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Dr. Green passed away on March 14, 2013. Dr. Green was with the U.S. Navy as Lieutenant after he graduated from medical school. He leaves behind his wife Kathleen Roberts Green along with his son, John Brian Green, daughter Ann Green, three grandchildren. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Brooks passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Dr. Brooks graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1942. While attending school, he met his wife Joan, who was a nursing student. They were married 65 years before she died in 2006. Dr. Brooks was the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital and opened their doors to the filming of the 1975 Academy Award-winning movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." The film's producers had been turned down by all the other mental hospitals they approached, but Dr. Brooks saw the value of the movie in starting a national discussion about mental health and the responsibility of institutions to do no harm. Dr. Brooks also played a small role in the film as Dr. Spivey, a psychiatrist that stood up for himself and the patients. After retiring in 1981, Dr. Brooks moved to Everett, Washington to be close to his grandchildren. He continued to advocate for the mentally ill, founding the Dorothea Dix Think Tank to decriminalize mental illness and find better ways of treating patients. Dr. Brooks is survived by 3 daughters, Dennie, Ulista and India; a brother, Robert; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Knox passed away February 26, 2013. Dr. Knox served in WWII as a Captain in the Navy Reserves. He is survived by his son, Jim Knox, daughter Jane Rompel and two grandchildren along with extended family members. (Updated March 2013)
Long time Tulsa area physician Craig S. Jones, MD passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was 94. Born August 7, 1918 in Baldwin, Kansas to Pearl & Elizabeth (Scott) Jones, he graduated from Baker University in Baldwin and then completed medical school at the University of Kansas. He then served in the Navy during World War II before moving to Tulsa in 1950 to begin his medical career and raise his family. He was an active member of the Tulsa County Medical Society, Past President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and American College of Cardiology, and former Chief of Staff at Hillcrest Medical Center. Survivors include his wife Eleanor; 3 children, Kay Kruchek (Charles) of Sierra Vista, Az., Kerry Jones (Terry) of Tulsa, and Scott Jones of Claremore; 7 Grandchildren, Beth, Deborah, Rebecca, Caroline, Patrick, Luke & Daniel; 4 Great- Grandchildren, and a niece Mary Lou Barnhart of Lawrence, Ks. He was preceded in death by wife Louise in 1997, a son Mike in 1997, his parents and a sister Beth (Updated August 2013).
Gray, Dr. C. Lucien, 91, passed away September 24, 2013. He was born Nov 11, 1921 in McPherson, KS to Betty Marie Gray and C. Lucien Gray. Dr. C. Lucien Gray graduated from Kansas University and Kansas University Medical School. He interned in Syracuse, New York. Upon completion he was highly recommended and accepted into prestigious Iowa University. Dr. Gray served as a Captain and medical doctor in World War II stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He began his illustrious career as an ear, nose and throat surgeon and practitioner in Wichita, KS in 1948. Over his long career he was noted for inventing several medical tools. For decades he made house calls to his patient's homes. He practiced medicine for 42 years until his retirement in 1990 at the age of 78. Dr. Gray taught his children to love, appreciate and protect nature. He loved teaching them to shoot, hunt, fish, water ski and enjoy the great outdoors. He volunteered many years for the YMCA selling Christmas trees. Dr. Gray had four children by his first wife, Katherine Green Gray (deceased 1990); C. Lucien Gray, III (deceased 2010), Dorothy Gray (Wichita), Mark Gray (Overland Park, KS) and John Gray (Paola, KS). In 1971, he married Betty Marie Arnold and they moved to Valley Center, KS. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gray (Valley Center, KS), her son, Mark Arnold (Wichita), six grandchildren and one great-grandchild (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Wonderlich passed away at the age of 89 on December 30, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Wonderlich has a great love of Paint horses and was a longtime member and 1989 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the American Paint Horse Association Hall of Fame in October. Dr. Wonderlich served in the Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1945. He retired from anesthesiology in 1995 at the age of 72.
"Doc" leaves behind his wife, Wilma June "Butch", seven children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Campbell passed away January 25, 2013 at the age of 91. He served as a Navy hospital corpsman during WWII in Jackson, MS and after graduating from medical school, he extended his service in the Army and worked as a physician in the Korean War.
Dr. Campbell is survived by three sons; David, Fred and John Alexander. (Updated February 2013)
Dennis A. Hardman, 87, of Louisville, Colorado, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, while a resident of Balfour Retirement Community. Dennis was born September 4, 1925 in rural Phillips County, Kansas, the first child of Edwin C. Hardman and Dona Ilene (Selbe) Hardman.
The family moved to Frankfort, Kansas in 1928. Dennis attended country school in Marshall County, then Frankfort High School where he graduated in 1942. He was awarded a Battenfeld scholarship and enrolled at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1942. As a KU sophomore Dennis enlisted in the United States Navy as a participant in the Navy (V-12) College Training Program. In July, 1945 Dennis reported to the Naval Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, where he remained through September, receiving excellent training and gaining invaluable experience.
Returning to Kansas he received a Bachelor of Science degree from KU in May, 1946 and enrolled at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, earning his medical doctorate in May, 1949. Dennis then returned to active duty status, reporting for an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.
At the conclusion of his internship Dennis married Lila Dean Pflughoeft on February 19, 1950, in Ellsworth, Kansas. The couple moved to Smith Center, Kansas in January, 1951 where Dennis joined friends Lafe Bauer and R.G. (Shep) Sheppard in the practice of medicine in north-central Kansas. In short order Hugh J. Woods joined the group, giving Smith Center and the surrounding area one of the most respected medical associations in rural Kansas.
Retirement from the practice of medicine came in 1993, allowing Dennis and Lila to relocate to Fort Collins, Colorado and their beloved Rocky Mountains.
Dennis was a loving husband, a wonderful father, and a marvelously talented yet humble family doctor. He personally cared for and about his patients in a way that endeared him to so many, bringing him respect and admiration, but more importantly to him, friendship. He dearly loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, gardening and stamp collecting. He loved the mountains, the Jayhawks, baseball (Rockies & Royals), and in younger times snow skiing, fishing, boating and hunting pheasant and quail. He loved German Shorthaired pointers, their intelligence and devotion. He believed the best dog in the world was one that greeted you at the door with a wagging tail, helped put a bird in your pocket when you could get to the field, and slept contentedly at the foot of your bed each night.
His wife, Lila, and an infant son preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons, John of Jamestown, Colorado; Jim (Grayson) of Louisville, Colorado; Philip (Deb) of Osborne, Kansas; a sister, Donna Hallewell of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; three grandchildren, Bailor Hardman, of Dallas, Texas; Ian Hardman of Louisville, Colorado and Sloane Hardman of Chicago, Illinois; and four step-grandchildren, Shannon Weissleder of Golden, Colorado; Anne Haftings of Manhattan, Kansas; Jake Kennel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Jessica Dart of Gardnerville, Nevada (Updated July 2013).
