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STOLLERMAN, Dr. Gene H. Passed away at the age of 93 at his home in Hanover, NH, in hospice care, surrounded by his family after a long battle with heart failure. Beloved son of Sarah and Morris Stollerman, Dr. Stollerman is survived by his children, John Stollerman and Anne DiZio, his grandchildren Jenny Landrebe, Sarah DiZio and Corynne Stollerman, his daughter-in-law Rhonda Stollerman, his grand-son-in-law John Landrebe, his nieces Jessica Catapano, Carol Heffer, nephews Cliff and Doug Seretan, and many loving relatives, friends and colleagues. He is predeceased by his first wife, Corynne M. Stollerman, his second wife, Vita M. Stollerman, his daughter Lee S. Meyburg, and his sisters Ricca Heffer and Enid Seretan. Dr. Stollerman was a giant in American medicine, with a career spanning through much of the 20th century and into the 21st. A graduate of both Dartmouth College and Columbia University Medical School, Dr. Stollerman's pursuits in research, practice, academic writing and teaching spanned from his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital to his endowed professorship at Northwestern University, to his Chairmanship of the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, to his professorship at Boston University Medical Center, to his position as Distinguished Physician of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Throughout his career, Dr. Stollerman pioneered the treatment of rheumatic fever with penicillin, became a national leader in research for rheumatic, immunologic and infectious diseases, performed and promoted clinical research and training in preventative medicine, geriatrics, health services and primary care. He established a national research center at Bedford, MA for evaluating the outcomes of geriatric care. After accepting Emeritus status in 1995, he retired to Hanover, NH, the home of his alma mater, where he continued his contributions to academic medicine. His works include 25 years as Editor of Advances in Internal Medicine and Hospital Practice Magazine and six years as editor of the American Journal of Geriatrics. He is the author of more than 200 research publications, many textbook chapters, articles, and a monograph. He published a memoir, Medicine: A Love Story, and recently submitted for publication a coda on his hospice experience. He served as President of the Association of Professors of Medicine, President of the Central Society for Clinical Research, Master, Regent and Vice President of the American College of Physicians, Master of the American College of Rheumatology, on an Expert Committee of the World Health Organization, and was a founder of the Infectious Disease Society of America, as well as several other national health committees. In addition to numerous accolades, he was awarded the The Gene H. Stollerman Professor of Medicine Chair, endowed by contributions from his former students and colleagues at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Beyond these tangible declarations of the impact of his career, Dr. Stollerman prided himself in taking a humanistic approach to medicine, considering each patient with empathy and compassion, each colleague with kindness and respect, and each student as an individual with the potential to become a pioneer. Both a man of the sciences and the humanities, with insight and intellect, Dr. Stollerman's unceasing interest in his work was rivaled only by the responsibility he felt to pass his efforts along. To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit, www.rand-wilson.com. A memorial service will be held on Monday, 8/4/14 at 1:00 PM at Rollins Chapel on the Dartmouth College campus, followed by interment at the Upper Valley Jewish Community Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Roth Center for Jewish Life, 5 Occom Ridge, Hanover, NH. The family will be observing Shiva on Tuesday 8/5 and Wednesday 8/6 from 1 PM- 4 PM and again from 7 PM to 9 PM at the The Greens, 53 Lyme Rd., Hanover, NH. An additional Shiva will be observed on Thursday, 8/7/14 at the home of John and Rhonda Stollerman, of Wellesley, Massachusetts from 6 PM to 9 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice or Doctors without Borders. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 5, 2014
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