We have been notified of the passing of Society Fellows:

Noel L. Cohen, MD FACS a Triological Society Fellow since 1974 and 1987 Eastern Section Treasurer, passed away on February 19, 2019.

Dr. Cohen’s colleague and friend, Dr. J. Thomas Roland shared the following tribute

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our friend, mentor, and former Department Chair, Dr. Noel Cohen. Dr. Noel Cohen served from 1980-2002 as Department Chairman of the NYU Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology. A native New Yorker, Dr. Cohen completed his BA at the University Heights College in the Bronx in 1951. He studied medicine in Utrecht, Holland until 1957 when he obtained a doctorate of medicine. It was in Holland that he met his wife, Baukje. His time as a civilian was interrupted by a period of activity as an officer in the US Navy from 1957 to 1959. ENT residency followed until 1962 at the NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Cohen held many academic and clinical positions in the following years. To name just a few: Professor of Otolaryngology; Chairman of the NYU Otolaryngology Department; Acting Dean of the New York University School of Medicine; and President of the New York University Hospital Center. Dr. Cohen not only served as our department chair, but was notably one of the earliest pioneers of cochlear implants, auditory brainstem implants, and is recognized as one of America’s leading experts of acoustic neuroma management and cochlear implantation. He received many awards during his career and was an invited lecturer all over the world. In 2003 he received the prestigious Honorary Doctorate from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiberg. Dr. Cohen’s distinguished medical career and research in the field of Otology/Neurotology have helped pave the way for our department and otolaryngologists across the globe. The NYU Langone Cochlear Implant Center was started in 1983 with Dr. Susan Waltzman and, today, is one of the largest clinical and research teams in the world. He will be greatly missed and his contributions to medicine and science will live on in those that were fortunate to have worked and trained with him.

Dr. Cohen's obituary can be found here.

Robert A. Dobie, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1983, passed away on September 4, 2019.

Dr. Dobie's obituary can be found here.

Jerome C. Goldstein, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1982, passed away on July 13, 2019.

Dr. Goldstein's obituary can be found here.

Richard L. Goode, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1974, passed away on October 30, 2019.

The following tribute was shared with AOS by Dr. Robert K. Jackler, a fellow AOS and Triological member, colleague and friend, and I am sure he would want us to share with fellow Triological members.

A much beloved member of our departmental community, Dick Goode, passed away peacefully this morning. Dick joined Stanford OHNS as a resident in 1962, shortly after the school moved to Palo Alto from San Francisco, and the faculty four years later. He improved the lives of countless thousands of Stanford patients and was a revered surgeon, educator, innovator, and leader. Widely beloved by generations of members of the department family, while we will miss him, his memory and legacy will live on for generations. Dick was a native Californian who went to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was class president. At the University of Southern California Medical School he was both a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and also the “Skull and Dagger” society famous for its pranks. When Dick entered the field, otolaryngology was widely viewed to be a dying field being killed by antibiotics. He had major roles in defining entire fields within OHNS. Dick was a founder of facial plastic surgery, renowned in sleep surgery, for decades did cancer surgery at our VA, and did leading edge middle ear mechanics research. As one measure of his extraordinary longevity at Stanford, Dick worked under 7 Stanford Deans and 11 US Presidents. Dick was an innovator, contributing a number of patents and helping to start a number of companies. He is known world over for the invention of the “Goode” t-tube and he made important contributions to implantable hearing aids, among other inventions. Dick published over 170 scholarly papers and contributed a sleep surgery textbook while well into his 70s. He was a splendid educator, shaping the careers of many hundreds of trainees over his long faculty tenure. At his retirement in 2013, after an impressive 51 years of caring for Stanford patients, a huge turnout of his former trainees attended a gala in his honor. A photo from this wonderful gathering is on the top floor of 801 Welch Road. Among other roles, Dick served as President of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dick was a most capable interim leader of the Division of OHNS at Stanford from 2000-2003. Dick was not only a renaissance surgeon, he had many, many talents outside of medicine. Dick’s hobby was magic – or more precisely mentalistism - he a was a mind reader – a seer. His hobby also defined his career. He was always gazing into his proverbial crystal ball – seeing advances before others do. Together with his wife Lynn, Dick loved theater and was a patron of the theater arts. In September, in Dick’s honor the department launched the inaugural Richard L. Goode endowed lectureship. Dick was in attendance in fine form and was his sharp and witty self. We shall miss Dick’s exquisite, wry sense of humor which contributed to his enormous popularity among his colleagues, trainees, and staff. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to his eponymous lecture fund. The Goode family will soon share their plans for Dick’s funeral. We plan to hold a celebration of his life at Stanford in the coming months – details to follow. As Dick would have wanted it, this will be a lively time of story telling and reminiscing about the life and times of this most extraordinary man.

