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Annual Dinner - May 11, 2012

2012 Alumni Association Dinner Draws more than 500 Guests for Tribute to Dr. Joseph Walsh

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MDOn May 11, more than 500 guests gathered at “583 Park” for the 2012 Alumni Association Dinnerand Award Presentation, which served as a celebratory tribute to Joseph B. Walsh, MD, who is stepping down as Chair of NYEE’s Department of Ophthalmology. “It was a night to be proud of,” says NYEE board vice chair Peter Frelinghuysen. The guests included NYEE trustees, medical staff, alumni and supporters, some of whom travelled from across the country to attend the event. Under the leadership of Dr. John Aljian, who served as master of ceremonies, the evening consisted of heartfelt tributes and personal recollections delivered by representatives of NYEE and New York Medical College, including Joseph Corcoran; Richard L. DeLuca, MD; Seymour Fradin, MD; Peter Frelinghuysen; Thomas O. Muldoon, MD; Ralph A. O’Connell, MD; Michael J. Pitman, MD; J. Robert Rosenthal, MD; Jeanne L. Rosenthal, MD; Richard B. Rosen, MD; John A. Seedor, MD; Paul A. Sidoti, MD; Lloyd Stanford; and Sonja Tennaro, RN, EdD.

Sorrell Mathes, chair of NYEE’s board of directors, presented a “Resolution of Appreciation” on behalf of the board, and The Alumni Association Award was presented by NYEE president, D. McWilliams Kessler; board member Pliny Jewell, IV; and Alumni Association president Richard DeLuca, MD. A special presentation of a silver medallion was made by Dr. Jay Galst on behalf of NYEE’s senior attendings; and a collective toast to Dr. Walsh was led by members of the class of 1973, including Louis V. Angioletti, Jr, MD; Benjamin Bert, MD (representing Melvyn Bert, MD); Robert C. Della Rocca, MD; Richard Koplin, MD; and Richard James Mackool, MD. A musical tribute, played on 583 Park’s original 1927 organ, was presented by Richard Bouchett, who masterfully melded some of Dr. Walsh’s favorite music, from Baroque to Broadway. The jovial spirit was further enhanced by the surprise appearances of “Donald Trump” and “Joan Rivers,” represented by celebrity impersonators.

Proceeds from the event will help support The Joseph B. Walsh, MD Ophthalmology Research & Education Fund, created to enhance retinal research and education through support of NYEE fellowships, and/or specific research and education programs. If you would like to make a donation in support of this fund, please contact: Carol Bohdan, Senior Vice President for Development & External Affairs, cbohdan@nyee.edu; 212-979-4019.

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

From left to right: Lisa Aljian; John Aljian, MD; Sylvie Aljian, MD; Peter Breingan, MD

From left to right: Aryeh Pollack, MD; Thomas Muldoon, MD; Carol Clark

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

From left to right: Steve Rosenberg, MD with Stephanie and Jay Wisnicki, MD

The Ponce Family

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

Dr. Joseph Walsh enjoying the presentations

Lloyd Stanford with Joan Rivers impersonator

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

Dr. Walsh shaking hands with board member PJ Jewell

Dr. Walsh making his award acceptance speech

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

Paul Sidoti, MD (at left) with Dr. and Mrs Jeffrey Nightingale

From left to right: William Schiff, MD; Susan Liebowitz; Sol Liebowitz, MD

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

Dr. Walsh with Robert Newman, MD

Dr. Walsh receiving a silver medallion from Dr. Jay Galst

2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD 2012 Annual Dinner: Tribute to Joseph Walsh, MD

A tribute made to Dr. Walsh by the class of 1973. From left toright: Louis Angioletti, Jr, MD; Richard Koplin, MD; RobertDella Rocca, MD; Richard James Mackool, MD; Benjamin Bert, MD (representing Melvyn Bert, MD)

Dr. Walsh and Dr. Robert Della Rocca

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