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Meliora Press

Meliora Press was established in 2002 as an imprint of the University of Rochester Press. Taking its name from the University of Rochester's motto (carrying the connotation of "always better"), the imprint focuses on books about the institution's departments, faculty, and programs as well as topics reflected by the holdings of the University's libraries. These are works that are expected to be of particular interest to the University and Rochester-area communities. All proposals require approval by the University of Rochester Press Editorial Board.

A Man for All Seasons

by Nancy Bolger

Robert Joynt

In this stirring collection of essays, author Nancy Bolger leads the reader through the extraordinary life of Robert J. Joynt, MD, PhD, one of the most influential neurologists of the last half century. The story begins on the small-town streets of Iowa and takes us through military service and medical school, down the wedding aisle, and ultimately to a long and successful career at the University of Rochester, where Dr. Joynt became the first chair of the newly created Department of Neurology in 1966. Along the way, we accompany Dr. Joynt on his travels to India, Canada, Ireland, London and Cambridge in England, and many other places, including a much-loved lakeside retreat in Minnesota where the family vacationed year after year. These pages tell of not only Dr. Joynt's life but also of those who inspired him, and how he in turn became a remarkable inspiration to others.

Nancy W. Bolger is a writer and editor for the University of Rochester Medical Center. In 1992 she received the Robert G. Fenley Award of Distinction for Medical Science Writing from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Tim Draper

by Wendy Wicks

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In this engaging book, journalist Wendy Wicks tells the story of revered dance teacher Timothy Draper, the Rochester City Ballet that he founded, and its predecessor, the Eastman Theatre Ballet, established in 1923 as the first professional ballet company in the United States. Draper, who died in 2003 at age forty-nine, trained hundreds of young dancers who have gone on to worldwide careers with illustrious companies. Wicks includes touching reminiscences from these former students, interwoven with Draper's own story. The result is a compelling portrait of a complex and brilliant teacher.

Wendy Roxin Wicks is a writer, editor, and publicist specializing in the performing arts. Her work has appeared in Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine. She is a graduate of Cornell University and is currently a student at the University of Rochester's Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

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Our Work Is But Begun A History of the University of Rochester 1850-2005

by Janice Pieterse

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This volume traces the University of Rochester’s development from a small college housed in a former hotel in 1850 to its place as a leading research university in 2005. The story is told in eight chapters, each of which chronicles the major issues and decisions the University’s leaders faced. Highlights of the story include the University’s founding in a city known as the first “western” boomtown; the university’s relationship in the early twentieth century with Rochester benefactor George Eastman, which enabled the establishment of world-class schools of music and medicine; and the achievements of Rochester faculty members as researchers on war-related endeavors during World War II. Author Janice Pieterse sets her history of the university in the context not only of the fortunes of its home city but of trends and issues in American higher education over the last 150 years.

Janice Pieterse is a freelance writer and journalist in Rochester, New York.

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The Evolution and Legacy of the Engel and Romano Work in Biopsychosocial Medicine

by Diane S. Morse, Katherine R. Johnson and Jules Cohen

Evolution LegacyThis follow-up to Meliora Press’s 2010 biography of John Romano and George Engel examines the enduring impact of the biopsychosocial approach to medicine pioneered by these two University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) physicians. The book traces the evolution at the URMC of the biopsychosocially related curriculum, which emphasizes patient-physician communication and patient-centered interviews, as well as the central values of professionalism, self-awareness, humanism, compassion, honesty, and integrity. It reports on the noted positive effects of the curriculum on URMC students’ abilities to communicate with and assess patients. It also looks at the continuing work in biopsychosocial medicine of those who trained under Engel and Romano, as well as how the biopsychosocial approach has been adopted by medical professionals across the United States and internationally. Finally, the authors examine evaluations of the biopsychosocial model among clinicians and scholars, concluding that the extraordinarily rich legacy of Engel and Romano will continue to illuminate our understanding of health, illness, and the practice of medicine, benefiting future generations of physicians and their patients.

Diane S. Morse is assistant professor of psychiatry and medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Katherine R. Johnson is a freelance editor and writer. Jules Cohen, professor of medicine (cardiology), is former senior associate dean for medical education at URMC.

