Jerome Modell, M.D., DSc. (Hon.)
Jerome Modell, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), passed away on April 14, 2020 after a brief hospitalization for a chronic illness. He was 87. His remarkable influence as a physician, teacher, researcher, administrator and generous philanthropist has left an indelible mark on University of Florida academic health center as well as throughout the world.
Born in Minnesota, Dr. Modell attended college and medical school at the University of Minnesota before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1963 and concluding his military service as chief of anesthesiology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. At the University of Miami Department of Anesthesiology from 1963 to 1969, Dr. Modell developed his research interests caring for drowning victims and became the international expert in this field with publication of The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Drowning and Near-Drowning in 1971.
Dr. Modell served the University of Florida College of Medicine for more than 43 years before his retirement. In 1969, he was named chair of the department of anesthesiology, a position he held for 23 years. While anesthesiology chair, more than 400 residents and fellows graduated from the program; 15 went on to become chairs of medical school departments. Under his leadership, the department became recognized as one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious anesthesiology programs in the world. In his administrative roles with the UF College of Medicine, he served as special assistant to the dean for professional support services, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, executive associate dean and interim dean. Dr. Modell also served for five years as associate vice president for UF Health Science Center affiliations, during which he helped establish academic and clinical connections with major health care facilities statewide before retiring from administrative duties in 2000.
Retirement was just a launching pad for Dr. Modell, as he remained active at UF, volunteering three to four days a week to care for patients and teach students in the colleges of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He was named professor emeritus of anesthesiology and courtesy professor of large animal clinical sciences and oversaw the Florida Board of Regents’ UF Self Insurance Program. His full retirement from UF came on Dec. 31, 2012.
Dr. Modell’s impact reached much farther than UF, as he was known worldwide for his discoveries related to the after-effects of near-drowning and the treatment of near-drowning victims. He and his colleagues also conducted the original research in demonstrating that mammals could breathe special oxygenated liquids and survive. He was one of the first in the country recognized as an intensivist, a physician specially trained in critical care. He and his colleagues made numerous contributions to developing unique equipment in the field of intensive pulmonary support. In 1975, Dr. Modell participated in medical exchange trips to the People’s Republic of China during rapprochement. In 1962 he was a member of the NASA Astronaut Recovery team for Project Mercury.
During his career, Dr. Modell received several awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (2006) and faculty membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. He was awarded the UF President’s Medallion for Outstanding Service (2000), the Medal of Honor of Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen (The Society to Rescue People from Drowning) in 2002 and an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Florida in 2004. He delivered the American Society of Anesthesiology E.A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture in 2004. The UF Department of Anesthesiology established an endowed professorship in his name.
Dr. Modell always encouraged scientific writing by his department members, who contributed to more than 2,700 papers, abstracts and book chapters during his tenure. He himself published prolifically in the peer-reviewed literature over seven decades from 1957 to 2011.
In the early 2000s, Dr. Modell was honored by two UF engineering centers for his help in laying the foundation to transform UF into a major center for surface science research — studies of how atoms and molecules at a surface act and react when they come in contact with each other. He recognized early on that the field would be of significance to biomedical research. He also assembled the team of physicians, engineers and computer scientists who developed and obtained a patent on the Human Patient Simulator at UF.
At the invitation of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, a foundation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Modell wrote an autobiography, published in 2000 by the ASA in the fourth volume of “Careers in Anesthesiology,” a series that is part of the library’s effort to preserve anesthesiology history.
Dr. Modell was a highly appreciated philanthropic partner to the university. He and his wife, Dr. Shirley Graves, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), who also was a longtime faculty member in the department of anesthesiology and established the division of pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine, have been generous supporters of a number of initiatives and have helped facilitate private gifts on behalf of others. They were instrumental in the Gravenstein Scholars program fundraising effort, the T.W. Andersen and Haven M. Perkins Educational Endowment and many other funds within the College of Medicine. The Jerome H. Modell Professorship currently is held by Dr. Nik Gravenstein, and recently, Dr. Modell’s longtime collaborator and colleague, Dinesh Shah, Ph.D., established the Jerome H. Modell, M.D.–Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D. Annual Lecture in Anesthesiology by creating the endowed lectureship in Dr. Modell’s honor.
Dr. Modell was an avid horseman. He bred and showed winning multiple championships with his beautiful Morgan horses.
