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Dr. Bosse passed away July 08, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Cramer Flinn, by 45 days.
Dr. Bosse learned to drive at the age of 10 and helping his father launch Bosse Elevators, when his father fractured both kneecaps in an elevator fall, he took over day-to-day operations and completed high school graduation requirements, at age 15, by correspondence.
In 1932, Dr. Bosse attended the University of Kansas and then entered Kansas University School of Medicine. He did postgraduate training in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Bosse interned and completed a residency in Pathology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, becoming one of the nation's youngest board-certified pathologists, and was appointed chair of the hospital's Pathology Department.
Between 1940 and 1949, Dr. Bosse wrote 11 and co-authored four medical journal articles. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and helped establish its polio research laboratory. Dr. Bosse helped Dr. Jonas Salk conduct clinical trials of Salk's vaccine.
Dr. Bosse participated in another nationally funded research project during WWII, a West Penn Hospital initiative to find a treatment for mustard gas poisoning, where he met his wife, Barbara Cramer Flinn, in 1044.
Dr. Bosse was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Bosse's highest fulfillment in life3 was providing for and being surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children, Diana Mathis, Timothy Bosse, Jonathan Bosse, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. O'Neill passed away on April 4, 2012 at the age of 97. As a physician, scientist and educator, he was a prominent leader in his field of radiology for over 50 years, as well as a consultant, professor and writer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Estella, his father, mother and their sons, Thomas Richard O'Neill and Dr. Joseph Anthony O'Neill. He is survived by a daughter, Mary M. O'Neill Kimball, son Francis Edward O'Neill, Jr. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (Updated April 2012)
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. Stipp passed away on January 27, 2012. After graduation from KUMC, he went to Seattle as an intern at Swedish Hospital. After serving in the Army Medical Corps during WWII, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at KUMC, with specialty training at Duke University. He returned to Seattle to join a practice. He then co-founded Seattle Women's Clinic and was in practice for 38 years, delivering over 3000 babies. He headed the OB Department at Swedish Hospital and served as Chief of Staff. He was a clinical professor at the University of Washington, a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, member of the Seattle Gynecology Society, member of Pacific Northwest Gynecology Association and member of the Pacific Coast Obstetrical Society.
He co-founded a movie company in 1952 and won a Silver Medal at the Cortina, Italy International Film Festival for his film "Gossip Goes to Honolulu".
He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1932.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Agnes, daughters Janet Schumacher, Joanne Hudson, Diane Stipp, and many grandchildren. (updated March 2012)
Dr. Browning passed away January 15, 2012. He was 95 years old. He and his wife Peggy moved to Wichita in 1949 and began his practice in Urologic Medicine and Surgery. He was one of three founders of the Wichita Urology Group where he practiced until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Peggy and four children: Dr. William Roberts Browning, Mary Susan Pogany, Patricia Hayner Berner and Anne Browning Wilson, nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Berkey passed away Thursday, May 3rd, 2012. He served in the US Army Medical Corps during WWII from 1943 – 1945. After WWII he completed a fellowship in radiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He retired in 2000 and continued to serve the Pittsburg community driving for Meals on Wheels until age 90. From 2000 to 2007 he devoted his days to caring for his wife, Suzanne, visiting her twice daily. Dr. Berkey was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and achieved certifications in ultrasound, mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging and was instrumental in bringing the first mammography unit to Southeast Kansas in 1980. He was honored in 2002 by the dedication of the Vernon A. Berkey Imaging Center for Women at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
He is survived by his daughters – Elizabeth Moore, Carolyn Moffitt and Kristin Berkey, his five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne and his son Joseph. (Updated May 2012)
Dr. Dreher passed away July 11, 2012. He was commissioned as a junior medical officer in the U.S. Navy after completion of his internship. He served on LST 5005, which was part of the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion. He joined the Mowery Clinic in Salina, KS where he practiced internal medicine until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Dreher was instrumental in establishing hospice care in Salina. He served as medical advisor to what is now Hospice of Salina.
Dr. Dreher was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years. He leaves behind his children, sons Henry S. Dreher, III, David B. Dreher and spouses, daughters Ann Richardson and Carody Wise and spouses along with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (Updated July 2012)
Dr. Cramer passed away May 10, 2012. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Crow passed away on December 26, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Crow. He was co-founder of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita. He was a retired cardiologist and professor at the school. He was 91. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Elliott passed away May 7, 2012. Dr. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science from KU School of Pharmacy in 1941. He was commissioned April, 1942 in the United States Naval Reserve as an Ensign in the Hospital Voluntary Provisional. He was promoted to Lieutenant JG upon graduation from Kansas University Medical School in October 1044. He reported for active duty in California in August 1945 for the invasion of Japan. He was recalled to active duty in November 1952 serving in San Diego, CA, then 1st Marines Battalion Headquarters and Dog Medical Company, North of Seoul, Korea in July, 1954. He was a member of the 38th Parallel practice. Dr. Elliot practiced Family Medicine from 1944 to 1987 in Kansas City, MO. He was instrumental securing St. Joseph Hospital as a Level One Trauma Center with emergency helicopter service. From 2004 to 2010 he was restricted to full-time caretaker of Parkinsonism of his wife Marjorie. His medical practice spanned 60 years. His survivors include five children and their spouses, Tom Elliott, Bob Elliott, Dick Elliott, Jean Carr, Missy Carney, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. (Updated May 2012)
Dr. Holmes passed away May 26, 2012 peacefully in Vancouver, WA surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years. While in medical school he joined the US Navy. After graduating from medical school he started his internship in Seattle, WA where he met his wife, Vivian Alice Peterson, who passed away in 1971 of breast cancer. He served on the USS Mullany at Iwo Jima and Okinawa then later on Quam at the 103rd Fleet Hospital until the end of WII.
