Pioneering Nanticoke doctor laid to rest
Dr. Stanley Dudrick, known worldwide as the father of intravenous
feeding, was remembered by his namesake as genuine, sincere, passionate
and determined at a funeral Mass celebrated in his memory Saturday in
Dudricks son Stanley eulogized his father near the end of the
Mass at St. Faustina Parish on South Hanover Street.
Dudrick, 84, died last weekend at his home in Eaton, New Hampshire,
following an illness. When news of his death spread, friends, colleagues
and admirers took to social media to offer condolences and heap praise
on a man credited for saving countless lives around the world.
He developed total parenteral nutrition while he was serving as a surgical
resident at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital from 1961 to 1966.
Dudricks son said his father worked diligently, tirelessly,
yet he was always caring and loving.
A popular phrase to describe my father is that he touched so many
people. Indeed he did, from all walks of life, every gender, race, creed
and color, Dudrick said. He had
a keen perceptiveness,
where he could find a connection with anyone and everyone.
The Rev. James Nash, pastor of St. Faustina Parish, celebrated the Mass
of Christian Burial. In his homily, he focused on a passage from the
Gospel of Luke in which Christ told his disciple Simon to take their
boat out deeper into the sea to catch fish after an unsuccessful night
Thats what Dr. Dudrick did all of his life. He was never
satisfied with just what he had, he wanted to go deeper and deeper and
deeper, Nash said after Mass, explaining the theme of his homily.
One of his greatest accomplishments was inventing the feeding
tube. Before that, people were coming out of successful surgery and
dying because they didnt have nutrition. So he went out on a limb,
went out deeper, and developed this process. And its considered
to be one of the greatest developments in the medical field, he
Nash said Dudrick could have spent the rest of his life basking in fame
and sitting on his laurels after his accomplishment, but he didnt.
He didnt even go for a patent. He went on with his life.
One of the things he did later was directing the physicians assistant
program at Misericordia University. After that, he was a professor at
the (Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine). So he always kept on
going out deeper and deeper and deeper. His love for his medical profession
was a dedication through his whole life, Nash said.
Nash described Dudrick as somebody who knew everybody.
He reached out to everyone, Nash said. He knew the
name of the elevator operator in medical school, hed know the
names of the maintenance staff guys. He was a people person, and all
he wanted to do was bring comfort to peoples lives.
Nash noted that Dudrick was content living a simple life. He could
have been a billionaire if he wanted to be, but he was more just dedicated
to his profession. And here in Nanticoke, hes kind of like one
of our legends.
In July 2017, city and state officials honored Dudrick and placed an
historical marker outside his childhood home on West Union Street to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of his invention.
He always lived a very simple, humble life, Nash said. It
never went to his head.
People across the globe pay tribute to Nanticoke
native, renowned physician
Tributes to the late Dr. Stanley Dudrick are pouring in from all over
the world following the death of the Nanticoke native who revolutionized
medicine in the 1960s.
Dudrick, who invented the intravenous feeding method known as total
parenteral nutrition (TPN), is considered one of the most influential
doctors in world history, credited with saving millions of lives.
Colleagues, friends and admirers from all over the globe have taken
to social media to mourn his loss.
Sad to hear the news out of the U.S. of the passing of Dr. Stanley
Dudrick, the father of parenteral nutrition, Dr. Peter Collins,
a dietician and professor from Brisbane, Australia, wrote on Twitter.
A giant in the field of clinical nutrition and who would have
contributed to saving countless lives.
Dr. Paul Wischmeyer, an anesthesiologist at Duke University, on Twitter
called Dudrick one of my true heroes.
I was honored to call him a mentor and friend, Wischmeyer
wrote. I will never forget our talks and wise advice. His life
should be celebrated and never forgotten.
Last year, Wischmeyer was named an honorary fellow for the American
Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), one of its biggest
honors. Dudrick was a co-founder of ASPEN and served as its first president.
With the passing of Dr. Dudrick, medicine has lost one of its
most inspirational leaders, ASPEN President Lingtak-Neander Chan
said. Dr. Dudrick will be remembered as a healer and visionary,
whose kindness has deeply touched many people.
Dudrick, the descendant of Nanticoke coal miners, invented TPN at age
32 while a surgical resident at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital
in Philadelphia a medical advancement on par with open heart
surgery and organ transplantation.
The schools department of surgery posted on Twitter that it mourns
the passing of The Father of Intravenous Feeding Dr. Stanley
He is ranked among the most influential doctors in world history
for inventing TPN as a surgical resident here @PennMedicine. He is credited
with saving millions of lives, the Twitter post said.