Inquiries: The Evolution and Legacy of the Engel and Romano Work in Biopsychosocial Medicine is available in paperback for $19.99. To obtain a copy, please contact Amy Gregory, in the Department of Cardiology, at 585-273-4536 or

Percussion Matters: Life at the Eastman School of Music

by John Beck

Percussion MattersIn the warm, plainspoken style that generations of students and fellow musicians will instantly recognize, John Beck, the acclaimed percussionist and teacher, recounts his 57-year-long engagement with the Eastman School of Music as student, teacher and performer. Beck compellingly tells the story of his life and the development of the Eastman percussion department with insight and affection. Beck first arrived at the Eastman School in 1951 as a young student from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the only percussionist in his Eastman class. After graduating in 1955 and performing with the Marine Corps Band for four years, Beck returned to Eastman as a musician with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a graduate student, and finally as an assistant and then full time faculty member. By the time of his retirement in 2008, Beck had auditioned more than 1,800 students and had accepted and taught more than 250 young musicians who now populate the world's orchestras, ensembles, and music schools. Beck's narrative chronicles the highlights of his singular career, his thoughts on teaching and the future of percussion instruction.

John Beck is Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and his performer's certificate. He joined the Eastman faculty in 1959 and retired in 2008. He continues to teach a class in the History of Percussion.

Inquiries: Percussion Matters: Life at the Eastman School of Music is available in hard cover for $30 plus shipping and handling. Orders shipped outside of New York State are not taxable. To place an order, please call the Eastman School of Music bookstore at 585.274.1399 or send an email to

Rudolf Kingslake: A Life in Optics

by Martin Scott

Rudolf KingslakeIf a single lens can form an image, why does our camera have several elements? A curious child, Rudolf Kingslake inquired of his father the answer to this question nearly one hundred years ago, foreshadowing his remarkable career in optics and his future influence on a newly formed branch of science. Born in 1903, at the beginning of the era of technological progress, Kinglake graduated from the Imperial College in London and was offered a position on the original faculty of what came to be known as the renowned University of Rochester Institute of Optics. Martin Scott details the life of the beloved professor who maintained simultaneous careers in academia and industry as the director of Optical Design for Kodak. Filled with personal reminisces and anecdotes from friends, family and colleagues, Rudolf Kingslake: A Life in Optics encompasses the breadth and vivacity of the pioneer and his astounding life.

Martin L. Scott is former director of scientific imaging at the Eastman Kodak Company, and built the Kingslake Archives online register for the Rush Rhees Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester.

Inquiries: Rudolf Kingslake: A Life in Optics is available through the Institute of Optics, Wilmot Building, 275 Hutchison Road. Phone (585) 275-2322.

John Romano and George Engel: Their Lives and Work

by Jules Cohen and Stephanie Brown Clark

Romano and EngelJohn Romano and George Engel: Their Lives and Work is an historical biography of two distinguished physicians who were members of the University of Rochester's medical school faculty from 1946 until their deaths in the 1990s. The authors here narrate the personal histories of these two figures from their births through their medical education and postgraduate training and their activities as members of the faculties at Harvard and Cincinnati before they came to Rochester.

For each phase of their lives and work, the book explores those factors -- family influences, mentors, institutional and other forces -- that shaped the development of their philosophies of medical education and their views regarding the care of the sick. The book also examines in detail those factors that led Romano and Engel to Rochester, their work together and separately in research and medical education, and the nature of their complex personal relationship over the years.

Drawing from recorded interviews with colleagues and family members, archival materials, and published research, including the subjects' own papers, the authors round out their examination of the lives and work of two figures who had a transforming influence -- nationally and globally -- on the education of physicians, the care of patients, and research into mind-body interactions. 

Dr. Jules Cohen is professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Stephanie Brown Clark is associate professor and director of Medical Humanities Programs, University of Rochester Medical Center. 

Inquiries: John Romano and George Engel: Their Lives and Work is available in hardcover for $50. To obtain a copy, please contact Amy Gregory, in the Offices for Medical Education, at 585-273-4536 or

Ned Miner and His Pioneering Forebears

by Edward Miner Lamont

Ned MinerThis biography is the story of Edward G. Miner, a successful businessman, civic leader, and one of Rochester, New York's most prominent citizens. It traces his roots back to the first Miner to reach America in 1629, a founder of Stonington, Connecticut, and later to the small town of Winchester, Illinois. His family lived there during the nineteenth century and was acquainted with Abraham Lincoln from nearby Springfield.

In Rochester, Miner became president of the Pfaudler Company, the leading worldwide manufacturer of glass-lined tanks. During the first half of the twentieth century, Rochester benefited from the robust growth of technologically advanced companies whose executives backed the development of numerous community enterprises. Miner served as president of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Rochester, and in a number of other civic and cultural organizations.