He later married Jean Butler Holmes. Surviving is his wife, Jean, sons Warren, Douglas and John; his three step-children Betty Hannaford, Bob Butler and Kathy Brahe, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Winter of North Coventry passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family Thursday, June 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Taylor Winter. They recently celebrated a wedding anniversary of 49 years.
Dr. Winter completed formal college and medical education at the University of Kansas with additional postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine, receiving a Master of Medical Science Degree for Graduate work in Radiology. He became a Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia PA, where he did pioneer work in developing a technique for coronary arteriography and received the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society in 1958 for his success in this field. In 1961, he was made an honorary Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He was a member of many radiological societies and authored many medical publications in his field.
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Dr. Weltmer passed away September 24, 2012. Dr. Weltmer attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and while studying his chosen specialty of urology at St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, met his wife Esther Scalapino Weltmer, RN, an operating room instructor. After completing his residency, his father begged him to return to Beloit, KS and join his practice because there were no urologists for miles.
Dr. Weltmer loved music of all kinds, played the organ, and guitar. He loved bowling, traveling, reading and most of all golf. His wife passed away in 2010. He is survived by his son Dr. Jeff Weltmer, two granddaughters and four great- grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Mathewson passed away on November 26, 2012. His career in medicine spanned more than five decades. He is survived by three daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. (Updated December 2012)
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)
Dr. Sheppard passed away on November 24, 2012. The week of June 28, 1945, he graduated from medical school, got married and entered the Navy. In 1946, he was sent to Micronesia where he cared for the natives on the island of Ponape, Palau and Koror. He returned to start his general surgery residency at St. Lukes hospital in Kansas City. Later he moved to Smith Center and formed what later became the Smith Center Medical Group. He practiced together with the group for 34 years.
He leaves behind the love of his life, Edee, his wife of 67 years, his daughter Debra Sue, son Robert Michael and son David Dean, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Baker continues to work part-time in his practice of Radiology. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Roderick passed away September 10, 2012. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and a guard on the 1943 Big 6 Championship Jayhawk Basketball team. He served in the U.S. Eighth Army during the Korean Conflict and returned to Salina, KS where he founded Salina Urology Associates, P.A. His spouse of 62 years, Nancy Tomlinson Roderick, passed away in 2009 and a son in 2010. He is survived by four children, Rees Olander, John "Tom" Roderick, Melinda Roderick Besnoin and Richard A. Roderick, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
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. McClure passed away on February 14, 2012 in Lawrence, KS. He was a veteran and served in the US Army. His wife of 60+ years, Mary Anne McClure survives along with three sons, Mickey McClure, David McClure and Scott McClure, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (updated March 2012)
Dr. Miller passed away on December 31, 2011, in Parsons, KS where he had resided since 1973. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Miller and daughter Nancy Miller Martin. He is survived by two sons, John Miller and David Miller and a grandson and four great-grandchildren. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Schwartz passed away April 12, 2012. Dr. Schwartz served in the United States Army in both World War II and during the Korean Conflict where he received a battlefield promotion to Captain, Medical Corp. within the Medical Division, First Cavalry Division. He married Eileen Ruth Bonicamp January 8, 1948 and settled in Wichita where they raised their family. In 1957, he was made Chairman of the Department of General Practice at St. Francis Hospital and began his tenure on the Executive Committee of the medical staff for the hospital. He was President and Chief of Staff in 1972 and in 1976 was elected to the Board of Directors of St. Francis Hospital.
Dr. Schwartz enjoyed several outside of work activities. He collected stamps, coins and Native American artifacts, enjoyed fly-fishing, horseback riding and gardening. He enjoyed woodcarving, pencil drawing, and he amassed an extensive collection of photographs of Kansas and Midwest wildflowers. Baking and gourmet cooking were also hobbies.
Dr. Schwartz is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen, his children William, John, Elizabeth Cole and Gloria Kemper and five grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Yost is retired and living in an assisted living apt. He is still enjoying life! (updated February 2012)
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)
Dr. Powell passed away on May 27, 2012. He served in the Army in the Signal Corps in New Guinea and the Philippines after graduating from Kansas University in 1942. After the war he attended Kansas University Medical School. He practiced orthopedics in New Orleans.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan Chance Powell, three sons, Charles Powell, Dr. John B. Powell, Thomas Powell and six grandchildren. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Vilmer, age 95, passed away May 11, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Judy Vilmer, children Stephen Vilmer, Ann Graham, Jacki Breen, Teresa Oxford, and Chris Harmon, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Dr. Vilmer served in the Army in WWII. He was a surgeon and physician in Kansas City, MO and North Kansas City area. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Garrison passed away April 05, 2012. She would have been 88 on April 11th. Dr. Garrison was a pediatrician who practiced and taught at the University of Kansas Medical Center for over 40 years. In addition to her practice, she performed research that resulted in the addition of iron to Similac formula. She was key in developing several programs in the Kansas City area for medically underserved children, ranging from an inner city daycare, a high school for teenage mothers to complete their education, and a clinic with afterhours care in a high risk medically underserved neighborhood. All of these projects occurred almost 40 years prior to being the well accepted concepts that they are today. She operated the Well Baby Clinics for the Cass County Health Department for many years. She always recalled that her greatest professional accomplishment was giving the first available polio vaccine in the Kansas City Schools, helping play a part in eliminating this devastating disease.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, a son, Peter Garrison and daughter, Sara Revelle. She also had four grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Ketterman is still working half time and loves it. Her 55 year old son was treated at K.U. Cancer Clinic and currently is free of lymphoma. He's super courageous! (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Conklin passed was May 15, 2012. Dr. Conklin served as a naval aviator in WWII, was a member of Air Group 16 during the Pacific Conflict and participated in the Marianas Turkey Shoot. He was a recipient of the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Dr. Conklin was a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and practiced Pediatrics in Dubuque for 45 years. He had many hobbies including sailing (he and his son, Michael, won the first Greater Mississippi River Sailboat Race from Dubuque to Bellevue), boating, flying, soaring, skiing, biking, woodworking, traveling, birding, cooking and painting. He especially loved being with his family.
