Peter I. Jatlow, M.D.

Peter I. Jatlow, M.D., 84, passed away at his home peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020 after a long illness. Dr. Jatlow served as Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine from 1984-2006. Mostly recently, he was Professor Emeritus of, and Senior Research Scientist in, the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Psychiatry. His clinical interests were focused on clinical chemistry and toxicology. His research activities were primarily concerned with the clinical pharmacology of drugs of abuse, including nicotine and alcohol and he published some of the earliest studies of the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of cocaine. A fellow of the American Institute for the Advancement of Science, he was the author of more than 100 publications and was recognized with numerous awards and honors. Dr. Jatlow was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He received his B.S. from Union College in 1957 and his M.D. in 1961 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. After a mixed medicine-surgery internship at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York, Dr. Jatlow spent four years as a resident and postdoctoral trainee in pathology and laboratory medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. From 1966 to 1968, Dr. Jatlow was in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he set up the first pathology department for the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1968 he returned to join the faculty of Yale School of Medicine where he remained for the balance of his career. Dr. Jatlow had a green thumb and enjoyed tennis and travelling with his family. He collected fountainpens and enjoyed wine and a good meal. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed exploring the Four Corners region of the American Southwest and hiking the trails of Acadia National Park. He is survived by his beloved wife, Stephanie, two daughters, Allison Beitler and Julie Guilmette, two sons-in-law, Richard and Keith, and by his three grandsons, Gordon, Brian and Daniel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut Food Bank at www.ctfoodbank.org/ways-to-give or send 2 Research Pkwy, Wallingford, CT 06492-1929

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  1. Lawrence Cohen said,

    05.18.20 at 8:35 pm

    You were a great colleague Peter and you will be missed. You contributed to the well being of hundreds, perhaps thousands of patients. Yours was always the voice of reason.

  2. Lawrence Cohen said,

    05.18.20 at 8:42 pm

    You were always a great colleague and you will be missed. Your work has helped hundreds, more likely thousands of patients. Yours was always the voice of reason. It was a privilege knowing you.

  3. Gustave L Davis said,

    05.19.20 at 9:38 am

    It has been my privilege and pleasure to have known and worked with Peter since our days as “Chaverim” at Union College’s Kappa Nu Fraternity (Peter ’57 and I ’59). Forty years ago I caught up with Peter at Yale Medical School, both of us pathologists. Peter, as Chair of Laboratory Medicine supported my spectroscopy research and, in retirement, joined us in the Howard Spiro Society aka “Yale Geezers”.
    His contributions to medical research and education were significant; he will be remembered.

  4. Jan Ciskowski said,

    05.19.20 at 11:51 am

    So sorry to hear, I will remember him always as a great boss. Sending prayers

  5. Harry Mark said,

    05.19.20 at 3:01 pm

    A good friend and scholar

  6. Brian and Keiren Smith said,

    05.19.20 at 4:17 pm

    All our condolences from our family to yours. Peter Jatlow was an amazing man and we are all diminished by his passing. His professional success and academic and scholarly contributions speak for themselves but what always set him apart was his remarkable wisdom and how deeply he cared about all the faculty and staff that he was responsible for – not just as employees but as human beings. In our business we see deep thinkers not all that infrequently – but they are most often deep scholarly thinkers only – Peter also thought deeply about others around him and not only thought about what might make their lives better but acted to make it happen. We have all benefited from having been touched by his generosity of spirit. Thank you to the entire Jatlow family for sharing him with the rest of us.

    Best regards,
    Brian and Keiren

  7. Frank J Bia MD said,

    05.19.20 at 5:17 pm

    Peter Jatlow MD was the very finest of gentlemen, and an exemplary Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine. From the time I was a fellow, in the late 70s and until retirement, I benefitted immensely by having my secondary appointment in that department, and largely under his leadership. Without his personal mentoring, guidance, fairness and multiple opportunities to both work and teach within the section of Clinical Microbiology, I might never have enjoyed the full depth of a Yale faculty experience and career. He will be missed, but certainly not forgotten…..
    Frank Bia MD


    05.20.20 at 8:43 am

    Dear Jatlow Family: please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. may fond memories sustain you during this difficult time. We at YALE and the community will always honor all his accomplishments!

    gone but not forgotten

    Lorraine & Joel Roseman

  9. Ernest I Kohorn said,

    05.20.20 at 12:48 pm

    I grieve with you. I did not get to know Dr. Peter Jatlow until we both joined The Howard Spiro Society. He was such an erudite and wise physician and person and we frequently sat next to each other. As I no longer drive, he frequently drove me to the meetings. A splendid gentleman and a great loss.He will be long well remembered. Ernest I. Kohorn,

  10. Orla and Mito Mardin said,

    05.20.20 at 12:48 pm

    Dear Stephanie,
    we are saddened to hear about Peter’s passing. We enjoyed his company very much the few times we had the pleasure of meeting him.
    Wishing you and your family strength to cope with this loss.
    Our condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Orla and Mito Mardin

  11. Paul L Wineland, DDS said,

    05.20.20 at 4:48 pm

    My condolences to the Jatlow family and friends. I first met Peter playing tennis with others. Boy did he have a forehand! We continued to play tennis over the years up until about 5 – 10 years ago. He was a well educated, interesting, dynamic and wonderful individual. I last saw Peter at the New Haven Lawn club a few years ago on Mother’s Day. May he RIP.

