Dr. Gene H. Stollerman
Hanover, N.H. — Dr. Gene H. Stollerman passed away on August 1, 2014 at the age of 93 at his home in Hanover, N.H., in hospice care, and surrounded by his loving family. He had battled an extended illness with heart failure. He was born on December 6, 1920 in New York City. Beloved son of Sarah and Morris Stollerman, Dr. Stollerman is survived by his children John Stollerman and Anne DiZio, daughter-in-law Rhonda Stollerman and grand children Jennifer Meyburg Landrebe, son-in-law John Landrebe, Sarah DiZio, Corynne Stollerman, his stepchildren and their families, and many nieces, nephews, loving relatives, friends and colleagues. He was 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’s remarkable career spanned much of the twentieth century and into the 21st century. He was a Dartmouth College graduate of the class of 1941, received his M.D. from Columbia University. Returning from military service as Capt in the US Army Medical Corps, was chief resident in medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y. As director of NYU’s Irvington House for Children with Heart Disease, he received national recognition for his research on the use of penicillin for the prevention of rheumatic fever, leading to an endowed professorship at Northwestern University, Chicago, for research in rheumatic, immunologic and infectious diseases. In 1964 he moved on to accept a Chairmanship of the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, where he became a national leader in infectious diseases, and clinical research and preventive medicine. In 1981 he retired as chairman to accept a professorship at the Boston University Medical Center, where he promoted research and clinical training in geriatrics, preventive medicine, health services research and primary care. In 1986 he was he appointed Distinguished Physician of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this capacity he pioneered health services research in the care of the aging veteran, setting up a national research center at Bedford, MA for evaluating the outcomes of geriatric care. Accepting Emeritus status in 1995, he retired to Hanover, N.H., the home of his alma mater, where he continued to edit journals, write and teach.
Dr Stollerman has served on the Councils of the National Institutes of Health, The Center for Disease Control, The Food & Drug Administration, the World Health Organization’s Expert Committees, and other national and international organizations. He has served as President of the Association of Professors of Medicine, President of the Central Society for Clinical Research, on the Executive Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as Master, Regent and Vice President of the American College of Physicians, as Master of the American College of Rheumatology, and as a founder of the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Among his awards are: the Bruce Medal for Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians, The Thulis Award from the American Geriatrics Society, the Bicentennial Medal in Internal Medicine from Columbia University, the Jacobi Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Mt Sinai Medical School, the Mentor Award of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Maimonides Award from the State of Israel. The Gene H. Stollerman Professor of Medicine Chair has been endowed by his former students at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He served as Editor of “Advances in Internal Medicine” for 25 years, of the American Journal of Geriatrics for six years, and for over 25 years, as editor of “Hospital Practice”. He is the author of more than 200 research publications, and many textbook chapters, articles, books and monographs
Dr. Stollerman has been the recipient of a wealth of honors, but most importantly to him, were the relationships he formed with his mentors and with the students he, in turned mentored. He brought his hands-on, humanistic approach to medical care to every aspect of his professional work and it spilled over into his personal relationships with colleagues of all ages. He also made the time to take meticulous and tender care of his family and close friends. He recently wrote about his rich career in his memoir, Medicine: A Love Story, and its coda. But the best way to learn about him is to talk to the people whose lives he touched and who carry his memories in a rich legacy for future generations.
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 p.m. 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, N.H. The family will be observing Shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday 8/5 and 8/6/14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7p.m. to 9p.m. 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.