We have been notified of the passing of Society Fellows:
Robert A. Dobie, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1983, passed away on September 4, 2019.
Dr. Dobie’s obituary can be found here.
Lawrence W. DeSanto, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1980, passed away on May 1, 2020.
Dr. DeSanto’s obituary can be found here.
MaryAnn S. Frable, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1972, passed away on January 11, 2020.
Dr. Frable’s obituary can be found here.
Jerome C. Goldstein, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1982, passed away on July 13, 2019.
Dr. Goldstein’s obituary can be found here.
Richard L. Goode, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1974, passed away on October 30, 2019.
The following tribute was shared with AOS by Dr. Robert K. Jackler, a fellow AOS and Triological member, colleague and friend, and I am sure he would want us to share with fellow Triological members.
A much beloved member of our departmental community, Dick Goode, passed away peacefully this morning. Dick joined Stanford OHNS as a resident in 1962, shortly after the school moved to Palo Alto from San Francisco, and the faculty four years later. He improved the lives of countless thousands of Stanford patients and was a revered surgeon, educator, innovator, and leader. Widely beloved by generations of members of the department family, while we will miss him, his memory and legacy will live on for generations. Dick was a native Californian who went to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was class president. At the University of Southern California Medical School he was both a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and also the “Skull and Dagger” society famous for its pranks. When Dick entered the field, otolaryngology was widely viewed to be a dying field being killed by antibiotics. He had major roles in defining entire fields within OHNS. Dick was a founder of facial plastic surgery, renowned in sleep surgery, for decades did cancer surgery at our VA, and did leading edge middle ear mechanics research. As one measure of his extraordinary longevity at Stanford, Dick worked under 7 Stanford Deans and 11 US Presidents. Dick was an innovator, contributing a number of patents and helping to start a number of companies. He is known world over for the invention of the “Goode” t-tube and he made important contributions to implantable hearing aids, among other inventions. Dick published over 170 scholarly papers and contributed a sleep surgery textbook while well into his 70s. He was a splendid educator, shaping the careers of many hundreds of trainees over his long faculty tenure. At his retirement in 2013, after an impressive 51 years of caring for Stanford patients, a huge turnout of his former trainees attended a gala in his honor. A photo from this wonderful gathering is on the top floor of 801 Welch Road. Among other roles, Dick served as President of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dick was a most capable interim leader of the Division of OHNS at Stanford from 2000-2003. Dick was not only a renaissance surgeon, he had many, many talents outside of medicine. Dick’s hobby was magic – or more precisely mentalistism – he a was a mind reader – a seer. His hobby also defined his career. He was always gazing into his proverbial crystal ball – seeing advances before others do. Together with his wife Lynn, Dick loved theater and was a patron of the theater arts. In September, in Dick’s honor the department launched the inaugural Richard L. Goode endowed lectureship. Dick was in attendance in fine form and was his sharp and witty self. We shall miss Dick’s exquisite, wry sense of humor which contributed to his enormous popularity among his colleagues, trainees, and staff. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to his eponymous lecture fund. The Goode family will soon share their plans for Dick’s funeral. We plan to hold a celebration of his life at Stanford in the coming months – details to follow. As Dick would have wanted it, this will be a lively time of story telling and reminiscing about the life and times of this most extraordinary man.
The family has asked for donations in Dick’s honor to go to the Richard L. Goode lectureship fund. Please use this link.
Dr. Goode’s obituary can be found here.
Raymond L. Hilsinger Jr., MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1985, passed away on July 4, 2019.
Dr. Hilsinger’s obituary can be found here.
David J. Lim, MD, a Triological Society Associate Fellow since 1972, passed away on June 29, 2018.
Dr. Lim’s obituary can be found here.
Fred H. Linthicum Jr., MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1961, 1984 Western Section Vice President, and 1975 At Large Council member passed away on January 1, 2020.