Dr. Modell is survived by his wife, Dr. Shirley Graves Modell; his cherished children, Charles Modell (Carol), Dr. Jack Modell (Judy), Julie Modell Abels; six grandchildren, Melissa Abels Klemenz (Dean), Randi Abels Eskanos (Jake), Matthew Modell, Jason Modell, Jennifer Modell Boyd (Kevin), Lindsey Modell Cavallaro (Mike) ; two great grandchildren, Elizabeth Rae Boyd and Madeleine Ann Klemenz; and longtime faithful employee and beloved friend, Stephen Joseph Poole. Dr. Modell cherished his family. He had many friends, both in the world of medicine and the horse industry.
In the eloquent words of Dr. Nik Gravenstein, the College of Medicine is visibly leaning a bit after losing one of its pillars.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Jerome H. Modell, M.D and Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D. Endowed Lectureship. University of Florida Foundation, 1938 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603.
(1932 – 2019)
Carolyn Schoenau, age 86 of Gainesville, FL passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Carolyn was born in Gainesville on October 26, 1932, and is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Ronald Schoenau, and sons, Michael Yeilding, Steven Yeilding, and Gregory Yeilding.
Carolyn had a long and distinguished career, winning many awards at the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology where she was instrumental in establishing the administrative section of the department. After 29 years she retired in 1993 as Business Manager. She was focused, goal oriented, smiling, loyal, non-judgemental, vivacious, and an avid Gator fan.
Carolyn was beloved by her former colleagues. Marilyn Blackwell, who worked with Carolyn for many years, said of her, “We always called her the shoe lady because of her name. She had a good sense of humor. She was a good boss and a super person.”
Salvatore “Sam” Lo Palo, CRNA
Robert R. Kirby, MD, Professor Emeritus, and his wife, Margaret “Margie” Kirby have written in to let us here at UF Anesthesiology know of the passing of Salvatore “Sam” Lo Palo, CRNA. Margie wrote:
“When Robert and I met Sam, it was 1979 at Tulane University Medical Center where Robert was chairman of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Sam was sent by the Air Force to recruit Robert back to active duty. Sam was then director of the Air Force School for Nurse Anesthetists. Robert went back into the Air Force as a colonel to chair the Air Force anesthesiologist training program. He and Sam worked very closely and they became best friends. They were more than friends – they shared love for the Air Force, too.
When Robert left the Air Force, he recruited Sam, who was retired from the Air Force, to UF. Sam spent his time at UF running the OR schedule. He also helped to reorganize the ER. Sam was born and raised in upstate New York and was an only child. He attended nursing and anesthesia school there. He married Dorothy, his nursing school sweetheart. He then joined the Air Force. He and Dorothy raised three children and four grandchildren. His military career was exemplary. He was a Vietnam veteran with multiple field anesthesia experiences, as well as a number of other duties. He was a colonel at retirement. He was a true patriot. Robert and I are honored to have had Sam as a true friend.”
Betty Lou Bottoms Grundy, MD
Dr. Betty Lou Bottoms Grundy, age 77 of Gainesville, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 under the care of hospice.Dr. Grundy graduated from the University of Florida near the top of her class in 1963. She was one of the first women graduates from the College of Medicine.
After working in private and academic practice for many years, she returned to UF in 1984 as a professor of anesthesiology and founded the division of neurological anesthesiology. She focused her clinical and research interests on intraoperative neurological monitoring with funds from NIH, NATO, the VA, foundations and private industry.
Dr. Grundy worked tirelessly and was an important role model for women in medicine as a chair of anesthesiology in Oklahoma, as anesthesiology service chief at the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center, as a senior board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and as a member or chair on countless professional society committees. She retired from the University in 1994.
Casey (Barbara) White, MD
Dr. Casey B. White ( Barbara-Ann Kirchoff) passed away December 12, 2016 after a brief illness with close family by her side. Casey (Barbara) will be remembered by her family and friends as a vivacious lover of life, loving mother, sister, cousin, aunt and devoted friend. She was the keeper of endless family memories, with a wonderful sense of humor and doting family unifier. Her devotion to family was unparalleled. She was a person of great warmth and enthusiasm who made everyone else’s life richer by knowing her. Casey loved traveling and was an accomplished amateur photographer capturing the essence of the cities and people she met as she traveled worldwide. She was also an avid runner and rower as a member of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club where she taught “Learn to Row” for many years. Casey was born in Queens, NY in 1952 the middle of three children of Peter and Kitty (Ducey) Kirchoff. The family lived across the United States and foreign countries before settling in Plainview, NY where she graduated from Holy Trinity DHS in Hicksville. After spending three years at the University of Miami Casey moved to Ann Arbor where she and Thomas Ogle had her only child Thomas (Toby) Ogle.
