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In Memoriam

Remembering Bill Crombleholme, MD

On Friday, Sept. 27, Bill Crombleholme passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness.

Born in Acushnet in 1946, Bill, the eldest son, was predeceased by his parents, William and Theresa (Gosselin) Crombleholme.

Bill graduated from Fordham University and Downstate Medical School in NYC. He did his internship at Hartford Hospital and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship in maternal fetal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

His entire professional career was spent as a medical school faculty member at some of the nation’s finest academic centers including Penn, UCSF, and the University of Pittsburgh. He spent 14 years as the vice-chair for clinical affairs and residency program director at Magee Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh and was instrumental in training a generation of obstetricians and MFM fellows from that program.

Bill forged many strong friendships with members of the academic obstetrical community throughout the country and his former trainees invariably spoke of Bill with great fondness and respect acknowledging a debt to a mentor they will never be able to repay. Read more.


Remembering Robert Hayashi, MD 

On the morning of September 2, 2019, at his Napa home, Dr. Robert (Bob) Hayashi passed away peacefully after struggling with a long term illness. His wife of 40 years, Toni, and his daughter, Magen, held his hands as he took his final breath.

Born in 1938, Bob was the oldest of four children. During WWll, Bob and his family were forced to evacuate their Sacramento home and were relocated to Japanese Internment Camps in Tule Lake, CA, Minidoka, Id., and finally to Caldwell, Id. After four years, the family was allowed to return to their home in Sacramento. 

Bob went on to become student body President at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, after which he earned an AB degree from University of California Berkeley and an medical degree from Temple University.  He then served as a U.S. Army battalion surgeon in Germany from 1964-66. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan from 1966-70, which led to a two year fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Bob went on to serve on the academic faculties at the University of Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, UCLA/Harbor Medical Center in Torrance, CA, and the University of Michigan.

A leader in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, Bob made extensive contributions to the field. He performed the first intravenous-intrauterine blood transfusion to a fetus in Michigan and was a pioneer in the use of ultrasound. Bob was also a medical legal expert in areas of rH negative pregnancy, diabetic care, premature labor, and preeclampsia. 

Bob was an important founding member of SMFM. He hosted the initial annual meetings of SPO in San Antonio for more than a decade in the 70's and 80's and trained dozens of fellows at UTSA and Michigan. Learn more about Bob's life and those who loved him most.


Remembering John Coulter Morrison, MD

Dr. John Coulter Morrison died on Sept. 1, 2019, in Jackson, Mississippi from complications associated with a car accident in which his quick action may have saved the lives of others after his vehicle malfunctioned. Throughout his career as an obstetrician, he pioneered methods that made possible the safe delivery of infants born to mothers with health complications such as diabetes, preterm birth, sickle cell disease and hypertension.

He joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1979 as professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He was chairman of the department from 1995 to 2002. After his retirement, he continued to teach and conduct research.

He received many honors and awards for scientific and clinical accomplishments including the Individual Contribution to Maternal/Child Health Award from the National Perinatal Association and the William Beaumont Award from the American Medical Association. UMMC named Dr. Morrison a F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor (1993–1997) and a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor in recognition of his research contributions (1998–2002).

Dr. Morrison led numerous national professional organizations. He served on the board of directors of seven organizations and served as president of the Southern Perinatal Association, the Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Society of Obstetrics Anesthesia and Perinatology and the South Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. He was also an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Dr. Morrison interned and completed his OB-GYN residency at UT Memphis followed by two years in military service in Stuttgart, Germany. He taught at UT Memphis before joining the faculty of the UM Medical Center in Jackson. Along with his mentor, Dr. Winfred L. Wiser, Dr. Morrison was a key figure in bringing the Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants to fruition on the UMMC campus. He is remembered by family, friends, patients and colleagues as a compassionate healer, teacher, father and grandfather.

Born on September 11, 1943, Dr. Morrison is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Rita L. Dickey. They have three children and four grandchildren: Paul Alan Morrison (Mary Beth) of Warrenton, Virginia; Cody Morrison (Katie) and grandchildren Abby and Coulter of Oxford; Hollidae Morrison and grandchildren Hollidae “Dae” and Emerson of Jackson.

He also leaves his sister Marilyn Morrison Williamson (Eddie), brother David Lyle Morrison and sisters-in-law Cheryl and Katherine. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. W. Morrison and Dorothy Curlin Morrison, and his brothers, William Curlin Morrison and Shelton Naylor Morrison.

St. James’ Episcopal Church of Jackson will host a visitation at 10 a.m. Friday, September 13 in Fowler Hall, followed by a Requiem Eucharist service at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi at msdiabetes.org, (601) 957-7878, 800 Avery Blvd, Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or to support perinatal research at UMMC at www.umc.edu/givenow, selecting category “Other” and specifying the area of support as “OB/GYN Unrestricted Fund” or mail to UMMC Office of Development Accounting, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. Please denote “Dept. of OB/GYN Unrestricted Fund.”

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A donation to the Foundation for SMFM is one way to honor a SMFM member who has died. Your gift to the Foundation is an investment in the future of maternal-fetal medicine. Each gift advances pregnancy care through research scholarships, global initiatives in patient care and scientific endeavors, grants for clinical education, and mentorship in training the next generation of clinicians and scientists involved in improving pregnancy care. Once a financial gift is received, the Foundation will send a card to the family acknowledging your gift.

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