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In Memorium


Harry S. Brown, MD ’59

Harry S. Brown, MD ’59, an ophthalmologist and alumnus of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), passed away on April 16, 2017, four months shy of his 87th birthday.

In 1974, Brown, who practiced ophthalmology in Santa Barbara, California, until his retirement in 1992, founded the nonprofit organization Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International. An around-the-world journey in 1970 inspired him to create the organization, which provides sustainable medical, surgical, and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons. For more than 20 years, the SMHS Department of Ophthalmology has sent senior residents on weeklong SEE International trips as a part of their training. Since the organization’s founding, more than 3 million patients in 75 countries have been examined and treated, and more than 400,000 patients have had their vision restored through surgery by SEE International ophthalmologists.

In 2014, Brown received the American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian and Volunteerism Award for his 40 years of service.

In Memorium

David Forest Ballinger, BS ’79
John Angelo Boscia, MD ’77
Harry S. Brown, MD ’59, FACS
Jerome W. Canter, MD ’55
Giovanni Disandro, MD, RESD ’66
Vincent J. DiFrancesco, MD ’40
Herbert S. Gates Jr., MD ’58, RESD ’59
Ronald E. Gunther, MD ’60
Louisa C. Littleton, MD ’45
John Francis Mayo, BS ’86, BS ’80
Grant W. Miller, MD ’51, FACS
Julian S. Neistadt, MD, RESD ’56
Robert M. Pash, MD ’71
Alfred K. Pfister, MD ’62
Ray E. Plymyer, MD ’52
Erick R. Ratzer, MD ’58
Raul G. Reyes, MD ’50
James A. Richardson, MD ’55, BA ’51
Brian Robert Stanley, MD ’79
Garrett M. Swain, MD ’45, RESD ’52
Martin S. Wolfe, MD, RESD ’62