Dr. Conklin is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a daughter Linda Brack, a son Michael, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Ruble passed away December 12, 2011at the age of 85 in Overbrook, KS where he practiced medicine for 39 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois. He is survived by his three children; Peggy Heil, Dr. Rebecca Ruble and Jim Ruble, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Barker of Council Grove, KS, passed away December 25, 2011. He received his Navy Wings and became a second lieutenant during WWII. He received a Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals, the Navy Presidential Unit Citation and others.
He graduated from KU Medical School in June 1953. He moved to Council Grove in 1957 and practiced until 1988 when he retired.
He is survived by his wife Betty, of the home; children, Leigh Barker, Lance Barker, Rod Barnes, Jed Barnes, Stephanie Barker and Merry Barker, Tracy Rock and 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Van Citters is fully retired now and living in Edmonds, WA. He's watching ships pass by and sunsets over Olympic Mountains after a great 50 years at University of Washington. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Stelmach passed away July 22, 2012. Dr. Stelmach was a serious violinist. His love of music continued throughout his life. He served in the Navy during WWII as a pharmacist's mate. After the war he received his MD in Family Practice. He is remembered for his leadership in creating the Baptist Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program.
He leaves behind his wife Patricia, three children; Christopher Stelmach, Cheryl Beaver and Jeffrey (Dan) Stelmach; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Updated July 2012)
Dr. Berube passed away on April 11, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Mary. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Bradshaw passed away on April 22, 2012. He practiced Family Medicine for 22 years. He was Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Columbia and received many distinguished physician awards. He served as Dean of the Medical School and retired as Dean Emeritus. In 1988 he and his wife, Dorothy, moved back to Kansas City where he served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He found it difficult to remain retired and consequently enjoyed working throughout the Midwest as a "locum tenens" physician and at St. Luke's Hospital Rehabilitation Center. He leaves behind his wife, Dorothy, daughters, Deborah Bradshaw Tighe and Jane Weir Bradshaw, two granddaughters, four great-grandchildren. (Updated May 2012)
Dr. Daniels passed away on August 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma and son, David, his mother, Edith and brother Norbert. He is survived by a son, Robert and six daughters; Mary Porter, Kathryn Daniels, Jeanne Daniels, Dr. Patricia Petrakis, and Peggy Marisa Daniels, all of Valley Center and Sr. Susanne Daniels, CSJ, Wichita along with 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Harper passed away October 26, 2012. He was a surgeon and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Harper passed away October 26, 2012. He was a surgeon and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. (Updated December 2012)
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. Spencer passed away January 18, 2012. He is survived by his wife Polly, his five children; Deborah Spencer, Steve Spencer, Marsha Sousa, Steve Crowder and Marilyn Morris, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. (updated February 2012)
Dr. O'Donnell passed away on May 9, 2012. He is remembered as a pioneer in medicine, who truly loved the art of healing and the patients he served.
Dr. O'Donnell is survived by his wife, Benita and his children, David Bonecutter, Dr. Paula Broadfoot, Jeffrey O'Donnell, Dr. Janat O'Donnell, Kevin O'Donnell, Kare O'Donnell and karla Schmideler. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Unruh passed away August 1, 2012 at the age of 92 at his home in Riverview Terrace in Roseburg. The son of Luella Rose (Tierney) Unruh (dec.) and George Overton Unruh (dec.), he was born February 23, 1920 in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska and grew up in Bushnell, NE.
Dr. Unruh's career as a physician and ophthalmologist began with his graduation from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1944 and continued until his retirement from his medical practice in 1992. His medical career was comprehensive and included pioneering the use of lens implant surgery in Oregon in 1975; RK (radial keratotomy) in the 1980's and the purchase of a Yag laser to further advance the surgical treatment of cataracts. His constant passion to increase the quality of eye care for his patients led him to study techniques in the Netherlands, Norway, New York and Moscow, Russia where he studied a controversial new micro-surgery process for myopia (near-sightedness) under the late Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov. From 1985 to 1987, he was the first ophthalmologist to do cataract surgery in Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, Oregon.
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Dr. Hoofer passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Dr. Hoofer was a retired Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgeon. Survivors include his wife Sally, of Halstead; sons" John and Steven, and daughters: Chris Anderson, Stacy Warren, Kris Bevan, step-sons: Ron Hildreth and Dan Hildreth along with nine grandchildren. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Ellis passed away Monday, December 26, 2011. Dr. Harvey was a member of the Army Air Corps and flew B-25's near the end of WWII. For 34 years, he was a staff member of Wesley Hospital. He was an enthusiastic Jayhawk supporter.
