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In Memoriam: Spring 2012

Franklin A. Neva, M.D. (Photo: NIH)

Franklin A. Neva, M.D., Class of 1946, Billings, Mont., died October 16 at age 89. Dr. Neva directed the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and established a clinical service at the National Institutes of Health to treat patients from developing countries. He advanced the study of malaria and other diseases caused by parasites, conducted research aimed at developing a polio vaccine, and helped isolate the rubella virus. In 1996, he received the Donald Mackay Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for outstanding work in tropical health. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Eugene C. Ott, M.D.

Eugene C. Ott, M.D., Class of 1954, Edina, Minn., died January 12 at age 82. A family practitioner, Dr. Ott taught at the University of Minnesota, was medical director of Metropolitan Health Plan, and founded a program to improve the health of families and infants in Minneapolis. He was president of the Hennepin County Medical Society and Hennepin County Academy of Family Physicians. An active volunteer, he received the United Way’s Mary M. Gates Achievement Award and WCCO’s Good Neighbor Award. He also volunteered in Haiti, Mexico, and South Africa. After retiring, he became medical director of St. Mary’s Health Clinics. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; 11 children; 19 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Frances T. Thomas, M.D.

Francis T. Thomas, M.D., Class of 1964, Birmingham, Ala., died November 25 at age 74. A pioneering transplant surgeon, Dr. Thomas led the first human kidney and pancreas transplants in eastern North Carolina and was known for several translational research milestones. Among his achievements was the first demonstration that human hearts can withstand long-distance transport for transplantation. Dr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Judith; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Richard E. Alper, M.D., Ph.D.,Class of 1972, Ramsey, Minn., died August 4 at age 77. Dr. Alper conducted electron microscopy research, taught microbiology, practiced pediatrics, and served as medical director of Anoka County Corrections. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen, and 2 children.

Jack R. Brokken, M.D., Class of 1951, Lancaster, Calif., died April 1, 2011, at age 88.

David W. Burgan, M.D., Class of 1961, Polson, Mont., died December 4 at age 75. Dr. Burgan practiced general medicine and diagnostic radiology and served as chief of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at the Missoula Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; 3 children; and 3 grandchildren.

Harry F. Burich, M.D., Class of 1947, Rochester, Minn., died January 16 at age 95. Dr. Burich was cofounder of and first surgeon to join the Olmsted Medical Group in southeastern Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Grace; 5 children; 13 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Donald R. Daggett, M.D., Class of 1946, Minneapolis, died October 23 at age 89. He is survived by his wife, Donna; 3 children; and 1 grandchild.

John W. Dougherty, M.D., Class of 1943, Jupiter, Fla., died November 8 at age 94. Dr. Dougherty taught dermopathology at Cornell Medical School. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, and is survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Gerald G. Eklund, M.D., Class of 1956, Bonita, Calif., died September 20 at age 79.

Virgil E. Erickson, M.D., Class of 1951, Morgan Hills, Calif., died November 30 at age 94. Dr. Erickson practiced medicine and established ambulatory clinics at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabel, and is survived by 2 sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

William M. Feigal, M.D., Class of 1943, Peoria, Ariz., died November 26 at age 91. He is survived by his wife, Marian; 4 children; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Harold J. Fletcher, M.D., Class of 1967, Lake Madison, S.D., died August 12 at age 73. Dr. Fletcher practiced family medicine and surgery. He is survived by his wife, Karen; 5 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Jack E. Geist, M.D., Class of 1946, Milwaukee, Wis., died December 24 at age 89. Dr. Geist practiced medicine and psychiatry and taught at Georgetown University, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and is survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Frederick D. Hathaway, M.D., Class of 1970, Lincoln, Neb., died August 13 at age 66. Dr. Hathaway practiced orthopaedic surgery. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; 4 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Clarence A. Jenike, M.D., Class of 1960, Lake Oswego, Ore., died December 15 at age 86. He is survived by his wife, Adelle; 1 child; and 2 grandchildren.

