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1942 - In Memoriam: John B. Dixon, MD
Dr. John B. Dixon, 100, of Mason City, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City.
John Barney Dixon was born September 16, 1918, in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Kansas, he received his medical degree from the Kansas University Medical Center and did specialty training in ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Mary Jane Stevenson in 1942 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After Jane's passing from Alzheimer's disease, John stayed busy volunteering and socializing with colleagues and good friends. He also kept in close touch, in person and long-distance, with his children, grandchildren and other family members. He leaves a daughter, Susan (Larry) Dalton, her two sons, John (Tonya) Zook and Dan Zook; grandson, Michael E. Dixon; as well as great-grandchildren, Riley and Jaxen Zook and Charlie and Sarah Zook. He also is survived by his sister, Mary Scharmann; sister in-law, Dottie Dixon, as well as many nieces and nephews. Read more. (Updated November 2018)

1945 - In Memoriam: Virginia Samson, MD
Virginia Davis (nee Hoover) Samson, MD, October 16, 1921 - May 5, 2018 gently passed away on a beautiful sun-filled Alberta morning. A remarkable and inspiring woman, working at the Montreal Children's Hospital until age 75, Virginia raised a family of six which became the foundation for her trove of children and grandchildren, their very special and loving spouses and partners, and 15 great grandchildren.   Virginia was born and raised in Abilene, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1945, she interned at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. Subsequently, she married and moved to Chatham, Ontario where she started her family. In 1957 she returned to Montreal where she resumed her medical career after her children were grown. In 1999, she moved and happily settled in St. Albert, Alberta.   Virginia was a person of great inner strength, determination, and intellect who, at the same time, was encouraging and loving to all who were fortunate enough to know her. A dedicated and caring mother to Elizabeth (Tadashi), Hugh (Chris), Janet, Catherine (Kent), Mary (Dan) and David (Carmel); cherished grandmother to her grandchildren, Jonathan, Andrew, Elisabeth, Hugh, the late Hiro, Alex, Bryan, Vanessa, Adam and Megan; and great grandmother to her 15 beautiful great grandchildren.   The family would like to thank all those kind souls who cared for Virginia during her lengthy illness; Dr. John Mulder who took care of her with respect and kindness, and the staff at Sturgeon Community Hospital, Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre and Benevolence Care Centre, Edmonton. Please join us in celebrating her life. A memorial service will be held on June 16, 2018 at 3 p.m., St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 125 Larose Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. (Updated May 2018)

1946 - In Memoriam: William R. Allen, Sr., MD
William R. Allen Sr., M.D. died May 19, 2018. He was born July 19, 1922 to Pauline Sams McLaughlin-Allen and Lewis George Allen Sr, M.D. in Kansas City, Kansas at the old Providence Hospital. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas attending Hawthorn Grade school. Attended High School and Junior College at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington Missouri from 1937 to 1942. Entered the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical School as a private 1st class and served in the Medical Corp in Japan after the end of WW II attaining the rank of Major. William practiced Radiology in Kansas City, Kansas and Leavenworth, Kansas from 1951 until his retirement in 1996. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Lee Miller-Allen. Memorial service: 11 AM, May 26 at Leavenworth 1st United Methodist Church 422 Chestnut St Leavenworth, KS. Arr: Davis Funeral Chapel. (Updated June 2018)

1949 - In Memoriam: William D. Hawley, MD
Dr. William Dwight Hawley, M.D., 92, of Picayune, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Bedford Care in Hattiesburg.
Dr. Hawley graduated medical school from the University of Kansas. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return from Korea, Dr. Hawley enlisted in the United States Public Health Service, which is a branch of the Navy, where he worked for twenty years. After his service in the U.S.P.H.S. he received his P.H.D. in Public Health at Tulane University, and began working for World Health Organization thru the United Nations. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Jessie Hawley, Sr.; a daughter, Sharon Hawley; and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Mildred L. Hawley of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Carol (Glenn) Gros of Hattiesburg; a son, Stephen (Brenda) Hawley of Roseville, CA; four grandchildren, Stacy (Steve) Worley of Lincoln City, OR, Jeffery "Jeff" (Heather) Hawley of Portland, OR, Alicia (Charlie) Stafford of Hattiesburg, and William "Bill" Hawley of Beaverton, OR; four great grandchildren, Gregory, Brady, Acadia, and Soren; one brother, David Hawley of Plant City, FL; and one sister, Jessie Hitchings of Virginia Beach, VA. The family asks that in honor of Dr. Hawley that donations be made to the American Cancer Society at, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to the charity of your choosing. (Updated October 2018)

1949 (MD), 1951 (Residency), 1955 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Jack C. Schroll, MD
Dr. Jack Clare Schroll, 94, of Hutchinson, entered eternal life on October 1, 2018, at the Hester Care Center at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson, KS. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Marjorie (Prentice) Schroll, his parents, Arthur G. Schroll and Phoebe (Price) Schroll, and his brother, Ted Schroll. Jack was born in Hutchinson, KS on September 15, 1924. He was an Eagle Scout from Troop 19 and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1942. In 1945, he graduated from the University of Kansas where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and Naval ROTC. While at KU, he met the love of his life, Ruth, and they were married on November 21, 1945. After graduating from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1949, he interned at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland (1949 - 1950). This internship was interrupted by two years in the naval service during the Korean War as a Medical Officer in Panama. In 1952, he started his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas. Before completing his residency in 1955, he also completed a fellowship during 1953 in Endocrinology at Duke University, Durham, NC. Read more. (Updated November 2018)


1950 - In Memoriam: Frank Cvetkovich, MD
Known to most as "Dr. Frank" passed away peacefully on January 15, 2017, at the age of 102. He is preceded in death by his mother, Franciska Drmota; father, Francis Cvetkovich; brother, John Bozich; wife, Phyllis; and grandson, Simon. He is survived and deeply missed by his four children, Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich, Dr. Therese Cvetkovich, Rosemary Brooks (Dan), and Chris Cvetkovich; and by his eleven grandchildren, Olivia Cvetkovich, Samuel Palmer, and Louisa, Theodore, Georgia, Marcella, Charles, Emma, Sophia, William, and Martin Brooks. Frank was born August 23, 1914 in Mulberry, KS. His parents emigrated from Yugoslavia and found work in the coal mines in southeast Kansas where he was raised and educated. His mother was a midwife. In 1937, he was graduated from Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg with a bachelor's degree in biology. He was the principal of a grade school in Franklin, KS and then taught high school biology in Neodesha, KS. While attending graduate school at the University of Michigan, he was accepted into the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical school attendance was delayed by military service during World War II. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 - 1946 attaining the rank of Lieutenant, junior grade. He received radio technician training followed by Officer Training School. His service took him from the Philippines to Greenland. While at sea, he was made commanding officer of the submarine chaser SC 527. Following his military service, Frank attended medical school at University of Kansas School of Medicine. He married Phyllis Gramly in 1951. They moved to Spokane, WA where Frank interned at Sacred Heart Hospital. Returning to KS in 1952, Frank opened a private general practice of medicine in Augusta, KS. Read more. (Updated January 2017)

1950 - In Memoriam: Victor G. McDonald Jr., MD
Victor "George" McDonald Jr., M.D., 95, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at home in Granbury, Texas. A private family service was held. George was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Kansas City, Kan., to Victor and Hilda McDonald. George was a pilot and instructor for the Air Force. He attended the University of Kansas and the University of Michigan. He was a pediatric surgeon, an emergency room physician, and enjoyed being a physician and helping people in that capacity. While working, he met Ila Lee Busch who was training as a nurse. After asking several times, Ila accepted his offer to go out for coffee. They were married in Peaceful Valley Colo., on June 22.1978. Together they enjoyed flying their airplane, golfing, and playing cards with friends. Survivors: wife, Ila McDonald; children: Keith Olson, Robert Olson, and Lynda Olson; grandchildren: Justin Olson, Robert Kull, Jackson Kull, James Ferris, Brooke Dewaal, and Zac Dewaal; and great-grandchildren: Dylan Olson, Taylor Ferris, Connor Ferris, and Jordan Ferris; brother, Bill McDonald; four nieces, and one nephew. (Updated March 2017)  

1951 (MD), 1971 (Residency) - In Memoriam: James H. Coffman, MD
James Harold Coffman, M.D., 90, of Lakeland, died on April 14, 2016, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Dr. Coffman was born on January 15, 1926, in Ness City, Kansas. He grew up in El Dorado, Kansas and attended Westminster College. He later graduated from the University of Kansas and earned his medical degree from The University of Kansas Medical School. Following this time, WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy until 1946, when he was honorably discharged. Dr. Coffman was again called back to service by the U.S. Army and he spent one year on the front lines in Korea as a battlefield surgeon. There he tended the injured in adverse conditions, earning the Bronze Star for his actions in 1953. Upon return to the United States, he settled back in Kansas where he built a medical clinic in Oberlin, Kansas along with his long-time friend and partner, Dr. Chet Nelson. They practiced internal medicine and provided surgery in that area for 12 years. During this time, Dr. Coffman additionally volunteered as a Medical Missionary in Ganado on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona - one of his greatest pleasures. He returned to the University of Kansas Medical School for a Residency in Radiology in 1968. He then accepted an offer to join the Radiology staff at the Watson Clinic, Lakeland, Florida in 1971. Read more. (Updated May 2016)

1951 - In Memoriam: Herman W. Hiesterman, MD
Dr. Herman William Hiesterman, 94, of Quinter, KS died Wednesday, July 20, 2017.  He was born on May 31, 1923, in Palmer, KS, to Herman and Anna (nee Lindhorst) Hiesterman.  Seven children were born into this family; Herman was preceded in death by brothers, Emil, Edwin, Lawrence and sisters Hilda, Clara and Dorothy. Attending local schools, he transferred to Concordia College, Seward, NE for his senior year of high school.  In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army during WWII where he was in the Army Specialized Training Program, then a second lieutenant in the Medical Administrative Corps.  After the war, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1951. While attending medical school, he met his future bride, Donna Letha Drees, a church organist at Our Savior's Lutheran church in Kansas City, KS.  They were married on August 20, 1950.  Herman spent a year of internship at Kansas City General Hospital, where he worked with Carl C Gunter, MD.  Herman and Carl, along with their wives moved to Quinter in July 1952 to begin practice with Dr. Ben Morris.  After one year, Herman and Carl went into practice for themselves.  In 1958, Herman completed a surgical residency in Lincoln, NE.  Herman and Carl remained in practice together until Carl's retirement in 1984.  From 1985, Herman was in practice with Michael Machen, MD and Victor Nemecheck, MD until his retirement from private practice in 1989.  He continued to practice in the Indian Health Service on a part time basis for 9 additional years until 1998. Herman was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Oakley, and was also involved in community and school affairs, serving on the Quinter School Board for 16 years. He served as president of the Kansas Medical Society from 1981-1982. For many years, he was on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine as a preceptor.  Approximately 170 medical students spent their preceptorship with him and Dr. Gunter. Read more. (Updated August 2017) 

1951 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Douglas H. Irwin Jr., MD
Douglas H. Irwin, born August 23, 1927, passed away peacefully January 12, 2018, surrounded by family. Doug was indeed a fortunate individual. He devoted his life to the practice of oral surgery and in so doing accumulated many friends and associates throughout his life. He was blessed to have had the love of a devoted family and wife. He was inspired by a loving wife, Sue, and Christian friends who supported him always. He had a lifelong interest in fitness and enjoyed gardening, ballroom dancing, fly fishing, and long walks with Sue both home and abroad. His ambition in life was to be a good husband and father, at which he succeeded. He was loved and will be missed. He was preceded in death by his son, John Douglas Irwin. He is survived by his wife, Sue Irwin, children, Amanda Irwin (Ross Reed), Roberto Irwin, Diane Dercher (Eric), Jennifer Irwin (Pedro Carranza), John Coe (Debbie), and grandchildren, August Irwin, Abby and David Dercher, John and Chris Molina, and Jack, David and Lydia Coe. Memorial Services will be 3:00 pm Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113. A private burial of ashes will be at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Country Club Christian Church, St. Luke's Hospice House, and to the Dr. Douglas Irwin Memorial Scholarship at UMKC School of Dentistry. (Updated March 2018)

1951 - In Memoriam: A.M. Pederson, MD
Dr. A.M. "Doc Pete" Pederson passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 95. He was born on October 22, 1922 in Teton County, Montana to Mathias and Marie (Holt) Pederson. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He graduated from University of Kansas Medical School in 1951. On January 1, 1946 he married Nancy L. Isaacson. He practiced medicine in Plainville, Kansas for 38 years before retiring in 1991. Doc is survived by his children Christine Pederson, Doug Pederson (Ann), Jan Becker (Charlie), and Ron Pederson (Jaymme); grandchildren Julie Akins (Travis), Lisa Wells (Nicholas), Jason Becker (Casey), David Pederson, Betsy Pederson, and Tyler Pederson; and great-grandchildren Jordan Akins, Jace Akins, Andrew Akins, Mariah Wells, Miles Wells, and Will Becker. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Norman Pederson, Rudy Pederson, and John Kjos, sister Esther Lee, half-sister Jeane Klette, and grandson Ryan Pederson. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Plainville. Memorials are suggested to the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation or Redbud Village and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 320 SW 2nd Street, Plainville, KS 67663. Online condolences may be left at (Updated March 2018)