Dr. Ellis is survived by sons, Harvey, Jr., Roger and granddaughter, Soami, along with other family members. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Marvin said he enjoyed Alumni Weekend 2012 class reunion dinner. He hopes to see more classmates next year. Retirement seems to agree with him. He and his wife, Audine, enjoy traveling and helping people stay healthy with good nutrition. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Godwin has retired and lives in wonderful Lawrence, KS. He is keeping very busy. His son, Andrew, is an Assistant Director of the KUMC Cancer Center. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Woods passed away December 21, 2012. Dr. Woods served 18 months as a medical officer in the US Navy, stations in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Woods was a past president of the KUMC Medical Alumni Association. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Cynthia, five children; Steven, Tiffany Smith, Dennis, Donald, and Thomas; stepdaughters, Sarah Thorne, Susan Thorne and Alison Thorne, 13 grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Dellett passed away February 3, 2013. He leaves behind his wife Margaret, son Randy, daughter Tamara and four grandsons. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Marvin states they had a wonderful turnout for their 55th reunion last fall. They decided to try to get together every fall. There were 20 of the class that attended the dinner together. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Matthew is retired and is still a big K-State fan. He is now living in a nursing home in Olathe, KS. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Kliewer retired 18 months ago because of Macular Degeneration. He is working his small farm in Virden, New Mexico. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Woodson passed away February 6, 2012. He left behind his wife, Sharon D. Woodson, his sons, Riley D. Woodson and Wade C. Woodson and 3 grandsons along with other family members. He was Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiopulmonary surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Toledo Medical Center, and Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, University of Toledo Medical Center. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Hocker passed away February 26, 2012. Dr. Hocker served in the Korean War before going to Medical School. His second home was San Jose Country Club and could be found there any day the club was open.
He is survived by his two children, Tommy Hocker and Susan Taylor, three grandchildren and several other family members. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Powers passed away December 5, 2012. He grew up on a farm in Rozel, KS, earned his Eagle Scout in 1949, and graduated from Rozel HS in 1951. He served as lieutenant in the 64th Fighter Squadron in the US Navy from 1954-1958.
Dr. Powers practiced family medicine in Kansas City, KS from 1965 until 2012. Dr. Powers was instrumental in establishing Heartland Primary Care in Kansas City, KS. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joyce Lyn Powers; his children; Jill Fearing, Mark Powers, Jane Powers, David Max Powers, 27 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. Brockhouse passed away August 20, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Alice Brockhouse, two sons, John G. Brockhouse and David C. Brockhouse, one daughter, Kara Jane Burry, two granddaughters and two grandsons. He will be greatly missed. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Helm passed away January 31, 2012 in Yuma, AZ. He practiced medicine in MT until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by his wife Donna, of 37 years and six children from his prior marriage, three step-sons. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (updated March 2012)
Dr. McCallister passed away in Kamuela, Hawaii on May 13, 2012. After graduating from medical school he was a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical corps based in Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. McCallister then went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He co-founded the world's first dedicated heart facility, the Mid America Heart Institute at Saint Luke's Hospital. n 2006 Dr. McCallister was named a Master of the American College of Cardiology.
He is survived by his wife Virginia "Ginny" Brosnahan McCallister of 55 years, his son, Dr. Ben McCallister, Jr., son Dr. Scott McCallister, son John G. McCallister, son Thomas M. McCallister, and daughter Katherine McCallister Cubba and their spouses, along with 16 grandchildren. (Updated May 2012)
Dr. Harrin, 81 passed away November 3, 2012. Dr. Harrin, a devoted husband and father, was born June 9, 1931 in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife Susan "Tutie"; daughter, Susie Ratliff and husband Ken along with his two grand-daughters Ashley and Sydney Ratliff. He is also survived by his daughter Becky Harrin; his son Scott Harrin, and wife Jennifer and their three children, Fisher, Taylor and Irelyn; and his sister, Connie Gerske.
Dr. Harrin attended the Univeristy of Kansas Medical School and was in the Sigma Nu Medical Fraternity. He graduated in 1957. After his internship, Dr. Harrin served as a Captain in the United States Army in France as an OB/GYN. Upon completion of his residency, his specialty became urology. He was on staff at St. Luke's Hospital, Olathe Medical Center and Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, KS. Dr. Harrrin enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, wood working and joke telling. (Updated November 2012)
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. Zee passed away from complications following a fall and leg fracture. Dr. Zee was born in 1930 in Twisk, the Netherlands and immigrated to the US. He worked on farms and attended junior college in Kansas City, MO. He then attended KU and KUMC. He joined the medical honors fraternity Alpha Omega Alpha. He joined the US Air Force after medical school and was stationed in Evreux, France. He later completed psychoanalytic training at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. He married Mary Joan Weddendorf while in medical school. They are survived by three children; Dr. Wendell Zee, Dr. Juliana Zee and Aaron Zee. He later married Dr. Nora Dougherty. They had a daughter, Rosalind Zee. He is also survived by four siblings, Dr. Paul Zee, Dr. Pieter Zee, Dr. Jan Amber, and Maya. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Sterling passed away on August 18, 2012 from cancer, just two days before his 83rd birthday.
He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1952 to 1954, where he conducted surgical research. He met and married Betty Mercer and had two daughters, Janice Marie and Deborah Lynn. He received his MD in 1958 for the University of Kansas. His residency was in Plastic Surgery at the University of California from 1962 through 1965.
He was a man of many interests who loved music, reading, crossword puzzles, playing his guitar, travel, the computer, his patients, friends and family, and his dogs. He was a licensed pilot.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diana, daughters Janice and Deborah along with step-children Randall Martin, Tracy Martin Kirwan, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. All of us were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Dewey Ziegler on Wednesday. Dr. Ziegler was an acclaimed neurologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, serving as an active faculty member from 1958 until his death. He was chief of the Section of Neurology from 1966-1974 and served as the inaugural chair of the Department of Neurology from 1974 to 1985. After Dr. Ziegler achieved Professor Emeritus status in 1990, he continued to teach and to see patients until a few years prior to his death. As Emeritus Professor and in recent years, Dr. Ziegler continued with his clinical and internationally regarded pioneering research work in migraine headaches.
