Saying Goodbye to Dr. Haskin

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Yesterday, many SACcers went to a memorial service to say good-bye to Dr. Marvin Haskin, father of Ken. As we met as adults, many of us, myself included, had never had the honor of meeting Dr. Haskin. It's a shame we didn't. He must have been an amazing man, and was beloved by so many. He also was an incredibly brilliant man, and a man of great intellect and wit.

The memorial service was held at Haverford Friends, a Quaker Meeting House on Buck Lane in Haverford. It was quite touching and beautiful for it's simplicity. Friends, colleagues, and family members share memories of Dr. Haskin. We learned of not only his amazing intellect, but about him as a human being, proud father, husband, human being, and dog lover. Eulogizing a parent is one of the hardest acts of love we perform, and Ken Haskin's eulogy of his father was a beautiful tribute to a man who was larger than life. All of the comments and sharing resonated lovingly within the simplicity and beauty of Haverford Friends Meeting. I had never attended a Quaker memorial service, and I will admit it was peaceful and lovely.

Please take a minute to read Dr. Haskin's obituary. He was an amazing man....and someone's dad and husband. many thanks to Main Line Media News for allowing us to post the below in it's entirety.

Marvin Edward Haskin
Published: Monday, March 9, 2009 2:07 PM CDT

Marvin Edward Haskin, M.D., died unexpectedly at Bryn Mawr Hospital at the age of 78. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Hahnemann University for 22 years.

Dr. Haskin graduated from Central High School, received a BA from Temple University in 1951, and earned his Medical Degree from Temple University Medical School in 1955; he was inducted into AOA, the National Medical Honor Society, in his junior year. Internship and residency in Diagnostic Radiology were completed at Philadelphia General Hospital, during which he also served in the United States Air Force as Chief of Radiology at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He became a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology in 1961.

From 1961 to 1969, he served as Chief, Diagnostic Radiology at Philadelphia General Hospital, Associate Radiologist at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, and Research Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, also at Hahnemann, pursuing his many research interests especially those involving cardiac modeling, nosocomial infection, and the physics necessary for the continued evolution of diagnostic radiology technology.

From 1969 until 1991 Dr. Haskin was as Professor and Chairman of Diagnostic Radiology at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. During his tenure at Hahnemann, he mentored innumerable radiology residents and fellows. He delighted in designing the then-new radiology department, which included one of the first digital imaging rooms in this region, a new technology at that time. He continued to avidly pursue his interests in the physics of newer radiologic technology, and was a pioneer in the development and use of computer transmission of image and medical information systems. He was responsible for bringing the CT scanner to Hahnemann, the first located in the City of Philadelphia.

Dr. Haskin is an author or editor of 15 books, most prominently Roentgenologic Diagnosis, the several editions of which have been translated into multiple languages including Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian. The three- volume edition of Surgical Radiology followed and was equally successful. He has published nine book chapters and 84 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, and had presented over 100 papers at national and international scientific meetings.

He was a founding member of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology, on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Digital Imaging, appointed to the Executive Committee for the Medical Devices Standard Management Board (ANSI), and was a reviewer for The American Journal of Roentgenology, The Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Journal of Digital Imaging.

He was a member of numerous local and national medical societies, including the American Association of University Radiologists, The Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He was a Fellow of The American College of Physicians, The American College of Radiology, The Philadelphia College of Physicians, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Medicine.

He retired in 1991 to pursue, with typical enthusiasm, his interests in teleradiology and antifomitic technology. He currently holds multiple patents in these areas. He immensely enjoyed his retirement in the company of his wife of over 35 years, Pamela Herr Haskin, M.D., a relationship grounded in mutual adoration. He delighted in the antics of his beloved Newfoundland dogs. This kind and gentle man will also be very sorely missed by his son, Kenneth Geoffrey, an architect in Wynnewood, PA, his sister Lillian Siegel, and his nephew Dr. Everett Siegel, both of Baltimore, Md.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 12 Noon, at the Haverford Friends Meeting, 855 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. (directions: 610/649-3445,) or www.Haverfordfriendsmeeting.org). A Reminiscence Luncheon for friends and family will follow at the Cynwyd Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to the Newfoundland Club of America Rescue Fund, 1004 Hwy 78 So., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572; or to Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, 328 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

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