1951 - In Memoriam: Lee L. Schloesser, MD
Lee L. Schloesser, age 92, passed peacefully into eternal life surrounded by family on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Fredonia, Kansas on March 14, 1925. As a youth, he worked in the family's mortuary business, and as a printer's devil for the local newspaper. He excelled in academics, trumpet-playing and sports. He served in the Navy, completed medical school at University of Kansas-Lawrence and a medical residency and fellowship at University of Wisconsin- Madison. In 1957 he became the 35th physician to join the Marshfield Clinic as an Internist/Hematologist. He was founding director of medical students 3rd year clerkship for the University of Wisconsin- Madison Medical School and an educator for the medical residency and fellowship programs. He retired from patient care in 1997 and from teaching in 2000. His contributions will be remembered by the many physicians and patients he worked with during his 40+ years at the Marshfield Clinic. He was devoted to his patients, medical students, residents, staff and professional colleagues, and played an important role in the foundation, development and history of the Marshfield Clinic's Education Department. Dr. Schloesser and his wife of 30 years, Betty Schloesser, were blessed with a large family. His children include Lynn (Jayne) Schloesser, Andrew (Carolyn) Schloesser, Gena (Steven) Setzer, Tamara (William) Mittelstadt, Timothy Schloesser, Francee (James) Schloesser, Pauline (Daniel) Schloesser, Jacob Schloesser, and Chadwick (Jane) Schloesser. His grandchildren include Benjamin, Lee, Daniel, Rebecca, Lianne, Tyler, Matthew, William, Katherine, James, Sarah, Emily, Eric, Jacob, Jonah, Aaron, Francee, Taylor and Tristan. Lee was preceded in death by Betty Schloesser, his parents Victor and Anna Schloesser, sister Pauline Young, brother Valle Schloesser and sister Frances Sifers. (Updated May 2017)

1951 - In Memoriam: Joyce Randolph Sumner, MD
Dr. Joyce Randolph Sumner passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1926, Joyce Sumner was raised by her parents, Pearl and Gould Randolph. As she prepared to enter college, she was torn between becoming a clothing designer or a doctor. Because she hated sewing, she decided to go into medicine (choosing anesthesia over surgery for obvious reasons). At Kansas University, she did well in her studies, except for one particularly disastrous chemistry experiment: she was supposed to end up with a white powder but ended up with a horrid black goo. Marion 'Rod' Sumner had been watching her and, no doubt noting her distress, prepared a double batch of the powder and walked over to introduce himself, holding out his gift. They married in 1950. She was only one of two women in their graduating class at medical school. Both Rod and Joyce spent their residencies at the Cleveland Clinic from 1952 to 1957, and served as surgeons in the American USPHS in Point Barrow, Alaska, and on the Navajo reservation in Arizona between 1954 and 1956, then moved to Hutchinson in 1957 to begin their medical practices. She continued to be a pioneer in her profession, rising to become the Secretary of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the first woman to hold this position. Perhaps influenced by her design studies, she eschewed the plain green and blue 'scrubs' and had her own created in bright, colorful patterns. A novelty at the time, it caught on, and today one can find scrubs in myriad colors and prints. Read more. (Updated March 2018)

1952 (MD) 1958 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Leo R. Goertz, MD
Leo R. Goertz MD, 95, died on 17 April 2018 at home with family around him, 13 days shy of his 96th birthday. He had stoically put up with several illnesses that limited his enjoyment of the arts, but not enjoyment of family and friends. Leo was born in Hillsboro, KS, to Bruno and Helena Goertz. He attended the University of Kansas before being drafted in World War II. He performed alternative service in the Civilian Public Service until 1946. He graduated from Bethel College in 1948 and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1952. After a one-year internship, he practiced medicine in Sedan, KS, and then completed his residency in radiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1957 he joined a radiology practice in Kansas City KS until retirement in 1989. He was a fellow in the American College of Radiology, and served as president of the Greater Kansas City Radiology Society. Leo was an avid supporter of and participant in the arts. He was a member of the Kansas City Print Society, sang with the Kansas City Philharmonic Chorus, regularly attended the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and many other concerts. He was a Certified Master Gardener. He was a charter member of Rainbow Mennonite Church and a supporter of its outreach in Rosedale, as well as its missions of inclusiveness and witness for peace and justice. Leo's parents, his beloved wife, Margret, and brother Chester Goertz predeceased him. Leo is survived by brother Glenn (Janice), sons Robert (Margaret), Kenneth (Sallie Page-Goertz), daughter Helen Boehm (Robert), long-time family member James Jones, grandchildren Jacob Goertz, Christopher Page-Goertz, Eli Page-Goertz, Allison Boehm Lehman, Nicholas Boehm, Grace Boehm, and Dalton Boehm, and seven great-grandchildren. All who knew him, even during his last months of hospice care, were impressed by his kindness, his warmth and graciousness. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Rainbow Mennonite Church. Leo suggested contributions in his memory to any of the following organizations: Rainbow Mennonite Church Endowment Fund; Kansas City Chamber Orchestra; Cross-Lines Community Outreach; Fellowship of Reconciliation; or the charity of one's choice. (Updated April 2018)

1952 (MD), 1958 (Residency) 1960 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Robert S. Mosser, MD
Dr. Robert S. Mosser passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 after a short illness. He will be remembered for his medical career and his contributions to medical education. He was born in Topeka, Kansas and was proud of his Kansas roots all of his life. He was the third of four children, two older brothers and a younger sister. He went to school in Kansas and graduated from Wichita North High School. He graduated a year early and entered Kansas University as a sixteen year old freshman in 1943. He entered the United States Navy in November 1944 and served twenty months in the United States and the South Pacific. While he was in the Navy, he was first assigned to electronics school but after the end of the Second World War became a yeoman and served in that capacity until his discharge in 1946.   He returned to Kansas University and completed his major in Chemistry and entered the Kansas Medical School in 1948, graduating in 1952. After interning at Ancker Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota, he worked as an Emergency Physician and went into General Practice in Independence, Missouri. After three years he returned for specialty training at the University of Kansas Medical School in Internal Medicine and later Fellowships in both Cardiology and Gastroenterology. He returned to Independence in 1959 and formed a group of four physicians who worked together until 1971. During that time they all were active clinical faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School. Read more. (Updated May 2016)

1952 - In Memoriam: Jack G. Rowlett, MD
Jack Gowan Rowlett, 94, formerly of Paola, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Life Care Center in Osawatomie, Kansas. A diamond in the rough, Jack Rowlett was a brilliant and loyal doctor, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a constant friend. Rarely a dull moment, "Dr Jack" or "Doc" or "Grandpa" as he was most commonly referred, created a joyful atmosphere where laughter was abundant in his presence. Nothing was ever too much trouble or out of the realm for Dr. Jack's role as a physician. A good old country doctor, there are countless stories about how he took incredible and selfless out-of-the-ordinary strides to get a patient to safety or to deliver a baby. In fact, delivering several hundred (at least) babies in Paola was not only one of his proudest accomplishments; it was also his most common topic with locals around town. Reminiscing his doctor days brought so much joy to him, as did hearing community members say "You delivered my baby, Doc!" It only makes sense that his life work as a small town doctor was his calling, as he decided he wanted to be a doctor in the fourth grade after reading the book "The Horse and Buggy Doctor" by Arthur E. Hertzler. Jack was born June 6, 1921 in Oil Hill, Kansas. He was the oldest of three children born to Crayton and Carolee (Gowan) Rowlett. He grew up in Madison and McPherson, Kansas and graduated from McPherson High School in 1938. He entered the U.S. Army Air Force August 5, 1942. He was in the 8th and 9th air force division. He participated in the 86th fighter bomber squadron, 310th bomber squadron and the 354th fighter wing. He was honorably discharged as Major Jack Rowlett on January 30th, 1946. Read more. (Updated April 2016)

1952 (MD), 1957 (Residency) - Sherman M. Steinzeig, MD
Dr. Steinzeig was recently honored with a Legacy Award from the Kansas chapter of the American College of Cardiology. This award was given for his distinguished contributions in the advancement of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Steinzeig was born on November 3, 1925 in Kansas City, MO. After high school he served 27 months in the U.S. Army and then used funds from the GI Bill to attend medical school at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. He entered private practice in 1956 while also serving on the faculty at KU Medical Center and worked with three other Kansas City hospitals. Dr. Steinzeig served as the chief of medicine at 5t. Margaret Hospital from 1960 to 1970. In 1970 he moved on to become the director of Bethany Medical Center's Coronary Care Unit, and stayed there until his retirement from cardiology in 1990. This was the world's first coronary care unit, and he felt it was a huge honor to be part of its history. After retirement in 1990, Dr. Steinzeig wanted to continue making a difference, so he started the Study-Med SoftwareCompany to distribute medical teaching computer programs to physicians around the country. The Study-Med Software Cardiovascular Achievement Award was bequeathed to the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine to help launch research projects in cardiology. In addition, a 5500,000 scholarship was made in the memory of his brother Alfred, who passed away in 1983. Dr. Steinzeig and Alfred shared a dedication to medicine and to Kansas City, so this scholarship helps future medical students at the KU School of Medicine to pay for their medical school. Congratulations to Dr. Steinzeig! (Updated October 2017)

1952 (MD), 1954 (Internship) - In Memoriam: Harvey A. Tretbar, MD
Tretbar, Harvey A., M.D. Retired physician Harvey A. Tretbar, M.D. died at home on February 12, 2016. He was 90. Dr. Tretbar was born and raised in Stafford, Kansas, the fifth of five children of Dr. F.W. Tretbar and Elsa Tretbar. Following his graduation from Stafford High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, eventually serving as the communications officer aboard the USS Harrier, a minesweeper launched at Portland, Oregon in 1944 and commissioned the following year. He attained the rank of Lieutenant JG by the time of his discharge in 1946. Dr. Tretbar completed his undergraduate studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then enrolled at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he earned his doctor of medicine degree in 1952. It was shortly before graduation that he met an attractive nursing student at KU who was nearing the completion of her own studies, Julie Robinson, known to classmates as "the General." Dr. Tretbar was smitten, and a first date at Jimmy's Jigger (an establishment near campus frequented by KU Med students to this day) led to courtship, love and marriage. Their affection for and dedication to each other was as strong on the day Dr. Tretbar died as it was on the day he and Julie were married 63 years earlier. Following a year of internship in Kansas City, Dr. Tretbar entered the residency program in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He was asked to serve as Chief Resident during his third year, a considerable honor. He stayed on at Cleveland Clinic for an additional year following his residency to complete a fellowship in the then-nascent study of Endocrinology. Dr. Tretbar and his by-then growing family then moved to Wichita, where Dr. Tretbar joined a medical practice with Ernest W. Crow, M.D. This was to become the second-most important relationship of his life. The two recognized that they complimented each other medically and became close personal friends. By the time of their retirement, the practice they started had grown to include approximately 20 physicians engaged in most of the sub-specialties of internal medicine. Read more. (Updated March 2016)

1953 - In Memoriam: Donald L. Cooper, MD
Dr. Donald L. Cooper "Doc" Cooper passed away Feb. 15, 2017. Donald Lee Cooper was born August 11, 1928 in Columbus, Kansas. He was the son of Calvin Macy Cooper and Jesse Pearl Cooper. Growing up in Kansas Don first decided to go into sports medicine when he was 13 years old. He realized he would never be an athlete like he had always dreamed. "I was never very good, said Cooper, I was too small, too short and too slow." He volunteered to be a water boy. "In those days we were very scientific, we had one bucket and one ladle and everyone drank out of the same ladle and to my knowledge no one ever got sick". Don was smaller and younger than his classmates and he was picked on. But he was razor sharp, quick-witted and had a penetrating voice so he started telling jokes and funny stories that would make his classmates laugh with him instead of at him. Because of gas rationing during the war Don had to ride in the trunk of cars to be able to travel with teams to out-of-town games. This landed the name "Doc" due to his dedication to the team. Doc attended Pittsburg State University where he had his first date on January 9th, 1948 with Dona Faye Maddux. They were married on June 4th, 1950 followed by four years of medical school at Kansas University where he graduated 4th in his class in 1953. He served two years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force (1954-1956) before becoming team physician and assistant director of student health services at Kansas State University in Manhattan. He came to OSU in 1960 as Director of the Okla. State University Hospital and Team Physician guiding that university and much of the rest of the world in the area of sports medicine until his retirement. "Truly one of the founding fathers of sports medicine", said Dr. Ken Smith. He served as President for the American College Health Association; a consultant on sports medicine for the NCAA Football Rules Committee and served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Committee on Drug Education. Dr. Jay Gregory wrote of Dr. Cooper; "He has been the healer, the counselor, the confidant, the father image to countless students...Young people have several opportunities to meet individuals who will impact their lives, but no one in my opinion had any more of a positive impact on our state's young people than Dr. Cooper." Read more. (Updated March 2017)