The family has asked for donations in Dick’s honor to go to the Richard L. Goode lectureship fund. Please use this link.

Dr. Goode's obituary can be found here.

Raymond L. Hilsinger Jr., MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1985, passed away on July 4, 2019.

Dr. Hilsinger's obituary can be found here.

Robert I. Kohut, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1974, Edmund Prince Fowler Award winner for his thesis, and 1988-1990 At Large Council member passed away on February 28, 2019.

Dr. Kohut's's obituary can be found here.

Thomas J. McDonald, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1982, passed away on September 10, 2019.

Dr. McDonald's obituary can be found here.

Arnold M. Noyek, MD FACS, a Triological Society Fellow since 1979, winner of the Harris P. Mosher Award for his thesis titled "Bone Scanning in Otolaryngology", and 1994 Triological Society Eastern Section Vice President, passed away on December 14, 2018.

Dr. Ian Witterick shared the following tribute

I am sad to have to let you know of the passing of Dr. Arnold Noyek yesterday evening. Arnold was an amazing mentor, leader, colleague and friend. He gave tirelessly to our specialty, our department, to education and world peace. His reach and impact goes far beyond our department and specialty. I will miss his boundless energy, "can do" attitude and the positivity that radiated from him. He ended his emails with "Always moving forward!" epitomizing his drive, enthusiasm and passion to always look for new opportunities and capitalize on the relationships and networks of people he developed and nurtured around the globe. I will sadly miss him.

Dr. Noyek's obituary can be found here.

M. Stuart Strong, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1962, 1980 Eastern Section Vice President, 1990 President, passed away on November 6, 2019.

The following tribute was shared with by Dr. Gregory A. Grillone

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Dr. M. Stuart Strong passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family. Educated in Ireland at Trinity College and University College Dublin School of Physics, Dr. Strong came to Boston University School of Medicine in 1952 after completing residencies at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital in Dublin, Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Boston. In 1956 he was named chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of Otolaryngology at University Hospital (now the Boston Medical Center), and subsequently became director of Otolaryngology at Boston City Hospital. He served in these positions until 1985. In 1968 he joined forces with Dr. Werner Chasin, then chairman of the Tufts training program, and together they formed the BU-Tufts Combined Training Program in Otolaryngology, which lasted for 25 years. Dr. Strong’s contagious enthusiasm for scientific discovery led to an historic collaboration with Drs. Geza Jako, Charles Vaughan and Thomas Polanyi to develop the use of the carbon dioxide laser to treat diseases of the upper aerodigestive tract. This ‘minimally invasive’ transoral approach to these diseases changed the face of our specialty forever and improved the lives of countless patients. Among his many academic milestones, Dr. Strong served as president of the Triological Society, the American Laryngological Association, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and the Society of University Otolaryngologists. Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Strong was a model of professionalism and compassion. His love of otolaryngology was infectious. Students and patients alike revered him. To this day former pediatric patients of his, now grown, still ask about him. Even after retirement from clinical practice he continued to teach young students the science and art of otolaryngology. Dr. Strong grew up on a farm in Kells, Ireland, the youngest of six children. Throughout his life he pursued his interests outside of work with the same passion that he showed for his professional work. He was an avid tennis player, golfer and fisherman. In his retirement years he also developed an interest in woodworking and flying model airplanes. He and his lovely wife Sybil were happily married for 64 years until her death in 2015. He is survived by his son Simon Strong, daughter Daphne Foster, and five grandchildren. Dr. Strong was a true visionary in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery who always will be remembered for his professionalism, innovation, enthusiasm for teaching, compassionate care of patients, and his unwavering respect for others. He had a profound impact on countless otolaryngologists throughout the world and he will be sorely missed.

