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In Memoriam: Spring 2008

M. Elizabeth Craig, M.D., Class of 1945, Edina, Minnesota, died January 13 at age 86. A pediatrician, Dr. Craig was the first female president of Methodist Hospital’s medical staff and of the Minnesota Medical Association. She advanced the work of the University of Minnesota as a member of its board of regents, president of its alumni association, and board member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation and Medical Alumni Society. In 1995, she received the University’s Outstanding Achievement Award for her many contributions. Dr. Craig was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lincoln. She is survived by 2 children and 1 grandchild.


Malcolm M. Fifield, M.D., Class of 1950, Duluth, Minnesota, died January 25 at age 86. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Fifield cofounded the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth, where he eventually was a clinical professor of medicine, as well as the Duluth Urology Group. He practiced medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital and in Twin Ports, Minnesota, and was a member of several local and national medical groups, including the American Urological Association and American Board of Urology. In 1987, he received the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society’s prestigious Harold S. Diehl Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements. Dr. Fifield was preceded in death by 1 grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; 7 children; 15 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.


Robert W. Hollenhorst, M.D., Class of 1940, Rochester, Minnesota, died January 10 at age 94. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Hollenhorst practiced and taught ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine for more than 30 years. He founded the Minnesota Pre-School Survey for Vision and Hearing and was a consulting ophthalmologist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. He also discovered “Hollenhorst plaques,” cholesterol bodies found in the blood vessels of the retina that aid in the diagnosis of stroke risk and other circulatory problems. In 1991, Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson declared April 24, 1991, “Dr. Robert Hollenhorst Day.” Dr. Hollenhorst was preceded in death by his wife, Alice. He is survived by 7 children, 21 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


Barbara S. Berg, M.D., Class of 1989, died March 22 at age 46. After completing her medical training, Dr. Berg practiced at Southdale Pediatrics. She is survived by her husband, Jim.


Kenneth N. Bredesen, M.D., Class of 1956, Centennial, Colorado, died February 19 at age 78. Dr. Bredesen was a doctor in the navy and marines, taught medicine, and was a chief psychiatrist and consultant for the Peace Corps. He also served the state of Colorado as a senior consultant on alcoholism and chief psychiatrist for social services. Dr. Bredesen was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet. He is survived by his second wife, Phyllis; 4 children; and 1 grandchild.


Gerald A. Brooksby, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1973, Portland, Oregon, died November 23 at age 69. Dr. Brooksby established a private ophthalmology practice in Portland, which he maintained for 28 years. He is survived by 7 children and 15 grandchildren.


Earl E. Cammock, M.D., Class of 1953, Mount Vernon, Washington, died January 20 at age 82. A World War II veteran, Dr. Cammock was a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Washington Medical School, practiced at the Boeing Medical Clinic in Everett, Washington, and was chief of surgery and chief of staff at the Skagit Valley Hospital near Mount Vernon. Dr. Cammock was preceded in death by his wife, Iris. He is survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Ronald H. Dietzman, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1962, North Oaks, Minnesota, died November 24 at age 75. Dr. Dietzman was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota and a heart surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Twylah; 4 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Frank J. Dixon, M.D., Class of 1943, La Jolla, California, died February 2 at age 87. Dr. Dixon served in the navy, worked as a research assistant at Harvard University, taught at the Washington University Medical School, and chaired the pathology department of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also helped found the Scripps Research Institute, one of the country’s largest nonprofit medical research institutions. Dr. Dixon is survived by his wife, Marion; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.


Laurence F. Erickson, M.D., Class of 1944, Edina, Minnesota, died January 11 at age 87. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Dr. Erickson practiced pediatrics in the Twin Cities for 42 years. He is survived by his wife, Betty; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.


William R. Foster, M.D., Class of 1958, Los Altos, California, died January 10 at age 74. Dr. Foster practiced pediatrics in Los Altos for 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; 4 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Alfred M. Fulton Jr., M.D., Class of 1940, Billings, Montana, died January 28 at age 93. After serving as an air force flight surgeon during World War II, Dr. Fulton practiced internal medicine at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, for 31 years. He also served as president of the Montana Medical Association, as governor of the American College of Physicians in Montana, and on the Deaconess Hospital’s board of directors. Dr. Fulton was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.