Dr. Ziegler trained in the golden era of the neurosciences in the United States. He had formal training and board certification in both neurology and psychiatry. He was a staff psychiatrist at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, and at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, prior to starting his neurology training at the New York Neurological Institute in 1948, under the legendary H. Houston Merritt, M.D. Dr. Ziegler did his formal psychiatry training at Boston Psychopathic Hospital. He was one of the leaders who helped establish neurology as a dedicated profession in the United States. He trained a generation of neurologists, many who are currently practicing in the Midwest.
Dr. Ziegler was widely regarded for his consultations with several hospitals and medical centers in the Kansas City area and in rural Kansas. A prolific author, Dr. Ziegler published 45 book chapters, 150 articles and presented papers at national and inter-national meetings. He was vice president of the American Neurological Association in 1972 to 1973, president of the American Academy of Neurology from 1979 to 1981, and served on the board of directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology from 1975 through 1983.
Through his philanthropic support over the years, Dr. Ziegler was instrumental in funding the neurology research conducted at the School of Medicine. His generosity helped advance our work in finding effective drug therapies and cures for neurological conditions like ALS and Parkinson's disease. The donations from Dr. Ziegler helped fund the Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professorship in Neurology, currently occupied by Dr. Richard Barohn.
In his personal life, Dewey was a devoted husband to Gertrude, a KU alumna, who died in 1995, is father to three daughters and grandfather to seven grandchildren. A life long lover of nature, he was an avid gardener, birder, one of the first board members of the Kansas Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and a longtime member of the Sierra Club.
Dewey is being fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues, members of the Department of Neurology, the nearly 200 neurology residents and thousands of medical students that he helped train and the countless patients who lives he helped to improve through his care and compassion. (updated September 2012)
Dr. Slankard passed away at the age of 83 on September 21, 2012. His education was interrupted by three years of serving as Surgical Technician in the US Army, most of which was spent in Tokyo, Japan. During his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal. After completing his post-graduate training in 1964, he returned to Kansas City where he was engaged in private practice and teaching almost exclusively at St. Luke's Hospital on the Plaza. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Barbara Slankard, son J. Andrew Slankard, daughter Myra Slankard, daughter Carrie Slankard, step-daughter Tanya Snyder, stepson Jeff Oertle and five grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Chapman's spouse, Wesley Wickham, passed away in September 2011 while they were enjoying the beautiful surroundings of their Alaskan home on Kachemak Bay. The winter months she will be in Chandler, AZ. She would welcome any calls or emails. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Whittaker passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011. Dr. Whittaker attended Northwestern University medical school and did his residency in neurosurgery at University of Kansas Medical Center. He was in the Air Force in San Antonio for two years and returned to KU to finish his training. He and his wife, Pat, his match whom he met in high school, raised seven children and were blessed with 23 grandchildren. Brian, his son, passed before him. His sons; Tom, John, Martin, and daughters, Ann, Laura and Mary Coit and spouses survive. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Chesky is hanging up his license this year. He has been doing locum tenens in Kansas since returning to Kansas. Hobbies are travel, photography, watching Jayhawk sports. (updated February 2012)
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. Wedel retired in 2007. He is still living in Minneapolis, Kansas. He keeps active in community affairs. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Boles passed away October 7, 2011 in Joplin, MO. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Zabel passed away February 21, 2012 leaving behind his wife Cheryl, four children, Michael Zabel, Deborah Galbraith, Dwight Zabel and David Zabel, and eight grandchildren, along with other family members. He was a farm boy at heart and loved spending time outside doing yard work, tending his garden and fishing. (updated March 2012)
Robert H. Durie, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and physician died May 2, 2012, at the age of 75. He was a kind man known for his integrity, intelligence, great sense of humor, and his absolute devotion to his family, friends, and patients. Robert had a great passion for life and a love of the natural world. He had a keen interest in many subjects: botany, history, entomology, politics, music and literature. Robert was born on Oct. 23, 1936, in Raton, New Mexico, the son of Ralph Christie and Grace (Pitts) Durie. His family moved to Liberty, Mo., in 1945, when Robert was nine years old. Robert graduated as valedictorian from Liberty High School in 1954, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from William Jewell College in 1957, and graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1961. He had a successful career in medicine spanning 40 years. Robert served in the United States Coast Guard in the Public Health Service from 1963 to 1965, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine and he held various academic appointments during his long career, including appointments at Brown University, University of Kansas School of Medicine and The School of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Dr. Durie practiced medicine in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before returning to the Kansas City area in 1974 when he became the Director of Pulmonary Disease at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. During his long tenure at Trinity he served as President of the Medical/Dental Staff and was a member of the Trinity Hospital Board of Directors. He was Chairman and on-going member of the Directors of the Jack Hill Continuing Medical Education Foundation and served as a founding Board member of the Baptist- Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation. Dr. Durie also started a solo private practice in Pulmonary medicine which grew into a well-respected group practice, Consultants in Pulmonary Medicine, affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Olathe Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital. Dr. Durie was preceded in death by his dear parents and sisters, Mary Ann Crain and Ruth Clouse. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Salmon Durie, his three children, Catherine J. Durie, M.D. (Rachel Telushkin), Amy E. Durie (David Forrest) and Ted Durie (Lori Schnoebelen Durie), six adored grandchildren, Daniel Durie, Sarah Forrest, Nathan Durie, Lauren Durie, Matthew Forrest, and William Durie- Poliwoda and 11 loved nieces and nephews. (Updated May 2012)
Dr. Dunlap passed away May 2, 2012 after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was a retired pediatrician with 40 years of service at The Pediatric Clinic of Baton Rouge. His hobbies included his dogs, reading, genealogy studies, traveling and his church. He enjoyed participating in medical missionary trips to Alaska and Mexico. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics, holding numerous leadership roles both locally and on the national level. He leaves behind his with Jane Davis Dunlap; daughter, Susan Dunlap Mack; son, John Gardner Dunlap; step-son Hugh Raetzsch, Jr.; step-daughter, Susan Copeland and ten grandchildren. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan are retired and traveling in an Airstream Motor Home full time and enjoying our great country. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Hart passed away August 30, 3012 at the age of 73.
