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In Memoriam: Spring 2010

Robert T. Kelly, M.D., Class of 1951, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, died January 26 at age 83. Dr. Kelly practiced medicine in Grand Rapids and was a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was a preceptor in the early years of the Rural Physician Associate Program. He also was the youngest physician to be elected as president of the Minnesota Medical Association. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both appointed Dr. Kelly to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health. Dr. Kelly was preceded in death by 1 grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Donna; 4 children; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.


Fred A. Lyon, M.D., Class of 1957, Tucson, Arizona, died February 10 at age 81. President of his class, Dr. Lyon went on to practice obstetrics and gynecology and was a champion for reproductive, civil, and human rights. He was a member of the clinical faculty of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School and a dedicated member of the school’s Medical Alumni Society board, as well as a member of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s board of trustees. He was a national and international consultant in his field and an advocate for reproductive freedom. Dr. Lyon is survived by his wife, Naomi; 3 children; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


John V. Thomas, M.D., Class of 1946, Duluth, Minnesota, died October 25 at age 87. Dr. Thomas worked in Duluth, where he practiced surgery, helped to establish the Miller- Dwan Burn Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center, served as chief of staff of the burn center at St. Luke’s Hospital, and was medical director of DCI Plasma Center. He was instrumental in establishing the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus. In recognition of his volunteer work in medicine, he received the Harold S. Diehl Award from the Medical School’s Medical Alumni Society. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; 5 children; and 6 grandchildren.


John J. Wild, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1946, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, died September 18 at age 95. Early in his career, Dr. Wild worked at the University of Minnesota, where he collaborated on some of the first ultrasound equipment used to obtain images of human tissue. The ultrasound scans commonly used today for cancer diagnosis and for monitoring fetal development derived from the discoveries of Dr. Wild, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and his contemporaries. Dr. Wild had a private medical practice and was director of Medico- Technological Institute in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; 3 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Frank J. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1947, Prior Lake, Minnesota, died October 1 at age 84. Dr. Anderson practiced radiology in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and 8 children.


Robert M. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1956, Sierra Vista, Arizona, died September 4 at age 77. Dr. Anderson worked as a family practitioner in Cumberland, Wisconsin, and Sierra Vista, Arizona. He was preceded in death by 1 child and 1 grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Mae; 2 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Charles H. Blomquist, Ph.D., Class of 1964, died August 17 at age 75. Dr. Blomquist was recognized for his work on steroid hormone regulation and metabolism. After working at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, he joined the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and 2 children.


Robert S. Clark , M.D., Class of 1946, Bloomington, Minnesota, died May 18, 2009, at age 87. Dr. Clark practiced psychiatry in Minneapolis and was a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Dona; 4 children; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.


James A. Cosgriff Jr., M.D., Class of 1946, Olivia, Minnesota, died September 29 at age 85. A family practitioner in Olivia, Dr. Cosgriff helped establish the family practice department at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Cosgriff was preceded in death by his parents and 2 siblings. He is survived by 4 siblings and many nieces and nephews.


Donald T. Cundy, M.D., Class of 1941, Edina, Minnesota, died August 2 at age 92. Dr. Cundy served as chief of staff at the former Metropolitan Medical Center and founded Downtown Opticians in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Iola; 5 children; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


Jerome H. Dayton, M.D., Class of 1958, Eugene, Oregon, died December 26 at age 77. Dr. Dayton was a pediatrician in Eugene. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; 3 children; and 7 grandchildren.


James W. Gerber, M.D., Class of 1978, Cottage Grove, Minnesota, died July 31 at age 58. Dr. Gerber specialized in family medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Linda; 3 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Elizabeth M. Haaland, M.D., Class of 1960, Midlothian, Texas, died December 13 at age 77. Dr. Haaland practiced dermatology.


Juji Hanada, M.D., Class of 1958, Wailuku, Hawaii, died June 26 at age 83. Dr. Hanada specialized in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


John W. Harmala, M.D., Class of 1999, Ham Lake, Minnesota, died January 12 at age 40. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and 3 children.


Milton M. Hurwitz, M.D., Class of 1939, St. Paul, died October 21 at age 91. Dr. Hurwitz had a private practice and worked at United Hospital in St. Paul. He served on several boards, including the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; 2 children; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


Robert L. King Jr., M.D., Class of 1945, Pensacola, Florida, died September 21 at age 88. Dr. King was as an ear, nose, and throat specialist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, and is survived by 1 child.


Fred H. Koenecke Jr., M.D., Class of 1948, Richland Center, Wisconsin, died November 14 at age 85. Dr. Koenecke was the founding medical director of Newstart Program in Madison, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; 2 children; 1 stepchild; and 4 grandchildren.


Oliver E. Larson , M.D., Class of 1945, Red Wing, Minnesota, died July 5 at age 87. Dr. Larson was a family practitioner in Zumbrota, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; 3 children; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.


Douglass A. Lowe, M.D., Class of 1959, Sanibel, Florida, died July 26 at age 77. Dr. Lowe practiced psychiatry in Edina, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Jean; 3 children; and 9 grandchildren.


J. Michael McMillin , M.D., Class of 1965, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died April 4, 2009, at age 69. Dr. McMillin had a private endocrinology practice and was director of research and chair of endocrinology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Sioux Falls. He is survived by his special friend, Lynn Schrick; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.


Loran B. Morgan , M.D., Class of 1943, Torrington, Wyoming, died November 23 at age 91. Dr. Morgan practiced medicine in Torrington, Wyoming, and in Gilman, Colorado. He invented the Morgan Lens, an eye irrigation device. Dr. Morgan is survived by his wife, Beth; 2 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Mark A. Muesing, M.D., Class of 1959, East Gull Lake, Minnesota, died September 14 at age 75. Dr. Muesing served as president of the Vadheim Medical Center in Tyler, Minnesota, and of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He also worked at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; 4 children; and 11 grandchildren.


Elizabeth A. Schmidt , M.D., Class of 1979, St. Cloud, Minnesota, died January 22 at age 63. Dr. Schmidt practiced gynecology in Minneapolis and St. Cloud. She is survived by 1 child and her former husband, Bill.


Vernon L. Sommerdorf , M.D., Class of 1952, St. Paul, Minnesota, died October 19 at age 88. Dr. Sommerdorf practiced medicine in St. Paul and represented St. Paul in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is survived by his wife, Norma; 4 children; 9 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.


Sherman O. Strand, M.D., Class of 1945, Rancho Mirage, California, died August 25 at age 89. Dr. Strand was an ear, nose, and throat physician and surgeon. He served as chief of staff at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and head of surgery at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. He is survived by his wife, Ruth.


Robert L. Tiel , M.D., Class of 1980, New Orleans, Louisiana, died August 2 at age 55. Dr. Tiel practiced neurosurgery in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Michigan and was widely known for his contributions to the management of nerve injuries. He is survived by his wife, Constance, and 4 children.


H. James Ver Steeg, M.D., Class of 1963, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died October 1 at age 71. Dr. Ver Steeg practiced radiology in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and 1 child.


George Werner, M.D., Class of 1942, Minneapolis, died January 11 at age 92. He practiced surgery in Minneapolis and helped to establish Group Health (now HealthPartners). He is survived by his wife, Lillian; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.


John C. Wohlrabe, M.D., Class of 1952, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, died October 11 at age 82. While at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Wohlrabe specialized in psychiatry. He is survived by 5 children; their mother, Lillian; 20 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.


Beverly J. Wurster, M.D., Class of 1956, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died February 16 at age 86. Dr. Wurster worked for the City of Milwaukee Health Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Blochowiak. She is survived by 2 children, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

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