In Memoriam

The Society for Pediatric Pathology wishes to use this page a as a way to recall our lost members, who include admired colleagues, mentors, and friends. We dedicate this page to them. 

Valarie Nuzum Campbell, MD (October 6, 1960 - May 8, 2020)

Valarie Lynn Nuzum was born October 2, 1960 in Manhattan, KS to Arnold Lester (Bill) Nuzum II and Sandra Lee (Waterhouse) Nuzum. The family soon moved to Baxter, IA where Valarie attended and graduated from Baxter Community School as valedictorian in 1979. Valarie went on to Iowa State University graduating in 1983. Valarie married Randy Campbell in 1980. They had four children, Randall (Zeke), Nicholas, Lucas and Taylor. Valarie took a year away from school to have their second child and then attend the University of Iowa Medical school. She graduated medical school in 1988 and the family moved to Shawnee, KS where Valarie began her residency as a pathologist. While in Kansas, Lucas and Taylor became part of the family.

In 1998 the family moved back to Iowa where Valarie continued to practice pathology with a local group. The four children all graduated from Southeast Polk High School. Valarie served on the Southest Polk School Board. Valarie volunteered for several years with the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation on planning the Corn Dog Kickoff.

Valarie enjoyed visiting rural hospitals to provide pathology services. She liked working with the people in the labs. Valarie had a particular interest in pediatric and placental pathology. She was always concerned that children, born and unborn, had the best opportunity for life. Valarie served on the Governors Child Death Review team to ensure correct policies and procedures were in place to protect children.

She enjoyed reading, the kid’s activities and the Iowa State Fair. She was great at planning family vacations. Valarie loved her pets, Bonzer a dog and Bobbie her cat.

Valarie passed away on May 8, 2020 at home with her family around her.

Survived by Husband Randy, children Zeke, Nicholas, Lucas and Taylor, mother Sandy Mitchell, siblings Vicki Scheeler, Al Nuzum, Frost Nuzum and Staci Mitchell. Grandchildren Jacob Campbell, Harper Campbell and Griffin Campbell

Preceded in death father Bill Nuzum and brother Tod Nuzum.

Cremation has occurred and a memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th Street SW, Altoona.

Kimberly Eickholt, MD (March 13, 1981 - January 27, 2021)

Kimberly Ann “Kim” Eickholt, M.D., of Akron, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the age of 39. Kim was born in Lima on March 13, 1981. Her parents are Donna (Myers) and Larry Clouse and Michael L. and Michelle Eickholt, who all survive.

Kim grew up in Van Wert County and was a 1999 graduate of Van Wert City Schools. Immediately upon graduation from high school, she entered the BS/MD program at the University of Akron, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001. She continued her medical education at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), earning the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 2005. The following year she completed the Medical Residency Program in the area of Pathology at Summa Health System in Akron and then completed a Pediatric Pathology Fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she continued to practice.

Kim loved and spoiled her two dogs, Doogie and ChaChi. To the wonder of her family and friends, Kim will be remembered for her enviable shoe collection, amazing trivia game skills, and for her culinary creations. She brightened our days with her wit and quirky sense of humor.

Kim was a loving and compassionate daughter, sister, and friend. She was always there to lend a hand or provide a shoulder to lean on. Her memory will forever be a blessing to those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her parents, Kim is survived by her brother, Chris Clouse of Bedford Heights; a brother, Nathan (Katie) Clouse, one niece, Cora of Salem, Virginia; and two stepsisters, Bailey (John) Mazur and Allie (Zechariah) Simerman of Van Wert.

Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jane (Myers) and Gene Harris, Ed and Patty (Williams) Raudabaugh, Martin and Susan (Krouse) Eickholt, Don and Donna (Grant) Myers, and Earl and Katie (Hurless) Clouse, as well as her former husband, John Reitz.

In light of the pandemic, a graveside memorial service in her honor will be held this summer in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Royce Etienne Joyner, MD (September 14, 1952 - January 13, 2020‎)

Royce E. Joyner was born on September 14, 1952, in LaGrange, North Carolina to ‎the late James E. Joyner and Meta Mewborn-Joyner. He received his medical ‎degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979 and completed his Pathology Fellowship ‎Program at Yale University in 1984. Dr. Joyner moved to Little Rock, Arkansas ‎where he taught at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 1988, he ‎moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began his practice with Duckworth ‎Pathology Group as Chief Medical Director of LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. He ‎practiced medicine for over 37 years and retired in 2017.‎ On October 6, 1979, he married Sirella Y. Parker and to this union one son was ‎born, Royce Etienne Parker Joyner.‎ Royce Joyner had a passion for music in style and medium. He loved it. Not only ‎was he a collector of Jazz, he was an audiophile who enjoyed the equipment that ‎reproduced the sound as much as the sound itself. He loved sports cars. He loved ‎exercise through long held passions of basketball, squash, and racquetball. He ‎especially loved teaching the staff and residents at LeBonheur Children’s ‎Laboratory, using his dreaded “red pen” for revisions of grammar and syntax, a ‎gleaming trait left by his educator mother Meta. He was known for his quick wit, ‎his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was also loved for ‎these things. He was well respected and loved by those who worked with him. In ‎addition to all of this love, those in his family saw him as defining figure that ‎anchored their world, teaching by example to the best of his abilities.‎

