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Dr. Ambrose "Bucky" Shields died at home in Portland on November 2, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was 99 years old and succumbed to heart disease. Born in 1914 on the family homestead in Wellsville, Kansas, he was the seventh of the nine children of Byron Shields and Maude Dixon Shields. He attended a one room grammar school and after graduation from Wellsville High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1938) and a Doctor of Medicine degree (1940) at the University of Kansas. He worked his way through KU in a variety of jobs, including threshing wheat, picking peonies and washing dishes. He was so hard-pressed for money that if a dean had not given him one dollar to complete payment of his fees in 1934, "Bucky" would have had to drop out of college. After his 1940 marriage to Alice Louise Crane, of Olathe, Kansas, he moved with his new bride to Portland where he completed an internship and then started a residency in surgery at St.Vincent Hospital. He volunteered for the Army Medical Corps in 1942 and served for the duration of World War II in North Africa and Europe. Upon his return from war, Dr. Shields embarked on a distinguished career as a surgeon, which spanned 46 years and was acknowledged with many professional accolades. Family, patients, colleagues, and friends will remember "Bucky" for his loving and giving nature, his zest for life, his humor and wise counsel, and his passion for medicine. He was a gifted storyteller with a prodigious memory of people and events. An avid outdoorsman and accomplished golfer, he hunted, fished, and played an amazing eighteen holes well into his nineties. "Bucky" was preceded in death by Alice, his wife of 68 years. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Paul Shields (Aletha) and Alan Shields (Teri Jo), and his daughter Mary Antiochos (Spiro); his six grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as "Pa" , are Brent and Ryan Shields, Anne Marie Charnholm, Katie Lynne Ifrah, Brendan and Brian Antiochos. "Bucky" also leaves behind six great-grandchildren: Coralie and Keelan Shields, Amy and Megan Charnholm, Nathan Ifrah and Clay Antiochos. "Bucky" expressed the wish to live to 100, but he will live much longer than that because love lasts forever in the hearts of family and friends.
Dr. Green passed away on March 14, 2013. Dr. Green was with the U.S. Navy as Lieutenant after he graduated from medical school. He leaves behind his wife Kathleen Roberts Green along with his son, John Brian Green, daughter Ann Green, three grandchildren. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Brooks passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Dr. Brooks graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1942. While attending school, he met his wife Joan, who was a nursing student. They were married 65 years before she died in 2006. Dr. Brooks was the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital and opened their doors to the filming of the 1975 Academy Award-winning movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." The film's producers had been turned down by all the other mental hospitals they approached, but Dr. Brooks saw the value of the movie in starting a national discussion about mental health and the responsibility of institutions to do no harm. Dr. Brooks also played a small role in the film as Dr. Spivey, a psychiatrist that stood up for himself and the patients. After retiring in 1981, Dr. Brooks moved to Everett, Washington to be close to his grandchildren. He continued to advocate for the mentally ill, founding the Dorothea Dix Think Tank to decriminalize mental illness and find better ways of treating patients. Dr. Brooks is survived by 3 daughters, Dennie, Ulista and India; a brother, Robert; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
Gaylord Eugene "Gene" Manahan, MD, 95, Lawrence, KS, passed away October 29, 2014, at Bridge Haven Memory Care Residence, where he lived briefly before his death. Gene was born July 5, 1919, in Wichita, the son of Gaylord N. and Lena Lusk Manahan. He grew up in Wellington, KS and graduated from Wellington High School in 1937. He studied pre-med at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1941. Following graduation from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1944, he served in the Pacific in the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war and a surgical residency in St. Paul, Minnesota, he returned to Lawrence and practiced medicine with H.P. "Penny" Jones, M.D. Other doctors who later joined the surgical practice were John Reese, M.D. and Steve Myrick, M.D. He retired in 1990. Survivors include his son, Jack and Patricia Manahan, Kansas City, KS; a daughter Kylee Manahan, Lawrence, KS; a grandson Greg Manahan, Chicago, IL; Greg's mother Julee Manahan, Lenexa, KS; five nieces and nephews and their children. He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister Marjorie Stanley; his wife Jane Gregory Manahan (d. Oct. 28, 1975); a grand-daughter Jane Manahan (d. Nov 24, 1991). (Updated November 2014).
Oroville and Northern California have lost a beloved physician and community leader in Franklin Lee Murphy, MD, who died quietly on August 5 in Oroville Hospital, the hospital he helped to found in 1961. Dr. Murphy was born June 6, 1919, in Anthony, Kansas. His father died in the 1919 influenza pandemic, and he was raised by his mother, her 2 sisters, and his beloved grandfather, Ed Clarkson. He grew up on the Clarkson farm driving mules, harvesting wheat and corn, and slopping hogs. In high school, he earned extra money working in dusty, dangerous grain elevators. He excelled at track, specializing in intermediate distances. Always a loyal Jayhawker, he enrolled at the University of Kansas, where he earned his way in the reptile laboratory, handling caimans. This may have been a metaphor for his subsequent career. At KU, he met his lifelong love, Virginia Ann Cannon, bested her many suitors, and married her April 9, 1941, shortly before graduation. He may have acquired his passion for medicine in the year he spent caring for his dying grandfather, who expired of tuberculosis in 1932. Accordingly, he enrolled at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine and graduated in 1944 in a program accelerated to meet the Army's need for surgeons. He served an internship at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, where he fought a battle with the administration to improve transfusion services. The Chief of Medicine quickly recognized the young doctor's skill and reliability and soon directed that all of his personal patients be admitted by Dr. Murphy. However, his internship was cut short by the exigencies of war as well, and he was sent for service and training in surgery at Army bases in St. Louis, Virginia and Texas. After a year of service in the army of occupation in Japan, he returned briefly to teach at the University of Kansas, before beginning a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. At last, in 1949, he opened his own practice of obstetrics & gynecology in Albuquerque. That lasted only a year, before he was called up again to serve as Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the U.S. European Command 5th General Hospital in Bad Cannstat, Germany, this time accompanied by his young family: Kevin who had been born in 1945 and Jana in 1948. Finishing his military duty at last, Ginnie and Frank toured Northern California looking for a community in which to practice, settling happily in Oroville in the fall of 1952. This time, however, it would be a general practice, endearing himself to patients of all ages. And in that first year, February 1953, Susan Jill was born. Within a few years, it became apparent that Oroville needed a modern facility dedicated to the care of patients and focused faithfully on their needs. Dr. Murphy joined a group of other physicians and community leaders in founding Oroville Hospital, originally called Oroville Medical Arts Center. The hospital was dedicated in the winter of 1961. Dr. Murphy subsequently served 2 terms as Chief of Staff and as Chairman of the Ambulatory Care Committee. He trained himself in pulmonary care and launched the new intensive care unit, serving thereafter as Co-director and then as medical director of the Department of Respiratory Therapy. Following retirement from active practice, he continued to serve the hospital as consultant for quality assurance for the Outreach Medical Unit, and as consultant to the hospital's Industrial Medicine Program. Throughout his 62 years in Oroville, Dr. Murphy served local and national professional associations. He was president of the Butte-Glen Medical Society 1963-64 and served subsequently on its board of directors. He was its delegate to the California Medical Association 1964-1986. He chaired the county society's legislative and professional standards review committees, was its liaison to the county health departments, and served on the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on AIDS. As a member of the California Medical Association, he chaired its Committee on Rural Health and its Reference Committee, as well as serving on the Commission on Medical Services. At the American Medical Association, he served on its Rural Health Committee and, from 1978-82, on its Resolutions Committee. Dr. Murphy worked closely with Dr. John Tupper, the founding dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, particularly during Dr. Tupper's presidencies of the CMA in 1979 and the AMA in 1990-91, on a variety of legislative and sociomedical issues of concern to both men. In addition, Dr. Murphy served on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross from 1971-1980 and on its Physician Advisory Committee 1980-89. He served on the board of directors of the Superior California Professional Standards Review Organization, both as member and president. He served on the board of directors of the Lung Association of Northern California, 1979-81. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Oroville and served as its president in 1979-80. Just as Ginny supported Frank in this intense professional activity, he supported her in many community services, including her service on the school board, community concerts, the Oroville Community Center, and the California State Scholarship Commission. Together they served on the founding board of Butte College and have worked tirelessly to support the College since its inception. Both were stalwart members of the First Congregational Church, serving on its board and committees. They were also partners in the pursuit of fish throughout the world, including trout from throughout North America, the Chalk Rivers of England & Ireland, the mill streams of Germany and the lakes of New Zealand, not to mention tarpon in Costa Rica and marlin in Cabo San Lucas. Fish will not remember them fondly. However, they will be remembered with deep love and affection by their children and grandchildren for firm and loving guidance and support over the last nearly 70 years. Both will be remembered by friends as loyal, generous and devoted. Frank Murphy will be remembered by his patients and colleagues as gentle, caring and skillful, and as the embodiment of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau's admonition that a physician should "Cure sometimes, relieve often, and comfort always." He will be remembered by his community as a visionary builder of reliable institutions. Frank was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Ann Cannon Murphy, and is survived by 3 children: Dr. F. Kevin Murphy and his wife Rachael, Jana Black and her husband Bill, and Susan Lewis Onstot and her husband Gregg. He leaves behind 5 grandchildren: David B. Murphy, Scott Lewis, Kyle Lewis, Devon Blunden and Megan McClellan. He is also survived by his step-grandchildren Scott Black and his wife Lauren, Jamie Phillips and her husband Tyler and 2 great- grandchildren, Ashton and Camden Phillips. (Updated October 2014).
Russell, Phillip Walter, 92, quietly slipped into Eternity, Friday, September 19, 2014, encircled by loving family members and dedicated Larksfield Health Care Facility staff. Born, February 20, 1922, in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated from Westport High School. He earned the Rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Russell was predeceased by both his parents, Harlan Arthur Russell, who died when he was 13 months, and his mother Ethel Myrtle Keeler. He was a Doctor of Internal Medicine, who practiced the majority of his medical career at the Wichita Clinic until he retired in at 72 after 49 ½ years. He was with a young group of doctors enlisted by the founders of the Wichita Clinic in the early 1950's to develop an integrated practice of medicine. He was second generation graduate of the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts June 1, 1942, and received his Doctors of Medicine from the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City, October 29, 1944. Dr. Russell was also a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and was elected Fellow of the American College of Physician, Nov. 9, 1963. Dr. Russell served his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Philippines, as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr. Russell was an avid tennis player, and a charter member of the Wichita Racquet Club, started by a group of Wichita tennis enthusiasts in the 1960's who saw the need for Wichita's first indoor tennis facility. He was a former Wichita Senior Men's doubles champion. Dr. Russell was a Team Leader of Operation Moonwatch, a program developed in 1956 by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to have amateur astronomers stationed all over the U.S. to regularly track satellites and record specific reading to be sent to Washington. He participated until the program was discounted in 1975. A memorial service is at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, September, 24, 2014 at Plymouth Congregational Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara May Russell, by second wife, Suzanne Grigsby Woolley Russell; and by his last love, Sue Nosler of Denver, CO. Survivors include his children, Jane Russell Galay of Cleveland, TN, Paul Russell (Maureen) of Wichita, Trish McDaniel (Mike) of Galveston, TX, and Wendy Russell of Wichita; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; step-children, Leslie Woolley of Phoenix, AZ, and the Hon. William Woolley (Debra) of Wichita; Sue Nosler's children, Lance Linderman (Beth) and Carre Warner (John) survive him and are a part of the family (Updated October 2014).
Dr. Knox passed away February 26, 2013. Dr. Knox served in WWII as a Captain in the Navy Reserves. He is survived by his son, Jim Knox, daughter Jane Rompel and two grandchildren along with extended family members. (Updated March 2013)
Long time Tulsa area physician Craig S. Jones, MD passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was 94. Born August 7, 1918 in Baldwin, Kansas to Pearl & Elizabeth (Scott) Jones, he graduated from Baker University in Baldwin and then completed medical school at the University of Kansas. He then served in the Navy during World War II before moving to Tulsa in 1950 to begin his medical career and raise his family. He was an active member of the Tulsa County Medical Society, Past President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and American College of Cardiology, and former Chief of Staff at Hillcrest Medical Center. Survivors include his wife Eleanor; 3 children, Kay Kruchek (Charles) of Sierra Vista, Az., Kerry Jones (Terry) of Tulsa, and Scott Jones of Claremore; 7 Grandchildren, Beth, Deborah, Rebecca, Caroline, Patrick, Luke & Daniel; 4 Great- Grandchildren, and a niece Mary Lou Barnhart of Lawrence, Ks. He was preceded in death by wife Louise in 1997, a son Mike in 1997, his parents and a sister Beth (Updated August 2013).
H. Alden Flanders, M.D., 93, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS, after a short illness. He was born in Ellsworth, KS, September 23, 1920, to Earl and Pearl Flanders. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School, the University of Kansas, and the University of Kansas Medical School in 1943. He was a retired internist and medical director of the Rehabilitation Unit at Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays, KS. He later resided in McAllen, TX, Salina, KS, and most recently, Lawrence, KS. He served as a LTJG in the U.S. Navy during World War II, continued his service in the Naval Reserves, and was recalled to active duty from 1953-54, stationed in San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Dr. Flanders was a member of the Hays Presbyterian Church, a Mason, and a member of Nu Sigma Nu Medical Fraternity. He was involved in many humanitarian activities all of his life. In retirement, he was a continuing supporter of education. He established the Mary and Pearl Flanders School in rural Cambodia and remained a benefactor throughout his life. He also developed computer classes and a computer lab at the Senior Center in Salina, KS. He and his wife, Mary, sponsored the Le family from Viet Nam, with whom he remained close. Alden and Mary were supporters of Women for Women International, as well. He pursued many interests during his life, including photography, sailing, music, painting, technology, tennis, and always a good book to read. He will be sadly missed by: one daughter, Lynn Broman, Littleton, CO and her husband, Gary; four sons, Bill, Paradise, TX and his wife, Peggy; John, Rochester, MN and his wife, Gail; Richard, Grayslake, IL and his wife Cyndi; and Philip, Lawrence, KS and his wife, Jane; nine grandchildren, Lisa Dick, Aron Flanders, Karl Broman, Kirsten Broman, Nick Flanders, Sean Flanders, Eric Flanders, Zach Flanders, and Corey Flanders-Foster; five great- grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Horace, Virgil, and Donald, and his beloved wife of 67 years, Mary Munson Flanders (Updated June 2014).
Marjorie Jean Spurrier Sirridge M.D., 92, passed away peacefully in the presence of family at North Kansas City Hospital, on July 30, 2014. Dr. Sirridge lived a highly satisfying and diverse life as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, author, dedicated physician, teacher and mentor. The family suggests contributions to The Endowed Lectureship of Dr. Marjorie Sirridge at the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Sirridge was born and raised in Kingman, Kansas, and felt that growing up in a small town provided a sense of personal freedom and helped her better understand and appreciate all kinds of people. Many of her strongest memories are linked to her life in the close knit community of her childhood years. As early as high school, Dr. Sirridge possessed a strong, natural interest in the study of science. She continued those studies at Kansas State University, graduating with a pre-medicine major at the age of 20. Medical school at the University of Kansas confirmed Dr. Sirridge's abilities in the sciences as she finished first in her class. Medical school led to another very important development: Marjorie Spurrier met her future husband, William Sirridge. In fact, the two were married by a special friend who was a hospital chaplain on the day before their graduation in 1944. From there, life became a little complicated because Dr. William had a residency at The Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Marjorie had an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Later, Dr. Marjorie also went to Cleveland to continue her training and start raising a family. The growing family moved back to Kansas City, Kansas, in late 1948 as Dr. William began his private practice and Dr. Marjorie found research opportunities at KU School of Medicine.
During the 1950s and 1960s, in addition to raising her family, Dr. Sirridge concentrated on her medical specialty of hematology. It was a rapidly changing and exciting time scientifically as researchers were trying to find effective methods for treating blood diseases and disorders such as leukemia, hemophilia, and various types of thrombosis and anemia. She consulted at the U.S. Veteran's Hospital in Wadsworth, conducted laboratory research, and treated private patients in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1967, she published her book Laboratory Evaluation of Hemostasis and Thrombosis (later updated in two subsequent editions). Life changed significantly in 1971 when both Dr. Sirridges decided to leave private medical practice and join the faculty of the newly established University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. It was a perfect fit for them because a key component of the school's new model of medical education involved early and continuous contact between students and a team of clinician teachers called docents. Dr. Sirridge embraced this approach because she always believed that the best patient care occurs when health professionals interact frequently. Time spent with colleagues and students on the "Red Unit" produced some of Dr. Sirridge's best memories from her teaching years. While working closely with all levels of students through the docent system, Dr. Sirridge served as assistant dean and chaired the medical school's council on curriculum. She was particularly proud of the fact that the UMKC School of Medicine often held one of the highest percentages of women medical students of any coeducational medical school on the country. Finally, in 1997, Dr. Sirridge became Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine and directed the school for two years. Dr. Sirridge entered the medical field during a time when there were few women doctors and it was not easy to balance a career and family. Consequently, she mentored and guided many younger women as they pursued that balance in their professional lives. Without question, Dr. Sirridge found great fulfillment in being a doctor. She enjoyed the personal relationships with patients as well as the careful search for the right diagnosis. In her field of hematology, she felt fortunate to have witnessed dramatic improvements in the treatment of blood diseases like childhood leukemia. Believing deeply that it is important for doctors to have a good background and appreciation for literature, art and culture, Dr. Sirridge, along with her husband, endowed the Office of Medical Humanities at the school in 1992. In this new role, she remained active in humanities programs and co-taught courses at UMKC until her retirement at age 90. Dr. Sirridge also loved the performing arts and was an active supporter of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the Kansas City Ballet. Dr. Sirridge belonged to various national, state and local medical organizations and received numerous honors and awards over her career. She was a Master of the American College of Physicians and received the Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine. In 2011, the KU School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Organization established the annual Excellence in Medicine award in her honor. Dr. Sirridge also was a past president of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City. Besides family and her profession, Dr Sirridge's other love was reading. Rarely was she without a newspaper, periodical, medical journal or an interesting book in her hands. She organized one of the first Great Books programs in the area in the 1960s, was a member of numerous book groups (two at the time of her passing) and taught various literature-based courses at the medical school and in the Spark program at UMKC.
Dr. Sirridge was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Fannie Spurrier and her husband, William. She is survived by her brother –in-law Charles Sirridge of Tonganoxie, a daughter Dr. Mary Sirridge and her husband Dr. Eric Mack of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a son Dr. Stephen Sirridge and his wife Linda of Lenexa, a son Patrick and his wife Christy of Leawood, a son Dr. Christopher Sirridge and his wife Lisa of Olathe. "Grandmother" Sirridge is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Joshua Mack, Dr. Rebekah Mack, Dr. Kate Sirridge, Nathaniel Sirridge, Kimberly Sirridge, Charlie Sirridge, Leigh Sirridge, Andy Sirridge, Jennifer Sirridge, Alex Sirridge and Grace Lewis. Hundreds of birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings were shared with them. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Sirridge spent many wonderful hours with her friends from the medical school, Bishop Spencer Place and cultural and book groups. The family thanks all of you for being such an important part of her life. A special note of appreciation is extended to Marilyn Pesto, Helen Gover, Nancy Cavanaugh, Dr. Judy Joss, Bette Freidberg, Mary McCamy and Dr. Judy Vogelsang. Many will recall Dr. Sirridge's fondness for the writings of Willa Cather. This was one of her favorite quotes: "What was any art but a mold to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself- life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose." ― Willa Cather. (Updated August 2014).
Fred N. Bosilevac, M.D., 97, died from natural causes Friday, August 22, 2014, at home. Dr. Fred was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Sept. 11, 1916, to Michael and Barbara (Vrbetic) Bosiljevac. He attended St. John the Baptist Grade School on Strawberry Hill, Wyandotte High School and the University of Kansas. Dr. Fred played basketball and football at Wyandotte High School. He excelled in both and was recruited by Dr. Forrest C. (Phog) Allen to do the same for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Dr. Fred especially relished the class he took as a freshman that was taught by Dr. James Naismith. Dr. Fred graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in early 1944. He served an internship at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and in early 1944 entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a hospital train commander. He was honorably discharged as Captain, 1849th Station Compliment Unit, Camp Swift, Texas, 10th Mountain Division, 5th Army. Thereafter, Dr. Fred commenced his specialty studies in ophthalmology at Wayne State University Medical Center. He served residencies in ophthalmology at the University of Kansas and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Fred was certified a diplomat by the American College of Ophthalmology and Surgery in 1948 and started his private practice in 1949 in Kansas City, Kan. He retired in 1994. He was on the staffs of Bethany Medical Center, Providence Medical Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Fred was especially proud of his Croatian heritage and was honored in 1949 as the first professional person from the Strawberry Hill area. Dr. Fred was a member of the Terrace Club, Milburn Country Club, the University of Kansas Alumni Association, the Williams Fund, the Monkey Club and the Kansas Investors. He chaired the Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce's Congressional Forum. Dr. Fred was an avid duck, goose and turkey hunter. He hunted in many marshes and woods throughout Missouri and Kansas. He was a founding member of Bigelow Gun Club in 1956 where he remained active until 2006 and a founding member of Napier Hunt Club, both located in Mound City, Mo. He was inducted into the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame in 1994. He also found time to make two hunting safaris to Africa: Tanzania in 1968 and Namibia in 1979. For 47 years he led a group of hunters each October to the Healy Ranch in Pukwana, South Dakota, for a run at pheasants. Dr. Fred joined the Missouri Western Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in the early 1950's and served on the national Board of Trustees of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in the 1960s. Preceding him in death was his beloved wife of 49 years, Jane Marie; his parents; three sisters, Mary, Anna and Elizabeth Bosilevac; and brother, Mike Bosilevac. He is survived by four children, Fred N Bosilevac, Jr. (Sheryl), Thomas J. Bosilevac (Trish), Mary Jane Beeman and Laurie Lucas (Ron); three granddaughters, Amy Curmi (Michael), Anne Bosilevac and Lindsey Livers; one grandson, Fred N. Bosilevac III; four great grandchildren, Madeline Diane Curmi, Charles Michael Richard Curmi, Sophie Grace Bosilevac and Elise Jane Livers and his long-time friend and beloved companion, Mary Lou Adams. The family thanks Kristy Bennett, the staff of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care and Shawnee Mission Medical Center and the Sister Servants of Mary (Updated August 2014).
Gray, Dr. C. Lucien, 91, passed away September 24, 2013. He was born Nov 11, 1921 in McPherson, KS to Betty Marie Gray and C. Lucien Gray. Dr. C. Lucien Gray graduated from Kansas University and Kansas University Medical School. He interned in Syracuse, New York. Upon completion he was highly recommended and accepted into prestigious Iowa University. Dr. Gray served as a Captain and medical doctor in World War II stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He began his illustrious career as an ear, nose and throat surgeon and practitioner in Wichita, KS in 1948. Over his long career he was noted for inventing several medical tools. For decades he made house calls to his patient's homes. He practiced medicine for 42 years until his retirement in 1990 at the age of 78. Dr. Gray taught his children to love, appreciate and protect nature. He loved teaching them to shoot, hunt, fish, water ski and enjoy the great outdoors. He volunteered many years for the YMCA selling Christmas trees. Dr. Gray had four children by his first wife, Katherine Green Gray (deceased 1990); C. Lucien Gray, III (deceased 2010), Dorothy Gray (Wichita), Mark Gray (Overland Park, KS) and John Gray (Paola, KS). In 1971, he married Betty Marie Arnold and they moved to Valley Center, KS. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gray (Valley Center, KS), her son, Mark Arnold (Wichita), six grandchildren and one great-grandchild (Updated October 2013).
Dr. William Lowe Mundy, 92, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away September 26, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House. William was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Madison, South Dakota, to Garland and M. Helen Mundy. William is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughter, Karen Mundy, son, Kevin (Jan) Mundy and Cinder-the dog. William was preceded in death by his parents. After receiving his M.D. from Kansas University, Dr. Mundy joined the Navy and was stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, then to the Admiral's flagship the Manchester, the first fleet into the Mediterranean after the war. After the war and the Navy he practiced medicine at the American Hospital in Paris. From there he went to Columbia University in New York City. In 1951 he came back to KC to practice medicine with Dr. Morris Ginsberg, his beloved professor from medical school. He served as president of the staff at Menorah, was on the board of St. Luke's and St. Joseph's hospital as well as the University of Missouri Medical School. He was on the board of director's for the MS foundation as well as a member of the Society for the study of Subtle Energies and the Institute of Noetic sciences. He has written books on curing allergies with visual imagery, on depression and on the treatment of migraines. Dr. Mundy has loved golf, hunted in Africa for the KC Museum, traveled extensively in Turkey and other weaving countries, and has intensively loved and cared for and about his friends, patients and family. He has left a very large place in our hearts and will be missed. (Updated October 2014)
Donald Marvin Wald, 91, of, Morgantown, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 in Elkins, WV. He was born in Arkansas City, KS on December 21, 1921, the son of the late Bernhardt and Lois (Scott) Wald. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie Wald of Morgantown, WV.