Kenneth L. Knuth, MD passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Kenneth was born March 7, 1922 in Nashville, KS, the son of Fred and Clara (Lawrence) Knuth. He graduated from Nashville High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy the same year, serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He graduated from KU Medical School in June, 1950. He was in General Practice for 5 years in Atwood, KS before taking a Radiology Residence at Research Hospital in Kansas City. He practiced Radiology in Tulsa, OK for 2 ½ years before coming to Independence in 1961 where he practiced at Mercy Hospital, Wilson County Hospital, Ashley Clinic in Chanute, Parsons Clinics and later Fredonia retiring in 2008. On March 19, 1949 he married Lee E. (Rice) at Martin City, MO, she survives of the home. He is also survived by their children, Lynne Shanks of Dallas, TX, Becky (Kirk) Bruening of Independence, Fred (Chris) Knuth of Prairie Village, KS, and Lisa (Rick) Kelley of McAlister, OK; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He loved playing golf, reading and cheering for KU Basketball and football, playing cards and going to the horse races (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Richard Walters, age 86, of Springdale, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012.
Dr. Greenhouse passed away on April 19, 2013. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1951. While completing a residency in internal medicine at KU, he met and married Louise Lynn, who was a nurse at the hospital there. Dr. Greenhouse is survived by his four children, Charles, Lynn, Catherine and Lawrence, and 12 grandchildren (Updated May 2013).
Dr. Woods passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. After high school, Dr. Woods enlisted in the Army where he then became an interpreter for the assumed post-surrender U.S. occupation of Japan. While in Japan as an Intelligence Observer, Dr. Woods searched out hidden arms and armaments by interviewing Japanese citizens and after two years of service was discharged from the Army as a Corporal. After the military, Dr. Woods finished his Doctor of Medicine Degree and became a very active member on many different Medical boards. He also served as a Preceptor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 20 years. Dr. Woods was also the Director of the VA's Long Term Care unit and Nebraska State Nursing Home, retiring from medical practice and the VA in 1992. Dr. Woods is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; four children, Timothy, Mitchell, Michael and Wendy; five grandchildren and one great grandchild (Updated May 2013).
Dr. Robert Lawrence Kulp passed away on October 26, 2013, at 88 years of age after a full, productive life. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 15, 1925. After graduating from high school in Parkville, Missouri, his college plans were interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in the Navy and was accepted into their wartime V12 engineering program and earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He left the military as an Ensign and then began premedical studies at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. At this time he also taught algebra and trigonometry. One of his students in his algebra class, Arlene Schooley, became his wife after graduation. His marriage was to last 65 years. He completed medical school at the University of Kansas in 1952. After spending time interning at Naval Hospital, NAS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he spent two years as a flight surgeon in Pensacola, Florida and Beeville, Texas. His family practice residency took place in Denver and was followed by a medical practice in Steamboat Springs before coming to Brush in 1962 at which time he shared a medical practice with Dr. James Price and Dr. Paul Hildebrand. He retired from the medical profession in 1987 and then enjoyed numerous activities. These included traveling, hiking and biking, sailing, flying his Gruman airplane, reading and listening to music. Dr. Kulp is survived by his wife Arlene and by daughters Linda of Rock Springs, WY and Susan Stimson (Michael) of Memphis, TN and son Larry (Debra) of Arvada, CO. Grandchildren include Matt Stimson, Nate Stimson (Cameron), Patrick Stimson (Christina), Dr Katherine Kulp (Dr Mike Binet) and Thomas Kulp (Meghan). Great-grandchildren are Rowan, Beckett and Jasmine Stimson. He was preceded in death by daughter Marilyn in 1979. His patients were very important to him and he loved being a medical doctor. He especially enjoyed bringing new babies into the world (Updated November 2013).
Dr. Berube passed away on April 11, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Mary. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Danemann passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2013. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1953, Dr. Danemann moved to Chicago, IL to complete his internship at Michael Reese Hospital. Following completion of his internship, he served three years as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force in Big Springs, TX. It was there that he met and married his wife Joan. They returned to Chicago, where Dr. Danemann completed his residency at both Michael Reese and Northwestern Hospitals. Originally, he was focused on cardiology as a specialty and was accepted as a resident in cardiology at Michael Reese Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Danemann later found the technical part of gastroenterology interesting and chose that as his medical practice specialty. In 1960, Dr. Danemann and his wife Joan moved to Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Danemann ran the Sante Fe Railroad Hospital for 2 years before deciding to pursue private practice, where he practiced medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Danemann had a very successful private practice and was given the Hugh A. Cooper Award for Excellence in Medicine in 2004 by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Dr. Danemann is survived by his wife, Joan; sister, Rose; 4 children, Sandra, Susie, Mark and David; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
Louis M. Culp, MD, 88, Kansas City, Kan., passed away at his home June 28, 2013. Louis was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Troy, Kan. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the California Institute of Technology and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Louis was a General Practitioner for 47 years and was active in many professional and community organizations and initiatives including president of Providence Hospital Medical staff, president of the Wyandotte County Medical Society, chairman of the Wyandotte County Medical Emergency Committee, president of the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, chairman of the Wyandotte County Medical Society Peer Review Committee and Kansas Delegate to American Medical Peer Review Association. In addition to his career in medicine, Louis served from 1943 through 1947 as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Force where he was responsible for making sure the atomic testing on Bikini Atoll went off in good weather. Louis loved his family and was an avid gardener, meteorologist and a lifelong learner of cosmic science. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marion; five children, daughter, Nancy Ninon, son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Amy Culp, son, Steve Culp, DDS, daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Paul Maute and daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Rob Johnston; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Schlagel was born on February 13, 1927 and passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Dr. Schlagel was a resident of Seattle, Washington.
