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In Memoriam: Fall 2006


Under his leadership, the department’s residency program became one of the largest of its kind in the country. In addition, the department established UCare Minnesota, an HMO that now provides health coverage plans to more than 140,000 Minnesotans.

Dr. Ciriacy chaired UCare’s board of directors for 10 years. He also served as president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

He is survived by his second wife, Norma, and first wife, Adele, and their five children and eight grandchildren.

EUGENE GEDGAUDAS, M.D.,North Oaks, died July 25 at age 81. Dr. Gedgaudas completed part of his surgical residency at the University of Minnesota in 1957. He returned to the University in 1963 as an assistant professor of radiology and, in 1969, was promoted to chair of the Department of Radiology—a position he held until his retirement in 1986.

During his tenure, Dr. Gedgaudas was highly regarded for the quality of education he provided to both current and aspiring surgeons and helped establish the renowned annual Minnesota Refresher Course. A generous donor, Dr. Gedgaudas also helped establish the Vilhelmina and Eugene Gedgaudas Chair in the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Gedgaudas was an emeritus fellow of the American College of Radiology, an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Hungarian Radiological Society, and a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He received the Minnesota Radiological Society’s President’s Award in 1986.

Dr. Gedgaudas is survived by his wife, Vilhelmina, three daughters, and two granddaughters.

ROBERT J. GORLIN, M.S., D.D.S.,Golden Valley, died August 29 at age 83. An internationally renowned expert on oral and maxillofacial pathology, Dr. Gorlin named more than 100 syndromes caused by genetic defects. He was on the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s faculty for 37 years (1956-93) and remained active in the school long after his retirement.

During his tenure, he chaired the Divisions of Oral Histology and Oral Pathology and held appointments in the Medical School’s Departments of Pediatrics; Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health; Dermatology; Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; and Otolaryngology. He mentored more than 20 postdoctoral fellows and helped create the Lasby Visiting Professorship program, which has attracted distinguished scholars from around the world to the School of Dentistry.

In 1978, he was named a Regents Professor and, in 2002, received the Doctor of Science Award, one of the University’s highest honors.

Dr. Gorlin received five honorary doctorate degrees, as well as prestigious awards from the Italian Medical Genetics Society, Harvard University, American Dental Association, and American Society of Human Genetics.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two children, and five grandchildren.

JON H. BAYER, M.D., Class of 1966, Redding, California, died February 24 at age 64. He specialized in ophthalmology.

RONALD E. CRANFORD, M.D., Bloomington, died May 31 at age 65. After working for the air force as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War, Dr. Cranford returned to the States to complete his residency in neurology at the University of Minnesota. He became a member of the University’s neurology faculty and practiced as a neurologist and clinical teacher at the Hennepin County Medical Center from 1971 until his retirement in 2005. An expert on brain injury and coma, Dr. Cranford was also one of the nation’s leading medical ethicists. He is survived by his wife, Candace, four children, and two grandchildren.

SIDNEY ESENSTEN, M.D., Class of 1946, Edina, died February 7 at age 83. Dr. Esensten served in the army from 1947 to 1953. He went on to practice medicine in the Fairview hospital system for half a century. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, three sons, and four grandchildren.

ROBERT J. FINK, M.D., Class of 1948, Edina, died April 15 at age 80. Dr. Fink earned his medical degree and completed his ophthalmology residency and internship at the University of Minnesota. He also served as professor of ophthalmology at the University and practiced at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Dr. Fink is survived by his wife, Peggy, six children, and seven grandchildren.

ELBERT J. GAMBLE, M.D., Class of 1952, Roseville, died in December, 2005, at age 83. His medical specialty was anesthesiology. He is survived by his wife, Doree.

JOHN R. HASERICK, M.D., Class of 1940, Southern Pines, North Carolina, died May 1 at age 90. After serving overseas in the army’s dermatology service during World War II, Dr. Haserick returned to the States and completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Minnesota. In 1948, he became head of the Cleveland Clinic’s dermatology department. There, he became an authority on systemic lupus erythematosus. In 1999, he received the Dermatology Foundation’s Discovery Award in recognition of his pioneering work. Dr. Haserick is survived by his wife, Jane, two children, and two grandchildren.

