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In Memoriam: Fall 2007

RICHARD W. ANDERSON, M.D., Class of 1943, Cambridge, Massachusetts, died June 5 at age 87. Dr. Anderson was a member of the University of Minnesota’s psychiatry faculty for more than 20 years. He also practiced at Minneapolis General Hospital (now Hennepin County Medical Center), training residents and establishing an inpatient psychiatric care unit. In the early 1950s, he served briefly as Minnesota’s deputy commissioner of mental health for education. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Ann, and is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


BETTY S. GILSON, M.D., Class of 1943, Friday Harbor, Washington, died March 23 at age 88. Dr. Gilson provided medical care to underserved communities in the western United States. In Montana, she served as a health officer for Cascade County, established a heart diagnostic center for the state, and tended to the health needs of American Indians. In Utah, she worked for the Federal Regional Medical Program, providing diagnostic services in isolated towns. Dr. Gilson later moved to Seattle, Washington, where she helped to establish the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and developed the Sickness Impact Profile, now a mainstay of medical quality assurance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John Gilson, and is survived by two children.


DONAlD G. MCQUARRIE, M.D., Ph.D., Edina, Minnesota, died June 19 at age 76. After completing his surgical internship and residency at the University of Minnesota and serving in the navy, Dr. McQuarrie became a thoracic surgeon for the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he eventually became chief of surgery. Dr. McQuarrie was a member of the University of Minnesota’s surgical faculty for more than 37 years. He also chaired numerous medical organizations and committees, held a number of visiting professorships, and authored medical textbooks. In 1999, the Minnesota Surgical Residents Society named him Surgical Alumnus of the Year. Dr. McQuarrie is survived by his wife, Lori; two children; and two grandchildren.


KENNETH E. AHOLA, M.D., Class of 1951, Hibbing, Minnesota, died July 31 at age 84. A World War II veteran, Dr. Ahola cofounded the Mesaba Clinic in Hibbing, where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Helen; three children; and ten grandchildren.


LESLIE E. ARNOW, M.D., Class of 1940, Convent Station, New Jersey, died June 8 at age 97. Dr. Arnow was a University of Minnesota faculty member for eight years. He later worked for the drug division of the Merck Chemical Company, then served as president of the Warner-Lambert Research Institute. In 1955, Dr. Arnow received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Martin, and by his longtime companion, Dr. Elizabeth Pelinka. He is survived by one child.


JAMES A. BERLIN, M.D., Class of 1978, Britt, Minnesota, died May 14 at age 60. Dr. Berlin completed his first two years of medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus and practiced extensively in greater Minnesota. He was an emergency room physician in International Falls, Virginia, Roseau, Ely, and Bigfork, as well as coroner for Koochiching County. Dr. Berlin is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and three children.


ROBERT J. BRIMI, M.D., Class of 1943, Knoxville, Tennessee, died May 28 at age 88. After moving to Knoxville in 1951, Dr. Brimi practiced internal medicine for 38 years until his retirement in 1989, serving as one of the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s first teaching physicians. Dr. Brimi was preceded in death by one son and one grandson. He is survived by his wife, Hazel; eight children; fourteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


JAMES L. CANINE, M.D., Class of 1952, Centerville, Minnesota, died June 1 at age 82. Dr. Canine, a World War II veteran, was a family practice professor at the University of Minnesota for 13 years and was in private practice in South St. Paul for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen; six children; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


FRANK J. CARTHEY, M.D., Class of 1952, New Ulm, Minnesota, died February 17 at age 82. After completing medical school and his family practice internship at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Carthey briefly served on the Medical School faculty. A World War II veteran, he went on to practice in New Ulm, where he delivered more than 3,000 babies and served as president of the New Ulm Medical Clinic, Union Hospital Medical Staff, and Southern Minnesota Academy of General Practice. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; five children; and twelve grandchildren.


DAVID M. CRAIG, M.D., Class of 1939, Portland, Oregon, died June 13 at age 90. In addition to earning his M.D. degree, Dr. Craig completed his medical residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. The World War II veteran went on to have a private practice in St. Paul. Dr. Craig was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Harrin. He is survived by five children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


KENNETH L. DIRLAM, M.D., Class of 1980, New Ulm, Minnesota, died July 27 at age 53. Dr. Dirlam practiced medicine at the New Ulm Medical Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Shauna, and two children.


