In January 2020, Frederick Hamilton Linthicum, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He will always be remembered for his contributions to otology and neurotology here at House.
Dr. Fredrick H. Linthicum, Jr., MD, was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pomona College and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. While completing his medical internship, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that broke his hand. He asked a student nurse, Jean Wolverton, to write up his histories and physicals since he could not do so himself. That simple request led to a happy marriage of more than 70 years.
In 1958, he joined Howard House, William House, and James Sheehy in founding the Otologic Medical Group (now House Ear Clinic), where he worked two days a week in the Eccles Temporal Bone Lab with George Keleman, MD. Years later, when Keleman passed, Fred decided to retire from active practice to spend all of his time in the Eccles Temporal Bone Laboratory. During this time, he was a mentor to many associates and students from around the world. Dr. Linthicum published more than 240 papers, many of which were with his fellows and students. He was a dedicated teacher and was always more than willing to help his students.
Frederick Linthicum was a good friend to many, a fantastic scientist, and above all, a great teacher. He will be remembered forever for his significant contributions to the histopathology of Otology and Neurotology. His loving wife, Jean, and daughter predeceased him. He is survived by sons Fred and Philip, their wives, and five grandchildren.