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In Memoriam: Fall 2011

John I. Coe, M.D. John I. Coe, M.D., Class of 1944, Bloomington, Minn., died March 26 at age 92. Minnesota’s first medical examiner and the Midwest’s first board-certified forensic pathologist, Dr. Coe was internationally known for his studies on how body chemistry changes after death. He was part of a congressional select committee that answered forensic questions about the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He also was Hennepin County’s medical examiner, chief of pathology at Minneapolis General Hospital (now Hennepin County Medical Center), and professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Coe was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle.


Neva M. Abbott, M.D., M.P.H., Class of 1961, Hollywood, Fla., died April 25 at age 74. Dr. Abbott served as a missionary, taught at St. Cloud State University, and established a program to train physician assistants. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank Gonzalez, and is survived by 1 child and 1 step-grandchild.


Carol L. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1954, Oakland, Calif., died June 13 at age 82.


Wallace R. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1946, Del Mar, Calif., died July 10 at age 86. Dr. Anderson practiced medicine in Austin, Minn., and served as medical director of Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine. He is survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


Elizabeth L. Aronsen, M.D., Class of 1985, Denver, Colo., died April 11 at age 56. Dr. Aronsen was an intensive care specialist. She is survived by her mother, 4 siblings, and nieces and nephews.


Ronald E. Blackmore, M.D., Class of 1968, St. Paul, Minn., died May 5 at age 72. Dr. Blackmore was a pathologist. He is survived by his partner, Bill Schaefer; 3 children; 3 grandchildren; and former wife, Bonnie Marsh.


Arthur Bolter, M.D., Class of 1951, San Ramon, Calif., died April 10 at age 84. Dr. Bolter practiced pediatrics in California, helped to establish a drug abuse treatment center, and was medical director of an eating disorder program. He is survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


Mary S. Boyden, M.D., Class of 1938, Lawrence, Kan., died April 25 at age 96. Dr. Boyden was an obstetrician, pediatrician, pediatric allergist, and educator in Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sibling and is survived by several family members.


James E. Corbett, M.D., Class of 1965, Minneapolis, died May 16 at age 72. Dr. Corbett was a physician in the U.S. military and a diagnostic radiologist at Park Nicollet Medical Center. He was preceded in death by 1 child and is survived by his wife, Gisela, and 3 children.


Evan S. Ellison, M.D., Class of 1950, Oro Valley, Ariz., died April 17 at age 83. Dr. Ellison practiced orthopaedic surgery in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Syrile; 5 children; and 5 grandchildren.


George B. Ewens, M.D., Class of 1953, Virginia, Minn., died January 14 at age 85. Dr. Ewens was a dermatologist in Virginia and past Minnesota president of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is survived by his wife, Carol; 4 children; and 5 grandchildren.


William F. Feller Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1954, Bethesda, Md., died July 8 at age 85. Dr. Feller was a breast cancer surgeon and professor at Georgetown University Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Margareta; 2 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Gerald Fine, M.D., Class of 1946, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., died April 9 at age 87. Dr. Fine practiced pathology. He is survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren.


William A. Foley, M.D., Class of 1956, Edina, Minn., died May 21 at age 80. Dr. Foley practiced and taught pathology. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; 5 children; and 14 grandchildren.


Alfred M. Freedman, M.D., Class of 1941, New York, died April 17 at age 94. As president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Freedman helped end the definition of homosexuality as a mental illness. He also chaired New York Medical College’s psychiatry department and established drug treatment programs in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; 2 children; and 3 grandchildren.


Edwin M. Gordon, M.D., Class of 1955, Mill Valley, Calif., died March 15 at age 83. Dr. Gordon was an obstetrician and gynecologist. He helped open the Kaiser clinic and hospital in Terra Linda, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine. He is survived by 4 children and 11 grandchildren.


Christian P. Hald, M.D., Class of 1951, Ashland, Ore., died January 18 at age 90. Dr. Hald established a family practice in Ashland and served as chair of the medical staff and director of emergency services at Ashland Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacque Jean. He is survived by 4 children and 8 grandchildren.


Lois M. Heaney, M.D., Class of 1988, Phoenix, Ariz., died May 2 at age 64. Dr. Heaney worked as a clinical researcher at the University of Minnesota, practiced with Hennepin Faculty Associates in Minneapolis, and served as head hospitalist at Arizona Medical Clinic in Phoenix. She is survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


John A. Hiatt, M.D., Class of 1959, Minneapolis, died January 7 at age 78. Dr. Hiatt practiced medicine in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; 3 children; 3 stepchildren; and 9 grandchildren.


