We have been notified of the passing of Society Fellows:
Thomas P. Belson, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1983, passed away on October14, 2020.
Dr. Belson’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.
George W. Facer, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1993, passed away on September 24, 2020.
Dr. Facer’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.
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.
The following tribute was shared by Dr. K.J. Lee
I received a call yesterday regarding the August 17, 2020 passing of Howard W. Smith, MD of New York, NY. Dr. Smith was a Triological Fellow for 52 years, elected to Fellowship in 1968. He passed away shortly before his 101st birthday. While I did not know Dr. Smith, I feel a personal loss of a wonderful and generous man who made significant contributions to otolaryngology and people around the world.
William Russell Ries, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 2000, passed away on January 15, 2021.
Dr. Ries’ obituaries can be found here and here.
Louis W. Welsh, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1970 and Triological Society Eastern Section Vice President in 1996, passed away on May 5, 2020.
Dr. Welsh’s obituary can be found here.
Dr. Welsh’s daughter, Sherry, said this about his Laryngoscope subscription “He truly loved your publication and would have it by his side every time I was visiting… really remarkable what an impact it had on him.”