March 2, 2016. William was a U.S. Korean
War veteran. He practiced for 31 years
in Kenton, Ohio, before moving to
Columbus in 1986 where he practiced at
Stoneridge Internal Medicine and taught
at The Ohio State University Department
of Internal Medicine. He retired in 1998.
96, died Jan.
18, 2016, in Ft.
Larry joined the
U.S. Army Medical
Corps in 1942,
where he served
in the Pacific Theater for three years
during World War II. After the war,
he completed a fellowship at St.
Luke’s in Cleveland. He began his
pediatric practice in Mansfield, helping
coordinate Mansfield’s Polio vaccination
program and participating in the New
Hope Program for the developmentally
disabled for 20 years.
’49 Robert Prouty, MD, 89, died Jan.
3, 2016. He completed five years of
post-graduate training at the University
Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Prouty
served in the U.S. Navy during WWII
and the Korean Conflict. He practiced
Internal Medicine in Cleveland,
Anchorage and Norfolk, Connecticut.
Upon retirement, Dr. Prouty and his
wife Phyllis lived for several interesting
years near Viseu, Portugal.
’51 Mark Orfirer, MD, 93, died March
1, 2016. Mark served in the U.S. Army
Air Corps during World War II. He
completed medical school at Ohio
State and a psychiatric residency in Los
Angeles. He practiced as a psychoanalyst
for 50 years. Mark was a member of
the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society
and Institute, serving two terms as the
’52 Sarah Brackney Long, MD, 89,
died Jan. 20, 2016. Sarah’s medical
career spanned 60 years, from
her graduation in 1952 until her
retirement in 2012 at the age of 86.
She completed an internship at Grant
Hospital and an Internal Medicine
residency at Mount Carmel. She held a
variety of positions, most recently at the
Bureau of Disability Determination.
’55 Byron Blake, MD, 89, died March
6, 2016. After serving in the Navy
aboard the USS Lake Champlain from
1944-1946 in WWII, he graduated from
The Ohio State University in 1950,
and then in 1955 from The Ohio State
University College of Medicine. Dr.
Blake was a practicing physician in
Grove City, Ohio, for 55 years. In 1975,
he co-founded Talbot Hall Drug and
Alcohol Treatment Center at Ohio State.
’55 Charles William Rossel, MD, 86,
died Oct. 28, 2015. Following medical
school, Charlie interned, completed a
General Surgery residency and joined
the U.S. Air Force as a Major and
flight surgeon. Upon his discharge, he
returned to Ohio State for a four-year
residency in Neurological Surgery and
received his Master of Medical Science
Degree. He practiced at Neurological
Associates for 50 years.
’56 Burton Anton Kassel, MD, 85,
died Oct. 16, 2015. Upon graduation,
he was called to the Army and served
two years before becoming a family
physician in Medina, Ohio, for 30 years.
After retirement, Burton joined the US
Air Force as Major and was stationed at
Pope Air Force Base.
’56 Tom Howard
Piatt, MD, 83, died
Feb. 1, 2016. Dr.
Piatt was in the
military for three
at Tripler U.S.
Army Hospital in
Honolulu and a two-year service in Fort
Huachuca, Arizona, before completing
a residency in Radiology at UCSF. Tom
worked at Samuel Merritt Hospital in
Oakland from 1962-1974, followed by
more than 40 years in private practice
in Orinda, California.
’57 Bartholomew Ragucci, MD, died
March 1, 2016. After seven years as a
general practitioner, Bart returned to
Ohio State and studied Dermatology.
Dr. Ragucci served as president of the
Cleveland Dermatology Society, and his
experience as president of the Section
on Dermatology at Ohio State Medical
Association became the original structure
for the Ohio Dermatology Association.
’57 John Wolff, MD, 89, died Dec. 27,
2015, in Ft. Myers, Florida. John was in
private surgery practice in Xenia, Ohio,
from 1957-1995. He was a fellow of the
American College of Surgeons. John
served in the U.S. Navy as a radar tech
on the USS Lamson and completed
Yale Medical School on the GI Bill. He
was a longtime surgeon at Greene
’58 John Shultz,
MD, 82, died
March 20, 2016, in
spent two years
in the U.S. Navy
and then four years in residency, one
at Riverside Hospital and three at
Columbus Children’s Hospital. In private
practice in pediatrics for 32 years, he
was honored in 2000 with the Career
Contribution Award by Nationwide
Children’s Hospital. An annual award was
subsequently established in his name.
’59 Ralph Lach,
MD, 82, died
Jan. 22, 2016. In
1965, Dr. Lach
joined the staff
at Mount Carmel
Medical Center as
of the Cardiac
Care Unit and the faculty at Ohio
State’s College of Medicine as clinical
professor of Medicine. He founded the
first community hospital catheterization
laboratory in 1966. In 1967, he was
named director of Mount Carmel’s
Adult Cardiovascular Training Program.
Dr. Lach performed the first balloon
angioplasty in the Midwest in 1979.
’64 Donald Piatt, MD, 77, died Feb.
29, 2016, in Woodsfield, Ohio. He was
a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam