In Memoriam

The Society for Pediatric Pathology wishes to use this page a as a way to recall our lost members, who include admired colleagues, mentors, and friends. We dedicate this page to them.

Derek de Sa, MBBS, FRCPath - February 27, 2022, University of British Columbia

Link to Obituary: Unable to find.

Jane Chatten, MD - April 12, 1934 - February 20, 2021, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Link to Obituary: No obituary.

Gerald Spear, MD - March 3, 1928 - April 11, 2021, University of California

Link to Obituary: GERALD SPEAR Obituary (2021) - Newport Beach, CA - New York Times (

David Frances Hardwick, MD, FCAP

David Frances Hardwick was first and foremost a teacher.  The legacy of his efforts and achievements cannot be overestimated - locally, nationally or globally. Almost everything he chose to do professionally was to enhance, espouse and advance his chosen area of Medicine - Pathology in general and Paediatric Pathology in particular. He considered the study of the mechanisms of disease - pathophysiology - and the manifestations of disease - pathology in all its branches - to be the foundation of all aspects of medicine.  He undertook to improve diagnostic techniques - specifically the development of techniques of microchemistry for infants and children, and the neonatal screening for inborn errors of metabolism.  He attracted the best professionals he could locate - technical and medical - to staff, organize and run these developing areas of expertise.  He created and expanded the Paediatric and Perinatal Laboratory Services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, first at the Vancouver General Hospital and then at the purpose-built Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. Again, he searched out and enrolled the top technical and medical professionals to take on these challenges.  His method was to generate the ideas of what could be done and some idea of when and how, then get the best people available and let them take it from there.  He was rarely disappointed. His interests also included quality control and he had pathology represented on hospital ethics committees.  He instigated a valuable Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality review program that included key pathologists as well as representatives from Obstetrics and Neonatology.  He aimed to keep pathology relevant to the clinicians they served by having members of his departments on all departmental clinical and mortality review committees.

As a teacher, David taught widely on topics ranging from simpler discussions of basic processes such as cell death, to complex concepts of pathophysiology and detailed discussions of how to organize pathology laboratories. He taught one-on-one, seminars, and lectures. He presented at meetings, congresses and workshops. His professional staff were encouraged to do the same. Notable contributions were made in China, India, South Africa, Russia, South America, Middle East, Australia and many locations in Europe. The only continent that didn’t benefit was Antarctica. His commitment to stand-up teaching was augmented by his prolific literature - papers, chapters and books. He expected nothing less from every one of his colleagues who worked in all areas of Paediatric Pathology in his laboratories. As a result the papers from the whole department would fill many volumes and the chapters and books many shelves. Many of these publications remain as go-to references.

David’s interest in expanding the teaching of Pathology meant he spent much energy in activities to that end in the SPP, USCAP, and IAP. His contributions in these organizations ranged from working behind the scenes to running the organizations as President or General Secretary, always focussed on global education in pathology.  Sometimes his educational aims meant taking on roles in government and battling bureaucracies for what he believed in.  He learned to navigate those waters remarkably well - not always getting what he wanted but bringing attention to possibilities. David didn’t suffer fools gladly but understood enough of why they were that way to do a work around or to adapt.

David also had a long standing interest in how people functioned in society and read widely in Sociology. This led to the development of a local political group - The Electors Action Movement - when he and his brother noticed a wrong was quietly being perpetrated on a disadvantaged section of Vancouver, the original Chinatown. As usual, when he saw a problem, he did what was needed to rectify the situation, and once that was done, moved on. TEAM was disbanded when they had achieved their goal. This Sociology interest gave him unusual insights into the workings of governments and nations, insights he used to good advantage as he worked to expand the importance of Pathology around the world.

As David’s active role in the organization and teaching of Pathology declined, his involvement in sociological studies increased. He created Cosmos and Taxis - both a journal and a congress - to discuss topics of interest. This attracted widespread interest, especially as people from around the globe could participate on-line. He continued to write and review papers in this field and was doing so the day he died.


M. Daria Haust, MD

One of our Founding Members and a Past President of the Society, Dr Maria, Daria Haust passed away peacefully on Jan 11th 2022 at the age of 100. She leaves behind her husband of 70 years, Dr Heinz Haust, her two sons and their families including 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Details can be found here
Dr Haust was born on August 18th, 1921 in a small village in Poland. She secured admission to the Medical College in Heidelberg, Germany where she graduated summa cum laude. She could not practice in Germany and decided to emigrate to Canada in 1952 along with her spouse, Dr Heinz Haust, a fellow medical student, two years her senior. She spent the rest of her remarkable career in Canada mainly in Kingston, and London, Ontario. She also did a year of fellowship in Pediatric Pathology with Dr Benjamin Landing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been internationally recognized for her seminal work in Atherosclerosis and Elastogenesis along with major contributions to Pediatric Pathology in the fields of Metabolic and Genetic disorders and Placental pathology. A distinguished teacher receiving innumerable awards, she has been responsible for training several pediatric pathologists. Other awards and honorary degrees will take pages to enumerate. They include the Gold Medal Award from the International Atherosclerosis Society, The Distinguished Pathologist Award from the US/Canadian Academy of Pathology, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada. She is the recipient of honorary degrees in medicine from two Medieval Universities (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, the second oldest university in Central Europe established in 1364 whose students include Copernicus and Pope John Paul II, and Charles University, Prague, the oldest university in central Europe established in 1348). There is also Havana University, Cuba, the third oldest university of the New World. She was active in several Pediatric Pathology organizations all over the globe. A special lecture in her name was established at Queens University. The 10thlecture was a zoom lecture on May 25th 2021 with Dr Haust and some members of our society in attendance. The first lecture was in 2001 by Dr Kurt Benirshke. 
Her relationship to our Society was very special and her contributions among many included the first short course at the USCAP on placental pathology, the evening Problems in Pediatric Pathology specialty conference at the USCAP, the launching of the Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology, the changing of the name of the Pediatric Pathology club to the Society for Pediatric Pathology and quest to secure board certification in our Specialty.
She was very distraught when the Society went digital and she did not receive any paper mailings. She said that she greatly missed being separated from her beloved Society and friends. Recently, however, her dear daughter in law Judy Haust agreed to serve as her eyes and ears and made sure that all communications got to her including the demise of some of her colleagues.
Her closest friends in the Society were Dr Marie (Molly) Valdes Dapena and Dr Enid Gilbert-Barness. They would attend conferences together and were affectionately known as the Three Graces. With the passing of Dr Dapena a few years ago, only one of the Three Graces remains with us now. We are so grateful a person like Dr Haust was a part of our Society.

Valarie Nuzum Campbell, MD (October 6, 1960 - May 8, 2020)

Valarie Lynn Nuzum was born October 2, 1960 in Manhattan, KS to Arnold Lester (Bill) Nuzum II and Sandra Lee (Waterhouse) Nuzum. The family soon moved to Baxter, IA where Valarie attended and graduated from Baxter Community School as valedictorian in 1979. Valarie went on to Iowa State University graduating in 1983. Valarie married Randy Campbell in 1980. They had four children, Randall (Zeke), Nicholas, Lucas and Taylor. Valarie took a year away from school to have their second child and then attend the University of Iowa Medical school. She graduated medical school in 1988 and the family moved to Shawnee, KS where Valarie began her residency as a pathologist. While in Kansas, Lucas and Taylor became part of the family.

In 1998 the family moved back to Iowa where Valarie continued to practice pathology with a local group. The four children all graduated from Southeast Polk High School. Valarie served on the Southest Polk School Board. Valarie volunteered for several years with the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation on planning the Corn Dog Kickoff.

Valarie enjoyed visiting rural hospitals to provide pathology services. She liked working with the people in the labs. Valarie had a particular interest in pediatric and placental pathology. She was always concerned that children, born and unborn, had the best opportunity for life. Valarie served on the Governors Child Death Review team to ensure correct policies and procedures were in place to protect children.

She enjoyed reading, the kid’s activities and the Iowa State Fair. She was great at planning family vacations. Valarie loved her pets, Bonzer a dog and Bobbie her cat.

Valarie passed away on May 8, 2020 at home with her family around her.

Survived by Husband Randy, children Zeke, Nicholas, Lucas and Taylor, mother Sandy Mitchell, siblings Vicki Scheeler, Al Nuzum, Frost Nuzum and Staci Mitchell. Grandchildren Jacob Campbell, Harper Campbell and Griffin Campbell

Preceded in death father Bill Nuzum and brother Tod Nuzum.