Dr. O'Malley passed away December 20, 2012 at the age of 91 in Leawood, KS. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Kathryn; two infant sons and two infant daughters. He is survived by his wife, Marybeth and seven children: James F. O'Malley III, Hon. John R. O'Malley, Mary Bridget Kratofil, Patrick O'Malley, Brian O'Malley, Mary Kathryn O'Malley and Terence O'Malley, 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Gorman passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was a KU School of Medicine graduate of 1954 and married Dorothy McDonnell. Dr. Gorman was in the Air Force, and then practiced in Lake Oswego. He served in the Navy and retired as a Commander. He was a fourth degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Dr. Gorman is survived by his wife, Dottie; daughter, Alex Carney; sons, John and Brian Gorman and 8 grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Robert T. Manning, MD passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He was born October 16, 1927 to Thomas E. and Mary Ray Manning and lived in Kansas and Nebraska during his youth. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947 where he was encouraged to become a physician. He married Jane Bell on July 30, 1949 and earned his BA degree from Wichita State University in the spring of 1950. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine graduating with his MD degree in the spring of 1954. The entirety of his professional career was spent in academic medicine where he balanced patient care with the education of medical students, residents and fellow physicians. He left KUMC in 1971 to become the founding Dean of the Eastern Virginia Medical School until 1975 and continued serving there as Chairman of the Internal Medicine Department until 1977. He returned to Wichita, Kansas, and joined UKSM-W as Chairman of Resident Education at Wesley Hospital until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career he received accolades for excellence in teaching and was highly respected for his intelligence, integrity and humanism. In retirement, he continued to educate others through Senior University in Georgetown, Texas, while spending his leisure time woodworking, fishing and reading. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane. He is survived by his three children, Mary Kay (Mark) Fausch, Phillip (Darla Jo) Manning and Susan Shiba (Grant Lane); his five grandsons, Andrew (Maria) and Joshua Travers, Connor Manning, and Jason (Blair) and Bryan Shiba, and his great-grandson, Liam Travers (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Glen Gordon Halliday passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease, while being tended by familiar and caring staff at The Terraces nursing home in Los Altos, California. He was 87 years old. Dr. Halliday was born in the town of Pittsburg, Kansas, on May 27, 1926. He was the first child, and the first of three sons, of Amy Brandenburg and Dr. Glen Halliday. Dr. Halliday knew at an early age, as he proclaimed to friends and family, that he would someday be a doctor. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1943, he attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, in Pittsburg until late 1945 when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Army, he was first trained as an Infantryman at Fort Hood, Texas, and then as a Cryptanalyst Technician for the Signals Intelligence Service. While at Arlington Hall, Virginia, he was involved in the deciphering of captured German communications. Upon discharge from the Army he quickly completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and moved to Wyoming (to be near famed fly fishing rivers) and taught high school Science for a year. Following that, he attended medical school at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he met Donna Beth Clark. On November 7, 1952 Gordon and Donna were married, in the campus chapel in Lawrence. Upon Graduation from medical school in June, 1954, Gordon participated in a medical internship, followed by an Internal Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Gordon and Donna moved to Los Altos in 1960, with their three children, John, Rich and Beth, where Gordon and his brothers Roger and Arthur set up an Internal Medicine practice. Gordon and Donna's family grew by two additional sons, Chris and Tom, after the move to Los Altos. These last two sons continue the Halliday tradition as medical professionals.
In 1964, Gordon, Roger and Arthur moved their medical practice to 778 Altos Oaks, where they continued to practice together until Gordon's retirement in the early 1990's. During the Vietnam War he also found time to care for wounded soldiers recently returned from Vietnam. Following retirement from private practice, he again practiced medicine part time at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, until he fully retired. In addition to family and the profession of medicine, Gordon's interests were diverse and included a love of well written novels, especially by Hemingway, fly fishing on the streams and rivers of the western United States, traveling with family and friends, driving his Porsche 911, taking evening walks in his Los Altos neighborhood, befriending every dog he ever met, playing tennis, and listening to classical music. Until declining health prevented him from doing so, Gordon was especially fond of outdoor adventures, particularly to mountainous locations and to the coast of northern California. The town and beach of Carmel was his favorite. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Donna, and children John (Linda), Rich, Beth, Chris and Tom (Lisa), as well as grandchildren Rachel, Clayton, Paul and Allison. Gordon is also survived by brothers Roger (Kay) and Arthur (Judy) as well nieces in nephews in California, Missouri, Texas and Florida (Updated October 2013).
Dr. A. William Shafer, 85, peacefully passed in the presence of his family on Monday, October 28, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. Bill enjoyed retirement life with his wife, Betsy Thomas Dring Shafer, at Lake Quivira, KS as a committed family man, voracious reader and avid golfer. Bill was married to June Alefs Shafer for 49 years prior to her death in 1999 and married Betsy in 2000. Bill was a loving father to two daughters, Sandy Francis (Dave) and Cynthia Moore (Steve) of Overland Park, KS and stepfather to Tom and Chris Dring (Kay) of Overland Park and Susan Deaton (Rick), of Virginia Beach, VA. Bill was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Theelda Gunther (Garland) Denver, CO and Jeanne Blessing (Roger) Lenexa, KS. Born in Great Bend, KS, November 1, 1927, Bill attended the University of Kansas and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and returned to graduate from KU and KU Medical School, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omicron Alpha. Bill began a clinical research and academic medicine career in Hematology that took him to Scripps Clinic, Harvard Medical School, University of Oklahoma Medical Center and University of Kentucky Medical School. Bill joined Southeastern Michigan Red Cross in Detroit to become the region's Executive Director over Blood Services operations and Red Cross services. In 1995, the Red Cross National Testing Laboratory in Detroit was named in honor of Dr. A. William Shafer. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd T. and Kathryn Bell Shafer and brother Ted (Updated November 2013).
Dr. Godwin has retired and lives in wonderful Lawrence, KS. He is keeping very busy. His son, Andrew, is an Assistant Director of the KUMC Cancer Center. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Woods passed away December 21, 2012. Dr. Woods served 18 months as a medical officer in the US Navy, stations in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Woods was a past president of the KUMC Medical Alumni Association. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Cynthia, five children; Steven, Tiffany Smith, Dennis, Donald, and Thomas; stepdaughters, Sarah Thorne, Susan Thorne and Alison Thorne, 13 grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Dellett passed away February 3, 2013. He leaves behind his wife Margaret, son Randy, daughter Tamara and four grandsons. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Solomon J. Cohen, beloved pediatrician in Westfield for 43 years, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, of complications due to kidney failure. He was 87. Dr. Cohen was born in the Bronx, NY, attended city schools, graduated from Cornell in 1944, and then joined the Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After discharge, he taught chemistry at Cooper Union in New York City while awaiting admission to medical school. In 1951, Dr. Cohen graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD, was chief resident at Hopkins, then a resident at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1954, he became a partner in the Westfield Pediatric Group. Dr. Cohen served as a trustee of the Westfield Red Cross, the Presbyterian Church Nursery School and the Westfield Daycare Center. He was proud of his term on the Westfield school board from 1968 to 1971, where he was an advocate for sex education in the schools. Dr. Cohen also continued his connection with Columbia where he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics. He taught and mentored residents at Columbia, and also had residents rotating through his Westfield office to gain firsthand experience in a private professional setting. He retired from practice in 1997. After retirement, Dr. Cohen organized a volunteer program in the Pediatric Emergency Room at Columbia for retired colleagues. In 2000, he was invited to Kosovo as a consulting pediatrician to a children's hospital, where he taught physicians whose training had been disrupted by the war in Kosovo. During his early years, Dr. Cohen was a gifted athlete, sprinting in the Millrose Games, playing on the Cornell football team, and playing tennis in Westfield. He maintained homes in Kennebunkport, Maine, and also at Winchester Gardens in Maplewood, NJ. Dr. Cohen was a commodore of the Goose Rocks Beach Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Dorcas (nee Hamilton); two children, Carolyn Betheil (Stuart) and Jonathan (Cindy); two stepchildren, Lisa Gonnella (Anthony) and James Cofer (Leslie); a third stepchild, Caitlin Cofer Rotchford, died in 2004. His grandchildren include Kristin, Megan, Amanda, Jarek, Trevor, Peter, James, John, Lucas, Kyra and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Evan. He