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In Memoriam: Winter 2008

Bernard L. Mirkin, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1964, Evanston, Illinois, died August 13 at age 79. A pediatrician and pharmacologist, Dr. Mirkin was a member of the University of Minnesota faculty from 1966 to 1989, serving as professor and director of the Division of Clinical and Developmental Pharmacology.

Later he served as director of research for Children’s Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and helped develop and construct its research center. He also provided health care and public health education in the rural village of Nyansha, Tanzania.

Dr. Mirkin received international recognition for his contributions to medicine, including a fellowship from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and a visiting professorship from Oxford University in Great Britain.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah; five children; and four grandchildren.


E. Harvey O’Phelan, M.D., Class of 1944, Minneapolis, died September 21 at age 91. An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. O’Phalen was a physician for the University of Minnesota Gophers and for the Minnesota Twins for more than 20 years. He was also an orthopaedic specialist for the U.S. Olympic team during the 1972 Summer Games and for several years provided medical support to U.S. teams competing in the World University Games and the World Hockey Championships.

Dr. O’Phelan’s sports medicine career led to his induction into the University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; companion, Dorothy Dolphin; and a son. He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.


John (Jack) E. Verby Jr., M.D., Class of 1947, Bloomington, Minnesota, died October 23 at age 84. After helping to establish the Olmstead Medical Group in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Verby served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1968 to 1993.

In 1971 he established the Medical School’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), through which students gain clinical experience in rural primary care during nine-month stays in rural communities. The first program of its kind in the United States, RPAP initially helped address the shortage of primary care physicians in rural Minnesota. Now recognized nationally and internationally, RPAP has served as a model for schools worldwide for training in rural primary care.

A veteran of the Korean War, Dr. Verby helped bring an end to the doctor draft. His testimony in 1972 to the health advisory committee of the president of the United States helped lead not only to discontinuation of the draft but also to the establishment of more competitive salaries for military doctors and to the creation of an armed forces medical school.

Dr. Verby was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He wrote four editions of the Family Practice Specialty Board Review books and collaborated with his wife, Jane, on the book How to Talk to Doctors. He also received the Harold S. Diehl Award—the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society’s most prestigious award for lifetime achievement.

Dr. Verby is survived by his wife, Jane; four children; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Robert B. Bailey, M.D., Class of 1940, Tempe, Arizona, died November 27, 2006, at age 90. A World War II veteran, Dr. Bailey practiced medicine in Fairmont, Minnesota, as well as in Yuma and Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Beryl, and a son, and is survived by two children, one stepchild, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


Ronald N. Berry, M.D., Class of 1959, Minneapolis, died August 14 at age 75. After completing his medical training, Dr. Berry practiced psychiatry. He is survived by his wife, Alice; four children; twenty-four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Charles M. Binger, M.D., Class of 1955, Fresno, California, died April 3 at age 76. After serving in the air force and completing his medical training, Dr. Binger worked until his retirement in 1991 as a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children; and four grandchildren.


Robert D. Bush, M.D., Class of 1956, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, died January 6, 2007, at age 75. Dr. Bush practiced medicine in Manitowoc for more than 30 years. He was a pediatrician at the Manitowoc Clinic and served as president of the Manitowoc County Medical Society, president of the Manitowoc City Board of Health, and chief of staff at Holy Family Hospital. Dr. Bush is survived by his wife, Lois; four children; and six grandchildren.


Arthur E. Davis Jr., M.D., Class of 1952, Raleigh, North Carolina, died September 6 at age 81. A pathologist, Dr. Davis worked for hospitals in both Minnesota and North Carolina. He also served as a medical examiner for Wake County, North Carolina; president of the North Carolina Society of Pathologists; inspector for the American College of Pathologists; and volunteer physician for a summer camp in North Carolina and the football team of North Carolina State University. Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Carrol; six children; and thirteen grandchildren.


Ellis B. Finch, M.D., Class of 1949, Sedro Woolley, Washington, died August 7 at age 89. A World War II veteran, Dr. Finch worked as a physician and surgeon in Seattle, Washington, and Newberg, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife, June, and is survived by five children, three stepchildren, and four grandchildren.


