Medicine - Class Notes

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1950 – In Memoriam: Francis A. Davis, MD
Dr. Davis was born on November 15, 1918 and passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Dr. Davis was a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma at the time of his passing. He graduated from Oklahoma State University before earning his medical degree from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Davis served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Naval Officer and during the Korean Conflict as a Naval Physician assigned to the Marine Corp. (Updated August 2015)

1950 (MD), 1966 (Residency), 1967 (Fellowship) – In Memoriam: Glen M. McCray, MD
Dr. Glen M. McCray passed away on April 7, 2015. He was born May 24, 1920 in Neodesha, KS.  He was a veteran of WWII, serving as an Army medic in New Guinea. Glen married Maurine Mong in 1945. A graduate of KU Medical School, Glen was in family practice in Neodesha before returning to school to specialize in child psychiatry. He served as the department head at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO for many years. Glen and Maurine retired to Springfield, MO in 1984 where he was Director of St. John's Marion Center until 1987. He lived a full life, being of service to others. He loved gardening and was an accomplished pianist who relaxed by playing jazz to the delight of all who heard him.  He is survived by his three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2009. (Updated May 2015)

1951 - In Memoriam: M. Dale Atwood, MD
Dale Atwood, 95, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Homestead of Topeka. Dale was born December 27, 1919, in Oswego, KS, to Nova Thomas and Lena Jane (Robison) Atwood. He graduated in 1936 from Labette County High School in Altamont, KS. Dale enlisted in the Army in July 1944 and served in Europe during WWII. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Dale then went on to the University of Kansas, where he received his medical doctorate in 1951. He married Helen A. McNelly on February 1, 1953, in Wichita, KS. The couple then moved to Kinsley, KS, where they raised their family. He practiced family medicine for 36 years in Kinsley, delivering more than 1,100 babies in his career. After retiring from clinical practice, he earned his license as a financial planner. Dale was a Waddell & Reed agent in Kinsley for nearly ten years. After his second retirement, he and Helen moved to Topeka. Dale was a member of the Kinsley Rotary Club since 1953, serving as president three times, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an active member of the Kinsley United Methodist Church for almost 50 years. Dale served as a member and president of the Kinsley-Offerle School Board. He is survived by his five sons, Steven, of Springfield, MO, Larry (Charlotte), of Greenville, SC, Michael (Jennie), of Lawrence, KS, Eric (Robin), of Topeka, KS, and Jeff (Laura), of Wamego, KS; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Dale is preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen; sister, Verna Mae Crawford; and brothers, Robert and Nova Doyle Atwood.(Updated October 2015)   

1951 – In Memoriam: C. Mac Geyer, MD
Dr. C. Mac Geyer, 89, passed away on April 9 at his home in Dallas, Texas after a series of illnesses. Mac was born on March 9, 1926, to the late Oscar A. and Frances Groves Geyer in Hays, Kansas. He graduated from Topeka High School and attended Tulane University. Mac earned his medical degree at Kansas University Medical School. He served as a physician in the Navy while completing his internship at U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland as well as Port Lyautey, Morocco. His radiology residency was completed at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Mac married Wilda Jean Hosler in Ottawa, Kansas, on April 10, 1950. They were blessed with three children and three grandchildren during their 65 years of marriage. The family moved to Texas in 1952, where Mac began his career in radiology as a member of Radiology Associates. He spent 37 years treating patients at Wichita General Hospital, focusing on treating cancer patients toward the end of his career as well as traveling to small nearby towns to “read” X-ray films at hospitals without a staff radiologist. He received a Distinguished Service Physician Award in 1995 from the Wichita County Medical Society, where he held a number of leadership positions. He also was Chief of Staff at Wichita General and served several terms as Chairman of the Department of Radiology. Mac was a longtime and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served in many leadership positions over the years. The Geyers considered St. Paul their home church, even though they currently lived in Dallas. Mac had many passions and hobbies, including the outdoors, camping and hiking. He was heavily involved in the Scouting program, serving as scoutmaster of Troop 12 at St. Paul Lutheran for many years. He was a voracious reader and also loved traveling with his family. His chief passion was photography, which earned him awards. He collected cameras — vintage and otherwise — as well as stamps and guns. Mac taught his children the value of hard work and family. He had a great sense of fun, loved learning, and was patient and kind to all. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Fran Smyth. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wilda, and children Mark and wife Susan, Chris and Lisa, all of Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Shirley Legg and husband Robert of Kansas City, Missouri; and beloved grandchildren Edward, Julia and Stewart. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care provided by caregivers and hospice staff at C.C. Young retirement community, Dallas. (Updated May 2015)

1951 (MD), 1956 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Jordan W. Burkey, MD
Jordan Warren Burkey, MD, died on Friday, June 12, 2015, at The Neighborhoods of Quail Creek in Springfield. He was born on July 7, 1923, in Arkansas City, Kansas, to Jordan Warren and Ellen Saunders Burkey. After graduating from Arkansas City High School, he edited the town newspaper's sports page while attending the local community college. The U.S. Army took Jordan out of Kansas in 1943 and moved him around the Midwest until finally sending him to India at the end of World War II. He recalled practically hanging out the porthole as his ship moved up the Hooghly River toward Kolkata. His love of travel never waned, and he visited almost every state and more than 40 countries. Jordan earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Kansas University. While in medical school he met Ruth Jean Wolf, a KU nursing student, and they married in 1951. They lived in Kansas City while Jordan interned at Bethany Hospital and finished his residency at the KU Medical Center. They settled in Springfield where Jordan practiced ear, nose and throat medicine for forty years, retiring in 1995. During 1971-1983 he was also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Missouri. Maintaining his interest in journalism, Jordan served several years as editor of both Missouri Medicine and the Journal of the Greene County Medical Society. He was a long-time member of Springfield Downtown Rotary and King's Way United Methodist Church. After Ruth died in 2004, Jordan funded the English Garden at Major Close Park in her memory. He is survived by daughter Nancy Benold and husband Stephen Benold, of Georgetown, TX; daughter Janet Perkowski of Spring, TX; son Gregg of Sugar Land, TX; granddaughter Amy Benold Heutel and husband Garth Heutel, and their three children, of Atlanta, GA; grandson Jordan Benold and wife Jessica Benold, and their daughter, of Plano, TX; granddaughter Laura Perkowski of Hayward, CA; and, grandson Alex Perkowski of Spring, TX. (Updated June 2015)

1951 (MD), 1953 (Internship), 1956 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Carol W. Powell, MD
Carol Ruth Wineinger Powell, M.D., passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015, surrounded by her family. Dr. Powell was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Garden City, Kan. Carol spent most of her childhood with her mother, Clara Anderson Wineinger, and brother, John Harold, in Dighton, Kan. Her father, William Wesley Wineinger M.D., was murdered in 1928 by the bank robbing Fleagle Gang, one of the first cases to use fingerprint forensics to solve a crime. After the loss of her father, Carol and her family often visited with her Aunt Mildred (Mid) and Uncle James Earl Brown of Garland, Kan. Carol graduated from the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Medicine (Class of 1951). While attending KU, Carol met the love of her life and husband of 64 years, Kenneth A. Powell M.D. The duo married Nov. 22, 1950, and had two daughters, Gail (1959) and Leigh (1961). The family lived in Leavenworth, Kan., but after Carol was diagnosed with Lupus the family moved to Leawood, Kan., where Ken and Carol lived happily for 50 years. In the 1970s Carol began practicing Psychiatry again. Carol cared deeply about the well-being of her patients, and greatly enjoyed being a physician. Ken and Carol traveled often to Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. One anniversary they traveled to Europe on the QE II and flew back on the Concord. In 1993, Ken and Carol welcomed their only grandchild, a girl, Rian Alissa Ray; to whom she was always close. Carol retired from her home office in 2005 and spent the last decade surrounded by her family which was always her top priority. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a granddaughter, four nephews, one niece and many relatives of her father's sister. (Updated December 2015)

1952 (MD), 1956 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Robert E. Bodmer, MD
Robert Ernest Bodner was born on January 11, 1924 and passed away on July 12, 2015. Born in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas, son of Caleb A. Bodmer and Alta Leona Bratton Bodmer. He attended five years of grade school in Sharon Springs, Kansas and completed his grade school and high school in Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas. He served thirty-eight months in the U. S. Army from April 11th 1943 to June 30, 1946 of which the last 26 months were in the 71st Infantry Division as a rifleman receiving two battle stars for the Rhineland and Germany. He matriculated at the University of Kansas receiving BA degree in 1949 and an M.D. Degree in 1952. He spent two and a half years in General Practice in Coldwater, Kansas, before taking a residency in Radiology at Research and Associated Hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri. He became a Diplomat in Radiology in 1960 and a Fellow in 1982. He was a staff radiologist at Clarkson Hospital and was president of the Nebraska State Radiological Society in 1976-77. He married Mavis Ann Lundin of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, June 14 1952, who preceded him in death in January 1992. Their four children were Beth (Gary) Cumberland of Pensacola, Florida, Rebecca Ann Bodmer of Pensacola, Florida, Robert (Julie) Bodmer of Omaha, Nebraska, and Peter (Christine) Bodmer of Naperville, Illinois. In November 1994 he married Shirley Ida Wyckoff Finfrock who survives him and resides in Tucson, Arizona. (Updated August 2015)

1952 - In Memoriam: Arthur P. Burgess, MD
Arthur P. Burgess, MD, 96, passed away peacefully at home in Lawrence, KS on November 30, 2015.  Arthur and his wife, Janney, came to Lawrence in 1992 from Oswego, KS, where he practiced medicine. (Updated December 2015)

1952 (Residency) - In Memoriam: C. Frederick Kittle, MD
C. Frederick Kittle, MD, passed away on October 18, 2015. (Updated November 2015)

1953 (MD), 1954 (Internship), 1959 (Residency) – In Memoriam: George J. Mastio, MD
George J. Mastio, MD, 89, prominent surgeon, beloved father and mentor, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at Larksfield Healthcare Center. George was born on October 10, 1925 in St. Joseph, MO to Elizabeth Bosch Mastio and George Mastio, Sr. After graduating from high school, he hitched a ride on a train, fibbed a bit and joined the Navy at the age of 17. He attended officer training in Chicago and served as an Ensign in the Pacific. George fully embraced the opportunities afforded by the GI Bill attending Park College and graduating from the University of Kansas. He met his first wife, Virginia Gard Mastio, on the steps of the KU library. They were married for 43 years; together they raised three children and embraced the community and his professional life. George graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1953, and completed his Surgical Residency at the KU Medical Center in 1959. George was a general and thoracic surgeon in private practice from 1959 to 1993 in Wichita. Dr. Mastio was a catalyst for helping bring the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita to the city. He was particularly proud of the years he spent training surgical residents. He started the surgical training program at Wesley Hospital, which is now run by the University of Kansas. Dr. Mastio held several academic appointments, including Director of Surgical Education at Wesley Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. He was active in the American Medical Association, the Kansas Medical Society, the American Cancer Society and the Medical Society of Sedgwick County. He served as the Chairman for the Trauma Committee for the Kansas Chapter of American College of Surgeons, as well as the Governor's Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Mastio was active in the community where he served on the Boards of Directors of KS. Blue Shield, Citadel Bank, the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Symphony. After Virginia's death, George married Betty Blair of Atlanta, Kansas. For 22 years, they shared many adventures and happy times with family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth Mastio; his first wife, Virginia G. Mastio; and his second wife, Betty B. Mastio. Survived by his daughter, Ann Bauer (Martin) of Wichita; son, John Mastio (Dana) of Wichita; daughter, Katherine Kaufman (Dr. Allen) of West Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. The family thanks and appreciates the kind and loving care from the staff and caregivers at Larksfield Healthcare Center. (Updated February 2015)

1954 (MD), 1964 (R) - In Memoriam: Richard Elden Davis, MD
Rich Davis, M.D., a prominent Kansas City psychiatrist who created the nationally best-selling barbecue sauce, K C Masterpiece, died peacefully at his home in Leawood, Kansas on Tuesday, October 6. He was 89. A culinary experimenter and outdoor cooking enthusiast, Rich launched a line of sauces in 1977, but it was his signature KC Masterpiece that excited barbecue enthusiasts across the city and beyond. As the popularity of the sauce grew, Rich moved from full-time family psychiatrist and part-time entrepreneur to full-time barbecue sauce ambassador. Rich gained national attention as a barbecue expert on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Regis and Kathie Lee, and Bobby Flay, as well as being featured in Forbes and People Magazine. In 1986, Rich sold his sauce to the Kingsford Division of the Clorox Company. Davis became the featured spokesman for KC Masterpiece print, radio, and television commercials. He authored two barbecue cookbooks with Shifra Stein, All About Bar-B-Q Kansas City-Style and The All American Barbecue Book. Marketing his own barbecue sauce named for his beloved hometown, Rich turned his passion into a successful business. In 1980, Rich was the Blue Ribbon winner for the first American Royal Barbecue Contest (Commercial Division). A Legacy inductee into the Barbecue Hall of Fame, Rich was invited to prepare and serve a KC Masterpiece barbecue at the White House's annual Congressional Picnic in 1992 and 2004. Born in Joplin, Missouri, on April 7, 1926, Rich was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Ruth Davis, and his older brother Charles. Rich graduated from Topeka High School in 1944. After serving in the army, Rich found his medical calling and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Pi Beta Phi Medical Fraternity. Rich began his medical career as a family practitioner and later specialized in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Passionate about the dynamics of family interactions, he co-founded the Family and Child Psychiatric Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1971, Rich followed a new calling in Norfolk, Virginia. Invited to help found a new medical school, Rich turned administrator as the first Associate Dean of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He then headed north to take on the duties of Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Medical School at the University of North Dakota in the mid 1970's. Rich led the way in helping the university to transition from a two-to-four year accredited program. After returning to Kansas City, Rich resumed his private practice as Director of the Family and Child Psychiatric Clinic in Johnson County. A Board Examiner in Psychiatry and Neurology from 1972 to 1986, Rich remained an active leader in his medical profession. Rich invested a great deal of his life supporting and serving his Kansas City community. He was the founding chairman of the Board of the Youth Volunteer Corps of America; the founding chairman of the Alliance for Epilepsy Research Board; and Co-Founder of the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Rich was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation by the University of Kansas in 2002, the Kindest Kansas Citian Award in 1991. He and his wife, Coleen, were honored with the Salvation Army William Booth Award in 1993. Rich was an accomplished pianist. He composed many blues and jazz numbers throughout his life. His most classical composition, Two Piano Sonata on Themes, was performed at UMKC's White Hall. His greatest musical thrill was spending a special evening playing two-piano jazz with Kansas City legend Jay McShann. Rich is survived by his devoted wife, Coleen Fry Davis, of Topeka. A loving father, Rich leaves behind four children: Laura (Lewis) Gregory, Rich Davis, Charles Davis, and Claudia (Winn) Friddell. "The Big Ten"- his adoring grandchildren - are Paul (Jessica) and Erin Gregory; Jeffrey, Eric, and Drue (Isaac) Flynn; Alex, Calvin, and Joseph Davis; and Richard and Ann Friddell. His days were particularly brightened by visits from his great granddaughter, Gwen Gregory. The family would like to express their appreciation to Rich's loving caregivers from Elder Care and Kansas City Hospice during his final weeks. (Updated October 2015)

