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Monday, February 7, 2000, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Dr. Raymond R. Suskind, director emeritus of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and NIEHS Center Director (1969-1986) died Monday (February 2, 2000) of prostate cancer at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.
A professor emeritus of dermatology, internal medicine and environmental health, Dr. Suskind was happy in his work, according to his wife, Ida B. Richardson Suskind of Hyde Park.
Dr. Suskind accomplished much in his 86 years. He wrote no fewer than 58 articles and books - something his wife attributed to his "it can be done" philosophy.
1948, Dr. Suskind developed a skin physiology and toxicology research program at UC's Kettering Laboratory. His research led to the discovery and understanding of the effects of ultraviolet light on skin.
In 1962, Dr. Suskind established an environmental medicine research unit at the University of Oregon Medical School. He returned to UC to become director of the Kettering Laboratory in 1969. After retiring from the directorship in 1986, he continued to do research and teach at the UC Medical Center.
In 1989, he was appointed master/trustee of the Fernald Settlement Fund Program.
Among the numerous awards Dr. Suskind received are the Daniel Drake Medal from UC in 1985, the Robert A. Kehoe Award from the American Academy of Occupational Medicine in 1987 and a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology in 1988.
Born in New York City, Dr. Suskind was educated at Columbia College (an undergraduate school of Columbia University) in New York; the School of Medicine at the College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland; and the State University of New York.
He came to Cincinnati General Hospital to complete an internship in 1944 and a residency in dermatology in 1948. He was a fellow in preventive medicine and industrial health at Kettering from 1948 to 1950.
As an Army Medical Corps captain , Dr. Suskind was chief of dermatology and venereal disease at Halloran General and Tilton General hospitals from 1946 to 1948.
He is also survived by two sons, Raymond R. Jr., of Portland, Ore., and Stephen A. of Winton Place; a sister, Marcella Beresin of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.
Memorials: The Linton Music Series, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 45214, or the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Ave., Cincinnati 45219.
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