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In Memoriam: Fall 2009

John W. LaBree, M.D., Class of 1940, Edina, Minnesota, died August 1 at age 92. A physician and educator in internal medicine and cardiology for nearly 70 years, Dr. LaBree was one of 10 original founders of the Saint Louis Park Medical Center—a precursor to the Park Nicollet Medical Center—in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in 1951. He performed Minnesota’s first heart catheterization, a technique he integrated into his Park Nicollet practice. From 1971 to 1975, he was director of medical education at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

For the next five years, Dr. LaBree served as second dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School—Duluth Campus. Under his tenure, the student body grew from 36 to 48 students, the faculty expanded, and the school was relocated to a new building. Dr. LaBree left Duluth to become professor of internal medicine and cardiology, assistant vice president for health sciences, and director of outreach for the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. There he created and maintained the clinical relationships between the University and physicians across Minnesota. In recognition of Dr. LaBree’s many contributions, the University presented him with its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in 1990.

After retiring, Dr. LaBree joined Carl Platou, president emeritus of Fairview Hospital and Healthcare Services, and others to create a graduate program in health management at the University of St. Thomas. The program—designed specifically for physicians—was among the pioneers in combining classroom and online education.

Dr. LaBree also was president of the Minnesota Heart Association, president of the Hennepin County Medical Society, and a fellow of the American College of International Medicine and Cardiology.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; 6 children; 3 stepchildren; 16 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one stepdaughter and his former wife, Mary Jane Riley LaBree.

Dr. LaBree’s family has requested that memorials be made to the Anorexia Nervosa Clinical Research and Education Fund or the Duluth Medical Legends and Leaders Scholarship Fund through the Minnesota Medical Foundation.


Wallace E. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1951, Wayzata, Minnesota, died June 19 at age 88. Dr. Anderson practiced medicine in Lakeville, Robbinsdale, and Golden Valley, Minnesota. He also worked for 11 years in the North Memorial Hospital (now North Memorial Medical Center) emergency department and made many medical mission trips around the world. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire. He is survived by 8 children and 16 grandchildren.


Charles W. Carr, Ph.D., Edina, Minnesota, died July 21 at age 92. Dr. Carr received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. While at the University, he worked on an artificial rubber project, which resulted in several patents. He also was a member of the Department of Biochemistry faculty for nearly 40 years, serving as head of the department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, Betty; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.


Robert D. Erickson, M.D., Class of 1952, Green Valley, Arizona, died April 23, 2008, at age 83. Dr. Erickson was a family practitioner in Arizona and was one of the first full-time resident physicians in Green Valley. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 4 children; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


Charles A. Evans, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1936, Seattle, Washington, died December 4, 2008, at age 96. Dr. Evans worked at the University of Washington for 36 years. During his tenure he served as chair of the University Senate, associate director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, first chair of the Department of Microbiology, and first director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs. He also published more than 200 scientific research articles on viral infections, poliomyelitis, and tumor virology. Dr. Evans is survived by his wife, Allie; 4 children; 6 grandchildren; 1 foster child; and 4 foster grandchildren.


Theodore E. Gram, Ph.D., Class of 1964, Minneapolis, died August 11 at age 74. Dr. Gram worked as a research pharmacologist for the National Institutes of Health. He was preceded in death by 1 grandchild and is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; 3 children; and 1 grandchild.


John W. Gridley, M.D., Class of 1943, Golden Valley, Minnesota, died June 14 at age 99. Dr. Gridley practiced medicine in Glencoe and Arlington, Minnesota, and in Watertown, South Dakota. He was a founding fellow of the American Academy of General Practice and a medical volunteer in Honduras. He also was a Zuhrah Shrine Horseman and Mason. Dr. Gridley was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy, and 2 grandchildren. He is survived by his second wife, Phyllis; 2 children; stepchildren; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.


George V. Hering, M.D., Class of 1944, Denmark, Wisconsin, died July 6 at age 89. Dr. Hering practiced medicine in Denmark, Wisconsin, for more than 50 years. He served as chief of staff at Bellin and St. Vincent hospitals in Wisconsin and was a member of the Wisconsin State Medical Society. Dr. Hering is survived by his companion, Sandra Johnson; 3 children; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.