is also survived by a brother, Herbert Cohen and wife, Diane, of Boynton Beach, Fla. (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Glasco is still engaging life with wonderful family, 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren – no rotten apples! (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Ernest Herbert Rieger, retired general surgeon and owner of Rieger Medical Supply, passed away on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 60 years, Karin Rieger, son, Dr. Erik Rieger (Della) and daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) McGinness (Doug). Ernest (Ernie) was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Katy McGinness, Doug McGinness III, Jacob Rieger, Jonathan Rieger, and Joshua Rieger. Ernie is also survived by his two loving siblings, sister Betty Anderson, and brother Bob Rieger, as well as nieces Juli Anderson-Bjerke, Holly Anderson, Allison Waggoner, and nephew Bob Rieger Jr. Ernie was greeted in Heaven by his niece Karin Anderson, who was waiting for him, along with his parents, and other passed relatives and friends. Dr. Rieger's life began in Wichita, Kansas, when he was born on June 6, 1929. He grew up in Riverside, graduated from North High School, and then went on to Wichita State University. He then obtained his medical degree from Kansas University. Dr. Rieger was a brilliant man and a gifted surgeon whose skills touched the lives of many people living in Wichita and beyond. He served as the Surgeon General for the McConnell Air Force Base in the late 1960's and he was a local pioneer in bariatric surgery. He loved talking with his patients and it was understood that an appointment at Dr. Rieger's office meant waiting a long time in the waiting room because he didn't follow the clock when a patient's concerns were involved. The payoff for the frustrating and maddeningly long wait was that you, as his next patient, were then also given the same devoted attention for your concerns. Dr. Rieger's day at the office didn't end until late in the evening because of his imprecise time management skill when it came to patients. His children sometimes joked that they would see more of him if they came to his office as patients! Dr. Rieger practiced medicine in a different era than today; if you could not pay your bill directly, he would accept any kind of alternative compensation. If you had a piece of artwork you had made, or had some other way to pay him back, that was just fine by him. Dr. Rieger contributed greatly to the world through his surgical skills and vast medical knowledge. He met the love of his life while he was an exchange student as a part of his medical training in Sweden. He fell head over heels for a Nordic beauty named Karin Larsson. They married in Sweden after a whirlwind courtship, and then began the long journey home to America with almost nothing in their pockets. After selling his favorite fountain pen to a stranger so they could raise enough money to sail to New York, the newlyweds then hitchhiked home the long trip home to Wichita. Their love and devotion to each other was the intense bond that saw them through 60 years of marriage and all of life's vicissitudes that saw, among other dramas, a tornado that destroyed their home in 1965. Dr. Rieger's health was failing for 14 years following a stroke, and Karin was at his side every day and night caring for him with the devotion of a modern day Florence Nightingale. They were inseparable throughout life and their love affair was worthy of any Hollywood movie or great novel. Dr. Rieger was also an inimitable character who could either dazzle you or infuriate you, depending on the day, and sometimes both in the same conversation. There was absolutely no point in trying to argue with him as his stunning intellect and artful tongue would always prevail, and he was a lifelong adherent to getting the last word. He was also at no loss to share his opinions with you, whether requested or not. He loved to dive into heady, intellectual discussions of any subject, mundane or profound, and he was most invigorated when he had a captive audience listening to his marvelous ability with words. Dr. Rieger was a true expert on almost any topic and the vast depth of his knowledge was stunning. There was almost no issue that he did not have at least a working understanding of, and his passion for learning was with him to his last days. He obtained a contractor's license in the 1980's because he wanted to understand the construction of buildings. He became a Hebrew scholar, although a lifelong Christian, because he was fascinated with the writings of the Torah and the Hebrew language. He studied biblical Hebrew so he could translate extremely complex writings in Hebrew and Greek, and his expertise was recognized by local rabbis. Translating obscure text was his idea of a grand time, and he was at his most joyful moments when immersed with the study of world cultures and profoundly complicated puzzles. Dr. Rieger left a lasting legacy and will be so greatly missed by his family, friends, and community (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Goering passed away January 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lavina Mae Goering. He leaves behind five children; Beth, Michael, Les, Thomas, Jonas, and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Gerald Ray 'Jerry' Kerby passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas in 1958. After an internship at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Kerby studied Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, FL. He was stationed as a Flight Surgeon in Alameda, CA, where he completed his service in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Kerby returned to the University of Kansas to complete his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. He then spent two years as a staff physician doing clinical research, primarily in tuberculosis, at the Milwaukee County General Hospital in Wisconsin. His interest in pulmonary disease began when he worked at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Norton, KS, during the summers when he was a medical student. Dr. Kerby returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1967, serving as Professor of Medicine from 1976 to the present, where he practiced and taught pulmonary and critical care medicine. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 46 years. Dr. Kerby had served on the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society, as the Kansas Governor of the American College of Physicians, as President of the American Lung Association of Kansas, and as President of the Kansas Thoracic Society. He was awarded a Mastership from the American College of Physicians in 2006. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society, and received the Laureate Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the KU Mahlon H. Delp Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kerby served as a visiting professor at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London in 1975-76 and in 1986. He authored or co-authored more than 75 academic articles on pulmonary disease. Dr. Kerby met his wife, Arlis Bergsten, a nurse at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and they were married in 1958. They have been married for 55 years. He is survived by his wife, Arlis; two daughters, Dr. Gwendolyn Kerby and Allyson Kim; a son, Patrick Kerby; 7 grandchildren; a sister, Lida Ferman; a brother- and sister-in-law, Gene and Yi Bergsten; 4 nephews and 1 niece (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Daniel Martin passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012. He was a resident of Manhattan, KS. (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Peter Hartocollis, a former director of the Menninger Foundation hospital in Topeka, KS, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013. He was 90 and is survived by his wife Calliope, children Anemona, Lina, and Thomas, and 6 grandchildren (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Keith Wolfenbarger passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy H. Wolfenbarger, his parents, Hoyt and Laura Salyor Wolfenbarger, sister, Carolie W. Hoffman, and son-in-law, Thomas G. Dugan. He is survived by three daughters, Bellvia H. W. "Missy" Baskervill and husband, Robert D., of Arapahoe, NC, Laura Saylor Wolfenbarger Dugan of Oriental, NC, and Jane W. Emmart and husband, Mark, of Wilmington, NC; two granddaughters, Saylor and Kathryn Emmart, of Wilmington, NC; one nephew, Kevin McKeeman of Abilene, KS; and three step-children, Susan Brunell, Bert Brunell and Anne Bitter. Dr. Wolfenbarger knew he wanted to be a medical doctor at the early age of 13 and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity during his college years and was later inducted as a member of The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, (Prof. Honorary), and Phi Chi Fraternity, (Prof. Honorary). During work on his PhD in Entomology, he performed research for the US Navy in Acarology where he discovered several new species of Trombiculidae. "Wolfie" practiced medicine until he was 75-years old but maintained a very active life in addition to his medical practice. He owned and operated a ranch in Northern New Mexico, built and operated a 150 slip marina in Eastern North Carolina, and enjoyed flying his private planes around North and South America, as well as sailing his boats along the southeastern Atlantic Coast & Gulf of Mexico. Coming from a long line of farmers, he himself was a farmer at heart. He loved the soil and the land, a love that undoubtedly stemmed from his Native American Heritage. He greatly respected and loved animals and had a special place in his heart for the most innocent and helpless of God's Creatures. "Wolfie" was a survivor. This characteristic was most evident after a brush with death in 1980 when he was lost at sea for 14 days on a life raft with no food and little water. He fought for his life so that he would be here to care for his family and others. He is greatly loved by his family and will be sorely missed by those who knew him. The Wolfenbarger family would like to give special thanks to Cynthia Gregg, Karen Dixon, and Eudora Rose, for the loving care they provided to Dr. Keith, in his home, during the last months of his life (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Etzenhouser passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie; daughter Missy; son Russell IV; son Bill and four grandchildren.