Cremation has occurred and a memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th Street SW, Altoona.

Kimberly Eickholt, MD (March 13, 1981 - January 27, 2021)

Kimberly Ann “Kim” Eickholt, M.D., of Akron, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the age of 39. Kim was born in Lima on March 13, 1981. Her parents are Donna (Myers) and Larry Clouse and Michael L. and Michelle Eickholt, who all survive.

Kim grew up in Van Wert County and was a 1999 graduate of Van Wert City Schools. Immediately upon graduation from high school, she entered the BS/MD program at the University of Akron, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001. She continued her medical education at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), earning the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 2005. The following year she completed the Medical Residency Program in the area of Pathology at Summa Health System in Akron and then completed a Pediatric Pathology Fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she continued to practice.

Kim loved and spoiled her two dogs, Doogie and ChaChi. To the wonder of her family and friends, Kim will be remembered for her enviable shoe collection, amazing trivia game skills, and for her culinary creations. She brightened our days with her wit and quirky sense of humor.

Kim was a loving and compassionate daughter, sister, and friend. She was always there to lend a hand or provide a shoulder to lean on. Her memory will forever be a blessing to those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her parents, Kim is survived by her brother, Chris Clouse of Bedford Heights; a brother, Nathan (Katie) Clouse, one niece, Cora of Salem, Virginia; and two stepsisters, Bailey (John) Mazur and Allie (Zechariah) Simerman of Van Wert.

Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jane (Myers) and Gene Harris, Ed and Patty (Williams) Raudabaugh, Martin and Susan (Krouse) Eickholt, Don and Donna (Grant) Myers, and Earl and Katie (Hurless) Clouse, as well as her former husband, John Reitz.

In light of the pandemic, a graveside memorial service in her honor will be held this summer in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Royce Etienne Joyner, MD (September 14, 1952 - January 13, 2020‎)

Royce E. Joyner was born on September 14, 1952, in LaGrange, North Carolina to ‎the late James E. Joyner and Meta Mewborn-Joyner. He received his medical ‎degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979 and completed his Pathology Fellowship ‎Program at Yale University in 1984. Dr. Joyner moved to Little Rock, Arkansas ‎where he taught at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 1988, he ‎moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began his practice with Duckworth ‎Pathology Group as Chief Medical Director of LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. He ‎practiced medicine for over 37 years and retired in 2017.‎ On October 6, 1979, he married Sirella Y. Parker and to this union one son was ‎born, Royce Etienne Parker Joyner.‎ Royce Joyner had a passion for music in style and medium. He loved it. Not only ‎was he a collector of Jazz, he was an audiophile who enjoyed the equipment that ‎reproduced the sound as much as the sound itself. He loved sports cars. He loved ‎exercise through long held passions of basketball, squash, and racquetball. He ‎especially loved teaching the staff and residents at LeBonheur Children’s ‎Laboratory, using his dreaded “red pen” for revisions of grammar and syntax, a ‎gleaming trait left by his educator mother Meta. He was known for his quick wit, ‎his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was also loved for ‎these things. He was well respected and loved by those who worked with him. In ‎addition to all of this love, those in his family saw him as defining figure that ‎anchored their world, teaching by example to the best of his abilities.‎

James E. Joyner and Meta Mewborn-Joyner, Parents ‎‎(deceased)‎
Sirella Y. Parker, Wife
Royce Etienne Parker Joyner, Son

Sumi “Mary” Mitsudo Koide, MD (October 22, 1929 - February 15, 2021)

