Dr. Audrey K. Brown, who earned international renown in the fields of pediatric hematology and jaundice of the newborn, died at her home in Sands Point of cancer on Sept. 14, 2001. She was 78. Dr. Brown recently was notified by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics that she was the first recipient of the Landmark Award recognizing her lifetime work on neonatal jaundice and kernicterus. The award will be presented posthumously at their National Convention and Exhibition to be held Oct. 21 in San Francisco.
Early in her academic career, Dr. Brown focused on the maturation of metabolic functions in the newborn, especially concerning metabolism of bilirubin and neonatal jaundice. She became an international authority on hyperbilirubinemia and Kernicterus (a filirubin-induced neurological disorder). She was a member of the first sub-board of Pediatric Hematology. Dr. Brown contributed to the National Institute's of Health study of the safety and efficacy of phototherapy as effective means of preventing hyperbilirubinemia among premature infants and originated the use of penicillin to prevent deaths from infection of infants with sickle cell anemia.
Toxicity from elevated bilirubin levels (kernicterus) was mainly due to Rh incompatibility between the mother and the fetus; it virtually disappeared when that problem was prevented. After about 20 years, in the 1980s, however, loss of concern about hyperbilirubinemia led to relaxed guidelines for its treatment and a re-emergence of this condition began. In 1983, Dr. Brown organized and chaired the Annual Symposium on Kernicterus, which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. Her efforts led to establishment of a national registry of cases, now totaling over 100. After attending the annual symposium held in the US, European physicians began reporting cases in their own countries and two other kernicterus symposia, modeled after the one Dr. Brown started, have been held in Japan since 1987. These efforts to restore concern about elevated bilirubin levels in the newborn, and the risk factors that contribute, are bringing about changes in medical and hospital practices designed to prevent new cases from occurring.
Dr. Brown received a number of honors during her distinguished career, including the Commemorative Medallion in recognition of her contributions in the field of Pediatrics on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, in 1967; the award for distinguished Voluntary Leadership presented by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation in 1989; and the Recognition Award for Distinguished Career in Clinical Investigation from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1992.
Dr. Brown served many organizations in an advisory capacity including committees and boards of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academy of Sciences, the US Surgeon General's National Immunzation Task Force and the National Foundation March of Dimes, among others. She was a member of the editorial advisory boards of American Journal of Diseases of Children and has written and published over 100 papers in scientific journals. She was a member of several prestigious academic pediatric societies, and served as vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research (1967-1968) and secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric Society (1983-1989).
Dr. Brown served as a medical intern on the Columbia Medical Division at Bellevue Hospital, and then a pediatric residency at the Children's Medical Service at Bellevue. After a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology at Babies Hospital - Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, under James Wolff, MD, she served as a civilian pediatrician at Walter Reed Army Hospital (1954-1957) and then was a senior research associate in Hematology with Wolf Zuelzer, MD, at Child Research Center of Michigan, Detroit. She held the positions of Instructor of Pediatrics at NYU (1952-1953) and Instructor of Pediatrics (1955-1957) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne University, Detroit (1958-1959).
Dr. Brown moved to Charlottesville, VA in 1959, serving as assistant professor and later as associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical Hospital.
In 1966, Dr. Brown was appointed professor and vice chairman of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, where she remained until 1974, also holding the positions of chief, Section of Pediatric Hematology; coordinator of Perinatal Research, and director, Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinical Services and Research. During that time she was also a consultant at Fort Gordon Army Hospital, Augusta. She also assumed the responsibilities of project director of the plan for a Statewide System of Care for High Risk Infants, Georgia Regional Medical Program from 1971-1974.
She became a professor of Pediatrics and physician-in-charge, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, at the State University of NY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn in 1974. She was associate chairman and vice chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics. She retired in 1991 and became professor emerita. In 1986-7, she served as a visiting professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics.