Dr. John W. House shared this wonderful tribute:
It is with great sadness that we learned of Frederick Hamilton Linthicum, Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on New Year’s Day. A native Angeleno, Fred graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1940 and both Pomona College and the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1946. He interned at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles in 1947. Following a motorcycle accident when he broke his wrist, he was unable to write up his histories and physicals. He asked a student nurse, Jean Louise Woverton to help – she became his wife and life-long companion. Upon finishing his service as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps in 1948, Fred completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from 1949-1952. During this period, he engaged in six months of study at Kantonsspital with Professor Ruediin Zurich, Switzerland. He would continue to treasure the friendships made and time spent in Zurich for the remainder of his life. Following completion of his medical studies, Fred practiced for a short period of time with his father before joining Howard House, William House and James Sheehy to establish the Otologic Medical Group (later the House Ear Clinic) in Los Angeles in 1958. Internationally recognized for his decades of medical work, Fred’s interest in sensorineural hearing loss and temporal bone histopathology led to establishment of the Eccles Temporal Bone laboratory within the LA Foundation of Otology (later the House Ear Institute and currently the House Histopathologic Temporal Bone Laboratory at UCLA). Fred was also passionate about mentoring future generations of scientists; he played a major role in training post-doctoral physicians from around the world at the House Ear Institute. After many years of balancing his clinical and research activities, Fred gave up his clinical practice in 1986 to focus full-time on laboratory work. He authored over 300 scientific papers and won numerous national and international awards for his contributions to medicine. Among his many honors was receiving the American Otological Society’s Award of Merit in 1994. This esteemed, coveted award is presented annually to the most distinguished, brilliant physicians in the field. He served as President of the American Neurotology Society in 1979-1980 and President of the Otosclerosis Study Group in 1990. Fred retired at the age of 96 from his work as a Clinical Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at USC Medical School and a Professor in Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Fred and Jean lovingly raised a family of two sons and a daughter in Malibu. An avid fisherman, “Papa Fred” spent summer vacations fly fishing with his family throughout the western states and introduced several grandchildren to fishing in the Florida Keys. Fred and Jean loved to travel for medical conferences, making good friends throughout the world. Fred will be remembered for his many contributions to medical science, his generosity and kindness, and for his dry sense of humor. His wife Jean and daughter Janet preceded him in death. He is survived by a brother Steve, sons Fred and Philip, their wives, and five grandchildren.
Thomas J. McDonald, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1982, passed away on September 10, 2019.
Dr. McDonald’s obituary can be found here.
Richard R. Royer, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1975, passed away on August 1, 2016.
Dr. Royer’s obituary can be found here.
Isamu Sando, MD, a Triological Society Associate Fellow since 1976, passed away on April 12, 2014.
Dr. Sando’s obituary can be found here.
M. Stuart Strong, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1962, 1980 Eastern Section Vice President, 1990 President, passed away on November 6, 2019.
The following tribute was shared with by Dr. Gregory A. Grillone
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Dr. M. Stuart Strong passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Educated in Ireland at Trinity College and University College Dublin School of Physics, Dr. Strong came to Boston University School of Medicine in 1952 after completing residencies at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital in Dublin, Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Boston. In 1956 he was named chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of Otolaryngology at University Hospital (now the Boston Medical Center), and subsequently became director of Otolaryngology at Boston City Hospital. He served in these positions until 1985. In 1968 he joined forces with Dr. Werner Chasin, then chairman of the Tufts training program, and together they formed the BU-Tufts Combined Training Program in Otolaryngology, which lasted for 25 years. Dr. Strong’s contagious enthusiasm for scientific discovery led to an historic collaboration with Drs. Geza Jako, Charles Vaughan and Thomas Polanyi to develop the use of the carbon dioxide laser to treat diseases of the upper aerodigestive tract. This ‘minimally invasive’ transoral approach to these diseases changed the face of our specialty forever and improved the lives of countless patients. Among his many academic milestones, Dr. Strong served as president of the Triological Society, the American Laryngological Association, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and the Society of University Otolaryngologists. Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Strong was a model of professionalism and compassion. His love of otolaryngology was infectious. Students and patients alike revered him. To this day former pediatric patients of his, now grown, still ask about him. Even after retirement from clinical practice he continued to teach young students the science and art of otolaryngology. Dr. Strong grew up on a farm in Kells, Ireland, the youngest of six children. Throughout his life he pursued his interests outside of work with the same passion that he showed for his professional work. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and fisherman. In his retirement years he also developed an interest in woodworking and flying model airplanes. He and his lovely wife Sybil were happily married for 64 years until her death in 2015. He is survived by his son Simon Strong, daughter Daphne Foster, and five grandchildren. Dr. Strong was a true visionary in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery who always will be remembered for his professionalism, innovation, enthusiasm for teaching, compassionate care of patients, and his unwavering respect for others. He had a profound impact on countless otolaryngologists throughout the world and he will be sorely missed.