Don died July 8, 2006.
He prepared for Princeton at Canterbury, joined Key and Seal Club, and graduated in February 1945 with a degree in chemistry. Don then received a master’s in 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1952 from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. For a short time, from 1951 to 1953, he fulfilled his ambition to work for E.R. Squibb in New Brunswick, N.J., but then moved on to an impressive career in education as a professor at New York University School of Medicine.
Meanwhile, in 1952, Don married Mary Lou Stevens. Don, the first deaf student to complete his education at Princeton, overcame his handicap in a most impressive fashion, not only serving as a distinguished tenured professor at NYU, but also publishing more than 100 biomedical articles and three books. Don was the recipient of many awards from his peers. After 40 years at NYU, Don semiretired and was designated a professor emeritus of surgery.
In addition to Mary Lou, Don is survived by his daughter, Patricia; his sons, Leigh and Paul; and three granddaughters. The class expresses its sympathy to all.