Jack Melvin Gilliland, 91, of Bella Vista, AR died Monday, September 2, 2013. Jack was born on July 22, 1922 to Lela Maud Robinson and Charles E. Gilliland in Yale, OK. From 1939 to 1940 he attended Southwestern College, Winfield, KS as a Pre-Med student. From 1940 to 1945 he was a student at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and Kansas City, KS. He graduated with A.B. and M.D. Degrees. He served a rotating internship at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, KS and served on active military duty with the US Army Air corps from 1946-1947 at Hamilton Field, CA and Clark AB, Philippines, which completed his obligated service. He then entered private practice in Peabody, KS. In 1950 he was recalled to active duty and remained in the USAF until October 1977. His first assignments were at Moultrie Field, GA, and Harlingen AFB, TX. He served as an Exchange Medical Officer with the RAF in London, England and then as Commander of the 47th Tactical Hospital in Sculthorpe, England. He also served in Japan as Commander of the 5th Epidemiological Flight and Commander of the 6160th USAF Hospital. He also served in Vietnam in 1970's. His last assignment was as Commander of the School of Health Care Sciences at Sheppard AFB, TX. Jack married Betty Gettel Dunaway in October 1977, just before he retired, and they moved first to Fort Collins, CO, to take care of his parents and then after they passed away, they moved to Bella Vista, AR in 1982. Jack loved to golf and made many friends on the golf course. He also did beautiful needlepoint and latch hook, and put many beautiful clocks together from kits. Jack was predeceased in death by his parents, a brother Gerald, and first wife Dorothy. He is survived by his wife Betty, one daughter, Janice G. Wells of Denver CO, one son, Michael C. Gilliland and wife Sue of Marietta, GA, a stepdaughter, Kelly Long and husband James of Sharpsburg, GA, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. (Updated December 2013)
Francis "Frank" Earl Bishop, MD was born on Oct. 19, 1920, in Emporia, Kan., and died Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in St. Louis. A family man and a career physician, Frank served in the US Army and Public Health Service, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserves. Of the various recognitions he received over the years, Frank was most proud of being named a lifetime member in the American Psychiatric Association and an honorary lifetime member, third degree, in the Knights of Columbus. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Loree (Peirano) Bishop; his parents, Marion E. Bishop and Beatrice (Rugg) Bishop; and his siblings, Drs. Dale and Sidney Bishop and Norma Lea Bishop. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Ann (Peggy) Levinson; son, Riley James Bishop; grandchildren, Michael Levinson, Daniel Levinson, Sarah Bishop, Jessica Bishop and Lydia Bishop; and great-grandsons, Cory Levinson and Grant Levinson (Updated February 2015).
Harold W. Voth, MD, died peacefully Jan. 2, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Voth was born in 1921 and spent his childhood in Newton, Kan. He earned a B.S. from McPherson College and attended University of Kansas Medical School, where he received a medical degree with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force before beginning a career practicing medicine in Kansas City that spanned 38 years. After his retirement from private practice, Dr. Voth continued to serve the Kansas City community through his work at the Kansas City Free Clinic, serving Meals on Wheels, and through his involvement at Old Mission United Methodist Church. Dr. Voth was a gardener, fisherman and photographer who enjoyed travel. He is survived by his beloved wife, Louise; children, Bill (wife Laura), Anne (husband Steve) and Lisa (husband Bill); three grandchildren, Lindsay, Courtney and Trevor; and sister, Marilyn Carr. (Updated January 2015)
Richard Schaffer, MD, 93, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (Updated March 2015).
Mary Anna Loughridge Rushia, 92, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Hospice House in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the last two months of her life, she fought back from a fall and a series of infections. She worked hard and with courage to return to her life with family and friends, spending a happy last Christmas with them. Shortly thereafter, she developed infections from which she could not recover.Mary Anna was a twin, born July 19, 1922, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Linn Wilson Loughridge and Rhonda Maria Gatton Loughridge. She grew up during The Great Depression in Kansas, living in Oil Hill, Eldorado and Wichita. She graduated from East High School, Wichita University, and University of Kansas Medical School where she earned an M.D. Degree in 1948. She interned at University of Iowa Hospital where she met her husband-to-be, Edwin Louis Rushia, MD.After her internship, Mary Anna practiced general medicine in Riverside, Iowa. There she gave birth to the first of five children. Her practice gave way to mothering as her family grew. Moves were made to Little Rock, Arkansas, Augusta, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia, where Mary Anna began working in medicine again at Emory University's Student Health Clinic. The Rushia family made a final move to Charlottesville in 1970. Shortly thereafter, with five children, and at the age of 48 years, she entered and completed a three-year residency in Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. She was a practicing psychiatrist in Charlottesville until she retired in 1987.Mary Anna enjoyed travel, computer technology, gardening, playing chess and reading books. She and Ed were long time members of the Senior Center and were involved in many facets of the building of the facility at Pepsi Place. The rose garden there was Mary Anna's pride and joy. Having Apple computers added to the computer lab when only PCs were deemed worthy was among her other contributions. She remained active at the Senior Center, going to the chess club and computer classes weekly.Mary Anna was a member of a book group of local mental health professionals that has met for many years. She enjoyed the books, the friendships and the intellectual discussions.Over many years, Mary Anna created an amazing and much loved garden at her home. Though she spent the last several years of her life at Morningside Assisted Living, she continued to garden with the loving help of her friend Trudy Bronson. Together they provided family and friends with an incredible assortment of lovely flowers and healthy vegetables.Mary Anna was predeceased by her twin sister, Margaretta Wellman; her beloved husband of 65 years, Edwin Louis Rushia; and her son-in-law, Al Jay Fowler.She is survived by her son, Edwin Rushia and his wife, Christine Fleckles, of Crozet, Virginia; her daughter, Mary Lynn Fowler of Columbia, South Carolina; her daughter, Barbara Cannon and her husband, Pete Cannon, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; her son, Robert Rushia and his wife, Pamela Dolgin, of Culpeper, Virginia; and her daughter, Judith Rushia of Charlottesville, Virginia. She is survived by her grandchildren, Bekah Morris and her husband, Neil Morris, of Gordonsville, Virginia, Julianna Houck and her husband, David Houck, of Durham, North Carolina, Ani Cannon of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Jay Fowler and his wife, Michelle Fowler, of Charleston, South Carolina, and Lou Cannon of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She also is survived by nephew, Lee Gladwin and his wife, Elaine Gladwin, of Leesburg, Virginia; by nieces, Dorene Healy and Susan Wellman; and nephew, Hank Wellman all from Arizona. (Updated January 2015)
J. Roderick Bradley, M.D., 91, passed away January 31, 2015, after living a life blessed with family, community, and many friends. Rod was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Greensburg, Kan. Rod was a proud life-long Jayhawk. He attended the University of Kansas, was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, joined the Navy V-12 program, was sent to Central College in Fayette, Mo., and was accepted to KU Medical School. Rod and Melvin Waldorf, a fellow medical school classmate, developed the Bradley/Waldorf Medical Clinic in Greensburg. While in his residency at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rod met Shirley Robinson, who was in nurse's training. Rod and Shirley married in 1950 and had four children. They made Greensburg their home with the exception of four years when Rod served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Fla. After retiring in 1992, Rod and Shirley continued their massive volunteer commitments, supplemented with travel and family visits. In 2007, an EF5 tornado devastated the town of Greensburg. Rod and Shirley survived, but their home did not. They moved to Kansas City (Tallgrass Creek) to be with family, but never left their friendships behind. Rod is preceded in death by parents, Buena and Jim Bradley, sister, Joan Bowman, brother, Gene Bradley, and grandson, Joseph James Bradley. He is survived by wife, Shirley. (Updated January 2015)
Dr. Wonderlich passed away at the age of 89 on December 30, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Wonderlich has a great love of Paint horses and was a longtime member and 1989 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the American Paint Horse Association Hall of Fame in October. Dr. Wonderlich served in the Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1945. He retired from anesthesiology in 1995 at the age of 72.
"Doc" leaves behind his wife, Wilma June "Butch", seven children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. M. Harry Jennison passed away, after a serious fall and following complications. Harry was born in Mullenville, Kansas. His father was a United Brethren minister, living in several Kansas towns. Harry started singing early, in his father's church, with his beautiful baritone/bass voice. He carried papers to earn his first bicycle. He graduated high school in Iola, Kansas. He attended University of Kansas and graduated from Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) in 1947. He and his wife, Sally, met at KUMC. He being from Kansas and she being from Missouri, he was a "Yankee" and she was a "rebel." They married the day after graduation, 1947. Dr. Jennison interned at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and did his three years of pediatric residency at K.U.M.C. He was so proud of his Kansas training. He practiced one year on the Plaza in Kansas City, before being called to Navy duty. He spent two years at Camp Pendleton, California, where he happened to carpool with two doctors from Los Altos, who glowingly talked of the area. He received a phone call from Dr. Russell Lee asking him to come visit Palo Alto Clinic and the Pediatric Department. He came on a rainy day, flew back to Southern California and told his wife, "We're moving to Palo Alto." "I was taken with the group practice concept," Jennison said. In 1953, he joined the group practice at P.A.C. Only Mayo Clinic and Palo Alto had group practice at that time. He so loved the collegiality of his fellow pediatric doctors, which included Drs. Esther Clark, Joe Davis, Bruce Jessup, Pulford, Blair and Kosek. Office visits were $4 and house calls $6, and made 24/7, day and night. Immunizations were free. Always enjoying singing, he helped form a quartet (of five), composed of Drs. John Young, Bob Jamplis, Glen Lillington, Bob Shelby and himself. He also was a Palo Alto school physician for many years, supervising school nurses. He loved the practice of pediatrics and was devoted to the care of his patients and their families. He remained with the clinic in general pediatric practice for 10 years. Dr. Norm Kretchmer invited Dr. Jennison to represent the community pediatricians, and he became clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford. In 1963, he became executive and medical director of the Stanford Convalescent Home for Children (known as the "Con Home"). Dr. Jennison guided Children's Hospital through its transition from a home for chronically ill children to a major Western referral center for treatment of cancer, cystic fibrosis, psychosomatic problems and orthopedic disabilities. They tore down a condemned building which had belonged to Leland Stanford and constructed a beautiful one story quadrant building. He was instrumental in developing a team approach to the care of children. Dr. Esther Clark built the Children's Health Council in 1964, next door. In his last few years at Children's Hospital at Stanford, it became mandatory that this hospital become a part of Stanford University Medical Center. He worked closely with Lucile Packard to help this become a reality. Dr. Jennison accepted a position at American Academy of Pediatrics, and became executive director in 1980. It is a prestigious organization in Illinois, representing more than 40,000 pediatricians. They are advocates for children and youth and promote the role of pediatrician. They have an active presence in Washington, D.C., and international pediatrics, and address the needs of infants, children and youth throughout the world. Dr. Jennison left the academy in 1986 to return to California, cowboy boots, summers in the Marble Mountains and music. He sang with Dawn Reyen's Aurora Singers, with several exchanges with sister city, Albi, France. He volunteered with "The Bandana Gang" at Filoli and was a docent at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for several years in Carmel, California. In the last few years, Harry returned to his roots. He devotedly sang "The Lord's Prayer" at Sunday Ecumenical Service at Channing House, where he and Sally lived. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sara "Sally" Jennison; daughters Rebecca Jennison (Nari) of Japan, Kathleen Goonan (Tom) of Maryland, Sara Nebeling (Marcus) of Half Moon Bay and Jody Young (Chris) of Davenport, Iowa; and eight very amazing grandchildren. He was so loved and will be greatly missed (Updated May 2014).
Dr. James Walker Butin, 91, died Thursday, August 7, 2014. James Walker Butin was born Friday, July 13, 1923 in Fredonia, KS and moved with his parents, Dr. James A. and Mrs. Berenice Walker Butin to nearby Chanute in 1926. Upon graduation from Chanute Senior High School in 1940, Walker was awarded a Summerfield Scholarship to the University of Kansas, graduating in 1944 with a degree in Zoology. He earned his MD from KU in 1947, followed by a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He married the former Betty Belle Launder in 1949, and the two moved to Wichita to begin his medical practice at the Wichita Clinic. After Betty Belle's death in 1981, Walker married the former Patricia (Lanning) Guinan in 1984. He often shared with his children how much both of his marriages brought him deep joy. His children remember him as patient, gentle and full of wisdom, an ideal father. Family was among his greatest joys and highest priorities. From his first marriage are Richard Edward and wife Donna of Overland Park, KS, Philip Walker and wife Jan of Fayetteville, AR, Lucy Butin Ashby and husband Jeff of Atlanta, GA, and John Murray and wife Mary of St. Simon's Island, GA. With Patricia, he raised Eric J. Guinan of Palm Springs, CA, and Kathleen (Kate) Brown (husband Rusty of Wichita). He treasured his fourteen grandchildren. His sister, Barbara Butin Shirley lives in Dallas, TX. A younger brother, Frank Edson, died in 1976. In addition to his family, Walker was especially passionate about bird watching, music, his college fraternity, the practice of medicine, and his faith in God. Bird watching was a life-long hobby of Walker's. A co-founder of the Wichita Audubon Society (1954), he received a meritorious service award in May of 2014 for his enthusiastic support. His love of nature was contagious, and he was intentional about sharing his love of God's creation with his children and grandchildren. Favorite places included Chaplin Nature Center, near Arkansas City, the Lake of the Ozarks in MO, Grand Lake in Oklahoma, a Beaver Lake home in Arkansas, and a treasured historic pine cabin near Pikes Peak in CO. Even in childhood, Walker's home was filled with music. His parents met while performing with the Chautauqua traveling musical circuit. Jim was an accomplished whistler and bird call imitator, and Berenice was a concert-level pianist. Walker became accomplished on the flute and piccolo, playing in the concert and marching bands at KU, and finding much joy in concerts and solo appearances throughout his life. Walker was a member of the Alpha Nu chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at University of Kansas and served as president during the war years. His strong ties to his home chapter made him a major contributor toward their centennial celebration in 1973. Later, he encouraged and helped found the WSU Delta Gamma chapter of Beta in 1959 and served as Chapter advisor for 15 years. He was a frequent keynote speaker at their annual Founders Day Banquets, and at their 41st celebration he was named Alumnus of the Year and honored by a formal initiation ceremony. Singing Beta songs with his Beta sons and friends was a joy that continued into his final days. Walker practiced medicine for nearly 50 years. He was deeply committed to his patients, and enjoyed their respect and admiration in return. After his graduation from KU School of Medicine in 1947, he completed his postgraduate fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Gastroenterology, earning a Master's degree. His research included pioneering work in esophageal manometry, published in the Mayo Clinic Journal. Walker joined the Wichita Clinic Department of Internal Medicine in 1952. His professional associations included the Medical Society of Sedgwick County (Board of Directors 1964-7, President 1968). He was St. Francis Hospital medical staff president in 1963, and served on the Board of Directors and as hospital representative to the Council on Medical Education. He was part of a dedicated group that established the postgraduate training program which developed into the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Butin's final years of medicine were spent in education; he was promoted to Clinical Professor at the school in 1991. His teaching was divided between the fields of internal medicine and geriatrics up to his retirement in 2000 at which time he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Dept. of Internal Medicine. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and valued his membership in the Christian Medical Association and the American Gastroenterological Association. He participated as an adjunct professor in the early days of the Physician's Assistant course of the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University. Baptized and raised a Methodist, he came to love the Episcopal Church, raised his children there, and continued as an active member of St. James, St. Albans, and later St. Stephens parishes in Wichita. Hymns and church music were among his greatest joys, and he loved singing tenor in the church choir, playing his flute for worship, and studying the Bible and the Christian heritage. His faith was reflected in everything he said and did medical mission work in the Dominican Republic, family devotions at the cabin, a 40+ year commitment to his men's prayer group, and a profound personal prayer life all served as powerful examples for his family and friends (Updated August 2014).
Somers, Marvin Maurice, passed away on April 23, 2014. Although he had lived for the past two months in Chandler, Arizona, he was a long-time resident of Wichita, Kansas. Born on June 28, 1923 in Texhoma, Texas, Marvin, his siblings and their parents, Roy Walter Somers and Jesse Fern Morris Somers, moved to a farm in Conway Springs, Kansas when Marvin was a young child. He earned a degree in medicine from the University of Kansas and was a medical doctor in the United States Navy on a ship that made a couple of crossings of the Pacific Ocean. He married Barbara Heinsohn in 1946; they were married for 65 years. They joined University United Methodist Church in Wichita in 1952 and were active members of the church for most of their adult lives. Marvin worked at St. Francis Hospital for many years and in time became head of the radiology department. Along with his wife, Marvin served his church and his community in many ways. He was so helpful to his wife in her work for the church's Women's Society that they gave him a pin as an honorary member. For over 40 years, Marvin and Barbara opened their home to foster children, placed through the Kansas Children's Service League, to unwed pregnant girls and later to foreign exchange students. For a number of years they welcomed two students at a time to their home. They retained ties with many of these young people; their loving care will be sorely missed. Marvin is survived by a daughter, Anne Fojtasek of Kapaau, HI; a son, Stanley Somers and his wife Sadie of Oroville, WA; another son, Mark Somers and his wife Petra of Mesa AZ; eight grandchildren: Ananda Fojtasek, Sebrina Somers-Mann, Sarah Somers-Humphrey, Simon Somers, Suzanne Somers, Jeff Wolfe, Eric Wolfe and Mark Wolfe; and ten great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife; a daughter Barbara Wolfe and a son Robert Somers; a sister, Orris King; and a brother, Warren Somers (Updated June 2014).
Our beloved mom, grandma and nana, Beth L. Reimer Boles, MD, passed away peacefully on Feb 1, 2015, surrounded by her family. A member of the 'greatest generation', she was born in Independence, Missouri, ninety years ago, the last of eleven siblings born to Herman and Bessie Reimer. She leaves her sons Bruce and Bob, their wives Carol and Christine, her grandchildren Richard, Allison, Elisa and David, Richard's wife Christiane and great grandchild baby Beatrice. Like many others of her era, she was the first member of her family to graduate from college and she went on to live a life she couldn't have imagined as a child. Early on she learned she loved to read. Beth would borrow as many books as she could carry from the library and come back for more a week later. She was an athlete too, excelling in volleyball, basketball, and softball. Her brilliance in school got her into college, first at Graceland Junior College and then at the University of Kansas, but her hard work in many part-time jobs paid for it. By the end of the war she was in medical school and subsequently accepted an internship at the County Hospital in San Diego, California. Her route west took her through San Francisco, where her train arrived via ferryboat as the sun set over the Golden Gate. She was awestruck and vowed to return to that amazing city. Having met her husband Jim Boles, a PHD student at UC Berkeley, in San Diego, she returned to San Francisco to do her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Children's Hospital. Upon completion of her studies, Beth went into practice with Dr. Perry Douglas and later with Dr. Lucienne Lanson and Dr. Karen Abbot, finally settling into practice at Seton Hospital, where she was elected Chief of Staff in 1981. Beth raised her two sons in San Bruno, enjoyed sailing on the rare occasions when she gave herself time off, and retired in 1989. She spent her retirement years caring for her grandchildren and travelling to six of the seven continents. She liked nothing better than to give presents to youngsters and to play with babies. We will miss Beth's ever-present good humor, her stern advice, her care and her love (Updated February 2015).
Dr. Campbell passed away January 25, 2013 at the age of 91. He served as a Navy hospital corpsman during WWII in Jackson, MS and after graduating from medical school, he extended his service in the Army and worked as a physician in the Korean War.
Dr. Campbell is survived by three sons; David, Fred and John Alexander. (Updated February 2013)
Dennis A. Hardman, 87, of Louisville, Colorado, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, while a resident of Balfour Retirement Community. Dennis was born September 4, 1925 in rural Phillips County, Kansas, the first child of Edwin C. Hardman and Dona Ilene (Selbe) Hardman.
The family moved to Frankfort, Kansas in 1928. Dennis attended country school in Marshall County, then Frankfort High School where he graduated in 1942. He was awarded a Battenfeld scholarship and enrolled at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1942. As a KU sophomore Dennis enlisted in the United States Navy as a participant in the Navy (V-12) College Training Program. In July, 1945 Dennis reported to the Naval Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, where he remained through September, receiving excellent training and gaining invaluable experience.
Returning to Kansas he received a Bachelor of Science degree from KU in May, 1946 and enrolled at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, earning his medical doctorate in May, 1949. Dennis then returned to active duty status, reporting for an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.
At the conclusion of his internship Dennis married Lila Dean Pflughoeft on February 19, 1950, in Ellsworth, Kansas. The couple moved to Smith Center, Kansas in January, 1951 where Dennis joined friends Lafe Bauer and R.G. (Shep) Sheppard in the practice of medicine in north-central Kansas. In short order Hugh J. Woods joined the group, giving Smith Center and the surrounding area one of the most respected medical associations in rural Kansas.
Retirement from the practice of medicine came in 1993, allowing Dennis and Lila to relocate to Fort Collins, Colorado and their beloved Rocky Mountains.
Dennis was a loving husband, a wonderful father, and a marvelously talented yet humble family doctor. He personally cared for and about his patients in a way that endeared him to so many, bringing him respect and admiration, but more importantly to him, friendship. He dearly loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, gardening and stamp collecting. He loved the mountains, the Jayhawks, baseball (Rockies & Royals), and in younger times snow skiing, fishing, boating and hunting pheasant and quail. He loved German Shorthaired pointers, their intelligence and devotion. He believed the best dog in the world was one that greeted you at the door with a wagging tail, helped put a bird in your pocket when you could get to the field, and slept contentedly at the foot of your bed each night.
His wife, Lila, and an infant son preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons, John of Jamestown, Colorado; Jim (Grayson) of Louisville, Colorado; Philip (Deb) of Osborne, Kansas; a sister, Donna Hallewell of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; three grandchildren, Bailor Hardman, of Dallas, Texas; Ian Hardman of Louisville, Colorado and Sloane Hardman of Chicago, Illinois; and four step-grandchildren, Shannon Weissleder of Golden, Colorado; Anne Haftings of Manhattan, Kansas; Jake Kennel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Jessica Dart of Gardnerville, Nevada (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Bauer was born on January 21, 1920 and passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014. Dr. Bauer was a resident of Mission, KS (Updated April 2014).
Kenneth L. Knuth, MD passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Kenneth was born March 7, 1922 in Nashville, KS, the son of Fred and Clara (Lawrence) Knuth. He graduated from Nashville High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy the same year, serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He graduated from KU Medical School in June, 1950. He was in General Practice for 5 years in Atwood, KS before taking a Radiology Residence at Research Hospital in Kansas City. He practiced Radiology in Tulsa, OK for 2 ½ years before coming to Independence in 1961 where he practiced at Mercy Hospital, Wilson County Hospital, Ashley Clinic in Chanute, Parsons Clinics and later Fredonia retiring in 2008. On March 19, 1949 he married Lee E. (Rice) at Martin City, MO, she survives of the home. He is also survived by their children, Lynne Shanks of Dallas, TX, Becky (Kirk) Bruening of Independence, Fred (Chris) Knuth of Prairie Village, KS, and Lisa (Rick) Kelley of McAlister, OK; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He loved playing golf, reading and cheering for KU Basketball and football, playing cards and going to the horse races (Updated July 2013).
Leda was born on February 7, 1925 and passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014.Leda was a resident of Aurora, Colorado. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Alexander Roth, 94, of Honolulu, a doctor and an Army veteran, died in Honolulu. He was born in Vienna. He is survived by son Richard M., daughter Dr. Nancy R. Waxman and six grandchildren. Services held. (Updated December 2014)
Richard Louis Pokorny, MD, of Spokane passed away on June 8, 2013 at the Hospice of Spokane after a long battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. He was surrounded in his final hours by his loving wife of 63 years, Vivian, and his three children, Brad, Diana, and Alan. Dr. Pokorny, who preferred to be known as Rich, was a veteran of World War II. He had a long and successful career as an anesthesiologist in Spokane, WA. In retirement, he was active in the First Presbyterian Church, the Spokane Camera Club, and as a museum docent. Born on March 27, 1924 in La Crosse, KS, Rich was the fourth and youngest son of Charles and Roberta Smith Pokorny. After graduation from La Crosse High School in 1942, Rich volunteered for service in the US Navy. He was assigned to the USS Whitney (AD-4) in the South Pacific as a signalman but was later selected for officer's training through the V-12 program, and was sent to Washburn Municipal University in Topeka, KS, where he received a BS degree in 1947. Rich graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1950. During his senior year there he met the love of his life, Vivian Decker, RN. They were married in June 1950 and enjoyed a long and wonderful life together. After completing his training in anesthesiology in 1953, he joined the US Army Medical Corps, where he served as the Chief of Anesthesiology at the US Army General Hospital in Nurnberg, Germany in 1954-55. In 1957, he and his family moved to Spokane where he joined the Physician Anesthesia Group. Rich's career as a physician was marked by a high degree of professionalism in service to his patients and numerous positions of leadership in local, state, and national medical societies. Over the course of some 35 years as a working physician, he was a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, president of the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, and president of the Spokane County Medical Society. Rich always enjoyed singing in choral groups, and he was a member of many school and church choirs. Joining Spokane's First Presbyterian Church in the late 1980s, he was a member of the Chancel Choir. He has also served at First Presbyterian as an Elder, as Chair of the Worship and Music Committee, on the Church Evaluation Committee, and the Men's Program committee. He was president of the Senior Adult Fellowship, known as "Keenagers." After his retirement in 1985, Rich and Vivian traveled extensively for a number of years; their favorite trip was a safari in Africa. His hobby was photography and he belonged to the Spokane Camera Club; for a number of years he directed the IECPSA's Youth Show Case. He also served as a docent for many years at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Rich and Vivian were further blessed with three children and seven grandchildren. Brad, born in 1954, currently resides in Durham, NH, with his wife, Ruwa. They have two sons, Remz and Zane. Diana, born in1957, currently resides in Studio City, CA. She has two daughters, Sophie and Zoe. Alan, born in1961, resides with his wife, Valerie Logsdon, in Spokane, WA. They have two sons, Trey and Logan, and a daughter, Annie.
Glen Curtis Hutchison, MD, 92, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. Born in WaKeeney, KS, he was a long-time resident of Hays, KS, recently relocating to Overland Park, KS with his wife, Nada, to be closer to family. He was a graduate of Trego Community High School in WaKeeney, KS and graduated from the College of Emporia, Emporia, KS, where he later served as Chairman of the Board. He completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1950. Dr. Hutchison was a retired anesthesiologist and family physician. He served in the US Navy in WWII as a Naval flight instructor, and retired from the Naval reserves as a LTJG, honorably discharged in 1959. In addition to a busy medical practice, Dr. Hutchison was active in supporting music and higher education in Hays and western Kansas communities. He and his wife, Nada, supported a scholarship in music at Ft. Hays State University, and a college scholarship for graduates of Trego Community High School in WaKeeney. Dr. Hutchison served on the board of the Humane Society of the High Plains, and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hays, singing in the church choir. He was a member of the Hays Community Summer Band and played euphonium with the Ft. Hays State University band into his 90's. He is survived by his wife, Nada, whom he married in Wellington, KS in 1943. He is also survived by: two sons, Marc Hutchison, MD, JD of Kansas City, MO and his wife Susan Graham Hutchison, and Michael Hutchison, MD of Overland Park, KS and his wife Kimberly Hoffman Hutchison; two daughters, Marcia Honish of Kansas City, MO and her husband Richard A. Honish, and Marla Crockett of Houston, TX and her husband, Bruce L. Crockett; two brothers, David Hutchison of Greenwood Village, CO and Stuart Hutchison of WaKeeney, KS; six grandchildren, Rick Honish, Kristen Honish, Michael Courtney Hutchison, Hannah Hutchison, Sarah Hutchison and Katherine Hutchison and three great grandchildren: Carley, Emily and John James Glen Honish. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.M. Hutchison and Mildred Hutchison of Wakeeney, KS; and brother, James White Hutchison (Updated June 2014).
