In Memoriam

Jacob “Jack” Canick, Ph.D.

We join with our friends at Women & Infants in mourning the loss of one of our most esteemed colleagues, Jacob “Jack” Canick, PhD, who passed away suddenly last week. Jack served as the director of the Division of Medical Screening and Special Testing, part of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital, since the Division’s inception in 1982. He also served as a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where he was active in many departmental leadership posts.

Dr. Canick was recognized internationally as one of the premier experts in the area of prenatal screening for Down syndrome.  Through his leadership, Women & Infants was involved in the development of and was the first academic program in the U.S. to offer the triple and then the Quad test for prenatal screening.  The hospital also served as the central laboratory in the FASTER Trial, a large-scale, national intervention trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to compare first and second trimester screening methods.  And, under Dr. Canick, the hospital implemented a new generation of screening tests, including the full and serum Integrated and the First Trimester Combined tests. 

Dr. Canick was the author or coauthor of more than 200 research studies, review articles and scientific abstracts on the endocrinology of placental function, steroid hormone biosynthesis in reproductive tissues, and the biology and clinical use of prenatal screening markers.  He lectured extensively throughout the world, and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and he was the holder of several patents. 

According to Dr. Dwayne Lawrence, chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Women & Infants and Care New England, Dr. Canick was not at the cutting edge for prenatal testing, he was the cutting edge.  He possessed the uncommon combination of brilliance and humility which, said Dr. Lawrence, is all too rare in the world of academics. 

Dr. Canick, whose funeral service is today, will be forever remembered as a beloved researcher, teacher, and friend to all who knew him.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Marsha, and his family, as well as to his colleagues and associates. 

Please honor Dr. Canick’s memory by carrying on the work you do and doing it with a kind and gentle spirit. 


Jacob Dyckman, M.D.

Dr. Dyckman obtained his AB and MD from New York University, and afer a residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Pathology, came to the Miriam Hospital, where he served as pathologist, chief of pathology (1952-1970), Director of AP (1970-1989), and Senior Pathologist (1990-2000's).   He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Rhode Island Society of Pathologists in 1972 for his many dedicated years of dedication to the practice and training in pathology.  Even after his retirement, he continued to volunteer for the Miriam Hospital for many years.


Nelson Fausto Tribute Initiative

Nelson Fausto, M.D., an early pioneer for medical education at Brown, leaves a legacy of dedication to liver regeneration research and to teaching at the Warren Alpert Medical School. One of the first faculty members to be recruited to Brown’s Program in Medicine, Dr. Fausto became professor in 1967 and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 1983. He was an outstanding leader and mentor for a new generation of teachers and experimental pathologists at Brown, inspiring graduate and medical students, postdoctoral researchers, and young faculty to pursue environmental health and human disease research that has been sustained at Brown for thirty years. The values that informed Dr. Fausto’s vision continue to shape the mission of the Department of Pathology under the direction of the current chair, Dr. Agnes Kane.

To honor Dr. Fausto and all that he contributed to medicine, education, and Brown, friends, colleagues and former students are raising funds to name an academic space in Alpert Medical School’s new building. Please consider contributing to this important initiative.

For more information and updates about the Nelson Fausto Initiative and to learn how you can honor Dr. Fausto, please contact: Andrew Horgan, Office of Biomedical Advancement, Tel: 401-863-1459,

Nelson’s family will be notified of the names of donors to support this effort (without gift amounts). Once the goal has been achieved, a reception honoring Nelson and unveiling of the space will take place at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Stuart C. Lauchlan, M.B.,Ch.B.

Stuart C. Lauchlan MB ChB, was a revered and much loved member, not only of our Department of Pathology & Medicine, but indeed, many at Women & Infants Hospital, for over 24 years. Doctor Lauchlan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, received his medical degree from Edinburgh University in 1954. He came to North America for his pathology training in Newfoundland and Toronto from 1954-1959. He joined the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine here at Women & Infants Hospital in 1976 and was formally on staff until his "first" retirement in 1999. With some understandable reluctance, he allowed himself to be enticed to work part time in the department where he again contributed immensely to the expertise and renown of the department. He underwent his "second" retirement in August 2001, despite futile protestations by the faculty of Path & Lab Medicine. Doctor Lauchlan was an internationally recognized surgical pathologist and is perhaps best known for originating the novel concept of the "secondary mullerian system", a concept which even today is making important contributions to our understanding of the early beginning of ovarian cancer. The Stuart C. Lauchlan Fellowship in Women's Pathology is a highly sought after fellowship and each year attracts candidates from all over the United States, many of whom have become successful academicians themselves. Doctor Lauchlan will be missed for many reasons, but high among them was his dry wit and sense of humor. This can be easily detected in his autobiography "The Pathology of My Life", published in 2009. Although he will be missed for all the previous qualities, Stuart Lauchlan was a kind and generous man to others of his time, of his "book" knowledge but also of his rich knowledge about life itself. He leaves a void that will be hard to fill.