Dr. Brown was the daughter of Anne Nemec Brown, who was a nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Joseph H. Brown. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet; her son Jeffrey Brown Bollet and daughter-in-law, Laura LoPiccolo Bollet; two granddaughters, Marissa and Jennifer Bollet; and two sisters, Joan Brown Wettingfeld and Eileen Brown Chamberlain; and 18 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Patrick Caruso, of Springhill, FL, formerly of Port Washington, died on Sept. 19, 2001. Loving husband of Evelyn. Devoted father of Joseph, Debbie and Craig and the late son Ronnie. Cherished grandfather of David, Jennifer, Meagan, Amy, Andrew, Stephanie and Anthony. Beloved son of the late James and Mary Caruso. Dear brother of Josephine Grillo, Rose Ashman, Millie Augustino, Julia Mitchell. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass conducted at St. Joan of Arc on Sept. 26. Interment National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Margaret S. Wade (nee Sangster), formerly of Port Washington, died peacefully at Walker Elder Suites in Edina, MN, on Sept. 24, 2001, at the age of 83. "Sweet" to her family and "Maggie to her friends. She was the loving mother of Theodosia "Teddy" Sedgwick and her husband Thomas of Bloomington, MN, Carolyn Wade of Tarrytown, NY, Roger Wade Jr. and wife Debra of Swan Lake, MT, and Alexander Wade and wife Annelj of Eden Prairie, MN. Devoted grandmother to Wade, Gregory, Courtney, Ashli, Samantha, Shea, Jemma, Rebecca and Nicole. Proud great-grandmother to Tommy. A 1941 graduate of Elmira College, she was a champion of education, tolerance and goodwill. Her sensitive and open-minded nature blessed her with life-long friendships wherever whe lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. Services were held on Sept. 28 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Bloomington.
It is with great sadness that we report that several former and current Port residents are listed amongst the 6,000 victims of the World Trade Center tragedy. We and the rest of the family of Port Washington express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to their families and friends, and to everyone else who has suffered a loss because of the senseless and cruel act of terrorism perpetrated on Sept. 11.
Antonio Rodrigues, Manorhaven
Tim Kelly, 37 of Lowell Road
Keitchiro Takahasi, Orchard Farm Road
Dinah Webster, Oakland Drive
Neil Cudhoe, Oakland Drive
Bart Ruggiere, 32, Jeff LeVeen, 55, John "Peppy" Salerno, Danny and Joseph Shea
About two months ago, Dinah Webster and Neil Cudhoe moved to Oakland Drive in Port Washington. Sadly, on Sept. 11, they perished at the Windows on the World at a conference sponsored by their company, The Risk Waters Group with headquarters in London and a branch office in New York City.
The couple spent five years in Hong Kong, and prior to their move to Manhasset Bay Estates, they lived in Manhattan for a brief time. They were British subjects who apparently were assigned to corporate locations to represent their company.
Neighbors say that the couple had so many happy plans to care for the house, garden, etc. They also wanted to purchase a boat.
The Shea family suffered the staggering loss of two sons, Joseph and Daniel, in the World Trade Center. Joe, 47, and Dan, 37, were employed by Cantor Fitzgerald. Although both men now live in Pelham Manor, they grew up in Manhasset. They are the sons of the late Joseph C. Shea and his wife, Joan. Joe attended St. Ignatius Loyola School in Manhattan and graduated from Georgetown University in 1976. At Cantor Fitzgerald he was a senior executive managing director and a partner. He had coached many children's baseball and hockey teams over the past 10 years. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf and hockey. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his four children, Patrick, 14, Peter, 12, Casey, 10 and Daniel, 7. Daniel attended St. John's University and was a managing director and partner of Cantor Fitzgerald. He, too, was an avid sports fan and a golfer. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, his children, Colin, 4, Abigail, 2, and Margaret Jean, 7 months. The two brothers are survived by their mother, Joan, sister, Kathleen Shea Munson, brothers, Frank and Tom Shea and Eric Munson. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue and 83rd Street in Manhattan. Donations should be made to the Westchester Community Foundation, Shea Family Memorial Fund, 470 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.