Dr. Carey Appleton Hartenbower (South Pacific WW II Veteran and former GP and Radiologist in Salina, Kansas; retired to Peterborough, Ontario in 1978) Peacefully at his residence on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 94 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Wilma (nee Johnson) (October 21, 1997) for 55 years. Dear father of the late Janet; survived by her husband Roger Jones of Peterborough. Grandfather of Michael of Peterborough and Brian and his wife Stephanie of Bowmanville. Great-grandfather of Matthew and William. Predeceased by his sisters: Pauline, Isabel and Alvine.
Dr. Richard Walters, age 86, of Springdale, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012.
Floyd B. Grillot, M.D., passed away on January 8, 2014. Floyd was born on the family farm in Parsons, KS on March 18, 1918. He was the 5th of 7 children born to Albert and Ida (Stich) Grillot. As a youth, Dr. Grillot milked cows, fed chickens and rode a horse to a one room rural schoolhouse. After graduating from Parsons High School in 1936, Floyd worked at the Parsons Munitions plant, MKT Railroad and farmed. On Jan 2, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was quickly promoted from buck private to captain and honorably discharged in 1945. Upon his return from the pacific, Floyd continued his studies at University of Kansas and graduated from the medical school in 1951. Dr Grillot interned at The Wichita Hospital and practiced medicine and surgery in Wichita until 1989. While an intern, he married Margaret "Peggy" Hemphill. Dr. Grillot was a skilled, caring and tireless physician. He received teacher of the year as an instructor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita St. Joseph Family Practice Residency. Through his influence, three of his children followed him into the medical profession. It is believed he was the last surviving Charter Member of the American Academy of Family Practice. Floyd was an avid golfer and even had a hole in one at the age of 90. He loved family poker games and spent most vacations fly fishing on the Taylor River in Colorado. Dr Grillot was predeceased by his parents, all of his siblings and his daughter, Dr. Cynthia Silfer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, his sons, Stephen, Floyd Jr. "Rick"(Leanne), Marcus(Lisa), Michael(Sherry), son-in-law Jeffrey Silfer, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the patriarch of a large and wonderful family that loved him dearly, leaving many special memories (Updated January 2014).
Dr. Greenhouse passed away on April 19, 2013. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1951. While completing a residency in internal medicine at KU, he met and married Louise Lynn, who was a nurse at the hospital there. Dr. Greenhouse is survived by his four children, Charles, Lynn, Catherine and Lawrence, and 12 grandchildren (Updated May 2013).
Francis Aloysius O'Connell, M.D., 88, Roeland Park, KS, passed away March 2, 2014. Frank was the son of Dr. Paul James and Mary Louise (Gangel) O'Connell, born Oct. 9, 1925. One of nine children he attended grade school at Guardian Angels Parish School in Kansas City, MO, and later graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1943 as valedictorian. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from its medical school in 1951. This was followed by an internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth "Betty" Cleary, whom he married in 1952. They soon settled in Roeland Park and raised a family of nine children at the house on the corner known for the annual "waving Santa" Christmas display. Professionally, he remained on staff at St. Mary's Hospital (and later St. Joseph's Hospital) serving as Chief of Staff during his tenure at St. Mary's. Though he primarily practiced General Family medicine, he also administered anesthesia for a number of the surgeons on staff and delivered too many babies to count. He initially practiced with his father, Dr. P.J. O'Connell at the Argyle Building in downtown Kansas City, but soon moved his office to 79th and State Line Rd. where he remained until his retirement in 2005. He was an early member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Frank was an avid golfer, collector of golf equipment and lover of American history. He was a member at Indian Hills Country Club for 50 years. Even with his busy medical practice he was able to visit and play some of the great courses from Augusta National and Pebble Beach to the Old Course at St. Andrews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty of 58 years; daughter, Karen (O'Connell) Schmidt; infant daughter, Marie Elaine O'Connell; brothers, Lawrence, Paul and John O'Connell; and sisters, Louise Marx, Mary Alice Dolan and Anastasia Swift. He is survived by two siblings, Gerald O'Connell, M.D. of Leawood, Kan., and Charles O'Connell of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his eight children, Frank (Barb) O'Connell, Jr. of Concord, Calif., Terrie (Jim) Maloney of Overland Park, Kan., Kathy O'Connell of Laguna Hills, Calif., David (Sara) O'Connell of Mission Hills, Kan., Michelle Hedges of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lisa (Daniel) Powell of Atlanta, Ga., Laurie (Dave) Coleman of Leawood, and Amy O'Connell of Jacksonville, Fla.; 20 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. The family would like to express special thanks to the many kind caregivers who assisted in his home and at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. "The best portion of a good life is the nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." (Updated March 2014)
Dr. Woods passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. After high school, Dr. Woods enlisted in the Army where he then became an interpreter for the assumed post-surrender U.S. occupation of Japan. While in Japan as an Intelligence Observer, Dr. Woods searched out hidden arms and armaments by interviewing Japanese citizens and after two years of service was discharged from the Army as a Corporal. After the military, Dr. Woods finished his Doctor of Medicine Degree and became a very active member on many different Medical boards. He also served as a Preceptor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 20 years. Dr. Woods was also the Director of the VA's Long Term Care unit and Nebraska State Nursing Home, retiring from medical practice and the VA in 1992. Dr. Woods is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; four children, Timothy, Mitchell, Michael and Wendy; five grandchildren and one great grandchild (Updated May 2013).
Dr. Robert Lawrence Kulp passed away on October 26, 2013, at 88 years of age after a full, productive life. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 15, 1925. After graduating from high school in Parkville, Missouri, his college plans were interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in the Navy and was accepted into their wartime V12 engineering program and earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He left the military as an Ensign and then began premedical studies at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. At this time he also taught algebra and trigonometry. One of his students in his algebra class, Arlene Schooley, became his wife after graduation. His marriage was to last 65 years. He completed medical school at the University of Kansas in 1952. After spending time interning at Naval Hospital, NAS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he spent two years as a flight surgeon in Pensacola, Florida and Beeville, Texas. His family practice residency took place in Denver and was followed by a medical practice in Steamboat Springs before coming to Brush in 1962 at which time he shared a medical practice with Dr. James Price and Dr. Paul Hildebrand. He retired from the medical profession in 1987 and then enjoyed numerous activities. These included traveling, hiking and biking, sailing, flying his Gruman airplane, reading and listening to music. Dr. Kulp is survived by his wife Arlene and by daughters Linda of Rock Springs, WY and Susan Stimson (Michael) of Memphis, TN and son Larry (Debra) of Arvada, CO. Grandchildren include Matt Stimson, Nate Stimson (Cameron), Patrick Stimson (Christina), Dr Katherine Kulp (Dr Mike Binet) and Thomas Kulp (Meghan). Great-grandchildren are Rowan, Beckett and Jasmine Stimson. He was preceded in death by daughter Marilyn in 1979. His patients were very important to him and he loved being a medical doctor. He especially enjoyed bringing new babies into the world (Updated November 2013).
Robert P. Hudson, 88, physician and medical educator, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at home. Burial will be in the Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. Immediately following will be a Celebration of Life ceremony at 12925 Frontier Road, Olathe, KS, 66061. A Remembrance Service will be held at the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday June 23 at noon in the foyer of the Clendening Library. Feel free to bring a letter from Dr. Hudson or story about Dr. Hudson to share at either event. Dr. Hudson was born in Kansas City, KS, February 23, 1926, grew up in Texas, and returned to the Kansas City area in 1945. He held a B.A. and M.D from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in medical history from Johns Hopkins University. He interned at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO, completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and served as a medical officer in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. Dr. Hudson joined the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1958, was a member of the Department of Internal Medicine and Professor and Chairman of the Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine from 1966 until retirement in 1994, when he became Emeritus Professor. During this time he taught as well on the Lawrence campus of the University for sixteen years. He authored one book, Disease and Its Control, and co- authored The Kansas School of Medicine: Eyewitness Reflections on Its Formative Years. He published numerous historical papers and book chapters and delivered some 300 invitational lectures. He was president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Osler Society, and the Wyandotte County Medical Society. He was a Master and Laureate of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, Phi Beta Pi, the American Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Jager Club of Wichita, Jayhawk Society, the Kansas Committee for the Humanities, and consultant to the Midwest Bioethics Center. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Kansas Medical Alumni Association in 1982. The honors he treasured most were the Jayhawker MD Teaching Award, the Student Voice Excellence in Medical Education several times and the Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship. Dr. Hudson married Olive Jean Grimes in 1948. They had three sons. One, Timothy Mark Hudson, preceded him in death. Two survive him, Robert Emerson Hudson of Roeland Park, KS, and Donald Kenneth Hudson of Sarasota, FL. In 1965, he married Martha Isabelle Holter who died in 1992. They had two surviving children, Stephen Holter Hudson of Olathe, KS and Laurel Kathleen Loustau, of Orange Park, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Hudson, his stepfather, F. Edwin Hudson, his mother, Jean Emerson, his sister, Ruth Ann Hudson, and a brother, Richard Hudson. He is survived by two brothers, Charles Hudson of Doniphan, MO and Don Hudson of Sunrise Beach, MO, 14 grandchildren: Alex, Leandra, Shawna, Riley, Colton, Layla, Jamie, Maria, Wyatt, Grace, Trystan, Kamryn, Nathaniel and Gabrielle, and two great-grandchildren: Jace and Lydia. The grandchildren became the joy of his twilight years. He loved words and the ideas formed by them. He loved the smell of lilacs, the sound of rain on a tin roof, Kentucky blue grass free of dandelions, the feel of a good serve in tennis, the muscle ache after a long pheasant hunt with his Weimaraners and spending time with family and friends. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be remembered by hundreds of students. His wit, wisdom and caring will be missed, and his impetus to include the humanities in a medical doctor's education is something he hoped would continue. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the Hudson Major Professorship in the History of Medicine. Make checks payable to the Kansas University Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044. A charitable gift receipt will be sent in return (Updated June 2014).
Jay Tenbrook King, 86, Prairie Village, Kansas passed away December 20, 2014. A private family memorial service will be held at Corinth Cemetery. In lieu of gifts, contributions are suggested to Shriners Crippled Children's Fund c/o Shriners Hospital for Children at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Tenbrook was born on August 5, 1928 in Pittsburg, Kansas and graduated from Culver Military Academy, University of Kansas, and University of Kansas Medical School. He pioneered cardiology at St. Luke's Hospital and practiced there from 1959 to 1988. Tenbrook was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather. Tenbrook is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy; children,Melissa (Mark) Anderson, Sarah (Byron) Hull, Matthew (Candace) King and Patrick King; seven grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Berube passed away on April 11, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Mary. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Danemann passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2013. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1953, Dr. Danemann moved to Chicago, IL to complete his internship at Michael Reese Hospital. Following completion of his internship, he served three years as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force in Big Springs, TX. It was there that he met and married his wife Joan. They returned to Chicago, where Dr. Danemann completed his residency at both Michael Reese and Northwestern Hospitals. Originally, he was focused on cardiology as a specialty and was accepted as a resident in cardiology at Michael Reese Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Danemann later found the technical part of gastroenterology interesting and chose that as his medical practice specialty. In 1960, Dr. Danemann and his wife Joan moved to Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Danemann ran the Sante Fe Railroad Hospital for 2 years before deciding to pursue private practice, where he practiced medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Danemann had a very successful private practice and was given the Hugh A. Cooper Award for Excellence in Medicine in 2004 by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Dr. Danemann is survived by his wife, Joan; sister, Rose; 4 children, Sandra, Susie, Mark and David; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
Louis M. Culp, MD, 88, Kansas City, Kan., passed away at his home June 28, 2013. Louis was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Troy, Kan. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the California Institute of Technology and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Louis was a General Practitioner for 47 years and was active in many professional and community organizations and initiatives including president of Providence Hospital Medical staff, president of the Wyandotte County Medical Society, chairman of the Wyandotte County Medical Emergency Committee, president of the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, chairman of the Wyandotte County Medical Society Peer Review Committee and Kansas Delegate to American Medical Peer Review Association. In addition to his career in medicine, Louis served from 1943 through 1947 as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Force where he was responsible for making sure the atomic testing on Bikini Atoll went off in good weather. Louis loved his family and was an avid gardener, meteorologist and a lifelong learner of cosmic science. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marion; five children, daughter, Nancy Ninon, son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Amy Culp, son, Steve Culp, DDS, daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Paul Maute and daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Rob Johnston; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Schlagel was born on February 13, 1927 and passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Dr. Schlagel was a resident of Seattle, Washington.
Robert (Bob) Jelinek born in Leavenworth, Kansas died on March 21, 2014 from complications of leukemia and cancer of the prostate. He was graduated with Phi Beta Kappa Honors from the University of Kansas in 1948 and from the Medical School in 1953. Following marriage in 1954 and service as a flight surgeon in the USAF, he completed a residency in Anesthesiology at UC San Francisco and moved to Santa Clara County in 1959, practicing primarily at San Jose Hospital. In retirement, he and his wife, Meryl, enjoyed traveling between their homes in Los Gatos and Vancouver, B.C. They have resided at the Terraces of Los Gatos for the past 14 years. Bob is survived by his wife, Meryl, his sister, Carol Weeda, his son, Tony (Sue), and grandchildren, Andrew and Libby (Updated June 2014).
Paul G. Ramsey, current dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, in a letter to his staff, had these kind words to say about our father's passing. He said, "I write with the very sad news that Robert Van Citters, who served as the UW School of Medicine's fourth dean from 1970 to 1981, died on December 7 in Edmonds, WA, at the age of 87. In keeping with his wishes, no public memorial service will be held. Robert Van Citters was born January 20, 1926 in Alton, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and in the Air Force (Medical Corps) from 1953 to 1955. He completed his undergraduate and M.D. degrees, residency training and a National Heart Institute research fellowship at the University of Kansas between 1953 and 1958. He came to the University of Washington in 1958 as an N.I.H. Special Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and became a faculty member in that department in 1963. Van, as he was known, made many outstanding contributions to the School of Medicine, especially in cardiovascular research and in biomedical administration. From 1960 to 1970, he was described by Robert G. Petersdorf as "one of this country's most imaginative and productive cardiovascular physiologists." His early studies addressed the relationship of cardiac function to the peripheral arterial tree. He developed instrumentation to measure blood flow through arteries and made major contributions to the study of cardiac function in un-anesthetized animals - an important area since, at that time, most humans were not anesthetized. In a study of comparative anatomy and physiology, he described the lesions of arteriosclerosis in the steelhead trout, with major implications for other animals. His studies helped to clarify the relationship of physiological responses in animals to those in man. In recognition of his many scientific contributions, he was elected in 1977 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was active at the National Institute of Health, serving on numerous review and advisory committees. One of his first activities at the NIH was to serve on the Artificial Heart Evaluation Task Force beginning in 1967. As an administrator, Van served from 1968 to 1970 as associate dean for research and graduate programs. In 1970, he was named dean of the UW School of Medicine, a position which he described as "challenging and enjoyable." During his tenure, the School of Medicine progressed significantly in all three major focus areas of biomedical research, medical education and clinical care. Van oversaw the start of the WAMI program (later changed to the WWAMI program when Wyoming joined) that provides medical education for the entire region. This in itself is a remarkable legacy. But his contributions go much further. He oversaw the creation of the Department of Family Medicine and the School's rural medicine program. During his service as dean, the medical school class grew substantially from 75 students to 175 students. Other programs, activities and initiatives started during his 11 years as dean included: the Harborview Medical Center Burn & Trauma services, the Medic One Foundation, organizational modification of UW Physicians to an integrated faculty practice plan (which served as a model for many other U.S. medical schools), the MEDCON faculty and community-based physician communication system, the MEDEX physician assistant program, key affiliations between the School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the VA Medical Center, Washington's statewide regional residency program and model provider affiliation agreements between the School of Medicine and community-based providers, obtaining fee for service payments for School faculty physicians from Washington State agencies (such as Medicaid and Labor & Industry), and maintaining Medicare fee-for-service payments for all U.S. teaching physicians. Tom Hornbein, a former chair of the UW Department of Anesthesiology, wrote of Van: "He taught me over the years precious lessons in caring leadership. I suspect most of my chair peers had a similar experience. He always made me feel I really mattered. Our periodic meetings together, for example, taught me a principle that has been lastingly precious: when the door to his office closed with the two of us inside, I had his total, undivided, seemingly unhurried attention. He always appeared totally focused on us, regardless of whatever big chaos was simmering in his deanly life." We have lost a wonderful leader, colleague, role model and friend. His legacy is profound. I and many others will miss his grace, vision and quiet, down-to-earth humor. Robert Van Citters is preceded in death by his wife Mary and survived by two sons, two daughters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren." "Doc" had a remarkable life from service in the Phillipines, to A Bomb testing in New Mexico, to Russian scientific exchanges during the Cold War, to research in Africa and around the globe, to rhododendron cultivation in his greenhouse, to his worldwide adventures in passionate pursuit of the almighty salmon, all, of course, supported by his inseparable mate of 60 years, Mary Ellen. He would most likely tell you these opportunities, in part, were made possible by the gift of higher education (Updated December 2013).
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).
Jack Merton Catlett Former Hilton Head resident, Jack Catlett, passed away on December 21, 2014 in Montecito, California. He was born in Columbus, Kansas on April 18, 1927 to Ruth and Harold Catlett. He attended school in Columbus until enlisting in the Navy on March 1, 1945, his senior year in high school. After serving as a pharmacist's mate in the Navy he received an A.B. degree from Baker University where he sang in the Baker Quartet. He then received the M.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He practiced general medicine in Emporia, Kansas from 1955 to 1960 at which time he returned to Kansas City to practice internal medicine. He became a clinical professor of Medicine at the new medical school formed by the University of Missouri. He was a traveling scholar of the American College of Physicians in 1969, studying at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1979 Dr. Catlett began practicing internal medicine at the new hospital on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He worked with Dr. Peter Miller at the Hilton Head Health Institute and for 15 years was the medical director for the Seabrook Retirement Center. While living on Hilton Head Island he was on the executive board of the Hilton Head Orchestra and the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Since moving to Santa Barbara, California in September, 2000, Dr. Catlett enjoyed participation on the Council of the Music Academy of the West and served on the board of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and four children: John Catlett (Virginia), Fay Catlett Sady (Gene), Ann Catlett, Lee Gum (Jim). He leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Duncan Catlett (Lindsay), Sam Sirchio (Ellenor Moore), Emma Ceurvels (Pat), Hillary Prachniak (Gio), Gabe Catlett Sady, Maya Catlett Sady, Alex Gum (Amanda Ross), Bryan Gum, Casey Gum and Daniel Gum. His great-grandchildren: Campbell and Dorothy Jane Catlett, Maggie and Jack Moore-Sirchio, Patrick and Bryan Ceurvels. (Updated December 2014)
Max E. Teare, M.D. died December 6, 2014. He was a home delivery at Forest City, Mo., to Thomas Vine and Mary Martha Teare on March 28, 1928. He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo., and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He graduated from medical school at the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas in Kansas City. He met his wife, Charlene, a nurse, at KUMC prior to his service as a Flight Surgeon and Hospital Commander during the Korean Conflict. They were married in Excelsior Springs, Mo., in 1957. Dr. Teare practiced in St. Joseph, and as a flight surgeon for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. He was board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and served as assistant superintendent of the Western Missouri Mental Health Center until 1972 when he left to establish a network of rural mental health centers in Garden City, Dodge City, Ulysses, Scott City and Liberal, Kan. He attended each office one day a week driving over 600 miles a week for 21 years. He was elected Physician of the Year by the Governor of Kansas prior to his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the American Medical Society and the American Psychiatric Society. Dr. Teare and his wife, Charlene, traveled throughout the US and several foreign countries. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; son, Thomas Max Teare of Chicago Ill.; his daughter, Marijo Rooney and husband Davis of Hays, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah and Dawson. (Updated December 2014)
Thomas James Fritzlen, M.D., 84, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City MO 64131. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Thomas More where a Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Teresa's Academy for The Anne Fritzlen Memorial Scholarship Fund, 5600 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64113. Tom was born May 18, 1930, in Upper Darby, Pa., to Josephine and David Fritzlen. He was raised in Kansas City and attended Visitation Catholic School. He graduated from De La Salle High School and later graduated from The University of Kansas, receiving his medical degree in 1954. Tom was an Eagle Scout and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Tom served as a Lieutenant and Medical Officer in the United States Navy. Tom practiced Pathology for over 50 years in the Kansas City area and recently celebrated his 60th medical school reunion. He was recognized this past week by St. Joseph Medical Center for his lifetime of contributions to the medical profession. A lifelong Catholic, Tom was an active member of both Visitation and St. Thomas More parishes, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. Tom married Virginia Anne Smith on May 9, 1959, and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before her death in 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Fritzlen; infant son, David Fritzlen and grandson, Rob Travis. Tom was a joyful and humble man whose faith and family were foremost in his life. He was an example to all who knew him. Tom will be greatly missed by all of his family, including children, Martha (Randy) Goodwin, Tom (Kelly) Fritzlen, Barbara (John) Travis, Anne (Jeffrey) Randolph, Bill Fritzlen; grandchildren, Michelle (Dave) Marshall, Drew (Cara) Goodwin, Camille and Max Goodwin; John, Joe and Haley Fritzlen; Laura, Will and Meg Travis; Tommy, Libby and Mary Kate Randolph; great grandchildren, Josephine and Ellie Marshall; and Abe Goodwin; and nieces, Lynn Fritzlen, Guerin Fritzlen, and Marla Fritzlen. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. O'Malley passed away December 20, 2012 at the age of 91 in Leawood, KS. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Kathryn; two infant sons and two infant daughters. He is survived by his wife, Marybeth and seven children: James F. O'Malley III, Hon. John R. O'Malley, Mary Bridget Kratofil, Patrick O'Malley, Brian O'Malley, Mary Kathryn O'Malley and Terence O'Malley, 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Gorman passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was a KU School of Medicine graduate of 1954 and married Dorothy McDonnell. Dr. Gorman was in the Air Force, and then practiced in Lake Oswego. He served in the Navy and retired as a Commander. He was a fourth degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Dr. Gorman is survived by his wife, Dottie; daughter, Alex Carney; sons, John and Brian Gorman and 8 grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Robert T. Manning, MD passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He was born October 16, 1927 to Thomas E. and Mary Ray Manning and lived in Kansas and Nebraska during his youth. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947 where he was encouraged to become a physician. He married Jane Bell on July 30, 1949 and earned his BA degree from Wichita State University in the spring of 1950. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine graduating with his MD degree in the spring of 1954. The entirety of his professional career was spent in academic medicine where he balanced patient care with the education of medical students, residents and fellow physicians. He left KUMC in 1971 to become the founding Dean of the Eastern Virginia Medical School until 1975 and continued serving there as Chairman of the Internal Medicine Department until 1977. He returned to Wichita, Kansas, and joined UKSM-W as Chairman of Resident Education at Wesley Hospital until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career he received accolades for excellence in teaching and was highly respected for his intelligence, integrity and humanism. In retirement, he continued to educate others through Senior University in Georgetown, Texas, while spending his leisure time woodworking, fishing and reading. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane. He is survived by his three children, Mary Kay (Mark) Fausch, Phillip (Darla Jo) Manning and Susan Shiba (Grant Lane); his five grandsons, Andrew (Maria) and Joshua Travers, Connor Manning, and Jason (Blair) and Bryan Shiba, and his great-grandson, Liam Travers (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Glen Gordon Halliday passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease, while being tended by familiar and caring staff at The Terraces nursing home in Los Altos, California. He was 87 years old. Dr. Halliday was born in the town of Pittsburg, Kansas, on May 27, 1926. He was the first child, and the first of three sons, of Amy Brandenburg and Dr. Glen Halliday. Dr. Halliday knew at an early age, as he proclaimed to friends and family, that he would someday be a doctor. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1943, he attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, in Pittsburg until late 1945 when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Army, he was first trained as an Infantryman at Fort Hood, Texas, and then as a Cryptanalyst Technician for the Signals Intelligence Service. While at Arlington Hall, Virginia, he was involved in the deciphering of captured German communications. Upon discharge from the Army he quickly completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and moved to Wyoming (to be near famed fly fishing rivers) and taught high school Science for a year. Following that, he attended medical school at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he met Donna Beth Clark. On November 7, 1952 Gordon and Donna were married, in the campus chapel in Lawrence. Upon Graduation from medical school in June, 1954, Gordon participated in a medical internship, followed by an Internal Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Gordon and Donna moved to Los Altos in 1960, with their three children, John, Rich and Beth, where Gordon and his brothers Roger and Arthur set up an Internal Medicine practice. Gordon and Donna's family grew by two additional sons, Chris and Tom, after the move to Los Altos. These last two sons continue the Halliday tradition as medical professionals.
