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Irving Rothchild, MD, PhD
Irving Rothchild, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of reproductive biology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, passed away on January 9, 2006, at the age of 92. Born in New York City, Dr. Rothchild enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a reproductive biologist. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a BA degree in 1935. Dr. Rothchild earned an MA degree in zoology in 1936 and a PhD in zoology in 1939. Dr. Rothchild served as associate physiologist at the National Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, for the US Department of Agriculture, following 2 years as assistant director of the Department of Chemistry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. In 1954, Dr. Rothchild received his MD from Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Rothchild was appointed associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which later became the Department of Reproductive Biology, at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and was promoted to professor in 1966. Dr. Rothchild became professor emeritus in 1982 but continued to publish even after his retirement. He made enormous contributions to the fields of animal reproductive biology and reproductive medicine, particularly with regard to his favorite subject, the corpus luteum. Dr. Rothchild is a charter member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. He served as a member of numerous scientific organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the American Physiological Society, the American Society of Zoologists, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Rothchild was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1994, Dr. Rothchild received the highest honor bestowed by the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the Carl G. Hartman Award.
DR. PHILIP O'BRYAN MONTGOMERY JR
Dr. Philip O'Bryan Montgomery Jr, pathology professor emeritus at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School, passed away December 19, 2005, at the age of 84. Dr. Montgomery is recognized for his work as a pathologist and his role in the ascendance of UT Southwestern to a world-class medical center, as well as his role in the development of the city of Dallas itself. President of UT Southwestern Dr. Kern Wildenthal says that Dr. Montgomery was key in establishing valuable connections between the UT Southwestern and the broader Dallas community, in addition to helping turn Dallas into an important metropolitan community. Dr. Montgomery studied medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated in 1945. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 26, and owing to his illness, he chose the less demanding occupation of a pathologist over that of a surgeon. He came to the struggling UT Southwestern Medical School in 1952 to practice and teach pathology; however, he needed money to support his ideas for research and education. Dr. Montgomery looked to his family friend Eugene McDermott, cofounder of Texas Instruments, for funding, in what would become a lasting partnership between UT Southwestern and one of Dallas's most generous and influential benefactors. This solution involving the establishment of important links between the medical school and the business community is a model that has persisted until the present. Dr. Montgomery was named associate dean of Southwestern Medical School in 1968 and was given the job of planning a $40 million project that would double the size of the UT Southwestern campus and student body. Within 18 months, Dr. Montgomery and the five faculty committees working on the expansion had formulated a plan. Dr. Montgomery was then appointed to the position of special assistant of Dr. Charles LeMaistre, then deputy chancellor of the UT System. He was given the duty of planning and developing the UT Medical School at Houston and was put in charge of the master plan for UT Dallas. After his work for the UT System, Dr. Montgomery returned to UT Southwestern to direct the cancer center and once again teach and practice pathology. Dr. Montgomery is also responsible for the development of Dallas's downtown arts district in the early 1980s, which earned him several honors, such as being named one of the “50 People Who Made Dallas” by D Magazine. Dr. Montgomery served in several other leadership positions, including the American Cancer Society, the National Mental Health Association, the YMCA, the Dallas Public Library, and Planned Parenthood. In 1990, the Eugene McDermott Foundation and the Biological Humanics Foundation created a distinguished chair in developmental biology in honor of Dr. Montgomery. In 1991, Dr. Montgomery received one of the highest honors given to a faculty member in the UT System when he was appointed as an Ashbel Smith Professor.
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