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In Memoriam: Spring 2009

Donald F. Gleason, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1944, Edina, Minnesota, died December 28 at age 88. Dr. Gleason earned his undergraduate, medical, and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. After an internship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps, he trained as a pathologist at the Minneapolis VA hospital, where he became the hospital’s chief of anatomic pathology and laboratories.

Dr. Gleason developed the Gleason score, a test considered the most reliable indicator of the potential for prostate cancer to grow and spread. He received numerous honors for his contributions, including the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; 3 children; and 9 grandchildren.


Walter B. Shelley, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1943, Grand Rapids, Ohio, died January 30 at age 91. Dr. Shelley wrote the first major U.S. textbook on dermatology, discovered 12 diseases, and introduced cutaneous surgery.

He chaired the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania and worked at the University of Illinois, Peoria School of Medicine and the Medical College of Ohio. He received many honors and served as president of five major American dermatologic organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Dorinda Shelley; 5 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Earl H. Wood, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1941, Rochester, Minnesota, died March 18 at age 97. An aerospace medical researcher who worked at Mayo Clinic for nearly 5 decades, Dr. Wood helped develop a G-suit during World War II that was eventually modified and used by test pilots who broke the sound barrier and astronauts who landed on the moon.

Dr. Wood refined techniques for measuring blood flow within and to the heart, helping to pave the way for cardiac catheterization; he received a patent for an oximeter, which measures oxygen levels in the bloodstream; and he helped develop a light-absorbing dye for tracing the circulatory system and diagnosing heart defects.

Dr. Wood was preceded in death by his wife, Ada. He is survived by 4 children and 4 grandchildren.


Freedolph D. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1959, Virginia Beach, Virginia, died October 16 at age 75. Dr. Anderson practiced medicine in Montana and Guam. He also conducted clinical research at Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey and at the Jones Institute of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Harlean; 4 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Philip L. Blumenthal, M.D., Class of 1943, San Jose, California, died November 10 at age 90. While at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Blumenthal specialized in family medicine. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; 4 children; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.


Robert J. Campaigne, M.D., Class of 1958, Duluth, Minnesota, died March 8 at age 77. Dr. Campaigne was a surgeon in Duluth and taught anatomy at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by 2 children and 1 grandchild.


John H. Draheim, M.D., Class of 1949, Menasha, Wisconsin, died January 9 at age 85. Dr. Draheim practiced pathology in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; 4 children; and 8 grandchildren.


Conrad E. Eastwold II, M.D., Class of 1949, Chisago City, Minnesota, died January 25 at age 84. Dr. Eastwold worked as a missionary in Cameroon, West Africa, for 26 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Quie, and 1 child. He is survived by 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.


Richard C. Gaard, M.D., Class of 1945, Alpharetta, Georgia, died October 11 at age 87. Dr. Gaard specialized in anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


William R. Glenny, M.D., Class of 1952, Sequim, Washington, died January 1 at age 82. Dr. Glenny practiced pathology in St. Paul, Minnesota, for nearly 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; 3 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Jane D. Gumprecht, M.D., Class of 1946, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, died January 21 at age 86. Dr. Gumprecht was the first woman doctor to establish a long-term practice in Coeur d’Alene and held leadership roles in a number of medical and civic organizations. She was preceded in death by 1 grandchild and is survived by her husband, Dr. Donald Gumprecht; 4 children; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.


George W. Haugen, M.D., Class of 1944, Mound, Minnesota, died March 24, 2008, at age 87. Dr. Haugen had a private practice in Minneapolis and later joined North Memorial Hospital, where he worked as an emergency physician and eventually as director of emergency medicine. He also was a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty. Dr. Haugen was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy. He is survived by 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


James F. Knapp, M.D., Class of 1960, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died November 4 at age 76. Dr. Knapp practiced medicine in Detroit Lakes for more than 30 years and served as president and chairman of the board of the Minnesota Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Joann; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.


Theodore G. Larson, M.D., Class of 1955, St. Cloud, Minnesota, died February 7 at age 80. Dr. Larson practiced family medicine and taught at the University of Minnesota. He served as medical director of Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Little Falls, Minnesota, and had a private psychiatry practice in St. Cloud. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.


Kenneth O. Nimlos, M.D., Class of 1945, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, died March 14 at age 86. Dr. Nimlos practiced general medicine, was chief of staff at Mounds Park Hospital, and later served as chair of the psychiatry department at United Hospital in St. Paul. He also was a member of the University of Minnesota’s clinical faculty. He is survived by his wife, Carole; 6 children; and 11 grandchildren.


Lawrence J. Opsahl, M.D., Class of 1949, Willmar, Minnesota, died February 5 at age 87. Dr. Opsahl was a general practitioner in Willmar and a medical coroner for Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. Dr. Opsahl was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and 1 child. He is survived by 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.


David E. Patton, M.D., Class of 1983, Dallas, Texas, died December 5 at age 53. A perinatologist, Dr. Patton helped patients facing high-risk pregnancies. He is survived by his wife, Wanda.


Thorild A. Ross, M.D., Class of 1961, Mission Viejo, California, died August 4 at age 72. Dr. Ross was the first board-certified family physician in the Mission Viejo area. He helped develop Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where he served as chief of staff and chairman of the board, and he formed a medical facility management firm and Ross Medical Associates. He is survived by his wife, Mag; 4 children; and 6 grandchildren.


Michael C. Rost, M.D., Class of 1964, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died December 1 at age 70. Dr. Rost spent much of his career in Sioux Falls, where he served as medical director of anesthesia and operative services and as medical director of McKennan Hospital’s pain management clinic. He also was staff anesthesiologist for the Sioux Falls Surgical Center and clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of South Dakota Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Judith; 6 children; and 7 grandchildren.


John E. Smith, M.D., Class of 1956, Edina, Minnesota, died December 31 at age 77. Dr. Smith practiced family medicine and served as president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, chief of staff at St. Barnabas Hospital, and was a charter staff member at Fairview Southdale Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; 6 children; and 21 grandchildren.


Edward V. Staab, M.D., Class of 1961, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died November 1 at age 72. Dr. Staab was a professor emeritus of radiologic sciences at Wake Forest University and served in leadership positions with the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, University of Florida, and University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 5 children; and 11 grandchildren.


Robert J. Strobel, M.D., Class of 1944, Moscow, Idaho, died August 7 at age 88. Dr. Strobel specialized in otolaryngology and ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Thomas O. Swallen, M.D., Class of 1959, Golden Valley, Minnesota, died December 2 at age 78. A pathologist, Dr. Swallen was a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty during much of his career. He served as chief of staff at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, during the 1980s. Dr. Swallen was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Diane; former wife, Sally Helmerichs; 3 children; 2 stepchildren; and 8 grandchildren.


Gary D. Tollefson, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1976, Indianapolis, Indiana, died March 30 at age 58. A former faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School and chair of psychiatry at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, Dr. Tollefson spent much of his career at Eli Lilly and Company, where he directed programs in schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and related disorders-work that led to the development of revolutionary new drugs. He is survived by his wife, Karin; 3 children; and 1 stepchild.


George T. Van Rooy, M.D., Class of 1941, Sun City, Arizona, died November 7 at age 91. Dr. Van Rooy practiced medicine in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Marvel; 1 child; 3 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.


Lillian S. Wong, M.D., Class of 1949, San Francisco, California, died December 12 at age 86. Dr. Wong practiced at Chinese Hospital and with Kaiser Permanente, both in San Francisco. She also worked as an anesthesiologist in the Bay Area. Dr. Wong is survived by 4 siblings, 3 half-siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

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