Class Notes - March 2012

Upcoming Medical School Reunion Dates

  • Thursday, April 19, 2012: 50th reunion dinner for the Class of 1962
  • Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 2012: Medical School Alumni Reunion
There will be reunion activities for the following UT Southwestern Medical School classes:  2007, 2002, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962
  • Friday, May 11, 2012: Reunion Brunch for the Platinum Classes (1944-1961)


Medical School

James R. Fish, M.D. (’47), Frank K. Buster, M.D. (’49), Van G. Kaden, M.D. (’51), John T. Binion, M.D. (’52), Ben H. White, M.D. (’52), James A. Fisher, Jr., M.D. (’54), William L. Watson, M.D. (’55), Mark E. Huff, Jr., M.D. (’58), Joanne P. Wilcox, M.D. (’61)


Adolph H. “Buddy” Giesecke, Jr., M.D. (Anesthesiology & Pain Management), William Douglas Pitcher, M.D. (Internal Medicine), H.C. Teng, M.D. (Internal Medicine), Galen B. Toews, M.D. (Internal Medicine)

School of Health Professions

Patty Sue Harrison Newton (’78), Margie Taylor Nabors (’86), Ann Flores Minnis (’98) 

Class of 1960: The third novel by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., titled Diagnosis Death, is among the finalists for Best Inspirational Mystery in RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards for 2011.

Class of 1964: Doug Puryear, M.D., has just published his second book, Your Life Can Be Better: Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD. He lives in Santa Fe with same wife, Martha, and still practices psychiatry. His other interests are fly fishing, prison ministry, travel, guitar, and eight grandchildren.

Class of 1971: Robert W. Haley, M.D., Chief of Epidemiology at UT Southwestern, received the Dallas County Medical Society’s Charles Max Cole, M.D., Leadership Award, which recognizes a DCMS member for outstanding service to the profession of medicine and to the community.

Class of 1984: James D. Luecke, M.D., was awarded the Texas Rural Health Association’s 2011 Rural Health Champion Award. The Champion Award is presented annually to a person who has made a significant difference in improving the health of rural Texans. 

Class of 1987: Richard W. Snyder II, M.D., was installed as the 129th president of the Dallas County Medical Society on Jan. 19.

Class of 1988: Peter A. McCullough, M.D., M.P.H., recently accepted the position of Chief Academic and Scientific Officer of the St. John Providence Health System in Detroit, which is part of the Ascension Health national chain of community hospitals.  In this role, Dr. McCullough oversees graduate medical education and research at five major hospitals, involving more than 600 medical students, residents, and fellows and leads 18 individual research centers.

Class of 1992: Wendy J. Pomerantz, M.D., was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati.  She also received the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Community Advocacy Award.

Class of 2001:  Earl Gage, M.D., and his wife, Lynelle, of Chapel Hill, N.C., welcomed a new baby boy, Joshua Anthony on October 28, 2011. He has a sister and four older brothers.

Class of 2002: Jarett D. Berry, M.D., received the Herbert H. Reynolds Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Baylor Alumni Association. The award is presented annually to Baylor alumni under 40 who have distinguished themselves in their fields early in their careers.


Class of 2007: Branden J. Hall, Study Director, Nelson Laboratories, Salt Lake City has become certified as a Registered Microbiologist in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Microbiology by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM).

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