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In Memoriam: Winter 2007

JANE E. HODGSON, M.D., Class of 1939, Rochester, Minnesota, died October 23 at age 91. After earning her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completing her training at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Hodgson practiced obstetrics and gynecology in St. Paul and was a member of the University of Minnesota’s clinical faculty.

Regarded as a pioneer in her field and an advocate for women’s reproductive rights, Dr. Hodgson captured national attention in 1970 when she was arrested after performing an illegal abortion in Minnesota. Her conviction was overturned following the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion.

Dr. Hodgson established several free-standing abortion and reproductive care clinics throughout Minnesota. She led a number of research projects, one of which resulted in the development of a new pregnancy test. In addition, she founded the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as president of the Minnesota Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2001, she was inaugurated into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame of the American Medical Women’s Association. She also received the Association’s National Reproductive Health Award in 1994.

Dr. Hodgson was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank Quattlebaum, a heart surgeon and former chief of staff of Ramsey (now Regions) Hospital. She is survived by her two children and three grandchildren.


DONALD S. AMATUZIO, M.D., Class of 1944, Minneapolis, died August 13 at age 88. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Amatuzio served as a navy physician caring for wounded soldiers during the Korean War. In 1954, he returned to Minnesota, where he was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also practiced internal medicine in Minneapolis until his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Verda, and three children.


ARTHUR H. BEARON, M.D., Class of 1965, Golden Valley, died July 28 at age 66. In addition to earning his medical degree, Dr. Bearon completed his residency in gynecology and obstetrics and his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota. He also served on the University’s clinical faculty. In 1969, he began a two-year tour with the army, serving as captain of the army medical corps and chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bearon returned to Minnesota in 1973, when he joined the John Haugen Associates Obstetrics and Gynecology Group. He is survived by his wife, Carole, two children, and one grandson.


JOHN M. DOUGLAS, M.D., Charlotte, North Carolina, died April 14 at age 91. Dr. Douglas specialized in internal medicine and completed his master of science degree in 1948 at the University of Minnesota. Following his training, he practiced in Charlotte, North Carolina, holding appointments and leadership positions at Presbyterian Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He also served as a diplomat of
the American Board of Internal Medicine and president of the Mecklenburg County Heart Association. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Lutz Douglas. He is survived by his second wife, Eleanor Hayes Barnhardt, three children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren.


NEWELL W. HOWE, M.D., Class of 1941, Medina, Ohio, died October 31 at age 89. Dr. Howe practiced medicine in West St. Paul, Minnesota. He is survived by his daughter.


DOROTHYBELLE M. KAUFMAN, M.D., Class of 1935, Green Valley, Arizona, died October 6 at age 96. She is survived by her husband, Ed, three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


RODNEY N. LANGSETH, M.D., Class of 1958, Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, died November 13 at age 73. Dr. Langseth received a Bronze Star for his service as a physician in the Vietnam War. He practiced family medicine at the Duluth Clinic, Lakeside, and was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three children, and seven grandchildren. 


RAYMOND A. LAWN, M.D., Class of 1935, Wichita, Kansas, died April 27 at age 96. Dr. Lawn spent 27 years in the army and air force as a flight surgeon, serving at military bases in both the United States and Europe. He also worked for Boeing as an aerospace medicine physician. He is survived by his son and four grandchildren.


PETER J. MCKENNA, M.D., Class of 1973, Essex Junction, Vermont, died March 21 at age 58. In addition to earning his bachelor’s and medical degrees, Dr. McKenna completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He went on to serve as director of the air force’s mental health clinics in Maine, Mississippi, and Germany, and as commander of the Air National Guard Clinic in Burlington, Vermont. In addition, he was medical director of the Howard Center for Human Services and worked for Northeast Kingdom Mental Health, both in Vermont. Dr. McKenna is survived by his wife, Linda, and two children.


RUSSELL H. MITCHELL, M.D., Class of 1951, Leesburg, Virginia, died May 17 at age 80. After completing his residency and postgraduate work in dermatology, Dr. Mitchell served in the navy for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith.


ELMER C. PAULSON, M.D., Class of 1937, St. Paul, died October 17 at age 94. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Paulson served in the army medical corps during World War II. He returned to the University of Minnesota to complete his fellowship in radiology and nuclear medicine and eventually joined the Medical School faculty. He was Worthington’s first radiologist and, in 1953, joined the St. Paul Radiology group. He is survived by his wife, Ethel, four children,
and eight grandchildren.


MARLIN K. ROSIN, M.D., Class of 1967, St. Paul, died December 22, 2005, at age 67. Dr. Rosin was a family practitioner. He is survived by his wife, Paula, two children, and four grandchildren.


DAVID H. SIMMONS, M.D., Ph.D., Agoura Hills, California, died June 19 at age 86. Dr. Simmons completed his residency and received his postdoctoral degree in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethelyn. He is survived by his children.


RAPHAEL J. WEISBERG, M.D., Class of 1940, Minnetonka, Minnesota, died October 12 at age 92. Dr. Weisberg specialized in internal medicine. He is survived by his wife, Lois, three children, and six grandchildren.


NEIL K. WHITE, M.D., Class of 1940, Redwood City, California, died May 17 at age 89. Dr. White earned his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy.


PAUL A. WILLIAMS, M.D., Class of 1953, Blaine, Minnesota, died October 18 at age 78. Dr. Williams completed his general practice residency in the air force and later served as a flight surgeon during the Korean War. After returning to Minnesota, he practiced at Silver Lake Clinic until his retirement in 1989. Dr. Williams appeared on the television show 60 Minutes as one of the last doctors to do house calls. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, three children, and five grandchildren.


DONALD D. WOODKE, M.D., Class of 1961, Colbert, Washington, died January 9 at age 75.

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