A search of Twitter tributes to Dudrick yields results in various languages.
We regret the loss of this great professional and human being,
the Colombian Association of Clinical Nutrition wrote in Spanish.
A medical student posted a tribute in Arabic with a meme saying Dudrick
was the man who fed starving patients when no one else could.
Alberto Gonzalez Chavez, chief surgical resident at Hospital Español
de México in Mexico City, praised Dudrick as surgeon of
Dudrick, always proud of his Nanticoke roots, intended to return to
the Wyoming Valley to practice medicine after school, but after his
invention, his skill level was too far advanced for local hospitals.
After his storied medical career, Dudrick returned to the area in 2011.
Dudrick became director of the physician assistant program at Misericordia
University and was hired as a professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth
School of Medicine.
Stan Dudrick was internationally known as a physician who changed
the lives of countless people through his pioneering work, Misericordia
University President Thomas J. Botzman said. Moreover, he was
a lifelong teacher of others as he sought to share his excitement and
enthusiasm for bettering the lives of others. He was an incredible friend
to all at Misericordia University and will fondly be remembered as a
humble physician from Nanticoke who changed the world to be a better
Nanticoke native, one of most influential physicians
in history, dies at 84
Dr. Stanley Dudrick, a Nanticoke native who went on to become one of
the most influential physicians in the world, has died. He was 84.
Dudrick invented the intravenous feeding method known as total parenteral
nutrition credited with saving millions of lives as a
He died over the weekend at his home in Eaton, New Hampshire, following
an illness, according to his cousin Jack Dudrick, of Nanticoke.
When you were in his presence, you felt like you were in the presence
of greatness, Jack Dudrick said Sunday.
The descendant of Nanticoke coal miners, Dudrick never forgot his roots
having grown up in a double-block home his father built on West
He was very proud of being from Nanticoke, Jack Dudrick
said. We were obviously thrilled every time he came back to Nanticoke.
Everyone would make sure they made it a point to see him.
Stanley Dudrick last visited in May, he said.
Known as the father of intravenous feeding, Dudrick is constantly
ranked among the most influential doctors in world history for his pioneering
work, which he unveiled in July 1967 at age 32.
Dudrick invented TPN while a surgical resident at the University of
Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Colleagues have said Dudricks contribution to medicine ranks in
importance with the development of open heart surgery and organ transplantation.
In a 2017 article describing Dudricks place among the 50 most
influential doctors in history, Dr. Robert Jarrett wrote: Before
Dr. Dudricks work there were many infants and children who we
had to watch literally starve to death because something was preventing
their bowels from absorbing nutrition.
Dudrick believed in his work so much he decided not to patent it
which might have made him a billionaire.
Like Jonas Salk, (the inventor of the polio vaccine), he didnt
patent anything, Jack Dudrick said. He said he created over
200 millionaires because of his invention.
Dudrick became a professor of surgery at Penn. He helped launch the
surgery department of the University of Texas Medical School and became
chief of surgery at the universitys hospital. He was named chairman
of the surgery department at Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest in the
nation. Later, he was tapped as surgery department chairman at the Yale
University School of Medicine.
But Dudrick always longed to come back home. And in 2011, he did.
Dudrick became director of the physician assistant program at Misericordia
University and was hired as a professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth
School of Medicine.
In July 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of Dudricks life-saving
invention, Nanticoke officials recognized a Dr. Dudrick Day
in the city and unveiled a historical marker outside his childhood home.
Dudrick inspired his students, said Ida Castro, Geisinger Commonwealth
School of Medicines vice president of community engagement.
Even though he might have been ill, he might have been weak, he
would come and dedicate so many hours to their development and nurture
their curiosity, she said.
Alan Goldstein, a Clarks Summit real estate developer, met Dudrick at
the medical school, where Goldstein was a volunteer and donor.
They became fast friends.
Stan was known throughout the world, Goldstein said. He
developed procedures all the doctors said could not be developed.
Goldstein described Dudrick as humble.
You would think he was a regular guy off the street, Goldstein
said. He was never impressed with himself. He was down to earth.
His death is a loss to the whole world.
State Sen. John Yudichak, I-14, Plymouth Twp., praised Dudrick for the
millions of lives he saved.
Few in the annals of medical history have contributed more to
the preservation of life through research and medical advancements than
Dr. Dudrick, Yudichak said.
Nanticoke City Manager Donna Wall said she was deeply saddened
to hear of Dudricks death.