1954 - In Memoriam: Glen E. Eaton, MD
Dr. Glen Everett Eaton, 87, of Salina, passed away Friday, November 27, 2015. He was born June 26, 1928 on a farm in Logan County, KS, to Benjamin Everett and Velma Frances (Miller) Eaton. Dr. Eaton and the love of his life, Pauline Lorrine Jennings were married February 3, 1950 in Hunter, KS. Dr. Eaton graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1950 and from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in 1954. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology in Wichita, KS, in 1957. After serving in the Navy from 1957-1959, Dr. Eaton moved back to Salina and provided anesthesiology services in Salina for 30 years. He also served as a Trustee at Kansas Wesleyan University, and was a member of the Central Kansas Amateur Radio Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerry Edward Eaton; two brothers, Roy and Gale Eaton; and three sisters, Lila Huffman, Letha Bode, and Dorthy Potterf. Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Pauline, of the home; a daughter, Dr. Karen Eaton Garth and her husband John of Henderson, NV; two sons, Denis Everett Eaton and his wife Monica of Antioch, CA, and Steven Glen Eaton and his wife Linda of Sunnyvale, CA; and two grandchildren, Eric Michael Eaton and Julie Ann Eaton, of Sunnyvale, CA. (Updated December 2015)

1954 – In Memoriam: Philip Lindbergh Stevens, MD
Philip Lindbergh Stevens, M.D., 87, Tonganoxie, Kansas, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his home. Dr. Stevens was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Oskaloosa, Kansas, the son of Delos Meeker Stevens, M.D., and Blanche Estelle Combs Stevens. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1945 and finished one semester at the University of Kansas before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in March 1946; he served one year and 17 days before being honorably discharged. He returned to KU, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1950. He graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1954. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1950 and remained a proud member throughout his life. After completing his residency, Dr. Stevens purchased a medical office in Tonganoxie. His first day in the office was July 1, 1955. His career as a family physician in a small Kansas town spanned 60 years and included his nurturing care of multiple generations of families. From his modest office on Tonganoxie's Fourth Street, Dr. Stevens' goal was not to become extremely wealthy, but to care for his patients and help a community. A large percentage of the care he provided was never reimbursed, though he seldom complained. His role model was his father, who graduated from the Kansas Medical College in 1912 and practiced medicine in Oskaloosa until he died in 1955. Dr. Stevens thought it would be wonderful if he and his father could provide medical care in eastern Kansas for a span of a hundred years. They exceeded that. Dr. Stevens worked six days a week for more than 50 years, and only when he passed the age of 80 did he cut back to working only five days a week. He felt like he was on vacation. On July 1, 2015, "Dr. Phil," as he was affectionately known throughout the community, went to his office as usual. It was his 60th anniversary of practicing medicine in Tonganoxie. It was a good day; he saw patients, and he enjoyed the cards, calls and newspaper article celebrating the anniversary. He went to sleep that night, jubilant about having completed 60 years of practicing medicine. He never woke up. He married Betty Jean DeLisle in Bentonville, Arkansas, on March 4, 1950. Throughout his career, she was a crucial support for him. Survivors include his wife, Betty Stevens, of the home; their six children, Philip Delos Stevens, Roeland Park, Kansas; Charles Landon Stevens, Gjovik, Norway; Lisa DeLisle Stevens Scheller, Tonganoxie; Matthew William Stevens, Kansas City, Missouri; Daniel Edward Stevens, Tonganoxie; and Loralee DeLisle Stevens, Tonganoxie; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. About 20 years prior to his death, a patient asked him when he was going to retire. He said, "When they put my name up in Quisenberry's window across the street." That's the funeral home. His name is there now, and the good doctor has retired. (Updated July 2015)

1955 - In Memoriam: Eldon E. Baker, MD
Dr. Eldon E. Baker, 84, of Delphi, died Thurs.-Jan. 1, 2015 at 12pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi. He was born April 4, 1930 in Quinter, KS, to the late Fred & Edith Wolf Baker. His marriage was to Betty Rose Knaus in Knob Noster, MO, on Aug. 22, 1954, and she survives. He graduated from Quinter High School in 1948, received his BS from the University of Kansas-1952, received his Doctorate in Family Practice Medicine in 1955 from the University of Kansas. He practiced family medicine in Delphi from 1958-1996. After retiring he saw patients at the Tippecanoe County Community Health Clinic in Lafayette. He was a member of the Cutler Ridge New Conference Old German Baptist Brethren Church. Surviving: wife-Betty Rose Baker of Delphi; sons: Stanley & Bonita Baker of Lafayette, Nelson & Joleen Baker of Rossville; daughter-Janice & James Shrum of Lafayette; sisters: Edis Brovont of Rossville, Jean & Dale Flora of North Manchester, Jane & Curtis Bennett of Monterey, CA, Geraldine & Dean Yoder of Delphi; 7 grandchildren: Trent & Malinda Baker, Todd & Sara Baker, Tamera Baker, Amanda & Gary Smith, Seth & Stephanie Graves, Nicholas & Justin Baker; great-grandchildren: Kimberli Smith, Morgan Baker, Henry Graves, Isla Baker. Preceded in death by a brother Carroll, and a brother-in-law George.

1955 – In Memoriam: Robert E. Banks, MD
Robert E. Banks, MD, died March 14, 2015, at the University of Kansas Medical Center surrounded by his family. Bob was born March 21, 1929, to Mary Driskill Banks and Earl Wesley Banks in Kansas City, Mo. Shortly after the family moved to La Cygne, Kan., where he was educated and graduated from La Cygne High School in 1947. Continuing his education at KU, he received a Bachelor's Degree in 1951 and his medical degree in 1955. He immediately joined the Navy and spent a year at the San Diego Naval Hospital and was then deployed to Pearl Harbor Dispensary. After his discharge, he came to Paola and started his practice of medicine with Dr. Veril Elson. He continued practicing for 41 years. In 1972 he passed the boards to become a Certified Specialist Family Practice. He was proud to have his son, Don Banks, MD, return to Paola and join him in practice for 10 years. On Aug. 6, 1950, he married Shirley Smith from the New Lancaster community. To them were born four sons, Robert Emory (Jenifer), Topeka, Kan., Lawrence Earl (Jeanine), Spring, Texas, Donald Edward (Stacy), Paola, Gregory Eldon (DeAnn), Paola. They have 11 grandchildren, Susan Banks, Falmouth, Mass., Karlsson Banks, New York City, NY, Connie Beaver (Blake), Kevin, Calvin, Spring, Texas, Allison Sanders (Joe) Koenigstein, Germany, Brad, Kansas City, Kan., Alicia Goetting (Justin) Lawrence, Kan., Michael, Warrenton, Va., Emma and Sarah, Paola; and two great- granddaughters, Katelyn Sanders and Claire Beaver. His family was important to him and he encouraged them to read and learn. He spent many hours attending sporting events, concerts and plays watching his family. He was a member of the Paola United Methodist Church. He sang in the choir for many years and taught Sunday school classes. His present Sunday school class has been together for more than 40 years and he looked forward to seeing what interesting discussions would come up on Sunday morning. They were like a second family to him. He was a member of Paola Rotary, the Cultural Board, Baehr Foundation Board, Continuing Education committee at the KU Medical Center. He was elected to the Unified District #368 Board of Education for 10 years. He was a member of the Miami County Medical Society and served as President. He was Chief of Staff at the Miami County Hospital from 1962-2000, Board of Directors of Miami County Medical Center for 13 years and served on the Advisory Board of the Osawatomie State Hospital. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Kansas Academy of Family Practice from 1958-2015. Bob knew he wanted to be a doctor from an early age and thoroughly enjoyed practicing medicine in Paola. Interactions with his patients and the community made him happy. He hosted many University of Kansas medical students for a month-long preceptorship to give them experience in family practice. He enjoyed contributing to the education of new, young doctors. Bob served as coroner for Miami County for much of his career. To practice their driving skills, his sons would drive him on house calls and coroner calls; even the calls in the middle of the night. He had curiosity about everything and read voraciously on many subjects. He was particularly interested in science and religion and collected a large library of books on those subjects. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard and George. He will be missed by his family and numerous friends. (Updated March 2015)

1955 – In Memoriam: C.S. English, MD
A doctor, leader, veteran and humanitarian is finally at peace after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Stamey was born in Hutchinson, Kan., to Nathan Fredrick (Fritz) and Helen Stamey English. His dad desired that his son join him in the NF English Construction business, but Stamey thought school was best.  Stamey went to the University of Colorado from 1945 to 1946, then took a break and served two years in the Navy, where he found a passion for medicine, so he returned to school in 1951 to earn his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Kansas. He continued at the university until his completion of medical school in 1955. He did his internship in Kansas City, Mo., and his residency in Portland, Ore.  During his pre-med studies, he went on a blind date and fell instantly in love with Levona (Lee) Mae Sibbitt, a nursing student. They were married Dec. 18, 1949, and had two children, Steven Ray and Debra Sue.  They moved to Clarkston in 1957 to start his medical practice with Dr. Dan Stripe at a small clinic by the hospital, until they later moved to the Lewiston Medical Center on St. John's Way. He loved practicing medicine, loved his patients and found delivering babies was the most rewarding of all.  After 40 years in practice, he retired on July 12, 1996. After retirement, he missed medicine and decided to get back to work for a couple of summers at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in South Dakota with his son.  Being the humanitarian that he was, he always dreamed of starting a free clinic for those with low incomes and no health insurance. Dr. Glenn Jefferson called with the same idea, and so it began. With the help of many volunteers, the dream became a reality in September of 2000 with the opening of the very successful Snake River Community Clinic. It was here that Stamey discovered his passion for helping patients with diabetes.  As a strong community leader, he was active in the school board, Boy Scouts, held numerous key positions in medical organizations and was awarded Family Physician of the Year by the Idaho Academy of Physicians in 2001. In 2008, Idaho Business Review presented him the Health Care Hero award for his volunteer work with the Snake River Community Clinic. Stamey was also an active, dedicated member of the First Christian Church for several decades, singing in the choir and serving as an elder.  Stamey was preceded in death by parents Fritz and Helen English, and his wife, Lee, who recently passed in January 2015. He is survived by his sister, Mora Lee Weber of Hutchinson; his children, Steve (Janice) English of Yakima and Debbie (Roger) Davis of Clarkston; and his four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (Updated September 2015)

1955 – In Memoriam: Richard A. Field, MD
Dr. Richard Albert Field, 85, peacefully passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka, KS. He was born December 18, 1929, in Norton, KS, to Vincent Herbert and Elva (Persinger) Field. He attended District 20 Norton, KS and Almena Rural High School. In 1951, he earned a BS from the University of Kansas. From 1951-1955 Richard obtained a Medical Degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He later completed a medical residency in anesthesiology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA, and the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Field practiced as an anesthesiologist for the Anesthesia Associates of Topeka from 1962 until his retirement in 1996. On June 21, 1958, Richard married Dolores Lee Rock in Kansas City, KS. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening at home, water sports at Pomona Lake, hunting with friends, and participating in the Topeka Audubon Society. He was also a long-time member of Countryside United Methodist Church and the Lions Club of Topeka. Richard is survived by his wife, Dolores; four children, Debbie Ann Field-Kresie (Randall), Cynthia Sue Field, Dwight Loren Field, and Diane Kay Field; two grandchildren, Scott Kresie (Taylor) and Elizabeth Kresie; one great grandchild, Lily Anna Kresie; brother, Louis Wight Field; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Field. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Julius Chester Field and David Herbert Field. The family extends a special thanks to the caregivers of Homestead of Topeka and Aldersgate Village, as well as long-time private nurse and assistant, Emma Low. (Updated August 2015)

1955 - In Memoriam: LTG Monte B. Miller, MD
Lieutenant General, USAF, MC (Ret) Monte Baldwin Miller, loving husband of the late Christine Faye Vielguth Miller (deceased March 13, 2014), father of three children, and faithful brother of Marilyn Woods, passed away on October 28, 2015. He was born in Independence, Missouri on September 4, 1930. His father was a college professor and his mother, Francis Miller, was a school teacher and a woman who was a leader in her own right. Monte was an Eagle Scout, a tradition that he passed on to a son and grandson. He completed his undergraduate training and medical school at the University of Kansas, where he was later recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and began his medical career in a small town in Kansas. The needs of the Air Force called him into service, and he completed his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, the centennial Air Force hospital that he would later command. Dr. Miller completed a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force, culminating in his service as the Surgeon General, with his life-long companion, Chris, at his side. He was awarded a chest full of medals and three stars but remained the humble country physician throughout his distinguished career. Upon his retirement, the couple moved to Winchester, Tennessee to an idyllic lake house that was a vacation paradise for his children and grandchildren for many years. Five years ago, they relocated to central Virginia, which they adopted as their new home. After his wife's passing, he became a prominent citizen at The Lodge at Old Trail in Crozet, Virginia and enjoyed the company of the fine residents who accepted him with open arms.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife of over 60 years, Christine Miller. He is survived by three children, Mitchell Miller and his wife, Alisa, of Belleville Illinois, Dr. Mark Miller and his wife, Ann Etchison, of Crozet, Virginia, and Michelle Lantow, and her husband, Brian, of Lake Oswego, Oregon; nine grandchildren, Mitch "Buddy" Miller, Michael Miller and his wife, Kirby, Matthew Miller and his wife, Lauren, Mason Miller, Melissa Miller, Paul Lantow, Sam Lantow, Kyle Lantow, and Joe Lantow; and loving sister, Marilyn Woods of Aurora, Kansas. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Kyler and Grayson Miller, and his many friends at the Old Trail Lodge.Dr. Monte Miller was a tremendous teacher, leader, physician, General, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His military career, as successful as it was, is only eclipsed by his love for his family. He will be sorely missed. The family plans to celebrate his life this spring. (Updated December 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Donald G. Glasco, MD
Donald "Don" Glee Glasco. Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather; a caring physician, a committed academic and nurturing educator, died on January 18, 2015 at age 85. Born on 18th October 1929 to James Edward Glasco and Nelle Lyster, Don grew up in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Wichita High School East in 1947. In 1952, Don completed his undergraduate studies in German and Russian Languages at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He was a passionate reader and enjoyed listening to classical music. In 1951 Don initiated his medical studies at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Kansas City. In 1953, Don was awarded an exchange scholarship for the academic year by the Government of Switzerland to attend the Swiss Institute of Technology. His studies abroad seeded a life of travel and exploration. In 1954, Don returned to KU to continue his medical studies; during his third year of training, he met Jo Ann "Jo" Lewis, a Registered Nurse whom scrubbed for the Chief of Surgery. In 1955, Don and Jo were married. A year later, Don received his Degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. Don completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Hospital in 1960. From 1960 thru 1962, Don was a Lt. Gen. in the United States Navy, San Diego, California. In 1962, Don and his family returned to Littleton, Colorado where he maintained a private psychiatric practice from 1962 thru 2000. Following the close of his private practice, Don worked until 2011 as a consultant with the Social Security Disability Determination Services. He enjoyed his remaining years in Denver with family and friends, with frequent visits to the family cabin in Evergreen, Colorado and extended time with loved ones in New Mexico. Don's academic appointments included Instructor in Psychiatry, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His special professional interests included Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Education, Psychodynamics in Literature, and History of Psychiatry; he published Schizophrenia and Insecticides, Journal of the Fort Logan Mental Health Center, in 1963. Honors included the Guffrey Prize for best paper in the history of medicine at the Medical School, University of Kansas; fellow, American Psychiatric Association; medical board member, University of Colorado Hospitals; service award, Interdisciplinary Relations from the Colorado Psychological Association; life fellow, American Psychiatric Association; and distinguished life fellow, American Psychiatric Association. Professional and community contributions included team leader, Fort Logan Mental Health; staff psychiatrist, Veterans Administration Hospital; psychiatric consultant for Family Living Curriculum, Cheery Creek School District; organizer and psychiatric reviewer for Psychiatric Peer Review of Arapahoe Foundation for Medical Care as well as for the State of Colorado, Colorado Psychiatric Society; panelist and lecturer on Psychiatry and Psychodynamics, Arapahoe Community College; lecturer in psychiatry "Medical School" class, Littleton Public Schools; medical advisory board member, Arapahoe County School District Six; assistant examiner in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; search committee member for chairman, Department of Psychiatry, medical school faculty, University of Colorado Health Sciences; and member of the Medical Advisory Board, Spalding Back School and Reconditioning. Additionally, Don was a board member of Littleton's Arapahoe Community College Foundation as well as a member of the Arapahoe Community College Town and Gown Society. He consulted with St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Colorado, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Denver. Don's memberships included Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity, American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society, Arapahoe County Medical Society, American Psychiatric Association, Colorado Psychiatric Society, and Central Neuropsychiatric Association. He was a staff member of Porter Memorial Hospital in Englewood and Swedish Medical Center in Denver. Don is survived by brother Dean Lydell Glasco, wife Jo Glasco, daughters Cheryl Ann Cook and Suzanne Glasco, son Mark Alan Lewis Glasco. Grandchildren include Andrea Leigh Cook-Julian, Amy Lynn Reed, and Hunter Knight Glasco-Wolforth. Great grandchildren include Addison Marynn Julian, Ella Elisabeth Rose Julian, Charlotte Grace Reed, and Rosalie Karleen Reed. Don was a loving, compassionate and committed individual. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all.