Stanley E. Thawley, MD FACS a Triological Society Fellow since 1981, passed away on January 22, 2019.

It is with sadness that we report to our members the passing of one of our Triological Fellows, Stanley Thawley, MD. Dr. Thawley, a senior Fellow, was inducted into the Society in 1981. He served a brief term as editor of The Laryngoscope, following the death of Joseph Ogura, MD. The family requests that notes of condolence be sent to: Washington University School of Medicine • Department of Otolaryngology • Attn: Emily Harvey • 660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8115 • St. Louis, MO 63110. Dr. Thawley's obituary can be found here.

Dr. Craig Buchman, Chair at Washington University, has shared below a tribute to Dr. Thawley

It is with overwhelming sadness that I share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Dr. Stanley Thawley. Stanley E. Thawley was born May 23, 1943 in Jacksonville, Texas. He passed away January 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents Elbert John Thawley and Lillie Rose Stark Thawley; and brother, John Thawley II. Stan is survived by his wife Betty; sons, David and Mark (Mary); grandchildren, Ben, Sam, and Sophie Thawley; and nephew, John Thawley III. Stan moved to Austin, Texas after eighth grade to attend University Junior High, Stephen F. Austin High School, and University of Texas. He graduated with honors from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Stan married Betty Sue Appenbrink in 1967. He was a surgical intern at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, served two years with the Air Force in Lubbock, Texas, and moved to St. Louis for ENT residency at Barnes Hospital. Dr. Thawley joined the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in 1975 in the days of Dr. Joseph Ogura, where he remained for the rest of his career. He began his career specializing in head and neck surgery and he presented numerous head and neck oncology courses on modified versus radical neck dissection, salivary gland neoplasms, carcinoma of the laryngopharynx, adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck, and total glossectomy for tongue cancers. He taught many residents, published many papers, and served as the Editor of Volumes I and II of the landmark textbook Comprehensive Management of Head and Neck Tumors. In the late 1980’s, Dr. Thawley’s interest in endoscopic sinus surgery and management of sleep apnea grew, as well as his clinical practice in that arena, and he became the Director of the Sinus Allergy Division in Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Division in Otolaryngology. Among his many contributions to the specialty, Dr. Thawley served as Chief of Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1975, Director of the AAOA Residency Training and Fellowship Committee, Chairman of the VA Human Research Studies, Secretary/Treasurer of the ENT Club of St. Louis 1994-2016, AAOA Council Member, and Editor of the Laryngoscope Journal. Dr. Thawley cared for thousands of patients throughout his 44 years at Washington University. Beyond St Louis, he provided excellent specialty care to the communities of Madison and St. Genevieve County for over 30 years. He recently retired from clinical practice in 2017 and became Professor Emeritus at Washington University. Stan was active at church, serving as leader in the Contemporary Class. Late in life, he learned to play Appalachian and hammered dulcimers and the violin. He enjoyed taking lessons and attending workshops. Stan wrote and published poems and valued immensely the influence of poetry on his life. Dr. Thawley will be greatly missed and his memories will be forever treasured by all of his family, friends, and colleagues. Please join me in expressing my deepest sympathy to Dr. Thawley’s wife, Betty, and his sons, Mark & David and their families.

David F. Wilson, MD, a Triological Society Fellow since 1985, 2007 Triological Society President and 1997 Triological Society Western Section Vice President, passed away on November 13, 2018.

Dr. Wilson's obituary can be found here.

A memorial service is planned on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 147 NW 19th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Gifts in Dr. Wilson’s name can be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral William Temple House at the above address (zip code 97209 and phone 503-222-9811).