He was a very special, humble man who never forgot his roots in
Nanticoke, Wall said. I feel fortunate to have known him.
He surely will be missed.
ERIC MARK and JON OCONNELL, staff writers, contributed to this
Historic Nanticoke building condemned, will
City officials on Friday condemned a historic building on East Main
Street that already was being eyed for demolition to make way for a
downtown redevelopment project.
The dilapidated property at 101-107 E. Main St. sustained a roof collapse
and the side of the building facing Shea Street started to crumble,
City Manager Donna Wall said.
Barricades have been placed around the building and Shea Street, which
leads to East Main Street, is closed until the building can be razed.
The Nanticoke City Municipal Authority, which purchased the property
last month for $200,000 from Relic Rack Inc., sought emergency bids
for demolition and the work could begin as soon as Tuesday.
The building is in rough condition and the city wants it taken
down and the municipal authority will comply, said Sara Hailstone,
a consultant for the authority.
Hailstone said the municipal authority purchased the building because
members considered it a key location in the city and important
for the revitalization of the downtown.
An old bank building next to the property is not part of the demolition.
The property to be razed was built in 1902 and was first home to the
Jacob A. Morgan Hotel and Saloon, according to Chet Zaremba, vice president
of the Nanticoke Historical Society.
That would make it one of the oldest buildings in the city,
Over the years, the building housed various others businesses, such
as Harry Gottliebs Modern Emporium, the William Janowicz Hotel,
Sam Weisbergers Leader Store, the Stauss Million Dollar Store,
Gem Furniture, Josephs Furniture and Geris Draperies, Zaremba
That building has been there forever, Zaremba said. Its
a shame to see it go.
Roke sworn in as new Nanticoke police chief
With his wife Kelly holding the Bible, and family, friends and coworkers
watching from around the Nanticoke Municipal Building, Michael Roke
was sworn in as the new police chief Wednesday night.
Its a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thats for sure,
Roke said. Weve been speaking about this now for a few months,
and its great to get to the point where we can start implementing
some of our plans.
Kevin Coughlin, Nanticokes newly inaugurated mayor, said Roke
previously a lieutenant has almost 25 years of experience
on the job. Although Robert Lehman has served as the interim chief since
the end of August, Coughlin said Lehmans detective skills were
Coughlin said Lehman and Roke were the only two who applied for the
He is a terrific detective, Coughlin said of Lehman. Id
rather have someone like that out on the streets doing work for the
citizens of the city.
Coughlin said Roke brings a lot of energy to the job and,
as the city is going to be coming down on dilapidated properties,
he said Roke has a lot of good ideas. Coughlin added that Roke was assertive
and will get the job done.
Rokes first act as police chief was taking care of a parking violation
issue right in the municipal meeting room. A concerned citizen brought
up multiple parking violations in front of his home, and Roke responded
by assuring the Nanticoke resident the cars would be taken care of.
Coughlin said watching Roke handle the issue strengthened his faith
Its one of our goals to go forward with the junk vehicles
that are on properties that are problematic, Roke said. Ive
spoken with the mayor since hes been inaugurated, and thats
one of the things that we did do to forward the agenda.
Roke said there are plans set up to work hand-in-hand with code enforcement
to address the status of properties, and he also plans to tackle the
drug problem in Nanticoke.
I appreciate the confidence the mayor and council have for me,
Roke said. Were certainly going to try to move the city
Huber Breaker film draws large crowd to world
As footage of the Huber Breaker crashing down on demolition day played
on a screen Tuesday night, some in the audience gasped. Some even cried.
A short documentary film about the former coal breaker in Ashley, the
last to remain standing in the Wyoming Valley, made its debut at the
St. Faustina Cultural Center, drawing a large crowd of people proud
of the regions anthracite heritage.
Organizers set up 200 chairs for the event. All seats were filled and
dozens of others stood for the 28-minute film, entitled Beyond
Wow, what a crowd. Thanks for coming everybody, said Chet
Zaremba, vice president of the Nanticoke Historical Society, which hosted
the event. We didnt anticipate anything like this. We are
honored to host this world premiere.
Zaremba said there was a certain irony in the film debuting at the cultural
center, the former St. Stanislaus Church on Church Street.
St. Stanislaus was the first Polish Catholic church in Luzerne County,
built in 1886 by Nanticoke coal miners, Zaremba said.
Mining historian Bob Wolensky, who was featured in the film, said the
film drew a stupendous turnout.
The film includes some history of the breaker, but mainly focuses on
local people lamenting the fact the breaker could not be saved prior
to its demolition for scrap metal in April 2014.
