Marshall H. Klaus, M.D.,
FAAP, whose research brought
attention to the importance of
early bonding in newborn-mother
dyads, died Aug. 15 at age 90. ;is
early work helped the growing
field of neonatology, and he was
namesake of the AAP Perinatal
Section Marshall Klaus Research Award. Dr. Klaus,
of Palo Alto, Calif, also received the AAP Neonatal
Landmark Award in 2002.
With the late John H. Kennell, M.D., FAAP, Dr.
Klaus investigated modifications to hospital protocols to better support mother-infant pairs. ;ese
research findings led to changes such as 24-hour
visitation of premature or ill babies in the neonatal
intensive care unit and rooming in for healthy term
infants and mothers. In recognition of their contributions to the field of child development, both pediatricians received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award
;eir research on the benefits of continuous la-
bor support later encouraged Dr. Klaus to co-found
Doulas of North America International, an organi-
zation designed to promote the importance of dou-
las on the health of mothers and babies.
Dr. Klaus most recently was professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco.
He also served as the pediatrics department chair at
Michigan State University, East Lansing, director of
the newborn and premature nurseries at University Hospitals Cleveland and director of the Clinical
Research Center for Premature Infants at Stanford
He earned his M.D. from Case Western Reserve
University and completed pediatrics residency at
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. During a
neonatal pulmonology fellowship, he helped John
Clements, M.D., FAAP, isolate the surfactant that
was used to develop an artificial surfactant and protocol to treat respiratory distress syndrome.
Dr. Klaus is survived by his wife, Phyllis, five children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren. Read
his AAP Oral History at http://bit.ly/2vt;oI.
Dr. Coleman promoted
pediatrician who served on the
He was chair of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (2005-
’09), member of the Section on Developmental and
Behavioral Pediatrics Executive Committee and a
consultant member of the AAP Task Force on the
He earned his medical degree from University
of New Mexico, followed by a residency at Duke
University School of Medicine and fellowship at
Children’s Hospital Boston.
Dr. Coleman is survived by his wife, Julie, a
daughter and three grandchildren. He is predeceased
by his son, Justin, who died after complications from
a tra;c accident. Justin is namesake of the AAP Dale
Richmond/Justin Coleman Lectureship Award that
recognizes non-physicians’ contributions to developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
Arthur Ablin, M.D., FAAP, of San Rafael, Calif.,
died Aug. 14 at age 90.
Durward J. Bakker, M.D.,
FAAP, of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
died July 9 at age 87.
Alva L. Blaine, M.D., FAAP,
of Corpus Christie, Texas, died
July 22 after a long illness at age
Enrico Davoli, M.D., FAAP,
of Amelia Island, Fla., died July
15 at age 85.
Harry Foster Jr., M.D., FAAP,
of Lithonia, Ga., died June 29 at
Milton H. Nirken, M.D.,
FAAP, of Houston, died Aug. 4
at age 76.
John E. Ott, M.D., FAAP, of Silver Spring, Md.,
died April 24 at age 80.
Frank R. Reynolds, M.D., FAAP, of Wilmington, N.C., died Aug. 5 at age 97.
Bennett Sherman, M.D., FAAP, of Highland
Park, Ill., died Aug. 23 at age 94.
Dr. Klaus, studied nuances of newborn-mother bonding
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