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In Memoriam


Carolyn Frazer Bridgemohan MD’89, 58, died on August 16, 2019. She was one of Boston Children’s Hospital’s first fulltime faculty in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. After earning her medical degree at Brown, Dr. Bridgemohan completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and fellowship at Boston Children’s. She was a founding co-director of the hospital’s Autism Spectrum Center and the director of its Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, teaching and mentoring Harvard Medical School students. As an expert on autism Dr. Bridgemohan served on many boards, authored and reviewed numerous medical publications, and lectured globally. She was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Executive Committee and served as the section’s educational program chair, liaison to the Autism Subcommittee, and past liaison to the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities. Dr. Bridgemohan was also a talented dancer and continued to take dance classes through adulthood, although she refused to partner with anyone but her husband, Narine. She is remembered as a guiding presence for all who knew her. Dr. Bridgemohan is survived by her husband, two daughters, her mother, and two sisters. Her classmates have established the Carolyn F. Bridgemohan MD’89 Memorial Medical Scholarship. Gifts to the scholarship fund can be made at brown.edu/go/bridgemohanscholarship.

Desmond A. Jordan MD’79, P’09, 67, died November 2, 2020. Born in New York City, Dr. Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell. After medical school he went on to residency at Harlem Hospital and served in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Jordan trained in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1987 he joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology, where he was the first director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit. In 2004 he was named both Teacher of the Year for the department of anesthesia and NewYork-Presbyterian’s Doctor of the Year. He donated his time to Doctors Without Borders, Mentoring In Medicine Inc., and to anyone who ever asked for help. He served everyone from the children of Ghana to politicians to celebrities to the families of his medical colleagues with kindness and respect. He was a beloved educator, an author, a pioneer in bioinformatics and health care technology, and a humorous physician with an excellent bedside manner. Dr. Jordan was beloved by a large circle of family, colleagues, students, and friends. He is survived by his two daughters, including Kristin Jordan ’09, and his extended family.

Howard Sturim, MD, 87, died March 12. He was a clinical associate professor of surgery at Brown and chief of plastic surgery at Roger Williams Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and, for a time, the Providence VA. Dr. Sturim graduated from Syracuse University at age 19 and the University of Rochester School of Medicine at age 23. He trained in general surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where he was chief resident. After serving two years as a US Navy surgeon on aircraft carriers—including the supercarrier f lagship Independence at the Bay of Pigs Invasion—he completed his training in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Brown’s Program in Medicine had just been established at the time Dr. Sturim came to Rhode Island. The training program in plastic surgery was entering its second year and was the only such program in New England at that time. He loved teaching and was a clinical associate professor of surgery at Boston University as well as Brown. Dr. Sturim was married to Jeanne Sturim for 56 years. He is survived by three sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Leonard Triedman ’49, P’81, ’82MD’85, ’86, GP’11, ’21, MD, 91, died March 19. A head and neck surgeon, he was a clinical associate professor of surgery at Brown. Born in Pawtucket, Dr. Triedman graduated from Moses Brown School and then from Brown University at age 19. After earning his medical degree from Harvard, he joined the US Air Force and delivered babies at Otis Air Force Base in Hyannis, MA, to the wives of enlisted men—earning him the affectionate nickname “The Flying Obstetrician.” After his service, he moved to Boston and married Cynthia Knapp, the love of his life. Following residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Triedman returned home to establish his surgical practice. Over four decades he cared for generations of Rhode Islanders, serving on the surgical staff of many Rhode Island hospitals, including The Miriam and Women & Infants. In the 1960s and ’70s he also was the team physician for the Rhode Island Reds and the Pawtucket Red Sox. After raising their children on Providence’s East Side, he and Cynthia lived for 33 years in Narragansett. A driven athlete, Dr. Triedman was a ski patrolman, the state men’s tennis champion, and an avid runner who finished the Boston Marathon numerous times. In his later years he traveled to the British Isles, Ireland, and the Caribbean to play golf with family and friends. Dr. Triedman leaves his wife of 63 years; five children and their spouses, including Scott Triedman ’82 MD’85, P’21; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In his memory, donations can be made to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at The Miriam Hospital Foundation via their website, giving.lifespan.org/LCI.


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