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People of Note
Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. '57
Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. 1957, of Weston, Mass., editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine since 1991, has been named Distinguished Internist of 1996 by the American Society of Internal Medicine for his outstanding contributions to the social and economic environment of the practice of medicine.

A specialist in diseases of the kidney, Kassirer has spent his academic career at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass., and its affiliate, the New England Medical Center. Since comping to the New England Journal of Medicine, he has written editorials on many subjects, including electronic medical journals, scientific misconduct, fetal tissue research and the morality of the medical marketplace.

Kassirer was honored as UB's Distinguished Alumni Visitor in 1994 and also presented that year's Stockton Kimball Memorial Lecture during the medical school's annual Spring Clinical Day.



Joseph A. Fallon, B.A. 1950
of Brooklyn, N.Y., is semiretired and works part-time in telecision and film. He is also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dorothy A. Costa, M.S.W. 1951
worked for eight years in juvenile courts and psychiatric clinics in York County, Pa. and Los Angeles. Now retired and living in Oceanside, Calif., she works with the League of Women Voters.

Earl Watson, Ed.D. 1951
is an emeritus professor at the University of West Florida at Pensacola. He enjoys taking cruises and caring for bonsai plants.

Alan J. Gross, D.D.S. 1952
received a doctorate in education psychology from UB in May 1996 and is now a clinical assistant professor and director of faculty development at the UB School of Dental Medicine.

Harold M. Updike, B.S.
a retired nursing administrator, is the author of Forty Years and Counting: A Nurse's Story, Around the World in Twenty Years, Emergency and Ithaca

George F. Chambers, Ph.D. 1958
retired in January 1997 as president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pa. During his thirty-year term, he developed the campus into a four-year degree-granting unit of the university, doubled full-time enrollment, added on-campus living facilities, and expanded the curriculum to meet a broader spectrum of community needs.


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