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In Memoriam: Spring 2013

Frederick C. Goetz, M.D., faculty, Minneapolis, died August 28 at age 90. Dr. Goetz was a leading diabetes researcher at the University of Minnesota. His work in the 1950s and ’60s focused on the role of insulin, the pancreas, and the kidneys in diabetes and led to the pioneering development of pancreas and kidney transplants in diabetic patients. In 1969, Dr. Goetz became director of the University’s Clinical Research Center. Under his leadership, the center became a national hub for diabetes research, created new standards for surgical treatments for diabetes, and was instrumental in establishing type 1 diabetes as an immunologic disorder. Dr. Goetz also led a study of hundreds of residents of Wadena, Minn., showing that risk for type 2 diabetes increases as people age and their metabolic function declines. Dr. Goetz is survived by his wife, Mary Rose; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 child.

Robert A. Ulstrom, M.D., Class of 1946, Golden Valley, Minn., died Nov. 6 at age 89. Dr. Ulstrom had a long and distinguished career in pediatrics and academia. He chaired the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School as associate dean and a pediatrics professor. Dr. Ulstrom was a pioneer in pediatric endocrinology; he founded the University’s Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and received national and international recognition for his research on metabolism in children and infants. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and is survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

David W. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1961, White Bear Township, Minn., died Nov. 13 at age 76. Dr. Anderson practiced dermatology in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by 1 child and 1 grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Corrienne Faye; 3 children; and 5 grandchildren.

Roger E. Anderson, M.D., Class of 1952, Minneapolis, died Dec. 3 at age 86. A radiologist, Dr. Anderson worked at hospitals in the Twin Cities, Austin, and Albert Lea, Minn., and was a partner with Consulting Radiologists. He is survived by 3 nephews, numerous cousins, and friends.

Linda E. Bohn, M.D., Class of 1978, St. Paul, died Dec. 30 at age 63. Dr. Bohn was a radiologist. She was preceded in death by 1 child. She is survived by her husband, Jim; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.

John B. Brainard, M.D., Class of 1955, St. Paul, died Dec. 6 at age 87. Dr. Brainard practiced surgery in St. Paul for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Andrea; 3 children; and 2 grandchildren.

John R. Burton, M.D., Class of 1958, Shoreview, Minn., died Aug. 25 at age 79. Dr. Burton practiced medicine in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Karen; 3 children; and 10 grandchildren.

William S. Chalgren, M.D., Class of 1942, North Mankato, Minn., died Sept. 22 at age 97. Dr. Chalgren taught at the University of Minnesota and Mankato State University and practiced neurology, psychiatry, and electroencephalogy in Mankato. He was preceded in death by 1 child and is survived by his wife, Marcia; 2 children; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Richard O. Chambers, M.D., Class of 1946, Glendive, Mont., died Nov. 12 at age 95. Dr. Chambers was a general practitioner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.

John A. Cich, M.D., Class of 1961, Edina, Minn., died Sept. 3 at age 78. Dr. Cich practiced family medicine, pediatric oncology, and hematology in the Twin Cities. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; 8 children; and 15 grandchildren.

Helen P. Dahl, M.D., Class of 1946, Minneapolis, died Oct. 8 at age 90. Dr. Dahl spent most of her career at the University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service. She is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and her ex-husband, James.

Vernon A. Harrington, M.D., Class of 1948, Stuart, Fla., died Jan. 16 at age 87. Dr. Harrington spent much of his career working at Duluth hospitals and was one of the founding physicians of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and is survived by 3 nephews.

Eugene W. Haywa, M.D., Class of 1953, Bloomington, Minn., died Sept. 23 at age 85. Dr. Haywa specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He is survived by 2 children, 3 grandchildren, 4 stepchildren, and previous wives, Phyllis and Mary.

John W. James, M.D., Class of 1945, St. Paul, died Oct. 5 at age 91. Dr. James is survived by his wife, Virginia; 2 children; and 5 grandchildren.

Jane R. Jasperson, M.D., Class of 1993, Mendota Heights, Minn., died July 2 at age 55. Dr. Jasperson practiced medicine in the Twin Cities. She is survived by her partner, Gail Lewellan, and 2 children.