In 1964, Gordon, Roger and Arthur moved their medical practice to 778 Altos Oaks, where they continued to practice together until Gordon's retirement in the early 1990's. During the Vietnam War he also found time to care for wounded soldiers recently returned from Vietnam. Following retirement from private practice, he again practiced medicine part time at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, until he fully retired. In addition to family and the profession of medicine, Gordon's interests were diverse and included a love of well written novels, especially by Hemingway, fly fishing on the streams and rivers of the western United States, traveling with family and friends, driving his Porsche 911, taking evening walks in his Los Altos neighborhood, befriending every dog he ever met, playing tennis, and listening to classical music. Until declining health prevented him from doing so, Gordon was especially fond of outdoor adventures, particularly to mountainous locations and to the coast of northern California. The town and beach of Carmel was his favorite. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Donna, and children John (Linda), Rich, Beth, Chris and Tom (Lisa), as well as grandchildren Rachel, Clayton, Paul and Allison. Gordon is also survived by brothers Roger (Kay) and Arthur (Judy) as well nieces in nephews in California, Missouri, Texas and Florida. (Updated October 2013)
Dr. A. William Shafer, 85, peacefully passed in the presence of his family on Monday, October 28, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. Bill enjoyed retirement life with his wife, Betsy Thomas Dring Shafer, at Lake Quivira, KS as a committed family man, voracious reader and avid golfer. Bill was married to June Alefs Shafer for 49 years prior to her death in 1999 and married Betsy in 2000. Bill was a loving father to two daughters, Sandy Francis (Dave) and Cynthia Moore (Steve) of Overland Park, KS and stepfather to Tom and Chris Dring (Kay) of Overland Park and Susan Deaton (Rick), of Virginia Beach, VA. Bill was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Theelda Gunther (Garland) Denver, CO and Jeanne Blessing (Roger) Lenexa, KS. Born in Great Bend, KS, November 1, 1927, Bill attended the University of Kansas and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and returned to graduate from KU and KU Medical School, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omicron Alpha. Bill began a clinical research and academic medicine career in Hematology that took him to Scripps Clinic, Harvard Medical School, University of Oklahoma Medical Center and University of Kentucky Medical School. Bill joined Southeastern Michigan Red Cross in Detroit to become the region's Executive Director over Blood Services operations and Red Cross services. In 1995, the Red Cross National Testing Laboratory in Detroit was named in honor of Dr. A. William Shafer. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd T. and Kathryn Bell Shafer and brother Ted (Updated November 2013).
Dr. Irvin George Scherer, MD, of Statesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014, at The Gardens of Statesville. Dr. Scherer was born October 21, 1929, in Kansas City, KS and was the son of the late George Jacob Scherer and Dovie Deloras Jones Scherer. He received his BA and MD Degrees from the University of Kansas and on June 18, 1954, he was married in Asheville, NC to Lois Anita Varner Scherer, who passed away January 17, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant from 1954 to 1957 and in the Navel Reserves until 1962. In July of 1957, he came to Hamptonville, NC at Windsor Crossroads and opened a medical practice along with being a doctor with the Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville, NC. He served as an assistant pastor at the Fair Oaks Gospel Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In April of 1976, he and Dr. Jim Ward opened the Tri-County Medical Park Family Practice which is located between Harmony and Union Grove. His office served patients from Iredell, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, and Alexander Counties. Dr. Scherer continued his association with the medical park until his retirement in 2009, at which time he gave the building back to the community. He was associated with Iredell Memorial Hospital for 50 years and served 17 years on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church at Mt. Mourne, NC. Dr. Scherer was called to be a missionary but because of only one kidney, could not be accepted so he made the medical practice his mission work. He did not charge ministers, missionaries, or christian workers a fee for his service. He had a love for teaching the Bible and had Bible study in his home on many Friday evenings for many years followed by excellent foods and deserts prepared by Mrs. Scherer. Dr. Scherer was also a supporter of the Gideons Organization. He is survived by one son, George Joseph Scherer and grandson, Jesse Alexander Scherer, both of Monrovia, CA; a niece, Annette Ladd and husband Ernie of Winston-Salem, NC and a brother, Alfred Scherer. The family would like to thank The Gardens of Statesville for their excellent and loving care of Dr. Scherer (Updated August 2014).
Dr. Godwin has retired and lives in wonderful Lawrence, KS. He is keeping very busy. His son, Andrew, is an Assistant Director of the KUMC Cancer Center. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Woods passed away December 21, 2012. Dr. Woods served 18 months as a medical officer in the US Navy, stations in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Woods was a past president of the KUMC Medical Alumni Association. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Cynthia, five children; Steven, Tiffany Smith, Dennis, Donald, and Thomas; stepdaughters, Sarah Thorne, Susan Thorne and Alison Thorne, 13 grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Dellett passed away February 3, 2013. He leaves behind his wife Margaret, son Randy, daughter Tamara and four grandsons. (Updated March 2013)
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).
Frank Dixon Eichhorn, M.D. of Garden City died Monday September 29, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Dr. Frank Eichhorn was born January 29, 1925 to Sarah Dixon Eichhorn and Jacob Eichhorn. He is survived by his devoted wife Ellen M. Loucks Eichhorn of the home, Daughter Stephanie and Husband John Farmer of Garden City, Son William Dixon Eichhorn of Garden City, Son Joseph Scott Eichhorn and Wife Carrie of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, 10 Grandchildren & 1 Great-Grandchild. He graduated from Garden City Community College and from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1956. Dr. Eichhorn did an internship and served one year of residency at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also attended graduate classes at Harvard Medical Center. During his lifetime Dr. Eichhorn also successfully managed the family farm east of town. He became a Fellow in the Academy of Family Physicians in 1979. He was first approved for appointment to the Medical Staff of St Catherine Hospital on December 2, 1960. He was an exceptional role model for fellow Medical Staff and Hospital Associates in patient care. He served 40 years of outstanding service to St Catherine Hospital and the people of Garden City, Finney County & Southwest Kansas. He is credited with delivering over 3500 babies during his career. Watching them grow up into adulthood was very satisfying. Delivering second generation was gratifying and growing older with his patients gave him insight into the needs of his older mankind. He was the Finney County District Coroner for more than 40 years. While conducting his rounds at St Catherine he met and married the love of his life, Ellen M. Loucks, R.N. of Copeland, Kansas. He was married 46 years. The Eichhorn family has resided on the same parcel of land at the corner of 4th and Pine in Garden for over 100 years. The original structure built by his Parents was a Boxcar house manufactured by Sears. It was shipped to Garden City by rail. Throughout his career he was generous with his professional services for patients in need. He was also very generous with his resources for people in need throughout the community. Frank & Ellen have been active members of the Garden City Community Congregational Church where he taught Sunday School classes for many years. He was actively involved in numerous philanthropic causes, volunteered with the Boy Scouts at their summer camp in New Mexico. His love of travel and caring for the family pets were among his favorite past times. He frequently visited Yellowstone Park and Germany. He is preceded in death by his Parents and Sister- Dr. Mary Martha Eichhorn, Psychiatrist. The example Dr. Eichhorn set for a life full of integrity, generosity, devotion, and accomplishments will sustain those who knew, loved & respected him. (Updated October 2014)
E. Robert Jacobs, 83, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Dr. Jacobs was born on March 19, 1931, in Galena, Kansas, to Mary and Eassa Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1956. He completed his internship for family medicine in 1957. His general surgery residency at Marion County General Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1969 was followed immediately by a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. He also graduated from the Indianapolis University School of Law in 1970. Dr. Jacobs practiced family medicine in Hope, Indiana, with Dr. Joe Dudding in 1957. He was on staff at Columbus Regional Hospital from 1957-2006. He moved to Columbus in 1960 and opened the Jacobs, Able Family Practice in Columbus. After completing his surgical training in 1969, Dr. Jacobs practiced general surgery until his retirement in 2006. Survivors include daughters, Anita J. (Tom) Veldman of South Bend, Indiana and Jean J. (Gary) Roberson of Edwardsburg, Michigan; a son, Robert A. (Holly) Jacobs of Richmond Hill, Georgia; grandchildren, Peter (Sara) Veldman, Carly (Wade) Veldman Parks, Julie Veldman, Rose Veldman, Kelley Roberson, Kristen Roberson, Jeffrey Roberson, James Roberson, Robert Jacobs, and Jena Jacobs; great-grandchildren, Lucy Jean Roberson and Avery Louise Veldman; brother Paul (Nellie) Jacobs, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and close friend, administrative assistant, and caregiver, Ruth White. Dr. Jacobs was preceded in death by his former spouse of 37 years, Carol (Gilbert) Jacobs; parents, Mary and Eassa Jacobs; son, Paul Jacobs; daughter, Theresa Jacobs; and sister, Theresa Jacobs. (Updated October 2014)
Dr. Solomon J. Cohen, beloved pediatrician in Westfield for 43 years, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, of complications due to kidney failure. He was 87. Dr. Cohen was born in the Bronx, NY, attended city schools, graduated from Cornell in 1944, and then joined the Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After discharge, he taught chemistry at Cooper Union in New York City while awaiting admission to medical school. In 1951, Dr. Cohen graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD, was chief resident at Hopkins, then a resident at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1954, he became a partner in the Westfield Pediatric Group. Dr. Cohen served as a trustee of the Westfield Red Cross, the Presbyterian Church Nursery School and the Westfield Daycare Center. He was proud of his term on the Westfield school board from 1968 to 1971, where he was an advocate for sex education in the schools. Dr. Cohen also continued his connection with Columbia where he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics. He taught and mentored residents at Columbia, and also had residents rotating through his Westfield office to gain firsthand experience in a private professional setting. He retired from practice in 1997. After retirement, Dr. Cohen organized a volunteer program in the Pediatric Emergency Room at Columbia for retired colleagues. In 2000, he was invited to Kosovo as a consulting pediatrician to a children's hospital, where he taught physicians whose training had been disrupted by the war in Kosovo. During his early years, Dr. Cohen was a gifted athlete, sprinting in the Millrose Games, playing on the Cornell football team, and playing tennis in Westfield. He maintained homes in Kennebunkport, Maine, and also at Winchester Gardens in Maplewood, NJ. Dr. Cohen was a commodore of the Goose Rocks Beach Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Dorcas (nee Hamilton); two children, Carolyn Betheil (Stuart) and Jonathan (Cindy); two stepchildren, Lisa Gonnella (Anthony) and James Cofer (Leslie); a third stepchild, Caitlin Cofer Rotchford, died in 2004. His grandchildren include Kristin, Megan, Amanda, Jarek, Trevor, Peter, James, John, Lucas, Kyra and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Evan. He is also survived by a brother, Herbert Cohen and wife, Diane, of Boynton Beach, Fla. (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Glasco is still engaging life with wonderful family, 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren – no rotten apples! (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Ernest Herbert Rieger, retired general surgeon and owner of Rieger Medical Supply, passed away on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 60 years, Karin Rieger, son, Dr. Erik Rieger (Della) and daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) McGinness (Doug). Ernest (Ernie) was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Katy McGinness, Doug McGinness III, Jacob Rieger, Jonathan Rieger, and Joshua Rieger. Ernie is also survived by his two loving siblings, sister Betty Anderson, and brother Bob Rieger, as well as nieces Juli Anderson-Bjerke, Holly Anderson, Allison Waggoner, and nephew Bob Rieger Jr. Ernie was greeted in Heaven by his niece Karin Anderson, who was waiting for him, along with his parents, and other passed relatives and friends. Dr. Rieger's life began in Wichita, Kansas, when he was born on June 6, 1929. He grew up in Riverside, graduated from North High School, and then went on to Wichita State University. He then obtained his medical degree from Kansas University. Dr. Rieger was a brilliant man and a gifted surgeon whose skills touched the lives of many people living in Wichita and beyond. He served as the Surgeon General for the McConnell Air Force Base in the late 1960's and he was a local pioneer in bariatric surgery. He loved talking with his patients and it was understood that an appointment at Dr. Rieger's office meant waiting a long time in the waiting room because he didn't follow the clock when a patient's concerns were involved. The payoff for the frustrating and maddeningly long wait was that you, as his next patient, were then also given the same devoted attention for your concerns. Dr. Rieger's day at the office didn't end until late in the evening because of his imprecise time management skill when it came to patients. His children sometimes joked that they would see more of him if they came to his office as patients! Dr. Rieger practiced medicine in a different era than today; if you could not pay your bill directly, he would accept any kind of alternative compensation. If you had a piece of artwork you had made, or had some other way to pay him back, that was just fine by him. Dr. Rieger contributed greatly to the world through his surgical skills and vast medical knowledge. He met the love of his life while he was an exchange student as a part of his medical training in Sweden. He fell head over heels for a Nordic beauty named Karin Larsson. They married in Sweden after a whirlwind courtship, and then began the long journey home to America with almost nothing in their pockets. After selling his favorite fountain pen to a stranger so they could raise enough money to sail to New York, the newlyweds then hitchhiked home the long trip home to Wichita. Their love and devotion to each other was the intense bond that saw them through 60 years of marriage and all of life's vicissitudes that saw, among other dramas, a tornado that destroyed their home in 1965. Dr. Rieger's health was failing for 14 years following a stroke, and Karin was at his side every day and night caring for him with the devotion of a modern day Florence Nightingale. They were inseparable throughout life and their love affair was worthy of any Hollywood movie or great novel. Dr. Rieger was also an inimitable character who could either dazzle you or infuriate you, depending on the day, and sometimes both in the same conversation. There was absolutely no point in trying to argue with him as his stunning intellect and artful tongue would always prevail, and he was a lifelong adherent to getting the last word. He was also at no loss to share his opinions with you, whether requested or not. He loved to dive into heady, intellectual discussions of any subject, mundane or profound, and he was most invigorated when he had a captive audience listening to his marvelous ability with words. Dr. Rieger was a true expert on almost any topic and the vast depth of his knowledge was stunning. There was almost no issue that he did not have at least a working understanding of, and his passion for learning was with him to his last days. He obtained a contractor's license in the 1980's because he wanted to understand the construction of buildings. He became a Hebrew scholar, although a lifelong Christian, because he was fascinated with the writings of the Torah and the Hebrew language. He studied biblical Hebrew so he could translate extremely complex writings in Hebrew and Greek, and his expertise was recognized by local rabbis. Translating obscure text was his idea of a grand time, and he was at his most joyful moments when immersed with the study of world cultures and profoundly complicated puzzles. Dr. Rieger left a lasting legacy and will be so greatly missed by his family, friends, and community (Updated October 2013).
Leonard A. Wall, M.D., 92, of Leawood, KS, passed away on December 24, 2013, holding his younger son's hand. Leonard was born on March 20, 1921 in Domby, OK to Sammie and Virgie (Woods) Wall. Dr. Wall served his country in the Army Air Corps as a B17 pilot during WWII, and he was a German prisoner of war. He was a well-known OB-Gyn in the Kansas City area before his retirement. He was a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery, fetal monitoring, and urogynecology. He was active in women's health world-wide and a clinic in Niger, West Africa, dedicated to the repair of birth injuries, is named in his honor. The urogynecology lab at St. Luke's on the Plaza is also named in his honor. Dr. Wall practiced at St. Luke's Hospital, where he was President of the Medical Staff, and served on the boards of both the hospital and the hospital foundation. Dr. Wall was a member of Prairie Baptist Church. Leonard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn. Survivors include his two sons, Dr. Leonard Lewis Wall and his wife, Helen of St. Louis, MO, and Dr. Terry Wall of Roeland Park, KS, two grandsons, Jimmy Wall of Washington, D.C and Thom Wall of St. Louis, MO (Updated January 2014).
Norman Hillmer, M.D. 84, of Lander, WY, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Private family services were held on Friday, January 10, 2014 with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander, WY. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Norman Roland Hillmer was born on December 1, 1929 in Topeka, KS to Ernest F. and Ester L. (Stahr) Hillmer. He was baptized on December 19, 1929 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS. He graduated from Topeka High School with the class of 1947. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, KS in 1951. On September 12, 1954 he married Delores Jean Jones at St. John's Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS and together they raised three children. In 1956 he graduated from Kansas University School of Medicine in Lawrence, KS with both a MD and MA. The following is a timeline of his professional career. Internship at San Diego County Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1956 to 1957. Residency in Anesthesiology at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA from 1957 to 1959 and Fellowship in Respiration and Oxygen Therapy from 1958-1959. Staff Anesthesiologist at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA in 1959. The U.S. Army Medical Corp at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, PA from 1959-1961. Staff Anesthesiologist at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA from 1960 to 1961. Staff Anesthesiologist at Mercy Hospital from 1961 to 1978, he was the Chief of Service from 1968 to 1972. Consulting Staff Anesthesiologist at Shasta County Hospital in Redding, CA from 1962 to 1974. Staff Anesthesiologist at Cascade Hospital in Redding, CA from 1962-1970. Staff Anesthesiologist at Memorial Hospital in Redding, CA from 1965-1977. Consulting Staff Anesthesiologist at Trinity County Hospital in Weaverville, CA from 1962-1978. Instructor in Anesthesiology at University of California Medical School (Davis) Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. 1966-1977 and Clinical Professor from 1977-1978. Staff Anesthesiologist at Bishop Randall Hospital/LVMC 1978-2000; Chief of Services from 1982-1986; Vice Chief of Staff 1992. He retired from practice on August 19, 2000. He was active in Church mission and education, including 12 years on Trinity Lutheran Church, Redding, CA Board of Education where he helped start and maintain a K-9 grade school. He was a current member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Lander, WY and was active in the local, Wind River Camp of Gideon's International. He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Norm loved sharing God's word, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Delores Jean (Jones) Hillmer, and three children, Michael R. Hillmer of Pflugerville, TX, Deborah D. Stufflebeam of Indianapolis, IN, and Lisa Hillmer and her fiancé Felix Coral of Lander, WY; four grandchildren, Mariah Stufflebeam, Alex Stufflebeam, Theresa Stufflebeam and Catherine Hillmer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his half-brothers (Updated February 2014).
Dr. Wade E. Elliott of Kansas City, MO passed away. He was a graduate from the KU School of Medicine in 1956.
Dr. Wullschleger died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Heritage of Bel-Air in Norfolk. Otto was born in Frankfort, Kansas on April 30, 1931 the youngest child of Otto and Jennie (Griffee) Wullschleger. He grew up on the family farm between Frankfort and Marysville. He attended country school and graduated from Marysville High School in 1949. He attended the University of Kansas attaining his Bachelor's degree in 1953 and continued on to earn his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1956. He completed his internship at Kansas City General Hospital in 1957 and was called to active duty in the United States Army Medical Corps where he served in Korea from 1957 through 1959. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant and achieved the rank of Captain. He remained in the Army Medical Corps as a Reservist until the end of 1962. Upon his return from military service he continued his medical education with a series of surgical residencies at Menorah Hospital in Kansas City, the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a vascular surgery fellowship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery in 1966. He married Mary Wolf on October 10, 1962 at Visitation Church in Stacyville, Iowa. They moved to Norfolk in September 1964 and made the community their home. Otto was the father of five children – Scott, Todd, Jonn, Ann and Jeann, father-in-law of Ann's husband, Kenan Diker and grandfather of Emre and Eren. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk and formally joined the Catholic Church on December 24, 2002 after participating in RCIA instruction given by Rev. Mr. Jim Doolittle and Sr. Carol Ann Clark. During his more than 50 years of medical practice, Otto held various positions. During his residency training, he was an Associate Physician for the Kansas City A's Major League Baseball team. He had a private practice in Norfolk, Nebraska for more than 26 years and was also an emergency department physician at Faith Regional Health Services for 10 years. At the end of his career he was the Medical Director at the Norfolk Regional Center for 16 years, retiring in 2006. He cherished the relationships made with his patients while achieving his goal of practicing medicine for more than 50 years. Otto was on the Medical Staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Lutheran Community Hospital as well as the combined Faith Regional Health Services. He was a member of the Northeast Nebraska Medical Society, Nebraska Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He believed strongly in giving back to his community. Among the ways he participated were his involvement in the Norfolk Jaycees and US Jaycees. He won the Spoke Award for the State of Nebraska and was the National Runner-up in 1965. He served as the President of the Norfolk Jaycees in 1966. He was the developer of the Cedar Heights Subdivision, a 160 acre development of small acreages in northwest Norfolk. He was a member of the Norfolk Catholic School Board from 1981 to 1987, serving as its President from 1982 to 1986. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City Iowa from 1981 to 1987. He was a member of the Norfolk Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Directors having served as its President from 1982 through 2010. He passed away suddenly, but not unexpectedly on March 10, 2014 in Norfolk. He resided at Heritage of Bel Air after suffering a stroke in April 2011. Otto is survived by his immediate family, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, sisters-in-law Doris Wullschleger and Marian Wullschleger, brother-in-law Bob Anderson and his wife Joan, sister-in-law Carmen Wolf, sister-in-law Marilyn Janka and her husband Bob. His wife, parents, two brothers and his sister preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Norfolk Catholic Schools Foundation or any other education oriented foundation (Updated March 2014).
Dr. Richard L. Penfold of Ft. Collins, CO, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (Updated April 2014).
Dan Stipe died quietly and peacefully at home with his wife, Pat and family by his side the morning of June 30, a beautiful sunny day in Lewiston, the city where he chose to raise his family and live the fullest of lives. Just a month short of his 87th birthday, he died of congestive heart failure. Dan was born July 29, 1927, in Dodge City, Kan. Forged in the heartland of America, he enjoyed a strong family upbringing where he learned the values he quietly and consistently modeled the rest of his life. An Eagle Scout, he joined the Navy at age 17 during WW II and proudly served in the Pacific Theater through the end of the war. After his tour of duty and honorable discharge in August 1946, he went to college on the G.I. Bill, attending Wichita University and then the University of Kansas. His dogged determination and confidence got him into medical school, where he earned his M.D. in 1956. Upon completion of his internship in Tacoma, he and fellow Kansan and classmate Dr. Stamey English chose to remain in the Pacific Northwest and established an office together in Lewiston. Dan loved his work and toiled tirelessly as a family practitioner, eventually teaming with several other partners in the Clearwater Valley Medical Clinic until his retirement in 1993 after 39 years of doctoring. He was well-respected and admired by his fellow professionals and more importantly by his staff and his patients. Despite his commitment to his profession, he understood the importance of a good work/life balance and made time with his family a priority as best he could. He enjoyed the outdoors and the many trips and adventures he experienced with family and friends. He loved hunting and fishing and caught many, many steelhead over his outdoorsman years. A lifetime of public service and associations was highlighted by his service as chairman of the Idaho State Board of Medicine from 1969 to 1973, serving as chairman of Blue Shield of Idaho, Board of Directors, and by numerous volunteer activities including helping deliver Meals on Wheels until a month before his death. An inveterate and voracious reader, he was a lifelong learner always interested in or willing to try learning or experiencing something new. This included earning a private pilot license, completing stained glass projects, traveling the world, or just tackling the latest and greatest board or card game around all the old standbys like cribbage, pinochle, and bridge. His first marriage ended in divorce in 1969. In 1974, he married the great love of his life, Pat Button, with whom he shared a most joyous and fulfilling 40 year life journey. Dan and Pat's shared travels and adventures took them together to 56 countries and all 50 states. His handwritten 'obituary notes' for us were substantially more abbreviated, reflecting his humility, wisdom, and clarity of what's really most important when looking back on a long life well-lived, not perfectly, but overall with genuine care, concern and compassion for his family, friends, patients and others. He touched many, many people with his humor, positive attitude and good-hearted nature. His lifelong example and leadership for two families worth of children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren is a testament to his character. He is survived by his wife Pat Stipe, sons Scott (Lil) Stipe, Brad (Natalie) Stipe, Whitney (Vanny) Stipe, daughter Stephanie (Shawn) Rudy, stepsons Dan (Cindy) Button, Steve Button, and Jeff (Chris) Button, and grandchildren Joy (Bill) Placek, Jason (Tracy) Hammond, Marianne (Chad) Owens, Rebecca Button, Kelsey (Kiel) Burcham, Zach Williams, Kyle Button, Bella Stipe, and Bennett Stipe. He faced the last years, months and weeks of his life with exceptional courage, unselfishness, determination, generosity of spirit and love, and always with a smile. He was by any measure a caring, generous and good man who loved his wife and his family deeply, and despite those strong Kansas roots, he was proud to call Lewiston his home (Updated July 2014).
Richard "Dick" Cramm, MD - October 20, 1930 - July 27, 2013. Dick was born in Liberal, Kansas, though he was liberal with his love, not his politics. He grew up in Wichita, KS and received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St Louis and later graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas. Dick married his high school sweetheart, Katherine, and came to California. He was the first Endocrinology Fellow at UCLA and practiced in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology in Newport Beach for 40 years. Dick gave his heart to his Savior and God filled him with passion for life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and sharing his love for America with family and friends. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 56 year, Kay; his brother, Ralph; his two sons, Russell & Topher; their wives, Johanna & Shelley; and 7 grandchildren, Karina & Annelise, Emma, Grace, Tanner, Garrett & Tucker.
Dr. Erich Daniel Ryll, Sr., 93 years old, of Carmichael, CA, died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Mercy San Juan Hospital, of complications from an intestinal illness. Dr. Ryll was born in Lorain, Ohio, to Nicodemus and Carolina Ryll, both German immigrants, on June 30th, 1921. He served in World War II in the US Army in Morocco & Italy 1942- 1945, and upon returning home he graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. in 1949. He went on to the University of Kansas, where he received a master's in Microbiology in 1953, and became an M.D. in 1957. After re-joining the Army in 1958, he completed a Fellowship in Research in 1963 at the Walter Reed Institute of Research in Washington D.C. He was a US Army physician and researcher until 1967. He joined Kaiser Permanente as Chief of Infectious Disease in Sacramento in 1967. In 1968 he started a private practice in internal medicine/infectious diseases in Carmichael and became well-known for his expertise. He helped a large body of patients through a devastating infectious disease in the '70's, and continued to practice medicine into his mid-80's. Dr. Ryll started the Physicians' Cycling Association in 1974 and remained an avid cyclist all his days. He also sang in the Sacramento Symphony Masterworks Chorus and the Bach Choir. A man of celebratory nature, he loved things passionately: his wife, his family, music, and cycling. He was preceded in death by his daughter Dorthea Kathleen Ryll (1949), and son Thomas Byers Ryll (1988); and is survived by two sisters, Tabea Ryll and Gertrude Stephen-Hancko; his wife of 72 years, Marjorie (Baldwin) Ryll; his son Erich D. Ryll, Jr. (Loretta); his daughter Eda (Ryll) Mathews (Art); his daughter-in-law Kathleen Ryll; and grandchildren Owen, Colin, and Ryll Mathews; Stephanie Ryll; Scott Ryll; and great-grandchildren Liza and Levi Ryll. (Updated November 2014)
Dr. Goering passed away January 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lavina Mae Goering. He leaves behind five children; Beth, Michael, Les, Thomas, Jonas, and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Richard Cramm was born on October 20, 1930 and passed away on July 27, 2013. Dick was born in Liberal, Kansas, though his friends and family know he was liberal with his love, not his politics. He grew up in Wichita, KS and received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Upon graduating from medical school at the University of Kansas, he married his high school sweetheart, Katherine, and came to California for their honeymoon. He was the first Endocrinology Fellow at UCLA and established his medical practice in Newport Beach, caring for his patients in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology for 40 years. Dick gave his heart to his Savior and God filled him with passion for life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and sharing his love for America with family and friends. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Kay of 56 years; his brother, Ralph of Wichita, KS; his two sons, Russell and Topher; their wives, Johanna and Shelley; and 7 grandchildren, Karina and Annelise, Emma, Grace, Tanner, Garrett and Tucker.