Dr. Hart served as chief of pediatrics at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX and then moved north for a fellowship at the Univ. of MN. He co-founded Wayzata Children's Clinic in 1971 where he worked for nearly 30 years as a pediatrician and manager.
Dr. Hart also co-founded the West Suburban Teen Clinic in Excelsior in 1972, offering a free clinic for adolescents.
Dr. Hart was a proud Eagle Scout, loved sailing, woodworking and reading.
Survivors include his wife, son – Michael, daughter – Sarah five grandchildren and other family members and friends. (Updated September 2012)
September 30, 2012 the American College of Surgeons (ACS) presented George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award during Convocation Ceremonies that preceded the official opening of the ACS Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago. The award, only the second given in ACS history, honors Dr. Sheldon's lifetime contribution to the art of medicine and surgery and his service to the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Sheldon served as ACS President (1998-1999), a term that ushered in creation of the ACS Resident and associates Society, which was formed to benefit the surgeons of the future through involvement in College activities. In 2004, he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of the ACS members-only Web portal, which grew to include 28 communities, and 200 editors and associate editors. In 2008, he became founding Director of the ACS Health Policy Research Institute and enlisted the part-time support of 160 researchers at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Service Research. Since that time, HPRI has published 70 documents describing issues related to the state of the surgical professions, the surgical workforce, and surgical utilization in the United States. Congratulations Dr. Sheldon. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Webb passed away October 23, 2012 at the age of 78. Dr. Webb practiced medicine for 41 years until he retired in July 2003.
Dr. Webb is survived by his wife Patricia, a son, James R. Webb, Jr., daughter Cindy Thompson and several grandchildren. Dr. Webb was loved by everyone and will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends. (Updated November 2012)
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)
Dr. Jared Grantham will be accepting the American Society of Nephrology's John P. Peters Award in Philadelphia. This award is given to individuals "who have made substantial research contributions to the discipline of nephrology and have sustained achievements in one or more domains of academic medicine including clinical care, education and leadership." (updated January 2012)
Dr. Devins passed away May 11, 2012. Dr. Devins started his private practice in pulmonary and allergy medicine in 1966 and also served as a physician to the Kansas City, MO police department for 20 years. He retired in 2009. His children and grandchildren were everything to him. He is survived by his son, Sidney Devins and daughter Marty Devins Chaplick of Overland Park, their spouses and his seven grandchildren. Also, his longtime caretaker and friend, Karen Austin. (Updated May 2012)
It was announced that Dr. Thomas Coppinger was chosen as the 2012 Rockhurst University Alumni Award recipient.
Dr. Coppinger had a distinguished career as a physician of internal medicine from 1968 – 2006. His volunteer leadership is extensive, including involvement through a variety of leadership positions at Rockhurst. Congratulations Dr. Coppinger. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Cozean was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 1996. After graduating from University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completing a rotating internship and residency in ophthalmology, both at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he served in the U.S. Air Force at Abilene, Texas. A member of several medical societies, associations and research foundations, he serves on the medical staffs of three hospitals. He is also an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at St. Louis University Hospital, has published more than 20 articles in numerous ophthalmology periodicals and has served as a faculty member for international courses at the University of Lublin in Poland and Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. In addition to holding U.S. patents for an intraocular lense design and the capsulorhexitome, a surgical instrument, he was the principal investigator for VISX Inc.'s Excimer laser and a clinical investigator for Alcon Laboratories Inc.'s bifocal and MASL intraocular lenses and Storz Opthalmics' True Vista, Hydroview and Bifocal intraocular lenses. Cozean established a learning resource center at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO., where he serves on the directorial board; pioneered the establishment of a National Public Radio station at Southeast Missouri State University and serves as chairman of its advisory board; and is a member of the board of AmeriFirst Bank and the Cape Girardeau Lion Club. A member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, he and his wife, Carole, have three children. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Sheldon received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Surgeons during the Convocation ceremonies at the 2012 Clinical Congress. This award is only the second one ever presented for a lifetime contribution to the art of medicine, surgery, and service to the college.
Dr. Sheldon is the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a Past-President of the ACS. (Updated November 2012)
Dr. Kindred and his wife, Ann, are enjoying their 12 grandchildren and watching their activities! Dr. Kindred is still working at University of Kansas Hospital at Mid-America Cardiology. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Kompus has retired. He is traveling and enjoying his retirement. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Kennedy passed away in 2012. We have no further information. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Munden passed away February 26, 2012. Dr. Munden was a career naval officer who served 20 years achieving the rank of Commander. During the Vietnam War, he served aboard the Reeves, DesRon 9. He was a member of The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as well as a Fellow in the College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Munden loved working in the field of medicine and as an allergist; he was well respected for his contributions and accomplishments. His patients loved him for his sincere interest in their welfare. He would spend as much time as needed to develop the personal relationship that was required to know what was in each patient's best interests.