James E. Joyner and Meta Mewborn-Joyner, Parents ‎‎(deceased)‎
Sirella Y. Parker, Wife
Royce Etienne Parker Joyner, Son

Sumi “Mary” Mitsudo Koide, MD (October 22, 1929 - February 15, 2021)

Sumi “Mary” Mitsudo Koide, MD, of Dobbs Ferry, NY and summertime resident of Woods Hole, MA, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband Samuel, sons Mark (Karen Li) and Eric (Ling Chen) and six grandchildren, Jennifer, Thomas, Theodore, Yuki, Sachi, Kinu and Akira. She was predeceased by her daughter Sumi Lynn. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” No words better describe Sumi. Known as Mary to her family, she was born on October 22, 1929 in Longview, WA. She was the youngest child of Asa and Sotaro Mitsudo, a farming family in the Puyallup River valley. She and her family were incarcerated from 1942-1945 at the Minidoka Relocation Center in Jerome, Idaho. Undaunted by this experience, Sumi graduated from Swarthmore College and the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mitsudo, as she was known professionally, was a long time staff member of Montefiore Hospital’s surgical pathology service and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at the Albert Einstein Medical School. Her specialty was pediatric pathology and most specifically Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She coauthored dozens of academic peer reviewed publications in her field. She was active in many national and international societies in her field. She was a role model and mentor to many young female physicians just entering the medical field. Personally, Sumi was an activist and was deeply involved in many social justice groups, including national and local civil rights, women’s equity and social justice groups. She was a long time President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) New York Chapter, and served on the Westchester Women’s Advisory Board. During the 1980’s, she was a leader in the national Japanese American Redress movement for World War II incarceration camps. In her position with the JACL, she was involved in many civil and women’s rights coalitions. Sumi was also very active in the Dobbs Ferry community. She was a long time member of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Village and the Dobbs Ferry Community Hospital. She was active in the leadership of the League of Women’s Voters, the Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council and the Dobbs Ferry Employment Service, among others. She was a long time member of the White Plains Unitarian Universalist congregation. In 2000, she was honored with inclusion in the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Westchester Fund for Women and Girls W141 at the Westchester Community Foundation in her name A private service will be held online on Saturday February 27 at 3:00pm.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sumi “Mary" Mitsudo Koide, MD.

M. James (Jim) Phillips, MD (December 9, 1930 - May 29, 2020)

James “Jim” Phillips passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 87 surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his wife Lempi and leaves behind his three children Ann (John), Marie and Tom. Loving grandfather to Lauren (Dwayne) and Jennifer and great grandfather to Tiana and Savannah. Cherished brother to Alex, Robert, Helen, Harold and Marion. He will be greatly missed by his many cottage cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim proudly served the City of Toronto as the chauffeur to the mayors for 36 years. A special thanks to Sue and Sandra for all their loving care at Lakeside LTC. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home “Weston Chapel”, 2035 Weston Rd., Toronto, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2-5pm with words of remembrance at 3pm. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.

Alfredo Valente, MD (December 1, 1951 - September 14, 2020)

Alfredo Luis Valente, age 68, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 at Upstate Community Hospital in Syracuse after a five-year battle with cancer. Alfredo was born in the seaside city of Mar del Plata, Argentina on December 1, 1951, to Alfredo Luis Valente, Sr and Poema Edelmira Molina de Valente. Alfredo attended the University of Buenos Aires Medical School, where he graduated in 1975. He started his medical career as a surgeon in Argentina, and later came to the United States to train as a pathologist at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC from 1991-1996. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Pathology in 1997, and then a second fellowship in Surgical Pathology in 1998 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Alfredo joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2002, where he remained until his retirement earlier this year. Alfredo is survived by his younger brother Abel Alejandro Valente, who lives in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Sadly, Abel was unable to travel to be with his brother in his last days or to memorialize him with his Syracuse-area friends due to travel restrictions stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. Alfredo was a lover of history, and, as such, he had long dreamed of traveling to historic sites in Europe. In his final years of his life, Alfredo attended to two of the top items on his bucket list and made a trip to Italy and Vatican City in 2018 with his dear friend Gustavo de la Roza and a trip to Spain in 2019 with his brother Abel Alejandro. Alfredo will be fondly remembered by those who had the pleasure of working with him at Upstate, by his fellow parishioners at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, and by others whose lives were touch by Alfredo. A Mass will be held for Alfredo at Holy Cross Church at 4112 E Genesee St, DeWitt, on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11am. Immediately following the Mass, Alfredo's ashes will be placed in the mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, which is located behind Holy Cross Church. Memorial donations may be made in Alfredo's name to Holy Cross Church.

John (Jack) Wilson, MD    
1922 - 2019

 John M. Kissane, MD
1928 - 2018
William Farrer Taylor, MD  
1927 - 2019

Harvey S. Rosenberg, MD   
1924 - 2018
Mason Barr, Jr., MD
1935 - 2019

Kurt Benirschke, MD
1924 - 2018
Eduardo Yunis, MD
1931 - 2019

Liliane Boccon-Gibod, MD
1941 - 2017
Cam Witzelben, MD
1932 - 2014

Eugene V. Perrin, MD
1927 - 2011