Dr. Nemeth, Cell and Developmental Biology

Dr. Andrew M. Nemeth, professor emeritus of anatomy and past lecturer in psychiatry, died on February 7, 2011, at the age of 84.

Dr. Nemeth received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1949 and 1953, respectively. Following a one-year internship in pediatrics, he accepted a two-year visiting fellowship in biochemistry at Columbia University.

Dr. Nemeth joined Penn’s department of anatomy (now cell and developmental biology) in 1956 and retired in 1996. While actively pursuing his research focusing on the biochemistry of enzyme formation in the late fetal and newborn periods, he used his clinical insights in his teaching of histology and gross anatomy to first year medical students. A colleague stated that “his annual lung lecture in histology was a highlight and ‘show stopper’: he used fresh cow lungs to demonstrate their elasticity and pinkness, indicating lack of carbon from cigarette smoke and city air pollution.”

He briefly joined the department of psychiatry’s clinical practice group in 1985 while continuing his teaching efforts to first year medical students until retirement. He continued his private practice in psychiatry for many more years.