1956 - In Memoriam: Robert L. Hamilton, MD
Robert Lee Hamilton was born March 12, 1931 to Lee and Nira Hamilton in Pratt, Kansas. He died September 13, 2015 in Bellingham, Washington. Raised in Pratt with his two sisters, the family had a cabin in Colorado where Bob explored the lakes and mountains, beginning a lifelong love of the outdoors. He dreamed of being a cowboy until a summer job as a ranch hand in Texas turned out to be more field clearing than cow punching. He started college intending to be a forest ranger but finally decided to become a doctor instead. Bob met his soon-to-be wife, Nancy Jo Munger, as he started medical school at the University of Kansas. In 1961, after service in the Air Force, they settled in Bellingham with their three children, and Bob started his Ob/Gyn practice. He served for a time as Whatcom County Health Officer and later as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital, and he was part of the group that built Northwest Medical Center. Bob hiked and climbed from the Cascades to the Rockies to Mt. Kilimanjaro. He took to the water in his sea kayak at a time when few were afloat. He enjoyed taking his kids on these adventures, even more so as they got older, when he passed along his appreciation of campfires and cocktail hour. He liked the idea of family. At home, he grew bumper crops of vegetables he didn't necessarily enjoy eating. He had a sharp eye for human foibles but was forgiving of most, including his own. Nancy did not share Bob's enthusiasm for the outdoors, but they both loved travel and saw the world together. A stroke made his last decade difficult, yet through perseverance and willpower he continued to live an engaged life and earned the affection and support of many people. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, in February. He is survived by children Evan (Jenifer Schwindt) of Bellingham, Christine Frohnen (David) of Henderson, NV, and Ryan (Kimberly) of Seattle; grandchildren Lindsey and Byron Frohnen and Perry and Lee Hamilton; and sisters Barbara Syrios of Wichita, KS and Mary Mead of Albuquerque, NM. The family would like to thank April for her kind and devoted care of Bob. (Updated October 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Wilmer A. Harms, MD
Harms, Wilmer 93, passed away on September 17, 2015, at Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton. Wilmer was born on July 2, 1922, the son of William and Anna (Thiessen) Harms. He graduated from Goessel High School and during World War II served in the Civilian Public Service. On October 21, 1946, he married Esther Ediger, his wife of 64 years, and they had two sons, Willard and Kevin. Wilmer attended Tabor College and graduated from Kansas University and the KU School of Medicine. After practicing as a family physician in Hesston, KS, for 11 years, he obtained his specialty in ophthalmology and practiced at the Hertzler Clinic in Halstead, KS, until his retirement in 1992. Wilmer is survived by his sons, Will (Mary) and Kevin (Becky); six grandchildren, Stacey, Charles, MacKenzie, Blake, Craig, and Anne Harms; brother, Verdon; and sister, Elfreda Thomas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; brothers, Marvin and Richard; and sister, Phebe Just. (Updated October 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Le Roy L. Johnson, MD
LeRoy L. Johnson, MD - February 26, 1929 - May 5, 2015. When Lee left us he did it the way he did everything...... with total control...... skillful execution..... thoughtfulness and love for Carol down to the beautiful dozen roses he had delivered that day for her upcoming birthday.
He never liked the long goodbyes - and he left us that way too! ..... and now his Lee-isms are surrounding us all. Here's a few we recall...
"Oh Carol......!"
"Get to the point..."
"Well hello there!"
"Let's get the ball rolling...."

He expected you to pass you a plate the same way he wanted to receive a scalpel. When you mentioned nearly any location in the world he'd have a story of when he and Carol were there (they'd traveled to every continent including Antarctica) and share wonderfully detailed memories, and give you the historical significance. He'd help Carol prepare the traditional dishes from all their travels and brought home a few choice ingredients including snake wine from Vietnam and fermented mare's milk from Mongolia. Some of you were probably subjected to these meals! "Tastes like chicken" which could refer to nearly anything he'd want you to try - and that he'd tried.

1956 (MD) - In Memoriam: Gerhard Lester (Les) Harms, MD
Gerhard Lester (Les) Harms of Redmond, Washington, longtime resident of Bellevue, WGerhard Lester (Les) Harms of Redmond, Washington, longtime resident of Bellevue, Washington, passed away on December 24, 2015 at University of Washington Hospital surrounded by his family.  He was 84.  Services will be held on January 9, 2016 at 2 PM at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue.  Les was born June 30, 1931 in Newton, Kansas; the first born of Gerhard F and Susie Harms.  He was raised in the Whitewater Kansas area on the family farm and attended Star Country School.  Following his graduation from Whitewater High School, Les attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, completing his Biology degree in 1952.  He graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1956.  His further medical training included time spent in Seattle and New York.  He also served two years in the US Public Health Service.  In 1964 Les began his radiology practice in Bellevue, retiring in 1993.  On June 8, 1952 Les married Lucille Franz at Menno Mennonite Church in rural Ritzville, Washington.   They made their home in Bellevue from 1965 until 2015.  Les was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church.  In 2004 he joined Newport Presbyterian Church serving as a deacon and singing in the choir.  Les was an avid mountain climber and a longtime member of the Seattle Mountaineers.  Other interests included music, reading, computers, photography, piano, and holidays in Barbados. Survivors include his wife Lucy H Harms of Redmond; son Geoffrey L Harms, MD and wife Diane of Wenatchee, WA; son Gordon F Harms, MD and wife Paula of Rochester, MN; grandson Brian N Harms, MD and wife Lindsey E Harms, MD of Sacramento, CA; and grandson Michael A Harms, MD of Seattle, WA.  He was also survived by his brother Paul Harms and wife Shirley of North Newton, KS and his sister Dorothy Harms Loepp of Normal, IL.  Les was preceded in death by his parents Gerhard F and Susie Harms and brother in law Franzie Loepp.   (Updated January 2016)

1956 - In Memoriam: Walter Lewin, MD
Walter Lewin, MD, 85, of Overland Park, KS passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, Sept. 25, at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, 6630 Nall Ave, Mission, Kansas, 66202. The family requests any memorial contributions be made either to: The Arboretum of Overland Park, or, Horizons Ministry at St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church. Walter was born in Hamburg, Germany on August 25, 1930. He immigrated with his family to New York, graduated from Stuyvesant High School, then later moved to Kansas and completed his BS at the University of Kansas. He worked for the US Forest Service and developed a love of the National Parks. He completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Walter served as a Captain in the United States Army, and treated soldiers during a major influenza outbreak at Camp Carson, CO. Dr. Lewin completed his psychiatric residency with the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. He became Director of Outpatient Services at Prairie View Hospital in Newton, KS, and was instrumental in creating and expanding community mental health services. While in Newton, he and his wife, Grace developed lifelong friendships in their foreign foods dinner club group. In 1969, he began a full time private psychiatric practice in Shawnee Mission, KS, and in 1977 was elected President of the Medical Staff at Shawnee Mission Hospital. Dr. Lewin opened the psychiatric unit at Shawnee Mission Hospital and served in consultation to many of the regional psychiatric clinics and hospitals. He was named a consultant to the German Consulate, and for over 25 years provided evaluations for prison camp survivors. Later he became a Regional Medical Examiner with the Social Security Administration, making many friends while providing expert case reviews. Dr. Lewin was a member of the American Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Johnson Country Medical Society and American Psychiatric Association. He volunteered at the Overland Park Arboretum, and served his church community as a member of the Horizon Arts Committee and as Father Christmas during the Advent celebration. He traveled extensively with his wife, Grace. He loved overseas travel and especially loved traveling to Greece. He took individual trips with each of his children; kayaking in Canada, touring the Wisconsin Dells, sightseeing in the Missouri wine country, and visiting New York City. Walter and Grace were 40 year members of a supper club group, and enjoyed many years of friendship with their bookclub group. Walter is survived by his wife of 59 years, Grace M. Lewin, four children: Margie (Michael)Cox, Oklahoma City, OK, Tom (Vanessa) Lewin, Grayslake, IL, Bill(Debra) Lewin, Lawson, MO, Jim(Elisabeth) Lewin, Des Moines, IA, six grandchildren: Jacob, Matthew, Eva, Catherine, Brad (Katrina), and Lindsay, and two great-grandchildren: Gunther and Eloise Lewin. Walter was preceded in death by two sisters, Lana and Hilde. He leaves a sister, Ilse (Frank) Cavalieri, of Venice, Florida. (Updated October 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Robert F. Moore, MD
Dr. Robert F. Moore of Union, MO, formerly of Caney, KS, passed away on August 30, 2015. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Steven Moore and his wife Cristina of Pebble Beach, CA, and Dr. Curtis Moore and his wife Melissa of Olathe, KS; Two daughters, Suzy Curnutte and her husband Ed and Nancy Moore both of Union, MO; Fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (Updated October 2015)   

1956 – In Memoriam: Euguene C. Ney, MD
Loving husband and father, Eugene Coleman Ney, M.D., age 90, a long-time resident of Upper St. Clair, PA, was born on September 14, 1924, in Wheeling, WV, to Coleman and Gertrude (Hoelsche) Ney. A graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic, Dr. Ney continued his studies at Linsly Academy (Wheeling, WV), and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, he served as an instructor of Physics under the mentoring of emeritus Professor St. Peter, and maintained the seismograph located in the Cathedral of Learning sub-basement. Dr. Ney completed a Master's of Science degree in Anatomy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Ney served an internship at Buffalo General Hospital (Buffalo, NY) and completed a residency in general surgery at the Veteran's Administration Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital both of which in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Ney's professional experience included service on the staff of Central Medical Pavilion; Kane Hospital located in Scott Township, PA, and provided medical services to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station. Joshua Perper, M.D., former Allegheny County Coroner was a friend and colleague of Dr. Ney's. He is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Ney was licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, and California. A prolific reader, Dr. Ney greatly enjoyed swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sailing with his beloved wife and children in the waters off Key West. He was a long-time parishioner of Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville, PA. Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 64 years, Diana Freeble Ney, Ph.D., CRNP; sons, Eugene C. Ney, Jr., Ph.D., (Upper St. Clair) and John K. Ney, DMD (and wife, Amy) of Zanesville, Ohio; and a daughter, Barbara A. Ney of Westville, NJ; additionally, five grandchildren survive him, Julia, Michael, Barbara, Mary and Katherine Fisher, all of Westville, NJ. (Updated August 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Sherman D. Nichols, MD
Dr. Sherman D. Nichols, who practiced medicine in Alamosa, Colorado, for 20 years from 1960 to 1980, died in Parkview Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado, Oct. 1, 2015. He was married for more than 60 years to the former Patricia Nelson, and the two had three children, Liza (Kenny) Strandberg, Danny (Teresa) Nichols, and Anne (Warren, deceased) Willis. Grandchildren are Joseph (Kat Clapp) Strandberg, Hannah (Jake Jeffries) Nichols, Rachel Nichols, Jason (Lysa) Willis, and Angela (Lance) Glasshoff. Great-grandchildren are Wyatt and Layla Willis and Mariah and Jake Glasshoff.  He was born in Wellsville, Kansas, March 29, 1930, to Clyde and Elizabeth Nichols, the first of five children. He was pre-deceased by siblings Riley Nichols, Kay Russell, and Judy Nitcher, as well as his parents. Sister, Carolyn Layton, of Wellsville, Kansas, survives. His childhood was spent in Wellsville, Denver, and Bailey, Colorado. Dr. Nichols' high school class included approximately 30 people, and he played both basketball and football, where he served as team captain. He worked with his mother at the local newspaper, which she owned and managed, and worked odd jobs in agriculture. After high school, graduation he attended and graduated from the University of Kansas where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership. He then graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School. In lieu of military service during the Korean War, Dr. Nichols worked for two years at The Indian Health Service in Winnebago, Nebraska. In 1960, he came to Alamosa to practice medicine with his high school, college, and medical school classmate, Dr. James W. Ruddell. Dr. Nichols was board certified in Internal Medicine, but he did general practice, even delivering many babies. From 1980 to 1992, Dr. Nichols practiced in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the Veterans Administration Hospital from which he retired. He was devoted to his family, his friends and his patients, and everyone who knew him described him as one of the kindest people they had ever met. (Updated October 2015)   