Philadelphia photographer John Welsh and fellow filmmaker, Alana Mauger
of Gilbertsville in Montgomery County, spent nearly eight years making
Were not from here. We came here and everyone was so kind
and welcoming, Mauger said. Now it feels like a second home.
The film features extensive amounts of drone footage from around the
breaker in the years before it was torn down.
Welsh and Mauger plan to enter the documentary in several film festivals
over the next year before they will be able to make it available to
the public online or on DVD.
One of the most notable characters in the film is Ray Clarke, chairman
of the Huber Breaker Preservation Society.
He is a part of one of the most dramatic parts of the film when heavy
equipment helps bring the breaker to the ground, causing a plume of
smoke to rise into the Ashley sky.
Clarke was filming at the time.
He soon called the filmmakers and the audio of the call was played during
Its all under rubble, Clarke told them. The
sad part about it is my camera was on.
Another person featured prominently in the film is Back Mountain artist
Sue Hand, who has created nearly 90 pieces of art about coal breakers
in the region, including some of the Huber Breaker.
When they tore the Huber down, it was like watching someone get
killed, Hand said in the film. How can you be so insensitive
to the past?
Welsh said the film took so long to complete because they were looking
for a good ending.
Then, last year, Hand hosted a gallery of her work on coal breakers
at Kings College.
The film ended with interviews taken while the gallery was at Kings.
There wasnt a preservation of the breaker, but there sort
of was in that gallery that night, Welsh said.
New film explores Huber Breakers role
While searching the internet years ago about coal mining, Philadelphia
photographer John Welsh came across a photo of the Huber Breaker in
He didnt know the significance of the coal mining facility that
once dotted Northeastern Pennsylvanias landscape, but was still
intrigued enough to make a visit.
After the visit in 2012, he decided to make a documentary about the
breaker the last one standing in the Wyoming Valley prior to
its demolition in 2014 for scrap metal.
Thats how it got started. It was kind of random, Welsh
said. I know my grandmother had coal in her house, but that was
all I knew about coal.
Welsh and fellow filmmaker, Alana Mauger of Gilbertsville in Montgomery
County, are set to debut their film Beyond the Breaker next
week in Nanticoke once a thriving hub of coal mining.
The film, which is free and open to the public, will debut at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the St. Faustina Cultural Center at 38 W. Church St. in Nanticoke
the former St. Stanislaus Church.
Im hoping people are going to appreciate the time we took
to tell the story, Welsh said. It represents a culture thats
The film is 28 minutes and contains interviews with about 30 people.
It took this long to complete the project because the filmmakers wanted
the perfect ending to the story, Welsh said.
Welsh said the ending will be a secret until the film debuts.
I dont want to give away the ending. It took us until 2019
to find a natural end to the story and we got lucky. We wanted
to make sure it was the right ending, Welsh said.
The filmmakers used a drone camera to fly inside the breaker to get
never before seen video.
Bob Wolensky, a local anthracite mining historian, consulted the filmmakers
on the project and appears in the documentary.
I encouraged them to think about the Huber as more than just a
physical plant. The breaker was a real important symbol of community,
people, work and the anthracite industry. It was bigger than a coal
processing plant, Wolensky said. They have been working
on this for 10 years. They really stayed with it.
The film is one of 17 local events to commemorate January as Anthracite
Mining Heritage Month.
For years, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society tried to save the
breaker and make it a museum. But the property eventually was sold for
scrap metal 2014 when efforts failed. Now, a memorial park is on site.
Chet Zaremba of the Nanticoke Historical Society will serve as emcee
of Tuesdays event. He used to work at the breaker in the billing
office before joining the Pennsylvania State Police.
He remembers the breaker as a huge hub of activity.
The coal industry, even in the latter days, was still an intricate
organization to get everything going from the mining to the processing
to the shipping to the billing, Zaremba said. Its
very interesting to me, having been there to see the operation.
IF YOU GO: The documentary film Beyond the Breaker about
the former Huber Breaker in Ashley will debut at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at
the St. Faustina Cultural Center at 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke - the
former St. Stanislaus Church. The event is free and open to the public.
Two towns, two mayors, two brothers: Coughlin
siblings lead Nanticoke, Plymouth
On either side of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, there is
now a mayor named Coughlin.
Kevin Coughlin was sworn in as the new mayor of Nanticoke City on Monday
night while his brother Frank Coughlin watched on.
Frank is no stranger to such ceremonies after all, he had just
participated in one less than an hour earlier in Plymouth Borough, where
he is the mayor.
