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In Memoriam: Fall 2012

Lester Breslow, M.D., M.P.H., Class of 1938, Los Angeles, Calif., died April 9 at age 97. Dr. Breslow, who also received his master’s in public health degree from the University of Minnesota in 1941, was known for his groundbreaking research in chronic disease prevention.

He spent two years as district health officer at the Minnesota Department of Health before serving in the mid- 1940s as a preventive medicine officer in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star. He then moved to California to become chief of the Bureau of Chronic Disease, and later, chief of the Division of Preventive Medical Services at the California State Department of Public Health.

He moved on to the University of California, Los Angeles, as a health professor in the School of Medicine, eventually chairing the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. He was named dean of UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in 1972 and served in that role until 1980, overseeing a period of growth in the school and a rise in the school’s prominence.

A recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society’s Harold S. Diehl Award for lifetime achievement, Breslow served as director of President Harry Truman’s Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation, initiated studies on the impact of smoking, and advanced many initiatives to improve health in California.

He is survived by his wife, Devra; 3 children; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

David R. Antonow, M.D., Class of 1977, Minneapolis, died September 9, 2011, at age 60. Dr. Antonow worked at Health- Partners Parkways Specialty Clinic in Robbinsdale, Minn.

Fred G. Bedford, M.D., Class of 1956, Sequim, Wash., died February 29 at age 89. Dr. Bedford practiced general medicine and anesthesiology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Glezen, and is survived by 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Ellis S. Benson, M.D., Class of 1944, Minneapolis, died April 15 at age 92. Dr. Benson worked for the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology for more than 20 years, serving as professor and eventually department head, and led the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. He is survived by his wife, Ann; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Florence J. Bouthilet, M.D., Class of 1947, St. Paul, died May 23 at age 87. Dr. Bouthilet practiced anesthesiology in the Twin Cities area and established the first one-day surgery center in Minneapolis at the former Metropolitan Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Ken; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Kent W. Christoferson, M.D., Class of 1971, Eugene, Ore., died October 5, 2011, at age 84. Dr. Christoferson specialized in ophthalmology and worked at Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene for more than 30 years. He is survived by 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Harry S. Friedman, M.D., Class of 1939, Broomall, Pa., died April 5 at age 96. Dr. Friedman practiced ophthalmology, helped found and lead the former Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis, and taught at the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by wives Gertrude and Harriett. He is survived by 3 children, 4 stepchildren, 4 grandchildren, and 4 step-grandchildren.

William Byrne Hanson, M.D., Class of 1949, Minneapolis, died January 30 at age 90. Dr. Hanson practiced general medicine and surgery in Minneapolis and Two Harbors, Minn. He is survived by close friend Ann Bye; former wife, Mildred Hanson, M.D.; 4 children; and 3 grandchildren.

John A. Hartwig, M.D., Class of 1952, Bloomington, Minn., died November 14, 2011, at age 86. Dr. Hartwig was an orthopaedic surgeon who focused on cervical spine injuries. He also was chief of staff at Fairview Hospital in 1969. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 5 children; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Richard B. Hoffman, M.D., Class of 1961, Rolling Hills, Calif., died November 30, 2011, at age 74. Dr. Hoffman founded and served as chief of the radiology department at Torrance Memorial Hospital, where he introduced a variety of imaging techniques. He also served as president of the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s board. He is survived by his wife, Carole; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.

Darwin K. Holian, M.D., Class of 1947, Santa Barbara, Calif., died April 27 at age 89. Dr. Holian was a surgeon in Albert Lea, Minn., and chief of staff at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He also was an international leader in the field of bariatric surgery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor. He is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Donald F. Holm, M.D., Class of 1949, Edina, Minn., died March 9 at age 94. Dr. Holm practiced general medicine and radiology. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 2 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Kent D. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1990, Shoreview, Minn., died April 1 at age 52. Dr. Johnson was a family practitioner in Fridley, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and 2 children.

John D. Kaster, M.D., Class of 1943, Hillsborough, Calif., died January 12 at age 93. Dr. Kaster was a pediatrician. He is survived by his wife, Jean; 2 children; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren

Carol A. Larson, M.D., Class of 1965, Marshfield, Wis., died March 28 at age 71. Dr. Larson was a psychiatrist at the Marshfield Clinic and at the Mississippi River Human Services Center in Eau Claire, Wis., where she was also medical director. She was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Lee.