1953 - In Memoriam: Harold E. Dittemore, MD
Harold E. Dittemore, M.D., 90, of Fremont, OH passed away on July, 4, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 5, 1927 in Severance, Kansas to Myrtle Susan Mink Dittemore and Harold Adam Dittemore. His father died in an auto accident when he was six weeks old. When he was two, his mother married William Isaac Moorhead, who helped raise him to adulthood. He was raised on a dairy farm in Highland, Kansas. Harold attended Highland Public Schools & Highland College during high school. Immediately after high school graduation, in order to serve his country in World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving until the war's conclusion. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, he went on to receive a BA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and then a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas College of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1953. His internship was served at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a family practitioner and also worked in Emergency Medicine in Kansas and various locations across the southwestern United States. After 42 years of practice he retired in 1995. Harold married Faye (Abbott) Alexander on September 23, 1995 at Grace Lutheran Church and she survives. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1953 (Internship), 1954 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William L. Fair, MD
William Leonard Fair, M.D., age 93, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at his residence. He was born November 3, 1924 in Mooresville, Missouri, to William Richard "Billy" Fair and Hazel Evelyn (Boyd) Fair. He was married to Billie Norma Savage on June 13, 1948, at the First Christian Church in Chillicothe Missouri. Dr. Fair practiced medicine in Chillicothe for 35 years beginning in 1953 taking care of many families for more than two generations delivering children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Academy of Family Practice. His practice included obstetrics, surgery, house calls and hospital rounds; he was there for his patients when they needed him. His wife, Billie, supported him in his work and he always said it was Billie who made it possible for him to devote so much of his life to his practice. For the majority of the years he practiced, he relied on and appreciated the dedication of his office nurse, Louise Huston. In 1987 he wrote to his patients that he was retiring and told them "Caring for my patients has been a great source of satisfaction and pleasure these past years." He is survived by his wife, Billie, of the home; his brother, Paul Fair of New Iberia, LA; daughter, Susan Fair of Chillicothe; son, Steven Fair and wife Ginnie Gardner of Columbia; daughter, Lynn Fair and husband Frank Fillo of Moberly; granddaughter, Adrienne Fair and husband Blaise Bourdais of San Francisco; grandson, Clayton Fair and wife Kerri (Wages) Fair of St. Louis; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Leonard Fair, his brother, Leland B. Fair, and his son-in-law, Jerome J. Caricchio. (Updated August 2018)

1953 (MD), 1961 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William L. Hayes, MD
William Lawrence Hayes,89, Retired Cardiologist, died Monday, February 19, 2018. William has requested that no service is to be held. The family will hold a Remembrance of His Life on the Rio Grande River in Colorado this summer. Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Vera Hayes; brother, Lewis L. (Donna) Hayes. Survived by his wife, Marlene Hayes of Wichita; sons, Jeffery (Kelly Davis) Hayes of Philadelphia, PA, Gregory (fiancé, Stephanie Anderson) Hayes of Scottsdale, AZ; sister, Lyla M. Sparks of Ponca City, OK; grandchildren, Madeleine Davis-Hayes, Cecilia Davis-Hayes, Davis William Hayes, Natalie Hayes. Memorials have been established with: Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Inc., 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202; Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. N., Wichita, KS 67220; Wichita Area Technical College Foundation, 4004 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS 67226. Downing & Lahey Mortuary - East Chapel. (Updated March 2018)

1953 - In Memoriam: Virgil C. Hollenbeck, MD
Dr. Virgil Clayton Hollenbeck of Leawood, Kansas, 93, passed away May 1, 2017. He was born in Donegal, Kansas on February 27, 1924, the son of Lester and Fern Hollenbeck, and later moved to Hope, KS, where he graduated from high school as valedictorian in 1942. Virgil was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, stationed in the Pacific theater aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard. After the war, he returned home to the University of Kansas, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Belle Hogan. They married in 1950 and have celebrated 66 beautiful years of marriage. Virgil graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1953, and went on to practice family medicine in Eureka, Kansas for 20 years, and later in Clear Lake City, Texas for 15 years, before retiring to Marco Island, Florida in 1989. He filled his days of retirement by travelling the world and mastering the art of wood and stone sculpture, which he continued until his last years. Virgil loved his family, his 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and often proclaimed in their presence, "It doesn't get any better than this!" He remained a true blue Kansas Jayhawk throughout his life, and took great pride in being a role model for two more generations of "Jay Docs" in the family. Survivors include sons John Gregory Hollenbeck (children Aaron and Hannah Hollenbeck); Dr. Larry (Paula) Hollenbeck (children Dr. Brian (Emily) Hollenbeck, Megan (Waylon) Arndt, Bridget (Eric) Rolfe, Claire and Madeline Hollenbeck); Bradley (Ann G) Hollenbeck, (children Mary and John), great grandchildren Dane, Natalie, Tate and Bennett Hollenbeck.  (Updated May 2017)

1953 - In Memoriam: Edward J. Huycke, MD
Major General USA (Retired), Edward James Huycke died March 31, 2018, at his home in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born July 22, 1928, in Ellsworth, KS, to Edward Jesse and Rose Fern Huycke. In 1953, Dr. Huycke was graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctor of Medicine degree. While at KU, he was a Summerfield Scholar and member of the Beta Theta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Alpha Omega Alpha fraternities. From 1953 to 1954, he studied physiology at the University of Copenhagen as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1955 to 1985, he served in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Major General. From 1966 to 1967, he commanded the 1st Medical Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in the Republic of Viet Nam, earning the Silver Star for gallantry. From 1978 to 1983, he commanded the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. His final U.S. Army assignment was as Deputy Surgeon General. From 1985 through 1997, he served as Chief of Staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wichita, KS. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Mary Ann Suderman of Newton, KS, in 1995 and by his second wife, Betty Bradley of Oklahoma, OK, in February 2018. He is survived by his six children: Dr. Edward Carl (Melanie) of Arlington, VA; Dr. Ann of Boise, ID; Dr. Mark (Amy) of Fayetteville, AR; John (Colleen) of Denver, CO; Paul (Rebecca) of Luther, OK; Kathleen of Arlington, VA, and 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. (Updated April 2018)

1953 - In Memoriam: Roland L. Krause, MD
Krause, Roland L., M.D. Age 91, retired family practice physician, was called home to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S. Lorraine Ave. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Lena Krause; his beloved wife of 70 years, Marjorie; and his 7 brothers. Survivors include his children, Pete Krause, Dave (Suzanne) Krause, Judy (Tom) Miller, Mark (Lori Kicker) Krause; 3 grandchildren, Jordan (Jami) Krause, Joel Krause, and Grant Cutler; and 1 great-grandchild, Jackson Krause. (Updated July 2017)

1953 - In Memoriam: Robert C. Long, MD
Robert C. Long, MD, 90, died Dec 28, 2017 in Olathe, Kansas.  Dr. Long received a BS in 1949 from the University of Kansas and an MD in 1953 from the University of Kansas Medical School. He made his home in Norton, Kansas, where he provided residents of Northwest Kansas medical and surgical care for more than 35 years. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ellen Patterson Long, and daughters Nancy Gilkison, Bonnie Long, and Barbara Harper. (Updated January 2018)

1953 - In Memoriam: Robert B. Young IV, MD
Robert Britton (Bob) Young, IV, MD died unexpectedly yet peacefully at 89 years of age on October 31, 2017.  He and his wife, Clarissa, had celebrated their 64th Anniversary one week earlier.  He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on May 28, 1928 to Robert B. Young, III and Gladys Williams Young. Robert attended college and medical school at the University of Kansas.  He married Clarissa (Pat) Carter on October 25, 1953 while in his internship for General Medicine.  After completing the internship, he joined the USAF Medical Corp and was stationed in Freising, Germany during the Occupation.  Attaining the rank of Captain, he served as physician for 600 Air Force personnel and their dependents.  While in Germany he and Pat enjoyed traveling extensively around Europe.  At the end of his tour, they moved to Halstead, KS where he was the only general practitioner at the Hertzler Clinic, also doing obstetrics and assisting in thoracic surgery. In 1960, Bob, Pat, and their two children moved to Rolla, Missouri.  He practiced at the Russell-Young Clinic for almost 40 years in general medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiology, and gerontology.  In 1970, Dr. Young became a Charter Diplomate in the American Board of Family Practice, maintaining his certification for 32 years.  While on staff at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), he established the hospital's cardiology services and their first Intensive Care Unit. In addition to his practice duties, Dr. Young held a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School and was a preceptor to many students. He served a number of terms in medical administrative roles at PCRMC including Chief of Staff. He was a Medical Director of Meramec Hospice (the first hospice in the region), and also served on the board of the county's Home Health Agency. Read more. (Updated December 2017)

1953 - In Memoriam:  David L. Zacharias, MD
David Lloyd Zacharias, M.D., 90, Topeka, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Stormont Vail Health Center surrounded by his family. David was born on September 2, 1926, in Oak Mills KS, the son of Louis and Elizabeth Turner Zacharias. He graduated from Onaga High School. After graduation, David enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1944. While serving in the Air Corps he was trained to be a B-17 navigator. David and Carol Kennedy were united in marriage on April 30, 1955, in Kansas City MO. She preceded him in death on December 3, 2006. David earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas Medical Center and served his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City MO. David was a general practitioner in Gladstone MO and then returned to the University of Kansas Medical Center to complete his pathology residency. David practiced pathology in Kansas City until 1976. In 1977, David joined the Topeka Pathology Group at Stormont Vail Health Center, retiring in 1990. David was a skilled woodworker and loved sailing and hunting. Along with his wife, Carol, he enjoyed entertaining and cooking. After her death, he continued to pursue his culinary interests and was an excellent chef and baker. Most importantly, David was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. Grateful to have shared his life are his children, son, Joseph Zacharias Steen (Inken), Bremen, Germany, and their children, Oscar, Emma and Malcom; daughter, Colleen Gregoire (Timothy), Lawrence KS, and their son, Maxwell (Shasta Inman); son, Robert Zacharias, Topeka KS, and his daughters, Bridget and Katrina; and son, Christopher Zacharias (Laurie Goldenberg), Medina MN; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. David was also preceded his death by his parents; brother, Louis Zacharias, and sister, Colleen Ferguson. (Updated February 2017)

1954 - In Memoriam: Merrill D. Athon, MD
Dr. Merrill Dean Athon, 93, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2017 after a long and accomplished life that positively impacted all who knew him. Merrill was born and raised in Topeka Kansas June 15, 1924 to Howard and Roberta Athon. After graduating from High school Merrill entered the Navy, serving during WWII, as Pharmacist Mate. After leaving the service, he completed his education at Kansas State Teachers College in 1950. On August 19, 1951 Merrill and Lois McFerrin were married. Merrill completed his medical education at the University of Kansas Medical School in 1954. Merrill went on to practice medicine in Kansas City, serving at KU med, Bethany Hospital, and at Shawnee Mission Hospital. Dr. Athon formed a medical clinic in Overland Park where he practiced medicine for the next 50 years, attending to the sick and injured, until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the Board Of Directors and also a Founding Physician at SM Medical Center. He also established a cardiology unit at Bethany Medical Center. Merrill cared about the physical as well as the spiritual needs of the people he knew. He was a charter member of Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, KS. There he played an important role in Gods plan for Christs outreach. Merrill's' life consisted of service to God, his family and countless medical patients he treated. He served the church assisting ministry in AWANA, and vacation bible school. He frequently provided transportation to and from Hillcrest to those who could not otherwise attend. He worked with the Boy Scouts there and served as Scout Master, conducting camping trips and other activities. He was committed to giving his time and energy to mission work at home with the City Union Mission and away in the Dominican Republic. Merrill was a peaceful and loving doctor, father, husband, and a friend to all that knew him.   Merrill lives on in the hearts of his family: his sister Hazel Zink, his sons John Athon, Mark Athon, Paul Athon, Phillip Athon, and grandchildren Adriana Athon, Ashten Athon, Justin Athon, Nicholas Athon, Tyler Athon, Heather Athon, Sophia Athon and many cherished Nieces and Nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Lois Athon, his daughter Marilyn Athon, his parents, Howard and Roberta Athon and his brothers, Robert Athon and Donald Athon. (Updated August 2017) 

