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Robert D. Corwin, 80, a pediatric cardiologist and the first chief of pediatric cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital from 1977 to 1985, died October 16, 2010. Corwin was a graduate of Hofstra University and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Union University. He completed a rotating internship at the Albany Medical Center Hospital and a two-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Boston Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine.

He was a member of many professional societies and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics cardiology section. He was clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Alpert Medical School and wrote extensively on unusual congenital heart anomalies.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Anisewski) Corwin, his four children, and two stepchildren.



Joseph J. Hallett, Jr., 65, died at his home in Wellesley, MA, on October 23, 2010, after a courageous struggle with brain cancer. Born in Rochester, NY, he received his MD from the University of Rochester with distinction in research, and completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins followed by a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He most recently served as director of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, and associate professor of pediatrics at Alpert Medical School. He was dedicated to caring for underserved children and passionate about his neuroscience research. Hallett is survived by his wife, Susan, and their three children. Donations may be made to the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center, Attention: Rose Tremblay, 555 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.



Thomas Lasater, professor of community health (research) and past director of the Institute for Community Health Promotion, passed away November 22, 2010, at the age of 69. Building on early experience as a community organizer, Lasater was among the first researchers to conduct community-based research on health issues. Working with Richard Carleton, he developed the Pawtucket Heart Health Program, then the largest health education grant in the history of the National Institutes of Health. This 17-year project was groundbreaking in developing innovative approaches to improving population health. His more recent projects focused on health promotion among minority communities are internationally recognized.

Lasater was former president of the Rhode Island Public Health Association, served on dozens of public health committees and boards, and was involved in the design of communitybased health programs throughout the US and Canada. He authored hundreds of journal articles, and was a highly respected and sought after consultant and a frequent speaker at public health conferences both here and abroad.

He is survived by his wife, Angie Soares Lasater, and a daughter.

Thomas Lasater, PhD
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