Dr. Donald Ray Tucker, 82, passed away on April 5, 2014 in Spring Hill, KS. A memorial service will be held at a later date (Update April 2014).
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).
Dr. Gregory has been retired since 1998. She is moving slowly these days, but still reading as much as ever, which is good! Dr. Gregory says she will never be too old to learn new stuff! (Updated October 2014)
Dr. Gerald Ray 'Jerry' Kerby passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas in 1958. After an internship at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Kerby studied Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, FL. He was stationed as a Flight Surgeon in Alameda, CA, where he completed his service in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Kerby returned to the University of Kansas to complete his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. He then spent two years as a staff physician doing clinical research, primarily in tuberculosis, at the Milwaukee County General Hospital in Wisconsin. His interest in pulmonary disease began when he worked at the tuberculosis sanitarium in Norton, KS, during the summers when he was a medical student. Dr. Kerby returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1967, serving as Professor of Medicine from 1976 to the present, where he practiced and taught pulmonary and critical care medicine. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 46 years. Dr. Kerby had served on the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society, as the Kansas Governor of the American College of Physicians, as President of the American Lung Association of Kansas, and as President of the Kansas Thoracic Society. He was awarded a Mastership from the American College of Physicians in 2006. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society, and received the Laureate Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the KU Mahlon H. Delp Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kerby served as a visiting professor at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London in 1975-76 and in 1986. He authored or co-authored more than 75 academic articles on pulmonary disease. Dr. Kerby met his wife, Arlis Bergsten, a nurse at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and they were married in 1958. They have been married for 55 years. He is survived by his wife, Arlis; two daughters, Dr. Gwendolyn Kerby and Allyson Kim; a son, Patrick Kerby; 7 grandchildren; a sister, Lida Ferman; a brother- and sister-in-law, Gene and Yi Bergsten; 4 nephews and 1 niece (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Daniel Martin passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012. He was a resident of Manhattan, KS. (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Peter Hartocollis, a former director of the Menninger Foundation hospital in Topeka, KS, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013. He was 90 and is survived by his wife Calliope, children Anemona, Lina, and Thomas, and 6 grandchildren (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Keith Wolfenbarger passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy H. Wolfenbarger, his parents, Hoyt and Laura Salyor Wolfenbarger, sister, Carolie W. Hoffman, and son-in-law, Thomas G. Dugan. He is survived by three daughters, Bellvia H. W. "Missy" Baskervill and husband, Robert D., of Arapahoe, NC, Laura Saylor Wolfenbarger Dugan of Oriental, NC, and Jane W. Emmart and husband, Mark, of Wilmington, NC; two granddaughters, Saylor and Kathryn Emmart, of Wilmington, NC; one nephew, Kevin McKeeman of Abilene, KS; and three step-children, Susan Brunell, Bert Brunell and Anne Bitter. Dr. Wolfenbarger knew he wanted to be a medical doctor at the early age of 13 and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity during his college years and was later inducted as a member of The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, (Prof. Honorary), and Phi Chi Fraternity, (Prof. Honorary). During work on his PhD in Entomology, he performed research for the US Navy in Acarology where he discovered several new species of Trombiculidae. "Wolfie" practiced medicine until he was 75-years old but maintained a very active life in addition to his medical practice. He owned and operated a ranch in Northern New Mexico, built and operated a 150 slip marina in Eastern North Carolina, and enjoyed flying his private planes around North and South America, as well as sailing his boats along the southeastern Atlantic Coast & Gulf of Mexico. Coming from a long line of farmers, he himself was a farmer at heart. He loved the soil and the land, a love that undoubtedly stemmed from his Native American Heritage. He greatly respected and loved animals and had a special place in his heart for the most innocent and helpless of God's Creatures. "Wolfie" was a survivor. This characteristic was most evident after a brush with death in 1980 when he was lost at sea for 14 days on a life raft with no food and little water. He fought for his life so that he would be here to care for his family and others. He is greatly loved by his family and will be sorely missed by those who knew him. The Wolfenbarger family would like to give special thanks to Cynthia Gregg, Karen Dixon, and Eudora Rose, for the loving care they provided to Dr. Keith, in his home, during the last months of his life (Updated October 2013).
Mark Dean Ost, MD, 81 years, of Pineville, Missouri passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at Freeman West Hospital in Neosho, Missouri. Mark was born and raised in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri and he spent his retirement years in Pineville, Missouri. In his youth he became involved in scouting eventually rising to the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a warrior with three palms in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, eventually rising to the level of Sachem. Shortly after graduating from Glennon High School in 1951 he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves. His formal education began with two years of Junior College and Rockhurst College graduating in 1954. Inspired by some of his best friends who had decided to go into medicine he continued his education at the University Kansas Medical School graduating in 1958. He served his residency at General Hospital (Children's Mercy Hospital) followed by a distinguished 42 year career as a hospital based pathologist at Baptist Medical Center and as a founding partner of Ost, Talbot and Smith Pathology Associates (formerly Smith, Ost and Scales Pathology). He was honored by his colleagues to serve a term as Medical Chief of Staff in 1987. Mark was Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1963 and in his specialty - Dermatopatholgy in 1981. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching medical students during his time at Baptist Medical Center as a highly respected expert in his field. Mark loved to read. During his retirement he became an accomplished wood turner, proudly becoming the Chapter President of the State Line Wood Turners Club. Dr. Ost was known for his ambition, intelligence, integrity and most of all for his love for his family. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Emily Ost; two brothers, Richard Ost and his wife, Mary, William Ost and his wife, Pat; two sons, Christopher and Daniel Ost. Mark is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dr. Carol Luhn of Pineville, Missouri; his friend for 67 years, Phil Accardo; sister, Patricia Regan and husband, Frank; brother, Jack Ost and wife, Gen; six children, David Luhn and wife, Kathy, Christina Luhn, Emily Akers and husband, Jared, Kevin Ost and wife, Connie, Lisa Lasker, Jeff Ost and wife, Ranae; twelve wonderful grandchildren and four great grandchildren (Updated March 2014).
Jack Edward Lungstrum died of natural causes the evening of December 3rd, 2014 at his townhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Jack was born June 12th, 1921 to Oscar and Bertha (Alexandre) Lungstrum in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1940 and volunteered for the United States Navy later that year. He served primarily aboard the USS Pensacola, and saw eleven major surface battles including Midway and Guadalcanal, where the ship was torpedoed and badly damaged with great loss of life. After Officer Training at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN, Jack was commissioned an Ensign, USN.
After World War II ended Jack returned to Kansas, where he attended and graduated from the University of Kansas. After college, Jack ran the medical laboratory in Junction City, KS and then the medical laboratory in Quinter, KS. He joined the Rotary Club in Quinter and remained a Rotarian throughout his life. In 1955, Jack married Helen Alice Watson of Topeka.
Jack was accepted into the University of Kansas Medical School in 1955, at the age of 34 and excelled academically throughout his medical school career. He chose to specialize in orthopedic surgery, and served as a resident in orthopedics with Dixon and Dively in Kansas City.
After residency Jack practiced orthopedic surgery in Salina, Kansas from July 1964 to July 1985, when he retired. He was on staff at both Asbury and St. John's Hospitals in Salina, serving as chief of staff of each at different times. He also served as president of the Saline County Medical Association, and was a member of the Council and on the Board of the Kansas Medical Society. He was for many years a coroner scene investigator for the Saline County Sheriff's Department.
During his time in Salina, Jack belonged to Christ (Episcopal) Cathedral, and at various times was active in the Cathedral's choir. He was for many years a choral member of the Bethany College Oratorio Society in nearby Lindsborg. He also was an active member of the ISIS shrine temple, having achieved the 32nd degree in the Masonic order, and the Saline court of the Royal Order of Jesters.
In early 1986, Jack and Helen moved to Sun City, Arizona and thereafter to Fort Collins, Colorado. Helen died in December 1997. Jack remained for a time in Fort Collins, and subsequently moved to Estes Park year-round. In 2008, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife Helen. He is survived by his sons John (Linda Lungstrum) and Richard (Linda Tilton) both of Lawrence, and his daughter Constance Clark of Estes Park, Colorado; by grandchildren Justin Lungstrum (Emily) of Brooklyn Heights, New York, Jordan Blackburn (Tanner) of Severna Park, Maryland, Alison Lungstrum of New Orleans Louisiana, Lexie Clark, Stoley Clark, and Lanie Clark all of Estes Park, Colorado; great grandchildren Ella and Jack Lungstrum, and Owen and Cameron Blackburn; and by Jack's sister Evon O'Brien of Topeka , Kansas and his step brother Garmin Guthrie of Kalispell, Montana. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Schroff missed seeing his friends and was disappointed he could not attend the KUMC Alumni Reunion Weekend this year to celebrate his 55th year KU School of Medicine class. (Updated October 2014)
Dr. Etzenhouser passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie; daughter Missy; son Russell IV; son Bill and four grandchildren.
Dr. Etzenhouser served in the US Air Force and was a much admired pediatrician in Johnson County for nearly 50 years. His true passion, after medicine, was his family. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. John C. Faul passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was born June 8, 1931 to Charlie F. and Caroline (Seibel) Faul in Harvey, North Dakota. On July 15, 1955 he was married to Eloise Franz, who survives. Survivors also include daughters Annette and Joel Funk of Siloam Springs, AR; and Ellynne and Jon Wiebe of Hillsboro; 4 sisters, Helen Fadenrecht and Alyce Loewen of Hillsboro, Linda Liebelt and Carolyn Klein of North Dakota; 2 brothers, Bennie Faul of Minnesota and LeRoy Faul of ND; 5 grandchildren: Eric Funk (and wife Stephanie), Abigail Funk, Luke Funk, and Matthew Wiebe and Joshua Wiebe (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Wilber B. Spalding, Jr., passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013. Wilber was born March 8, 1931, the first child of Dr. and Mrs. Wilber B. Spalding, Sr. The couple could not get to the hospital in St. Joseph due to a snowstorm, so Wilber was delivered by his father at the family home in Plattsburg, MO. Wilber graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1948. He did undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and William Jewell College and finished a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia. It was while doing his undergraduate work that he joined the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He retained Phi Gam friendships the rest of his life. After graduation, Wilber served his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon being discharged, he was accepted to his father's alma mater the University of Kansas Medical School. He was very proud of the fact that he and his brother graduated in the same medical school class in 1959. He interned in Orange County, CA. However, Wilber was a Midwesterner at heart. Returning to the University of Missouri, he was the first person to finish the new three year ophthalmology program at Columbia, MO. Wilber began his career in Ophthalmology with Dr. John Rufe in downtown Kansas City in 1963. His hospital appointments included Baptist Medical Center, Research Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Truman Medical Center. Wilber was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, 1979-1984 and served part of that time as its president. He liked to stay current and belonged to several medical societies as well. He loved medicine and cared deeply for his patients. He also enjoyed business and finance. Over the years, he invested in several businesses. He built, owned and managed London Square Apartments and was very proud of that accomplishment. After retiring in 2000, Wilber and his wife traveled to 65 countries around the world. Every Tuesday morning he went to the Retired Doctor Breakfast. He was a Rotarian, a Mason, and a Shriner. He was a lifelong Christian and a member of Country Club Christian Church. He loved his church, his family and Kansas City. Wilber was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of the home; two daughters, Michelle Spalding of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Emily Renner (Dr. Michael Renner) of Jupiter, FL; four grandchildren, Braden, Gray, Rachel and Jake; and brother, Dr. David L. Spalding (Paula) of Rogersville, MO) (Updated October 2013).
I hope to see all of our old friends from the illustrious medical class of 1959 at our 55th Reunion next year in 2014 (Updated October 2013).
Dr. Josephine "Jody" Anderson, Salina's first female doctor, died at her home Friday, January 17, 2014, following an extended illness. She was the daughter of R. Joe and Stella Anderson and was born Feb. 25, 1932, at St. John's Hospital in Salina. She attended Salina schools and graduated in 1951 from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Dr. Anderson was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Kansas from which she was graduated in 1955. She attended the University of Kansas Medical School, was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the senior honor society for medical students, and was one of only four women graduates in 1959. She interned at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, served two residencies there, one in internal medicine and one in hematology, before returning in 1964 to Salina where she joined the Mowery Clinic. She was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In Salina, she was a member of Christ Cathedral where she served on the Vestry, Saline County Medical Association, and Salina Country Club where she participated in the Ladies Golf Association. She also participated in the Salina Municipal Ladies Golf Association where she was City Senior Women's Golf Champion one year. Dr. Anderson also served on the board of St. Francis Boys Home for a number of years. She was preceded in death by her parents; niece, Elizabeth Matthews, of Los Angeles; and longtime friend and associate, Henry S. Dreher. She is survived by a sister, Nancy F. Matthews, of California; brother, Robert J. Anderson and wife, Marcia, of Salina; nephew and nieces, Robert S. Matthews, of Portland, Ore., and children Amanda Matthews, of Portland, and Joe (Tiffany) Matthews, of San Francisco, Josephine (Scott) Adair and children Maggie, Thomas, J. Scott, and Lizzie Adair, of Los Angeles, Jane (Jim) Bush and children Joe and Lauren Bush, of Overland Park, Nancy (Troy) Colwell and children Ella and Brody Sullivan, and Susie (Stephen) Wilson and children Ben, Alec and Lia, all of Lawrence, KS. One of Dr. Anderson's greatest pleasures was taking her nephew and nieces on what they described as "Auntie Mame" trips to various destinations around the world when they were still very young. The memories and tales from their travels are still recounted whenever members of their families gather together (Updated February 2014).
Henry James (H.J., Hynie) Weyers passed away on July 3, 2013. It was his 87th birthday. He passed away from natural causes in Fargo, North Dakota. Henry was born July 3, 1926 in Page, North Dakota, to Carmen (Jungnitsch) and William Weyers. He attended Page High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. During World War II, he served with distinction in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After World War II, Henry returned to North Dakota, where he worked as a carpenter before he began farming with his future brother-in-law, John Morton. He met his wife, Alvira (Qualley) at a barn dance near Tower City, North Dakota. When he was 28 years old, Henry decided to pursue a career in medicine. He received his bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University. He attended medical school at the University of North Dakota and at the University of Kansas. He completed his residency in San Diego, California in 1959. After Henry completed his residency, he returned to Fargo with his young family. During Henry's 30-year medical career, he founded the West Fargo Medical Center, worked as chief of staff at St. John's Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, served as Cass County Coroner, and worked as the medical director of chemical and drug dependency at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead, Minnesota. Henry sang "Welcome to my World" by Jim Reeves to every newborn baby he delivered. Henry was an avid musician. He played the accordion and bass guitar for a number of years with the country and western band "Mark and the Marksmen." He also loved to polka, hunt, play cards and tell jokes. After Henry retired in 1997, he and Alvira moved to Arizona. They lived in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon until they returned to Fargo in 2008. They moved to Touchmark, an assisted living community where Alvira continues to reside. He is survived by five children, Kari Plante, Karla Flores, Nina Sjoquist (Jeff), Jay Weyers (Carrie), and Anna Soler (Larry), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two siblings, John Weyers (Frances) and Mary Anthony. His first-born child, Roberta, passed away shortly after birth. Henry was predeceased by his parents and by his siblings Margie Pilgrim, Dorothea Weyers, and Gloria Morton.
On November 15, 2013, Thomas Paul O'Farrell, MD, FACS, 78, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Tom O'Farrell was born on December 16, 1934, in Kansas City, KS, to Margaret E. and Desmond F. O'Farrell, the youngest of their three children. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1952. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1956. While at KU, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and met many lifelong friends as well as his future wife of 54 years, Nancy Dunne. Tom and Nancy were married in June, 1959. He earned his MD at the University of Kansas Medical School in 1960. He completed his surgical residency at KU under Dr. Frank Allbritten. In 1965, Dr. O'Farrell moved his young family to Ft. Leavenworth, KS, where he served as captain in the US Army at Munson Army Hospital. He returned to Kansas City in 1967, and was honored to join the thriving general surgery practice of Drs. Leo and McGannon at Research Medical Center. He grew to enjoy a respected reputation as a general and vascular surgeon with an optimistic, energetic, and friendly bedside manner. In 1978, he initiated the group that eventually became Kansas City Vascular and General Surgeons, now led by his junior partner, Dr. Edward F. Higgins, Jr. ("Pard").
Outside of his medical practice, Dr. O'Farrell served in a variety of roles including Chief of Surgery and board member at Research Medical Center, staff member of St. Joseph Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor at UMKC, member of the Education and Leadership Council at KU Medical Center, the Review Board for BCBS of KC, and board member of the Research College of Nursing. Tom O'Farrell was a passionate lover of life. He worked hard and he played hard. He will be sorely missed by his family. He was their leader, their constant teacher, their moral guide, their protector, their anchor. His passion for life, his sense of humor, his love of teaching, his play with words, and his sense of integrity and loyalty were passed to each of them, and will live on through them. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, their four children: Anne Russell (Ward), Tom O'Farrell, Amy Sullivan (Jim), Patrick O'Farrell (Courtney), and their nine grandchildren: Maggie and Charlie Russell, Patrick, Darcy, and Mary Margaret Sullivan, and Edgar, Patrick, John, and James O'Farrell. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Elliott, his niece, Dawn Elliott, and many cherished relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bob O'Farrell (Updated December 2013).
Dr. Ryan B.Harrington died in the Palliative care unit of Sanford hospital on December 16, 2014. He had been ill for more than 13 years with myeloproliferative disease. On November 26, he sustained a hip fracture and was not able to recover from the additional health problems, associated with the injury.
He was born in Hancock, Michigan, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, on October 2, 1932 to Ryan C. and Constance (Freidrichs) Harrington. At the age of 9 the family moved to Minneapolis when his father was transferred. They moved to Fargo when Ryan was 12. He graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1950. He attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU). When the Korean conflict broke out, he was activated by his Naval Reserve unit. He served for two years as a Navy Corpsman, assigned to a Marine Unit.
Upon discharge he enrolled at the NDAC as pre-med student. He was accepted at UND Medical School where he received a BS in Medicine. In 1958 he transferred to the University of Kansas. He received the Doctor of Medicine degree there 1960. After graduation he interned and completed a residency in in Internal Medicine at St. Luke's in Kansas City. He was then accepted for a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Neurology and Neurodiagnostic medicine. In 1966 he began practice with the Neurologic Associates at the Neuropsychiatric Institute in Fargo and served as Clinical Professor the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He spent many years teaching students and residents in medicine. He truly enjoyed this opportunity. He received certification by the Board of Neurology and the Board of Neurodiagnostic medicine. He later examined for both those boards for several years. In addition to his practice, he was involved in administrative areas, serving on hospital boards and as President of the Neurologic associates and Chair of the Neuropsychiatric Institute Board of Governors. He also served on the board of St. Luke's Hospital. He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians.
Ryan and his family were members of Nativity Catholic church. He served on the Parish Council. For several years the family were actively involved in the Christmas Eve dinner. In recent years he enjoyed delivering meals to those who are homebound for that event. He served on the board of Catholic Family Service, as well as the board of the Opportunity School.
In 1959, while working one night as a medical student in the emergency room at the KU Medical Center, he was assisted by a senior nursing student, Agnes Diller. That encounter led to their marriage on November 26, 1960. They celebrated 54 years of marriage in November 2014.
Ryan enjoyed many summers at Lake Melissa near Detroit Lakes. He especially enjoyed sailing his c-scow and pulling his children and many others behind the boat for water skiing. A most enjoyable past time was walking his dogs for miles each day. In retirement he also delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. He met many new friends through this activity.
Ryan is survived by his wife, Agnes, and 3 children. Anne Johns, Detroit Lakes, MN Ryan (Lynn), Naperville, Illinois, and Mark (Miriam), Bloomington. There are four grandchildren, Ashley Johns and Kathryn, Jack and Elizabeth Harrington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Johnston.
Ryan's surviving family extend sincere thanks to the staff and particularly Dr. Levitt, of Roger Maris Cancer Center, as well as the staff of 5-east of Sanford Hospital. The family will be ever grateful to the Palliative Care Unit staff of Sanford. Their outstanding care made his last days much more comfortable. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Wendell Kay Nickell was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Smith Center, Kan., and died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Salina, Kan., after a long illness. He attended grade school and high school in Smith Center, but went on to University of Kansas before receiving his high school diploma. There he joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity and went into the Navy V-12 program. He was active in student politics, and was involved in starting the KU Bookstore. After graduation, he entered the University of Kansas Medical School, where he met his future wife, a fellow medical student, Waitstill Blair Ashbaugh. They married on June 15, 1947, and were married 57 years before her death in 2005. They transferred to Northwestern Medical School, in Chicago, because of his interest in neuroanatomy.
After graduation from medical school, he earned a Master's Degree in neuroanatomy, and she pursued residency training in anesthesia. Subsequently, they began practicing medicine together in Osborne, Kan. Their first two children were born in 1951 and 1952. He was drafted during the Korean War and served as a flight surgeon in San Angelo, Texas, for two years. While there, he obtained his pilot's license and started one of the Air Force's first flying clubs. After military service, he trained in general and thoracic surgery at KU Medical Center from 1956-1960, and was involved in some of the first open heart surgeries.
A third child was born in Kansas City in 1957. After finishing his training with a young family, he started a surgical practice in Topeka, Kan., from 1960-1966. Two more children were born in 1960 and 1962. In 1966, he was convinced by his fraternity brother, Dr. Robert Weber, to move his practice to Salina. He continued the practice of surgery in Salina, until his retirement in 1991. He was active in community affairs in Salina. He was instrumental in building the sanctuary for the Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, and was president of Asbury Hospital Medical Staff, Marymount College, The Kansas Surgical Society and The Salina Symphony. He was a longtime Rotarian and active in the Gridiron Club. After his wife's death from Alzheimer's, he founded Sunflower Adult Day Care. He met Barbara Marshall at Kansas Wesleyan in 2009. They shared a love of music and the arts. In 2012 they were married. He is survived by his wife Barbara Marshall Nickell; his children, Barry Louis Nickell and wife Margaret, of Kansas City, Sherry Lorraine Nickell, of Bell Buckle, Tenn., Nancy Nickell Kinzie and husband David, of Dallas, Karen Kristin Nickell and husband Andrew Wentzel, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Stacy Margaret Nickell Miller, also of Knoxville. There are nine grandchildren, Solomon Blair Willis, of Dallas, Caleb Wendell Willis and wife Lisa, of Washington, D.C., Ellen Ashley Nickell, of New Orleans, Elliott John Nickell and wife Elizabeth White, of St. Paul, Minn., Carrie Elizabeth Nickell, of Denver, Jenna Waitstill Kinzie, of Dallas, and Cecilia Blair Miller, Forrest Andrew Wentzel and Max Reuben Miller, all of Knoxville, Tenn. The family would like to thank all the caregivers who helped make his last days comfortable. (Updated November 2014)
Dr. Vaughn passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. He practiced medicine at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, worked at Social Security Disability and also set-up a private practice. Dr. Vaughn practiced at various hospitals and institutions as a contracted physician. Psychiatry was his passion and he thrived in helping others heal. His career spanned 60 years. Dr. Vaughn also served his country in The Korean Conflict as a First Lieutenant in the Army. He married the love of his life, Joanne Miller, in 1950. They were married for 63 years. He was a member of the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon. Dr. Vaughn is survived by his wife, Joanne Miller Vaughn; 3 sons and 1 daughter, David, Gregory, Paul and Stephanie; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild (Updated June 2013).
Dr. Billy Lee "Bill" Braden, 82, of Wamego, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at his home. Dr. Braden was born on September 21, 1931 in Eureka, Kansas to John Mordecai & Helen Ruth Braden. He was raised on the family farm south of Eureka where he enjoyed raising horses which helped pay his way to college. His favorite horse was a Palomino named "Flicka". He loved going on milk runs for the local creamery with his dad. He went to Eureka High School and played the clarinet in the Tornado band. Some of his favorite memories are of the homestead. He left for Emporia State University in 1949, where he earned a degree in Biology and was a member of the Beta Beta Beta biology and Phi Lambda Epsilon chemistry honors fraternities. In 1954 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the Medical Corps as an ambulance driver in Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and began medical school at the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, where he was a member of the Phi Chi medical fraternity. He was always grateful for the GI bill that helped his way through school. Bill met his future wife, Elizabeth "Huann" Armstrong where she was doing pediatric rotations as a nurse at KU Medical Center in 1959. In 1960 he received his doctorate of medicine. Bill and Huann were married on July 5th, 1959 and lived in Kansas City, Kansas. They moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he did his internship at St. Francis Hospital from 1960 – 1961. They moved to Wamego, KS in 1961, where he started his Family Practice with Dr. E.W. Chrisman. After Dr. Chrisman left 15 months later, he practiced alone until he persuaded his former medical school classmate, Lou Borgendale, to join him in 1963. Dr. L.A. Clark joined the practice in late 1964. Dr. Braden was active in helping start the new Wamego City Hospital which opened in 1970, where he was chief of staff multiple times. The family moved to an 80 acre farm west of Wamego in 1971, where he loved raising Galloway cattle and had a peach and apple orchard and a large garden. They moved back to town in 1978 where he still grew fruit trees. Dr. Braden was a dedicated family doctor still doing house and night calls and hospital rounds twice a day until retirement. He was a charter member and medical director of Wamego Community Hospice and with the family's help delivered Sunday meals for the homebound patients. He was the County Coroner several times. He was very proud of establishing a free clinic with the help of county health nurses. He served as a preceptor for medical students for 25 years. He retired in 2000 and was honored for by the Wamego City Hospital for 39 years of service. He continued to have very special relationships with his former patients. Dr. Braden loved music, especially Celtic music. He would even get his clarinet out from time to time. Dr. Braden was active in Lion's Club, a member and former board of director's member for the Wamego United Methodist Church. He also helped with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and even gave 25 units of blood over the years. He was a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He was honored by Modern Woodmen in 1985 as Citizen of the Year in 1985. He became active in men's bible study, morning coffee and Heritage Club in his later years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Lance who passed away in January of 2004. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Huann and his two sons: Stuart and his wife Ann of Mission, KS and Chris and his wife Anna of Wamego; 1 sister: Martha Helen Braden, of Eureka, KS; 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth Ann, Collin Stuart, Kinsley Lynae and two step-grandchildren; Kristin Lea and Kimberly Ann. Bill and Huann were also foster parents for Alma Lister from 1967 – 1969 (Updated October 2013).