Donald W. Freeman, M.D., Class of 1941, Mesa, Arizona, died August 11 at age 90. In 1950, Dr. Freeman joined 10 other physicians—all graduates of the University of Minnesota—in founding the St. Louis Park Medical Center (now Park Nicollet Clinic). An accomplished obstetrician and gynecologist, he conducted maternal mortality studies for the state of Minnesota, served as chief of staff of obstetrics and gynecology for Minneapolis General Hospital (now Hennepin County Medical Center), and was a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty. With Margaret Hewitt, an obstetrics nurse, he established Minnesota’s first hospital-based midwifery program. Dr. Freeman was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by six children.


H. Wilson Godfrey, M.D., Class of 1953, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, died September 30 at age 80. Dr. Godfrey was influential in building Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota. He designed its original radiology department and later served as chief of staff and chief of radiology. Dr. Godfrey also helped found Suburban Radiologic Consultants (now Suburban Imaging), which currently employs more than 60 physicians. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; three children; and seven grandchildren.


Robert A. Huseby, M.D., Class of 1943, Mancos, Colorado, died June 3 at age 88.


Albert J. Kunschner, M.D., Class of 1930, Murrysville, Pennsylvania, died October 7 at age 101. Dr. Kunschner practiced medicine in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. He was a World War II veteran; a member of the Masons, Shriners, and American Legion; and an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Colvin, and is survived by three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Carl E. Lipschultz, M.D., Class of 1947, Coronado, California, died in September at age 82. Dr. Lipschultz, a World War II veteran, practiced dermatology in San Diego, California, and volunteered for several organizations as both a physician and adviser. Dr. Lipschultz is survived by his former wife, Ethel; three children; and four grandchildren.


Jeanette K. Lowry, M.D., Class of 1948, Hopkins, Minnesota, died May 17 at age 86. Dr. Lowry was one of the first women to complete an internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. Following her medical training, she conducted research with Dr. Ancel Keys—a University of Minnesota scientist known for his groundbreaking physiology studies—and practiced internal medicine in Minneapolis and Edina. Dr. Lowry was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, who was also a doctor and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.


James L. Lynch Jr., M.D., Class of 1943, San Marcos, California, died August 16 at age 89. Dr. Lynch practiced dermatology. He is survived by his wife, Mary; five children; fourteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Lyle Munneke, M.D., Willmar, Minnesota, died November 10 at age 73. Dr. Munneke received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A family practitioner, he mentored students participating in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) from 1972 to 2002. He also served on various committees of the Medical School and its Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and as president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Munneke has been widely recognized for his contributions to rural family practice through awards from RPAP, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, and the Minnesota Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Alvina, and three children.


Jerome W. O’Hearn, M.D., Class of 1956, Fargo, North Dakota, died August 23 at age 77. After serving in the air force and completing his otolaryngology training, Dr. O’Hearn moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where he practiced at the Fargo Clinic for 31 years. At Fargo’s St. Luke’s Hospital, he served as chief of staff and as chair of its Department of Otolaryngology. He was also on the faculties of the University of Minnesota Medical School and North Dakota State University. Dr. O’Hearn is survived by his wife, Joy; six children; and sixteen grandchildren.


Elsa P. Paulsen, M.D., Class of 1954, Charlottesville, Virginia, died April 15 at age 83. A pediatrician with expertise in juvenile diabetes, Dr. Paulsen served on the faculties of the University of Virginia and the Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She also ran a private practice in Charlottesville, conducted research on a new treatment for hypoglycemia that was eventually patented, and founded Camp Holiday Trails in Albemarle County, Virginia, for children with special medical needs. In 1976, she was named Woman of the Year by the Virginia Women’s Forum. Dr. Paulsen is survived by two children and three grandchildren.


Douglass E. Perkins, M.D., Class of 1952, Miltona, Minnesota, died June 29 at age 79. A family practitioner, Dr. Perkins was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and a son.


Henry W. Quist, M.D., Class of 1943, Minneapolis, died November 2 at age 89. Dr. Quist served in the army and practiced family medicine in Minneapolis until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and two children.


Alfred G. Sherman, M.D., Class of 1938, Edina, Minnesota, died September 10 at age 94. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Sherman completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota and went on to practice in Albert Lea, Minnesota, for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and is survived by five children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Philip H. Soucheray, M.D., Class of 1940, Bayfield, Wisconsin, died March 15 at age 91. Dr. Soucheray practiced internal medicine and helped establish a hospital in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by a son and is survived by his wife, Susan O’Brien; seven children; and eight grandchildren.

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