Dr. Charles W. Needham passed away on November 15, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 77. Charlie was born on October 14, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. Following medical school, Charlie completed his residency in neurosurgery under Dr. Wilder Penfield at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Over a career spanning 50 years, Charlie practiced as a neurosurgeon in Montreal, Los Angeles, Tucson and Connecticut. He held academic positions at the David Geffen School of Medicine of UCLA, the Yale School of Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine and taught medical students and residents throughout his career. He authored four medical textbooks and was extensively published in regional and national medical journals. He also invented a morphine-based analgesic paste to provide sustained relief from post-operative pain. Charlie is survived by many who loved him, including his wife, Constance T. Needham; his children, Susan, Andrew, Jennifer, Sarah and Benjamin; his sister, Marion Krupp and brother-in-law, Fred Krupp; his cousin, Michael Fallabala and his ten grandchildren, Hannah, Henri, Emma, Luc, Jack, Andrew, Zoe, Zackary, Amelia and Kai. Charlie loved philosophy, as well as history, teaching and writing. Charlie was a kind and generous man. He will be deeply missed by the many hundreds of people whose lives he touched, including his patients, colleagues, students, friends and family. Although Charlie is no longer with us, he will remain forever in our hearts. Services will be held privately for family.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 24, 2013