George W. Jones, M.D., Class of 1946, Avoca, Wis., died Aug. 11 at age 90. Dr. Jones was a doctor for more than 60 years in several states. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia. He is survived by his second wife, Zihna; 5 children; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 5 stepchildren; and 5 step-grandchildren.

Edward J. Kaufman, M.D., Class of 1935, Green Valley, Ariz., died Oct. 12 at age 102. Dr. Kaufman practiced medicine for many years and served as president of Minnesota Farms Company in Appleton, Minn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothybelle. He is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

John H. Kersey, M.D.

Robert W. Keyes, M.D., Class of 1947, Pipestone, Minn., died Oct. 24 at age 89. Dr. Keyes practiced medicine in Pipestone for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, and is survived by 10 children, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Michael A. Kosiak, M.D., Class of 1954, St. Paul, died Nov. 2 at age 88. Dr. Kosiak was director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Regions Hospital in St. Paul for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by 1 great-grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Helen; 4 children; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Bernard L. Kreilkamp, M.D., Class of 1940, Seattle, Wash., died Aug. 26 at age 96. Dr. Kreilkamp practiced medicine in Idaho for nearly 40 years, serving as chief of staff of the Magic Valley Memorial Hospital in Twin Falls and later cofounding the Ketchum Medical Clinic in Ketchum and Sun Valley. He is survived by his wife, Renee; 8 children; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Andrew J. Leemhuis , M.D., Class of 1942, Minneapolis, died Sept. 19 at age 96. Dr. Leemhuis served as chief of staff and president of the medical staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; 4 children; 2 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Harry W. Mixer, M.D., Class of 1943, St. Paul, died Aug. 3 at age 92. Dr. Mixer initiated the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Fairview Hospital, helped found Suburban Radiologic Consultants, and served as chief of staff at Glenwood Hills Hospital in Golden Valley, Minn. He also taught at the University of Minnesota and worked at three other local hospitals. He was preceded in death by 1 child and is survived by his wife, Dolores; 4 children; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

John R. Ohlfest, Ph.D.

Burton G. Olson, M.D., Class of 1942, Minot, N.D., died Dec. 30 at age 95. Dr. Olson practiced ophthalmology in Minot for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen, and is survived by 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Marsh O. Perkins, M.D., Class of 1941, Beaverton, Ore., died Jan. 4 at age 97. Dr. Perkins was a doctor in Oregon for more than 40 years, specializing in family medicine and anesthesiology. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy, and second wife, Ruth. He is survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Willard C. Peterson Jr., M.D., Class of 1960, Edina, Minn., died Oct. 21 at age 81. Dr. Peterson practiced dermatology in Edina. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sibling.

Robert D. Pilgrim, M.D., Class of 1954, Minneapolis, died Sept. 14 at age 89. Dr. Pilgrim practiced medicine in San Diego County, Calif., and later in western Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and 1 child. He is survived by 4 children and companion, Sharon Carey.

Leon Seley, M.D., Class of 1937, Palo Alto, Calif., died Aug. 18 at age 100. Dr. Seley practiced medicine in California for nearly 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence. He is survived by 2 children and 1 grandchild.

J. Donald Sjoding, M.D., Class of 1941, Hermantown, Minn., died Aug. 26 at age 98. Dr. Sjoding was an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Mankato, Minn., for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice. He is survived by 2 children, 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Alan C. Studdard, M.D., Class of 1963, St. Paul, died July 8 at age 86. Dr. Studdard was chief medical consultant at Social Security Disability Determination Services for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Irene; 7 children; 24 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Georve V. Tangen, M.D., Class of 1956, Prior Lake, Minn., died Jan. 29 at age 82. Dr. Tangen practiced medicine in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; 4 children; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

William E. Walter, M.D., Class of 1953, Wanamingo, Minn., died April 29, 2012, at age 86. Dr. Walter practiced medicine in Wanamingo for 40 years, serving as chief of staff at Zumbrota Hospital and providing medical care at area nursing homes. He was preceded death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 3 children; 4 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Louis J. Wilson, M.D., Class of 1951, Eau Claire, Wis., died Oct. 30 at age 89. Dr. Wilson practiced medicine in Rushford and Winona, Minn., and in Eau Claire, Wis., where he served in leadership roles at hospitals and nursing homes. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison medical school. Dr. Wilson was preceded in death by 1 child. He is survived by his wife, Rita; 3 children; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

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