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Easton resident, longtime Columbia University professor dies at 95

September 23, 2018

EASTON — A longtime Columbia University professor and Easton resident died Friday morning.

Philip E. Duffy died at his home at the age of 95, an obituary for him said. He was born in Nimes, France, and spent his early years in France, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Duffy graduated from Columbia College and from the university’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He interned at the Long Island Division of King’s Country Hospital. He served his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a World War II veteran and served as a captain during the Korean Conflict, his obituary said.

Duffy was a professor at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was the director of the Division of Neuropathology at Columbia Medical School. He published over 70 articles in scientific journals in his field, the obituary said.

One of Duffy’s most notable scientific discoveries was when he found the reasoning (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) behind the death of ballet dancer George Balanchine — co-founder of the New York City Ballet. He spent a majority of his life committed to a variety of scientific research.

Duffy was predeceased by his wife Natalie W. Duffy and his brother Jacques W. Duffy. He is survived by his sons, Henry Duffy and Rev. Edward Duffy, and his two grandchildren, Brooke Duffy and Philip Duffy.

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