In Ann Arbor, she began a 30 year career with the University of Michigan working in the medical school library, Department of Medical Education and Medical School Dean’s Office supporting the medical education programs. While working full time she received a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University and a doctor of philosophy degree in Education from the University of Michigan. During this time she married Stewart White who together had many close friends in Ann Arbor and shared an enthusiasm for University of Michigan sports. At the time of her death Casey was a Distinguished Harrison Associate Professor of Medical Education and Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Previously Casey had been Assistant Dean for Medical Education and faculty in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan until she retired in 2011. At Michigan she played prominent roles in three major revisions of the medical curriculum as well as multiple highly successful accreditation reviews of the Medical School. Professionally she will be remembered as a creative scholar who authored over 50 peer reviewed research articles related to medical education. She was well known for her dynamic and engaging faculty development workshops and innovative educational programs as she was passionate about shifting the landscape of medical education to ultimately improve the quality of care provided to patients.
After retiring from the University of Michigan Casey spent a brief time as faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine where she collaborated with others in the use of virtual reality and simulation training to improve the quality of patient care. She was subsequently pursued vigorously by the University of Virginia Medical School to join their faculty as they revamped their medical education program. Many will remember Casey as a passionate mentor who would encourage all faculty and staff members regardless of their positions to challenge themselves, reach higher, dream bigger and assisted them doing just that. Her work with faculty on the medical curriculum will continue to have a major impact on the educational programs and training of future physicians.. Her zest for life, caring for others and spirit will be with us always. Published in Ann Arbor News on Jan. 15, 2017
Gregory M. Gullahorn, MD, FCCP, MC, USN
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Captain Gregory M Gullahorn, MD, FCCP, MS, USN, born November 21, 1960. He passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. It is hard for us to express in words what a wonderful person Dr. Gullahorn was. He did so much good while he was here and touched so many lives. We are proud and fortunate to have had him in our lives. Dr, Gullahrn was preceded by his father John T. Gullahorn and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy, nee Carlson, his two children, Annika and Britta, his mother, Jeanne, his sister, Leslie Olson and her husband, Charlie, his sister, Laurie Thibodeau, her husband, Ricky, and their children, his niece and nephew, Juliette and Jonathan.
Dr. Gullahorn was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 21, 1960, where he spent the majority of his childhood, interspersed with sabbaticals to Wales and Virginia. After graduating from East Lansing High School, he attended Michigan State University. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern Medical School and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Gullahorn followed his residency with a fellowship in critical care medicine. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, received multiple academic awards, and graduated with distinction. He and his wife moved to San Diego, where they raised two exceptional daughters who are now in college at Syracuse University and Boston College. He was a loving father, always supporting and encouraging his children to love life and pursue their dreams.
Dr. Gullahorn joined the Navy in 1982 and advanced to the rank of Captain in 2004. He earned numerous awards and commendations for his excellent work and service. He served in Somalia in 1992 and in Landstuhl, Germany in 2008. He was an educator at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and was appointed Department Chair of Anesthesiology in 2011. He also sat on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Gullahorn cared deeply not only for his patients, but also for public and global health overall. He volunteered his time and his service to Operation Smile in Moscow and Vietnam, as well as the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team. He was a truly incredible person who always brought happiness, smiles, and laughter to all of those around him. He was extremely bright and exceedingly humble. He cared much more about the work he was doing for others than for receiving recognition for it. He was loving, gentle, and kind. He inspired those around him. He had a lovely sense of calmness and patience, finding a silver lining in any situation.
We are so fortunate to have had the honor to share in such a wonderful, fun-loving, and generous life, and he will always remain forever in our hearts and our smiles. We are better people for having him in our lives.
Annette Pashayan, MD
Annette Pashayan, MD, passed away after a lengthy illness at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home on October 3, 2016. She was surrounded by loving family and her dog, Fritz.
