Obituary: Dr. Utz, Mayo Clinic Surgeon and Urologist

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Dr. David C. Utz died Sunday at his winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz. after holding numerous positions as a urologist and surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He was 87.

According to the Star Tribune, Utz performed a prostate surgery on Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Utz's son, William Utz, provided the Star Tribune with plenty of insight of how his father treated his patients, and he said that Reagan would have approved.

Among Utz's every-day patients were also celebrities, Supreme Court Justices, and Billy Graham, according to the Star Tribune.

Utz earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and went on to earn his advanced degree in urology at the University of Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. He was also a member of the Board of Regents from 1973-1979 at the University of Minnesota.

Other achievements include writing a total of 143 publications and becoming the executive secretary of American Board of Urology, according to the Star Tribune.

Utz's son told the Star Tribune that the most memorable moment of his father's career was a first-ever prostate surgery procedure that formed the surgical prostate surgery database widely used by urologists today.

Utz retired in 1988, and he and his late wife moved into their winter home in the same town the Mayo's Virginia Nehring Utz Clinical Skill Labs was opening.

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