Dr. Etzenhouser served in the US Air Force and was a much admired pediatrician in Johnson County for nearly 50 years. His true passion, after medicine, was his family. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. John C. Faul passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was born June 8, 1931 to Charlie F. and Caroline (Seibel) Faul in Harvey, North Dakota. On July 15, 1955 he was married to Eloise Franz, who survives. Survivors also include daughters Annette and Joel Funk of Siloam Springs, AR; and Ellynne and Jon Wiebe of Hillsboro; 4 sisters, Helen Fadenrecht and Alyce Loewen of Hillsboro, Linda Liebelt and Carolyn Klein of North Dakota; 2 brothers, Bennie Faul of Minnesota and LeRoy Faul of ND; 5 grandchildren: Eric Funk (and wife Stephanie), Abigail Funk, Luke Funk, and Matthew Wiebe and Joshua Wiebe (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Wilber B. Spalding, Jr., passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013. Wilber was born March 8, 1931, the first child of Dr. and Mrs. Wilber B. Spalding, Sr. The couple could not get to the hospital in St. Joseph due to a snowstorm, so Wilber was delivered by his father at the family home in Plattsburg, MO. Wilber graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1948. He did undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and William Jewell College and finished a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia. It was while doing his undergraduate work that he joined the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He retained Phi Gam friendships the rest of his life. After graduation, Wilber served his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon being discharged, he was accepted to his father's alma mater the University of Kansas Medical School. He was very proud of the fact that he and his brother graduated in the same medical school class in 1959. He interned in Orange County, CA. However, Wilber was a Midwesterner at heart. Returning to the University of Missouri, he was the first person to finish the new three year ophthalmology program at Columbia, MO. Wilber began his career in Ophthalmology with Dr. John Rufe in downtown Kansas City in 1963. His hospital appointments included Baptist Medical Center, Research Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Truman Medical Center. Wilber was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, 1979-1984 and served part of that time as its president. He liked to stay current and belonged to several medical societies as well. He loved medicine and cared deeply for his patients. He also enjoyed business and finance. Over the years, he invested in several businesses. He built, owned and managed London Square Apartments and was very proud of that accomplishment. After retiring in 2000, Wilber and his wife traveled to 65 countries around the world. Every Tuesday morning he went to the Retired Doctor Breakfast. He was a Rotarian, a Mason, and a Shriner. He was a lifelong Christian and a member of Country Club Christian Church. He loved his church, his family and Kansas City. Wilber was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of the home; two daughters, Michelle Spalding of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Emily Renner (Dr. Michael Renner) of Jupiter, FL; four grandchildren, Braden, Gray, Rachel and Jake; and brother, Dr. David L. Spalding (Paula) of Rogersville, MO) (Updated October 2013).
I hope to see all of our old friends from the illustrious medical class of 1959 at our 55th Reunion next year in 2014 (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Vaughn passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. He practiced medicine at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, worked at Social Security Disability and also set-up a private practice. Dr. Vaughn practiced at various hospitals and institutions as a contracted physician. Psychiatry was his passion and he thrived in helping others heal. His career spanned 60 years. Dr. Vaughn also served his country in The Korean Conflict as a First Lieutenant in the Army. He married the love of his life, Joanne Miller, in 1950. They were married for 63 years. He was a member of the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon. Dr. Vaughn is survived by his wife, Joanne Miller Vaughn; 3 sons and 1 daughter, David, Gregory, Paul and Stephanie; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Billy Lee "Bill" Braden, 82, of Wamego, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at his home. Dr. Braden was born on September 21, 1931 in Eureka, Kansas to John Mordecai & Helen Ruth Braden. He was raised on the family farm south of Eureka where he enjoyed raising horses which helped pay his way to college. His favorite horse was a Palomino named "Flicka". He loved going on milk runs for the local creamery with his dad. He went to Eureka High School and played the clarinet in the Tornado band. Some of his favorite memories are of the homestead. He left for Emporia State University in 1949, where he earned a degree in Biology and was a member of the Beta Beta Beta biology and Phi Lambda Epsilon chemistry honors fraternities. In 1954 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the Medical Corps as an ambulance driver in Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and began medical school at the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, where he was a member of the Phi Chi medical fraternity. He was always grateful for the GI bill that helped his way through school. Bill met his future wife, Elizabeth "Huann" Armstrong where she was doing pediatric rotations as a nurse at KU Medical Center in 1959. In 1960 he received his doctorate of medicine. Bill and Huann were married on July 5th, 1959 and lived in Kansas City, Kansas. They moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he did his internship at St. Francis Hospital from 1960 – 1961. They moved to Wamego, KS in 1961, where he started his Family Practice with Dr. E.W. Chrisman. After Dr. Chrisman left 15 months later, he practiced alone until he persuaded his former medical school classmate, Lou Borgendale, to join him in 1963. Dr. L.A. Clark joined the practice in late 1964. Dr. Braden was active in helping start the new Wamego City Hospital which opened in 1970, where he was chief of staff multiple times. The family moved to an 80 acre farm west of Wamego in 1971, where he loved raising Galloway cattle and had a peach and apple orchard and a large garden. They moved back to town in 1978 where he still grew fruit trees. Dr. Braden was a dedicated family doctor still doing house and night calls and hospital rounds twice a day until retirement. He was a charter member and medical director of Wamego Community Hospice and with the family's help delivered Sunday meals for the homebound patients. He was the County Coroner several times. He was very proud of establishing a free clinic with the help of county health nurses. He served as a preceptor for medical students for 25 years. He retired in 2000 and was honored for by the Wamego City Hospital for 39 years of service. He continued to have very special relationships with his former patients. Dr. Braden loved music, especially Celtic music. He would even get his clarinet out from time to time. Dr. Braden was active in Lion's Club, a member and former board of director's member for the Wamego United Methodist Church. He also helped with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and even gave 25 units of blood over the years. He was a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He was honored by Modern Woodmen in 1985 as Citizen of the Year in 1985. He became active in men's bible study, morning coffee and Heritage Club in his later years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Lance who passed away in January of 2004. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Huann and his two sons: Stuart and his wife Ann of Mission, KS and Chris and his wife Anna of Wamego; 1 sister: Martha Helen Braden, of Eureka, KS; 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth Ann, Collin Stuart, Kinsley Lynae and two step-grandchildren; Kristin Lea and Kimberly Ann. Bill and Huann were also foster parents for Alma Lister from 1967 – 1969 (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Keeler passed away January 3, 2013. Dr. Keeler served in the military during the Vietnam War at the 45th Surgical Hospital in the Forward Combat Area of Tay Ninh, performing countless operations on our troops at what was regarded as the most dangerous hospital in the world during the active days of the Vietnam War.
