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In Memoriam: Spring 2006

GEORGE L. ADAMS, M.D., Excelsior, Minnesota, died April 8 at age 65. Dr. Adams completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota in 1971 and then served on the otolaryngology faculty for 33 years, leading the department for 17 of those years. During his tenure, he trained nearly 130 residents and closely mentored 64.

Dr. Adams achieved national prominence in the area of head and neck cancer surgery. He cowrote seven medical textbooks and led efforts to share medical information among physicians in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Sweden, and Egypt. His work was recognized with a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

Prior to his death, the Medical Alumni Society honored Dr. Adams with the 2006 Harold S. Diehl Award. (See page 28.) He was also recognized posthumously with the Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine award.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, three sons, and five grandchildren.


NORMAN E. SHUMWAY, M.D., Palo Alto, California, died February 10 at age 83. A student of Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota and eventually became a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. There he became one of the most recognized heart surgeons of his time, performing the country’s first successful human heart transplant in 1968.

Although Dr. Shumway’s innovative work sparked enthusiasm for heart transplantation, legal and economic issues made many surgeons reluctant to adopt this practice. In spite of such skepticism, he and his Stanford colleagues persevered until heart transplantation became routine nearly a decade later. Today some 150 U.S. medical centers offer heart transplants, affecting the lives of nearly 60,000 transplant recipients.

In 2004 Dr. Shumway received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. He also received scientific achievement awards from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American Surgical Association, and the American Medical Association.

He is survived by his former wife, Mary Lou, four children, and two grandchildren.


WILLIAM H. CARD, M.D., Class of 1946, Phoenix, died April 8 at age 82. After earning his medical degree and then completing a urology residency and internship at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Card served in the navy medical corps, eventually earning the rank of junior lieutenant. He ran a private practice for 35 years and cared for patients at several Twin Cities hospitals from 1956 to 1989. In 1974 he received the American Urologic Society’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the urology profession. He is survived by his wife, Mailand, and three children.


MARJORIE HARTIG, M.D., Class of 1939, Kerrville, Texas, died December 17, 2005, at age 90. Dr. Hartig practiced obstetrics and gynecology in St. Paul for 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. John Beer and Dr. Warren Nunn, and her son, John. She is survived by six children and four grandchildren.


JEROME L. KEEFE, M.D., Class of 1946, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, died May 25, 2005, at age 86. Dr. Keefe practiced medicine in Cheyenne Wells for more than 50 years. In 1997 he was named Colorado Physician of the Year. In 1992 members of the Cheyenne County Hospital also recognized his contributions by officially changing the hospital’s name to Keefe Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his second wife, Ellen, five children, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


ARNOLD J. KREMEN, M.D., Class of 1937, Minneapolis, died February 19 at age 92. Dr. Kremen was an active member of the University of Minnesota medical community. He served as a clinical professor of surgery, member of the Center for Bioethics community advisory board, and member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation board of trustees. In 1988 the Medical Alumni Society recognized his lifework with the prestigious Harold S. Diehl Award. Following his death, a surgery scholarship was established in his name. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and two children.


EDWARD J. LaDUE, M.D., Class of 1976, Mahnomen, Minnesota, died January 15 at age 62. Dr. LaDue served in the navy and ultimately went on to establish his own family practice in Mahnomen. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, six children, and three grandchildren.


OMELAN A. LUKASEWYCZ, Ph.D., Duluth, Minnesota, died January 3 at age 63. Dr. Lukasewycz was a professor of micro-biology and immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth from 1975 to 2005. During his tenure he also served as assistant dean for curricular affairs and director of the Hematopoiesis and Host Defenses course. Dr. Lukasewycz was passionate about providing students with an exceptional medical education and was an especially strong believer in combining standard teaching methods with technology-enhanced instruction. In recognition of his efforts, he was named Basic Science Teacher of the Year in 1977, 1982, 1992, 2001, and 2004. He is survived by his wife, Marta, two children, and a grandson.


WARREN L. MACAULAY, M.D., Class of 1941, Peoria, Arizona, died January 11 at age 90. A dermatology specialist, Dr. Macaulay received international recognition for his discovery of the chronic skin disease lymphomatoid papulosis, or Macaulay’s disease. Dr. Macaulay was a navy medical officer during World War II, winning a Purple Heart and 11 battle stars for his service. He later practiced at the Fargo Clinic in North Dakota for more than 30 years, served as chief of staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, and taught dermatology at the University of North Dakota Medical School. Dr. Macaulay was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by four children, five grandchildren, and his companion, Ruth Ann Foster.


JOHN H. MAHAFFY, M.D., Class of 1946, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died July 11, 2005, at age 92. Dr. Mahaffy was a child psychologist. He is survived by three children.


ANDREEN S. MIDTHUNE, M.D., Class of 1946, Lake Park, Minnesota, died September 11, 2005, at age 83. Dr. Midthune practiced medicine in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. In 1981 he received the Family Physician of the Year award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.


SIDNEY D. NERENBERG, M.D., Class of 1954, Minnetonka, Minnesota, died November 20, 2005, at age 78. Dr. Nerenberg practiced ophthalmology in the Twin Cities and taught at the University of Minnesota. He received several academic awards for his achievements in this area. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, four children, and eight grandchildren.


CHARLES N. SADOFF, M.D., Class of 1951, Encino, California, died February 2 at age 82. Dr. Sadoff was a pilot during World War II. In 1955 he moved to Los Angeles to join the Kaiser Permanente Sunset hospital, where he practiced for more than 30 years, served as medical director for 17 years, and played an important role in expanding its tertiary care services. He is survived by his wife, Lainie, and four children.


ABE M. (MIKE) SBOROV, M.D., Class of 1943, Edina, Minnesota, died November 17, 2005, at age 87. Dr. Sborov served in the army for 13 years, earning the rank of colonel and serving as a surgeon during the Korean conflict. He practiced medicine in Edina for nearly 50 years and served as chief of surgery at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Dr. Sborov was also a Mason and a Shriner and served as medical director for the Shrine Temple. He is survived by his wife, Ingeborg, four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


RICHARD SHEPARD, M.D., Class of 1955, Perham, Minnesota, died September 7, 2005, at age 77. After graduating from high school in 1946, Dr. Shepard enlisted in the army. Following his service, he worked as a general surgeon in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and in Carrington, North Dakota. Dr. Shepard was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie. He is survived by his second wife, Patricia, three children, three stepchildren, three grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.

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