Louis C. Jensen, M.D., Class of 1945, Williston, Florida, died March 23 at age 87. Dr. Jensen was a family practitioner for more than 55 years, served as president of the Brevard County Medical Society, and was a member of the Wuesthoff Hospital staff. Dr. Jensen is survived by his wife, Joy; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.


F. Douglas Lawrason, M.D., Class of 1944, Morris Township, New Jersey, died June 9 at age 89. Dr. Lawrason worked at the University of Minnesota, Yale University, National Academy of Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Arkansas, and University of Texas. He served as executive director and vice president for medical research at Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories, president of the research division of Schering-Plough, and president of the biotechnology company Invi-tron. He also chaired the board of trustees at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lawrason is survived by his wife, Elaine; 3 children; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


Peter L. Loes, M.D., Class of 1975, Buffalo, Minnesota, died May 27 at age 60. Dr. Loes was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and was a diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practiced with the Rhinelander Medical Group in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and at the Allina Medical Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. He also worked for the St. Cloud Medical Group and served as chief of staff at Buffalo Hospital. He is survived by 3 children and 1 grandchild.


Donald G. Mahle, M.D., Class of 1935, died March 11 at age 97. Dr. Mahle practiced family medicine in Plainview, Minnesota, and implemented the first immunization program in the area. He was a member of the Wabasha Community Clinic and provided free physicals to hundreds of athletes as the doctor on call at numerous athletic events. Dr. Mahle was preceded in death by his first wife, Winnifred; his second wife, Beryl; 1 child; and 1 grandchild. He is survived by 3 children, 5 stepchildren, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 9 step-grandchildren.


Martin O. Mundale, M.S., Class of 1952, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, died June 25 at age 87. Mr. Mundale was an alumnus of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Physical Therapy and an associate professor of physical medicine at the University. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn. He is survived by his second wife, Harriet; 4 children; 2 stepchildren; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.


James W. Neubert, M.D., Class of 1967, Cameron Park, California, died June 1 at age 68. Dr. Neubert practiced anesthesiology and psychiatry. He is survived by 1 child.


John H. Reitmann, M.D., Class of 1944, Dallas, Texas, died September 2, 2008, at age 88. Dr. Reitmann practiced psychiatry and was a member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School’s psychiatry faculty until his retirement at age 86. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, and is survived by 4 children and 5 grandchildren.


Henry Sosin, M.D., Ph.D., Minneapolis, died May 22 at age 79. After completing an internship, residency, and doctoral degree in surgery at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sosin went on to practice surgery, conduct research, and teach hundreds of medical students for more than a decade at the University. He also had a private practice in Minneapolis and, in 1985, helped establish General and Vascular Surgery Consultants. Dr. Sosin is survived by his wife, Georgette; 4 children; and 4 grandchildren.


Emil M. Stimac, M.D., Class of 1945, Davenport, Iowa, died April 28 at age 91. Dr. Stimac was head of the medical department at Rock Island Arsenal in Princeton, Iowa, practiced in Davenport, and was medical director at ALCOA. He also was a member of the Scott County Medical Society in Iowa. Dr. Stimac is survived by 4 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.


Joe Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1948, Los Angeles, California, died May 24 at age 85. Dr. Yamamoto taught psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles—giving hundreds of academic presentations and papers on cross-cultural psychiatric issues. He is survived by his wife, Maria; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.


John Ylvisaker, M.D., Class of 1947, Clarkston, Michigan, died August 1 at age 90. Dr. Ylvisaker practiced family medicine in Swanville, Minnesota, and later practiced surgery in Michigan at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and Pontiac General Hospital. He served as medical director at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, treasurer and president of the Michigan State Medical Society, and adjunct professor at Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences. He also was a real estate developer in the Detroit area and Upper Peninsula. Dr. Ylvisaker funded and was actively engaged in scholarship programs at a number of institutions, including the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tekla. He is survived by 4 children and 9 grandchildren.


Samuel Zinberg, M.D., Class of 1946, Cedarhurst, New York, died April 7 at age 85. Dr. Zinberg was a founding surgeon and assistant director of the Department of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, May, and 6 children.

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