ROY G. HOLLY, M.D., Class of 1943, Waupaca, Wisconsin, died November 4, 2005, at age 86. Dr. Holly chaired the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin Mt. Sinai Campus. He was also medical director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, four children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

DAVID M. HOLTH, M.D., Class of 1976, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, died July 10 at age 56. Dr. Holth was a family practitioner for 27 years, most recently at the Blaine Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Janice,
and three children.

MILDRED A. INDRITZ, M.D., Minneapolis, died March 6 at age 93. Dr. Indritz completed her master’s degree in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in 1948. She was the first director of Minnesota’s former Crippled Children’s Services and received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics for her pioneering work. She was also a member of the Minnesota Medical Association for more than 50 years. Dr. Indritz was preceded in death by her husband, Professor Jack Indritz. She is survived by her two sons and four grandchildren.

LOREN J. JACOBSON, M.D., Class of 1948, Scottsdale, Arizona, died July 28 at age 82. Dr. Jacobson practiced obstetrics and gynecology at three hospitals in the Minneapolis area and was a senior partner in Minneapolis OB/GYN Associates. He is survived by his wife, Anna, four children, three stepchildren, two grandchildren, and nine step-grandchildren.

HERBERT W. JOHNSON, M.D., Class of 1945, St. Paul, died March 21 at age 84. An internal medicine specialist, Dr. Johnson served as an army physician in World War II. He went on to work as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and ran his own practice in St. Paul from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. He also served as president of the Minnesota Association of Internists and as an officer in the Ramsey County Medical Society. Dr. Johnson was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurel. He is survived by his wife, Betty, four remaining children, and seven grandchildren.

JANET B. MCMULLEN, M.D., Class of 1939, Bartow, Florida, died April 14 at age 90. Dr. McMullen specialized in family medicine and interned at Minneapolis General Hospital.

CHARLOTTE T. MERRICK, M.D., Class of 1943, North Oaks, died June 15 at age 92. In addition to earning her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Merrick also graduated from the University’s medical technology program. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and is survived by her two sons.

GILBERT T. MIDBOE, M.D., Class of 1952, Gainesville, Florida, died June 8 at age 81. Dr. Midboe practiced medicine in Minnesota and Florida. He is survived by his wife, Joan.

VINCENT J. PACIOTTI, M.D., Class of 1947, Hibbing, died May 22 at age 81. After completing his residency in radiology at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Paciotti moved to Hibbing, where he became chief radiologist at the Hibbing General Hospital. He also practiced in hospitals and clinics in the nearby towns of Chisholm, Grand Rapids, Eleveth, and Virginia. In addition, he was an active member of the hospital board that planned and built the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Dr. Paciotti was preceded in death by his wife, Jean.
He is survived by his two children and seven grandchildren.

DAVID P. POND, M.D., Class of 2004, Minneapolis, died June 13 at age 38. Dr. Pond was completing his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Ausra.

FRED B. RIEGEL, M.D., Class of 1944, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, died February 19 at age 85. Dr. Riegel specialized in family medicine and practiced at the St. Croix Falls Clinic for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, three children, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

WINFIELD T. WILLIAMS, M.D., Class of 1951, Alamo, California, died April 23 at age 84. Dr. Williams served as a bombardier instructor during World War II and practiced medicine for 21 years at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek, California. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; second wife, Vicky; and two sons. He is survived by his three remaining children. 

DONALD E. WOHLRABE, M.D., Class of 1951, Morris, died June 23 at age 78. Dr. Wohlrabe practiced surgery and family medicine and was a member of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. He is survived by his wife, Fayelyn.

NANDA YUEH, M.D., Class of 1984, Plymouth, died May 31 at age 57. Dr. Yueh specialized in diagnostic radiology and practiced at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Silvia, and two children.

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