1954 - In Memoriam: A. Eugene Carlson, MD
Dr. Gene Carlson, 88, of Albany died Thursday at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. Gene was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Albert Eric and Marie L. (Quarfourth) Carlson. He served in the US Navy as a Medical Corpsman during WWII, and then attended Wheaton College on the GI Bill. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, and his Ophthalmology credentials from the University of Oregon Medical School, (OHSU). Gene married Janet Anderson on August 24th, 1951 in Kansas City. Following the completion of his Ophthalmology Residency, Gene and Jan moved to Albany in 1958. Gene established a medical practice that spanned 44 years. He had the distinction of being the first medical specialist of any kind in Linn County. Gene was involved in many local organizations including the Albany School Board, LBCC Board, Albany General Hospital Board, American Legion, Kiwanis, and American Medical Association. He was proud to serve on the Hospital Board during the planning and construction of the hospital's new wing. Gene served as an Elder and Deacon at the United Presbyterian Church in Albany. Gene served as a missionary surgeon to India in 1973 and 1974. He and Jan enjoyed traveling with the Christian Medical Society. He enjoyed tennis, golf and downhill skiing, and was an original stockholder in Hoodoo Ski Bowl. He was an active member of the Albany Tennis Club, and served as Director of the Willamette Valley Junior Tennis Tournament for many years. Gene especially enjoyed singing in the church choir, and did so for many years with his wife Jan. Left to honor Gene and remember his love include his wife Jan of Albany; sons Leif of Coos Bay, Thor and his wife Debra of Leander, Texas, and Sten and his wife Stephanie of Albany; daughter Heather Bristow and her husband Bryan of Albany; grandchildren Sterling, Snowden, Trillium, Charles, Alicia, Finn, Anders, and Bjorn; brother Kenneth Carlson of Maryland; and sister Evonne Young of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his sister Sharon Carlson. (Updated November 2016) 

1954 - In Memoriam: Kenneth L. Clay, MD
Kenneth was born on September 13, 1927 and passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018. Kenneth was a resident of Santa Maria, California at the time of passing. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1951 and received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1955, specializing in internal medicine. Private funeral services for Kenneth will be at the Santa Maria Cemetery on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 AM. (Updated September 2018)

1954 (MD), 1958 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Donald S. Overend, MD
Dr. Donald Stewart Overend, M.D., 89, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born an only child to Pearl and Harrison Overend, on April 28, 1927 in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Wichita East High School at the age of 15 years old and started college at Wichita State University. He left college to enlist in the U.S. Navy in September, 1944, when he was 17 years old. He was one of two corpsmen to enter Nagasaki, Japan within the first days after the atomic bomb was dropped there. Besides treating Marines, he helped at the Japanese hospital with flash burns and the effects of the devastation for seven months. After his discharge in August, 1946, he returned to Wichita State University, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. He received his Master of Arts in Zoology and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. Don reenlisted in the Navy during the Korean War, serving an internship at the naval hospital in San Diego. During this time, Don married Patricia Ann Weaver and unto this union, a daughter, Jan, was born. Don moved to Springfield in 1957 and established the Pediatric Department of Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic, where he cared for a large percentage of the children in the community during his 49 years of practice. He was also Medical Director of the Regional Diagnostic Center, later known as Developmental Center Of The Ozarks. His patients and their families meant the world to him. Don also started the Travel Medicine department at Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic, drawing from his extensive knowledge and love of medicine and travel. He was the past President of the Missouri Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics and was the Medical News Reporter at KSPR Television. Read more. (Updated March 2017)

1955 - In Memoriam: W. Frederic Birner, MD
W. Frederic Birner, M.D, 88, passed away August 6, 2016. Born March 28, 1928, in Keil, Germany. He grew up in Ingelheim, Germany and immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. Graduate of University of Kansas Undergraduate School and University of Kansas Medical School. Internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. and University of Chicago Lying in Residency. Frederic served in the U.S. Air Force at Langley AFB and arrived in Pueblo in 1963. Preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Max and Olga Birner. Survived by wife of 60 years, Marjorie A. Birner; children, Fred Birner and Sonja Schrock, Dr. Mark Birner and Amy, Julie and Dr. Lawrence Anaya; grandchildren, Audrey and Lauren Birner, Jorie and Alex Anaya, Sophia, Maximilian and Amelia Birner. Fred loved his OB/GYN practice and all the lives he brought into the world. He also loved to travel. Thank you to Frontier Hospice for all their wonderful help and support; especially, Andrea, Karen and Liz. Also, thank you to Daniel, his caretaker. (Updated August 2016)

1955 - In Memoriam: Bernard A. Bodmer, MD
Bernard A. Bodmer, MD, 86, of Boise, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 20, 2016 at his son's home in Oregon. Bernard was born on October 18, 1929, in Sharon Springs, Kansas, to Caleb and Alta Bodmer. He was the last of 6 children, Forest, Kathryn, Louis, Robert and Gerald. His father, a school teacher, moved the family to various towns in Western Kansas until ending up in Natoma, Kansas, when Bernard was in high school. It was there that he met the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Shirley. Bernard graduated from the University of Kansas, and then continued through Kansas University medical school, having married Shirley after his first year. During that time their first son, Craig was born. After graduation Bernard and family moved to Sacramento, California, for three years where he completed his medical internship. In California the second son, Ken, was born. He next fulfilled his military obligation by enlisting in the United States Air Force spending the two years of his service at Parrin Air Force Base in Sherman, Texas. The last son, Scott, was born in Texas. After completion of his service in 1958, he bought a medical practice in Gooding, Idaho, and moved the family there. The family's rich experience in that small Idaho town set the trajectory for the rest of their lives. Through his medical practice Bernard was able to become an integral part of the community he so cherished. In those days he charged $3 for an office visit and $5 for a house call, never refusing a patient in need no matter the time of day or night. Friendships he developed there have lasted throughout his life. In 1967 he decided to further his medical education and moved the family to Denver, Colorado, where he attended the University of Colorado to complete a residency in Radiology. After completing his residency in 1970 he was blessed by the great good fortune to find a position with a Radiology Group in Boise, Idaho, and the family once again returned to the state. Over the course of the next 17 years he practiced radiology in Boise, served as the president of the Downtown Rotary Club and Hillcrest Country Club, and as Secretary of the Idaho Medical Association. Bernard completed his career in Twin Falls, practicing with a radiology group at the hospital there until he retired in 1994. Read more. (Updated July 2016) 

1955 - In Memoriam: James M. Donnell, MD
Donnell, James M., M.D. 88, Retired Physician and former two-term Mayor of Wichita, died October 11, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Botanica Gardens - Lotus Room. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis August Donnell, M.D., and Helene Pauline (Williams) Donnell. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy; sons, James F. Donnell, M.D., Thomas (Michelle) Donnell; daughters, Cynthia (Marty) Miller, E. Rene Sellers, Jennifer (Rick Walters) Weinaug; stepsons, Rhett (Holly) Dubiel, Rik (Jessica) Dubiel; special son, Eduardo Paiva (Patricia Calmon) Reis, M.D.; two grandchildren from Sao Paulo, Brazil; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. (Updated November 2016)

1955 - In Memoriam: William J. Justus, MD
William J. "Doc" Justus, M.D., age 88, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at St. Luke's South. He was born in Harveyville, Kansas on July 5, 1929. He graduated from Emporia State University, University of Kansas School of Medicine and Baylor University. He was married to Pam Schumacher. To this union one daughter, Kristen was born. He was a kind, generous and dedicated physician who practiced for over fifty years in Pleasanton. He is survived by his daughter Kristen Justus, her mother Pam, and a sister Leta King. Funeral service will be held 4 pm Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Burial will be in the Pleasanton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 pm to service time at the Chapel. The family suggests contributions to Doctors Without Borders or to Kansas University Medical Research. (Updated June 2018)

1955 - In Memoriam: Richard G. Klempnauer, MD
Dr. Richard Gordon Klempnauer was born on Wednesday December 3, 1930 and was called home to Heaven by his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday October 7, 2018. He was 87 years old. Dr. Klempnauer was a graduate from the University of Kansas and Kansas University Medical School. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Navy for three years stationed in Raleigh, North Carolina. Following his service time, he and his wife, Beverly, moved to Midland, Texas in 1958. At that time he opened his family practice. Also an Eagle Scout, for many years he volunteered serving and facilitating physicals for Scouts attending summer camp with Troop 232 of First Baptist Church in Midland. He also continued his service in the Naval Reserves at the Midland Naval Station for approximately 22 years. Richard and Beverly were also active members at the First Baptist Church of Midland, having become members in 1958. Dr. Klempnauer served as a Deacon there for approximately four decades. He also served as a physician on medical mission trips for the church on numerous occasions. From the mountains of New Mexico to working cattle in Central Texas, Dr. Klempnauer loved traveling and the outdoors. Read more. (Updated October 2018)

1955 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Danuta Oktawiec Larson, MD
Dr. Danuta "Danny" Larson, 94, Overland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, at the Sunrise of Lenexa. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan. Dr. Danuta "Danny" Oktawiec Larson was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Lwow, Poland, in an area that is now in Russia. She was the oldest of three children born to Dr. Jozef Oktawiec and Elzbieta Oktawiec-Alter. Danny came to Kansas in 1950, on a student visa to complete her residency at KU Medical Center. While at KU Medical Center Danny participated in the first heart transplant in the Kansas City area. Later, Danny was an anesthesiologist at Bethany Medical Center until her retirement in 1987. After retiring she volunteered for many years in the offices of Catholic Charities. In 1972 Danny married Robert Larson, who proceeded her in death. Survivors include her nephew, Wojtek Oktawiec and niece, Teresa Oktawiec-Pajak and their spouses; stepchildren, Ron and John Larson, Roberta Sharbutt and spouses. (Updated September 2016) 

1955 - In Memoriam: James T. Long, MD
Jim (James Theron) Long, MD, was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Prairie View, Kansas, to Carl Long, MD, and wife Irene. He grew up and finished high school in nearby Norton, Kansas, with his parents and siblings Robert and Peggy. After high school Jim began his medical training at Kansas University (KU). After medical school Jim served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Paris, France, where he met his future wife Renee' Knight. Jim and Renee' returned to Chicago where he completed surgical residency at Cook County Hospital. Jim is said to have wanted "an office with a view' so with three small children he and Renee moved to Missoula in 1962 where he started a general surgery practice. Except for short stints doctoring in Haiti, Texas, and California, Jim lived and worked in Missoula for the remainder of his life. Jim became a long distance runner in the late 1960s after reading Ken Coopers book "Aerobics". He ran the original "Bank" marathon many times starting in 1972 and continued until his 84th year in the annual YWCA marathon. He was a proud finisher of the Governor's Cup full marathon in Helena in 1977. In the 1970s Jim led several expeditions with Renee and their six children into the Mission, Anaconda-Pintler and Glacier Park back country. Those trips instilled a "no fear" attitude and appreciation for wilderness and the accomplishment of difficult goals. Jim was a skilled surgeon but always a "country doctor". From his experience seeing his fathers medical practice in a small Kansas farming community Jim developed a kinship with and generosity towards those who led independent, hard working, "hard scrabble" lives. Like his father before him Jim was at times happy to accept cows, chickens and homemade items for his medical work. Read more. (Updated January 2017)

1955 (MD), 1969 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Robert A. Nash, MD
Robert Alan Nash, MD, 85, of Olathe, Kansas, unexpectedly passed away April 13, 2016. He was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Bert and Ruth (Bushong) Nash. Survivors include his wife Barbara (Clarke) Nash; children, Robert A. Nash II, Grant W. Nash, Juliana Nash Moultray (Michael), Aaron Walker (Nancy), and Justin Walker (Barbie); sister, Barbara Nash Mills (Steve); 3 grandchildren and beloved OliverBird and JordyHawk. Bob was brilliant from a young age and skipped 2 grades in Junior High. He attended the University of Kansas where he received his BS and MD degrees. He was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta. After 3 years of military service in the US Air Force, Bob practiced family medicine in Olathe for 7 years after which he completed his psychiatric residency at KU Medical Center. He then served as a psychiatrist working in Leawood for over 20 years before becoming the Medical Director at Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston WY, a position he held for 18 years. After retiring, he received the Pioneer in Mental Health award from the Bert Nash Center. Bob loved all things KU and one of his fondest memories was caddying at an early age for his dad and Phog Allen. He was an avid reader and volunteered at the Olathe Public Library. Bob loved fly fishing with his wife. (Updated May 2016)

1955 - In Memoriam: Gerald L. O'Connell, MD
Gerald Leo O'Connell, M.D, 90, formerly of Leawood, Kan., passed away peacefully Feb. 10, 2018, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Warrensburg, Mo. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 17, 2018, and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kan., immediately following Mass. Gerald was born Dec. 27, 1927, and was the son of Dr. Paul James and Mary Louise (Gangel) O'Connell. One of nine children, he attended grade school at Guardian Angels Parish in Kansas City, Mo., and later graduated from Bishop Lillis High School in 1946. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from its medical school in 1955. This was followed by an internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City. He practiced Family Medicine for 45 years and was a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice. Other professional memberships include the American Academy of Family Practice, the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society, and the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians. He served as St. Mary's Hospital Chief of Staff in 1982. He also was on staff at Baptist, Research, and St. Joseph hospitals, serving as chairman of the Department of Family Practice at St. Mary's (1967) and St. Joseph's (1979). He started his practice in 1956 in Grandview, Mo. In 1963 he relocated his office to 79th and State Line Road in Prairie Village, Kan., where he practiced medicine adjacent to his brother Dr. Frank O'Connell for about 30 years. He was affiliated with Goppert Family Practice and St. Joseph Hospital in the years before his retirement in 2000. Gerry was an avid golfer and long-time member of Hillcrest Country Club where he had a hole-in-one on #14. He loved playing cards and taking golf trips with his golfing buddies. Read more. (Updated February 2018) 