1956 (MD), 1962 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Robert L. Olson, MD
Bob was born to Theodore and Esther Olson of Lindsborg, Kan., the youngest of four children. His father was the town blacksmith. Lindsborg had a very strong Swedish culture that Bob proudly claimed throughout his life. He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg and earned his bachelor of science in chemistry and biology, graduating with honors in 1952. Bob married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Kathleen Enberg, on Aug. 9, 1953. He followed this momentous milestone by graduating with honors from Kansas University Medical School in 1956. Bob also was inducted into the honorary medical fraternity of Alpha Omega Alpha. Bob served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from 1956 to 1959, and the USAF Ready Reserve from 1959 to 1966. He completed his medical internship while stationed at Moses Lake and McChord Air Force bases. Afterward, Bob returned to the University of Kansas for his medical residency from 1959 to 1961 as part of his pediatric fellowship. While he was in the Air Force, Bob fell in love with the rugged mountains and wilderness of the Northwest, which was a happy change from the flat Midwestern landscape of his childhood. When he chose a place to settle down to raise his family and practice medicine, he chose Lewiston, where he was able to pursue his outdoor passions of hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking and camping in the great outdoors. He joined William Mannschreck as a pediatric partner in 1961, tirelessly devoting himself to his medical practice and serving the community for 35 years until retiring in 1996. Bob was one of the original partners that established the Valley Medical Clinic. He was president of the Idaho Medical Service Bureau in 1968 and was on staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Tri-State Memorial Hospital from 1961 to 1996. Bob was president of Northwest Children's Home in 1987 and was a passionate advocate for children and the home right up until his recent death. He was a longtime member of the Wildlife Club and actively helped to develop a gun range in Lapwai, where he served as a range officer. Bob was a founder of the Idaho Perinatal Society, and he was a member of the American Legion Post No. 13. Bob had a deep love for the Red River Ranger District. He spent most of his free time exploring the mountains, rivers and forests of Idaho in search of the perfect camp spot. He found it along Mallard Creek, where he built the family cabin. Kathy and he spent most of their time at the cabin. There was always a new project to make the cabin a little bit better. They enjoyed countless wonderful times with family and friends in the Mallard Creek and Dixie area - whether gathered around the kitchen table or a campfire, there was always so much laughter. Bob died Monday, May 25, 2015, surrounded by his family he loved. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ann Olson; two sons, Scott Douglas Olson (Pamela) and John Eric Olson (Jodi); his daughter, Kristen Ann Olson (Tracy Nieto); and his older brother, Erwin Olson (Gertrude). Bob was preceded in death by his two older sisters, Melba Hall and Virgie Hammer. (Updated June 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Alfonso Torres-Vincenzi, MD
Alfonso Torres-Vincenzi was born in Costa Rica Jan. 2, 1928, and passed away Sept. 23, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Updated January 2016)

1957 – In Memoriam: George J. Bures, MD
George J. Bures M.D., age 85, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 surrounded by his children. Born in New York City on September 17, 1929, he was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. He married his high school sweetheart Jean Harazin, and they moved to Kansas where he attended medical school. Upon his graduation, they returned to Long Island where he completed his training in OBGYN at Meadowbrook Hospital. He then served two years as a Captain at Sheppard Air Force in Wichita Falls, Texas. He returned back home to Long Island and joined Amity OBGYN, eventually becoming senior partner. He practiced at Brunswick Hospital (1964-1999) where he was Chief of Staff as well as Chief of OBGYN, and later at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. His other accomplishments include President of the Medical Staff of Nassau County Medical Center (1977-1978), President of the Suffolk County Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (1986-1987). He was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. George was an Elder for many years at the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow and a lifelong member of Sokol New York. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jean, who was the love of his life. He is survived by his five children: Elyse O'Connell (Tom); Gayle Dugan (Tim); Dr. George Bures, Jr. (Kathy); B.J. Barnes (Joe); and Kiki Luisa (Al); fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. He is also survived by his cousin and lifelong friend Dr. Frank Kveton (Eleanor). He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. (Updated June 2015)

1957 - In Memoriam: James G. Ruggles, MD
James Ruggles, MD, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 21, 2015 at his residence. James Ruggles was born on March 24, 1933 to George and Zelpha (Kinder) Ruggles in Pittsburg, KS. He graduated from Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg, KS in 1953. James obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Kansas in 1957. James was commissioned as Lt. Commander in the United States Public Health Services Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Radiation branch from 1963 to 1965. After his discharge, James completed a two year fellowship in Pathology at the University of Minnesota. He was a member in the College of American Pathologist (Emeritus Fellow). James worked as a Pathologist for 39 years, having jobs in Watertown and Yankton, SD. He was also employed with Laboratory of Clinical Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD before his retirement in 2004. James had many interest and hobbies. His interest included music appreciation and was especially fond of classical and blue grass music. He learned to play the Dobro Guitar after the age of 45. James was fascinated and well versed in history. He was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing and knife making. He followed football, KU Jayhawks basketball and hockey. James is survived by his wife, Ramona of Yankton, SD; stepson, Kevin (Ann) Landers of Sioux City, IA, daughter, Katherine Ruggles of Pierrs, SD; two sons, Christopher (Cynthia) Ruggles and Timothy Ruggles, both of Brookings, SD and three grandchildren. (Updated October 2015)   

1957 - In Memoriam: Robert C. Scanlon, MD
Dr. Robert Clayton Scanlon, Sr. was born on June 13, 1929 and passed away on August 29, 2015. Bob attended K.U. Medical School graduating in 1957. He was a family practitioner in Springfield, MO for 40 years. Bob married Kate on April Fool's Day in 1949. They were blessed with 5 children: R.C.(Susan), Sally (Brett), Clancy, Kevin,(Prudence) and Bob was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy.. They enjoyed 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. (Updated October 2015)

1957 (MD), 1961 (Residency), 1963 & 1964 (Fellowship) – In Memoriam: Virginia Lee Tucker, MD
Dr. Virginia Lee (England) Tucker, 84, passed away March 16, 2015, at Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kan. Virginia was born April 16, 1930, in Newton, Kan., to Ruth Frasier (Walton) and John L. England. Virginia met Donald Ray Tucker of Emporia, Kan., while both were attending medical school. They married on Sept. 1, 1955, in Pittsburgh, Kan. After graduating from the KU Medical School in 1957, she did her internship with her husband, Dr. Donald R. Tucker, at DC General Hospital in Washington DC. Her residence was done at KU where she became interested in Pediatric Nephrology research under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Darrow. Teaching was always important to Dr. Tucker. She dedicated her life to provide and advance the best medical care for the children of Kansas. From 1962-74 she taught pediatric medicine at KU and returned as a professor of pediatric medicine in 1998. In 1974, she joined the Indian Health Service at Cherokee, NC. They spent four years (1974-1978) living on the Cherokee Indian Reservation at Cherokee, NC, where Virginia was their doctor. Upon her return to Kansas in 1978, she worked at the Health Center at Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kan. In 1981-1989, she was Associate Director of the Kansas Department of Health in Maternal/Child Health and worked with Kansas Crippled Children. At the time of her retirement, Dr. Tucker was a Professor of Pediatric Medicine at the Univ. of Kansas Medical School. Among her many honors were: Distinguished service award by the Kansas Assoc. of School Health; the Samuel Crumbine award from the Kansas Public Health Assoc.; NIH grants; CDC grants; a grant for prevention of obesity in adolescents (1996); 14 publications and four manuals. Dr. Tucker held membership and leadership in the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, The American Assoc. of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the Kansas Assoc. of School Health, the Douglas County Medical Society and the First Presbyterian Church of Gardner. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald. Virginia is survived by siblings, William "Bill" England, Oxford, Maine, James England, Broomfield, Colo., and Ann McKelvey, Greenfield, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her former colleagues, patients, friends and especially her family. (Updated March 2015)

1959 – In Memoriam: Robert J. DeKlotz, MD
Dr. Robert J. De Klotz, born in 1928, and raised in Twin Falls, ID, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2015. His passion and commitments to medicine and social services spanned the last half of the Twentieth Century. Bob held Bachelor of Science degrees from Idaho State University in both Pharmacy, with honors in 1951, and in Zoology in 1955. Between earning his undergraduate accolades, Bob enlisted and served in the United States Army for three years. He was stationed with the 163rd Infantry at Ft. Ord and the 101st Infantry Division at Ft. Holabird. He was discharged as a Sergeant First Class from Ft. Meade in 1954. After graduation from the University of Kansas Medical School, and marrying Lila, the love of his life, in 1959, Bob spent six years in post graduate residencies and fellowships at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, OR, and Stanford, turned Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco, CA before settling down and practicing as a Urologist in Fresno, CA for 42 years. Bob was past Chief of Surgery and President of the Medical Staff at Valley Children's Hospital, as well as Chief of Urology at Valley Medical Center, teaching residents and caring for VMC patients. He was also the Chairman of the Urology division at St. Agnes Medical Center from 1989 to 1990. Bob served as historian for the American Urological Association, and was instrumental in the formation of the urological antiquities collection which bears his name and is currently on display at the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History in Maryland, VA. Bob exemplified the highest ideals of his profession and brought an innate sensitivity and diplomacy to interaction with people, these inherent qualities won him the respect, admiration and friendship of a widely diverse public. His commitment to personal and institutional integrity was legendary. In addition to medicine, his curiosity and zest for life drove him to embrace interests that ranged from hunting, fishing, skiing and automobile restoration, to farming grapes, pistachios, and almonds in the San Joaquin Valley. His greatest fulfillment came as an adored and revered husband, father and grandfather. His broad and sustaining influence will continue to echo through future generations whose lives his work and his presence have blessed. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jeanne "Jane"; brother Richard; sisters, Marilyn and Alice; and his spouse Lila. He is survived by his children, Franz and his wife Judy, and Karl and his wife Olena; and his grandchildren, Emerson, Parker, Lloyd and Olivia. (Updated July 2015)

1959- Roger Reitz, MD

Dr. Reitz retired July 3, 2015 after practicing medicine in Manhattan, KS since 1966. He served his community as a physician and as a school board member, city commissioner, state representative and state senator. Congratulations Dr. Reitz! (Updated July 2015)


1960 (MD) - Ali Arbab, MD
Dr. Arbab received the Kansas City Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2015.  Congratulations, Dr. Arbab!  (Updated January 2016)  

1960 (MD), 1962 (Internship), 1965 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Calvin E. Beck, MD

Calvin E. Beck Sr., MD, 85, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2015, at the home of his eldest son in Louisburg, Kansas. Cal was born in 1929 and spent his first ten years with his parents and older brother in Danbury, Nebraska. Tragically, in 1939, Cal’s father died from a sudden heart attack, so Cal and his mother moved to Atwood, Kansas, where he attended grade school and high school. Toward the end of his high school years, Cal sadly lost his mother, as well, after a sixteen year battle with cancer. So after his high school graduation, he moved to Topeka, Kansas, and moved in with his brother and sister-in-law. Cal enrolled in Washburn University in Topeka in 1948, then transferred to the University of Kansas, joined Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Chemistry. It was at KU where Cal met the love of his life, Jileanne Ogilvy. After graduation, Calvin joined the US Air Force and became a 2nd lieutenant flying the F-86 Sabre Jet. On December 5, 1954, Calvin and Jill were married. They lived their first year in Spokane, Washington, where Cal was stationed. In 1956, Cal and Jill returned to KU where Cal entered Medical School. He subsequently did a residency in Urology and then started practicing in Kansas City at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1965. Cal and Jill raised a family of three children in Mission Hills, Kansas. They were members of the Carriage Club and Mission Hills Country Club and attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Cal always enjoyed adventure and fun. He loved and owned many cars…all sorts of cars, from antique MG’s to sporty Porsches, and an elegant convertible Mercedes Benz. He was an accomplished jazz cornet player and could whistle like a bird. As for sports, Cal loved sailing, snow skiing and tennis. He was a member of the Jacomo Sailing Club and would race his Lightning every Saturday with his family. For years, twice a year, Cal would pack up his family and take them on fun, snow skiing vacations to Colorado. Tennis was another sport that he truly enjoyed. He was an avid tennis player, playing tennis even up into his 70’s. In 1985, after suffering a near fatal heart attack, Cal, Sr. received Jesus Christ into his heart and was born again. Cal and Jill became faithful members of Olathe Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Noel Alexander. During the years from 1987 through 1998, Cal and Jill were blessed with twelve grandchildren. In 1995, Cal retired from his medical practice to care for his beloved wife after her diagnosis of PSP (a severe neurological disease). They were able to spend several wonderful winters in Englewood, Florida until Jill’s disease made it too difficult for her to travel. Cal lovingly cared for Jill until she passed away in 2008. Cal lived with his eldest son, Calvin Beck, Jr. and his family in Louisburg, Kansas for the last 11 years of his life. He will be most remembered for his unselfish, loving, caring heart of service to his family and friends. Cal was an inspiration to many, loved by many, and will be missed by many. Cal is survived by his daughter, Julie and her husband, Jeff Earl of Louisburg, KS, his son, Calvin E. Beck, Jr. and his wife, Janell of Louisburg, KS, and his son, Joseph D. Beck of Ft. Myers, FL; twelve grandchildren and his niece Sarah Beck Kirby of Overland Park, KS. (Updated February 2015)

1960 (MD), 1962 (Internship), 1963 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Paul J. Wagner, MD
Paul Jacob Wagner, 80, Lee's Summit, MO, passed away on June 9, 2015 due to declining health. He was born Oct. 6, 1934 to Margaret and Phillip Wagner in Kansas City, KS. He was the baby brother to three older sisters. As a young boy, a tumble down a flight of stairs resulted in a house call from the family doctor, who gave Paul his flashlight "so he could be a doctor someday" which his family speculated was the catalyst for his attending medical school. Like his older sisters, he took his turn working in the family grocery store. He recalled that the family had a higher gas ration than some families during WWII because they often delivered groceries. When the store got a new-fangled cash register, he and his sisters could add up customers' totals in their heads faster than they could put them into the register, which also upset the lady who worked in the store while they were in school. Following graduation from Wyandotte HS in 1952, he attended KCK Community College, where he met Donna Rich, who would become his wife. He went on to attend KU and the KU School of Medicine. He struggled with Algebra, but aced Calculus, because he saw the need for it. Like many of us, he saw no need for Algebra. He completed his residency in anesthesia and worked at St Mary's Hospital in Kansas City. While living in Countryside, now Mission, KS, daughters Carrie and Abby were born. The family moved to Greenwillow Farm in Greenwood, MO in 1970, where he helped run Greenwillow Farm Antiques, a "must" destination for collectors of early American furniture and decoratives. He and Donna took twice yearly buying trips to New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio for many years. In 1974, he went up the "hill" to Trinity Lutheran Hospital, where he was head of the Anesthesia department until 1984. Following that, he was the anesthesiologist at Hunkeler Eye Clinic, which afforded more regular hours and no weekend call. He gave the anesthesia "blocks" for countless patients until his official retirement in 1995. Donna often joked that he was harder to reach by phone in retirement than while he was working. Greenwillow officially closed in 2006, and he and Donna relocated to their home in Lee's Summit, MO in 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ruth Pohl and Margaret Livingston, and his wife, who passed on 2/27/15. Survivors include daughters Carrie Homstad (Bruce), Kansas City and Abby Blaine, Overland Park, his only remaining sibling, Martha Tegeler, Winston-Salem, NC, Rob Weaver, St. Joseph, who was like the son he never had, as well as nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Saint Luke's East, who cared for him recently. (Updated June 2015)

