In Memoriam

SVU extends our deepest condolences to the colleagues and families of each of these distinguished professionals. Their achievements impacted our profession, improved the care of vascular patients and made the world a better place.




Longtime member Claudia Benge, RVT RDCS RDMS RVS FSVU, passed away on September 4, 2017. Claudia joined the SVU in 1985, serving on the Board of Directors from 2003-2005.  She also contributed greatly to various committees throughout her 32 years as a member. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Society in 2009 when she was inducted as an SVU Fellow.   Her colleagues will fondly remember Claudia for her charming smile and warm greetings.



Alan Hirsch, MD MSVM
Dr. Hirsch was a pioneer in the field of vascular medicine. After studying at Harvard and UCSF, he went on to serve as a Professor of Medicine and director of the Vascular Medicine Program of the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. He was deeply dedicated to improving public health. Among numerous leadership roles, he was a founding member and past-President of the Society for Vascular Medicine.



Jane Horne, RVT
Jane Horne RVT died at the end of June, 2017. With Dr. Manly Stallworth, Jane started the vascular lab at Roper Hospital, Charleston SC in 1959 and stayed at Roper for 33 years, retiring in 1992. A Charter member of our Society, she was elected to be the third President, serving 1980-81. Jane was a respected faculty member at many seminars, including London, UK in 1981 and the vascular ultrasound course at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem for several years. With Dr. Stallworth, in the early 1980’s, Jane organized what became the annual Roper vascular symposium. These emerged as one of the ‘must go-to’ meetings for many techs, physicians and other researchers.

Jane and Ben were married for 67 years, had one daughter and 4 boys (3 as triplets!). She and Ben were very active at St. James Church on James Island and she was a Board member of St. James cancer support group. (She was treated for lung cancer in 1992, was pronounced cancer-free, a claim to fame being that she was the 8th patient to be treated with Cyber Knife radiation). Many SVU members will remember Jane fondly for her honesty and ability to treat everyone with her old-world southern charm.


Richard Kempczinski, MD FACS

Worked in one of the His interest in the vascular diagnostic laboratory began during his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he worked in one of the first clinically active laboratories of its kind in the United States. Over the span of his career, he made numerous contributions to the vascular literature including his popular monograph, Practical Noninvasive Vascular Diagnosis. He helped establish the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Diagnostic Laboratories and served as its second President. In 2002, he received the Pioneer Award from the Society for Vascular Technology for his contributions to this field of study.


Professor Peter Wells CBE
Peter was one of the most well-known and highly regarded figures in the world of medical ultrasound. He pioneered the development of ultrasonics as a diagnostic and surgical tool, which revolutionized clinical practice around the world. He also received the SVU Pioneer Award in 1994.