1955 - In Memoriam: Robert H. Schnetzler, MD
Robert H. Schnetzler M.D. a resident of Auburn, Calif. for 59 years, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home, surrounded by family. He was 90 years old. The son of Harry and Marjorie Schnetzler, he was born in Chicago. His family moved to Neodesha, Kan, in 1932. Bob loved growing up in Neodesha, all future homes were measured against it. He first drove through Auburn during an epic cross-country family trip in 1938. In 1944, he hitch-hiked to New York City, to work on the Governor's Island ferry transporting troops. Upon graduating from high school in 1945, Bob was drafted into the army. Fortunately for the enemy, they surrendered while he was still in training camp. He served as an MP during the Korean occupation. Returning to civilian life, he used the G.I. Bill to become a doctor, graduating from the University of Kansas in 1955. During his internship in Seattle, he met and married Ann, a pediatric nurse. This was followed by a General Practice residency at Monterey County Hospital. Upon learning that the Auburn Medical Clinic was seeking an additional doctor, the family moved to Auburn in 1958. Realizing the town's need for a modern hospital, he was one of the ten founders of Auburn Faith Hospital. The ten doctors took out personal loans to finance the construction in 1966 and managed the hospital for eight years. Bob shared his love of reading by serving on the Library Advisory Board which oversaw the building of the current library. After 40 years of medical practice, he retired in 1995. Bob and Ann enjoyed their retirement, staying active in the community, enjoying time with family, friends, and traveling. He actively worked for the passage of the End of Life Option Act, believing that end of life choices are a personal decision. Preceding him in death was his brother, Charles of Columbia, Md. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann; his son, Charles and wife Franny; his daughter, Julia and husband Gordon Adams; and his granddaughter, Catherine. According to Bob's wishes, the family is memorializing his life privately. Memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Compassion and Choices, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State or Planned Parenthood. (Updated November 2017)

1956 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Mary Matteson Cederberg, MD
Dr. Mary Phyllis Matteson Cederberg was born in Parnell, Missouri to Dr. Joseph and Pearl Matteson. She was a graduate of Columbia College, the University of Missouri and the University of Louisville Medical School where she was one of a small number of female medical students. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Her pediatric training was at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Boston. It was in Kansas City where she met her future husband, William on a blind date in 1954. They were married just over a year later in Grant City, Missouri. She worked in the field of pediatric public health in Boston, San Diego and Santa Barbara. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1966 and worked for the school districts until 1974. For Santa Barbara County Health Care Services she served as the Director of the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program for 10 years. She was subsequently named Director of Child Health and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1992. Even with her administrative responsibilities, she continued to work in baby clinics to the end of her career. Mary was an avid gardener, competitive game player, music lover, and enjoyed travel and family camping trips. Her compassionate heart and warm sense of humor made her beloved by many. Her husband of 60 years, William, preceded her in death in 2015. She is survived by daughters Cathie Lester, Marta Bills and Julie Jertberg and six grandchildren. A service to celebrate her life will be held on March 10th at 1:30 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. To honor her love of babies, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the March of Dimes. (Updated February 2018)

1956 - In Memoriam: Richard Bruce Joseph, MD
Richard Bruce Joseph "Bruce", 87, died on his birthday, May 7, 2017 in his Kailua home. His intelligence and quiet wit are hugely missed. He was an excellent and long-time ear nose and throat doctor and surgeon, husband, father, grandfather, a solid tennis player, bridge player, world traveler and avid reader. Bruce loved to laugh with his family and friends and was always entertaining to be with. Bruce was born on May 7, 1930 in Whitewater, Kansas, the son of Donald Burdett and Florence Fuqua Joseph. He was a graduate of Whitewater High school and a 1951 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study French literature and history. Bruce married Janet Padgett on September 19, 1952, after which together they took a train to New York and sailed to Europe on "The Queen Mary" for a year in France. Bruce graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School, after which he did his internship in Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii and ENT residency in Iowa. Bruce is survived by Janet, his wife of 64 years, and children; Kimberly Joseph Zilis, husband Paul Zilis, and Gary Allen Joseph, wife Yunah Lee Joseph; and grandchildren Gregory and David Zilis and Kailee Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Howard F. Joseph and twin sisters Joan "Jan" Williams of Lawrence, Kansas and Virginia "Ginnie" Hilbe of Schaan, Liechtenstein. Bruce and his family want to extend their sincerest thanks to Island Hospice, the network of caregivers during Bruce's last days, and our neighbors, who have been an invaluable source of warmth and support over the years. (Updated April 2018) 

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

1956 - In Memoriam: Clyde D. Hawley, MD
Clyde D. Hawley, M.D.:   November 13, 1921-February 3, 2017. One of the last pioneer physicians in the Livermore Valley has passed. Dr. Clyde D. Hawley, a Board certified pediatrician began his practice in the Valley where hundreds of families with young children were seeking the healthy life in the suburbs. Dr. Hawley, one of three sons, was born near Joplin, Missouri on November 13, 1921. He lost his father at a young age and helped his mother working in their family grocery store to support the family. In 1944, with WW II beginning, he enlisted in the Navy and later, as a Corpsman, was attached to the Marines. During that time his brother, George, lost his life in the European theater of the war. Clyde's battalion was the first group into Nagasaki, Japan, shortly after the second atomic bomb was dropped. Upon discharge, he took advantage of the G.I. bill to pursue his education at the University of Kansas. One of his professors saw his potential and encouraged him to become a doctor. He completed his medical degree in 1956. He returned to the US Navy where he took his internship at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital and completed his Residency at the Naval Hospital in Riverside, California. Soon after, Dr. Hawley, his wife Lea, and 3 of their children lived on Guam in the Marianna Islands for a year where he served as Chief of Pediatrics at the large Naval Hospital on Guam. The hospital served not only navy personnel but the people of the Micronesian Islands. They returned to the East Bay where they added one more child to their family. His private practice began in Dublin but he soon moved it to Livermore because of the number of patients coming to him from that area. A large number of the children in his practice suffered from allergies. His practice grew to include not only pediatrics, but also allergy, nutrition, environmental medicine, and holistic treatments. His motto was always "first do no harm." He constantly searched for better ways to help his patients. During those years he traveled throughout Northern California to speak at schools and town meetings about the harm caused by "junk food," and poisons and toxins in our environment leading to illness in the young and old. He was 40 years ahead of his time in recommending a healthy diet and lifestyle for his patients; truly a vanguard! "Dr. H." leaves his wife, Lea, and four children: David, Cameron (Wendy), Janet, and Melinda (Daniel). His five grandchildren Caitlin, Makenna, Carson, Annabella and Conager adored their grandfather and will miss him greatly. Clyde and Lea enjoyed traveling, bowling, and ballroom dancing. But, most of all he enjoyed playing folk guitar. He learned to play classical and flamenco guitar in his fifties. He never stopped reading and learning. Dr. Hawley served as Chief of Staff at Valley Memorial Hospital in 1973 and 1974 and volunteered his medical services at local football games and the rodeo. He was a member of the state and local medical societies as well as the First Presbyterian Church and a life-time member of the Masonic Lodge of Joplin, Mo. (Updated March 2017)

1956 (MD), 1961 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Eugene M. Malone, MD
Malone, Eugene M., M.D. 92, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, KS. He was born July 31, 1923 at Chase, KS to Matthew H. and Mary P. (Barry) Malone. Suvivors include wife, Mercedes, of the home; sons, Matthew Malone, Hutchinson, KS, David (Martha Mars) Malone, M.D., Tulsa, OK; Daniel (Robin) Malone, Hopkinton, MA; daughter, Eileen (Steven) Malone O'Neal, Auburn, WA; sister, Loretta Forshee, Great Bend, KS; and five grandchildren. The Rosary will be said 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2016; Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead, KS with Father Edmond Kline officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, Chase, KS. Memorials may be given to the church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead, KS. (Updated February 2016)

1956 - Norman G. Marvin, MD
Dr. Marvin writes that he and his wife are enjoying the warmer climate in Marietta, GA, but it was great seeing classmates at the last medical school reunion! (Updated December 2017)

1956 - William L. Matthew, MD
Dr. Matthew writes to us that he is retired and enjoyed 41 years of family practice in Olathe, KS. (Updated January 2018)

1956 - In Memoriam: Herbert M. Nason, MD

Dr. Herbert Miles (Herb) Nason, longtime Pagosa resident, has died. Herb Nason died peacefully in Albuquerque at age 85 on January 20 after a short illness following an outdoor fall. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather; highly respected doctor and wonderful friend.Herb was born in Kansas City, Kan. on November 16, l930 to Dr. Z. Miles and Susie Robinson Nason and spent his childhood there. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1948. Carrying on the medical tradition in his family, Herb became a third-generation doctor, graduating from the Kansas University School of Medicine in 1956 with an M.D. and practicing family medicine for the next 35 years. 2016 would have been the 60th year since his graduation from medical school. He held several state offices in the American Academy of Family Practice and strongly supported KU Family Medicine throughout his life. Read more(Updated February 2016)

1956 - In Memoriam: Clifford S. Reusch, MD
Dr. Clifford "Corky" Reusch was born March 25, 1931 and passed December 17, 2015. Loving father to Clifford B. Reusch and Dr. Monica McLain Reusch, brother to Joyce French and Tim Reusch, and grandfather to Brandon Ebert and Sage Geher. A successful career as a Pathology MD in the private sector and as a Captain in the Army serving in Japan took him from University of Kansas to Kathmandu Nepal, and home to SLC. Corky was a long time supporter of the performing arts; in lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Utah Symphony/Opera, or Ballet West. He will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known such a great man. (Updated February 2016)

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

1956 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Raymond Vaaler, MD
Scottsdale - Raymond Vaaler visited his favorite steakhouse, Donovan's, a few days before they closed their doors on the 20th. Ray's doors were closed six days later. On August 26, 2018 Ray peacefully passed away in Scottsdale AZ from a brain aneurism. Raymond Alden Vaaler, MD was born in Grand Forks, ND on March 20, 1923. His parents were Raymond Alfred Vaaler and Alice Stephanie (Engebretson) Vaaler. Raymond's 95 years were well-lived and well-spent. While studying at the University North Dakota, Ray was drafted by the US Army in 1943. He entered the Army Specialized Training Program and continued studying medicine until the end of WWII. After returning to Grand Forks, Ray received his Bachelor of Science in Medicine in 1945. He earned the Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1947. Ray completed his medical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Duke University in NC and University of Kansas. Feeling an obligation to his country Ray enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a Captain and battalion surgeon stationed near the front from 1950 until the war ended in 1952. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1956 - In Memoriam: John Wortley, MD
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, John Morgan Wortley, MD, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife Loretta (Lori) Wortley with whom he enjoyed 35 happy years of marriage, and her children, Bob Shepherd (Tami) and Sharon Perry. He is also survived by his three daughters, Catharine Lorraine, Elizabeth Anne, and Robin Leigh Wortley Hammond (Kevin), issue of his first marriage to Barbara Wortley. He leaves behind three grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren, all of whom made him proud. He also leaves behind his two beloved younger brothers, Allen (Al) and Cabray Jr. (Cabe) Wortley. John was born in Chicago on July 7, 1931 to Cabray Sr. and Janet Olmsted Wortley. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1956, then served two years in the US Army Medical Corps before beginning a long and successful career as a family practitioner in San Jose and Saratoga. He loved his work and had just retired in 2015 at the age of 83 after 55 years of practice. Dr. Wortley enjoyed private practice for 31 years, after which he joined Almaden Family Physicians Medical Group. He also served as Medical Director of Our Lady of Fatima for 28 years. In addition, Dr. Wortley saw patients at Los Gatos Meadows. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and several other professional societies (AMA, CMA, SCCMS). Dr. Wortley was a valued part of the community and a member of the Saratoga Men's Club and SIRS (Seniors in Retirement). He traveled extensively all over the world and enjoyed skiing, sailing, scuba diving, gardening, building things, fixing things, and quizzically meandering through hardware stores. He will be remembered as a fine doctor, loving husband, devoted father and brother, and an all-around fun guy. Dr. Wortley will be dearly missed by all who knew him. The family is especially grateful for the love and support of family and friends as well as the quality of care provided by Hospice of the Valley over recent weeks. A private service was held by the family at his home in Saratoga. In lieu of flowers, donations to Dartmouth College or any charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated. (Updated June 2016)

1957 - James LaVerne Barber, MD
Dr. Barber and his wife Junia are enjoying being octogenarians with computers, gardening, exercising, and trying to keep up with their family. Dr. Barber enjoys staying in contact with classmates and saw the new KUMC hospital which he thought was fantastic. He says hello to all! (Updated June 2016)

