelwelch95407@gmail.com.

Krupp died at his home in Portola Valley on Jan. 18. He was 100.

Krupp was a founder of the Palo Alto Medical Research Institute, where he served as director for 36 years. As a community physician and member of the clinical faculty, he taught medical students and residents at Stanford Hospital from 1946 through 1997.

He was a recipient of the medical school's Albion Walter Hewlett Award and its J. E. Wallace Sterling "Muleshoe" Award. The university also awarded Krupp the Gold Spike for his years of volunteer leadership service.

Krupp was preceded in death by his first wife, Muriel McClure; a son, David; and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Donna; sons Michael and Peter; daughter Sara Krupp Kinney; granddaughters Katy, Elizabeth and Whitney; and nieces and nephews.

Donations in Krupp's memory can be sent to Stanford University Development Services, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA, 94309-0466. Checks should be made out to Stanford University and note "The Krupp Memorial Fund" in the memo section.

Dec December 27 Fri 2013

Sidney Raffel (MD '42)

Professor Sidney "Zait" Raffel, MD’42, ScD, one of the best and last of a great generation, died on Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home in Stanford, California. He was 102 years old.

A Baltimore, MD native of Latvian immigrants, he graduated from high school at 15, Johns Hopkins at 18 (BA) and 21 (ScD). He then traveled to California on a Poliomyelitis Fellowship, where he remained for his long career at Stanford University. His initial studies were in poliomyelitis research where he helped in the search for an effective vaccine. A few years after joining the Stanford faculty, he also studied for an MD at Stanford, while continuing with his research and teaching, graduating in 1942. He also did extensive research in tuberculosis, wrote a textbook (Immunity 1953; revised 1961), and as a pioneer immunologist, made seminal contributions to the field of cellular immunology, receiving many awards for his work. He was recognized as an academic leader by his Stanford peers, serving as Chair of his department from 1953, until his retirement in 1976. During this period, he helped oversee the move of the Medical School from San Francisco to Stanford, named Welch Rd. and Pasteur Dr., and was acting Dean of the Medical School from 1964-65. In addition, he received the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Lifetime Achievement, as well as induction into the Society of Scholars at Johns Hopkins University.

The greatest love of Sidney's life was his wife, Yvonne Fay, who, when they met, was the first Public Health Nurse at Stanford. She predeceased him in 2001. They had five daughters, all of whom he loved dearly and they were equally devoted to him: Linda, Gail (husband Bob), Polly (Eric), Cynthia (Bud), and Emily (Eldon), 12 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. The family enjoyed "Zait's" razor-sharp wit, as well as his recounting of boyhood days in Baltimore, his general philosophy of life, or any subject he might be musing about or analyzing for the good of all.

Sidney with Yvonne traveled the world on four sabbaticals (Switzerland, Scotland, Japan and Iran), visited numerous institutes and universities, gave many academic presentations, such that they visited or lived in every continent except Africa.

In retirement, Sidney took up oil painting and continued until very recently. He especially liked painting members of the family; portraits of all sizes line the walls of every room in his house on the Stanford campus. He also gave to many charitable institutions, and was a staunch supporter of Israel. Sidney maintained close friendships and mentorships with many of his former students and colleagues, who visited regularly. This past holiday season found him in great spirits, and much of his family was with him on the day he died.

He will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched, always for the better.

A memorial service is planned for February. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Children's Health Council at Stanford, 650 Clark Way, Stanford, CA 94305.

Aug August 09 Fri 2013

William Creger (Professor Emeritus)

William Creger, MD, a professor emeritus of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and strong advocate for medical education, died peacefully at his home Aug. 9 after a short illness. He was 91.

An internist with a specialty in hematology, he spent his entire career at Stanford — from his undergraduate days to his retirement in 1992. He attended the School of Medicine when it was located in San Francisco and helped plan its historic move to Palo Alto in 1959. He established the Division of Hematology on the new campus and, as its chief, oversaw the care of patients with blood diseases and directed the hematology clinical laboratories. He had a keen interest in medical education and served for nine years — from 1968 to 1977 — as the school's associate dean for student affairs.

"Bill was a very bright, insightful, creative, sensitive, wonderful physician, a spectacular teacher and fine investigator," said Tom Raffin, MD, a professor emeritus of medicine who knew Creger as a medical student and, later, as a colleague and friend. "He always made insightful comments at grand rounds and on patient rounds and gave wonderful lectures in hematology. The students loved him."

Peter Greenberg, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and a longtime hematology colleague, said Creger was "a kind, compassionate and caring person. He cared greatly about his patients, was a dedicated teacher and also was scientifically rigorous with regard to hematologic issues. He was a puzzle-solver and modeled himself in many ways after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [creator of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes]. He attempted to approach dilemmas in hematologic diagnosis by deductive reasoning."

Creger was born in San Francisco in 1922 and watched the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge from his family's apartment on Broadway. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1943 and an MD in 1947. He joined the faculty in 1949 and became a full professor in 1952. He took a break from academia in 1952 to serve as an Army captain in the Korean War, conducting research on tuberculosis.

During the medical school's move to Palo Alto, he served on a committee that developed an innovative curriculum integrating medical care with university-based medical education. He later joined the Department of Medicine's student education committee, helping to expand the medicine clerkship beyond Stanford so that trainees could work with a diversity of patients at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.

"Bill was a dedicated teacher," said Stanley Schrier, MD, a professor emeritus of medicine who was among Creger's first hires in 1959. "He was always involved with students and worked as closely with them as he could, and they treasured his viewpoint. ...He was a very good bedside clinician and a very good bedside teacher."

Creger also contributed to advancements in the field of hematology and had a particular interest in the immune system and its link to blood disease. He wrote a key 1963 paper in which he reported that lymphocytes, white blood cells that carry out some of the major activities of the immune system, could cross the placenta from a pregnant woman to her unborn child. The finding cast a whole new light on mother-to-child immunity and disease transmission. On the basis of the research, he obtained a Commonwealth Fellowship in 1963 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1970.

Before he retired in 1992, he delivered a last grand-rounds talk in which he lamented the growing trend in medicine toward specialization, and paid homage to the importance of teaching and bedside care. "Basic scientists and clinicians alike erect little fences of self-importance around themselves and feel better when they look down on others," he said. "But to learn, to teach and to care for, in the most human and scholarly ways possible, are what we all want to do."

Creger had wide-ranging interests beyond medicine and was a "kind of renaissance man," Schrier said. He loved music and played viola weekly with a string quartet. He enjoyed literature, especially Sherlock Holmes stories, and always had a well-read book of Keats at his bedside. His mind remained actively engaged until his death, said his daughter, Russell Barajas.

"He maintained a remarkable intellect to the end, with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things classical. Couple that with a tenacious memory for just about everything under the sun, and it was consequently understood that we could — and often did — use him as our own personal Google," she said.

Creger and his wife, Nancy, lived in an eight-bedroom home on the Stanford campus, where he loved to tend his beautiful gardens, which were featured in Sunset magazine. The couple often took in students, both undergraduates and medical students, as boarders, said his son, Philip Creger, MD.

"A lot of them considered him like a second father, and we've kept in touch with many of those people," he said. "Many physicians in the community trained under him, so he had an impact on a lot of people."

Creger received a number of awards for his teaching and other accomplishments, including the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Muleshoe Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award and the Award for Outstanding Contribution in Medical Education from the Santa Clara County Medical Association.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years; daughters Russell Barajas of Washington, D.C., and Austen Creger of Santa Cruz, Calif.; sons Philip Creger, of Mountain View, Calif., and John Creger, of Berkeley, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.