Classnotes - 1980s

From left: Sabino Torre, Michael Lahood, Raymond Meeks, John Leddy, Victor Marino and Donald Tingley.

Sabino Torre, MD ’85, hosted a Class of 1985 mini-reunion at Yankee Stadium on June 1, 2019—Yankees vs. Red Sox. Gathering for dinner and the game were Sabino Torre, Michael Lahood, Raymond Meeks, John Leddy, Victor Marino and Donald Tingley.

John Avanzato.

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.

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

Karen D. Schupak, MD ’84, passed away surrounded by her family on Jan. 16, 2019, after eight years of living fully in defiance of lung cancer.

Born in the Bronx on September 24, 1958, Schupak grew up in Jericho, Long Island, NY, with her parents Sybil and Lawrence Schupak, and sisters Dina (Leyden) and Leslie (Hymowitz).

A 1980 graduate of Cornell University and 1984 graduate of Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, she completed her medical training at New York University and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), where she joined the radiation oncology faculty in 1990.

In 1996, Schupak was part of the first group of doctors to establish the MSK Regional Network, within which she held several leadership positions. She ardently believed that the science of medicine should be coupled with humanity and recognition of the profound ministerial role in the physician-patient relationship.

Schupak was a role model for numerous young physicians and inspired them to practice with both intellect and empathy. She was a beloved colleague at MSK and in central N.J., where she practiced at the MSK Regional Network sites for over 20 years. She was recognized as “Mentor of the Year” at MSK in 2012 and honored by the American Cancer Society of Central N.J. at its gala in 2017 for her contributions.

Shupak is survived three children, Allison, Samuel, and William; her parents, Sybil and Lawrence Schupak; two sisters, Dina (Leyden) and Leslie (Hymowitz); and her husband of four months, Jesse Pleet. She was also married to Christopher Horan for 24 years.

A fund has been established at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to honor Dr. Shupak’s memory. Those who are interested in contributing to Karen’s legacy can contact Jennifer Seth-Cimini, Senior Director of Advancement, at (716) 829-3732 or

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.