  12. Peter Tattersall said,

    05.21.20 at 1:43 pm

    Dear Stephanie,
    We were profoundly saddened to hear of your loss. Peter was a major influence on our careers over some 35 years in Laboratory Medicine.
    During his tenure as Chair he continued to support our research endeavors and we fondly remember Peter and your kindness to us as we found our way in a novel academic environment and parenthood at the same time.
    Latterly we had both been Peter’s office neighbors, and will greatly miss our conversations and his insights into his many interests, both academic and cultural.
    Our son Ian joins us in extending our deepest condolences to you and the family at this sorrowful time.
    Peter Tattersall and Susan Cotmore

  13. Marie Landry said,

    05.21.20 at 11:27 pm

    Peter Jatlow was a wonderful Department Chair, unique in his combination of wisdom, intelligence, gentle humor, kindness, and humility. He conveyed concern and respect for each person in the department. It was a pleasure and an honor to work under him and he will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family.

    Marie Landry and Peter Aronson

  14. Will & Wendy Sherman said,

    05.23.20 at 12:38 pm

    Dear Stephanie & family,
    Our sincere condolences to you all on Peter’s passing. We have known the two of you for many years and always enjoyed getting together and talking, most recently only this past December. One of my fond memories of Peter is hiking with him over the trails of the CT mountains. He was certainly a great man and physician and will surely be missed. Thinking of you at this most difficult time.
    Will & Wendy Sherman

  15. Cathy Vellucci said,

    05.24.20 at 8:09 am

    Dear Stephanie, Allison and Julie,
    I was so saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. I was privileged to have worked with him when he was the chair of Laboratory Medicine, and I was the administrator. He was a truly kind man and was well-respected by those of us that worked closely with him. He was unwaveringly supportive of his faculty and loved his family immensely. Although I only worked with him for 3 years, I learned a lot from him. I am smiling as I write this next part – he loved chewing Altoids while we were reviewing financials. He had a very upbeat attitude. Mort of all, I will remember his sparkly beautiful eyes. The earth has lost a great scholar, researcher but most of all a remarkable man.

    I wish you strength, courage and peace in the coming days. He will be missed.
    Cathy A Vellucci

  16. Sheldon and Nancy Campbell said,

    05.25.20 at 5:23 pm

    It was such a great honor to be in Peter’s department. He had a real vision of a place where excellence in research, teaching, and patient care would all be nurtured. I’m so fortunate to have been a part of his department. He’s greatly missed; our sympathy to you all for your loss.

  17. Ann M. Altman/Körner said,

    05.26.20 at 6:30 pm

    I was saddened to hear the news of Peter’s passing from Bob Levine, with whom I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Laboratory Medicine in the mid 1970s. It was a tough place for a woman at that time, especially a Ph.D. rather than an MD, but Peter’s decency and kindness made a big difference and will always be remembered.

  18. Valerie Ng, MD said,

    06.10.20 at 8:26 am

    Peter was a giant in Laboratory Medicine. His influence spread wide and far. We at the University of California San Francisco were proud to have been his colleagues, We looked to Peter and his department at Yale as the pinnacle of Laboratory Medicine and a goal for which to constantly strive.

    I valued Peter as a long distance mentor and colleague. In addition to his scientific brilliance and masterful leadership, he readily offered helpful advice and support to many departments and trainees throughout their careers – a major contributor to their continued success today.

    We are all much better for having known him. We will miss him dearly. His spirit and Laboratory Medicine legacy lives on in all of us.

    Our deepest sympathies to Stephanie – who was always by his side at our annual ACLPS meetings – and his daughters Allison and Julie. We last saw Peter at the 2017 ACLPS meeting hosted by Yale in New Haven. He was his usual brilliant, gentle and humble self – and this is how we will always remember him.

  19. Neil Blumberg MD said,

    06.12.20 at 2:05 pm

    I can only echo everyone else’s condolences and praise for what a fine human being, physician and colleague Peter was. I was his resident and chief resident during 1975-78 and relied heavily on him for his advice, kindness and generosity of spirit. He leaves a magnificent professional legacy of physicians, scientists and technologists whose careers were greatly enriched by his influence. May his family and, in particular, Stephanie, find some comfort in this difficult time.

  20. David Bailey said,

    06.12.20 at 4:46 pm

    Peter Jatlow was my mentor throughout medical school, residency, and fellowship. I published my first paper with him as a second-year medical student and my last paper with him as a chief resident in Laboratory Medicine at Yale. He taught me so much more than just our shared interests in clinical chemistry and toxicology: he taught me important principles of leadership and adminstration, which would serve me well in my later career as a department chair, dean, and vice chancellor. I miss him, but he lives on in my heart and mind. My thoughts and prayers are with his beloved Stephanie, his daughter Julie, his daughter Alison, and their families.

  21. Pete Rainey said,

    06.19.20 at 11:16 am

    Peter was a great friend and mentor to myself and many others in Laboratory Medicine. I have followed in his footsteps in both Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, but could never fill his shoes. To have him as a colleague and trusted guide was indeed a blessing. My thoughts and condolences are with Stephanie, Allison and Julie.

  22. John C. Cate, Ellie Cate said,

    06.27.20 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Stephanie and family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Although it
    has been fifty years since my fellowship in the Yale Department of Laboratory Medicine, the experience of working with Peter and the influence he has had on my life and career has never diminished. Peter introduced me to the exciting and challenging use of laboratory instrumentation and methodology and the skills to use them for patient care, basic and clinical research and teaching. He was a great role model and a special friend. I treasure the time we spent together, not only in New Haven, but at ACLPS meetings and on trips he made to Kingsport and Charleston for guest lectures. Peter has left an enduring legacy through all of those who were fortunate enough to train with him over the years.
    We are sending our heartfelt affection and condolences and holding you all in the light of peace, hope and love.