In Memoriam - Winter 2019

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Ralph Joseph Smith, M.D., ’83

Ralph Joseph Smith, M.D., passed away at the age of 63. He is survived by wife Robin Boone Smith; son Jason Gregory Smith (Kim); daughters Chelsea Morgan Smith (AJ) and Abigail Elizabeth Smith; siblings Jim, Tim, Brian (Bonnie), Bernard, Donald (Chandra), Roseanne Freeman (Kenny), Janice Popp (Dave), Kathy Caldwell (Jim); two grandchildren; and 19 nieces and nephews. Smith practiced pediatric emergency medicine.                                                          

Nedra Anne Soltow, M.D., ’86

Nedra Anne Soltow, M.D., ’86, passed away at the age of 61. Soltow was the daughter of the late Lee and Margaret Soltow, of Athens, Ohio. She had a distinguished 31-year career as a physician with the Department of Veterans Affairs and was instrumental in starting a specialty clinic for care of veterans with HIV infection.

Xavier Gavin Adrien, M.D., ’04

Xavier Gavin Adrien, M.D., ’04, passed away in Pearland, Texas. He is survived by parents Sylvester and Judith; his loving wife of 13 years, Adrienne Ogletree-Adrien; sons Gavin and Darren; brothers Teddy (Sue), Peter (Karla), Justin (Vanessa); and sisters Linda, Leslie (Andrew) Jones, and Danielle (David).

Aimee Racz, M.D., ’05

Aimee (McAnally) Racz, M.D., ’05, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas. Racz is survived by husband Aaron, son Jude, stepchildren Cameron (Maggie), Malia, Micah, Liam; parents Ginny and Mitch McAnally; sister Jennifer; and inlaws Dyanna Alexander and Thomas Racz. She was board-certified in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative care.

Alex T. Porter, M.D., ’07

Alex T. Porter, M.D., lost his battle with Burkitt’s lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2018. Porter trained at Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital and completed his anesthesiology residency at The Ohio State University Hospital. He was a full partner with Midwest Physician Anesthesia Group in Columbus, Ohio. He was the devoted father of two young daughters, Abby and Natalie. He was fond of mountain biking, fast cars and Monty Python. 

Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D.

Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D., an acclaimed Wright State University cancer researcher whose scientific contributions made him a hometown hero in his native Spain, died at the age of 59. Cambronero is survived by his wife, Teresa Madrid, and his two children, Julia and David.

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