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Arlene R. Munden, and his four children: Mary (Mark) Schewe, Rice Lake, WI, Michael (Rosie) Munden, Olathe, KS, Cynthia (Duffy) Carter, McKinney, TX, George (Amanda) Munden, Taylorsville, NC, and six grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Neel, 87, passed away May 19, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his wife. Dr. Neel served in the US Navy as an aviator during WWII. He returned to Hutchinson and attended Kansas State University earning a degree in Mechanical engineering. Upon his return to Hutchinson, he worked with his father in the farm implement business for several years. Dr. Neel entered Kansas University School of Medicine. Upon completion he returned to Hutchinson once again, where he was instrumental in establishing the Hutchinson Clinic which grew, by his retirement, to a 42-physician multi-specialty group.
Dr. Neel is survived by a daughter Robin, son Dr. James Neel, and a grandson. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Kompus has retired and is currently enjoying Colorado. (Updated January 2013)
Dr. Morgan passed way August 19, 2011. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Kennedy passed away June 29, 2012. He will be missed by family, friends and colleagues. (Updated July 2012)
Dr. Martin passed away December 1, 2011. He was born in Gdansk, Poland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1960. He completed his medical degree in Berlin, Germany and residency at Kansas University School of Medicine. He settled in Columbus, OH in 1967. He was the director of outpatient services at Central Ohio Hospital. He was the Chief of Neurology at the Nisonger Center for Mental Retardation from 1970 until 1987. Upon retiring in 1987 he received the status of professor emeritus in Neurology from OSU.
After retirement, Dr. Martin pursued many interests including reading, photography, travel, bird-watching, and the study of international politics. For many years he also taught German at the Griswold Senior Center in Worthington.
Dr. Martin is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sieglinde and their four children; Heide, Frank, Kristine, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Elena of Bremen, Germany, along with six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Hoffmann left private practice in 2009 and currently is employed part-time with CONCENTRA. Eleanor, his wife, is starting a venture raising organic vegetables and selling her produce at local farmers markets. (updated August 2011)
Dr. Weinshilboum is working full time and teaching graduates and medical students at the Mayo Clinic. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Cordell is on the Board of Councilors for the Kansas Orthopaedic Society. He is a past president of the society and previously served in the United States Army. He has a professional interest in treating patients with deformity, arthritis and tumors in the spine and neck. He practices at Midwest Spine Center and is a member of North American Spine Society and Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Cordell earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City and completed his in pediatric orthopedics residency at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Del. His additional training includes a residency in orthopedics at Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Aschenbrenner passed away January 13, 2012. He graduated from K-State University and the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1968. He served in the US Army Medical Corps from 1967-1978. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant colonel. His wife Ann survives along with daughter Annie and sons Richard, David, Ralph and Stephen, their spouses and grandchildren. (updated February 2012)
Dr. White is a sought-after brain surgeon and is the director of pituitary brain tumor program at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.
St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. Dr. White is one of only 50 special patients, doctors and nurses chosen to be interviewed for the new interactive website, part of Barrow's commemorative activities this year. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Cope has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation's largest medical specialty organization.
Dr. Cope has been a Fellow (FACP) of the American College of Physicians since 1986. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.
Dr. Cope is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Williams passed away May 28, 2010 after a fight with cancer. He was truly a legend in urology. After a very productive period as Chief of Urology at the San Francisco Veterans' Affairs Medical Center and Chief of Urological Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, he went to the University of Iowa to serve as chairman of the Department of urology for over 25 years.
Among his many awards, he was the recipient of the 2005 International Volunteers in Urology Humanitarianism Award, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award in 2009 for his work in Haiti and the 2009 Hugh Hampton Young Award from the AUA. He genuinely cared about his students, his residents, colleagues, patients and most importantly, he cared about the profession of urology. (Updated June 2012)
Dr. Jerry Old was the recipient of the Community Cornerstone Award. In recognition for the award, the bank contributes $100.00 to the nonprofit organization of the recipient's choice. Dr. Old chose The Salvation Army as his receiving organization. (updated January 2012)
Dr. Eaton retired in 2008 from Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, WA. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Frazier recently bought a Jabiru Airplane and is enjoying flying light sport. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Goodwin is retired as Principal Investigator, Ozarks Community Cancer Oncology Program in 2008. He is now working as a locum oncologist/hematologist, Skaggs Cancer Center in Branson, MO. (Updated December 2012)
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. Dougherty passed away February 8, 2012. He is survived by his devoted wife Annie. He also left behind his sons, Sean and Rhett, and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his brother David and his father George.
Dr. Dougherty did his post doctoral work at the Children's Rehabilitation Unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center and established a private neuropsychology practice in West Palm Beach.
Eddie was an avid runner and tri-athlete into his 50's, when an unfortunate accident left him unable to compete. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Minns, Dean for the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, Internal Medicine professor, has been named by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Chown passed away February 9, 2012. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Duncan was killed in a mid air collision in a plane he was piloting on May 28, 2012. Dr. Duncan was a Federal Aviation Administration employee at the time of death. He also provided support in the field of space medicine for NASA space shuttle and international space station astronauts. Dr. Duncan was one of the lead flight surgeons who supported the first landing by American astronauts in a Soyuz vehicle in Kazakhstan for Expedition 6 in May 2003.
Dr. Duncan was lead for NASA's team that helped the Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine in Copiapo, Chile, in 2010. The community was saddened by Duncan's passing. He left behind his wife Candace H. Duncan. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Johnson passed away February 4, 2013. She is survived by her children, Caleb Bowers, David Johnson and Rebekah Johnson. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Barohn, the winner of the Kansas University Endowment Chancellors Club award for research, has been the chairman of the neurology department at the KU Medical Center since 2001.