Sumi “Mary” Mitsudo Koide, MD, of Dobbs Ferry, NY and summertime resident of Woods Hole, MA, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband Samuel, sons Mark (Karen Li) and Eric (Ling Chen) and six grandchildren, Jennifer, Thomas, Theodore, Yuki, Sachi, Kinu and Akira. She was predeceased by her daughter Sumi Lynn. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” No words better describe Sumi. Known as Mary to her family, she was born on October 22, 1929 in Longview, WA. She was the youngest child of Asa and Sotaro Mitsudo, a farming family in the Puyallup River valley. She and her family were incarcerated from 1942-1945 at the Minidoka Relocation Center in Jerome, Idaho. Undaunted by this experience, Sumi graduated from Swarthmore College and the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mitsudo, as she was known professionally, was a long time staff member of Montefiore Hospital’s surgical pathology service and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at the Albert Einstein Medical School. Her specialty was pediatric pathology and most specifically Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She coauthored dozens of academic peer reviewed publications in her field. She was active in many national and international societies in her field. She was a role model and mentor to many young female physicians just entering the medical field. Personally, Sumi was an activist and was deeply involved in many social justice groups, including national and local civil rights, women’s equity and social justice groups. She was a long time President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) New York Chapter, and served on the Westchester Women’s Advisory Board. During the 1980’s, she was a leader in the national Japanese American Redress movement for World War II incarceration camps. In her position with the JACL, she was involved in many civil and women’s rights coalitions. Sumi was also very active in the Dobbs Ferry community. She was a long time member of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Village and the Dobbs Ferry Community Hospital. She was active in the leadership of the League of Women’s Voters, the Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council and the Dobbs Ferry Employment Service, among others. She was a long time member of the White Plains Unitarian Universalist congregation. In 2000, she was honored with inclusion in the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Westchester Fund for Women and Girls W141 at the Westchester Community Foundation in her name A private service will be held online on Saturday February 27 at 3:00pm.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sumi “Mary" Mitsudo Koide, MD.

M. James (Jim) Phillips, MD (December 9, 1930 - May 29, 2020)

James “Jim” Phillips passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 87 surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his wife Lempi and leaves behind his three children Ann (John), Marie and Tom. Loving grandfather to Lauren (Dwayne) and Jennifer and great grandfather to Tiana and Savannah. Cherished brother to Alex, Robert, Helen, Harold and Marion. He will be greatly missed by his many cottage cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim proudly served the City of Toronto as the chauffeur to the mayors for 36 years. A special thanks to Sue and Sandra for all their loving care at Lakeside LTC. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home “Weston Chapel”, 2035 Weston Rd., Toronto, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2-5pm with words of remembrance at 3pm. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.

Alfredo Valente, MD (December 1, 1951 - September 14, 2020)

Alfredo Luis Valente, age 68, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 at Upstate Community Hospital in Syracuse after a five-year battle with cancer. Alfredo was born in the seaside city of Mar del Plata, Argentina on December 1, 1951, to Alfredo Luis Valente, Sr and Poema Edelmira Molina de Valente. Alfredo attended the University of Buenos Aires Medical School, where he graduated in 1975. He started his medical career as a surgeon in Argentina, and later came to the United States to train as a pathologist at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC from 1991-1996. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Pathology in 1997, and then a second fellowship in Surgical Pathology in 1998 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Alfredo joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2002, where he remained until his retirement earlier this year. Alfredo is survived by his younger brother Abel Alejandro Valente, who lives in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Sadly, Abel was unable to travel to be with his brother in his last days or to memorialize him with his Syracuse-area friends due to travel restrictions stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. Alfredo was a lover of history, and, as such, he had long dreamed of traveling to historic sites in Europe. In his final years of his life, Alfredo attended to two of the top items on his bucket list and made a trip to Italy and Vatican City in 2018 with his dear friend Gustavo de la Roza and a trip to Spain in 2019 with his brother Abel Alejandro. Alfredo will be fondly remembered by those who had the pleasure of working with him at Upstate, by his fellow parishioners at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, and by others whose lives were touch by Alfredo. A Mass will be held for Alfredo at Holy Cross Church at 4112 E Genesee St, DeWitt, on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11am. Immediately following the Mass, Alfredo's ashes will be placed in the mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, which is located behind Holy Cross Church. Memorial donations may be made in Alfredo's name to Holy Cross Church.

John (Jack) Wilson, MD    
1922 - 2019

 John M. Kissane, MD
1928 - 2018
William Farrer Taylor, MD  
1927 - 2019

Harvey S. Rosenberg, MD   
1924 - 2018
Mason Barr, Jr., MD
1935 - 2019

Kurt Benirschke, MD
1924 - 2018
Eduardo Yunis, MD
1931 - 2019

Liliane Boccon-Gibod, MD
1941 - 2017
Cam Witzelben, MD
1932 - 2014

Eugene V. Perrin, MD
1927 - 2011