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Medical School mourns loss of leaders in pediatrics

Theodore R. Thompson, M.D.

Theodore R. “Ted” Thompson, M.D., New Brighton, Minn., a University of Minnesota Medical School faculty member for more than 40 years, died July 28 at age 70. A valued adviser to medical students, Dr. Thompson, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, served as director of the department’s Division of Neonatology for 14 years and held leadership roles across the University. He also was a neonatologist at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and creator of a system for transporting critically ill newborns from outlying areas to major medical centers. He received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2006. Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Lynette; 1 child; and 3 grandchildren.

Gifts can be made in Dr. Thompson’s memory in the form of a donation to the Ashlyn Jenna Patton Fund. This fund was created to enrich the University of Minnesota Medical School by providing a permanent source of income for the education and training of health care professionals in the Division of Neonatology of the Department of Pediatrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care or Special Care Units in the Fairview health system. The fund honors the memory of Ashlyn Jenna Patton, granddaughter of Lynette and Ted Thompson, M.D. Donations can be made online at www.give.umn.edu/giveto/thompson (fund #11055) or by mail: PO Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.

Richard A. Kaplan, M.D.

Richard A. Kaplan, M.D., Northfield, Minn., University of Minnesota Medical School faculty member and world-renowned expert in child abuse prevention, died August 19 at age 63. A social worker and pediatrician, Dr. Kaplan led the Center for Safe and Healthy Children at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and worked as a professor of pediatrics at the Medical School. He received many awards for his work in child abuse prevention, coauthored a leading text in the field, lectured internationally, and led courses across the United States on the prevention of abuse and neglect. He is survived by his wife, Avonne, and 5 children.

Memorials honoring Dr. Kaplan and his work can be made in the form of a donation to the Richard Kaplan Memorial Fund at the University of Minnesota Foundation, PO Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.

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