Dr. Pashayan was born in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1953, to Serge and Annette Grynkewich. She finished high school a year early in the eleventh grade at Moravian Seminary for Girls to attend Lafayette College, where she met the love of her life, Mark Pashayan, MD, and they were married after graduation, on June 8, 1974. Both attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine, graduating in 1978. Dr. Pashayan completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida and a fellowship in neuroanesthesiology at UF and the Mayo Clinic. She was also an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the UF Department of Anesthesiology. She loved clinical medicine, and was very involved in teaching and research before becoming ill in 1994. The family relocated to Winston-Salem in 1995. After a period of recuperation, Annette worked in the Department of Anesthesiology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and joined the Anesthesiology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. In 2005, she entered private practice in Greensboro. She retired from Gate City Anesthesia in 2012 when the progression of her illness made it impossible for her to continue to work.
Dr. Pashayan’s childhood study of music led to a lifelong “second career” as a singer. She studied voice for many years and sang as a soloist with various church choirs, as well as with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorale for three seasons at Carnegie Hall. She sang locally with the Piedmont Chamber Singers, the Bel Canto Company, St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. During her extensive medical care, Dr. Pashayan began writing poetry, and through her work, she obtained a grant from the Winston-Salem Arts Council to commission a composer to set them to music. The result of this collaboration with Israeli composer, Ella Milch-Sheriff, was a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, “Songs from the Edge.” The piece was premiered at the Chautauqua Institution Main Stage in 2006 and has had performances in Israel, Virginia, and Winston-Salem. It will have a European Premiere in Vienna in September 2017.
Dr. Pashayan is survived by her husband, Mark; sons Charles and Alexander and their wives, Andrea and Melissa; her brothers Gary and Serge; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is very grateful for the care she received from the oncologists and radiation oncologists at the University of Florida and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Pashayan was cared for by many wonderful nurses, clinical assistants, and administrative staff.
Her entire family is grateful for the help of friends, relatives, church family, and most recently, the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, where her final days were made comfortable for all. (Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2016)
Ronald (Ronnie) Freeman, MD
Ronald (Ronnie) Freeman, age 53 of Gainesville, Florida passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016. He was born September 30, 1962 in Vereeniging, South Africa to Daniel and Johanna Elizabeth (Martins) Freeman.
Ronnie earned his medical degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He came to the United States in 1993 to study and travel. He completed his internship at the University of Kentucky, an anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama, and a critical care fellowship at the University of Florida. After some years in South Africa and in Alabama he moved back to Gainesville in 2008. At the time of his death he was employed at the Orthopedic Institute. Ronnie was a huge rugby fan, and loved cheering on the Lions and the Springboks. He was at his happiest in the outdoors with his family by his side. Ronnie was compassionate and always brought a laugh to any gathering. He will be missed by all who knew him, most of whom would probably have a funny story to tell about him. Ronnie was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 24 years, Esmelda, and their three children, Daniel Freeman, Sara Freeman, and Asha Freeman, and his brother, Adrian Freeman. (Published in Gainesville Sun from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2016)
Brad Nelden Brian, MD
(1975 – 2014)
Brad Brian, was taken unexpectedly from this life in an airplane accident on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Brad was a dreamer, and he usually found a way to make his dreams a reality, a quality that his wife will be endeared with forever. Brad had dreamed of becoming a pilot and flying nearly his entire life, and with the encouragement of his wife, was finally living his dream. Brad was passionate about many things and had a tremendous love for learning. He loved to be adventurous and try new things. He loved business opportunities, was a natural leader and passionate about his career as an Anesthesiologist; he loved his family more than words can express.
Brad grew up in Loa, Utah and loved the beauty of Wayne County, but he always knew life held adventures and opportunities in other places where he influenced many lives along the way. After graduating from Wayne High School in 1993, he attended Southern Utah University for one year before serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Brazil Salvador South Mission. After returning from Brazil, he attended SUU for one more year before transferring to Utah State University. There he continued his studies in Electrical Engineering and Business and also started dating his long time friend and the one true love of his life, Camille Torgerson, whom he later married in the Manti LDS Temple for time and eternity in May of 1999. He often reminded his wife that he had loved her since the time they were in the same first grade class together and knew that someday they would be together. Brad graduated from USU with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Business in 2001. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Utah in 2003. He loved the opportunities that came from being involved with the University Venture Fund and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Center during this time. He reached his highest goal of academic achievement when he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2007 from the University of Utah. Upon graduation, Brad accepted a position for his medical residency in Anesthesiology at the in Gainesville. He was mentored by many colleagues there and himself became a mentor to others as he filled a position as a Chief Resident during his fourth year of residency. A highlight of his time in Florida was serving on the physician team for the NASA flight crew and being able to witness the thrill of shuttle launches and landings up close. Brad and Camille cherished the four years they spent in Florida and will forever be grateful for the experiences they had there together. Brad was thrilled to have landed his dream job when he joined Mountain West Anesthesia and began working at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah, in the summer of 2011.