1961 (MD) - In Memoriam: Dennis R. Dahl, MD, PhD
Memorial services for Dennis Ray Dahl, MD, 85, Lawrence will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Unitarian Fellowship Church in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence. He passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 at his home. Dennis was born February 20, 1930 in Colby, KS the son of Jacob Schulz and Marie (Harder) Dahl. He had been a resident of Lawrence since 1949. Dennis received a Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Unitarian Fellowship, the Lawrence Civic Choir, and the Friends of Lieds.  He was a physician at Watkins Hospital until he retired in 1995. He married Nancy Ann Fort on January 23, 1952. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2002. Survivors include one son, Julian S. Dahl; one daughter, Kathleen R. Nuckolls, both of Lawrence; two grandchildren, Annaleah Nuckolls and Madeline Nuckolls. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jay Roy Dahl, May 1996; and a son, James S. Dahl in 1964 and two sisters, Zelma A. Franz, and Ethel V. Franz. (Updated January 2016)

1961 – In Memoriam: William G. Greenough, MD
William (Bill) George Greenough died peacefully at home on August 17, 2015, having just celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends. He was born on June 25, 1935 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Bill completed his undergraduate studies at South Dakota University and received his Medical Degree from Kansas University where he was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He served his Radiology Residency at Charles T. Miller hospital in St. Paul MN. After passing his boards, he served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army as Chief of Radiology during 1966-1967 at Fort Carson, CO.  After moving to Irving, TX in 1967, he served 39 years as a Board Certified Interventional Radiologist at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas. He was granted the title of Clinical Professor in the department of Radiology by Southwestern Medical School. He was a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a member of the National Roentgen Ray Society, an active member of the Radiological Society of North America and the Dallas County Medical Society. His professional integrity and skill as a physician won him the respect of his colleagues across the medical community. Bill loved his ministry of being a physician and never complained about being called out at nights or on weekends. He was always available to friends for medical consultation in his own calm and professional manner.  Bill married Kathy Jean Allen on April 25, 1987 in Dallas, TX. This union created a loving blended family which included nine grandchildren who adored him: son Jeffrey Allen Greenough and wife Lisa; daughter Kimberly Ann Greenough-Hodges and husband Will; daughter Lori Marie Ingrum; son Stephen Robert Ingrum and wife Tami. He was preceded in death by his parents Ida Mae and George Wesley Greenough. Other surviving family members cherishing his memory include his sister Jeanine Geraets and his aunt Jeanne Damon. He leaves a wonderful legacy of quiet elegance to his family which includes many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Bill and Kathy traveled extensively and moved to North Dallas in 1996. His passion for hunting as a young man turned to golf and tennis in the latter part of his life. These were probably the hardest activities for him to relinquish as his disease took over his body.  Bill and Kathy were both ordained Elders of the Presbyterian Church/USA where they built strong and deep relationships with many loving friends. The support and care provided by his wide circle of wonderful friends, neighbors and colleagues during his battle with Lewy Body Dementia, are embraced by his family. A special acknowledgement is given to his health caregiver, Tiffany Montoya, who gave Bill such tender loving care these past few weeks. We were all blessed by her presence.  In his quiet manner, Bill made us laugh. He wiped our tears. He hugged us tight. He watched us succeed. He saw us fail, but kept us strong. We will never lose him. He will continue to be part of every act, thought and decision we make. His love will leave an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared Bill's love. (Updated September 2015)

1961 (Internship) - In Memoriam: Paul C. Houk, MD
Paul Cullison Houk, M.D., a pioneer in the development and advancement of modern techniques for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, died late Saturday with his wife, two daughters and his beloved dog, Ranger, at home from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 82. Paul practiced interventional cardiology for 50 years until his retirement in 2011. He was loved and admired for the professionalism, compassion and generous attention he showed to patients, colleagues, family and friends. The Oklahoma native received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and a drummer in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. He received a medical degree from the OU College of Medicine in 1959, where he became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha scholastic fraternity as a junior. His first post-graduate year at the Kansas University Medical Center was followed by a residency in internal medicine at OU where he was chief resident in medicine. As professor and Chief of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital early in his career, Paul was widely respected as a role model for his ability to balance unyielding professionalism and clinical expertise with his responsibility to improve student performance. Paul's education and practice were inspired by his mentors, Dr. Stewart Wolf, Dr. Robert Bird and Dr. William Middleton. He also served on the National Board of the American Heart Association and President of the Oklahoma Chapter. Paul was a research fellow in cardiovascular disease in 1965 when chosen as a National Institutes of Health Fellow to work with international researchers at the Sahlgrenske Academy of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden to further develop procedures and tools for heart catheterization and to bring these advancements back to the United States. The work by Paul and colleagues in Sweden was revolutionary and paved the way for balloon angioplasty including the introduction of the Swan - Ganz catheter and other life-saving procedures practiced today. Paul was born in 1933 in Oklahoma City to J. Dawson and Elsie Houk. He grew up in Fairview, OK farming wheat with his brother, Joe, on the family homestead. His sister, Eleanor Houk Wesner, preceded him in death. It was as a young man that Paul developed a love of the outdoors and of hunting and fishing. An avid fly fisherman, Paul was expert at tying flies and enjoyed many fishing trips over the years with many longtime friends and family members including Joe Houk, Ron, Mark and Jeff Wesner, Crawford Downs, Jim Finney, Ralph Thompson, Charles Lutz, John Powell, Don Lisle and his great friend and mentor, the late Dr. Robert M. Bird. In 1965, Paul met recent OU School of Nursing graduate Mary Christine Kirkpatrick, and the two married in 1967. Their two daughters, Georgia and Ashley, and grandchildren, James and Julia, were his pride and joy. Paul was a proud Oklahoman, an avid Sooner sports fan, a gardener, a lover of dogs, an expert photographer and a lifelong learner in his medical profession. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and is survived by wife, Chris, of the home; daughters, Georgia Downs (Crawford) of Birmingham, AL, and Ashley Panion (Michael) of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, James and Julia Downs; brother, Joe Houk (Carolyn), Fairview. The family is grateful for his care at Concordia, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Integris, Absolute Senior Care and Oklahoma Hospice Care. (Updated October 2015)

1961 – Edward L. Jones, MD
Edward “Dusty” Jones, MD’61, retired after 46 years of serving patients, families, and the central Kansas community. Dr. Jones officially retired from St. Rose Health Center. However, as a pathologist, he puts in a few hours a week as the coroner for the 20th and 24th Judicial Districts. (Updated June 2015)

1961 (MD) - Lyle E. Steiner, MD
Dr. Steiner has retired.  He was the Chief for the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Permanente Medical Group of Southern California.  (Updated January 2016)

1961 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Beverly Robinson, MD
Beverly Robinson, M.D., 84, died at Iowa Methodist hospital on Dec. 5, 2015. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Des Moines to Isador and Margaret Robinson. Survivors include sisters Sally Schechter of Glencoe, Illinois and Anna (Ben) Wiesman of Omaha, Nebraska; and many adoring and grateful nieces and nephews. Preceding Dr. Robinson in death were her parents, brother Samuel, sister Mary, and colleague Dr. Clysta Richard. Dr. Robinson earned her B.A. in 1953 from the University of Iowa where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and where she also received her M.D. degree in 1956. She served an Internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital in 1957 and completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1961. For 32 years, before retiring in 1993, Dr. Robinson was in private practice in Des Moines with Dr. Clysta Richard. For a time, Drs. Robinson and Richard were the only Board Certified women OB-GYN physicians in the State of Iowa. At her death, Dr. Robinson was an emerita fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Society, Polk County Medical Society, Altrusa International, and the Christian Medical Society. She was elected to the AOA, and was appointed to the State Board of Health from 1983-89. For many years Dr. Robinson was a staff member at the Broadlawns Medical Center and a member of the Senior Attending/Teaching Staff at Iowa Methodist Medical Center where she was the first woman chair of Methodist's OB-GYN Section. Dr. Robinson was a deeply caring person, always pleasant and supportive, and a joy to be with. Many people were touched by her love, her commitment to peace and justice, and her concern for the less fortunate. Her generous and worthwhile life was devoted to family, friends, her church and thousands of grateful patients. She greatly enjoyed traveling and being with loved ones and friends. (Updated December 2015)

1962 - Marc Asher, MD
Marc Asher, MD'62, authored a new book, "Dogged Persistence: Harrington, Post-polio Scoliosis and the Origin of Spine Instrumentation," that examines the life and work of Paul Harrington, MD'38. The book was released October 1, 2015. 

Harrington Spine Instrumentation forever changed spine surgery by providing the surgeon, for the first time, some measure of direct control over spine stability and position. Dogged Persistence is the nitty-gritty story of this ten-year-long, mid-20th century trial-and-error surgical research made successful by the strong personage of Kansas University graduate and orthopedic surgeon Paul Randall Harrington. He attributed his creative success to a life-long process, which this story is committed to documenting and understanding. For more information, visit the KU Bookstore or Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine. (Updated January 2016) 

1963 – In Memoriam: Richard H. Loeb, MD
Dr. Richard H. Loeb passed away peacefully on May 29, 2015 after a valiant 16-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He will be remembered as a caring physician, a loving husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated community citizen. He had a wonderfully dry wit, he loved to fish and he was passionate about photography. He was loved by so many and we will miss him every day. In 1954, Richard was accepted into the Aviation Cadets with the Air Force. After training, he qualified to become a navigator with the 63rd Air Rescue Squadron, where he served until 1957. During his service, he was involved in a top secret, dangerous mission to rescue strategic air command members in North Korea. The mission was a success and he was awarded an Air Safety medal. In 1956, he married Faye Marie Costin in San Bernardino, CA. After he completed his service, Richard decided to pursue a career in medicine. He graduated from University of Kansas Medical School. Initially, he worked on the railroad to help pay for school. Later, he worked in general internal medicine at Kansas City General Hospital. While there, he was awarded Intern of the Year, as well as Outstanding Resident. He initiated the first yearbook for doctors in training at KC General and later served as president of the house staff. In 1968, he was recruited to join Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic in Springfield, MO. He was part of the team that established MO's first cardiac intensive care unit. He was also part of the first team to perform a total hip replacement and the first renal hemodialysis in SW MO. Toward the end of his medical career, he started St. John's senior care center. Richard practiced internal medicine for 34 years. He served on many boards, including the Visiting Nurses Association Board and the Child Advocacy Center Board. Richard wrote for the Greene County Medical Bulletin for over 20 years. He served on the Smith Glynn Callaway Foundation. The group raised over $1 million to create a scholarship fund for financially challenged students in Greene County. At the request of then Bishop Bernard Law, Richard worked with Dr. Auner and Sister Lorraine Biebel to establish The Kitchen Clinic in 1985 to provide medical services to the area's underserved population. Richard led a vaccination program for the Swine Flu through the Green County Health Department. It is estimated that this initiative saved over 40,000 lives, and he received recognition in the Wall Street Journal for these efforts. Richard was a devout Catholic and attended the seminary at St. Ambrose University for two years before deciding to enter the air force. He and Faye were active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church for over 40 years. Richard and Faye had three children: James Richard, Jeffrey Costain and Jann Michelle. Richard was preceded in death by his father Andrew F. Loeb, his mother Harriett Hoffman Loeb, and his sons James and Jeffrey. He is survived by his wife Faye, daughter Jann Loeb Holland, his sisters Dr. Sandra Carley and Ann D'Amico, his niece Linn VanDuzer; nephews Lawrence Graham Williams, Lyman Gregory Williams, Brad D'Amico, Rob D'Amico; grandchildren Margeaux Blaire Loeb, Carter Mark-Christian Loeb, Eva Marie Holland and Truett Cash Holland; cousins Myrna Carter, Patty Flynn, Mary Jo Jasinski, William Loeb, Dorthea Meyers and Nancy Quinzio; son-in-law, Russell Martin Holland, and daughter-in-law Angela Carter Loeb. (Updated June 2015)

1964 – Vincent J. Flynn, MD
Dr. Flynn is retired, but works one day per week in the Urology Clinic at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.  He is still a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of California San Diego.  Dr. Flynn is enjoying the retired life of traveling around the world and biking around Colorado. (Updated March 2015)

1964 – In Memoriam: Philip E. Mills Jr., MD
Dr. Philip E. Mills Jr., 78, recently retired to Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away there on March 11, 2015. He was born in 1936 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Philip E. Mills Sr. and Marjorie Mae (Gross) Mills. After graduating from Topeka High School, Phil attended Harvard University on an ROTC scholarship and served in the Air Force in Madison, Wisconsin and Topeka. During this period he met and married his wife, Jean (1939-2011). Phil completed Kansas University Medical School in 1964, graduating first in his class. Subsequently he completed an internship in San Francisco, a residency in Cleveland, and began practice as a neurologist in 1969 in Santa Barbara. Strong ties to the city of his childhood brought him home to Topeka in 1971. He continued his work as a neurologist in private practice, and later for the Menninger Foundation neurological group. He retired as a physician in 1985, but then began a decades-long farming “career” north of Silver Lake. Phil was an excellent local tennis player, loved duck hunting in the area, and remained a loyal fan of Jayhawk athletics (with some K-State leanings in his later years). Phil’s life revolved around his wife, family, local friends, and colleagues, as well as his years dedicated to many patients. Phil is survived by his three children, Allison Thornbrugh of Castle Rock, David Mills of Huntington, WV, and Alan Mills of Racine, WI; his seven grandchildren; his brother, Dick Mills of Edgemont, AR; and his sister, Patty Petersen of Portland, OR. Finally, the family would like to thank profusely the excellent nursing and support staffs in Colorado at Bonaventure Senior Living, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Peak View Behavioral Clinic, Penrose/St. Francis Hospital, and Suncrest Care. (Updated April 2015)

1965 (MD) 1970 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Robert C. Clift, MD
Robert Chandler Clift, M.D., died peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at his home surrounded by family. Bob Clift was born on July 4, 1939 to J. Robert and Olive Chandler Clift. He grew up in Whittier, California, and attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1961. He then received his Medical Degree and completed his residency in Urology at the University of Kansas. In 1970 he set up practice in Reno, where he treated many patients in the community until his retirement in 1998. Bob was very active in the medical community. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Nevada. He was also President of the Washoe County Medical Society, a member of the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, and a founding Director of the Nevada Medical Liability Insurance Association. Bob loved Reno and served the community as a member of the Washoe County Juvenile Probation Committee, a member and chair of the Advisory Committee of the College and Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of directors of Sierra Arts Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Reno Philharmonic Association. He was also an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Reno. Bob loved skiing double diamonds, scuba diving in warm water, blue water sailing, flying upside down, and reading to third graders. He is survived by his wife, Linda, daughters Amy Sandler (DJ), Jill Mathur (Vishaal), and Leslie Smith (Eric), sons Charles Clift, Ken Gardner (Gina), Bob Gardner (Fiancé Kelsey), Rick Gardner (Kimmy), ten grandchildren, and his sister Carolyn Laskey (Bob). Bob was loved and respected by all that knew him. May his legacy live on. (Updated May 2015)

