Clarence E. de la Chapelle, M.D., was a greatly esteemed cardiologist and professor of clinical medicine at the NYU medical school. Born in New York City in 1898, De la Chapelle's long relationship with NYU began as a medical student at the University & Bellevue Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1922, de la Chapelle completed his medical training at Bellevue Hospital, and then joined the faculty of the medical school in 1925. De la Chapelle eventually took various leadership roles at the medical school, including serving as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean from 1943-1948, and as Associate Dean of the Post-Graduate Medical School from 1948-1963.
"I first became interested in doctors' nonmedical writing about twenty years ago, wondering what doctors, with all their education and exposure to "life" thought was worth writing about. Some names (Maugham, Williams, etc.) came to mind right away, but others I found looking through references like "Contemporary Authors;" reading books like Dana's "Poetry and the Doctors," McDonough's "Poet Physicians," Trautmann and Pollard's "Literature and Medicine," issues of "Literature and Medicine;" and quizzing secondhand bookstore owners. The books themselves came from secondhand bookstores in the States and England, at first from actual visits, then from catalogs, and more recently the Internet."
Dr. Harvey Taterka, a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the NYU School of Medicine, was a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan on April 4, 1931. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1952 and graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 1956.
Frederick L. Ehrman was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health and a Trustee of New York University. Both he and his wife were major contributors to the Medical Library, named the Frederick L. Ehrman Library, and to an endowed professorship in Cell Biology.
Herman Robbins, MD, physician, surgeon, teacher, Editor of the Bulletin of the Hospital (1979-1991), and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery (1972-1981), is a man whose compassion and gifts in orthopedic surgery have served, with outstanding excellence, his patients, the residents, and the faculty of the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.
Sid Lapidus was born in Brooklyn and moved to New Rochelle, New York when he was 14. Mr. Lapidus graduated from Princeton University where he majored in History, and holds a law degree from Columbia University. He is a retired partner of the New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus, and has served as a trustee of NYU Langone since 2001.