1957 - In Memoriam: J. Fred Doornbos, MD
J. Fred Doornbos, M.D., 89, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. John Frederick Doornbos was born on November 18, 1928 in Ottawa, KS, the son of Floyd and Clial (Hamilton) Doornbos. Raised in El Dorado, KS, Fred married Vera Joann Boone in 1950, before serving in the US Air Force during the Korean War. They later divorced. He moved to Iowa City in 1986, where he married Shirley Kern on November 21, 1986. Fred received his bachelor's degree and later his medical degree in 1957 from the University of Kansas. He started his medical practice as a General Practice Physician in El Dorado, KS. In 1970 he moved to Wichita, KS where he received his degree in Radiology from Wesley Medical Center. In 1972, he moved to Houston, TX where he received his degree as a radiation oncologist from M.D. Anderson Hospital in 1975. Fred was a Radiation Oncologist for 43 years starting in Wichita, Kansas and then moving to Iowa City. He retired in 1998, after 13 years as a Radiation Oncologist at UIHC. Read more. (Updated November 2018)

1957 - In Memoriam: Bill L. Gardner, MD
Dr. Gardner, 91, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Monday morning, February 15, 2016 at Harry Hynes Hospice at St. Francis in Wichita. Born January 11, 1925 in Burden, Kansas, he was the son of Darrell L. and Ruth (Young) Gardner. He was raised and received his education in Burden, graduating from Burden High School in 1941. After school, he joined the United States Army and proudly served his country during WWII in Belgium, Germany and England. While in the war, Dr. Gardner received a Purple Heart. After the war, he was honorably discharged and returned to Winfield, Kansas. He was married to Ilene Davenport in 1942 in Winfield. To this union, six children were born. The couple later divorced. Dr. Gardner attended Southwestern College where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and began working as a Chemist at Conoco. He returned to school at the University of Kansas where he received his degree as a medical doctor. He practiced in several small communities in Kansas, including Douglass, Cedar Vale, Cheney and Winfield. While in Winfield, he became the Director of the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center and was noted in the Who's Who In America for his work there. He later returned to school, and served his Surgical Residency in Kansas City and then moved to Anthony where he worked as a Surgeon in Anthony and Harper. He then returned to KU and received his degree in Pathology. He retired as a Surgeon in 1986. After retiring, he taught at Wichita State University. On December 2, 2000, Dr. Gardner was united in marriage to his long time companion, Patricia Radford in Wichita, Kansas. The couple made their home in Wichita for over 30 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed flying airplanes and working in the medical field. His family includes: wife, Patricia Radford of Wichita; children, Greg Gardner and Jackie of Maui, HI, Deborah Ingstad of Minneapolis, MN, David Gardner of Wichita, Mike Gardner of Winfield, Wendell Gardner and Jill of Harper, Susie Lear and Mick of Anthony, Trisha Mendoza and Mitch of Wichita, Travis Radford of Wichita; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Dr. Gardner was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Brewer, and the mother of his children, Ilene Parsons. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dr. Gardner's name for KU Medical Center Scholarship Endowment. (Updated March 2016) 

1957 - In Memoriam: Edward L. Johnson, MD
Dr. Edward Lee Johnson, age 86, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away comfortably at home on February 22, 2018. He was enabled to remain at home because of the loving and committed care of his two sons, Bruce and Lance. He would proudly say he lived a full life and had experiences of which he could not have dreamed as a small town farm-boy from Lindsborg, Kansas. The last six years of his life slowly wore him down as he watched the love of his life, his wife Alice, deteriorate from Parkinson's dementia and pass away in 2014 after 56 years of marriage. The final challenge which he just could not overcome was the pain and incapacitation of cancer.   Ed was the only son of two children born to Leonard and Adeline Johnson in Lindsborg, Kansas where he studied by kerosene lamp on the farm and came home by train to help with the harvest during his medical school training at KU. He met his future wife, Alice, during his internship year at Bernalillo County Indian Hospital (later BCMC) in Albuquerque, NM and they married in 1958. Ed and Alice began their family in Columbia, Missouri where Ed completed a five year surgical residency followed by a urological fellowship at Tulane. With two young children and a third on the way, Ed and Alice moved back to Albuquerque, NM where Ed began his private practice in surgical urology. As his practice became established, Ed and Alice were among the founding residents of Sandia Heights, where they completed their four children family and remained until the time of their deaths. Though Ed retired his private practice in 2002, he continued teaching at the VA Hospital until the age of 75. Read more. (Updated March 2018) 

1957 - In Memoriam: Otis O. Moseley, MD
Dr. Otis O. Moseley (Doc), age 84 of Osage Beach, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Missouri. Otis was born in Lakeside, Missouri, October 15, 1932, in a small home under the UE Village Water Tower on the hill above Bagnell Dam. He was the first child of Okle and Olie "Ozell" (Crum) Moseley. Otis was a unique individual in that he never knew a stranger. He took care of his patients as if they were a member of his own family. Most in fact could have been, as Dr. Moseley considered his whole community to be a part of his family. It was not uncommon to see Otis giving medical advice at the grocery store, gas station or a restaurant. He enjoyed photography and spending quality time with his family and his many friends located at numerous points around the country. Other than his Children, Otis considered his largest accomplishment to be the involvement he had in bringing what is now Lake Regional Hospital to the Lake of the Ozarks. He used to say; "I have delivered hundreds of babies in this community but that Hospital was by far the largest of them all"! Otis is survived by his first wife, Lois and their three children Randy, Brad and Scott, his daughter Julie from his second wife Anne; his sister Linda (Moseley) Birkhead; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dixie, his parents Okle and Ozell Moseley his daughter Julie's Mother Anne, and two Brothers Harley and Ron. (Updated September 2017)

1957 - In Memoriam: C. Rex Phipps, MD
Former Family Physician and U.S. Air Force Veteran, Charles Rex Phipps, 86, of Lander Wyoming passed away on October 20, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander with a luncheon to follow at The Inn at Lander. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery at the Columbarium. Rex was born on January 25, 1931 to Charles Martin Phipps and Clara Leona Burgess in Oxford, Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University and completed his medical training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1957. Rex was in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1960 on Active Duty, and in the Reserves from 1960-1966. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Phipps; Doug Phipps, M.D. (Charissa), David Phipps (Debbi), Debra Jo Bramlage (Ray), Kathy Trumbull (Rex) and Kristy Artery (Joe), 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Dr. Phipps joined the Landed Medical Clinic in 1968 and faithfully served the community for 20 years. His favorite pastimes included camping, hunting, fishing, collecting antiques, playing golf and watching college sports, especially his beloved Jayhawks. In lieu of flowers, the Family suggest that donations be made to Kansas University Endowment in support of the Rex Phipps, MD and Nancy Phipps Pre-Health Education Scholarship; send donations to KU Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or give online at Alternative donations may be mailed directly to the Lander Community Foundation, PO Box 1131, Lander, Wyoming 82520. (Updated November 2017)

1957 - In Memoriam: Irving C. Ringdahl, MD
Irving Clayton Ringdahl was born in McVille, North Dakota on March 7, 1924. The oldest of Dorothy and Henry Ringdahl's 10 children, from an early age he was known to be hard-working, kind, patient, humble, and a gifted learner. Growing up on his family's farm during the Great Depression, Irving always said he felt lucky because sleeping on a cot in the hall made him feel "as if I had a room all to myself." He farmed until he was 23 years old when the loss of a bumper crop to an early fall hailstorm prompted him to leave the field and move to Minneapolis. Despite his 10th grade education, the president of Augsburg College allowed him to take an entrance exam, and he began his classes the fall of 1948. Irving met fellow Auggie Almina Nelson at an impromptu college tobogganing party in January 1950. They married on December 17, 1950 and the rest is history; four children were born in 4 years, Irving completed medical school in 1957, and Almina and Irving worked together as a nurse and doctor team for the next 10 years. Throughout his life, Irving demonstrated a unique gift for supporting, caring for, and inspiring others. He worked as a family practice doctor in rural Iowa for 10 years before returning to school at the age of 43 to complete his residency in child psychiatry. In 1972 Almina and Irving moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he founded the Child Psychiatry Residency Program and Inpatient Child Psychiatry department at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. After retiring in 1989, Irving and Almina relocated to Colorado where he continued to work as a locum tenen psychiatrist in several states until he was 80 years old. In 2012, The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Little Rock created an award in his honor to recognize faculty members who demonstrated some of Irving's most outstanding qualities: a dedication to teaching, clinical excellence, and high ethical standards. The world is a better place because Irving Ringdahl was in it. He lived a full life and he cared deeply for those around him. He loved all kinds of music, read voraciously, introduced North Dakota rhubarb to every place he lived and possessed a special appreciation for ice cream and lutefisk. Irving was a dedicated Lutheran throughout his life, participating in ECLA congregations everywhere he lived. Faith Community Lutheran church and the Good Samaritan community were his most recent spiritual homes. He was loved and will be fondly remembered by his wife, Almina; siblings, Dolores, Helen, Bob, Phil, Barb; his four children, Paul, Naomi, Debbie, Mark and their spouses Sally,Jim, Roger, Chris; 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Greg, Joe, Ella, Nat, Kate, Suzy, Signe, Erik, Anders, Beck; and 7 great-grand children, Caleb, Emmet, Gwendolyn, Erik, Lucas, Arthur, Finley.  We will all miss this very dear man! (Updated November 2016)

1957 - In Memoriam: Clifton C. Schopf, MD
Clifton Schopf, M.D. 88, loving husband and father, passed away on September 25, 2017. Dr. Schopf was born on May 15, 1929 and was a long-time resident of Wichita. He graduated from East High School in 1947 and married his wife Jean on December 19, 1948. He graduated from the KU Medical School in 1957. Dr. Schopf began his career as a Family Practice Physician in Clearwater, KS. He often worked 14 hour days caring for patients in his office and then making house calls in the evening to those patients too ill to travel. He later moved his practice to Wichita and continued to serve his patients in Wichita and surrounding towns. In 1977 he was elected President of Staff at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He once was an orderly at the hospital and later as Chief of Staff. In 1991 he was elected President of the Sedgwick County Medical Society. He practiced medicine until his retirement in 1994. Throughout his career he was also an excellent teacher helping medical students learn to be Family Practice Physicians. Many of them continued to seek his counsel after they began their own practices. He loved travelling, playing golf and fishing. He was a Master Mason, Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner, and Demolay Legion of Honor. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clifford and Opal, sister Virginia, and stepmother Opal. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, lyral Jean; sons Richard (Rosanna), David (Dena), daughter Susan (Gary) Franz all of Wichita; grandchildren Sherii Farmer, Kari Ward, Nathan Schopf, Darren Schopf, Damon Schopf, Dan Schopf, Davina Collette, Jennifer Jordan, and Jeremy Franz; 18 great grandchildren; nieces Diane Dean, Debbie Long, Janet Estep. A special thank you to Shawna Jarmon and LuAnn Reagan for their kind care and devotion to Jean and Clifton.  Memorials may be made to Via Christi St. Francis Philanthropy in memory of Dr. Schopf and Shriners Hospital for Children. (Updated October 2017)

1957 - In Memoriam: Gerald H. Siemsen, MD
Gerald H. Siemsen, M.D. Gerald H. Siemsen, M.D., 85, of Ridgeland, MS, passed peacefully on July 21, 2017 at Hospice Ministries. Gerald was born October 31, 1931 on a farm near Holyrood, Kansas, the son of Nellie Margaret (Finke) and Albert Walter Siemsen. He married Martha Lou (Knight) on June 15, 1991 in Steele, Missouri. Gerald was a Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration, a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughters, Debra Kay Tillinghast, Clifton, KS, Kimberly Maloney, Cedar Park, KS, and Dana Smith, Houston, TX; two stepdaughters, Lee Ann Cummings, Brandon, MS, and Amy Michelle Krumalis, Southaven, MS; brothers, Donald Siemsen, Holyrood, KS, Delbert Siemsen, Durham, CA, and Harold Siemsen, Holyrood, KS; and sister, Marilyn Smith, Colorado Springs, CO. (Updated August 2017)

1958 (Residency) 1959 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Thurl E. Andrews, MD
Thurl was born on April 12, 1924 and passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018. Thurl was a resident of Arizona at the time of passing. Thurl E. Andrews, M.D. Viewing at the Messinger Indian School Mortuary from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on March 13, 2018. (Updated September 2018)

1958 - In Memoriam: Alfred K. Cheng, MD
Alfred Kwang-Hua Cheng, March 8, 1932 - May 18, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Mable Hu Cheng, son of the late Dr. Leslie Cheng and Hazel Liu. Al is survived by his sisters Clara Joan Mok, Elaine Lin, Marian Chamberlin; children Sharon, Glenn (Elizabeth) and Terry (Dan) and grandchildren, Shannon, David, Elly, Richard, Clarissa and William. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Jane Cariotis and Joyce Aramaki. Alfred was born March 8, 1932 in Beijing, China and moved with his family to Topeka, KS in 1950. Al received a BS degree in Chemistry from Washburn University in 1954 and married his childhood sweetheart Mable Hu in August that year. Al received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. In 1960, Al was commissioned as a Captain in USAF and retired as a Colonel after 30 years of service. Al loved traveling around the world for the Air Force and teaching Global and Preventive medicine. Al was an accomplished photographer, certified flight surgeon, SCUBA diver, and after retirement became a Master Gardener and an accomplished ballroom dancer. He loved dining, dancing, taking photos, and welcoming visitors to the US. (Updated June 2017)

