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Classnotes - 1980s

John Avanzato, MD ’85, writes: I have been practicing gastroenterology in the Finger Lakes region since 1991. Several years ago I started writing medical thrillers, which have been well received by the public. My fourth novel, “Claim Denied,” has just been released through KCM publishing. I have been invited by the Clarence Barnes and Noble to participate in a book signing Sunday, October 16, from 1-4pm. I invite the medical school faculty and student body to attend. Here is the Amazon link to my author page.

Camile Hemlock, MD ’86, senior medical counsultant at Timaru Public Hospital in Timaru, New Zealand, writes: "I have been living and working on the South Island of New Zealand for over five years now. I have even managed to become a Fellow in The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. I welcome any classmates visiting New Zealand." Address: 4635 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34242. Favorite memory: The Follies.

Timothy Geering, MD ’82, a family physician at Mercy Health, Ohio, writes: "My wife, Catherine (nee Hlavaty), died February 17 from graft vs. host disease after a bone marrow transplant she had for acute myelocytic leukemia. As a labor and delivery nurse at the old Deaconess Hospital, she met many third-year medical students. She had returned to school over the last few years and got her master's degree in nursing and became a women’s health nurse practitioner."

Andrew Friedman, MD ’85, writes: "I remain remain on active duty with the Army. I was transferred to Yongsan, Korea, as the surgeon for the 8th Army. Kay and I are enjoying our tour here with children Marina and Alona. Older kids are still in US."

In Memoriam

James “Jim” Joseph Shaughnessy, MD ’86  

James “Jim” Joseph Shaughnessy, MD ’86, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on December 30, 2016 at his residence in Los Angeles, Calif.

A native of Jamestown, NY, Shaughnessy earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Colgate University. Following medical school, he completed a psychiatry residency at Tufts University, a fellowship in child psychiatry at Brown University, and a master’s in public health at Harvard University.

Shaughnessy’s professional career included positions in both adult and child psychiatry in Boston, Mass.; San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif., as well as a year working and traveling in Australia and New Zealand.

Shaughnessy is survived by siblings Mary Prunty of Huntsville, Ala.; Rev. William Shaughnessy of San Antonio, Texas; Patrick Shaughnessy, MD ’87, of Greenville, Penn.; and Annie M. Shaughnessy of Northborough, Mass.