1965 – In Memoriam: Joseph G. Holman, MD
Joseph G. Holman, "Larry", 76 of Kansas City, MO and Lexington, MO, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Joseph was born November 22, 1938, in Geuda Springs, KS. to Verne and Bertha (Teter) Holman. He was a graduate of Winfield High School, K State University (Kappa Sigma fraternity), and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His careers included that of a physician with the U.S. Army (Frankfurt, Germany), sole practioner at Plaza Allergy Services, a consultant with St. Luke's in KCMO, artist and owner of Holman's gift shop. Interests included the G.A.C.A., H.K.C., Lexington Historical Association, and the painting of landscapes and castles in oil. He was also a talented pianist. Joseph is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Holman, Katharine Cunningham and husband Mike. Grandchildren include Madison, Cassie, and Sam Cunningham. Surviving siblings include Gaylord Holman and Shirley Schmidt. He was predeceased by Edda Holman, his wife of 33 years. (Updated September 2015)

1965 - In Memoriam: Carl N. Mentgen, MD
Carl N. Mentgen, M.D., 76, Springfield, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015. He was born in 1939 in Marysville, Kansas, the son of John and Marguerite Mentgen. Carl graduated from Marysville High School in 1957. He went on to complete a degree in Liberal Arts from Kansas State University in 1961, his M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1965, and residency as an Internist and Gastroenterologist 1968-1971. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Dr. Mentgen began his fulltime career in medicine at Ferrell Duncan Clinic in Springfield, MO in 1971 and practiced for more than 30 years before retiring in 2006 and continuing part-time with consultative services for the State of Missouri Department of Health.Dr. Mentgen was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and farming. He spent much of his time working outdoors on the farm, at the lake and with his family and friends. He loved his family and enjoyed attending outings and other family events whenever possible. Those who knew Carl will always remember his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Dr. Mentgen was an accomplished physician and was very active in the medical community and his home church of Immaculate Conception through the years. The following are some of his accomplishments: President, Phi Kappa Theta, Kansas State University; Newman Civic Fellow Award Recipient; Chief Resident, University Kansas Medical Center; President, Greene County Medical Society; Chief of Staff, Cox Medical Centers and Knights of Columbus.Carl Mentgen is survived by his loving wife, Karen Mentgen; daughter, Julie Mentgen (Springfield, MO); son John and his wife Laura, and grandson John Austin (Nebraska). He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Elden Martin and extended family (Ohio, Texas, Indiana), and his sister-in-law, A.J. Kern (Springfield, MO). (Updated October 2015)

1966 – William Robins Brown Jr., MD
Dr. Brown retired after 32 years of clinical practice (Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) in New York City.  He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He is also a PBL tutor and lecturer, faculty advisor for UH LGBT professional graduate student interest group, coaches Boot Camp for New Dads Pearl Harbor, is the Chairman of Health Ministry Central Union Church, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee Section on Senior Members, Sections on LGBT Health and Wellness and International Child Health.  Dr. Brown and his partner of 10 years have a 7 month old grandson and enjoy domestic and international travel, cooking, yoga, swim and sun, vocal music and Hawaiiana. (Updated June 2015)

1966 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Dennis F. Moore Sr., MD
Dennis F. Moore Sr., MD 79, died November 6, 2015. Dr. Moore graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1962, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, and served with the Public Health Service in Galveston, TX. He earned his fellowship in Hematology and Developmental Therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he served as a member of the academic staff. Dr. Moore returned to Wichita, where he was the first oncologist to practice in the state of Kansas, along with his wife, the first oncology nurse in the state of Kansas. He practiced in Wichita for more than 40 years and considered it a great privilege to serve his patients and their families. He established funds to help those who could not afford their medicines, in particular the families whose children had leukemia or other cancers. He established the Kansas chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, and served on the national Board of Trustees for many years with the Patient Services Committee. Dr. Moore was instrumental in establishing the oncology unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and helped with the creation of a large dialysis unit. He gave his time to the community in many other ways as well, having served in various leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, Quivira Council, for much of his life. He was also active in his faith and service to God and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita. Most importantly, he loved Janie, his wife and best friend, and also dearly loved his children and grandchildren, providing them with many lessons about a life of love and service to others. He will be greatly missed by those who were touched by his life. He is greatly loved and deeply missed by his family, who is very grateful for his presence in their lives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Rhetta Moore, and brother, Keith Moore. Survivors include his wife, Janie; sons, Dr. Dennis F. Moore, Jr., Dr. Tom (Joan) Moore, Tim Moore and Michael (Kevin Pope) Moore. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, Dennis III, Joseph (Molly), Matthew, Kathleen, Stephen, Henry, Christine, Kimberly, Charlotte, Grace, Margaret and Ian. (Updated December 2015)

1966 (MD), 1970 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Jimmie D. Moore, MD
Moore, Jimmie MD, of Christmas, Florida died peacefully on April 7, 2015 with his devoted wife by his side. He was 77. Jim is survived by his wife, Kaye; children Brian, James ("Nebo"), and Edrie; adopted Jennifer, and step Kandis, Kevin and Kelly. Born in Dearing, Kansas, Jim earned degrees in Pharmacy and Chemistry from the University of Kansas and graduated from KU Medical School. Jim was President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists in 1982, where he also served as Delegate for twenty years and as District Director for eight years. Jim retired from practicing medicine in 1999. The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists honored him in 2000 with their Distinguished Service Award. (Updated May 2015)

1966 – In Memoriam: George G.P. Rick Jr., MD
Longtime greater Kansas City resident, Gregory George Philip Rick, Jr., respected Gastroenterologist and former Medical Staff President at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, died April 11, 2015 with the same peace and dignity with which he lived his life, offered to his patients, and advocated for during his 40 years of medical service. Dr. Rick was born in Kansas City in 1940 to Gregory and Ruth Rick. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1958 and attended Harvard University as a National Merit Scholarship winner, graduating in 1962. That same year he married Phyllis Ann Hall in Bennington, VT. In 1966, he received his MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and continued his training at the Mayo Clinic where he was a fellow in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He served in the US Air Force as Chief of Gastroenterology at Scott Air Force Base from 1971 – 1973. He then returned to Kansas City, joining Gastrointestinal Associates, with whom he practiced for the remainder of his career, retiring in 2009. During his career, Dr. Rick participated in numerous FDA pharmaceutical studies. He served as President of Midwest Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He strongly advocated for quality of life as a component of medical decisions and served on the Bio-Ethics Committee. For more than 60 years, Dr. Rick was an active member of Village Presbyterian Church. He served as a Deacon, an Elder and on the Mission committee. He supported the Dominican Medical Partnership, including traveling on two mission trips himself. When he retired, he continued serving the health needs of the community through classes he developed and taught at the food pantry, aiding visitors in making wise food choices to optimize their health. Dr. Rick is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Rick; his two sons, Gregory and his fiancee Janet, Marblehead, Massachusetts; Jay and his wife Jayme, Overland Park, Kansas; and his daughter, Brooke and her husband Aaron, Doha, Qatar. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brady, Caroline, Philip, and Dylan; and his sister, Roxann Holland and her husband Bill, Overland Park, Kansas. (Updated May 2015)

1967 (Residency), 1969 (Residency) – In Memoriam: William O. Myers, MD
Dr. Myers passed away on August 22, 2015. (Updated September 2015)

1967 (MD) – Richard M. Weinshilboum, MD
Dr. Weinshilboum is still engaged in pharmacogenomics research and teaching students and fellows.  He is still enjoying it immensely!  (Updated September 2015)

1968 (MD), 1975 (Residency), 1977 (Fellowship) – In Memoriam: John E. Wolfe, MD
John E. Wolfe, M.D., 72, of Springfield, MO, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.  John was born February 23, 1942 in Conway Springs, Kansas, the son of Thole Edward and Ruby Maxine (Hurst) Wolfe.  He was a 1960 graduate of Conway Springs High School and went on to finish a degree in mathematics from Southwestern College in 1964, and his M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1968. Dr. Wolfe served in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Camp Pendleton during the Vietnam War. He began his career in medicine serving the community of Hutchison, KS, and then went on to practice at Ferrell Duncan clinic in Springfield, MO for more than 30 years before retiring in 2013.  Dr. Wolfe is survived by his wife, Diana; sons: Justin (Holly) Wolfe of Springfield, MO; Curtis (Annie) Wolfe of Wamego, KS; daughter Marci (Jeff) Waters of Highlands Ranch, CO; brother Rev. Jack (Bunny) of Chatham, IL; step-son, Jack Dempsey of Kansas City, MO; eight grandchildren, Ellee, Eli, Emery, Emil, Mackenzie, Bayli, Kennedy and Beckett. (Updated February 2015)

1968 – In Memoriam: Paul A. Wright, MD
Dr. Paul Albert Wright, age 73, died of metastatic melanoma on, March 22, 2015, in College Station, Texas. His last days were spent in the care and presence of his family and friends. Paul is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Wright; son, Stephen and his wife, Allyson, and their children, Addie, Zane, and Noah. He is also survived by Carolyn Sue Wright of Bryan; his sister, Karen Silbert, and her husband John, as well as their daughter Joann, all of Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Edith Wright. Paul A. Wright was born on July 24, 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska to his parents, Cecil and Edith. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1963 with a BS in Biology and a minor in German. While finishing college, he married Carolyn Sue Wright. Upon completion of college, he entered medical school at the University of Kansas, where he graduated with his MD in 1967. He trained to become an Orthopedic Surgeon by performing his residency through the Army, serving from 1968 to 1976 with time at Brooks Army Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Fort Campbell Army Medical Center. Following his time in the Army, the family moved to Harlingen, Texas, where he faithfully served Valley Baptist Medical Center in orthopedics from 1976 to 1990. In 1990, the family moved to College Station, Texas, where he accepted a position as an Orthopedic Surgeon at Scott & White until his retirement in 2005. Dad was a great family man and a loving, supportive father. Though he worked long hours as a surgeon, he made time to attend Kim and Stephen's activities -- a choir program, a tennis tournament, or having lunch in the middle of the school day. Later, as "Papa", he loved watching his grandchildren at the ball fields and taekwondo studio; most of the time, he arrived before we would! Paul accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in adulthood. He read his bible intently - studying it, marking it with notes, and even striving to learn Greek, so that he would better understand God's word. Raising us in the church, he and mom worked with several couples to start a new church in Harlingen, Covenant Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), meeting in the local Tupperware warehouse. He loved to teach bible study and was a long time elder of the church. In College Station, he worshiped at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and then Grace Bible Church, where he attended until his death. He will be remembered for being a kind and gentle man, who served the Lord through his work as a physician and a laborer in God's Kingdom. We praise God that he is healed now, sitting at the feet of his Savior for eternity. We look forward to seeing him again. We would like to thank Dr. David Hackethorn for his kind and compassionate care of our dad; Scott & White hospital for the excellent care he was given prior to coming home, and Traditions Hospice for making his last days comfortable. They were excellent servants for both him and us. Finally, we would like to especially thank Kim Tyrone, dad's Visiting Angel, for how she loved our dad when we couldn't be there. She cooked for him, took him to the store, and doted on him every day. She is a gracious and sweet lady. (Updated April 2015)

1969 – In Memoriam: Kenneth L. Grady, MD
Kenneth L. Grady, 78, of Lee's Summit, MO, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away April 6, 2015. Kenneth was born July 23, 1936 to Kenneth L. and Ruth (Lattin) Grady Sr. He practiced psychiatry in Kansas City for many years. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Carl Schaffer Sr.; brother, Charles Grady and sisters, Mary Lou Capranica and Jeannie Eiken. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Stephanie Masquelier; daughters, Leslie Roste (Kyle), Renee Barackman (Rob); grandchildren, Tyler Roste, Hannah Roste, Hayden Roste, Grady Barackman, Jenna Barackman; brother, Carl Schaffer Jr. and his beloved dog McGhee. (Updated May 2015)

1969 (Residency) –  In Memoriam: Tom E. Kendall, MD
Tommy E. Kendall, MD, 77, died at home on February 22, 2015 in Rogers, AR. Tom was certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was in private practice in Wichita, KS from 1970-1993. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Craig S. Kendall, JD. Tom is survived by his wife, Jane; son, Mark A. Kendall, MD; grandchildren, Bryan P., Meghan E., Lee M. Kendall of Rogers; James S., Stephanie J. Kendall-Wagner (Maxwell) of Kansas. (Updated March 2015)

1969 - In Memoriam: Gerald F. Kerr, MD
Gerald Francis Kerr, M.D., 71, of Fort Scott, passed away Wed., November 11, 2015. He was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Modesto, Calif., the son of Dr. Russell Waite and Frances DeSales (O'Meara) Kerr. He married Mary Margaret "Maggie" Leonard July 30, 1966, in Downers Grove, Ill. Dr. Kerr graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., in 1961, Regis College in Denver, Colo., in 1965, and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1969. He did his Internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City from 1969 until 1970. He did his Pathology Residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va., from 1970 until 1974, and then served as the Laboratory Director there until 1977. He and his family moved to Fort Scott in 1977 where he began his Pathology Practice at Mercy Hospital and later co-founded Midwest Pathology Consultants. He retired from medical practice in 1996. He was a member of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church and he served in the US Navy from 1970 to 1977. He is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret of the home, and his six children and their families, Dr. Christopher and Tricia Kerr, of Rogersville, Mo., Kathleen and Dr. Carlyle M. Dunshee II of Topeka, Kan., Patrick and Kerry Kerr of Leawood, Kan. John and Margaret Kerr of Fort Scott, Joseph and Tara Kerr of Atchison, Kan., and Daniel and Kathleen Kerr of Fort Scott, and 30 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Russell Kerr. (Updated December 2015)


1970 - Franklin Scamman, MD
Dr. Scamman retired after 36 years on the medical faculty and Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. (Updated August 2015)

1970 (Internship), 1973 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Charles F. Damico, MD
Charles F. Damico Jr., M.D. was born on July 11, 1942  and passed away on May 29, 2015 Preceded in death by parents, Charles F. and Jane Damico, Sr.; sister, Ruth Ann Fisher; brother-in-law, Charles Fisher. Survived by wife, Ramona A. Damico; children: Julie Liakos (Charles), Anne Damico, and Catherine Damico; grandchildren: Jonathan, Victoria, Jenna, and Hannah Liakos; sister, Kathleen Davis (Larry) nieces and nephews: Gina Smith, Joe Caputo, Cheryl Fogarty, Darren Caputo, Ken Fisher, and Debra Knecht; many beloved cousins, family and friends. (Updated August 2015)