1958 - In Memoriam: Arthur W. Halliday, MD
Arthur Halliday, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, entered into eternal rest on August 24th, 2018. His passing was swift and unexpected, without pain and suffering, for which we are very grateful. Arthur was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, the youngest of three sons born to Amy Altana Brandenburg and Glen Halliday. Arthur attended the University of Kansas for his training in engineering physics. He graduated in 1952 and worked at the Hanford Plant in Richland, Washington until 1953. He changed his life plan realizing that studying medicine was his genuine passion. He attended the University of Kansas Medical School, while there, he met his first wife Marilyn Button. After graduating in 1958, Arthur did his Residency at University of San Francisco. Then, he and his 2 brothers, Gordon and Roger and their families settled in Los Altos. There, they opened their Internal Medicine practice on Altos Oaks Drive where they worked together for 33 years. They served their patients with an old fashioned practice filled with warmth and expertise. Many locals were sad to hear of their retirement in 1993, however, Arthur was not done. He went on to work at the Palo Alto Veterans' Administration Hospital in the Addiction Treatment Clinic for another 22 years, finally retiring at the age of 85. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1958 - In Memoriam: Merle A. Hodges, MD
Merle Alvadore Hodges, M.D., 83, of Salina, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. Dr. Hodges was born March 26, 1934, to Alva T. "Buck" and Kizzie Brubaker Hodges in Lawrence. A multiple-sport varsity athlete, he graduated from Lawrence High School and attended the University of Kansas, where he lettered in football. He married Nancy Jo Hutton in 1954 and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. Dr. Hodges served as a captain in the United States Air Force from 1959-1963 in Mobile, Ala., and was an active member of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, where he made many lifelong friends. Following his Air Force service, Dr. Hodges returned to Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1966, he joined Dr. Norman Harris in practice in Salina. He also practiced with his son Dr. Merle J. "Boo" Hodges, until his retirement in 2012. Dr. Hodges was an OB/GYN for nearly 50 years and delivered thousands of babies. Dr. Hodges served as a Salina City commissioner from 1980-1988, including two terms as mayor. He also served on the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Humanities Council. Dr. Hodges was a Civil War historian and artillery re-enactor, and was the recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara. He loved tending his hybrid roses, playing tennis and working on his model railroad. He was an active member of Christ Cathedral. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 64 years; son, Dr. Boo Hodges (Melissa Rose), of Salina; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Nicole), of Aspen, Colo.; grandsons, Matthew (Bethany), of Salina, Ted, of Kansas City, and Grant (Jillian), of Chicago; and great-grandsons, Gage, of Salina, and Kai, of Aspen; brother, Ervin Hodges (Shirley), of Lawrence; brother-in-law, Ivan Percival, of Texas; and sister-in-law, Jane Hutton Stievater (Bob), of Eden, N.Y. Dr. Hodges was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Warren and sister-in-law, Kathleen; sister, Leta Mae Hodges Percival; and his beloved daughter, Dr. Melissa Ann Hodges. The Hodges family wishes to thank the staff of Holiday Resort for their excellent care and support. (Updated May 2017)

1958 (Internship) - In Memoriam: Jack L. Judson, MD
Dr. Jack Lynwood Judson was welcomed home to the spiritual world on Monday, April 17, 2017. Dr. Judson was surrounded by his first and only love and wife of 60 years, Mary Anne, and his four children; Mark, Thomas, Beth, and Brad. Born in 1931, in Topeka, Kan., Dr. Judson was a graduate of Paseo High School in Kansas City, the University of Kansas, Yale Medical School, and the University of Oklahoma, School of Public Health. In addition to being a respected medical doctor of 60 years, Dr. Judson was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of colonel and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Judson was employed at General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin until his retirement. A Christian gentleman, dedicated father, and patriot, Dr. Judson will be perpetually missed by his family and friends. He was welcomed home by his parents, Beatrice and Forrest; friends, and family. Survivors: Wife, Mary Anne; children, Mark and wife, Melissa, Thomas, Beth and husband, Curtis, and Brad; grandchildren, Allison, Clay, Connor, Drew, Hannah, Sarah, Sophie and William; sister, Carol; nieces, Kathy, Lori and Sherry; nephews, David, Gary and Rusty. (Updated May 2017)

1958 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Bernard L. Klionsky, MD
Bernard Leon Klionsky MD, of Sq. Hill, passed away on November 12, 2017. Bernie was born in Binghamton, NY on October 8, 1925. He was preceded in death by his beloved Esther, his bride of 66 years. Bernie is survived by Nina (Leon), Matthew (Susan), Ruth (Steven), and Dan (Janee); as well as grandchildren and a great-grandchild. A native of Binghamton, NY, his childhood companions included a future Federal Judge, Ike Margolis, as well as television writer and actor Rod Sterling. Admitted to Harvard at the age of 16, Bernie completed three years of school before entering into the wartime service of his country and becoming one of The Greatest Generation. At the time the United States secret technology was Radar. At the beginning of the war only 79 sets had been installed on naval vessels. There was a great need to train men on radar maintenance and repair. Clearly, thousands of sets would be needed and men to maintain and repair those sets. The Navy sought qualified candidates through the EDDY Exam. Of some 500,000 men to take the exam only 30,000 ultimately finished the intense program to qualify as specialists. Bernie was one of those men. A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College, Dr. Klionsky became the Directory of Laboratories at Magee- Women's Hospital and Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He created a centralized system of clinical laboratories for all the hospitals affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. His research included isolating and characterizing the chemical structure of the stored lipid in a rare metabolic disease. He was a technological innovator introducing computers into his laboratories. Dr. Klionsky was for many years the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology and President of the Department's practice plan. During a 1974 sabbatical he set up a Department of Pathology for the New Ben Gurion Medical School at Beersheba in Israel. Read more. (Updated April 2018) 

1958 - Alexander A. McBurney, MD
Dr. McBurney writes to us: "If I had known I would still be alive in 2017 I would have purchased a life membership years ago!" (Updated June 2017)

1958 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Claude W. Schmidt, MD
Claude W. Schmidt, MD, 92, passed away October 5, 2016. He was born August 29, 1924, to Alfred and Irmgard (Rubusch) Schmidt in Shawano County, Wis., where his father was a dairy farmer. Claude received his medical training from the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, and the University of Kansas. After serving as a Navy flight surgeon during the Korean War, Claude took care of "the better half of humanity" as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Waukesha, Wis. He retired to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1992 and moved to Wichita, Kan., in 2003 to be closer to his children. Claude loved the outdoors: he took up bird hunting "to entertain his black Lab" and skied until he moved to the flatlands at age 79. He crafted beautiful wooden cradles for his grandchildren. He loved a good joke, and he never knew a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 55 years, Ila Paulk Schmidt; and his brother, Ruben Schmidt. Claude is survived by his children, Greta (Christopher) Perleberg, Martha (Robert) Asaph, Karl (Norma) Schmidt, and Kurt (Laura) Schmidt; and 10 grandchildren. (Updated October 2016)

1958 - In Memoriam: Raymond F. Stone, MD
Dr. Raymond F. Stone was the only child born to Raymond G. Stone and Ellen M. Stone (Hill) on October 13, 1933 in Columbia, Missouri. Ray graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City Missouri in 1951. He immediately began college and graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Biology from The University of Kansas City in 1954. He continued his education at Kansas University graduating as a Medical Doctor in 1958. He entered the Navy in 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1961. After the Military, he went into private practice for a short period. In 1968 he began working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City Missouri. He transferred to El Paso, Texas in 1977 and retired from the VA in 1995. In 1960, his first son, Randy, was born, followed in 1961, by his second son, Michael and in 1965, his daughter, Nancy, was born. Ray met Sandra in 1972 at the VA Hospital and they were married on November 4, 1972. Sandra had 3 children Russ, Diane and Jim creating a combined 6 children all within 5 years of each other. Ray enjoyed traveling. There were numerous vacations with all 6 children, including trips to Florida, Wyoming, southern Missouri, camping, canoeing and rafting. He and Sandra went on many trips around the United States and numerous cruises and trips to other countries. Ray had a great love of history, trains and animals. He continually added to his vast library, and had a great deal of interest in the Civil War. It was quite a task to try and win a game of Trivia Pursuit. Ray would often compete against the entire family , sometimes up to 15 or 20 people and he would still win (He would have been great on Jeopardy). Ray loved Sandra with all his heart and spent nearly 45 years focusing on making her happy. Ray loved his 3 children, 3 step-children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He kept cards and papers from his family members in his desk and always loved to hear from them about what was going on in their lives. He was a great encourager and supporter always wanting more for his family. (Updated March 2018)

1959 - In Memoriam: Jean Arnold Chapman, MD
Jean A. Chapman, passed away on May 14, 2016 in Chandler, Arizona. Jean's life will be celebrated by family and friends and her memory will live on always. (Updated March 2017)

1959 - Melvin L. Cheatham, MD
Dr. Cheatham is a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of California (Los Angeles) School of Medicine and also serves on the UCLA Neurosurgery Advisory Board.  He is a past President of the California State Neurosurgical Society and past President of the Western Neurosurgical Society, organizations of the top neurosurgeons in the U.S. and Canada.  In 1995, he received the prestigious American Association of Neurological Surgeons Humanitarian Award.  He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Billy Graham Association and of Samaritan's Purse, an international humanitarian assistance organization in which he serves as a Special Assistant to the President with special reference to North Korea, a country he has visited twenty-eight times bringing help to people in need of medical and other humanitarian assistance. In 2013 Dr. Melvin L. Cheatham, M.D. was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor during a Gala Black Tie event in the Great Hall on Ellis Island in New York.  This highly prestigious award is given each year by The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to men and women who have distinguished themselves through living their lives in service to others.  Seven former Presidents of the United States, one former Prime Minister of England, Nobel Prize winners, and other highly recognized  leaders in government, medicine, and business, and other walks of life have been recipients of this high honor. In 2015 Professor Cheatham was the recipient of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery Visionary Award in Medicine. (Updated May 2017)

1959 (MD) 1972 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Andrew Nachtigall, MD
Dr. Andrew Nachtigall, 87, died July 30, 2016, at the Presbyterian Manor in Newton. He was born Dec. 9, 1928, to John and Matilda Hofer Nachtigall in Freeman, South Dakota, the third of four children. He graduated from Freeman High School, Tabor College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine (1959). Andrew became board certified in Pediatrics in 1971. He worked at the Bethel Clinic in Newton beginning in 1964 and entered retirement in 1995. On Dec. 26, 1958, he married Adena Doerksen. She died Sept. 2, 1997. They had four children: Andrew Michael, Mark, Marie and Karen. After his graduation from medical school, Andrew and Adena, a registered nurse, served with the Mennonite Central Committee in a medical capacity in Indonesia for three years. Andrew was a committed Christian from his youth, serving his church and volunteering with local charitable organizations. These included the homeless shelter, Heartland Pregnancy Care Center, CASA Child Advocacy agency, Health Ministries and he was a member of Kiwanis civic club. Andrew was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Alfred Nachtigall and Alice Ulrickson. He is survived by his four children and their families: Andrew Michael (Melinda) and their children Adam, Lora and Hannah, Hesston; Mark (Kathy) and their children Elizabeth, John and Daniel, McPherson; Marie Nachtigall, Newton; Karen (Mark) Stahl and their children William and Ann, Kokomo, Indiana; his sister, Mary Graber, Goessel; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. (Updated August 2016)

1959 - In Memoriam: Rodger W. Lambie, MD
Rodger William Lambie, age 85, of The Villages, Florida, passed away Tuesday morning January 12, 2016 at home. He was born April 26, 1930 in Denver, Colorado to John Lambie and Hilda Flaat Lambie. Rodger's family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota where he graduated from Grand Forks Central High. He served two years' active duty with the Air National Guard. A B.S. from North Dakota State was achieved in 1954. After farming for a year he decided to enter medical school. He met his wife Marlene Lybeck and was married August 22, 1954. He received his M.A. in medicine from the University of North Dakota in 1957. He and Marlene moved to Kansas City in 1957 so he could continue his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He received his M.D. in 1959. Rodgers internship was at Menorah Medical Center. He became a top Radiologist and was a pioneer in CT Scanning and Mammography. He founded Diagnostic Imaging Center and opened 4 imaging centers. Read more. (Updated February 2016) 

1959 (MD), 1963 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William H. McEachen, MD
Dr. William H. "Bill" McEachen, 83, Leawood, Kan., passed away Jan. 7, 2016. Dr. McEachen practiced pediatric medicine in the Kansas City area for over 35 years. He's survived by wife of 49 years, Judy Carr McEachen, his children, Robert "Bob" McEachen (Malisa), Meg McEachen and Molly McEachen; brothers, Richard "Dick" (Judy G.) McEachen and Gary (Joann) McEachen; grandchildren, Mia and Mairin Putnam. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kan. (Updated February 2016)