William B. Gallagher, M.D., Class of 1947, Tucson, Arizona, died June 15 at age 82. Dr. Gallagher practiced surgery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also volunteered his medical services during the Vietnam War and with the Flying Samaritans, which opened a free clinic in Mexico. Dr. Gallagher is survived by 5 children and 17 grandchildren.


Martin E. Hanson, M.D., Class of 1974, Marshall, Minnesota, died June 22 at age 59. Dr. Hanson was a family practitioner.


George C. Hottinger, M.D., Class of 1954, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, died February 27 at age 78. Dr. Hottinger practiced surgery. He was preceded in death by 1 grandchild and is survived by his wife, Kathleen; 6 children; and 22 grandchildren.


Eva-Jane O. Larson, M.D., Class of 1938, Rochester, Minnesota, died December 22 at age 93. Dr. Larson was a family practitioner for 42 years and, in 1964, became the first female chief of staff at Mounds Park Hospital in St. Paul. She also served on the boards of the Ramsey County Lung Association and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. In 1981, she received the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society’s Harold S. Diehl Award. Dr. Larson was preceded in death by her husband, Bert. She is survived by 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.


Gilbert G. Lenz, M.D., Class of 1943, Reno, Nevada, died February 2 at age 89. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Lenz practiced general surgery in Reno for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; 7 children; 21 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.


Barton L. Lewis, M.D., Class of 1950, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died July 29 at age 84. Dr. Lewis practiced dermatology. He is survived by his wife, Estelle, and 3 children.


Stephen H. Martin, M.D., Class of 1965, Tucson, Arizona, died May 9, 2007, at age 66. Dr. Martin specialized in neurosurgery.


Ronald W. Matson, M.D., Class of 1957, Spring Valley, Minnesota, died January 21 at age 76. After serving in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Matson practiced family medicine in Spring Valley for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.


Chester W. Mayo, M.D., Class of 1986, Aberdeen, South Dakota, died November 11 at age 51. Dr. Mayo practiced orthopaedic surgery in Aberdeen and was a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and 3 children.


James G. Melby, M.D., Class of 1953, Milton, Massachusetts, died August 19 at age 79. Dr. Melby practiced at the Boston Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 2 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Earl J. Orth, M.D., Class of 1964, Edina, Minnesota, died December 1 at age 68. After serving in the army, Dr. Orth—a gastroenterologist and internist—started a private practice in Minneapolis and later joined the Fairview Crosstown Clinic in Edina. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; 3 children; and 9 grandchildren.


Vit U. Patel, M.D., Class of 1971, Mililani, Hawaii, died July 28 at age 65. Dr. Patel worked as a psychiatrist in Hawaii for the Halawa Correctional Facility, Oahu Community Correctional Facility, Tripler Army Medical Center, Kaneohe State Hospital, and Queen’s Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Geeta.


Norman E. Pond, M.D., Class of 1949, Littleton, Colorado, died August 4 at age 81. Dr. Pond specialized in pathology.


Max N. Pusin, M.D., Class of 1940, West Orange, New Jersey, died December 2 at age 90. Following his service in the army during World War II, Dr. Pusin had a private psychiatry practice and worked for several hospitals in New Jersey. Dr. Pusin was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred, and second wife, Frieda. He is survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren.


Bruce B. Rech, M.D., Class of 1978, Chanhassen, Minnesota, died July 5 at age 55. Dr. Rech was a physician at Park Nicollet Clinic Southdale Hospital, and St. Gertrude’s Care and Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and 2 children.


Lucille M. Saloum, M.D., Class of 1954, Hillsborough, California, died August 29 at age 78. Dr. Saloum practiced obstetrics and gynecology in California.


Jack A. Vennes, M.D., Class of 1951, Hopkins, Minnesota, died January 8 at age 84. A gastroenterologist, World War II veteran, and former member of the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty, Dr. Vennes developed endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, an imaging procedure used to study and treat diseases of the pancreas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bee, and is survived by his former wife, Carol; 3 children; 3 stepchildren; and 8 grandchildren.


Benjamin Wittels, M.D., Class of 1952, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died February 25 at age 82. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Wittels helped establish a medical school in Be’er Sheva, Israel, and was a member of Duke University’s pathology and hematology faculty. He is survived by 2 children.

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