I dont know how many areas have two brothers as mayor in
a five- or six-mile radius, said Frank before Plymouths
council meeting and swearing-in ceremony.
Frank was appointed mayor back in October, filling the unexpired term
of the late former mayor Thomas McTague.
I didnt want to become mayor under the circumstances with
Mayor McTague passing away, said Coughlin. Hes sorely
missed around this town.
One of the big issues that Coughlin has undertaken as mayor is the revitalization
of downtown Plymouth.
Were moving along, Coughlin said. We have a
lot of things coming up.
Mondays meeting in Plymouth also saw the swearing-in of council
members. The winners of three council seats in Novembers election
were incumbent Democrats Bill Dixon and John Thomas, with 18-year-old
Republican Alec Ryncavage edging out Democrat Adam Morehart for the
Ryncavage is also focused on the future of downtown Plymouth.
Its going to be an effort from the entire council to revitalize
downtown, Ryncavage said. The objective of the council and
the town government as a whole is to make the town easier to live in
and work in.
Coughlin had praise for councils newest addition.
I see a lot of potential in him, Coughlin said of Ryncavage.
Plymouths meeting went on after the swearing-in but Frank couldnt
stick around, as he had to get across the river to Nanticoke for his
Kevin Coughlin, like his brother, served on the city council prior to
becoming the mayor. He was Nanticoke City Councils vice president,
whereas Frank was the borough council president in Plymouth up until
the time he was appointed mayor.
I decided I wanted to be mayor last year, said Kevin Coughlin
after the meeting. There were just a few things that I thought
I could improve on.
As his family looked on, including his brother, Coughlin took the oath
of office and officially assumed the position of mayor, just three months
after Frank took office in Plymouth. Kevins father-in-law, the
late Stanley Glazenski, also served as mayor of Nanticoke City, and
was sworn in on the same Bible that Kevin used.
I feel proud, Kevin Coughlin said. I think if our
dad were alive, hed be really proud, too.
Hell be good to Nanticoke, said Frank Coughlin. Hopefully
the two towns could do some sort of partnership down the line.
South Valley Parkway project delay frustrates
Editors Note: As part of The Citizens Voice Ask the Voice
feature, a reader asked when the South Valley Parkway project would
For months, Grateful Roast owners Brian Williams and Sarah Kratz said
road closures as a result of the
$90 million South Valley Parkway project have negatively impacted their
The husband and wife own a cafe and specialty coffee roaster at 400
Middle Road in Nanticoke and are frustrated that road closures continue
as another roundabout is still being constructed in Hanover Twp.
Its awful, Kratz said. On top of the fact that
road is not open, the signs that the road is closed are not there and
that makes it dangerous.
The roundabout was projected to open in November, but Cody Forgach,
chief of staff for State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp., said
he doesnt expect it to open until late January depending on the
The state Department of Transportation will not allow the roundabout
to open without lighting and the lights were not shipped yet, Forgach
The manufacturer will release the light poles Jan. 10 to the contractor
and then they will need an inspection, said PennDOT spokesman Michael
Taluto said he is not sure yet when the roundabout will be completed
but he should have a better idea after the inspection.
Kriger Construction of Scranton is building the roundabout, marking
the seventh one to be constructed in the Hanover Twp. and Nanticoke
It will connect to a new access road leading into warehouses for True
Value and Spreetail in the Hanover 9 site across from Luzerne County
James Marzolino, vice president for Kriger Construction, said there
are only two or three suppliers that PennDOT has approved to supply
the lights so it took some time but he said the entire South Valley
Parkway project is projected to be done on time and on budget.
The estimated completion date for the entire project is August, he said.
Williams said he welcomes the South Valley Parkway project, the roundabouts
and the new warehouses but hes frustrated with how long it is
taking to construct some of the roundabouts.
One of the reasons for the South Valley Parkway project was to take
heavy traffic off Middle Road but as a result of the construction, traffic
is forced back onto Middle Road, he said. People have been taking down
signs that say road closed, he said.
Kratz said she also supports progress and having new jobs but she thinks
the South Valley Parkway construction project has been mismanaged
and she calls it a nightmare.
She said Grateful Roast is already off the beaten path in Nanticoke
and the road closures have made it more difficult for customers to get
to their business. People often stop in their business asking for directions,
Kratz credited construction firm Clayco, which has been building warehouses,
for sending employees to their business but she said the South Valley
Parkway construction project is something that should have gone
Its taking a very long time and its hurting our business,
she said. Little people are struggling. Were the little
guys and it takes a toll on us when we dont have traffic.