OBITUARY Michael Kass, MD; Morton Smith, MD ernard Becker died on August 28, 2013, 1 week after his 93rd birthday. With his death, we have lost one of the B giants of 20th century ophthalmology. Dr Becker was born in 1920 in New York City and attended Princeton University on a full scholarship. While at Princeton, he supported himself by tutoring fellow students in chemistry and mathematics. He then received a full scholarship to attend Harvard Medical School, where he maintained his strong interest in chemis- try. He then served in the US Army Medical Corps during World War II. After the war, Dr Becker was interested in applying the techniques of histochemistry to medical research. He attended a scientific meeting where he was impressed with Bernard Becker, MD a presentation by Jonas Friedenwald, MD, who invited Becker to join his laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Univer- sity School of Medicine. After arriving at Johns Hopkins, pists, and medical leaders to create a separate National Eye Becker realized for the first time that Friedenwald was an Institute. Dr Becker was also one of the founders of the Asso- ophthalmologist. Dr Friedenwald eventually convinced ciation of University Professors of Ophthalmology.
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 1, 2013