In Memoriam



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Selwyn Freed, M.D., 1917-2016.

Selwyn Freed, M.D., Past President of the New York Section, AUA (1982-1983) died on September 6th, 2016 at the age of 99. Dr. Freed was a graduate of Penn State University and The New York University School of Medicine. He received his surgical and urologic training at Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Hospitals in New York. Dr. Freed joined the staff of Montefiore Hospital in 1949 and became Chief of the Division of Urology in 1971. He was promoted to Professor of Urology at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. Dr. Freed served as the first Chair of The Montefiore/Einstein Department of Urology between 1980 and 1988.

During his lengthy career, Dr. Freed was an active scholar and leader in Urology. He gave numerous scholarly presentations to national and international audiences and was well known and respected for his contributions to the field on a wide variety of topics including the management of urologic malignancies and lower urinary tract dysfunction.

Dr. Freed retired to Larchmont, NY where he lived with his wife, Iris and daughter Deborah, who survive him.

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E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D., 1939-2016.

E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D., died Friday, April 22, 2016, at Westview Health Care Center. He was born May 13, 1939 in Richmond Virginia, received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he completed his residency. He was a trainee under an NIB training grant while taking his residency training, and received his masters of science in surgery.

Subsequently, he was a special fellow in urology under the Public Health Service at Columbia-Presbyterian in internal medicine and then returned to the University of Virginia where he obtained a research career development award and was funded through a grant from the American Heart Association. Dr. Vaughan left Virginia and joined the faculty at Cornell University Medical Center in 1978.Dr. Vaughan was president emeritus of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (now known as the Urology Care Foundation), past co-chairman of the Prostate
Health Council, past chairman of the Research Committee of the American Urological Association, past deputy chairman of the National Kidney and Urologic Disease Advisory Board, past president of the American Board of Urology, past president of the New York Section of the AUA, past president of the American Urological Association and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and served on the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Vaughan was the Chairman, Department of Urology, James J. Colt Professor of Urology and Urologist-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. His clinical expertise was in benign prostatic hyperplasia, urologic oncology and adrenal surgery. The AUA honored Dr. Vaughan’s career achievements
with the 1981 Gold Cystoscope Award, 1982 Distinguished Contribution Award, 2000 Hugh Hampton Young Award and 2011 Ramon Guiteras Award. He also received the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine and the St. Paul’s Medal from the British Association of Urological Surgeons. Dr. Vaughan wrote a first-person account of his life for the Canadian Journal of Urology’s “Legends in Urology” section:

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Dr. Pablo A. Morales, 1918-2016

Dr. Pablo A. Morales, renowned Urologist and a loving head-of-family, peacefully left this earth on August 12, 2016, at the age of 97. He was surrounded by his children, grand-children and loved ones, who both grieved yet rejoiced in their faith that Dr. Morales would now be re-united in heaven with his wife of 68 years, Dr. Soledad Morales.

Pablo Morales started his medical career and family in the Philippines. He received an M.D. in 1941 from the University of the Philippines, and then trained as an intern and surgery resident. While teaching at the University of Philippines, Dr. Morales was smitten by one of his talented and beautiful students, and was fortunate enough to land the hand of Soledad Manalac in 1945. In 1948, Pablo, Soledad, and their daughter Marilyn, emigrated to the United States. Pablo went on to train as a resident at the NYU-Bellevue Medical Center in Urology, while Soledad trained as a pediatrician and a pediatric psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Pablo went on to be become a full Professor of Urology in 1970 and was appointed as the Chairman of Urology at NYU Medical Center in 1972, serving in this post until 1993.

Dr. Pablo Morales was a member of 17 medical societies, including the American Urology Association, the Urodynamics Society, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of University Urologists, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He was president of the New York Section of the American Urological Association and chairman of the Section of Urology in the New York Academy of Medicine.

He received numerous honors, including the William Burpeau Award from the New Jersey Academy of Medicine, the Outstanding Filipinos Overseas Award, the Apolinario Mabini Teaching Award, and the Incentive Award from the New York County Medical Society.

He was editor of “Urology,” a journal on that field of specialization, and is a Diplomate of American Board of Urology. He is also the author, or co-author of 89 scientific papers and books on Urology.

Pablo and Soledad are survived by a loving family of four children, six grand-children, and one great-grand-daughter. In his spare time, Pablo loved gardening, singing love songs to his wife, and was an avid sportsman, actively participating in disciplines that included water skiing, snow skiing, tennis, judo and kung-fu.