Arthur G. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1960, Gig Harbor, Wash., died November 26 at age 89. Dr. Johnson worked as a pharmacist and later practiced general medicine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marty, and is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Allan R. Leider, M.D., Class of 1945, Woodinville, Wash., died October 30 at age 90. Dr. Leider was a psychiatrist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, and 1 child. He is survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Elmer W. Lippmann Jr., M.D., Class of 1964, Mankato, Minn., died September 4 at age 76. Dr. Lippmann practiced orthopaedic surgery. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Earl A. Loomis Jr., M.D., Class of 1945, Greenport, N.Y., died May 10, 2011, at age 89. Dr. Loomis was a child psychiatrist. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; 5 children; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Robert M. Lundblad, M.D., Class of 1949, Palm Desert, Calif., died December 8 at age 91. Dr. Lundblad practiced rural general medicine and ophthalmology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma. He is survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Thomas H. McPartlin, M.D., Class of 1968, North Oaks, Minn., died November 4 at age 68. Dr. McPartlin founded Neurologic Consultants in St. Paul and Head and Neck Pain Centers of Minnesota. He also served as chief of staff at St. Paul’s Midway Hospital and taught at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and 1 child.

Lynn M. Murel, M.D., Class of 1991, Eau Claire, Wis., died September 10 at age 53. Dr. Murel practiced medicine and served as campus physician at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. She is survived by 1 child and many relatives and friends.

David A. Randall, M.D., Class of 1953, Hopkins, Minn., died August 29 at age 83. Dr. Randall practiced internal medicine and rheumatology. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and 3 children.

James M. Rauer, M.D., Class of 1975, Dallas, Texas, died August 2 at age 61.

Irwin F. Schaffhausen, M.D., Class of 1952, Miami, Fla., died August 21 at age 93. Dr. Schaffhausen practiced orthopaedic surgery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred. He is survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Stanley J. Simons Jr., M.D., Class of 1961, Pendleton, Ore., died May 8, 2011, at age 74. Dr. Simons practiced ophthalmology. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan. He is survived by his second wife, Kayella; 5 children; and 8 grandchildren.

Lorin C. Spencer, M.D., Class of 1951, Upland, Calif., died May 11, 2011, at age 86. Dr. Spencer was head of pathology and president of the medical staff at Pomona Valley Community Hospital in California. He also was a leader of the American Red Cross blood program in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annabel, and 1 child. He is survived by 6 children and 9 grandchildren.

Bernard P. Strouth, M.D., Class of 1945, Boise, Idaho, died May 1 at age 89. Dr. Strouth worked with the American Cancer Society, served as a chief of staff at the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, and served as a high school team physician. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. He is survived by his second wife, Barbara; 2 children; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph M. Tambornino, M.D., Class of 1956, Edina, Minn., died January 31 at age 80. Dr. Tambornino was an orthopaedic surgeon and chief of staff at Fairview Southdale Hospital. He also taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Hennepin County Medical Center. He was preceded in death by 2 children. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; 7 children; and 17 grandchildren.

Gerald J. Taylor, M.D., Class of 1941, Gibsonia, Pa., died December 8 at age 94. Dr. Taylor practiced psychiatry. He is survived by his wife, Amanda; 1 child; and 3 grandchildren.

Brian C. Torgerson, M.D., Class of 1978, Vass, N.C., died February 4 at age 61. He practiced internal medicine and founded a nonprofit medical mission organization. He is survived by his wife, Candace; 3 children; and 2 grandchildren.

Delmont M. Ulrich, M.D., Class of 1943, Seattle, Wash., died April 22, 2011, at age 92. Dr. Ulrich practiced internal medicine and taught at the University of Washington Medical School. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Swanie). He is survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Horatio (Ray) P. Vancleve III, M.D., Class of 1943, Winston-Salem, N.C., died September 21 at age 92. Dr. VanCleve practiced family medicine in various Minnesota cities and served as mayor of Dodge Center, Minnesota. He also established the Department of Family Medicine at Wake Forest University. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth. He is survived by his second wife, Patricia; 6 children; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

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

Edward S.A. Wegrzynowicz, M.D., Class of 1980, Hopkins, Minn., died October 3 at age 56. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sibling. He is survived by several relatives and special friend Ruth Wachtel.

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