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March 2012
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James Warren Tupper

James Warren Tupper, MD

4/20/1928 ~ 12/27/2011

Jim Tupper was born April 20, 1928 in Billings, Montana, USA, and passed on in Seattle December 27, 2011 of complications following open-heart surgery. A strong, athletic man who thrived despite numerous accidents and injuries, Jim fought optimistically to recover from cardiac surgery with the same determination that characterized his approach to every other challenge life presented. He died peacefully, generously sharing his love with others to the end. Jim moved to Seattle with his parents, Warren Ernest and Ada Frances Tupper, at age two. He loved Seattle and spent his childhood playing in vacant lots behind Seattle Pacific University, skiing, and boating in the San Juans. An outstanding student, he played football and tennis at Queen Anne High School. Jim studied pre-medicine at the University of Washington (for which he retained a lifelong affection); he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, rowed three years on varsity crew, and met Sylvia Marie Nilsen, whom he married on June 6, 1953. Following his graduation from the University Of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1953, he completed an internship at the University of Michigan and residency in orthopedics at the University of Washington. He served as a navy physician during the Korean War, both in the Pacific and stationed at Bremerton. Jim trained in Texas with the renowned spine surgery pioneer, Paul Harrington; following this personal mentorship, he returned to Seattle and specialized in scoliosis treatment and research, along with general spine and neck surgery. Hired by orthopedic surgeons Forest Flashman and John Stewart, Jim helped establish the Seattle practice that became Orthopedic Physician Associates.

A successful surgeon and compassionate physician, Jim was a founding member of the Scoliosis Research Society and respected internationally as a lecturer and teacher. Jim and Sylvia became the parents of five fortunate children. While medicine fascinated Jim, he was always most committed to his family, with whom he skied, water-skied, hiked, jogged, rowed, boated, sang, and engaged in a plethora of work projects. An avid athlete and outdoorsman, he was a founder of Skiers Inc. at Crystal Mountain and a member of the Ancient Skiers. He loved construction and crafting furniture and other wood-based objects. In collaboration with a contractor friend, he built the family home in Laurelhurst and much of a vacation home on Lake Goodwin. Following his retirement from medicine in 1986, he was continually engaged in projects for others, and especially enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to use a chain saw and split wood. A committed member of University Congregational Church, Jim valued "honesty and integrity" above all else in human relations. Jim is survived by his wife Sylvia; children Brad, Christy, Kari, and Kathie; grandchildren Haley, Hillary, Helaina, Seth, Luke, Kaelyn, Lauren, William Seth, Anna, James, Shannon, and Kyle; and great grandchildren Josiah, Peter, and Devin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Margaret and Tom, and his son Carl.

Published in The Seattle Times on January 1, 2012

Barbara Jane Manna, RN

Barbara Jane Manna, age 66, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Kentucky University Medical Center. Manna was born on May 26, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jane (McCarty) and James Unangst. She graduated from Sewickley, Pennsylvania College of Nursing in 1965 and worked as a registered nurse at Kentucky University Medical Center for 35 years. Barbara married Ronald A. Manna in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1965. Prior to working at the Kentucky University Medical Center, she was a nurse at five other hospitals, two of which were VA Hospitals, while her husband Ronald served in the United States Army. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge, quilting and playing in the hand bell choir at her church, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Survivors include her husband, Ronald; three sons, Mark (Priti Lakhani) Michael (Jennifer) and David (Dawn) two sisters, Kathy (Jim) Brede and Debbie Hein; one brother, Robert Unangst and five grandchildren, Paul, Jacob, Ellie, Anthony and Andrew. She was preceded in death by her parents. Manna was a SRS Associate Member.

Published in Kansas City Star on April 26, 2011


Kenneth "Van" Jackman, MD

Kenneth "Van" Jackman, MD, Emeriti Professor of pediatric orthopaedics at the University of Rochester, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Upper Saranac Lake surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 after a six-month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He is survived by his loving family, wife Carol, of 46 years, son Stephen V. Jackman, MD (Dana Schultz) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter Lauriann J. Garland (Jim) of Seattle, Washington, grandchildren Connor and Dylan Garland, and Reilly and Piper Jackman, sister Diana Raney of Pasadena, California, USA, brother-in-law Dirck Benson Jr. (Cary) of Princeton, New Jersey, and golden retriever, Ceilidh. He received his Bachelors degree at Pomona College in 1963, his Medical Degree at the University of Rochester in 1967, and served at the US Naval Hospital Guam, 1969-71. In Saranac Lake, he was a member of Search and Rescue Association of the Northern Adirondacks (SARANA), Adirondack Amateur Radio Assoc (AARA) and a naturalist volunteer at The Wild Center (Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks). A former Eagle Scout, he volunteered with the Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America. An avid bag piper, he had been a member of the Rochester Scottish Pipeband, Feadan or and Ceilidh Connection. A bagpipe concert in celebration of his life took place September 19, 2010. Kenneth Jackman was an Active Member of SRS.

Published in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on August 29, 2010.

Aaron W. Perlman

Aaron W. Perlman, MD

Written by Alvin H. Crawford, MD

Aaron W. Perlman, an Orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, died on March 19, 2011. He was 96.

He began practicing medicine in 1946 and after 1970; he devoted his practice exclusively to children. He did his residency in orthopaedics at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati and a pediatric cerebral palsy fellowship with Winton Phelps, MD at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He attended scoliosis clinics with John Moe, MD and became a member of the Scoliosis Research Society in 1974.

"He told me that the best decision he ever made was when he focused his practice exclusively on pediatric orthopaedics," said colleague Alvin H. Crawford, MD. "He said it was the most fun he ever had." For more than 30 years, the two colleagues met weekly to review cases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Dr. Perlman, a longtime partner of Freiberg Orthopaedics, was the founding director of orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's, a position he held from 1965 to 1978. He was also an Active Member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

He established the cerebral palsy clinic at the hospital in 1973, and by the late 1980s, it had developed into a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary program and was renamed in his honor in 1994.

The College of Medicine established the Aaron Perlman Award in his honor to recognize the resident who "shows the greatest compassion for patients and exemplifies the highest quality of patient care."

"The three things that were most important to him were his work, his family, and his community," said his daughter, Amy Pearl Parodi of Los Altos, California. "He had a voracious appetite for learning and life and endurance that lasted until the very end. We were all touched by his values and the impact he had on so many people."

He loved nature and was active in the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati and Oxbow Inc. He and his wife loved to travel, and were supporters of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Cincinnati Symphony and LaSalle Quartet.