1971 – In Memoriam: Betty Umbehocker Amdall
Betty Marie Amdall passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015, eighteen days before her 90th birthday. Betty was born May 3, 1925 in Princeton, MN, to the late parents; Charles and Ina Marie (Hill) Umbehocker. Betty grew up in Princeton, MN and married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Amdall, on July 27, 1946. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed 68 years together, traveled the world and lived in over 30 locations including: Caracas, Venezuela; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and since 1977, Naperville, Illinois. Betty is survived by her husband and two children, John (Sharon) Amdall and Eileen (Asimios) Malliakos. Betty is also survived by her two grandchildren, Elizabeth Malliakos and Christina Malliakos. Preceding her in death are her parents and one brother, Gordon Umbehocker. Betty attended St. Olaf University in Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas – Kansas City in 1971. In 1978 Betty received a Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Betty completed most of her PhD in Nursing Education at Rush University in Chicago.  Betty started her career teaching home economics at the Clear Lakes, WI high school. After raising her family, she continued her education and taught nursing in Kansas City and Chicago. Betty was always ready to travel and to meet new people. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed an annual fishing trip to Minnesota, played bridge several time each month, and participated in square dancing for over 20 years. Betty always said that she, “enjoyed every minute of life” and that “she would do it all over again.” After retiring in 1988, Betty and Kenneth explored the option of relocating, but decided that Naperville offered the best opportunities. In addition to travel, fishing, bridge and square dancing, after retiring, Betty volunteered with several organizations including Naper Settlement Museum, AARP and the US Post Office. (Updated May 2015)

1971 (Internship), 1973 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Thomas B. McKeel, MD
Thomas Burl McKeel, MD, 71, passed away in Leawood, KS on October 29, 2015. (Updated November 2015)

1972 – In Memoriam: Miki R. Christophersen
Miki passed away unexpectedly at her home in Leawood, Kan., on March 20, 2015, after a brief illness. Miki was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Oak Park, Ill., and spent most of her childhood in Bartlesville, Okla., with siblings, Wallace Allen and Jay Lynn. She married Edward R. Christophersen on Dec. 30, 1971. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Miki was an accomplished equestrian, specializing in Dressage. She served on the board of the United States Dressage Federation for more than two decades. She was active in the Kansas City community. She served as the Chairperson for the 2012 Symphony Ball, a Sustainer of the Kansas City Junior League, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and a member of the Lyric Circle, amongst other community organizations for more than 30y years. She was also instrumental in the development of the original Ronald McDonald House. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland Charles (GC) and Margaret (Peg) Richardson. Miki is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward R. Christophersen, son, Hunter, daughter, Catherine Hanna, son-in-law, Mark Hanna, and grandchildren, Abigail Dianne and Alexander Mark Hanna, her two brothers, and countless friends. Miki's impact on the community will be a legacy for years to come, and her absence will be a loss felt deeply by all who knew and loved her. Her love of horses is seen throughout her home, with every pillow and picture. But nothing surpasses the love she had for her husband, Ed, for over 43 years, and the joy and pride she felt for her children and grandchildren. (Updated March 2015)

1972 (MD), 1974 (Internship) – In Memoriam: David L. Glendening, MD
David Logan Glendening, beloved of the Lord, precious husband, father, grandfather, brother, physician and friend, has returned to his heavenly Father. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Priscilla “Cissi” Berger Glendening, children Jessica and Layne Kasper, Joshua and Kenna Glendening, Julia and Eric Hagenburger, along with grandchildren London, Logan, Landry, Jacob, Eva, Blaine, Hugh and a grandson to be born in August. He is also survived by sister, Ruth Hansing, and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, Eva and Blaine Glendening, preceded him in death. He was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Manhattan, Kansas and Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1964, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army with volunteer service in the Vietnam War before returning home to marry the love of his life and attend medical school. He then earned his MD degree in 1972 and completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas in 1973. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1975, before moving his growing family to San Antonio, Texas in 1977. He completed his Pulmonary Disease Fellowship in 1979 at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following his Board Certification in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, he chose to focus on Emergency Medicine for the remainder of his career. He was awarded various military medals and awards for his service in combat and his exemplary meritorious service throughout his career. He became a member of The Order of Military Medical Merit in 1990 before retiring from the U.S. Army after twenty-three years of service. Academic appointments included multiple positions at BAMC, including Pulmonologist and Emergency Physician, Medical ICU Director, and Assistant Chief Medical and Surgery Division at the BAMC Academy of Health Science. As an Emergency Physician, he also worked at St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital Emergency Room, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Emergency Medicine Department and the San Antonio VA Hospital Emergency Medicine Department. David’s life was defined not by his academic and professional accomplishments but by his love of God, family, country and mankind. His life of service was an example to all who knew him. He lived a life of simple humility and joy in his wife, family, and friends. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren who brought him so much joy. His love of woodworking was evident in the furniture he made for his home and the many gifts he gave to others. He was truly a renaissance man…and his strength in all things made him not only great, but all those around him better for his being. What more can be said about the life of a wonderful man. He touched many lives as he walked humbly with the Lord. In 2013 he received a double lung transplant thanks to the ultimate gift of life from his donor, Jacob Krebs, and his family Will, Mary, and Julie. Each day of the last two years was a blessing. (Updated June 2015)

1972 – J. Wendall Goodwin, MD
Dr. Goodwin retired from full-time oncology/hematology practice in Springfield, MO in 2008.  He has worked as a locum in Bangor Maine, Branson and Lee’s Summit, MO during the past six and a half years. (Updated March 2015)

1972 – Mary Anne Totten, MD
Dr. Totten will be retiring from Elliot Physician Network in Manchester, NH, where she practiced 13 years of geriatrics with senior health primary care. (Updated March 2015)

1972 - Robert H. Friesen, MD
In 2015, Dr. Friesen received an honorary membership in The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.  He is the second American to receive this lifetime achievement award.  Congratulations, Dr. Friesen!  (Updated January 2016)

1973 (MD), 1974 (Internship), 1976 (Residency), 1978 (Fellowship) – In Memoriam: David L. Dworzack, MD
Dr. David L. Dworzack, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, passed away at Hospice House, Omaha on May 24, 2015. During his 30 years at Creighton University School of Medicine, he was a model physician, scientist, educator and mentor to countless faculty and medical and graduate students. Colleagues and students alike admired him for his dedication, depth of knowledge, compassion and patience. Dr. Dworzack was also a respected infectious disease researcher who was an author or co-author of more than 60 book chapters, articles, abstracts and reviews. As a clinician, he was honored to be named to the "Best Doctors in America" list as well as an elected diplomat of the American Board of Medical Examiners, The American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases). He received his Bachelor's degree from Washington University in Saint Louis; Doctor of Medicine from Kansas University School of Medicine in 1973; and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined Creighton University School of Medicine in 1980 as an assistant professor of medicine and of medical microbiology and internal medicine, becoming a full professor in both departments in 1992. During his tenure at Creighton University, Dr. Dworzack served on both School of Medicine committees including the Dialysis/Transplantation and the Medical Microbiology Graduate Admissions Committees, and University-wide committees including the Infection Control Committee and Internal Medicine Policy Committee. Most notably, he was Chairman of the Creighton University Institutional Review Board from 1989-2011. In that position, he held the review board and Creighton researchers to the highest ethical standards in approving and monitoring research involving human subjects and human biological samples. In his personal life, David was a man of many interests and talents. He loved cats; enjoyed making and eating gourmet meals; was a skilled wood worker; an avid reader; a devoted two crosswords a day puzzler; a weekly movie goer; and a seasoned national and international traveler. Dr. Dworzack was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Florence Dworzack; He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alice McNamee Dworzack, Omaha; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Mary J. McNamee and Kieth Simmons, Omaha, and Owen and Mary B. McNamee of Saint Louis; his beloved cats, Abby and Tabby. (Updated June 2015)

1973 – In Memoriam: Jose E. Raphel, MD
Jose E. Raphel, 69, Osage Beach, Mo., departed this life Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. Jose was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Havana, Cuba, son of Dr. Jose and Hortensia (Aguero) Raphel. At 16 he immigrated to the United States during the Cuban takeover by Castro. Jose was united in marriage on Aug. 1, 1970, in Dodge City, Kan., to Teresa Marak. Together they shared nearly 45 years of marriage until his death. In San Antonio, Texas he served five years as an Air Force doctor, where he earned the rank of Major. He worked at the St. Joseph State Hospital as a Physician Psychiatrist. Jose retired and moved to Lake of the Ozarks where he began his "second" career with Pathways. Jose enjoyed his life at the lake; he loved the water. Jose was also an avid reader and enjoyed music of all kinds. Jose is survived by his wife, Teresa of the home; his only sibling, Alberto Raphel and wife Glady; retired, currently residing in San Miguel Allende, Mexico; several nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Hortensia Raphel. (Updated August 2015)

1973 (MD), 1976 & 1978 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Jerry C. Wible, MD
Jerry Craig Wible passed away on June 29, 2015. Jerry was born on October 30, 1947 in Robinson, Illinois to Everest Elmer Wible of Kendallville, Indiana and Gladys Lorae Hocker of Central City, Kentucky. Jerry’s brother – Thomas Bradley Wible was born on October 31, 1952. Jerry Wible and Donna Marie Holmes had two children: Brandt Cameron Wible, born June 23, 1972 and Brandi Elise Wible, born August 15, 1977. Jerry grew up in Wichita, Kansas and attended Wichita High School North from 1962 – 1965. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1969 and an M.D. degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1973, before completing residence as an otolaryngologist in 1978. He practiced medicine at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; Skaggs Medical Center in Branson and at St. Johns-Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was active duty Air Force, and active in Iraq before retiring as Colonel from the Army Reserves. Jerry enjoyed hunting and scuba diving. He recently authored several novels, publishing “Gene Therapy to Die For.” His true passion, however, has always been fishing: fishing the Ozarks, planning fishing trips from Bonaire to Brazil, and collecting all things fishing-inspired. Jerry finally met the love of his life, Sheila Beckman, and they were married on October 2, 2012. Sheila brought love and stability back into Jerry’s life. Sheila was Jerry’s best friend and always by his side fishing or fixing up their Pothole property in Forsyth. Jerry was preceded in death by both of his parents. Survivors include his wife, Sheila Beckman Wible; his son, Brandt Cameron Wible of Leawood, Kansas; his daughter, Brandi Elise Wible Simmons, Branson, Missouri; three grandchildren, Brienna Lorae Simmons of Branson, Missouri; Brayden Jang Wible and Brighton Jang Wible of Leawood, Kansas; one great granddaughter, Camryn Marie Hickison of Branson, Missouri; one brother, Thomas Bradley Wible of Edmond, Oklahoma; two nieces – Lauren Rogers and Rachel Shorter and one nephew, Brett Wible. (Updated August 2015)

1974 (MD), 1975 (Internship) – James E. Bredfeldt, MD
Dr. Bredfeldt recently retired after over 26 years as a Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  He will continue as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board there, serving since 1988. Dr. Bredfeldt is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas and a member of the National Board of Directors for the KU Alumni Association. He currently resides in Bellevue, WA. (Updated May 2015)

1977 (MD), 1982 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Gary D. Jost, MD
Dr. Gary Jost passed away on June 28, 2015. (Updated July 2015)

1978 - Thomas D. Campbell, Jr.
Tom is residing in Portland, Oregon, and working for Kaiser Permanente as an Operating Room RN, anticipating retirement the end of February, 2015. We wish him well in his retirement! (Updated January 2015)

1978- Rick Kellerman, MD
Rick Kellerman, MD'78 was named the 2015 Physician of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.  Kellerman, who is the chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, will be recognized during the academy's annual meeting June 12 in Wichita. Read more(Updated May 2015)

1979 - Donna E. Sweet, MD, MACP
Wichita State University will awarded an honorary doctorate to Wichita physician Donna Sweet, MD, during the university's fall commencement ceremony, marking the first time since 1988 that an honorary degree has been given at WSU.

WSU President John Bardo selected Sweet to receive the award in recognition of her 35 years of service to patients with AIDS/HIV, as well as her contributions to health care as a clinical educator.   "It is not overstating the matter to say that Dr. Sweet has changed the world with her scholarship and her heart," Bardo said. "Her outstanding achievements and visionary leadership in the battle against AIDS make her an excellent recipient of this award."   Dr. Sweet called the award an extraordinary honor. Read more. (Updated January 2016)


1980 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Rolland K. Enoch, MD
Enoch, Rolland Kirk, M.D. Once upon a time, Rolland Kirk Enoch was born on March 2, 1949, to Donald K. and Margery E. Enoch in Wichita, KS. The oldest of four siblings - Craig (Kay), Mark (Patti) and Dawn Moore (Steven). He was raised in Wichita, attended the University of Kansas, pledged Delta Upsilon fraternity and played his beloved trumpet in the KU marching band. After graduating, and ready to start medical school, Rollie met and fell in love forever with his bride Elizabeth "Liz" Davis. For almost 43 years, they shared life's adventures, living in Mexico, travelling the globe, raising their two beautiful daughters, Anne Wallace (Troy) of Denver, CO, and Sarah White (Larry) of Charleston, SC, while building his family medical practice, Wichita Family Medicine Specialists. Along the way, Rollie served as past president of the medical staff of Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital and HCA Wesley Medical Center. He also served as medical director of Health Partners of Kansas and was a former member of the Wichita Wagonmasters. In his retirement, he loved spending time with his grandchildren, Landon "Doodlebug" Wallace, and Elizabeth "Ladybug" White, with his furry love, Tinker Toy always by his side. Rollie left this world on Thursday, October 1, 2015. This story ends with so many blessings! (Updated October 2015)

1980 – In Memoriam: Joseph J. Jackson, MD
Joseph Jordan Jackson, 69, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Joe was born on September 20, 1945. He grew up in the Lakewood area, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and went on to study at Tulane University and the University of Kansas Medical School. We celebrate Joe's legacy of faith, his love for life, and his devotion to his family. Joe was known for his unique sense of humor and his talent in music and art, which brought joy to those who knew him. He is survived by his five children and six grandchildren. (Updated August 2015)

1982 – John F. Murphy Jr., MD
Dr. Murphy’s daughter, Katie, graduated in 2013.  She is in her second year of a psychiatry residency in Hartford, CT.  Katie also got married last year. (Updated March 2015)

1983 – Catherine Powers, MD
Dr. Powers has been an Anesthesiologist for 25 years.  She changed to Hospice Medicine in 2011, worked for KC Hospice and now Catholic Community Hospice and St. Luke’s Hospice House.  Her husband, William, has been a computer programmer for 25 years and has been a math teacher for the past 12 years. (Updated May 2015)

1983- Debra Romberger, MD
Debra Romberger, MD’83, has been selected as the Henry J. Lenhoff Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Romberger has been a UNMC faculty member since 1990, and has been serving as interim chair since July 2014. The department of internal medicine is the largest department in the College of Medicine, and its chair plays a major leadership role at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine. The department has more than 180 physicians and scientists and is organized by disease specialty into 10 divisions. (Updated March 2015)

1984 – Louanne Hudgins, MD
Louanne Hudgins, MD'84, FACMG, is the new President-Elect for the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Hudgins is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at Stanford University Medical Center. Her specialties include prenatal screening and diagnosis, dysmorphology, and general clinical genetics. Read more. (Updated April 2015)