Brad was 38 years old and leaves behind his wife, Camille, and their four beautiful children, Kaitlyn (12), Landon (9), Cammi (5), and Connor (4), all of St. George, who adore him and will miss him tremendously; his parents: Robert and Edra Brian of Loa; brothers: Gary and Monica Brian and their children, Heston, JaCee and Jentry; Troy and Brenda Brian and their children, Alexis and Regan; all of Loa; his father and mother-in-law: Burke and Barbara Torgerson of Lyman; and brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
He will be dearly missed by his neighbors, his patients and colleagues at Dixie Regional Medical Center, and his many family members and friends. (Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 2014)
Joachim S. “Nik” Gravenstein, MD
Joachim S. Gravenstein, MD, age 83, graduate research professor emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida, died at home Friday, January 16, 2009.
Born January 25, 1925, in Berlin, Germany; he married Alix, his wife of 59 years, on August 27, 1949. He graduated from University of Bonn and Harvard Medical Schools, and led an exemplary and prolific career in anesthesiology. He was the founding member and chief, and then chairman of the University of Florida’s anesthesia department 1958-1969, and director of the Department of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University 1969-1979. He returned to the University of Florida as graduate research professor 1979-2009. He was a pioneer and international leader in improving patient safety in anesthesiology, founding and serving on the Patient Safety Foundation and the Institutional Review Board for human subjects protection at the U of F, and other organizations dedicated to improving patient safety and anesthesia. He inspired many as a mentor and by example with his integrity, character, courtesy and intellectual curiosity. “Va” is loved and survived by his wife, 8 children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and the many friends who became part of his extended family. (Published in the Gainesville Sun January 20-24, 2009 )
Haven M. Perkins, MD
Dr. Haven M. Perkins was born June 2, 1916, in Rainelle, West Virginia. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville. In 1959, he was appointed as the first resident in the newly formed Division of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. The trio of J. S. Gravenstein, M.D., Chairman, Thorkild W. Andersen, M.D., Professor, and Haven M. Perkins, M.D., Resident, comprised the entire Department of Anesthesiology in its infancy. It was through their lifelong leadership, dedication and expertise as clinicians, teachers, and mentors that formed the roots of our department which now has grown into one of international stature.
Perk served many roles at the University of Florida, including being the Chief of Anesthesiology at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Acting Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, and thought of as a father figure by all of his younger faculty colleagues, residents, and students. Affection for his students was evident as he referred to them as “sons” and “daughters,” and the students referred to him as “Papa Perk”, who would not only provide them with a superb education in the field of anesthesiology, but who was always available to consult with as a father figure as they went through the maturation process–both personally and professionally.
Perk retired in 1993 and passed away in 2000. The University of Florida was certainly unique and privileged to have benefited from having Perk as one of its founding fathers.
Thorkild W. Andersen, MD
Thorkild, W. Andersen, a professor emeritus at the University of Florida, died of cancer Thursday. He was 73 years old.
Dr. Andersen joined the UF Faculty in 1959 and was a professor emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology until his death. Dr. Andersen was born in Denmark and studied medicine and received his doctorate degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1947.
In 1951, he was invited to join the department of Anesthesia at Massach
usettes General Hospital in Boston, where he became an instructor in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. In 1959, he joined the faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida as the second member of the Division of Anesthesia in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Andersen was the director of Nurse Anesthesia Training Program of the Department of Anesthesiology from 1966 to 1977 and was the acting director of the department in 1969.
He was voted Outstanding Teacher by the anesthesiology residents from 1959 to 1978. Dr. Andersen became a Professor Emeritus with the Department of Anesthesiology in 1987. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, the Alachua County Medical Society and the Academy of Anesthesiology.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Andersen of Gainesville; four sons, Torsten, Niels, Lars and Ib; a sister, Bitten Christensen of Copenhagen and five grandchildren.