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).
Dr. Jones retired from patient care, but is still the coroner for 10 counties (Updated March 2015).
Dr. Keeler passed away January 3, 2013. Dr. Keeler served in the military during the Vietnam War at the 45th Surgical Hospital in the Forward Combat Area of Tay Ninh, performing countless operations on our troops at what was regarded as the most dangerous hospital in the world during the active days of the Vietnam War.
Dr. Keeler is survived by his children Scott, Brad and Anne along with 9 grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 after a short illness. He spent his last days at UNC Hospital surrounded by his family. Dr. Sheldon was born in Salina, Kansas, where he grew up around medical practices. He was a third generation physician—his maternal grandfather, Dr. George F. Zerzan, practiced in Holyrood, Kansas, and his father, Richard Robert Sheldon, practiced in Salina, Kansas. He married Ruth Dawn Guy in Hutchinson, Kansas on August 23, 1958. The two would go on to have three daughters and enjoy 55 years together. Dr. Sheldon had a B.A. in History and a M.D. from the University of Kansas. Following internship at KU, he performed his military service in the Uniformed Service (Coast Guard) of the United States Public Health Services, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then did a Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and his surgery residency at the University of California-San Francisco, where he became Chief Resident. He also completed Fellowships at the National Heart Institute and Harvard Medical School. In 1971, Dr. Sheldon joined the University of California, San Francisco. In 1984, Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and became the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Social Medicine. During his seventeen years as Chair, he made many changes to the department that resulted in substantial program growth and expansion of department services. Dr. Sheldon was one of fewer than twenty surgeons in the past one hundred years to be president of all of the major surgical organizations, including President of the American College of Surgeons, President of the American Surgical Association, President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and Chair of the American Board of Surgery. He was a Charter Member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) when it was founded in 1985 under the Department of Health and Human Services, and was a lifelong champion of Graduate Medical Education. He has received numerous professional awards, including the University of Kansas School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of North Carolina Medical Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Kansas, and was named as the Distinguished Service Member by the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2011, he was presented with the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons, an honor that has only been bestowed once previously. He was Editor-in-Chief of eFACS.org, the web portal of the American College of Surgeons. He authored over 400 articles and book chapters. Along with Surgery, Dr. Sheldon had a lifelong love of American history. He was an authority on early Colonial medical history, writing several articles on the subject. Dr. Sheldon trained hundreds of residents and fellows, and mentored countless medical students and faculty members. He treasured family trips to the family cabin in Colorado, and was planning a visit there in August. Dr. Sheldon is survived by his wife Ruth, of Chapel Hill, NC; three daughters: Anne Sheldon Anderson of Citrus Heights, CA; Elizabeth (Betsy) Sheldon of Orangevale, CA, and Dr. Julia Sheldon, of Carmichael, CA. He also leaves behind two brothers (Richard Robert Sheldon II, Ph.D. and William F. Sheldon, Ph.D.) and four grandchildren (Updated July 2013).
Franklin Eugene "Gene" Waggoner, M.D., age 87, of Bonner Springs, KS passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at his home. Dr. Waggoner was born Jan. 15, 1926 to Walter and Melva Carr Waggoner in Maitland, MO and grew up in St. Joseph, MO (Updated December 2013).
Dr. William E. Schlotterback, of Topeka, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his home. He was born in Hays, Kansas, the son of Bus and Grace (Disney) Schlotterback. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1961. He practiced family medicine in Mankato and Belleville, Kansas and later retired from Washburn University in Topeka. William is survived by his wife Karen and siblings Tom Schlotterback, Mary Jo Sleezer, and Margaret Younger. Other survivors include his children Matt (Tina) Schlotterback, Mike Schlotterback, Mark Schlotterback, Pat (Jacque) Schlotterback, Anne (Pat) Ferguson, David (Tracy) Schlotterback, Trent Dean, Brady (Ashley) Dean, Chelsey Cairns, and Samantha (Greg) Chitwood, as well as 14 grandchildren (Updated March 2014).
Dr. William Jourden Cameron, MD, 84, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Kansas Medical School, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 5, 2013 in his home on Lake Charlevoix, Michigan. Dr. Cameron was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Verta and William Cameron. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. Following his internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, Dr. Cameron spent a year in General practice at the Burns Clinic in Petoskey, Michigan. He then served two years as Captain in the USAF. In 1958, Dr. Cameron, began a four year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and upon completion, joined the teaching staff at that institution. He progressed from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Full Professor. He was an Assistant Dean at the Medical School and a Vice Chairman of the Ob-Gyn Department. When he retired in 1995, he had been appointed Emeritus Professor. Dr. Cameron was board certified in Ob-Gyn in 1965. He was chairman of the Kansas section of the American College of Ob-Gyn from 1971-74. He was a member of dozens of medical organizations, including the AMA and the American Fertility Society. Dr. Cameron delivered thousands of babies during his career, but he was particularly recognized as an expert in treating infertility cases. He also was active in establishing the first in vitro fertilization program in the Midwest. Early in his years at KU he was first in the area to transfuse blood in utero to an at risk fetus, the baby of an RH negative mother. He was a much appreciated public speaker and appeared on medical programs throughout the U.S. and internationally. His medical articles were published throughout the country. Dr. Cameron had a number of favorite pastimes, notably fishing, skiing, reading and watching televised sports. He devoted many hours to fishing Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and at special sites in Alaska, Montana and Canada. He was proud to have skied most of the popular areas in the U.S., and in Europe as well. In retirement, Dr. Cameron honed his kitchen skills and emerged an innovative and talented family chef. Friends and neighbors of Dr. Cameron recall his devotion to his dogs. The Cameron family has owned Labrador Retrievers for more than 50 years. Nick, a black Lab, and Carly, a yellow, remain with his family. Surviving Dr. Cameron are his wife of 59 years, Monsie (Hoedl); son W. Bruce Cameron (Cathryn) of Los Angeles, CA; daughters, Amy Cameron of Kanas City, and Julie Cameron, MD (Ray Varuolo) of Pittsburgh, PA; four grandchildren, Georgia Lee Murdoch (Chris), Chelsea Hatch (James), W. Chase and W. Gage Cameron; two great grandchildren, Eloise Jourden Murdoch and Gordon Bruce Hatch. Bill Cameron will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his unique sense of humor and forthright personality (Updated October 2013).
Dr. David E. McKnight, of Emporia, Kansas died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the age of 81. Dr. McKnight was born July 1, 1932 in Eskridge, KS, the son of James and Lillian (Buchheim) McKnight. He graduated from Eskridge High School and from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1957, having earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Social Fraternity. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture 1957-1958 in Sioux City, IA. He returned to Emporia in 1958 to take additional classes at Emporia State University and then enrolled in the University of Kansas, School of Medicine, graduating in 1962 with his Doctor of Medicine Degree. He served his internship at the Jefferson-Davis Hospital at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. His residency in Internal Medicine was completed at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Kansas City in 1966. He was engaged in private practice in Kearney, Nebraska from 1966-1967 and then returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine to complete training and residency in the field of Radiology. He entered private practice as a Radiologist for both St. Mary's Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas on December 31, 1970. In addition he donated his service to assist the Student Health Services of Kansas State University. He continued in this practice from 1971 to 1985 when health problems forced his retirement. Dr. McKnight was diagnosed in 1986 as having Phospho Cardio Lipid Syndrome and is thought to have been the oldest living person with this disease. He willed his body to the Mayo Clinic and to Duke University for research. Dr. McKnight never married. He is survived by his sister, Mary Palenske of Sun City, AZ.; his niece, Jeanne Palenske Stuewe of Paxico, KS, and a nephew, Hal Palenske of Saffordville, KS. His hobbies included collecting brass and copper artifacts and decorations, as well as flower gardening (Updated August 2014)
Keith T. Etzenhouser, MD, of Bailey, Colorado passed away on April 30, 2014. Husband of Beth Etzenhouser for 49 years. Father of Gary (Angela), Matthew (Kristine), Marshall, and Marcy (Scott) Hartman. Brother of the late Russell Etzenhouser. Also survived by eight grandchildren.
Dr. Jones has had a successful medical career! His career accomplishments include the following: Between 1966–1969: stationed at USNR – Camp Lejeune, NC. He was a doctor in the Marine Division and was deployed often. Between 1969-1990: Internal Medicine solo practice located in Reno, NV. During 1991, Dr. Jones participated in a Partial Inf. Dis. Fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. From 1992-2001, he joined a small group I.D. Practice. In 2001, Dr. Jones retired from medical practice and is enjoying travel and hiking. His son currently resides in Tulsa, OK and is an AA pilot. His daughter currently resides in Honolulu, HI and is a teacher (Updated September 2013).
There has never been anybody remotely like David Jenkins. He enriched the lives of everyone he met, and none will ever forget his kindness, his gentleness, his erudition coupled with self-effacement, or his quick wit.
David was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Sale, a suburb of Manchester, England, to Maybel Lowe Jenkins, a pediatric nurse, and Charles Evans Jenkins, a physician. Maybel and Charles had suffered the loss of a one day old daughter two years prior to David's birth, thus he was particularly precious to them. A sister, Mary Gwendolen Cromwell Jenkins, known as Mollie, was born in 1923.
David suffered adversity in childhood. Born left-handed, it was thought to be beneficial to force him to use his right hand instead. Perhaps as a result he developed a pronounced stammer, and was cruelly teased by other children. Another cataclysm was the sudden and unexpected death of his mother, when David was 13 and Mollie 11. For the rest of their lives, David and Mollie would say "that was before mother's death," or "that was after mother's death" – it was the signal event from which all others were dated.
When he was 11, a neighbor took David to see Arthur (later Sir Arthur) Cobham's Flying Circus in nearby Wythenshawe. The air show featured Flying Fleas, aircraft that amateur enthusiasts could build from a mail order kit, using wooden packing crates and a 10 horsepower automobile engine. David was entranced by the planes, and aviation became a lifelong passion. Even when he was very old, the sound of a plane overhead would make David immediately halt and squint up at the sky, trying to determine the make and model of the craft.
Another passion was the sea, fueled by annual summer visits to friends in his favorite place – Largo, on the Fife coast of Scotland. He liked to quote Kenneth Grahame: "There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats, "and he never went to any coast without keeping close tabs on the tide tables.
After his mother's death, David was sent to board at Clifton College in Bristol. There at age 13 he met George Gibbs, and they remained best friends for life. They were both passionate sportsmen, excelling at cricket and rugby, and playing team sports as Old Cliftonians well into middle age.
In 1940, the Luftwaffe began its campaign of bombing London (the "Blitz"), and David volunteered to join the Royal Air Force. He was rejected by the interviewer because of his stammer. But, he had memorized the questions that were asked, and he wrote them down and devised answers that lacked the consonants that gave him trouble. He then went to Padgate, many miles away, and volunteered there. This time the stammer was not detected, and he was accepted. Young men were encouraged to keep fit and perform volunteer work as they waited to be called to active service, and David worked for six months in the Forest of Dean, cutting pit props to reinforce coal mines as part of the war effort. In 1941 the R.A.F. formally inducted him at Lord's Cricket Ground, which served as the Aircrew Receiving Center.
He was fond of recalling that the R.A.F. mess was in Regent's Park Zoo; the animals had been moved to the countryside for their protection. He was sent to South Africa to learn to fly, traveling by ship in a convoy from Liverpool to Durban. The voyage took six weeks due to detours required to evade German U-boats. Once in South Africa, David trained on Tiger Moths, a fabric covered biplane. He loved the time he spent there, and in his spare time he flew solo over the unspoiled countryside of what would later be called Zimbabwe, observing the great herds of elephants and giraffes. He was awarded his "wings" in 1943 and after several training assignments he joined 115 Squadron, based in Witchford, near Ely. The squadron had about 30 Lancasters, a four engine aircraft that was the R.A.F.'s main heavy bomber. During the course of the war, over 7,000 Lancasters were built; each typically lasted only three weeks. In 1943 an R.A.F. bomber crew had a 16% chance of surviving a full tour of duty (30 missions). 115 was a night- bombing squadron, carrying a mixture of high-explosive bombs and incendiary bombs.
David always wore his pajamas under his uniform, as it was bitterly cold. Aircrew carried a small box, known as "Pandora's box," which contained rations, maps, and currency, in case they were shot down over enemy territory. A file was sewn into the pocket of their jackets, under the wings insignia, and one fly-button of their trousers was a tiny compass with a luminous dot pointing north. Each Lancaster had a crew of seven, and David's crew always praised his skill, his courage, and his calmness under fire. He completed a full tour of 30 missions, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He would never speak of the incident for which he received this decoration, and if you asked, he would say, "Oh, they were handed out with the rations." In his 70s he tracked down his crew and a reunion was held in Weston-super-Mare. His air gunner/wireless operator Harry Rossiter then became a close friend for life. Of the 125,000 airmen who flew with Bomber Command, 55,573 were killed. Counting the wounded and the captured, the casualty rate was 60%, much higher than that even for infantry soldiers in World War I. Fewer than 1,000 veterans of Bomber Command are still living. Debates over the morality of the bombing, especially those raids that took place very close to the end of the war, prevented the honoring of bomber crews for decades. A memorial to them was finally unveiled in London in 2012, and The Times (London), noted that "These men were, are, and always will be heroes."
Those who learned of David's service as a bomber pilot tried to talk to him about his experiences, but he never would do so. The deaths of his comrades, and of an estimated 600,000 German civilians, sickened him, and he found those memories almost unendurable. Those who worked with him in later years will recall that when one said to David, "Good night, " he never replied: "Good night." He always said: "Peace."
During the war David met Annette Evill, an officer in the Women's Royal Air Force, and they fell deeply in love. "She was a spellbinder, " he recalled. "A real crackerjack." Through a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications that would have been easily resolved had they only had cell phones, she married another, and David was heartbroken. Happily married for 50 years, upon her husband's death Annette contacted David; they met again in London and in Kansas City, and their friendship lasted until her death.
After the war David was offered a position as a flying instructor with the R.A.F.'s Empire Flying School, which trained military pilots. This was a highly sought after honor, and David enjoyed teaching all of the risky skills; landing with one engine turned off; with two engines turned off; how to feather the propeller if an engine was on fire. A fellow instructor actually performed barrel rolls with the 36,000 lb. Lancaster, and David always maintained that the only proper training for a pilot was military training. Whenever he heard of the crash of a modern heavily computerized civilian aircraft he would remark: "It's a good idea to look out the windshield occasionally." Although he loved flying, a career in medicine called to him as well, and he graduated from the London School of Medicine with an M.D. degree in 1953. He then studied clinical medicine and clinical pathology. He also spent a year in Newcastle, studying pediatric neurology. He loved children and they were perennially attracted by his gentle manner and eccentric charm. David and Mollie's father died unexpectedly in 1953, after a two-day illness. Although he was an admired and hard-working physician, of whom David liked to remark approvingly: "He never took a day's vacation in his whole life, " he died with 5,000 pounds in debt; an enormous sum. David and Mollie proceeded to pay this off, living in a tiny apartment with other young friends. The move to this new location required David to move his cherished aquarium, which he transported, half-full, on the London Tube. He and Mollie then lived together in Crediton Hill, accompanied by their father's Sealyham Nip, and their cat Lucy.
David was a devoted member of The Hampstead Cricket Club, and articles in the Ham and High describe his prowess as a spin bowler. In 1961, aged 40, David decided to do something different and undertake a two year research project at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In fact he remained in Kansas City for the next 53 years. Due to the strictness of American licensing rules, he was obliged to repeat his residency in Pathology.
He then joined the faculty of K.U.M.C. in the Department of Pathology, specializing in Microbiology. He taught medical technologists, nurses, medical students, and residents, and his amusing and erudite lectures were much admired – quite an achievement for a man who once struggled from a crippling stammer. He lived in a modest apartment across the street from the hospital and rode his bike most places. He was a founding member of the Kansas City Rugby Club, wearing the Number 2 jersey.
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Dr. Kompus has retired and is currently enjoying Colorado. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Philip B. Holwick, 76, died on July 26, 2013. Survivors: Sons, Scott Holwick of Easton and Timothy Holwick of Tucson, AZ; daughter, Cynthia Holwick of Easton; four grandchildren.
Dr. Renz passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013. He graduated in 1964 from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the same year, married, Virginia, his wife of 49 years. Following his internship and 3 years of residency, Dr. Renz spent 2 years in the military service at David Grant Hospital on Travis AFP as the pulmonary specialist. Upon discharge, he returned to KUMC for a Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. During this time, he was responsible for originating trans-nasal insertion of the fiber optic bronchoscope. In 1972 he brought this technique to Sacramento, CA, where he entered private practice until retirement in 2004. He held a 14 year academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at UCD. He was president of the California Thoracic Society and president of the California College of Chest Physicians followed by 3 years as the Executive Director. He held membership in the Christian Medical Dental Association for many years. During his late years of practice, Dr. Renz served several skilled nursing facilities as their medical director. In retirement, he and his wife moved to North Idaho. They served in missions at Real Life Ministries (RLM) and made mission trips to Africa and Iraq. He joined the Northwest Sacred Musical Chorale in 2005 and at the time of death had just completed a 3-year term as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Renz is survived by his wife, Virginia; 3 daughters, Cathy, Linda and Karen and their husbands; brother, Richard and10 grandchildren (Updated June 2013).
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).
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).
Duane A. Murphy, MD, 81, Orthopedic Surgeon and Navy Korean War Veteran, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. He was born Dec. 25, 1932, to Sophia and Lawrence Murphy. Dr. Murphy received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Ft. Hays State University and graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS. He did his residency training of Orthopedic Surgery at Via Christi-St. Francis and General Surgery at University of Kansas Medical Center and Flexible Oregon Transitional year at St. Luke's Hospital. In addition to his practice as an Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Murphy served as Chief of Staff for Wesley Medical Center, Team Doctor for Wichita State University Football and Basketball along with Dr. Eugene Kaufman. He also volunteered his time to work with children who had orthopedic disabilities and community clinics that provided medical services to low-income individuals. Survivors: wife, Norma R. Murphy; son, Tim (Shari) Murphy; daughters, Jodee (Scott) Pike, Cheryl Murphy and Karen (Mark) McCubbin; stepsons, Hugh, Jay and Kelly Graham; sister, Jeannie Moore; grandchildren, Jonathan (Amanda) Pike, Matthew Pike (fiancee' Jordyn), Daniel Pike, Andrew (Linzi) Murphy, Jacob Murphy, Zach and Ian McCubbin, Corey, Dalton and Tyler Graham, Matt Rollings, Deborah Murphy, Taylor and Jordan Allen, "adopted" daughter, Kasey Baker and "adopted" grandson, Rhys. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Lee Murphy, DDS and sister Pat Murphy Shrank (Updated November 2014).
Fran and Dan love their new maintenance-free retirement living. It's a bit like living in a dorm with lots of new friends and neighbors! Exercise and good food are featured. Dan is restoring his new 1955 Chevy station wagon and Fran is still volunteering at the Free Health Clinic (Updated August 2014).
Kerry O'Fallon, a family practice physician and long-time resident of Cottage Grove, Oregon, died Friday, July 11, 2014. His passing is a significant loss for both his family and the community he serviced with dedication, humor and honor.
Kerry was born to Dorothy and Kenneth O'Fallon on April 25, 1939 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He had many adventures as a child in Colorado, including some weeks sharing a covered wagon with his parents while his father tended sheep on the family ranch. The family moved to Manhattan, Kansas when Kerry was 11 years old, and there he began to display serious talent as a violinist. As a college student, he abandoned his dream to become a professional musician, sold his violin, bought a microscope, and buckled down to his medical studies. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1962, married Lila Peterson in June, and they moved to Kansas City where Kerry earned his M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1966.
He interned at the Public Health Services Hospital in Seattle, followed by a two-year residency on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and finally a surgical residency back in Seattle. He had fallen in love with Oregon when he took time off from college to work in a mill near Cottage Grove, and that is where he joined Dr. Stan Oberg's practice in 1969.
Kerry served Cottage Grove as a family practitioner and surgeon for 32 years. He was a co-founder of the Mt. David Medical Group, and he sat on the Cottage Grove Hospital's Board of Directors and acted as chief of its medical staff. His community involvement included ten years as Deputy County Coroner, many years as a sideline physician for Cottage Grove High School athletics, and six years on the South Lane School Board. Upon his retirement from medical practice in 2001, Kerry began a five-year stint as co-director of Volunteers in Medicine.
Kerry married Mary Jo Delyea-Youngmayr in 1975, and together they led an active life full of children and grandchildren, as well as an extended family of parents, siblings, "adopted" exchange students, and devoted friends. They traveled widely, from Ireland to Africa. In 1976, Kerry's love for travel and for track and field resulted in a trip to the Summer Olympics in Montreal. Wherever Kerry went, he created circles of friends. He played tennis with some and poker with others, and he was loyal to all. No one told a joke better than Kerry, and his distinctive laugh rewarded anyone who elicited it.
Kerry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary Jo, as well as his children and their spouses: Shon O'Fallon (Kimberly), Shannon O'Fallon (Kevin Shores), Kelly Terracciano (Johnny), and Kari Mae Youngmayr. His grandchildren include Kelsey and Brittany O'Fallon, Liam Shores, Gianna Terracciano and Piper Youngmayr. He is also survived by brother, James O'Fallon of Eugene and sister, Kathleen O'Fallon of Springfield.
David Lee Straub, M.D., of Joplin, Mo., passed away peacefully after a short illness at The University of Kansas Medical Center on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the age of 72.
David is survived by his loving wife, Myra Ligeko Straub, of 48 years. They were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Independence, MO on July 3, 1965. David is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Christina Wipfli and husband, Gerald and their children, Kyle and Katherine, of Edmond, Okla.; his son, Patrick Straub and wife, Kristie and their children, Julian and Luciana, of Cedar Park, Texas; his son, Jonathan Straub and wife, Tracey and their children, Laken and Julia, of Eudora, Kan.; his brother, Galen Straub and wife, Cheryl, of Stevensville, Mont.; his sister-in-law, Annie Straub, of Baldwin City, Kan.; along with his nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Anastasia Straub; his parents, F. Keith and Ethel Straub; his brother, Loyd Straub; and his sister-in-law, Katherine Ligeko. David was born in Holton, Kan., on Sept. 23, 1940. He graduated from Hiawatha High School, Hiawatha, Kan., in 1958 and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Kansas in 1962. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1966. David served as a captain in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 69. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Kansas, David practiced medicine as a pediatrician until 1976. Following his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, David practiced in Joplin until his retirement in 2012. David was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin. He served as vice-president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's events, watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball, and playing golf at Twin Hills Country Club and any other golf course he could find. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk! (Updated July 2013).
Dr. William A. Geiger, Jr. of Leawood, KS, passed away on January 19th. Bill was born January 16, 1924 in Grand Island Nebraska, son of William and Cecilia Geiger. He leaves behind a loving wife, Elizabeth (Bette), and five children: Suzanne Duncan (Glenn), Gus (Sue), David (Monica), Tom (Cynthia), and Sally Brady (Vince), as well as five grandchildren: Matthew Kenton (Laura), Kristin Zender (Matt), Nicholas Geiger, Jack Brady, and Drew Brady. He graduated from McCook High School in Nebraska, and Rockhurst College. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha after serving in the Navy, in WWII. He was a General Practitioner in Fairfax, Oklahoma for 10 years, before completing his residency in Anesthesia at KU Medical Center in Kansas City. He practiced anesthesiology at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and later at Research Medical Center, where he was one of the pioneers in pain management (Updated February 2014).
Edward James Heilman, 84, Stockton, MO passed away February 20, 2014. Visitation will begin at 1pm on March 1, with a rosary at 1:30pm followed by a Funeral Mass (and meal) at 2pm at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 222 S. Highway J (P.O. Box 583), Stockton, MO 65785. Floral deliveries can be accepted only on Sat. March 1st after 9am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Stockton, MO. Ed was born August 30, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, the oldest son of Edward F. and Clara J. Heilman. He is preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, Mark Edward, his second wife Doris, and his sister Mary Skiff. He is survived by his brothers Paul, Roy and David; sister Frances; his children, Caryn (Nana), David (Yolanda) and Steven (Heidi), Katy (Kenney) Robling and Amy (Matt) Dierks; and grandchildren Jacob, Kristyn and Emily Robling and Megan, Mary Kate, Allie, Jack, Maggie and Grace Dierks, and John-Paul Saide and Elizabeth Kirby; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Kirby. Ed attended Holy Cross grade school and Glennon H.S. After earning a B.S. in Business from Rockhurst College, he joined the Navy, graduated second in his class from the Naval Officer Candidate School and served as a Lieutenant during the Korean War. He earned his medical degree in Internal Medicine from MU, completed his residency at KU Medical Center and was devoted to providing excellent patient care for over 35 years in private practice in Kansas City. He enjoyed wine making, sailing, golfing and working at a health clinic in Stockton after "retirement." He was very active in his parish, enjoyed singing in the choir and served as Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He will be deeply missed by all.
Dr. David E. Byer, 72, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester.
He was born at Horton, Kan., on Sept. 7, 1942, the first son of Everett and Adela Byer, and grew up on the family farm near Hamlin, Kan., graduating from Hamlin High School as valedictorian in 1960. In his youth, he was baptized as a member of the Brethren in Christ Church. After attending Upland College in California for one year, he returned to major in chemistry at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1963.
On Dec. 23, 1966, he married Jeannie (Elizabeth Jeannette) Jordan at Jetmore, Kan. After David's graduation from the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, Kan., in 1967, they settled in Wichita, Kan., for his internship at Wesley Medical Center. They shared an interest in medical missions, which took them to Macha Hospital in Zambia from 1968-1970, fulfilling his military service requirement. Upon their return, David entered the residency program in anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Jan. 1, 1971, and stayed there for his entire career except for a return to Macha from 1974-1976. At the clinic, David served as anesthesiologist primarily for orthopedic and plastic surgeons and was assistant professor of anesthesiology, presenting many case studies. He was also a member of the liver transplant team for about six years, including being anesthesiologist for the first combined heart and liver transplant there in 1992. The diagnosis of multiple myeloma resulted in his eventual retirement in December 2010.