Edward Miner Lamont was a banker for twenty-three years with the World Bank and J. P. Morgan & Co. He also worked for the Marshall Plan and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington DC. He is a former chairman of the Children's Aid Society in New York City and the author of The Ambassador from Wall Street: The Story of Thomas W. Lamont, J. P. Morgan's Chief Executive. Mr. Lamont is a grandson of Edward G. Miner. He and his wife, Camille, live in Laurel Hollow, Long Island, New York.

Inquiries: Ned Miner and His Pioneering Forebears is available in hardcover for $30. To order a copy, please visit the University of Rochester Press

Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science

by John R. Huizenga

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What began as a journey into a largely unexplored region of the periodic table-rightly predicted to be a rich and fertile source of new chemical and nuclear information-quickly developed into a race for the discovery of new elements. A summary of more than forty years of work in the field, Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science delves into the results of several projects in which John R. Huizenga played a key role. Huizenga's career began on the Manhattan Project and continued at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), where in 1949, he and his colleagues initiated a major program to produce trans-plutonium nuclei by multiple neutron capture in reactors. Following the first thermonuclear explosion in 1952, Huizenga participated in the discovery of the elements einsteinium and fermium found in its debris. At ANL, he studied extensively the nuclear properties and systematics of actinide nuclei. In 1967, Huizenga moved to the University of Rochester, where he investigated the excited states of actinide nuclei by reaction spectroscopy and the decay modes of actinide muonic atoms. He also made detailed studied of the energy dissipation, nucleon transfer, and microscopic time-scale associated with a new heavy-ion reaction process known as "strongly damped collisions."

John R. Huizenga is Tracy H. Harris Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Rochester.

Inquiries: Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science is available in hardcover for $39.95. To obtain a copy of Dr. Huizenga's memoir, please contact Debra Haring, Development Administrator for the Chemistry Department, at 275-2915, or by email at

Leading the Way: Eastman and Oral Health

by Elizabeth Brayer

Leading the Way: Eastman and Oral Health

Drawing on her experience as the definitive biographer of George Eastman, Elizabeth Brayer explores a particularly important aspect of the Eastman philanthropic legacy, his support of dentistry and oral health. In 1915 Eastman led in the founding of the Rochester Dental Dispensary dedicated to the oral health of Rochester school children. With this as his model, Eastman went on to foster similar institutions in London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, and Stockholm. Under the direction of Dr. Basil Bibby (1947-1969), the Eastman Dental Center emerged as the premier institution for postdoctoral dental training and oral health research. Brayer's history carries the story forward to today with the establishment of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a division of the University of Rochester Medical Center, which continues to lead the way in oral health research, education, and community service.

Inquiries: Leading the Way: Eastman and Oral Health is available in hard and soft cover editions for 39.95 and 29.95, respectively. To obtain copies please contact Sue Gibbs in the Eastman Institute for Oral Health Finance Department at 585-275-9214 or by email at

Serving a Great and Noble Art

by Vincent A. Lenti

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Serving a Great and Noble Art is the second volume of the history of the Eastman School of Music, beginning in 1932 after George Eastman's death, and ending in 1972 with the resignation of the school's third director, Walter Hendl. This book is very much about Howard Hanson, director of the school from 1924 until his retirement in 1964. After forty years under Hanson's guidance, the Eastman School of Music was a near-perfect reflection of the values and ideals of its long-term director. Under Hanson's leadership, the school became widely known as an institution that welcomed the performer and the scholar, the composer and the educator. It was a school committed to the development of musical leadership, and above all an institution that was thoroughly American in its outlook, method, and goals. In 1945 Howard Hanson spoke of the school as "serving a great and noble art." These words provide a vivid picture of Hanson and also accurately describe his vision for the institution which, to this day, bears the unmistakable influence of his forty-year tenure as director. Hanson's successor as director, Walter Hendl, had a far less happy tenure at Eastman. A musician of great talent, his time at the Eastman School of Music ended in considerable controversy amid personal struggle. His eight years as director nonetheless witnessed many new initiatives, positive changes, and important faculty appointments. The record of his leadership, therefore, deserving of attention and gratitude, is recounted in this volume.