Dr. Keeler is survived by his children Scott, Brad and Anne along with 9 grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 after a short illness. He spent his last days at UNC Hospital surrounded by his family. Dr. Sheldon was born in Salina, Kansas, where he grew up around medical practices. He was a third generation physician—his maternal grandfather, Dr. George F. Zerzan, practiced in Holyrood, Kansas, and his father, Richard Robert Sheldon, practiced in Salina, Kansas. He married Ruth Dawn Guy in Hutchinson, Kansas on August 23, 1958. The two would go on to have three daughters and enjoy 55 years together. Dr. Sheldon had a B.A. in History and a M.D. from the University of Kansas. Following internship at KU, he performed his military service in the Uniformed Service (Coast Guard) of the United States Public Health Services, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then did a Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and his surgery residency at the University of California-San Francisco, where he became Chief Resident. He also completed Fellowships at the National Heart Institute and Harvard Medical School. In 1971, Dr. Sheldon joined the University of California, San Francisco. In 1984, Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and became the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Social Medicine. During his seventeen years as Chair, he made many changes to the department that resulted in substantial program growth and expansion of department services. Dr. Sheldon was one of fewer than twenty surgeons in the past one hundred years to be president of all of the major surgical organizations, including President of the American College of Surgeons, President of the American Surgical Association, President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. He was a Charter Member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) when it was founded in 1985 under the Department of Health and Human Services, and was a lifelong champion of Graduate Medical Education. He has received numerous professional awards, including the University of Kansas School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of North Carolina Medical Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Kansas, and was named as the Distinguished Service Member by the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2011, he was presented with the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons, an honor that has only been bestowed once previously. He was Editor-in-Chief of eFACS.org, the web portal of the American College of Surgeons. He authored over 400 articles and book chapters. Along with Surgery, Dr. Sheldon had a lifelong love of American history. He was an authority on early Colonial medical history, writing several articles on the subject. Dr. Sheldon trained hundreds of residents and fellows, and mentored countless medical students and faculty members. He treasured family trips to the family cabin in Colorado, and was planning a visit there in August. Dr. Sheldon is survived by his wife Ruth, of Chapel Hill, NC; three daughters: Anne Sheldon Anderson of Citrus Heights, CA; Elizabeth (Betsy) Sheldon of Orangevale, CA, and Dr. Julia Sheldon, of Carmichael, CA. He also leaves behind two brothers (Richard Robert Sheldon II, Ph.D. and William F. Sheldon, Ph.D.) and four grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Dr. William Jourden Cameron, MD, 84, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Kansas Medical School, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 5, 2013 in his home on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan. Dr. Cameron was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Verta and William Cameron. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. Following his internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, Dr. Cameron spent a year in General practice at the Burns Clinic in Petoskey, Michigan. He then served two years as Captain in the USAF. In 1958, Dr. Cameron, began a four year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and upon completion, joined the teaching staff at that institution. He progressed from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor. He was an Assistant Dean at the Medical School and a Vice Chairman of the Ob-Gyn Department. When he retired in 1995, he had been appointed Emeritus Professor. Dr. Cameron was board certified in Ob-Gyn in 1965. He was chairman of the Kansas section of the American College of Ob-Gyn from 1971-74. He was a member of dozens of medical organizations, including the AMA and the American Fertility Society. Dr. Cameron delivered thousands of babies during his career, but he was particularly recognized as an expert in treating infertility cases. He also was active in establishing the first in vitro fertilization program in the Midwest. Early in his years at KU he was first in the area to transfuse blood in utero to an at risk fetus, the baby of an RH negative mother. He was a much appreciated public speaker and appeared on medical programs throughout the U.S. and internationally. His medical articles were published throughout the country. Dr. Cameron had a number of favorite pastimes, notably fishing, skiing, reading and watching televised sports. He devoted many hours to fishing Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and at special sites in Alaska, Montana and Canada. He was proud to have skied most of the popular areas in the U.S., and in Europe as well. In retirement, Dr. Cameron honed his kitchen skills and emerged an innovative and talented family chef. Friends and neighbors of Dr. Cameron recall his devotion to his dogs. The Cameron family has owned Labrador Retrievers for more than 50 years. Nick, a black Lab, and Carly, a yellow, remain with his family. Surviving Dr. Cameron are his wife of 59 years, Monsie (Hoedl); son W. Bruce Cameron (Cathryn) of Los Angeles, CA; daughters, Amy Cameron of Kanas City, and Julie Cameron, MD (Ray Varuolo) of Pittsburgh, PA; four grandchildren, Georgia Lee Murdoch (Chris), Chelsea Hatch (James), W. Chase and W. Gage Cameron; two great grandchildren, Eloise Jourden Murdoch and Gordon Bruce Hatch. Bill Cameron will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his unique sense of humor and forthright personality (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Jones has had a successful medical career! His career accomplishments include the following: Between 1966–1969: stationed at USNR – Camp Lejeune, NC. He was a doctor in the Marine Division and was deployed often. Between 1969-1990: Internal Medicine solo practice located in Reno, NV. During 1991, Dr. Jones participated in a Partial Inf. Dis. Fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. From 1992-2001, he joined a small group I.D. Practice. In 2001, Dr. Jones retired from medical practice and is enjoying travel and hiking. His son currently resides in Tulsa, OK and is an AA pilot. His daughter currently resides in Honolulu, HI and is a teacher (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Kompus has retired and is currently enjoying Colorado. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Renz passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013. He graduated in 1964 from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the same year, married, Virginia, his wife of 49 years. Following his internship and 3 years of residency, Dr. Renz spent 2 years in the military service at David Grant Hospital on Travis AFP as the pulmonary specialist. Upon discharge, he returned to KUMC for a Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. During this time, he was responsible for originating trans-nasal insertion of the fiber optic bronchoscope. In 1972 he brought this technique to Sacramento, CA, where he entered private practice until retirement in 2004. He held a 14 year academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at UCD. He was president of the California Thoracic Society and president of the California College of Chest Physicians followed by 3 years as the Executive Director. He held membership in the Christian Medical Dental Association for many years. During his late years of practice, Dr. Renz served several skilled nursing facilities as their medical director. In retirement, he and his wife moved to North Idaho. They served in missions at Real Life Ministries (RLM) and made mission trips to Africa and Iraq. He joined the Northwest Sacred Musical Chorale in 2005 and at the time of death had just completed a 3-year term as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Renz is survived by his wife, Virginia; 3 daughters, Cathy, Linda and Karen and their husbands; brother, Richard and10 grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
David Lee Straub, M.D., of Joplin, Mo., passed away peacefully after a short illness at The University of Kansas Medical Center on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the age of 72.
