Topic List : Obits
Glial-cell expert Ben Barres dies
The Stanford neuroscientist’s research focused on the cells in the brain that aren’t nerve cells. Collectively called glia, these “other” cells play a central role in sculpting and maintaining the brain’s wiring diagram.
Stanford leader, donor John Freidenrich dies
A Stanford alumnus and a successful investor, Freidenrich served as chair of the university’s board of trustees and on the boards of the two Stanford hospitals during his decades-long involvement with the university.
Surgeon Thomas Nelsen dies at 90
Nelsen contributed to pioneering research in Hodgkin’s lymphoma that helped transform the fatal disease into a curable one.
Kenneth Vosti dies at 88
An authority on the causes and management of infectious diseases, Vosti was also known as a committed teacher and administrator, admired for his empathy and warmth.
Radiologist F. Graham Sommer dies
The professor emeritus of radiology was remembered for his commitment to research and mentoring, and his love of music.
Student dies in climbing accident
Aspiring immunologist Maria Birukova was an experienced mountaineer, and was studying ways to treat with chronic wounds. She died on Sept. 18.
Pediatric pulmonologist Nanci Yuan dies
Yuan led the development of the Pediatric Sleep Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and advanced care for children whose breathing was impaired by severe muscular disease.
Cardiologist Alfred Spivack dies at 87
Spivack, who founded the coronary care unit at Stanford, was an early champion of increasing nurses' role in caring for cardiology patients.
Radiologist Gerald Friedland dies
The former chief of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Palo Alto was remembered as a hard-working, generous mentor to generations of medical residents, and a caring husband and father.
Lars Vistnes dies at 88
The specialist in oculoplastic surgery performed reconstructive procedures in the developing world and mentored new faculty.