He and his family especially enjoyed travel and meeting people around the world. On one of his birthdays, David was in three continents before the day was done. Besides travel to professional meetings, he and Jeannie appreciated a family heritage of several generations of global interest in missions and were active in taking others to experience life at Macha and deliver needed medical supplies on numerous visits over the years. His interests aside from work were vast: genealogy, children's book illustrators, classical music and hymns, a wide range of varied worship experiences, sponsoring international students, reading and research. He pursued them all. He was an active member of Salem Road Covenant Church. A motto David used frequently in correspondence in recent years summarized his life of faith and service to others: "Live simply, give generously."
Survivors include his wife, Jeannie; six children and seven grandchildren, Lois (Joe) Caffrey and Vanessa of Rochester; Dr. Brian (Sharon) Byer, Grant, Joshua and Nathan of Duluth; Elaine (Joel) Heuton and Esther of Rochester; Craig Byer and his friend, Sarah Kaiser-Schatzlein of Minneapolis; Glenn Byer and his son, Owen of Minneapolis; and Paul Byer (Lizzie) and Ruth of Camarillo, Calif.; one sister, Janet Groff of Sioux Center, Iowa; one brother, Les (Pam) Byer of Marion, Kan.; Jeannie's brothers, Jack (Cheryl) Jordan of Elizabethton,Tenn., and Dave (Fran) Jordan of Thung Chang, Thailand; an aunt, Carol (Doug) DuCharme of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Over the years, eight international students shared the Byer home.
Preceding him in death are his parents and wife's parents; a sister, Ruth Irene in infancy, a brother-in-law, Bruce T. Groff, DVM, a sister-in-law, Celia Byer, and the family's African granny, Bina Ezra. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Steven Soper passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Updated September 2013).
Charles Atherton Clough of Prairie Village, KS, passed away peacefully at home with family on December 20, 2013 at the age of 80 years. He was born May 16, 1933 to the parents of Arthur Lyman and Sarah Jo Clough. Charles attended High School in Norman, OK, and completed college studies at the Univ. of Oklahoma receiving Phi Beta Kappa honors. He attained a Doctor of Medicine degree at the Univ. of Oklahoma Medical School and completed a general surgical internship in Tulsa, OK. In 1963, he was accepted as a resident in the neurosurgery department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined the KU Medical Center faculty based on his passion to teach the complexities of neurological medicine. Charles joined private practice in 1973 specializing in neurosurgery, practicing for over 30 years at numerous KC hospitals including St. Josephs and St. Lukes. Charles loved medicine and cared deeply for his patients. Charles was actively involved with both his profession and community, serving as President of the Rocky Mountain Neurological Society, Sunday School teacher and Alpha Course dinner coordinator at Country Club Christian Church and City Councilman of Countryside, KS. He was known to be a man of diverse interests and talents including Bird-watching and Ornithology, Gardening, designer of stained glass windows, vases and Tiffany-style lamps, Classical music, farm recreation and Gourmet Chef for more Kansas City events than we can count! Charles was a caring and compassionate caregiver, husband and father, providing inspiration to all that knew him. He had a remarkable gift in making those around him feel happy, hopeful and most of all loved. He was renowned for his culinary skills, passion to entertain, sense of humor and his love of life. Charles is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mignon Clough. He is also survived by his 5 children Carter Clough, John Clough, Charlotte Smith, Jennifer Jackson and Thomas Clough; his 2 sisters Jo Barton and Carol Saylor and 9 wonderful grandchildren (Updated January 2014).
Dr. Cornelius "Con" Joseph Helling, Jr., age 70, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center at Plano surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Kansas City, MO to Cornelius and Dorothy Helling, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Molly, of 47 years, two sons and five grandchildren. Surviving sons are Christopher Jon Helling and his wife, Ann-Marie, of Austin with their children Audrey and Charlie; and Troy David Helling and his wife, Kirsten, of Dallas with their children Megan, Emily and Christopher. He is survived also by his brother, Thomas Sacher Helling, sister, Jane Helling Grutzmacher, and extended family. Con was a graduate of Rockhurst High School and University, as well as the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, KS. He married Molly Ziegelmeyer, also of Kansas City, in 1966. Following his residency at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander. Upon returning from his military service, Con and his wife, Molly, settled in Dallas where he practiced OB/GYN at Baylor Medical Center at Garland (Updated February 2014).
Arland K. Faust peacefully passed on to heaven July 30, 2014 in Spring, Texas surrounded by his family. Arland was born in Vom, Nigeria on January 13, 1933 where his parents, Arthur and Aletha Faust, were serving as missionaries. Arland grew up and went to school in Holton, Kansas living with his grandparents, Jacob and Sophia Knapp. He enjoyed living with his parents when they were on furlough and spent two years with them in Hartford, Connecticut when his dad was working on his PhD. Some summers were spent in Africa during his high school years. While at Holton High School, he was quarterback of the football team, played basketball and ran track. There he met the love of his life, Betty Bunton. Arland's father married them in Holton, Kansas on December 18, 1955. They were friends for 67 years and married for 59 years. Arland graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955. He earned a medical degree in 1959 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His internship was completed in 1960 at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Afterward; he served in the Navy as a Lieutenant in Louisville, Kentucky doing induction physical examinations for new recruits. In 1966, he completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Relocating his family to the Rio Grande Valley, he practiced ophthalmology for 31 years in McAllen, Texas. Arland was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Association and various other medical associations. He was on staff at McAllen Medical Center, was involved with Rotary International, and actively participated as a member of the First United Methodist Church. Membership in the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) added friends, joy and fulfillment to Arland's life. As a medical student, Arland and Betty, a nurse, volunteered at a medical clinic organized by CMDA for the indigent in Washington, D.C. Arland performed eye surgery for CMDA's first medical mission project, which was in Mexico, and others to Honduras and Dominican Republic and Mexico. He also traveled to Freetown, Sierra Leone and served in an ophthalmology clinic there for six weeks. In his free time, Arland enjoyed traveling, gardening in his yard, boating and fishing. During his lifetime, he visited 25 countries and most of the United States, once taking his family on a "Van Ho" drive from South Texas to Alaska and back. Arland had a strong, Christian presence and was a kind and humble man who required little and gave much. He loved all people and was easy to know with a quick smile or joke. He often ended long distance telephone conversations with his children by saying, "Well, Carry On," which would surely be his advice to everyone now. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Faust of Spring, Texas; three children: Pam Wilson and husband Dan of Tomball, Texas; Kenny Faust of Spring, Texas; and Rosemary Lewis and husband Terril of Spring, Texas; four grandchildren: Maggie Wilson, Katie Wilson, Garret Lewis, and Matt Lewis; a brother, Gerald Faust and wife Marcia of Pueblo West, Colorado; two nieces: Stephanie Leeper and husband Scott and Sophie Faust both of Denver, Colorado; a grandnephew, Preston Leeper and a grandniece, Ayesha Leeper (Updated August 2014).
Dr. Hughes retired 5 years ago and is now working for the Social Security Administration (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Melvin L. Masterson, retired physician of Troy, KS, died May 10, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was 89. He graduated from high school in Louisburg, Kan. in 1941, and enrolled at the University of Kansas, living in Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. He entered a U.S. Army program to complete a medical degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. At the Army hospital there, he met Alice L. Sorensen, an Army nurse. They were married April 10, 1945. They had two daughters and two sons. He was recalled to service as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon in 1954. He was a board-certified radiologist practicing in Hutchinson, Kan. He also practiced family medicine in Paola, KS and Troy. He retired in 1987. Known as "Doc," he was a gregarious man who told good stories and was an avid fan of golf, the Chiefs, the Royals and Jayhawks basketball. In 2009, he published "Smiles or Tears," a collection of stories about his experiences as a small-town doctor. He was a loyal Lions Club member, sang in the church choir, and was a voracious reader; he loved his patients and the practice of medicine. His oldest daughter, Susan Masterson Russell, died of cancer in 2002. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alice L. Masterson; his daughter, Evelyn Masterson Rapport (Michael) of Lawrence, KS; his sons, Dr. Robert E. Masterson, of Champaign, IL, and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael J. Masterson (Jane Ellen) of Grady, AL; his son-in-law, Steven P. Russell (Sara) of Independence, MO; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Rosematy Overbey, of Kansas City, MO; his sister-in-law, Margie Masterson, of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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).
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).
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).
Dr. Scamman retired from 35 years on the faculty of the College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa. He retired in February 2012 and is now Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa (Updated August 2014).
Dr. Eaton retired from practice in 2008 and tries to visit different "offices" (golf courses) at least 4 times per week. He enjoys cooking BBQ with smoke, pellets, lump charcoal and gas (Updated July 2013).
Dr. Stapleton is the Chair of Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington - School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle Children's. He recently served as President of the American Pediatric Society and is Co-Editor in Chief of Up To Date Pediatrics. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Totten is a Geriatrician with Senior Health Primary Care at Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. She is also the Medical Director at Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester, NH and the Certified Medical Director of the American Medical Directors Association (Updated March 2014).
Dr. McGrath, is a retired physician. His training, certification, and practice were academic Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine. He and his wife are also guardians to their 27-year old autistic son. He has written a book, Rain Boy, about conversations with his son. It is a refreshing point of view and serves as a celebration of the gifts yet challenges of a child and young man with autism. View more information about the book or the author.
Dr. Charles Thomas Hitchcock, 67, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015. Tom was born July 15, 1947 in Shawnee Mission to Ray and Maxine Hitchcock who preceded him in death. His brother, Larry, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughters Alison Campbell (Doug Campbell) and Lane Klein (Jaime Klein) and their mother Cindy Hitchcock. He leaves behind 5 adoring grandchildren, Charlotte, Isla, and Will Campbell and Greta and Bernadette Klein. He also helped to raise three step children, Ashley Wilson, Michael Kuzmich, and Kristina Bengala. Tom was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and received his MD from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1973. Dr. Hitchcock practiced General Surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center from 1978 to 2010. He served as the Surgery Department Chair in 1986 & 1987 and the Medical Staff President in 1992. Later in his career, he developed a specialty in Bariatric Surgery. He was well-regarded not only for his technical expertise and surgical record but also for his good-natured, down- to-earth bedside manner, which drew him close to and made lifelong friends of many patients over the years. Throughout his life, Tom was a loving father, husband, and grandfather who was always happiest when spending time near the water with the people he loved. (Updated January 2015)
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).
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).
G. Charles "Chuck" Loveland died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Chuck was born April 13, 1947 in Concordia, KS the son of Harvey and Kate (Ennis) Loveland. He graduated from Riley County High School in Riley, KS in 1965. He received his B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1969. He then received his M.D. from University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City in 1973. Chuck completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO in1976. Chuck was a Pediatric Physician at Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, P.A. from 1976, retiring in 2013. He served as a Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics, KUMC (1999-present), School of Medicine Applicate Interview and Selection Committee (1995-present), and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics and Preceptor (1977-present). Chuck served on the staff of Lawrence Memorial Hospital since 1976, serving as Chief of Staff (1984-1986), member of the Department of Pediatrics (1976-present), and Chief of Department of Pediatrics (1978-80, 1988-90, 1996-98, 2004-06). He served in various professional associations including The Douglas County Medical Society (1976 – present, serving as President 1986-88), The Kansas Medical Society (1976 – present), The Greater Kansas City Pediatric Society, (1976-present, serving as President 1990-2000), Kansas Academy of Pediatrics (1976-present, Executive Committee 1996-1998), Kansas University Medical Alumni Association, Board of Directors (1993-present, serving as President 1992-1993), KUMC Distinguished Medical Teaching Fund Board of Directors (1993-present, President 1994-present), Chair, KU School of Medicine Dean's External Advisory Board (1996-present), Chair, Children's Mercy Health Network. Chuck was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. He was very involved in community activities including, Bert Nash Board of Directors (1977-1979), Volunteer Team Physician for KU Women's Athletics (1977-1980), Kaw Valley Soccer Association Board of Directors (1984-87, President 1987), Boy Scouts of America, Troop 53 Asst. Scoutmaster (1986-90), Troop Committee Chair (1989), Pelathe District Chair (1990), Friends of the Spencer Art Museum Board (1987-9, President 1988-89), Friends of the Theater Board of Directors (1990-97), USD 497 School Health Advisory Committee (1988-90), Friends of Eutin (Sister City Organization) (1989-present, President , 1989-96), Corporate Fundraising Committee, St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center (1997-2002, Chair 1997), Marriage Preparation Teacher (with Mary), Archdiocese of KC (1988-2002), Guest Lecturer on Selected Topics 6th-12th grade, Lawrence Public Schools (1976-present), Friends of the Lied Board (2002-04), Mentoring Activities for pre-medical students (1976-present), Longtime member of Chancellor's Club. He married Mary Catherine Ladesich on September 5, 1970 in Overland Park, KS. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his children, Meredith Brown and husband, Erik, Cincinnati, Ohio, Doug Loveland and wife, Amy, Overland Park, KS, Morgan Robertson and husband, Casey, Branson, MO; Aidan Koster and husband, Dr. Chris Koster, Lawrence, KS; sister, Peggy Loveland, Concordia, KS; brother, Max Loveland and wife, Janiece, Garland, TX; honorary son, Mario Lainfiesta, Boston, MA; eight grandchildren, Reese Loveland, Sofia Loveland, Georgia Loveland, Quentin Loveland, Emma Koster, Claire Koster, Max Brown, and Vivian Bown. He was preceded in death by his parents. (Updated October 2014)
Hugh Alan Wiegman, M.D., passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The son of Henry Wiegman and Grace Margaret Herring, he was born January 24, 1934, in Hastings, NE. Dr. Wiegman graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, in 1951 and from Iowa State University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1955. Following a short time working for Dow Chemical in Ohio, he returned to Iowa, graduating from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1960. He then fulfilled a year of internship at Highland-Alameda Hospital in Oakland, CA, and two years of general surgery at the Oakland, CA, Veterans Hospital. After that, Dr. Wiegman completed a three-year residency in otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) at the University of Iowa Hospitals, becoming board certified in 1966 and entering the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He was stationed at Randolph AFB, TX, promoted to Captain, where he served for 2 years. Honorably discharged in 1969, he joined an ENT practice in Kansas City, KS, with Dr. Clarence Steele. Leaving the practice a year later, Dr. Wiegman entered a three- year radiology residency at The University of Kansas Medical Center, became a board certified radiologist and established the Radiology Associates, P.A. of Hays, KS, retiring in 1990. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gretchen Wiegman Tomlinson. Dr. Wiegman is survived by his former wife Sybil Norton Wiegman of Topeka; his son, Jay (Amy) of Somonauk, IL; daughters, Stacy Wiegman of Tega Cay, SC, Molly Miller (David C.) of Overland Park, KS, and Rachel Wiegman of Lawrence; 5 grandchildren, Ellie Wiegman, Spencer Wiegman, Nathan Wiegman, Alexandra Miller and Olivia Miller, and 2 nephews (Updated October 2013).
Col. Alan B. Compton (retired,) was born April 24, 1946 at Seaside Hospital, Long Beach, California. He grew up in Wilmington, CA, where his father, Madison, was a long-time teacher at Banning High School, and his mother taught 3rd grade. He was an Eagle Scout with the BSA, graduated from Banning High School in 1963. Earned his B.A. in American history at UCLA, attended medical college at Rutgers University, and graduated with an M.D. at UCSF in 1971, where he met his wife Carol in a medical Spanish course. After completing his residency and internship in internal medicine at the University of Kansas in 1974, he was placed on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served 20 years, stationed in Augsburg, Germany, twice at the Presidio of San Francisco, Redstone Arsenal, AL, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He completed a residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed, and obtained board certification in both internal medicine and psychiatry. After discharge from the Army in 1994, he served as a psychiatrist at the Victorville Behavioral Health Clinic up until 2004. That same year he became a psychiatrist at the VA Behavioral Health Clinic in Santa Rosa, CA and retired from the medical practice in 2009. He enjoyed historical interest books, classical music, jazz, feeding and listening to birds, and was a member of the Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol; Brother Donald, daughter Christine Hall (Mike) of Bonita, CA; son Madison Alan (Tena) of Portland, OR; two granddaughters, two grandsons, and a step grandson. He was preceded in death by his brother William Douglas Compton. (Updated December 2014)
The Stormont-Vail Foundation proudly announces Robert D. Porter, M.D., FACP, is the recipient of the 2013 Bal Jeffrey award. The award is named for Balfour S. Jeffrey, Stormont-Vail's longest tenured board member, and recognizes individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to health care in northeast Kansas.
Dr. Porter, a nephrologist, is credited with starting lifesaving dialysis therapy in 1974 for patients experiencing kidney failure in Topeka and northeast Kansas. He impacted the lives of thousands of patients over the past 40 years. During that time he displayed kindness and respect as well as knowledge and skill. He was recognized at a dinner on Oct. 23 at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Convention Center.
When Dr. Porter started the first dialysis unit in Topeka, there were only six machines and the patients who were seen received about 1,000 treatments a year. The program has grown to 50,000 treatments yearly. He expanded dialysis, along with the treatment of hypertension and renal insufficiency that supported and lengthened life for many patients.
Prior to his arrival in Topeka, all patients traveled to Kansas City, Wichita, Omaha or Denver for treatment, if they were able to obtain it at all. Dr. Porter's dream was to offer acute services for hospitalized patients, as well as chronic dialysis treatments to outpatients. The dream also included home dialysis and transplants for eligible patients.
From 1974 to 2012, Kansas Dialysis Services (KDS) grew to an organization providing approximately 180 patients with in-center dialysis treatments and a home and peritoneal dialysis program. During Dr. Porter's years as medical director of KDS, services expanded to five additional locations in northeast Kansas and four additional nephrologists were hired.
Dr. Porter received a B.A. in Biology from Ottawa University and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 1967. He served his internship, residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1974, he moved to Topeka to begin nephrology practice. He remembers seeing his first patient on the 4th of July.
Dr. Porter has participated in clinical research and has written articles and abstracts for publication. He has had an adjunct academic appointment at Kansas University Medical Center and has served as an instructor for the Internal Medicine Residency Outreach site in Topeka.
From 1969-1971, Dr. Porter served as the Squadron Flight Surgeon for the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, U.S. Air Force. In 1970, he was the Aerospace Defense Command Flight Surgeon of the Year. Since 1974, he has served as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aeronautics Administration.
Dr. Porter made two short-term medical mission trips to Thailand during 2012. There he worked in medical clinics, one of which was in an area heavily populated with HIV/AIDS patients. He also helped the people of that area build fish ponds, which would enable them to become economically self-sustaining. Dr. Porter also served on a medical mission in the Republique, Zaire in the summer of 1988.
Many Thursdays for the past five years, Dr. Porter has volunteered at the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. There he does maintenance as well as serving as a conductor and engineer on the train crews.
Dr. Porter notes two important advancements in dialysis and treatment of kidney disease during his medical career: first, the development and advancement in anti-rejection medicines for transplantation and the progress in home nocturnal dialysis (Updated December 2013).
Dr. Randall Kevin Fahrenholtz, 63, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Greeley County. He was born March 22, 1950, in Hutchinson to Herbert and Erma Easter Fahrenholtz. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1975 from the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City and was a member of the physician staff at Greeley County Health Center. He had been a resident of Tribune since May 2005. He married Janice Fay John at Tribune on July 8, 1972. She survives. Other survivors include his mother; two siblings, Daniel Fahrenholtz and Victoria Wise; three children, Cameron Jeter, Ashley Angell and Sam Fahrenholtz; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father (Updated March 2014).
Steven E. Barker, M.D., 62, Minneapolis died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis. He was born August 16, 1951 in Winfield, KS to Kenneth and Marie (Bell) Barker. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1973; the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1976; and St. Joseph Family Practice Residency in 1979. Dr. Barker practiced family medicine in Minneapolis for 20 years with Wedel, Wedel, and Barker. Dr. Barker was a member, former elder, deacon, and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. On June 29, 1975 he married Pamela Prochaska. She survives along with his mother Marie Barker of Winfield; three daughters Jennifer Hosler and her husband Nicholas and Anne Hall and her husband Adam all of Lawrence, and Patricia Little, M.D. and her husband Dustin of Wichita; four grandchildren Preston and Lauren Hosler, and Aaron and Michael Hall; and brother Stan Barker and his wife Lisa of Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his father and a grandson Miles Steven Hosler (Updated April 2014).
Dr. Henry Nathaniel Edwards, 63, of Van Buren entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Van Buren, Ark. He was born on Aug. 4, 1950, in Manhattan, Kan., to the late Roland and Mary Edwards. He graduated from the University of Kansas, was a three-year Internal Medicine resident at KU Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, three years medical school at KU Medical School and 34 years medical practice in Van Buren. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and a member of Van Buren Rotary. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Jeanette Edwards; a son, Charles Edwards of Fayetteville; a daughter, Kristin Edwards and fiancé Nathanial Brown of Denver; two brothers, Roland Edwards of St. Paul, Minn., and Stanley Edwards of Greely, Colo.; six nieces; and two nephews (Updated June 2014).
Dr. Johnson passed away February 4, 2013. She is survived by her children, Caleb Bowers, David Johnson and Rebekah Johnson. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Weare, 65, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, at her home in Bartlesville, OK. Dr. Weare was born in Portland May 3, 1948, the daughter of and Dr. John Henry and Emma (Tuchenhagen) Weare. She grew up and received her early education in Burns. She was a graduate of Lewis and Clark University in Portland, where she received her degree in chemistry. Dr. Weare attended medical school at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, and took her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She was married to John Curtiss West May 15, 1976, in Burns. They made their home in Kansas City, until coming to Bartlesville in 1981. Dr. Weare began employment with Grand Lake Mental Health Center, and established her private practice in Bartlesville in 1982, which she maintained until her death. Dr. Weare was medical director of the Behavior Health Unit at Jane Phillips Medical Center for 25 years. Dr. Weare is survived by her husband, John Curtiss West of Bartlesville; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Graham of Portland, and Mrs. Elinor Bethke and husband, John of Alamosa, Colo.; three nieces, Dr. Barbara Graham, Dr. Katherine Graham and Sarah Bethke. She was preceded in death by her parents (Updated February 2014).
Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD, Vice President, Education at The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013 after a brief illness. He led The College's Education Division and directed the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2001. Dr. Williams, 72, was scheduled to retire on June 1. Dr. Williams was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, a master's degree in physiology from Northern Illinois University, and his medical doctorate and PhD from the University of Arkansas. He served his ob-gyn residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was a professor at Columbia University, and residency program director at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City, from 1987 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he was the Kermit E. Krantz Professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas until accepting the position of Vice President of Education at The College. Dr. Williams published an extensive list of articles and book chapters and received many honors including Alpha Omega Alpha Scholastic Honorary Society membership, induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (2008), the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award (2012), and the Castle-Connelly Lifetime Achievement Award (2013). His many educational leadership positions led to national initiatives. He served on the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). He also served as secretary of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, president of the Kermit E. Krantz Obstetrical & Gynecological Society, and vice president of the New York Gynecological Society. Besides his many educational contributions, Dr. Williams sang baritone for The Washington Chorus. Dr. Williams is survived by his beloved wife, Joice, and three children, Sterling, Spencer, and Angela.
James Wallace "Wally" Coonfield, M. D. 68, of Vinita, OK, died Monday, November 4, 2013, at his home. His son, Daniel, was by his side. He had lived in Vinita since 1996 and was employed as a physician at Oklahoma Forensics Center. Since 1996 he had also worked at Grand Lake Mental Health, Willowcrest Hospital in Miami and the Northeastern Tribal Health Center, Miami. James Wallace Coonfield was born March 4, 1945, in Tahlequah, OK. His family moved from Oaks to Copan when he started school. Wally was a star athlete and excelled in baseball, football and basketball. He graduated from Copan High School in 1963, and just recently attended his 50th class reunion. He attended college at Northeastern A&M, in Miami, where he was on the boxing team and competed in the Golden Gloves. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, in 1967, with a B.S. in psychology. He received a master's degree in psychology from Kansas State Teacher's College in Pittsburg, KS, in 1970, and, after working for several years, returned to school to study medicine. He received his M.D. degree in 1978 from the University of Kansas, and lived and worked as a physician in the Kansas City area until moving to Oklahoma in 1991. Wally was married to Kathleen Ballbeck from 1969 to 1989, and they had one son and six daughters. In 1991, he married Scarlett Custer and they had a daughter, Lara Ann. Wally loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved to sail, he was an avid hunter and had been a master falconer for 25 years. He enjoyed traveling. He loved music and art. He was an excellent cook, and loved nothing more than preparing meals for his friends and family. In 2010, with his former wife, Kathleen, he opened The Cooked Goose Cafe in Vinita. It quickly became a favorite with many customers. Wally was one-quarter Cherokee and took great pride in his Indian heritage. He loved his country and was a devout Catholic. Wally will be greatly missed by his many patients and colleagues, his neighbors and friends, and especially his family. He will be remembered for his zest for life, his generosity, his warmth and fun-loving nature, style and sense of humor. Wally was preceded in death by his mother, Christena Foreman Forrest; his stepfather, Chester Forrest; his brother, Walter Coonfield; his brother, Wendell Forrest; his sister-in-law, Vickie Forrest; son-in-law Chuck Monaco; and identical twin sons, Michael and Joseph. He is survived by his children, Carmen Rasmussen of Ventura, CA, Maria Coonfield of Pittsburg, KS, Emily Saatcioglu of Kansas City, MO, Louise Coonfield of Shawnee, OK, Daniel Coonfield of Lawrence, KS, Katie Staley of Lawrence, KS, Phoebe Coonfield of Vinita, and Lara Coonfield of Vinita; his sons-in-law, Mark Rasmussen, Argun Saatcioglu and Adam Staley; and seven grandchildren, Trina Monaco Trefen of Pryor, Mia Monaco of Ventura, CA, Clarissa Neal, Curtis and Chiara Britt of Pittsburg, KS, Miles Marhall and Heidi Staley of Lawrence, KS (Updated November 2013).