David is survived by his loving wife, Myra Ligeko Straub, of 48 years. They were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Independence, MO on July 3, 1965. David is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Christina Wipfli and husband, Gerald and their children, Kyle and Katherine, of Edmond, Okla.; his son, Patrick Straub and wife, Kristie and their children, Julian and Luciana, of Cedar Park, Texas; his son, Jonathan Straub and wife, Tracey and their children, Laken and Julia, of Eudora, Kan.; his brother, Galen Straub and wife, Cheryl, of Stevensville, Mont.; his sister-in-law, Annie Straub, of Baldwin City, Kan.; along with his nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Anastasia Straub; his parents, F. Keith and Ethel Straub; his brother, Loyd Straub; and his sister-in-law, Katherine Ligeko. David was born in Holton, Kan., on Sept. 23, 1940. He graduated from Hiawatha High School, Hiawatha, Kan., in 1958 and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Kansas in 1962. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1966. David served as a captain in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 69. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Kansas, David practiced medicine as a pediatrician until 1976. Following his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, David practiced in Joplin until his retirement in 2012. David was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin. He served as vice-president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's events, watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball, and playing golf at Twin Hills Country Club and any other golf course he could find. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk! (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Steven Soper passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Hughes retired 5 years ago and is now working for the Social Security Administration (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Melvin L. Masterson, retired physician of Troy, KS, died May 10, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was 89. He graduated from high school in Louisburg, Kan. in 1941, and enrolled at the University of Kansas, living in Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. He entered a U.S. Army program to complete a medical degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. At the Army hospital there, he met Alice L. Sorensen, an Army nurse. They were married April 10, 1945. They had two daughters and two sons. He was recalled to service as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon in 1954. He was a board-certified radiologist practicing in Hutchinson, Kan. He also practiced family medicine in Paola, KS and Troy. He retired in 1987. Known as "Doc," he was a gregarious man who told good stories and was an avid fan of golf, the Chiefs, the Royals and Jayhawks basketball. In 2009, he published "Smiles or Tears," a collection of stories about his experiences as a small-town doctor. He was a loyal Lions Club member, sang in the church choir, and was a voracious reader; he loved his patients and the practice of medicine. His oldest daughter, Susan Masterson Russell, died of cancer in 2002. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alice L. Masterson; his daughter, Evelyn Masterson Rapport (Michael) of Lawrence, KS; his sons, Dr. Robert E. Masterson, of Champaign, IL, and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael J. Masterson (Jane Ellen) of Grady, AL; his son-in-law, Steven P. Russell (Sara) of Independence, MO; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Rosematy Overbey, of Kansas City, MO; his sister-in-law, Margie Masterson, of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Eaton retired from practice in 2008 and tries to visit different "offices" (golf courses) at least 4 times per week. He enjoys cooking BBQ with smoke, pellets, lump charcoal and gas (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Stapleton is the Chair of Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington - School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle Children's. He recently served as President of the American Pediatric Society and is Co-Editor in Chief of Up To Date Pediatrics. (Updated January 2013)
Hugh Alan Wiegman, M.D., passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The son of Henry Wiegman and Grace Margaret Herring, he was born January 24, 1934, in Hastings, NE. Dr. Wiegman graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, in 1951 and from Iowa State University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1955. Following a short time working for Dow Chemical in Ohio, he returned to Iowa, graduating from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1960. He then fulfilled a year of internship at Highland-Alameda Hospital in Oakland, CA, and two years of general surgery at the Oakland, CA, Veterans Hospital. After that, Dr. Wiegman completed a three-year residency in otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) at the University of Iowa Hospitals, becoming board certified in 1966 and entering the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He was stationed at Randolph AFB, TX, promoted to Captain, where he served for 2 years. Honorably discharged in 1969, he joined an ENT practice in Kansas City, KS, with Dr. Clarence Steele. Leaving the practice a year later, Dr. Wiegman entered a three- year radiology residency at The University of Kansas Medical Center, became a board certified radiologist and established the Radiology Associates, P.A. of Hays, KS, retiring in 1990. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gretchen Wiegman Tomlinson. Dr. Wiegman is survived by his former wife Sybil Norton Wiegman of Topeka; his son, Jay (Amy) of Somonauk, IL; daughters, Stacy Wiegman of Tega Cay, SC, Molly Miller (David C.) of Overland Park, KS, and Rachel Wiegman of Lawrence; 5 grandchildren, Ellie Wiegman, Spencer Wiegman, Nathan Wiegman, Alexandra Miller and Olivia Miller, and 2 nephews (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Johnson passed away February 4, 2013. She is survived by her children, Caleb Bowers, David Johnson and Rebekah Johnson. (Updated March 2013)
James Wallace "Wally" Coonfield, M. D. 68, of Vinita, OK, died Monday, November 4, 2013, at his home. His son, Daniel, was by his side. He had lived in Vinita since 1996 and was employed as a physician at Oklahoma Forensics Center. Since 1996 he had also worked at Grand Lake Mental Health, Willowcrest Hospital in Miami and the Northeastern Tribal Health Center, Miami. James Wallace Coonfield was born March 4, 1945, in Tahlequah, OK. His family moved from Oaks to Copan when he started school. Wally was a star athlete and excelled in baseball, football and basketball. He graduated from Copan High School in 1963, and just recently attended his 50th class reunion. He attended college at Northeastern A&M, in Miami, where he was on the boxing team and competed in the Golden Gloves. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, in 1967, with a B.S. in psychology. He received a master's degree in psychology from Kansas State Teacher's College in Pittsburg, KS, in 1970, and, after working for several years, returned to school to study medicine. He received his M.D. degree in 1978 from the University of Kansas, and lived and worked as a physician in the Kansas City area until moving to Oklahoma in 1991. Wally was married to Kathleen Ballbeck from 1969 to 1989, and they had one son and six daughters. In 1991, he married Scarlett Custer and they had a daughter, Lara Ann. Wally loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved to sail, he was an avid hunter and had been a master falconer for 25 years. He enjoyed traveling. He loved music and art. He was an excellent cook, and loved nothing more than preparing meals for his friends and family. In 2010, with his former wife, Kathleen, he opened The Cooked Goose Cafe in Vinita. It quickly became a favorite with many customers. Wally was one-quarter Cherokee and took great pride in his Indian heritage. He loved his country and was a devout Catholic. Wally will be greatly missed by his many patients and colleagues, his neighbors and friends, and especially his family. He will be remembered for his zest for life, his generosity, his warmth and fun-loving nature, style and sense of humor. Wally was preceded in death by his mother, Christena Foreman Forrest; his stepfather, Chester Forrest; his brother, Walter Coonfield; his brother, Wendell Forrest; his sister-in-law, Vickie Forrest; son-in-law Chuck Monaco; and identical twin sons, Michael and Joseph. He is survived by his children, Carmen Rasmussen of Ventura, CA, Maria Coonfield of Pittsburg, KS, Emily Saatcioglu of Kansas City, MO, Louise Coonfield of Shawnee, OK, Daniel Coonfield of Lawrence, KS, Katie Staley of Lawrence, KS, Phoebe Coonfield of Vinita, and Lara Coonfield of Vinita; his sons-in-law, Mark Rasmussen, Argun Saatcioglu and Adam Staley; and seven grandchildren, Trina Monaco Trefen of Pryor, Mia Monaco of Ventura, CA, Clarissa Neal, Curtis and Chiara Britt of Pittsburg, KS, Miles Marhall and Heidi Staley of Lawrence, KS (Updated November 2013).
