Two prominent medical center figures remembered for lifelong contributions


Emeritus professor David Maurice

David M. Maurice, PhD, Columbia University professor of ophthalmology and Stanford School of Medicine emeritus faculty member, died July 20 in New York at the age of 80. Maurice, a leader in eye research and the developer of the confocal specular microscope, was born and educated in the U.K. and received his PhD in physiology in 1951 from University Colleg e, London.

He joined Stanford in 1968 as a senior research associate in the division of ophthalmology. In 1974 he was appointed adjunct professor of surgery (ophthalmology) at the medical school.

Maurice achieved emeritus status at Stanford in 1993 and then moved on to Columbia University.

His contributions and expertise as a scientist in ophthalmic research spanned the fields of corneal physiology and ocular pharmacokinetics. In 1967 Maurice received the prestigious Friedenwald Memorial Award, which is given to the scientist of the highest caliber in ophthalmology by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He was a founding member of the international journal Experimental Eye Research and remained on its editorial board until 2001.

He is survived by his wife Anna Maurice, of New York; his former wife Carlotta Maurice, of Atherton, and their three daughters, Celia Maurice Fulton, Menlo Park; Julia Maurice, Paris, and Ruth Maurice, Palo Alto; and a brother, John Maurice, of Israel.