Paul D. Morehouse M.D., F.A.C.S, of Lathrop, MO died unexpectedly on December 1, 2013. Born 1948 in Horton, KS to Ruth Bethke and Clarence Morehouse, he was a '66 graduate of Topeka High School and served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from KU, earned his medical degree at KUMC in 1978 and completed his surgical residency there in 1983. A loving and caring family man and devoted professional, he always had a contagious smile and made everyone feel welcome. His favorite pastimes included fishing, reading, spending time with family, sharing corny jokes and watching Jayhawk basketball. Dr. Morehouse is survived by his wife Jean Morehouse, and children, Sarah Schmidt & spouse Tyler, Adam Morehouse & spouse Katy, Jana Morehouse & spouse Ryan Jackson, Karen Pollard & spouse Joseph, and 4 grandchildren and also brother, Mark (Updated December 2013).
Dr. William E. Lafferty, Merl and Muriel Hicklin Missouri Endowed Chair in Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine passed away peacefully in Kansas City, MO on May 5, 2014 with his life partner, Kevin Foxworth, at his side. Dr. William (Bill) E. Lafferty was born on September 4, 1953 in Fredonia, KS and was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Ernestine Lafferty. Along with his life-partner, Bill is survived by two sisters: Pat Ballard and Laine Smith; brothers- in-law, Dr. David Ballard and Carl Smith; nieces: Leslie Ballard; Allison Foster and Stephanie Smith. Bill grew up in Fredonia, KS graduating from Fredonia High school where he won numerous regional and state Speech and Debate tournaments. Inspired by his brother-in- Law David Ballard, Bill entered the medical profession obtaining both his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Kansas, which lead to an internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. From 1985- 1993 Bill served as Office Director for the Washington State Epidemiology office. Prior to UMKC, Bill served as professor and director of Health Care and Population Health Research Track and MN/MPH Program, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health & Community Medicing in Seattle, WA. Bill's accomplishments are numerous; his passion and interests encompassed teaching, research, managed care, health care finance and access to care, saying "I believe that there are enormous opportunities to improve health. Most are based on ameliorating social problems such as poverty, racism, and violence. The greatest value from medical practice will come when all people have equal access to high quality primary care." Bill always maintained a dry sense of humor and especially enjoyed applying his subtle wit and humor to political or social issues past and present. He loved many quotes from some of his favorite female literary/political figures: Elizabeth Strout, Erma Bombeck, and Anne Richards to name a few. He was a world traveler and would passionately discuss with anyone his views on society's ethical and equality issues related to medicine (Updated May 2014).
David was born on August 12, 1949 and passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013. David was a resident of Waupaca, WI.
Ernest Bernard Hall, Jr, MD (Ernie) was born on September 12, 1953, in Parsons, Kansas. He was the son of Ernest and Eileen (Langley) Hall. He grew up in Fort Scott, Kansas and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1971. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Fort Scott. Ernest attended Pittsburg State College and graduated in 1974. He went on to study at the University of Kansas Medical School and graduated with an M.D. in 1978. He practiced medicine in Hiawatha and Robinson KS from 1981 to 1984. He then moved with his family to Bolivar, MO, where he was employed at Citizens Memorial Hospital as the Director of Emergency Care. Ernest moved to Branson, MO in 1992, and worked in the Emergency Room at Skaggs Hospital and continued to work in other area hospitals. He worked within the St. John's Hospital System, opening a new office in Hollister in 1996. After two years he went to work at Family Medical Walk-In Clinic in Springfield, MO. In 2004, Ernest opened OmniHealth, LLC in Springfield, MO, where he has been self-employed ever since. Ernest married Patricia Goltra in 1972. They had five children; Daniel Ernest, Patricia Denise, Christina Marie, Stephanie Diane and Laura Elaine. Ernest Married Andrea Giesen in 1995. He had five step-children; Bernadette, Brian, Patrick, William and Danielle Dohmen. Ernest and Andrea added a child of their own, Erin Lynne, in 1996. Ernest was raised in the Baptist church, and his faith never waivered. His strong belief in the Lord carried him through many difficult situations and decisions. He tried to share and encourage this faith with everyone he knew. While he may have been away from church at times, he was never absent from God's presence. He found a permanent home at Evergreen Church in Springfield, where he gave freely of his time, talents and treasures. He taught Sunday school classes, helped with many church events, supported ministries, and raised his voice in praise. His faith carried over in his home life, his family and his work. He saw the wonder of God in nature, which was one of his passions. He enjoyed repairing and restoring cars, and was active in The GearHead Ministries, which was founded to help people find or repair cars with little or no cost to them. Ernest (Ernie) Hall went Home on April 6, 2014, where he now rests in the arms of Jesus. He is preceded in death by his father, Ernest B. Hall, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Andrea (Giesen) Hall and daughter Erin Hall of the home; son, Daniel (Amanda Cowen) Hall; daughters, Denise (John) Patton; Christina (John) Hilton; Stephanie (Jacob) Myers; Laura Hall (Ryan Francis); step-children, Bernadette (Justin) Massey; Brian Dohmen (Jennifer DiStefano); Patrick Dohmen (Julie Brenner); Will (Abbie Church) Dohmen, and Danielle Mills; 21 grandchildren and sisters, Sherrie (Floyd) Gentry and Lynne Oberst. He also leaves behind many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and countless friends who will all miss him dearly (Updated June 2014).
Robert Lee Rosser M.D., age 69, of University City, MO, left this earth after a long and exhausting battle with illness on October 29, 2014. He was born on January 4, 1945 in Topeka, KS. He was an intelligent, kind, and benevolent man. Robert's presence remains strong in both the buildings he constructed and the patients whose lives he saved. As a business owner and a doctor, he valued the pursuit of knowledge and experience above all. A value which he took care to instill in his six children. Although he will be sorely missed, he is at peace now and without pain. He is survived by his daughter, Jordan Rosser; his sons, Jesse Rosser, Zachary Laufenburger, Patrick Laufenburger, and Todd Laufenburger; his sister, Ruby Bradley; his best friend, Deborah Laufenburger; and his dog, Baby Rosser. (Updated November 2014)
Donna E. Sweet, MD'79, MACP, a local internist, has been awarded the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. The award will be presented at ACP's Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 during the Convocation ceremony Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, in Boston, MA.
A resident of Wichita, Dr. Sweet is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and is Director of Internal Medicine Education at Via Christi Regional Medical Center - St. Francis, and is the director and principal investigator of the Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Sweet is past Chair of the Board of Regents for ACP, as well as past Chair of the Board of Governors, and continually contributes as a member of many committees.
The Alfred Stengel Memorial Award is bestowed for outstanding service to ACP. The selection is based upon "unusual loyalty and exceptional contributions to the aims and purposes of the College, as well as the recipient's outstanding influence in maintaining and advancing the best standards of medical education, medical practice, and clinical research."
Dr. Sweet is a past president of the Advisory Board for the Sedgwick County Board of Health. She has traveled to various parts of the Russian Far East providing HIV education to physicians in order to further prevention and treatment efforts there. She received the "Award of Courage" from the American Foundation for AIDS Research on World AIDS Day 1992 and was recognized on World AIDS Day 1993 by the Health Care Financing Administration with an "Administrators Citation" for her willingness to treat HIV infected individuals without regard to their ability to pay. She continues to lecture both locally and nationally to educate other health care providers regarding HIV.
Dr. Daniel T. Hinkin passed away on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born on July 25, 1955 in Lansing, MI the son of Paul E. and Mabel (Wesson) Hinkin. Dr. Hinkin attended Sacred Heart High School in Salina, Kansas during his freshman year and graduated from CM Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana. He attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1973 until 1977. Dr. Hinkin graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his flexible internship at Scott AFS, Illinois then served his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas specializing in Orthopedic Surgery from 1981 until 1985. He also completed his Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hinkin was an orthopedic surgeon for 12 years in the Air Force before his retirement in 1997. He joined the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997. He also served as a team physician for the Kansas State University varsity sports and for the U.S. Ski Team. He was united in marriage to Eileen McCarthy on August 9, 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama. This union was blessed with 3 children: Stephen, Michael and Erin. Dan had many joys in his life including fishing, riding motorcycles, singing in the St. Isidore's Church Choir and supporting all of the K-State Sports and activities. Above all, his true love was his family. He cherished the time that he spent with all of them. He always made time for his family and he will be truly missed every day. He was a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, Mid-America Orthopedic Association, Kansas Medical Society and the Riley County Medical Society. He was also a member of the St. Isidore Catholic Student Center, Manhattan, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father: Paul E. Hinkin on July 8, 1992. Survivors include his wife: Eileen of the home; son: Stephen Hinkin and his wife Natalie and their son: Henry Michael of Grand Rapids, Michigan; son: Michael Hinkin of Manhattan, Kansas and daughter: Erin Boidock and her husband Stephen of Austin, Texas; his mother: Mabel Hinkin of Manhattan, Kansas. He is also survived by his brothers: Douglas Hinkin and his wife Maureen of Manhattan, Kansas, Lawrence Hinkin and his wife Karen of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Matthew Hinkin and his wife Deborah of Knoxville, Tennessee; 2 sisters: Beth Cartner and her husband Bruce of Naperville, Illinois and Barbara Setter and her husband Ralph, Omaha, Nebraska along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends (Updated September 2013).
Rex and Janet celebrated 40 years of marriage at Yosemite National Park on August 2014. Rex continues to work at the national level with public health accreditation boards. KCMO Health Department is one of the first accredited health departments in our nation after passing all requirements. (Updated December 2014)
Dr. Gish has been named the new medical director of the Hepatitis B Foundation, the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B. An internationally renowned medical researcher in the field of viral hepatitis, Dr. Gish has made invaluable contributions to the understanding and treatment of hepatitis B, which is the world's leading cause of liver cancer. Read more.
Dr. Larry W. Romang, 63, Overland Park, Kan., passed away on July 2, 2014 (Updated July 2014).
Dr. J. Douglas "Doug" Biegert, 59, of Geneseo passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at his home from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Doug was born October 3, 1955 in Hinsdale, IL, the son of John and Evelyn (Lady) Biegert. He was a graduate of Lions Township High School in LaGrange, IL, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, KS, and served his radiology residency at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, KS. Doug was united in marriage to Julie A. Jackson on August 16, 2008 in Geneseo, IL. He was a partner at Advanced Radiology for 18 years, retiring due to his illness. Doug was a lifelong horseman and was an active member of the American Endurance Riders Conference, The American Quarter Horse Association, the Arabian Horse Association, the Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Trail Riders Association, as well as the NRA. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman for most of this life. He was a skilled tennis player but his first love was horses. Doug competed in endurance events as long as his illness allowed. He was able to sit a horse right up to the very end of his illness. His spirit will continue to ride and endure in the hearts of his family and horses. Survivors include: his wife: Julie of Geneseo; son: John D. Biegert of Iowa City where he is attending the University of Iowa School of Dentistry; 2 daughters: Sheilah (Scott) Almhjell of Scottsdale, AZ and Kristine (Vincent) Handrick of Phoenix, AZ; 3 grandchildren: Patrick, Sadie, and Macie; his parents: John and Evelyn Biegert of Downers Grove, IL; and sister: Diane Biegert of Chicago, IL. (Updated October 2014)
Dr. Michael James Baughman, 58, of Garden City, KS, died Friday, January 10, 2014, near his home from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was born Jan. 8, 1956, in Fort Benning, GA, to Col. Larry & Marge (Marcotte) Baughman. As a child, Baughman lived with his family in various places throughout the United States, and also lived in Ontario, Canada and Germany for several years. He was a graduate of Salina Central High School, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He served his residency at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and later was chief resident. After moving to Garden City, he opened Sandhill Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in 1993, which he has successfully owned and operated since. Baughman was also owner of Prairie View Home Health and a co-owner of Garden City Diagnostics Imaging. He was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1992, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and was Hand Fellow at Louisville, Kentucky School of Medicine. Baughman was an active member of the American Arthroscopy Association of North America starting in 2000, and was certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2002. He provided athletic training services for Garden City Community College and many area high schools. From 1988 to 1994, he served as a member of the GCCC Endowment Association, served on the GCCC Advisory Board for Nursing Education from 1990 to 1993, and was GCCC team physician for all sports since 1988. He was also team physician for all Garden City High School sports. Baughman was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City, a member of the Sandhill Sage Rifle Club, the National Rifle Association, and Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He married Paulette M. Wasinger on May 1, 1993, in Garden City. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Margaret Baughman, who is attending Kansas State University, and Catriona Baughman and Shaun Baughman, both of Garden City; his parents, of Springfield, MO; three brothers, Bruce and wife Joyce Baughman of Mahomet, IL, Christopher Baughman of Springfield, MO, and Dr. Jonathan and wife Loralee Baughman of Fordland, MO; five sisters, Patricia A. Baughman of Fort Worth, TX, Linda Jean and husband Jack Ogle of Rockford, IL, Janet M. Bell of South Elgin, IL, Carol Adrienne Baughman of Des Moines, IA, and Teresa E. and husband Gary Fessler of Fort Worth, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews (Updated January 2014).
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).
Dr. Bernhardt was named the Rex L. Diveley Professor & Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UMKC School of Medicine on July 1, 2013. Congratulations, Dr. Bernhardt! (Updated March 2014)
Dr. Bryant-Rose retired as of March 2012. She has one child in community college and another in high school working towards an International Baccalaureate. Her husband is still working, thank goodness! (Updated May 2013)
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)
Randall Goering, MD'84, family physician at Via Christi Clinic in Newton, Kan., is the recipient of the 2014 AAFP Exemplary Teaching Award in the volunteer category. He has served the community of Newton for the last 20 years and has been in practice for 25 years. He is a volunteer clinical assistant professor at in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Congratulations, Dr. Goering! (Updated November 2014)
Douglas D. Douthit, MD, 59, was received into Heaven on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. He is preceded in death by his mother, Norma Douthit; nephew, Nathan Worrell. Survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Halle Harper (Seth), Wichita; and son, Sam Douthit of Los Angeles, CA; father, Duane Douthit of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Cale Harper, Lainie Harper (Wichita); siblings, Gay and Urbin McKeever, (Ft. Worth), Nancy and James McMath (Burleson, TX.), Tom and Celia Douthit (Houston), Laura and Joe Kohlmaier (Houston); sister-in-law, Diane (Alan) Yock, Wichita; many beloved nieces and nephews (Updated December 2013).
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)
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)
Maureen Murphy, MD, was honored by the North Caroling Academy of Family Physicians on December 5, 2014, as the North Carolina Family Physician of the Year. The award was presented at the NCAFP annual meeting in Asheville, NC. (Updated January 2015)
I have realized a long standing dream, and have published a fiction/thriller novel, Debridement. A second is at the editor getting ready for publication. Debridement is the story of a physician who becomes a hit man, specializing in malpractice lawyers. It has been well received. Visit my website, seandow.com to learn more or to get in touch if in the Las Vegas area. (Updated November 2013)
Sean Dow, MD'86, currently works as a pulmonologist and critical care physician in the Las Vegas area. He has also published his first novel, Debridement. This "what-if" thriller tells the tale of a doctor who is unjustly served with a medical malpractice suit by a greedy, unethical lawyer who will go to any lengths to win his case. The doctor decides that the only way out is murder the lawyer! More info available at: http://www.seandow.com/
Dr. Stewart passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS, where he met his wife of 23 years. They spent two years in Baltimore, MD, where Dr. Stewart completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They returned to Kansas City where Dr. Stewart helped establish a reproductive program at the University of Kansas Medical Center as Assistant Professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. After 5 years, he joined Shawnee Mission Medical Center and founded the Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Department where he spent the remainder of his life. Named a Kansas City Super Doctor in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Dr. Stewart was nationally renowned in his field of expertise and invited to lecture at many seminars and other events. He always held himself to the highest standards of his chosen profession and would expect no less from others. Dr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Cindy; father, Lou Stewart; mother and step-father, Pat and Don Richardson; two sisters, Debra and Lisa and 2 nieces. In addition, he was truly loved by his in-laws Elaine VanDeventer and husband Rick Zarley, Bob and Pam VanDeventer, Bill and Cathy VanDeventer, Arlene VanDeventer, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews (Updated June 2013).
Nancy Gayle Calvin, 56, of Oak Grove, Mo., passed away on April 30, 2014 (Updated June 2014).
Pearson, Elizabeth "Liz" Ann, 47, former Gorilla Sanctuary project manager, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. Liz is survived by her parents, Jack & Bernice Pearson, of Wichita; and a sister, Kathy Boyle (Martin), of New Zealand (Updated June 2014).
Jackie Springer, MD, 63, of Kansas City, MO, died on February 9, 2015 (Updated March 2015).
Dr. Weis is pleased to report that his first novel has been accepted for publication and will be released in June 2013. Information on the book, a Christian thriller named Lead Me Into Temptation, can be seen at his publisher's website: http://markweis.tateauthor.com/ (Updated June 2013).
Dr. 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).
Dr. Michael Slama passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Dr. Slama spent his entire career as an Ob-gyn working in the Twin Cities, primarily in the northern suburb of Coon Rapids and the area surrounding Mercy Hospital. He was educated and trained at the University of St. Thomas in Biology, University of MN as a Doctor of Medicine, and the University of Kansas to become specialized as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist. He spent his entire 23 professional years as a Women's Health Clinician and shepherded countless new lives into the world. However, Dr. Slama was also a leader. Early in his career he became a lead physician for Coon Rapids Women's Health. He then progressively took on more responsibility including Divisional Medical Director for the Allina Medical Clinics, Chief-of-Staff Elect for Mercy Hospital and finally one of the Allina Health top physician leaders as President of the Mother-Baby Clinical Service line. He leaves a great legacy culminating in the recent opening of the joint Abbott-Northwestern/Mpls Children's Mothers Baby Center and the approval of a similar mother baby center for Mercy Hospital where he practiced medicine day and night, was a leader for the Hospital and chose it as his final place to depart from this world. Preceded in death by father, Maurice C. Slama. Survived by loving wife of 23 years, Anne; children, Elizabeth and Zach; mother, Audrey Slama; brother, Brian Slama; sisters, Debbie Schultz, Kathy Gary, Anne Bernard and Susan Findlay; other relatives and friends (Updated August 2013).
Dr. Berg passed away on August 27, 2012. (Updated February 2013)
Dr. Ihde has recently become the world's leading Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) surgeon after performing his 400th TIF procedure for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Congratulations, Dr. Ihde! The press release is below:
Forest Park Medical Center Physician Performs 400th TIF Procedure, Sets Milestone
Procedure provides needed relief for patients with reflux disease
(Dallas, Texas) August 20, 2013 – This week, Dr. Glen Ihde performed his 400th Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He has performed more TIF procedures than any other surgeon in the world.
Studies suggest that more than 60 million Americans experience symptoms of GERD at least once a month and that as many as 15 million Americans experience symptoms each day. Reflux medications such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) can help relieve patients' heartburn symptoms, but don't solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further GERD development. Even on PPIs, many patients are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux.
“The TIF procedure, performed completely without incisions, can significantly improve quality of life,” said Dr. Ihde. “Before the TIF procedure, patients were facing a lifetime of medication or an invasive procedure. After the TIF procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years, and that reflux no longer impacts their life like it did prior to the procedure.”
The TIF procedure adheres to the idea of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within,” performed through the mouth. The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is performed without incisions, patients will have less pain, reduced recovery time and no visible scar.
“Innovative procedures like this continue to make Forest Park a leader in patient care,” said Dr. Ihde. Dr. Ihde has performed 400 TIF procedures at Forest Park Medical Center Dallas over the span of four years.
Dr. Kiran S. Minocha, 45, Overland Park, Kan., passed away at her home June 25, 2014. Services where held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210. Kiran was a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Kansas Medical School, and practiced Internal Medicine with the Statland Clinic at Menorah Medical Center for many years. Kiran was known for the compassion, concern and respect with which she treated her patients. Kiran was preceded in death by her parents, Drs. Suraj P. and Lalita Ahuja. She is survived by her loving husband, Hans, and by the three sons to whom she was devoted, Deven, Milan and Rohan. Kiran also leaves behind a large extended family. She will be dearly missed by all of them. Kiran's boys will treasure the memories of their time with Kiran, including times spent playing Frisbee golf, bowling, running 5k races, going to the gym, watching movies, and simply being together and talking (Updated July 2014).
Dr. Holbrooks passed away February 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sarah Holbrooks, son Jake and two granddaughters. (Updated March 2013)
John Michael Baca, 49, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013. He was born to Stella Silva and Oswald G. Baca on June 27, 1964. He graduated from Highland High School in 1982 and in 1987 graduated from UNM with a degree in biomedical engineering. He graduated from UNM Medical School in 1992. After an internship and residency at University of Kansas Medical Center, John returned to practice internal medicine in Albuquerque in 1996. John enjoyed all activities involving his family. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing chess, and fishing and hiking with his dad, brother, and nephews. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. John is survived by wife, Lara Barkoff; three daughters: Rachael, Julia, and Dana, of Albuquerque; his parents, Stella Silva Baca, Albuquerque, and Oswald G. Baca, Tome; brother, Paul (Holly) Arnold, MD; step-mother, Mary Ann Baca; his grandmothers: Susana Baca, Belen, and Odilia Silva, Albuquerque; in-laws, Joel and Carol Barkoff; sister-in-law, Deborah Barkoff; brothers-in-law: Roger (Karen) Barkoff and Jeff (Jeanne Ann) Barkoff; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, golfing buddies, colleagues, friends, and patients, who all mourn his passing.
Dr. Bobbie Jean Hall, 58, of Campbellsville, KY, died at 8:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Campbellsville. Daughter of the Rev. Gene Hall and Christine Deener Hall of Campbellsville, she was born Sept. 11, 1955, in Taylor County. She professed faith in Christ and was a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church. She was a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her Residency at The University of Kansas Medical Center. She had practiced as a pediatrician specializing in allergies and asthma. She married Donald Weeks on Nov. 18, 1989. He survives. Survivors also include a brother and sister-in-law, David and Donna Hall of Campbellsville; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Catherine Ann and Ron Heintzlman of Auburndale, Fla.; two nieces, Chloe Hall and Kristin Heintzlman; her grandmother, Eva Deener of Campbellsville; and many other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Dean Hall, on Dec. 4, 1964 (Updated June 2014).
The Fort Worth Business Press has selected Paul Lansdowne, MD'97, R'02, as one of its 2014 Healthcare Heroes. The Fort Worth Business Press recognizes people and organizations for their standout work in health care. Dr. Lansdowne was honored for his work in the community, his hospital contribution to patient safety, and his collaborative work with the hospital staff. Dr. Lansdowne received his medical degree from the KU School of Medicine–Wichita in 1997, completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Wichita in 2001, and has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for thirteen years. He lives in Midlothian, Texas, with his wife Cora, MME '97, and two children (Updated April 2014).
Dr. Page accepted the position of Clinical Director of Pediatrics at GraceMed Health Clinic in Wichita, KS that began in January 2014. She was also selected for the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in May 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Page! (Updated June 2014)
Dr. Susan Dianne (Martinson), 62, beloved doctor and mentor, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Wichita, Kansas to Donald C. and Genevieve (Canfield) Martinson. She was a graduate of North High School, Wichita, Kansas. She received her degrees from University of Kansas, Friends University and Wichita State University. Susan did her residency at Baptist Health Care in Oklahoma and KU Medical Center. She had her practices at Wheatland Family Practice, Newton, Kansas, Zia Family Medicine, Las Cruces, NM and the last several years Locem Tenems in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas. She is survived by her father, Donald Martinson; daughter, Gwendolyn Duerksen of Wichita; son, Brian Duerksen of Lawrence; sister, Donna (Penn) Hughes; brothers, Jim Martinson (Jeff Haynes) and Dale (Tammy) Martinson, all of Wichita; niece and nephews, Bailey Martinson, Devin Martinson and Greg Gietzen. She is preceded in death by her mother, Genevieve Martinson. (Updated January 2015)
Lisa Swinton McLaughlin, MD, wanted to have kids for more than 30 years. Last December, she and her husband Mike welcomed twin boys after a decade of trying different fertility treatments and in-vitro procedures, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Just seven days after she gave birth, she died from a bowel obstruction. She had assumed the pain was from the incision from her Cesarean section. "She was just on cloud nine," her husband, Mike McLaughlin said. "That's the happiest I've probably seen her in my life."
Mike McLaughlin now faces the prospect of raising two boys alone. He has hired a nanny but is also making plans to move to Nebraska closer to his family. At the time of her death, Lisa was the Executive Medical Officer at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. (Updated January 2015)
Dionne Jeroue, 35, Kansas City, MO, passed away March 27, 2014. She was a talented performer and singer in the Kansas City jazz community (Updated April 2014).
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).
Sherrie is the Executive Director of Business Development & Operations with Nueterra in Leawood, KS (Updated March 2015).
Dionne Jeroue, 35, Kansas City, MO, passed away March 27, 2014. She was a talented performer and singer in the Kansas City jazz community (Updated April 2014).
Brian L. Hollenbeck, M.D. has joined the medical staff at New England Baptist Hospital, a Boston-based premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, as an Infectious Disease Specialist. 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 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 August 2014).
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).
Dr. Linh Nguyen and Dr. Ryan Erb got married on June 7, 2014 in Mexico. Congratulations! (Updated August 2014).
Dr. Montalbano gave birth to a baby boy, Salvatore "Torre" Rourke Montalbano, on January 27, 2015. Congratulations! (Updated March 2015).
Dr. Ast graduated from the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Florida in June 2014. She is now in Fellowship at The University of Utah (Updated July 2014).
Commonwealth Health recently welcomed psychiatrist Mohammed Rahman, M.D. to the medical staffs of First Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and to the Wyoming Valley community. Dr. Rahman earned his medical degree from Dakha Medical College, Bangladesh. He completed his psychiatry residency at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Rahman holds medical staff privileges at First Hospital, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. (Updated November 2013)
Hazel E. Fenske, 92, passed away June 6, 2014 at Aldersgate Village, Topeka. She lived in Wichita for over 50 years and was a member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. Hazel was a popular staff member at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita. When the new building was constructed in 1995, the Student Center was named in her honor. After retirement, she was a popular book reviewer in the Wichita area for 20 years. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore R. Fenske, and their son, Richard P. Fenske. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (George) White, and grandsons, David and Mark White. The family would like you to remember Hazel s infectious laughter and the joys she enjoyed in the celebration held in her honor at Georgetown Village in March, 2012, before she moved to Topeka to be near her daughter. Memorials may be sent to KU Endowment, KU School of Medicine-Wichita,1010 North Kansas Street, Wichita, KS 67214. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.DoveCremation.com. Read more.