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Stuart J. Hulnick ’59

Published in Nov.†8, 1989, issue

Stu Hulnick died of leukemia on June 14, 1989, at his home in Lafayette Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia.

A nationally known pediatric burn-care specialist and plastic surgeon, Stu was director of the Burn Center of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia. In particular, he was known for his writing on reconstructive microsurgery, burn care, and the treatment of children born with cleft palates.

After Princeton, Stu attended the Univ. of Rochester Medical School and interrupted his residence at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, to serve in the Air Force from 1965 to 1967. In 1970, Stu moved to the Philadelphia area to join Temple Univ.'s Health Sciences Center. He spent two years there before he joined the staff at St. Christopher's. In addition to serving on the hospital's board of managers, he taught plastic surgery at Temple and was on the medical staff of Chestnut Hill Hospital and on the board of trustees of the Burn Foundation of the Delaware Valley.

In his spare time, Stu enjoyed cooking, gardening, making furniture, and needlepoint‚€”a tribute to his microsurgical skills. The class extends its sympathies to his wife, Virginia; his two children, Lauren and Adam; his mother, Martha; and his brother, Arthur '57.

The Class of 1959

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Tanisha Carter Says:

2009-01-05 09:59:31

Dr. Hulnick was my plastic surgeon after being severely burned in a tragic house fire in '82. My brother and I were the unit's first burn patients at the burn unit at St. Chris's at its original location in the Lehigh section of Philadelphia. He sculpted the beautiful appearance that I walk proudly with today. He was my calming escape from all the pain I endured while in recovery. He would tell me stories and bring me gifts and take care of me as if I were his own child. He would personally do my treatment, empathizing with the pain and discomfort it caused me with so many present. He always tried to make that painful and difficult time together as comfortable as possible. Although I was so young, I remember him throughout my life and keep him dear to my heart, because he kept me close to his. I miss him everyday and wish that he could witness his work and how I have evolved into the woman he would be proud that I have become. At that time my life hung in the balance and I wish he could see how I have flourished. He was a great man and will forever be missed deeply.
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