M. MELVIN GOLDFINE, M.D., Class of 1957, Palm Desert, California, died March 30 at age 79. Dr. Goldfine was a physician for more than 50 years in Oakland and San Leandro, California, and served on the Minnesota Medical Foundation board of trustees. He is survived by two children and one grandchild.


MATTHEW GRUBER, M.D., Class of 1950, Salem, Oregon, died October 14, 2006, at age 83. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Dr. Gruber practiced medicine in Toledo and Salem, Oregon, for nearly 40 years. He also was founder and president of Toledo Products, a company that employs retired and disabled workers, and president of Northwest Physicians Mutual Insurance Company. He is survived by his wife, Alice; six children; fifteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


BERNARD HALPER, M.D., Class of 1941, Scottsdale, Arizona, died July 4 at age 89. In addition to earning his M.D. degree, Dr. Halper completed his radiology residency at the University of Minnesota. He also served as member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s board of trustees. Dr. Halper is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


JOHN R. HANN, M.D., Class of 1982, St. Cloud, Minnesota, died April 17 at age 56. Dr. Hann is survived by three children and their mother, Susan.


BENNETT W. KANTOLA, M.D., Class of 1941, Malibu, California, died February 20 at age 92. After serving in the navy and marine corps during World War II, Dr. Kantola established a family practice in Westwood Village and later in Santa Monica, California. He was a member of the St. John’s Hospital staff in Santa Monica, as well as a member of the Student Health Service staff at the University of California, Los Angeles, for more than 30 years. Dr. Kantola was preceded in death by one child. He is survived by his wife, Cecil; three children; and four grandchildren.


DONALD W. KOZA, M.D., Class of 1945, St. Paul, Minnesota, died in December 2006. Dr. Koza was a family physician for 44 years on St. Paul’s East Side. He was preceded in death by one child and is survived by his wife, Lorraine; three children; and four grandchildren.


ROBERT A. LOW, M.D., Class of 1984, Slayton, Minnesota, died July 7 at age 54. Dr. Low earned his M.D. degree and completed his radiology residency at the University of Minnesota. He went on to become a partner at Diagnostic Radiologic Imaging in Worthington, Minnesota. He is survived by two children.


RICHARD A. MELAND, M.D., Class of 1959, Lakeland, Florida, died April 3 at age 72. After working as chief of radiology for the United States Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as an instructor of radiology at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Meland became a founding member of Radiology and Imaging Specialists in Lakeland. Dr. Meland is survived by his wife, Patricia; four children; and nineteen grandchildren.


ALBERT G. MILLER, M.D., Class of 1946, St. Paul, Minnesota, died August 2, 2006, at age 83. Dr. Miller, a pediatrician, earned his M.D. degree and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Inez; two children; and three grandchildren.


GEORGE E. MILLER, M.D., Class of 1971, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, died June 3 at age 61. Dr. Miller earned his M.D. degree and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota. A vitreo-retinal surgeon, he practiced in Virginia, Minnesota, and later established a private practice in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Dr. Miller also provided eye care to many premature infants at what’s now Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Victoria Buoen; thirteen children; and twelve grandchildren.


KENNETH A. PETERSON, M.D., Class of 1941, Marshall, Minnesota, died January 11 at age 94. Dr. Peterson was a family practitioner who helped establish Doctor’s Plaza in Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Stella.


JOHN R. SCHOTZKO, M.D., Class of 1967, Wabasha, Minnesota, died January 16 at age 73. Dr. Schotzko was a family practitioner in Blue Earth, Minnesota, for 20 years; a coroner for Faribault County, Minnesota; an associate clinical professor in the Rural Physician Associate Program; and a veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Schotzko is survived by his wife, Judith; four children; and six grandchildren.


HARRY A. WHEELER, M.D., Class of 1932, Mandan, North Dakota, died April 25 at age 98. As an obstetrician and pediatrician in Mandan for more than 50 years, Dr. Wheeler delivered more than 7,000 babies. He also served as a coroner for Morton County, North Dakota, for more than 30 years. Dr. Wheeler was preceded in death by one child. He is survived by his wife, Avanelle; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

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