In Memoriam: Summer/Fall 2023

In Memoriam: Summer/Fall 2023

Einstein Trustee Arnold S. Penner

Arnold S. Penner, longtime Einstein Board of Trustees member and great friend to the College of Medicine, died July 25, 2023, at age 87. 

Mr. Penner joined the Einstein Board in 1998. He served on the Board’s executive committee as well as on the executive board of Einstein’s Men’s Division, now known as the Professional & Leadership Division. Together with his wife, Madaleine Berley, he established the Arnold S. Penner & Madaleine Berley Scholarship in honor of Stephen Lazar, Ed.D.; the Arnold S. Penner and Madaleine Berley Endowed Scholarship in honor of Arthur W. Menken, M.D. ’69; and the Arnold Penner & Madaleine Berley International Health Fellowship in honor of David Hirsh, M.D. 

They also instituted the Arnold and Madaleine Penner Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium, endowed the Arnold S. and Madaleine Penner Professorship within the department of orthopaedic surgery, supported the work of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, and were leading donors to the renovation of the Van Etten Building.

Mr. Penner’s dedicated commitment to Einstein and his leadership were recognized with the Albert Einstein Humanitarian Award in 1992. Yeshiva University bestowed on him an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2006, and in 2011 he was honored alongside fellow trustee Linda Altman as an inaugural recipient of the Einstein Lifetime Leadership Award for his extraordinary contributions to Einstein’s mission. Upon receiving the Lifetime Leadership Award, he commented, “If you are not philanthropic, you are not fulfilled.”

Mr. Penner grew up in the Bronx, the son of a welder and a milliner. He began his lifelong career in real estate as a leasing broker in 1962. In 1980, he began investing in real estate independently, soon amassing a diverse portfolio of properties. He was also a part owner of longtime Manhattan landmark P. J. Clarke’s. He is survived by his wife, Madaleine, and their children.

Pioneering Scientist Fernando Macian-Juan

Fernando Macian-Juan, M.D., Ph.D., age 56, professor of pathology and member of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein and of the Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center, died May 22, 2023, after battling a long illness. 

During his 22 years at the College of Medicine, Dr. Macian-Juan was also the associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and a pioneering scientist in the fields of immunology, cancer, and aging research. A beloved mentor and colleague known for his warmth, collegiality, and commitment to training future physician-scientists and researchers, he was selected in 2008 by Einstein Ph.D. students to receive the LaDonne H. Schulman Teaching Award. 

He was elected to Einstein’s Leo M. Davidoff Society, which recognizes excellence in teaching medical students. He and his lab team sought to understand the immune dysfunction that occurs with aging, particularly in cancer, with the goal of identifying drug therapies.

Active in many societies, Dr. Macian-Juan was an elected member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association of University Pathologists, the American Aging Association, and the American Society for Microbiology. 

Born in Valencia, Spain, he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Valencia, where he and Ana Maria Cuervo met when they were 17 years old, during their first year of medical school. The couple, who later married, conducted research in collaborative laboratories. After earning their M.D./Ph.D.s, Drs. Macian-Juan and Cuervo moved to Boston to complete their postdoctoral work. Dr. Macian-Juan continued at Harvard Medical School but then joined the Einstein faculty in 2003, two years after Dr. Cuervo had done so.

Dr. Macian-Juan is survived by his wife, Dr. Cuervo, professor of developmental and molecular biology and of medicine and co-director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein.



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Frederic Joshua Barnett, M.D. ’61, age 88, U.S. Army physician, graduate of Harvard Law School, partner in F. Lee Bailey’s Boston law firm, who returned to medicine, trained in neuroradiology, and finished his medical career of more than 35 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Hospital, March 23, 2023, Philadelphia.

Lawrence Blacher, M.D. ’78, age 70, cardiologist in Miami, Fla., for more than 40 years, March 8, 2023, Miami.

Eugene Paul Fazzini, M.D. ’61, age 84, chief of surgical pathology at Bellevue/NYU for many years and director of the laboratory and of pathology at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., July 13, 2023, Morristown, N.J.

Paul E. Gorrin, M.D. ’68, age 80, internist and medical director at the Stockley Center in Georgetown, Del., until his retirement in 2012, May 27, 2023, Milford, Del.

Margaret Anne Keller, M.D. ’72, age 75, retired professor of pediatrics and former chief of the divisions of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, known internationally for her contributions to the understanding of pediatric HIV infection, May 17, 2023, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Stephen H. Lewis Jr., M.D. ’64, age 86, pediatrician at Greenwich Pediatrics in Greenwich, Conn., for 41 years, June 27, 2023, Rye, N.Y.

Jeffrey Pollard, Ph.D., age 73, professor emeritus of developmental and molecular biology at Einstein, whose career will leave a lasting impact in the field of women’s reproductive health and cancer immunology, May 1, 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arnold Ratner, M.D. ’59, age 89, dermatologist, May 20, 2023, Vienna, Va.

Klaus Schreiber, M.D., age 85, professor emeritus of pathology at Einstein, who trained countless cytology fellows and pathology residents over several decades at Montefiore, April 28, 2023, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

Charles Smith, age 64, retired chief of the genetics department kitchen and Einstein employee for more than 40 years, June 10, 2023, Bronx, N.Y.

Myles G. Turtz, M.D. ’61, age 93, otolaryngologist and former president and chief executive officer of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, who helped establish its pediatric liver and heart transplant program and burn center, April 7, 2023, Cherry Hill, N.J.

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