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In Memoriam: Spring 2014

Charles E. Magraw III, M.D., Class of 1947, Newton, Mass., died December 29 at age 87. Dr. Magraw was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, cofounder of the nonprofit Medical Aid for Indochina, and a cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; 5 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Benjamin P. Owens, M.D., Class of 1947, Hibbing, Minn., died January 21 at age 88. Acclaimed by many as the “heart and soul of Minnesota medicine,” Dr. Owens practiced family medicine in Hibbing for half a century and was one of the earliest faculty members to work on the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus. He made more than 9,000 house calls, delivered more than 4,000 babies, instructed local nurses for years, and served as medical director of the Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center. He received the Good Neighbor Award from WCCO Radio for his humanitarian work in South America and was the first rural practitioner to receive the prestigious Harold S. Diehl Award from the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society. He is survived by a sister-in-law and nephew.

Mary H. Pennington, M.D., Class of 1943, Minnetonka, Minn., died January 20 at age 93. Dr. Pennington was one of 10 women in her class at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She also was one of the first female child and adolescent psychiatrists in Minnesota and a founding member of the Minnesota Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. She worked at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota and had a private practice with the Minneapolis Clinic of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Pennington is survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jerome D. Poland, M.D., Class of 1966, Crosby, Minn., died September 22 at age 75. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Poland founded the First Eye Care Center in Bloomington, Minn., and the Crosby Eye Clinic. He was a pioneer in developing contact lenses, an investigator for intraocular lens implants, and owner of the first approved laser for refractive surgery in Minnesota. He also was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School and volunteer leader on the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences Advisory Committee. Dr. Poland is survived by his wife, Meredith; 3 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Merle C. Bah, M.D., Class of 1954, Maplewood, Minn., died March 17, 2013, at age 84. Dr. Bah practiced radiology in several Minnesota cities. He is survived by 2 children and 1 grandchild.

William J. Begue, Ph.D., Class of 1963, Indianapolis, Ind., died March 18, 2013, at age 81. Dr. Begue taught at the University of Kentucky and was a microbiologist at Eli Lilly for nearly 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and 2 children. He is survived by 3 children and 1 grandchild.

Frederick L. Behling, M.D., Class of 1946, Palo Alto, Calif., died July 10 at age 89. Dr. Behling practiced orthopaedic surgery in California, established the Palo Alto Medical Clinic’s Sports Medicine Department, and served as a physician for Stanford University sports teams. He was preceded in death by 1 child and is survived by his wife, Bonnie; 3 children; and 7 grandchildren.

John A. Culligan , M.D., Class of 1950, Mendota Heights, Minn., died June 24 at age 86. Dr. Culligan had a private surgery practice, helped build a cardiac surgery specialty at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, taught at the University of Minnesota, and worked at Mayo Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; 7 children; and 11 grandchildren.

Dennis C. Frisbie, M.D., Class of 1963, Sheridan, Wyo., died August 4 at age 81. Dr. Frisbie practiced psychiatry and in the early 1970s was the only child and family psychiatrist in northern Wyoming. He is survived by his wife, Wilhelmine; 5 children; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Henry R. Hilgard, Ph.D., Class of 1970, Santa Cruz, Calif., died April 13, 2013, at age 76. Dr. Hilgard was a researcher and biology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, serving as chair of the biology department for three years. He is survived by his wife, Galen; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Robert P. Koenig, M.D., Class of 1953, Sartell, Minn., died August 12 at age 89. Dr. Koenig had a private ophthalmology and surgery practice in the St. Cloud, Minn., area for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by 1 great-grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; 9 children; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Charles D. Lufkin, M.D., Class of 1958, Kaneohe, Hawaii, died October 2 at age 80. Dr. Lufkin is survived by his wife, Marilyn; 2 children; and 10 grandchildren.

Donald C. Martin, M.D., Class of 1955, Sonoma, Calif., died September 17 at age 85. Dr. Martin had a private practice in Sonoma and worked as medical director of the Sonoma Community Health Center. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. He is survived by his second wife, Gay; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Herman Miller, M.D., Class of 1951, Austin, Minn., died December 11 at age 86. Dr. Miller practiced medicine in Grand Meadow and Austin, Minn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and 1 child. He is survived by 1 child and 2 grandchildren.

Thomas D. Moberg, M.D., Class of 1947, Eau Claire, Wis., died August 24 at age 88. Dr. Moberg practiced radiology in Eau Claire. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna, and is survived by 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

William C. Mussey, M.D., Class of 1946, Madison, Wis., died October 13 at age 91. Dr. Mussey was an obstetrician and gynecologist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet, and 1 child. He is survived by 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Douglas A. Nelson, M.D., Class of 1954, Syracuse, N.Y., died April 27, 2013, at age 86. Dr. Nelson was a clinical pathologist at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and a faculty member at Upstate Medical University, where he served as director of hematology and established a medical technology program. He is survived by his wife, Dorothea, and 4 children.

Dennis J. Opheim, Ph.D., Class of 1973, McKinney, Texas, died October 20 at age 66. Dr. Opheim was a professor of microbiology and biochemistry at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and 1 child.

Francis J. Schnugg, M.D., Class of 1945, Orinda, Calif., died July 1 at age 92. Dr. Schnugg practiced anesthesiology in California. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 13 children; 38 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Everett C. Short Jr., Ph.D., Class of 1968, Perkins, Okla., died July 15 at age 81. Dr. Short taught at the University of Minnesota and led the physiological science department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. He is survived by his wife, Susanne; 4 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Richard W. Von Korff , Ph.D., Class of 1951, Minneapolis, died June 11 at age 97. Dr. Van Korff was a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Midland Macromolecular Institute in Michigan and director of biochemical research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane. He is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

James P. Zachman, M.D., Class of 1965, Spicer, Minn., died February 16, 2013, at age 72. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, and 4 children.

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