Inquiries: Serving a Great and Noble Art is available in both hard and soft cover editions, priced at $30 and $20, respectively, plus shipping and handling. Orders shipped outside of New York State are not taxable. To place an order, please call the Eastman School of Music bookstore at 585-274-1399 or send an email to

Compeer: Recovery Through the Healing Power of Friends

edited by Bernice W. Skirboll, with Lois Bennett and Mark Klemens

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Compeer, a pioneering not-for-profit organization, has achieved more than 30 years of success based on a very simple idea—that friendships have the power to heal. Compeer applies this concept to help mentally ill adults and children along their paths to recovery. This book describes the key elements of the Compeer program: state-of-the-art volunteer training, unique partnerships with mental health professionals and businesses, a dedicated and professional staff, consistent program monitoring and assessment, and a successful strategy for growth.

Inquiries: Sue Tessoni, 585-546-8280 ext. 102; Compeer Rochester, 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14607

For the Enrichment of Community Life: George Eastman and the Founding of the Eastman School of Music, Volume 1

by Vincent A. Lenti

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For the Enrichment of Community Life is the first part of the history of the Eastman School of Music, beginning with the events that led to the establishment of the school in 1921 and ending in 1932 with the death of the school's benefactor, George Eastman. It was Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak, and Rush Rhees, the remarkable president of the University of Rochester, who really made it all possible.

The story related here is not simply that of a music school. It also involves a symphony orchestra, an American opera company, a ballet company, a school of dance and drama, a music library, and a commercial radio station dedicated to broadcasting live classical music. It includes efforts to support the musical education of Rochester's elementary and secondary school children and the involvement of the symphony orchestra in their musical education. It is the story of the school's Eastman Theatre, which became the location of concerts and recitals by the world greatest musicians.

Upon the facade of the Eastman Theatre is the inscription "For the Enrichment of Community Life," words selected by Rush Rhees to dedicate the theater to that purpose. In a broader sense also, these words embody the mission of the Eastman School of Music.

Inquiries: For the Enrichment of Community Life is available in both hard and soft cover editions, priced at $30 and $20, respectively, plus shipping and handling. Orders shipped outside of New York State are not taxable. To place an order, please call the Eastman School of Music bookstore at 585-274-1399 or send an email to

It'll Ease the Pain: Poems & Stories

by Frank J. Edwards

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It'll Ease the Pain pays homage to the tradition of Ernest Hemingway's first book, Three Stories & Ten Poems. Its eighteen poems and five stories, however, defy easy classification. While the first poem is a vignette of life as seen through the eyes of an emergency physician, the others range far and wide—the Vietnam War, the inside of a jail cell, a rooftop during a snow storm, reminiscences of uncles, Mexico, parenting, a meditation on the significance of Galileo's experiments on gravity, and more.

Inquiries: Stephanie Brown Clark,, (585) 275-6469 

Paul Yu Remembered: The Life and Work of a Distinguished Cardiologist

by Jules Cohen and Stephanie Brown Clark

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Dr. Paul Nan Gan Yu was a distinguished cardiologist who made significant contributions to the University of Rochester's Cardiology Unit, which he directed for twenty-five years. During his extraordinary career as clinician, medical educator, researcher, and leader in American Cardiology, he was also mentor and role model to hundreds of students and colleagues, extending until his retirement in 1982.

Inquiries: Dr. Jules Cohen, P.O. Box 601, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642;

Resonance: Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester

by Edwin Kinnen

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This history records both the development of research activities of the University of Rochester's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the evolution of courses in this discipline. It is a story about the influence that individual electrical engineers have had on their colleagues in the department and throughout the University. It is also a chronicle about the members of the department over more than four decades after World War II, while they were initiating, developing, and adapting their research to keep abreast of the active areas of investigation in this country and beyond.

Inquiries: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (585) 275-4054

A Jewel in the Crown: Essays in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics

Edited by Carlos R. Stroud Jr.

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The history of the Institute of Optics is rich and complex, a story of remarkable accomplishments and remarkable people. Indeed, few academic programs in any discipline have played as large a role in the development of a profession. "From its very beginning, the Institute of Optics has served as an example to the whole University of Rochester," said Robert L. Sproull, President Emeritus. "Called 'the bright line in the spectrum' and 'the jewel in the crown,' it pioneered the University's eclectic strategy: Don't do everything, but in what you choose to do, be among the best in the world."

Inquiries: Institute of Optics,

Series Editor: Robert Kraus 

General inquiries about Meliora Press: Sonia Kane (585) 273-5778