1989 (MD) and 1993 (Residency) – In Memoriam: Jackie Springer, MD
Jackie Springer, MD, 63, of Kansas City, MO, died on February 9, 2015. (Updated March 2015)

1985 – In Memoriam: Randall L. Howard, MD
Randy L. Howard M.D., 54, of Westfield, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Vincent Heart Center in Carmel. He was born on August 21, 1960 to Randall and Jackie (Crice) Howard in Miami, OK. His mother precedes him in death.
Randy had been a Regional Medical Director for Anthem Blue Cross since 2003. Prior to that he worked at the IU School of Medicine for 12 years. He was a 1985 graduate of the Kansas University School of Medicine, and completed his Internal Medicine & Nephrology training at the University of Colorado. He enjoyed duck hunting and photography. Randy also loved supporting his sons' athletic accomplishments from youth through their high school and collegiate careers. He attended Grace Church in Noblesville.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Howard; his father, Randall L. Howard; sons, Matthew Howard, Jeffrey Howard and Tyler Howard; brother, Rusty L. Howard; grandmother, Edna Cook; and several nieces nephews. (Updated January 2015)

1987 (MD), 1991 (Residency) – John F. Lubetich Jr., MD
Dr. Lubetich has been in Anesthesia practice for 24 years at Harrison Medical Center and local outpatient centers in Bremerton, WA.  His 25 year old daughter, Kelsey, obtained a physics degree from Scripps College in Claremont, CA and will have completed an associate’s degree in baking and patisserie from The Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA in August 2015.  His 21 year old daughter, Sharron, obtained a computer science degree and a linguistics and cognitive science degree from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in May 2015.  She has accepted a job at Google.  Dr. Lubetich has been married to his wife, Kathy, since 1984.  Kathy obtained her nursing degree from KU in 1981.  Dr. Lubetich’s hobbies include snow skiing, music, technology, reading, photography and traveling. (Updated June 2015)

1988 (MD), 1992 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Wesley Helena, MD
Helena, Wesley Dean, M.D. Dr. Wesley Dean Helena passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015, at his home in Andover. Wesley was born to Melvin and Ruth Helena July 25, 1958, at Wesley Hospital, Wichita. He attended Andover High School and Newman University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Following graduation, he was accepted into the University of Kansas School of Medicine and continued his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kansas in Wichita. Wes married Barbara Schmidt on August 4, 1984, in Wichita, and their family was the most important thing in Wes's life. He was host of many a family fireworks display and warmly welcomed family and friends to his home anytime. He loved NASCAR and had season tickets for his brother, son, and himself. He was also a long time member of the Great Plains Transportation Museum where he served as Treasurer. His life was well-lived and full of enjoying hobbies with friends and family and he will be exceedingly missed. Wes is predeceased by his father, Melvin. He is survived by his mother, Ruth; wife, Barbara; siblings, Janice and Ellis Barton, James and Chong-Suk Helena, and Clinton and Teresa Helena; children Jacob, Chelsea, and Cassidy; grandchild, Elijah; and many nieces and nephews. (Updated December 2015)      

1988 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Bonnie M. Ranney, MD
Bonnie Ranney, formerly of Platte City, was born June 2, 1958 to Richard and Mary Ensign. She was a 1976 graduate of Platte Co. R-III High, then attended the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. She graduated in 1984, then completed her residency in Wichita, KS and moved to Rolla, MO in 1987 where her specialty was family medicine. Bonnie married Mark W. Ranney, DVM of Rolla and they had three daughters: Ellen (Dan Vondran), Lauren (Ryan) Brandoff, and Caryn. Bonnie passed away with Mark and her mother, Mary Ensign, in a tragic auto accident on December 13, 2015 near Rolla. She leaves her three daughters, three brothers, one sister, and father Richard Ensign of Osceola, MO. (Updated January 2016)


1990 – In Memoriam: Daniel Johnson, MD
Dr. Daniel Johnson passed away peacefully on March 24, 2015 at the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri after emergency heart surgery. He was born in Pittsburg, KS to a mother and father who were both educators and actively engaged in their children's lives. Dan was the youngest of three children, often fondly referring to his sister and brother as his "elder siblings" and himself as "The Most Youthful Member of the Group." Dan exhibited an inquisitive mind and an intense interest in learning at a very young age. In kindergarten, he tried to negotiate going to school part time because the teacher required students to take naps and "naps are a complete waste of time." He researched and constructed his own refracting telescope while in high school. In his senior year in high school Dan learned about the programming of the school's bell system. He and his fellow conspirators then reprogrammed the bell system on the last day of school. As you might imagine, no small amount of confusion resulted, and according to Dan the administration never determined the perpetrators. Until going off to college, Dan spent part of nearly every summer with his family at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory at Gothic (near Crested Butte), Colorado. He had an enduring love of the mountains and enjoyed hiking and camping. He enjoyed the history and physics of firearms, particularly the weapons used in World War II where his father was a combat infantryman in Europe. He loved dogs, and always had one or two dogs he had rescued from a local humane society. Dan was also an amateur astronomer. He owned a small plot of land with dark sky in the desert of New Mexico. There he had an observatory he visited a couple times each year. It was his goal to one day configure the New Mexico telescope so he could control its function remotely from his laptop in Evansville.
Most of all Dan enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to be with his children Aidan and Sophia, whether it was traveling to the mountains of Colorado or to the backyard to play soccer. He was a wonderful father. Dan studied at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa earning a B.S. with a triple major in Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics while being close to another major in English. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York City earning a M.S. in Atmospheric Physics. He spent the next few years teaching English in Cali, Columbia, South America and taking courses and teaching English composition at Kansas State University before graduating with his M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1990. Dan completed his Residency in Neurology in Galveston, TX and began his practice in neurology in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He moved to Evansville in 2000. Dan was on staff as a Neurology Hospitalist at Deaconess Hospital. Though he worked long hours he loved being a physician. He was liked and respected as a doctor and treated those he worked with - patients and colleagues alike - with similar respect and caring. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John C. Jr. and Dorothy Johnson. Dan is survived by his children Aidan and Sophia Johnson; sister, Carol Johnson and her husband, Russell Miller; brother, Douglas Johnson and his wife Kim; nieces and nephews, Avery and Vera Miller, Jake and Katy Johnson, Becca and Owen Heeke, and Emme Strange, and his former wife Kristin Johnson. (Updated April 2015)

1990 – Mark Larson, MD
Mark Larson, MD’90, was named the 2015 Family Physician of the Year by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP).  The prestigious award is given annually by WAFP to a family physician who exemplifies a compassionate commitment to improving the health and well-being of people and communities throughout Washington.

Dr. Larson is an exceptional family physician who places high priority on family, friends, and his community. He exudes profound integrity, a continued sense of curiosity and caring for others above self. He works as a full spectrum family physician in Ellensburg, Washington, doing hospital work, operative obstetrics, medical education, and volunteer work at the local free clinic while also serving as a Kittitas County Public Health officer. (Updated June 2015)

1992 - In Memoriam: Sandra K. Schroeder, MD
Dr. Sandra Schroeder of Canon City and Westcliffe, Colorado died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism Sunday, September 6, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born April 23, 1960 in Niles, Michigan. Sandy spent her early childhood years in Michigan, Ohio and Evanston, Illinois. She attended Colorado College and completed her BS at Occidental College. She received her Doctor of Medicine at University of Kansas. At the University of Nevada-Reno she completed a 4 year residency in psychiatry and was the first graduate of the psychiatric residency program. Her career as a staff psychiatrist included working at Northern Nevada Mental Health Institute, Reno Veterans Administration Hospital and Mojave Mental Health Center. When working she meet Roger Bogich, a psychiatric case manager. They married and later relocated to Colorado in 2005. She continued working as a staff psychiatrist at West Central Mental Health Clinic (Sol Vista) in Canon City. Currently, she was employed by Insight Telepsychiatry. She loved being a psychiatrist and was well liked by patients and staff. Sandy loved her garden, violin and books. She was an avid fly fisherman and hiked and fished frequently in the surrounding mountains. Sandy wished that her earthly remains be donated to medical science. She will be sorely missed by family, patients and friends. She is survived by her husband Roger Bogich of Westcliffe, Colorado, her mother Merry Schroeder, sister Cindy Schroeder of Santa Fe, New Mexico, brothers Dr. Tom and Sabrina Schroeder of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jim and Kelly Schroeder of Minnetonka, Minnesota and also 6 nieces and nephews, Elliot and Evan Hammans, Brooke, Piper, Electra and Remington Schroeder. (Updated October 2015)   

1998 – Robert Gibbs, MD
Robert C. Gibbs, MD’98, has been elected president-elect of the Kansas Medical Society, a two-year pathway to becoming the organization’s president.  
“I think it’s quite an honor,” Gibbs told the Parsons Sun.
Gibbs is the medical director of radiology at Labette Health in Parsons, Kan. In addition, he sits on the Labette Health board of trustees and is the medical director of the radiology technology program and the ultrasound program at Labette Community College, also in Parsons. (Updated June 2015)


2000 – Michael Farris, MD
Dr. Michael Farris, a board-certified emergency physician at Labette Health has achieved the Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Farris has 13 years of service as a physician in the U.S Air Force Reserves, volunteered numerous times to serve as the “doctor of the day” for the Kansas Legislature, provided free sports physicals for local schools, and speaks to local organizations about medical topics. He has spent time reaching residents and medical students in family medicine and emergency medicine. He also has served as the medical director for Labette Health’s Emergency Department for the past six years. (Updated July 2015)

2000 - In Memoriam: Tyghe L. Nielsen, MD
Tyghe Lindbergh Nielsen, 38, of Louisburg, KS passed in his home surrounded by his loving family December 3rd, 2015. Tyghe lost the final war of his near 6-year battle with cancer. However, his fight against this devastating disease will live on via the Drown Out Cancer Foundation. Tyghe was born February 17th, 1977 in Farmington, MO to Leon Nielsen of Wamego, KS and Susan Dana of Sarasota, FL. Tyghe was raised in Goodland, KS until graduating from high school in 1995. Tyghe moved to Lawrence and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Kansas in 2001. While attending his senior year at KU, Tyghe walked onto the KU swim team. This experience was a defining moment in his life that taught him how to overcome the odds and persevere. Tyghe used this experience as his motivation throughout his life. While living in the Kansas City area he attended medical school, worked at Midwest Transplant Network, and obtained his private pilot's license. In 2006, Tyghe achieved his doctorate in family practice medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In June 2006 he married Karin Best of Pittsburg, KS, and became a stepfather to Kylar. That same year, they moved to Jonesboro, AR to begin his medical residency at UAMS Northeast. While in Arkansas, Tyghe and Karin added a daughter, Breck, in 2008 and son, Lincoln, in 2009 to their growing family. Tyghe completed his residency in 2009 and continued to work as an ER physician in the Jonesboro area. On February 17th, 2010, Tyghe turned 32, he and Karin opened BrightStar Healthcare in Overland Park, and Tyghe had his first surgery to begin his fight against stage 4 colorectal cancer. As Tyghe continued to fight this disease, the family chose to move to Louisburg, KS later that year. Tyghe worked as an ER physician in Pittsburg, KS and surrounding areas until 2012 when cancer prevented his ability to practice ER medicine. Tyghe developed an entrepreneurial spirit while living in Jonesboro. The range of interests he pursued through the years included real estate, Clear 10 Vodka, and private investing. Tyghe's mind never stopped thinking of ways to help support his family and friends. Tyghe's interests in learning, educating, and inspiring others had no boundaries. In 2013 the loss of a friend to cancer made a powerful impact on Tyghe. This inspired him to found Drown Out Cancer, a swimming based non-profit charity to raise money for cancer research. Tyghe's near 6-year battle with cancer never ceased. While battling surgeries, to chemotherapy, to radiation, to clinical trials, he persistently pursued a cure with a passion to give back and create a cancer-free world. To date, the Drown Out Cancer Foundation has raised over a quarter of a million dollars. Tyghe is survived by his wife, Karin, and children: Kylar, Breck, and Lincoln; parents, Leon and Donna Nielsen, and Susan and Dan Dana; two brothers: Oliver Nielsen (wife Angela), Nicholas Nielsen, and several nieces and nephews; his dog, Cash Duggets; cat, Lexapro; and 8 horses (which he politely tolerated). Tyghe is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Roy and Edna Moore and Aunt Eileen Crum; paternal grandparents Clarence and Pearl Nielsen, Aunt Janice Czech, Uncle Dana Nielsen, and cousin Dennis Helgesen. Tyghe had a zest for life that is rarely seen. He lived more life in 38 years than most live in 80. His strong will, competitive attitude, integrity, and compassion were the characteristics that made Tyghe who he was. He was loyal to a fault, and never, never, never gave up. Tyghe is remembered by close friends as a lifetime member of the Buffalo Club as well as a member of the Steel Panther fan club. Tyghe will always be remembered enjoying his favorite passions: flying, driving fast cars, Michael Jordan, double-deck blackjack, Superman, swimming, conservative politics, WINNING, friends, family, his children and loving wife Karin. (Updated December 2015)

2002 – Trenton Van Eaton, MD
Trenton Van Eaton, MD’02 has joined the McPherson Hospital as a full-time clinical staff member. The McPherson Medical and Surgical Associates clinics are pleased Dr. Van Eaton will join their team and describe him as an experienced, well-respected physician. They welcome Dr. Van Eaton and his family to McPherson. (Updated June 2015)

2004 – Brian L. Hollenbeck, MD
Brian L. Hollenbeck, MD, has been appointed Chief of Infectious Disease at New England Baptist Hospital, a Boston-based premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. In this role, Dr. Hollenbeck will be responsible for infection control, epidemiology, continual improvement in reducing risk of surgical site infections, clinical research as it relates to bone and joint infections and overseeing the infectious disease consultation service. Dr. Hollenbeck earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. After finishing his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Brown University, he completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has clinical interest in general infectious diseases, bone and joint infections, and prevention of health-care associated infections. Dr. Hollenbeck is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. (Updated June 2015)

2004 – Jennifer Harader, MD
Dr. Harader started a new private practice, Oasis Family Medicine Associates, LLC, which is a direct primary care practice (the only one in Topeka, KS). (Updated March 2015)

2006 – Sherrie Miller Graham, MHSA
Sherrie is the Executive Director of Business Development & Operations with Nueterra in Leawood, KS. (Updated March 2015)

2009 – T. Paul Rohrer, Jr., MHSA
Mr. Rohrer was promoted to Director of Business Development at UnityPoint Clinic in March 2015. UnityPoint Clinic is a senior affiliate of UnityPoint Health and is composed of over 1,100 providers and 300 clinics covering 3 states - Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. (Updated March 2015)


2010 – Amanda Myers Montalbano, MD, MPH
Dr. Montalbano gave birth to a baby boy, Salvatore “Torre” Rourke Montalbano, on January 27, 2015.  Congratulations!  (Updated March 2015)

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