Dr. Barohn's research has included the development of treatment trials for neuromuscular diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is a principal investigator for a nearly $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that the medical center received in 2011, devoted to translating scientific discoveries into treatments. He is also director of KUMC's Frontiers: the Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, which was funded by that NIH grant.Congratulations Dr. Barohn. (Updated October 2012)
Dr. Stanton passed away October 27, 2012 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Janet and son Kevan Stanton, a daughter, Eileen Stanton and other family members. He enjoyed golfing, Camping and being a Boy Scout leader. (Updated November 2012)
Dr. Segerson passed away in Toronto, Canada on December 2, 2012. He joined Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in 1998 and over the next 13 years became a recognized, well-respected and high-profile pharmaceutical executive in Toronto, Mexico City and Berlin. Thom retired in 2011 and at the time of his death, was pursuing a masters degree in Public Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Segerson leaves behind his partner, Richard Latch, his mother Muriel and four brothers. (Updated December 2012)
Dr. McRae-Denning passed away on September 17, 2012. Dr. McRae-Denning practice Internal Medicine and was a staff physician at the University of Kansas Watkins Student Health Center for 23 years.
Dr. McRae-Denning was always looking for ways to give back to the community. She enjoyed reading, knitting, horseback riding, playing the piano, traveling, and swing dancing with her husband. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Kansas State.
She is survived by her husband, Dale of 30 years, sons Patrick, Bryant and daughter Elise, along with many other family members. (Updating October 2012)
Dr. Powers has been a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Children's Mercy Hospital for 25years. She has changed to Hospice and Palliative Medicine with Kansas City Hospice-Palliative Care recently. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Noordhoek is a Multi-State Medical Laboratory Consultant, CEO Thin Air Inc. Aviation Co., coaching swim teams for 25 years and is Coroner-Forensic Pathologist for the western half of Kansas. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Lang specializes in Internal Medicine in Wakeeney, KS in Trego County. The doctors were recognized on March 30th for national Doctors' Day. Trego County feels they are fortunate to have such fine doctors who provide high quality care. (Updated April 2012)
Dr. Terry passed away September 21, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, son David and other family members. Dr. Terry graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1983 and did his residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University Medical Center. (Updated August 2012)
Dr. Bernhardt was named the Dr. Rex L. Diveley Professor & Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri, Kansas City. (Updated April 2013)
Dr. Arjunan, a prominent neurosurgeon, who served the Topeka area for over two decades, passed away October 9, 2012 of complications arising from treatment of his leukemia. He is survived by his wife Vimala, and other family members.
Dr. Arjunan was a very talented, humble, and generous human being. His kind and considerate nature touched the lives of people around him in a positive way. He enjoyed sports, music, and the company of his many friends. (Updated November 2012)
Dr. Aucar was recruited to the Carle Health Care System to launch a brand new GS Residency Program. After 3 years of building, they applied and received accreditation in November 2010. The program launched in July 2011 and continues to grow. (update February 2012)
Dr. Evans passed away on February 8, 2012. (Updated September 2012)
Dr. Holbrooks passed away February 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sarah Holbrooks, son Jake and two granddaughters. (Updated March 2013)
Dr. Ferzandi is expanding his practice. He is active on the TUSM Admission Committee, Surgical Executive Committee and UA Committee. He is active at home also with 3 ½ year old twins who are very active. (updated February 2012)
Dr. Byrnes has joined St. Catherine Hospital. He returned to his native Kansas after he completed his residency in general surgery at KU School of Medicine in Wichita then his surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital at St. Louis in 2007 and his fellowship in surgical infectious disease at the University of Minnesota, also in 2007. His most recent position was assistant professor of surgery in the division of surgical critical care at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Byrnes' resume also includes many scientific activities, certifications and licensures, honors and awards, professional memberships and presentations at scientific meetings. He developed a trauma system and treated a wide variety of surgical disease.
He and his wife, Lindsay, decided to move back to Kansas when they started their family because this has always been home to them. (Updated August 2012)
Weesam Kassim Alkhatib was born on January 22, 1978 in Baghdad, Iraq to Kassim and Sorkel Alkhatib. He was the oldest of four children.
Weesam graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Washington in 1995. Following high school, Weesam went on to Kansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1999. Immediately following college graduation, Weesam began medical school at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated in 2003.
Weesam began general surgery residency at the University of Kansas to pursue his dream of becoming a vascular surgeon. After completing his residency in 2008, he started vascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in the summer of 2010. After graduating, he became a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Stanford University at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.
Weesam is remembered as a loving, protective brother and son. He was a role model to his siblings and inspired them to pursue tennis and higher education. Weesam was a passionate surgeon that loved to teach and encourage others. He was dedicated to his craft and the well-being of his patients. Weesam was a compassionate friend, devoted colleague, and fiercely loyal supporter of the Kansas State Wildcats.
After a long battle with a rare form of cancer, Weesam passed away on April 14, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his parents Kassim and Sorkel Alkhatib of Woodland, California, his sisters Aveen of London, Canada and Cheen of Dallas, Texas. The family asks in lieu of flowers, people contribute to a memorial project dedicated to both Weesam and his younger brother, Shwan Alkhatib. Online donations are being collected at goemaw.com/fatty.html. Checks can be mailed to Dickinson County Bank, P.O. Box 217, Enterprise Kansas, 67441. Checks can be made payable to: Shwan "Fatty" Alkhatib Memorial Fund.
Dr. Tseng, along with senior author Dr. Robert Canter, won the American College of Surgeons 2010 Commission on Cancer Paper Competition. His project entailed creating clinical risk calculators to predict perioperative morbidity and mortality of patients with disseminated malignancy undergoing surgical intervention. He is currently at the University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento and credits the KU Med Center for preparing him for his residency.
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