Leone R. Hogan, M.D., Class of 1978, Apple Valley, Minn., died March 27 at age 58. Dr. Hogan practiced family medicine and psychiatry. She is survived by 3 children.


Mark R. Hruby, M.D., Class of 1979, Mora, Minn., died April 14 at age 57. Dr. Hruby practiced family medicine in Mora. He is survived by his wife, Renee, and 3 children.


John T. Hurly, M.D., Class of 1942, Denver, Colo., died April 14 at age 83. Dr. Hurly cofounded Internal Medical Associates in Billings, Mont. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and is survived by 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.


James R. Kent, M.D., Class of 1953, Colorado Springs, Colo., died April 17 at age 85. Dr. Kent practiced pediatrics in Colorado Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Schwake, and is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 stepgrandchildren.


Edward M. Lafond, M.D., Class of 1944, Minneapolis, died March 10 at age 91. Dr. LaFond worked at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis and founded St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Jane, and 1 child. He is survived by 11 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 greatgrandchildren.


Jack H. Leversee, M.D., Class of 1951, Seattle, Wash., died April 7 at age 84. Dr. Leversee started a family practice, served as chief of staff at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash., and taught at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Joan; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.


Julie A. Lindahl, M.D., Class of 1977, Minnetonka, Minn., died January 12 at age 60. Dr. Lindahl was a gastroenterologist, pediatrics professor at the University of Minnesota and Wright State University in Ohio, and medical director at United Health Group. She is survived by her husband, Phillip Cykana, and 1 child.


Catherine Burns Lush, M.D., Class of 1943, Glencoe, Minn., died June 13 at age 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford. She is survived by 2 children, 1 stepchild, and several grandchildren.


William C. Nelson, M.D., Class of 1947, Grand Forks, N.D., died April 2 at age 86. Dr. Nelson practiced internal medicine, served as chief of staff and president of the executive board at St. Michael’s Hospital, and taught at the University of North Dakota’s medical school. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Anne; 5 children; and 8 grandchildren.


Eugene T. O’Brien, M.D., Class of 1958, San Antonio, Texas, died March 5 at age 78. Dr. O’Brien was chief of orthopaedics and hand surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; 8 children; and 16 grandchildren.


John S. Rydberg, M.D., Class of 1957, Roseville, Minn., died February 22 at age 79. Dr. Rydberg practiced anesthesiology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, and is survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Harold M. Schneidman, M.D., Class of 1947, San Francisco, Calif., died January 21 at age 86. Dr. Schneidman had a private practice in San Francisco, taught dermatology at Stanford University, and chaired California Pacific Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology. He is survived by his wife, Linda; 6 children; and 5 grandchildren.


Gregory E. Seftick, M.D., Class of 2007, Columbia Falls, Mont., died April 16 at age 31. Dr. Seftick specialized in emergency medicine and was an attending physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, W.Va. He is survived by Megan Webb, his parents, 1 sibling, 1 grandparent, and other relatives.


George R. Smith, M.D., Class of 1946, Hutchinson, Minn., died July 3 at age 91. Dr. Smith helped establish the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota, cofounded the Hutchinson Medical Center, and served as chief of staff at Hutchinson Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty. He is survived by 5 children and 9 grandchildren.


Ernest J. Sowada, M.D., Class of 1949, St. Paul, Minn., died April 29 at age 97. Dr. Sowada was a family practitioner in St. Paul. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his former wife, Dr. Dorothea Sowada; 5 children; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.


Donald E. Taylor, M.D., Class of 1944, Juneau, Alaska, died May 11 at age 90.


Deno J. Wedes, M.D., Class of 1946, St. Paul, Minn., died July 28 at age 87. Dr. Wedes was a family physician. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Caryl; 5 children; and 9 grandchildren.


Robert K. West, M.D., Class of 1951, Columbia Falls, Mont., died May 29 at age 89. Dr. West established a family practice in Montana and worked in emergency medicine in California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie, and is survived by 3 children, 11 stepchildren, 7 grandchildren, 30 stepgrandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.


Elton G. Wing, M.D., Class of 1966, Slayton, Minn., died March 10 at age 71. Dr. Wing practiced family medicine in Sleepy Eye and Slayton, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and 2 stepchildren.


Osmund A. Wisness, M.D., Class of 1945, Savage, Minn., died May 9 at age 91. Dr. Wisness practiced general medicine and anesthesiology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and is survived by 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

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