Thomas A. Marr, M.D., Class of 1953, Sun Lakes, Ariz., died February 21 at age 84. Dr. Marr helped to establish a kidney/dialysis center, artificial kidney center, and the practice of peritoneal dialysis at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ardis. He is survived by his second wife, Sue; 6 children; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Joseph G. McCormack, M.D., Class of 1946, Gilroy, Calif., died June 10 at age 94. Dr. McCormack specialized in surgery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lael, and is survived by several children and grandchildren.

J. Victor Monke, M.D., Class of 1948, Los Angeles, Calif., died February 4 at age 97. Dr. Monke practiced at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah, and 2 children. He is survived by 1 grandchild.

George E. Montgomery, M.D., Class of 1941, Ames, Iowa, died February 4 at age 94. Dr. Montgomery practiced medicine in Iowa, managed the health care centers at two retirement communities, and worked as a medical missionary in South Africa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arline, and is survived by 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Clayton E. J. Nelson, M.D., Class of 1940, Albert Lea, Minn., died April 18 at age 96. Dr. Nelson practiced medicine in Albert Lea for 35 years. He was preceded in death by first wife, Agnes, and his second wife, Betty. He is survived by 4 children and 1 grandchild.

William D. Nesset, M.D., Class of 1943, Gulf Shores, Ala., died April 30 at age 95. Dr. Nelson practiced in Minneapolis for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Harley J. Racer, M.D., Class of 1951, Bloomington, Minn., died March 21 at age 87. Dr. Racer helped develop the family practice residency program at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., and was its first director. He also led a family practice program in Maine, worked at Hennepin County Medical Center, and taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Lauretta; 4 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Darrel J. Rosen, M.D., Class of 1974, East Grand Rapids, Mich., died May 5 at age 63. Dr. Rosen worked as a radiologist in Grand Rapids for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie, and is survived by 1 child and 1 grandchild.

Bradley L. Schwartz, M.D., Class of 1991, Sandpoint, Idaho, died February 7 at age 46. Dr. Schwartz practiced family medicine in Sandpoint for nearly 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Patty, and 3 children.

Daniel Simon, M.D., Class of 1945, Berkeley, Calif., died November 26, 2011, at age 92. Dr. Simon practiced medicine in Richmond, Calif., and conducted research worldwide. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and is survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and companion Maryjane Wets.

Stanley P. Stone, M.D., Class of 1941, Golden Valley, Minn., died July 5 at age 96. Dr. Stone was a family practitioner in the Twin Cities area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and is survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

James V. Testor, M.D., Class of 1952, Winona, Minn., died December 26, 2011, at age 86. Dr. Testor was the first full-time radiologist to practice in Winona. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 4 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Paul E. Thompson, M.D., Class of 1970, Olivia, Minn., died March 27 at age 69. Dr. Thompson practiced medicine in Illinois and Minnesota and worked as a missionary in Bolivia. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois, and 1 child. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Jo, and 2 children.

Stanley B. Troup, M.D., Class of 1949, Cincinnati, Ohio, died December 30, 2011, at age 86. Dr. Troup was senior vice president at the University of Cincinnati and director of its medical center. He was preceded in death by 1 grandchild and is survived by his wife, Paula; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Donald I. Twito, M.D., Class of 1970, Billings, Mont., died April 17 at age 67. Dr. Twito — the first board-certified oncologist to practice in Montana — helped to establish the oncology department and cancer center at the Billings Clinic. He is survived by 1 child, 2 grandchildren, and his former wife, Christine.

Jean J. Vivino, M.D., Class of 1944, Walkersville, Md., died March 11 at age 93. Dr. Vivino worked with a founder of what is now Kaiser Permanente and at what is now HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, D.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, A. Earl Vivino, M.D., and is survived by 8 children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Virgil R. Zarling, M.D., Class of 1943, Mendota Heights, Minn., died February 17 at age 92. Dr. Zarling practiced neurology in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Mona Mae; 14 children; 28 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

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