In Memoriam: Winter/Spring 2023

In Memoriam: Winter/Spring 2023

Remembering Board Member Emily Fisher Landau

Emily Fisher Landau, who served as an honorary member of Einstein’s Board of Trustees and was a longtime friend and benefactor of the College of Medicine, died March 27, 2023, in Palm Beach, Fla., at age 102. 

Her steadfast commitment to Einstein is reflected in her decade of service on the College of Medicine’s Board of Overseers from 1999 to 2009. She was also a pioneering member of Einstein’s National Women’s Division, lending her time and talent as a member of its board and executive committee. In 2000, the division named her “Woman of the Millennium” for her devotion to Einstein’s mission, her efforts on behalf of those in need, and her impact on cultural life. 

Among her many contributions, Mrs. Fisher Landau funded the establishment of the Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities in 1997, with Ruth Gottesman, Ed.D., Einstein’s current chair of the Board of Trustees, serving as its founding director. The center’s mission is to ensure that those with learning difficulties receive support and adequate resources.

Today the center’s important work continues as part of Montefiore Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center, offering educational, psychological, social, medical, and vocational assistance to those with learning disabilities of all ages, from preschool children to adults.

She is quoted as saying, “Never stop learning, never stop looking,” and this is a testament to her extraordinary life. Her generosity is also reflected in her passion and support of the arts. This included donating several hundred works to the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she served as a trustee for decades

Mrs. Fisher Landau was the widow of Martin Fisher, a principal in the real estate firm Fisher Brothers, and of Sheldon Landau, a clothing manufacturer.


Morton Blum, M.D. ’60, age 89, specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology who had a private practice in Manhattan and was an attending physician at New York Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Gracie Square Hospital before retiring from medicine in 1986 and creating CBM Limited, a real estate and design investment firm, May 2, 2022, New York, N.Y. 

Deryck Duncalf, M.B., Ch.B., age 96, professor emeritus of anesthesiology at Einstein and former chair of anesthesiology at Montefiore, he was instrumental in establishing the first pain treatment clinic, critical care services, and training programs at both institutions, Feb. 14, 2023, Stamford, Conn. 

Shoshana Englard-Falconer, M.D. ’78, retired ophthalmologist, May 20, 2022, St. Paul, Minn.

Jack Goldman, M.D. ’61, age 85, retired chairman of gastroenterology and medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., May 4, 2022, Westchester County, N.Y.

Huaxi Hu, Ph.D. ’93, age 58, a leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, founder and co–editor in chief of the neuroscience journal Molecular Neurodegeneration, investigator at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (2003–20), professor at Xiamen University in China, and distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Brain Science and Disease at Chongqing Medical University in China, Oct. 14, 2022.

Philip F. Incao, M.D. ‘66, age 81, family physician, Feb. 28, 2022, Crestone, Colo. 

Robert M. Lewis, M.D. ‘60, age 86, obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered more than 1,000 babies during his 36-year career, Dec. 7, 2022, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Veronica Jean Scott, M.D. ‘73, age 76, former director of the Center on Aging at Meharry Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., where she also served as director of geriatrics in the department of medicine, June 12, 2022, Nashville, Tenn.

Adrian Spitzer, M.D., age 94, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Einstein who joined the faculty in 1968 and was the director of the division of pediatric nephrology from 1973 until 1999, former president of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and a recipient of its Founder’s Award, Dec. 27, 2021. 

David Q. H. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., age 60, professor of medicine and of genetics, director of the molecular biology and next generation technology core of the Marion Bessin Liver Research Center at Einstein, and an internationally renowned leader in the pathophysiology and genetics underlying gallstone disease, Feb. 19, 2023, White Plains, N.Y.

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