Dr. Daniel T. Hinkin passed away on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born on July 25, 1955 in Lansing, MI the son of Paul E. and Mabel (Wesson) Hinkin. Dr. Hinkin attended Sacred Heart High School in Salina, Kansas during his freshman year and graduated from CM Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana. He attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1973 until 1977. Dr. Hinkin graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his flexible internship at Scott AFS, Illinois then served his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas specializing in Orthopedic Surgery from 1981 until 1985. He also completed his Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hinkin was an orthopedic surgeon for 12 years in the Air Force before his retirement in 1997. He joined the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997. He also served as a team physician for the Kansas State University varsity sports and for the U.S. Ski Team. He was united in marriage to Eileen McCarthy on August 9, 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama. This union was blessed with 3 children: Stephen, Michael and Erin. Dan had many joys in his life including fishing, riding motorcycles, singing in the St. Isidore's Church Choir and supporting all of the K-State Sports and activities. Above all, his true love was his family. He cherished the time that he spent with all of them. He always made time for his family and he will be truly missed every day. He was a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, Mid-America Orthopedic Association, Kansas Medical Society and the Riley County Medical Society. He was also a member of the St. Isidore Catholic Student Center, Manhattan, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father: Paul E. Hinkin on July 8, 1992. Survivors include his wife: Eileen of the home; son: Stephen Hinkin and his wife Natalie and their son: Henry Michael of Grand Rapids, Michigan; son: Michael Hinkin of Manhattan, Kansas and daughter: Erin Boidock and her husband Stephen of Austin, Texas; his mother: Mabel Hinkin of Manhattan, Kansas. He is also survived by his brothers: Douglas Hinkin and his wife Maureen of Manhattan, Kansas, Lawrence Hinkin and his wife Karen of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Matthew Hinkin and his wife Deborah of Knoxville, Tennessee; 2 sisters: Beth Cartner and her husband Bruce of Naperville, Illinois and Barbara Setter and her husband Ralph, Omaha, Nebraska along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Bernhardt was named the Dr. Rex L. Diveley Professor & Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri, Kansas City. (Updated April 2013)
Dr. Bryant-Rose retired as of March 2012. She has one child in community college and another in high school working towards an International Baccalaureate. Her husband is still working, thank goodness! (Updated May 2013)
I have realized a long standing dream, and have published a fiction/thriller novel, Debridement. A second is at the editor getting ready for publication. Debridement is the story of a physician who becomes a hit man, specializing in malpractice lawyers. It has been well received. Visit my website, seandow.com to learn more or to get in touch if in the Las Vegas area. (Updated November 2013)
Dr. Stewart passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS, where he met his wife of 23 years. They spent two years in Baltimore, MD, where Dr. Stewart completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They returned to Kansas City where Dr. Stewart helped establish a reproductive program at the University of Kansas Medical Center as Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. After 5 years, he joined Shawnee Mission Medical Center and founded the Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Department where he spent the remainder of his life. Named a Kansas City Super Doctor in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Dr. Stewart was nationally renowned in his field of expertise and invited to lecture at many seminars and other events. He always held himself to the highest standards of his chosen profession and would expect no less from others. Dr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Cindy; father, Lou Stewart; mother and step-father, Pat and Don Richardson; two sisters, Debra and Lisa and 2 nieces. In addition, he was truly loved by his in-laws Elaine VanDeventer and husband Rick Zarley, Bob and Pam VanDeventer, Bill and Cathy VanDeventer, Arlene VanDeventer, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Weis is pleased to report that his first novel has been accepted for publication and will be released in June 2013. Information on the book, a Christian thriller named Lead Me Into Temptation, can be seen at his publisher's website: http://markweis.tateauthor.com/ (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Michael Slama passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Dr. Slama spent his entire career as an Ob-gyn working in the Twin Cities, primarily in the northern suburb of Coon Rapids and the area surrounding Mercy Hospital. He was educated and trained at the University of St. Thomas in Biology, University of MN as a Doctor of Medicine, and the University of Kansas to become specialized as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist. He spent his entire 23 professional years as a Women's Health Clinician and shepherded countless new lives into the world. However, Dr. Slama was also a leader. Early in his career he became a lead physician for Coon Rapids Women's Health. He then progressively took on more responsibility including Divisional Medical Director for the Allina Medical Clinics, Chief-of-Staff Elect for Mercy Hospital and finally one of the Allina Health top physician leaders as President of the Mother-Baby Clinical Service line. He leaves a great legacy culminating in the recent opening of the joint Abbott-Northwestern/Mpls Children's Mothers Baby Center and the approval of a similar mother baby center for Mercy Hospital where he practiced medicine day and night, was a leader for the Hospital and chose it as his final place to depart from this world. Preceded in death by father, Maurice C. Slama. Survived by loving wife of 23 years, Anne; children, Elizabeth and Zach; mother, Audrey Slama; brother, Brian Slama; sisters, Debbie Schultz, Kathy Gary, Anne Bernard and Susan Findlay; other relatives and friends (Updated August 2013).
Dr. Berg passed away on August 27, 2012. (Updated February 2013)
Dr. Ihde has recently become the world's leading Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) surgeon after performing his 400th TIF procedure for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Congratulations, Dr. Ihde! The press release is below:
Forest Park Medical Center Physician Performs 400th TIF Procedure, Sets Milestone
Procedure provides needed relief for patients with reflux disease
(Dallas, Texas) August 20, 2013 – This week, Dr. Glen Ihde performed his 400th Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He has performed more TIF procedures than any other surgeon in the world.
Studies suggest that more than 60 million Americans experience symptoms of GERD at least once a month and that as many as 15 million Americans experience symptoms each day. Reflux medications such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) can help relieve patients' heartburn symptoms, but don't solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further GERD development. Even on PPIs, many patients are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux.
“The TIF procedure, performed completely without incisions, can significantly improve quality of life,” said Dr. Ihde. “Before the TIF procedure, patients were facing a lifetime of medication or an invasive procedure. After the TIF procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years, and that reflux no longer impacts their life like it did prior to the procedure.”
The TIF procedure adheres to the idea of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within,” performed through the mouth. The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is performed without incisions, patients will have less pain, reduced recovery time and no visible scar.
“Innovative procedures like this continue to make Forest Park a leader in patient care,” said Dr. Ihde. Dr. Ihde has performed 400 TIF procedures at Forest Park Medical Center Dallas over the span of four years.
Dr. Holbrooks passed away February 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sarah Holbrooks, son Jake and two granddaughters. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Nold and his wife Sarah have 2 children; a daughter, Lily, 4 years old and a son, Thomas, 2 years old. (Updated November 2013)
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Commonwealth Health recently welcomed psychiatrist Mohammed Rahman, M.D. to the medical staffs of First Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and to the Wyoming Valley community. Dr. Rahman earned his medical degree from Dakha Medical College, Bangladesh. He completed his psychiatry residency at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Rahman holds medical staff privileges at First Hospital, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. (Updated November 2013)