1959 - In Memoriam: Kenneth M. Fendorf, MD
Dr. Kenneth M. Fendorf passed away at his home in Santa Cruz on December 18th, 2017. The son of Frank E. and Icie Fendorf, and the middle of seven children, Ken was born on January 6th, 1930 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He spent his youth on their family farm in Miller County, MO, and he remained a farmer at heart. In the wake of WWII, upon turning 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Like his older brothers, he had developed a love of flying, but unlike three of his brothers who were pilots, he decided to jump out of planes. Initially with the 82nd Airborne Division, and after being deployed to Japan, he was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team upon the outbreak of the Korean War. He took part in the first major U.S./U.N. offensive in September of 1950, advancing to the Yalu River, and then in a second offensive in 1951. After completion of his military service, he attended the University of Kansas and graduated with degrees in biology and biochemistry. With an interest in medicine and a desire to help people, he pursued medical school at the University of Kansas and obtained his M.D. in 1959. Seeking to explore the west coast, along with escaping the mid-western winters, he did his residency in San Francisco where he met his first wife, Virginia-they married in 1960. He and Virginia moved to Boulder Creek, CA, where he and Dr. Kenneth Reed, a fellow Kansan and KU alum, set-up a family medical practice. A few years later, Ken decided to pursue a second residency in anesthesiology. He and Virginia then moved to Aptos, CA, in 1968. He joined the staff at Santa Cruz's Dominican Hospital as an anesthesiologist, served as chief of staff in 1969, and remained there for the next 32 years until his retirement in 2000. Read more. (Updated January 2018)

1959 - In Memoriam: Charles D. Monson, MD
Dr. Charles Monson, MD was born in Sioux Falls, SD on May 25th, 1933 to Grant and Cecile (Beaulieu) Monson. He grew up in the Sioux Falls area. He died on January 13, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by family. Growing up in Sioux Falls, he held a variety of jobs including delivering papers, setting bowling pins and working at Dairyland Creamery. He had a love of baseball and he pitched many innings for Sioux Falls Legion Post 15. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion. As a young man, he joined the 147th Field Artillery Unit of the South Dakota National Guard. He, along with the rest of the unit, was deployed to Alaska during the Korean Conflict where he served as a mechanic. Upon discharge, Charles pursued his GED and attended Augustana College and the University of South Dakota. He received a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed his residency in Wichita, KS through the University of Kansas. While in medical school in Vermillion, he met Katheryn Millage and they were married June 16th, 1956. The family moved to Parkston, SD in 1961, where he began his medical practice. Over the next 35 years, he cared for thousands of patients, delivered over 1700 babies and made countless house calls with his trusty black bag at his side. In his spare time, he pursued many interests including golf, fishing, hunting and reading. He was very talented in drawing and watercolor painting and he shared his artwork with many friends and family to enjoy. Charles valued education and never missed an opportunity to continue his own learning and to teach others. He is survived by his six children Tim (Jenni) Fargo, ND, Marci Gehring (Brooks) Bozeman, MT, Brenda Sturgeon, Springfield, SD, Mark (Lisa Kneifl), Sioux Falls, SD, Rob (Angie), Parkston, SD, Ericka Ronnings (Patrik), Delano, MN., one brother Ed Monson (Beverly), Sioux Falls, SD, one sister Cecile, Perham, MN, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, his parents, and his son-in-law Lyle Sturgeon. (Updated January 2017) 

1959 - In Memoriam: Robert D. Reinecke, MD
Robert D. Reinecke, age 88, January 17, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Mary. Devoted father of Karen D. Reinecke (Susan M. Lutzie) of Egg Harbor Twp. NJ. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Dr. Reinecke was a renowned ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital of Philadelphia. He was an avid fly fisherman, runner and took up sewing, making his own shirts. He was also a member of The Union League of Philadelphia, Rotary Club, Right Angle Club and many other organizations.  Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service SATURDAY, February 10, 2018, 11:30 A.M., at Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia PA. Burial to follow at Old Pine Street Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions be made in Dr. Reinecke's memory to Old Pine Street Church.  (Updated February 2018)

1959 - In Memoriam: Carle H. Schroff, MD
Carle H. Schroff, M.D., 86, passed away early Thursday morning, July 7, 2016, in Springfield, Missouri, after a courageous decade battling Parkinson's disease. He was born on October 20, 1929 in Sikeston, Missouri to Margaret and Highland Schroff. He was the second son in a family of six boys. Carle grew up in Hiawatha, Kansas, playing every sport. After graduation he went off to college. He attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, transferred to the University of Kansas and earned a degree in Physical Therapy. He then was drafted and served in the Army at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. during the Korean War. He and Jeaninne Willis were married in 1953 and have spent 63 years together. They were "a team". After discharge from the service, Carle and Jeaninne returned to Kansas City and Carle entered medical school. He graduated in 1959, did an internship at General Hospital in Kansas City and then moved his family to Springfield, MO, to start his medical practice. Dr. Schroff practiced Family Medicine for 35 years. He was loved by his patients and was a kind, caring and proficient physician. Carle served on many boards and clinics in the community. He was a longtime member of the Cox Hospital board and also served as President of that board. He was a member of King's Way United Methodist Church, Hickory Hills Country Club and served many years with Meals on Wheels after retirement. He loved golfing with friends, was an avid KU basketball fan and enjoyed going to the lake with his wife, children and grandchildren. Friends were especially important to him and he was loved and admired by many. Carle was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Robert and Richard. He will be missed by his wife, Jeaninne; their daughters, Pam Finley and husband Brent Finley, M.D., Karen Pope and husband Kevin Pope, M.D., Sandy Geisinger and husband Mike; son, David Schroff and wife Lisa; nine grandchildren, Scott Pope and wife Allison, Michelle Pope Kelly and husband Chase Kelly, D.D.S., Sean Finley and fiancé Kelsey Nill, Clay Finley, Brooke Geisinger, Mallory Geisinger, Andrea Schroff, Spencer Schroff, Nolan Schroff; and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Pope. Carle is also survived by brothers, Charles and wife Mary Jane Schroff, Jim and wife Mary Beth Schroff, John and wife Mary Margaret Schroff; two sisters-in-law, Grace Schroff and Gerrianne Schroff; and numerous nieces and nephews. "Doc", we will miss your great sense of humor, your steaks and your smile! (Updated July 2016)

1959 - John P. Slater, MD
Dr. Slater writes that he is retired and driving around the country and enjoying the adventures of his four grandchildren. One granddaughter is in her 2nd year of the KU Nursing program. Dr. Slater is glad that because he and his late wife graduated from KUMC, their granddaughter, a Colorado resident, can attend at resident rates. (Updated January 2017)

1959 (MD) 1965 (Residency) - David L. Spalding, MD
David Lewis Spalding, 83, of Rogersville, MO passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was born on January 23, 1934 to Dr. Wilbur and Helen Spalding. David completed his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri and graduated from Medical School at the University of Kansas in 1959. While in Kansas, David fell in love with and married Paula Steinborn. After Medical School, David joined the Air Force, serving as a flight surgeon. He then returned to KU for his residency in Ophthalmology. He then moved to Springfield in 1965 in Private Practice Ophthalmology at St. John's Hospital until his retirement in 1998. David was a past Secretary of the Greene County Medical Society, past President of the MO Ophthalmological Society, and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons. David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wilbur Spalding. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Paula Spalding; son, David P. Spalding; daughter, Pamela Spalding Morrison; grandchildren, David P. Spalding, Zachary P. Spalding, Joshua Spalding, Brendan L. Thibault (Ashley), and Clayton B. Thibault; and great-grandchildren Payton Spalding and Rowan Thibault. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. (Updated January 2018) 


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

1960 - In Memoriam: Lew Borgendale, MD

Dr. L.V. "Lew" Borgendale, M.D., 87, of Wamego, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Wamego Health Center. Lew was born Oct. 28, 1929 in Watson, Minn., the son of Herbert and Minnie Angrimson Borgendale. He grew up near Wichita in Planeview (a town established and in existence only during WWII). He graduated from Planeview High School in 1946 and started college at Friends University in Wichita before enlisting into the Air Force, serving from 1952 to 1955. Following his military service he returned to Friends University and completed college. In 1960, Lew graduated from the Kansas University School of Medicine and started his internship at St. Francis Hospital of Wichita before moving to Wamego in 1963 to join a family practice medical clinic with Dr. Braden and Dr. Clark. He worked for 46 years in Wamego as a family physician and served as the Pottawatomie County Coroner for many years.  Lew married Rosalie "Rosie" Schroeder on August 10, 1952 in Newton, KS. She preceded him in death in May of 2008. He was a longtime member of Wamego Lions Club, American Association of Family Practitioners, served on the Advisory Board of Good Samaritan Valley Vista, was the recipient of the Wamego Citizen of the Year in 2003, sang in the Tuttle-Aires Barber Shop Quartet, and played the saxophone in a dance band for a couple of years.  He enjoyed flying his airplane, watching KU sports of which he was an avid fan, visiting his relatives from Minnesota, was always reading a book and studying medical journals staying up on the trends. His patients and work were very important to him, devoting most of his time to them. His survivors include two sons, Jerry Borgendale of Wamego and Kevin Borgendale (Lourdes) of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Patty Vishnefske (Mark) of Mulvane; a son in-law, Rick Hill of Manhattan; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by a son, Lew Borgendale, Jr.; a daughter, Carol Hill; and his sister, Gloria Cook. (Updated February 2017)

1960 (MD) 1965 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Henry W. Buck Jr., MD
Dr. Henry W. Buck (Bill) passed away at the University of Kansas Medical Center following surgery. He is survived by his loving family: his wife Barbara; his daughter Mallory Bryan and her husband Dave Bryan; his son Andrew and his wife Trish Buck; his grandson Grant Bryan and his granddaughters Lauren and Jessica Buck; his sister Judy and her husband Arthur Vogel and their three daughters and families; his brother-in-law Merrill Watt; and many caring friends. A family memorial service was held in the Trinity Episcopal Church, officiated by Father George Wiley. Bill graduated with a B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1956 and M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1960; his residency was in general surgery at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center; and another in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Bill served as a captain in the US Air Force Medical Center, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts 1965 - 1967. From 1967 - 1987 Bill was in private practice in Obstetrics/Gynecology, in Lawrence, Kansas. From 1987 - 2005 Bill was head of gynecology at Watkins Memorial Health Center, at the University of Kansas. Bill was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1967 and recertified in 1979. Besides Bill's practice, he served as a lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Kansas in 1968; Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Kansas 1990 - 2004; courtesy professor Health, Sport, & Exercise at the University of Kansas 1988. Bill also served as an editorial consultant for the Journal of American Health and the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. In 1987 he served on the HIV/STD Task Force at the University of Kansas; he also served on the advisory board for Merck in the development of the HPV vaccine. Bill was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons where he served as chair of the Task Force on Human Papillomavirus Disease and STD's from 1988 - 2002. In 1997 Bill received the Edward Hitchcock Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of college health. He also served on the ethics committee at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and on the Experimentation committee at the University of Kansas. Bill also served on the advisory board of DCCA of Lawrence. In the past, Bill served on many committees at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, including music and worship. Bill's family greatly appreciates the special care from many physicians in Lawrence and at the KU Medical Center, especially Dr. Donald Hatton and Dr. Adam Goodyear. Please direct any donation in Bill's name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Obstetrics and Surgery Department or Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. (Updated April 2018)  

1960 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Alfonso W. Herdoiza, MD
Alfonso W. Herdoiza, M.D., 98, of Overland Park passed away in Quito, Ecuador on December 1, 2017. He is survived by his children, Fabiola (Brian), Albert (Shahrzad) and Lisa, as well as eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his sister and extended family in Ecuador and the United States. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Fabiola. Alfonso was born in Riobamba, Ecuador in 1919. He always dreamed of coming to the United States. At 10 years old, he would sneak out of the house, ride a horse through a dark forest to go to the movie theater to watch American films. He was the top student in his high school and received a full scholarship to go to the University Central of Quito where he received his medical degree. He practiced in Riobamba, where he was the director of the tuberculosis sanitarium. In 1952 he took an opportunity to come to the United States to do thoracic surgery to treat T.B. While here, they found a cure for T.B. and he and his wife Fabiola decided to stay because of the warm welcome of so many Americans. He specialized in anesthesiology, studying at KU Med, started working at St. Joseph's and then practiced at Menorah Medical Hospital, Lee's Summit, The Eye Foundation and a pain clinic, retiring at the age of 83. He was a well respected doctor with a wonderful bedside manner. He had a great talent for providing anesthesia for surgeries, and was often called on to do more complicated surgeries early in his career, such as open heart surgeries and craniotomies. All his life he was dedicated to helping people, whether it was getting them medical treatment, helping them further their education, or inspiring them by his work ethic and pursuit of the American dream. Read more. (Updated December 2017) 

1960 - In Memoriam: James I. Hovland, MD
Dr. James Iver Hovland, 83, passed into the hands of his Savior on January 24, 2018, in Sioux Falls, SD. A visitation for friends and family will take place Sunday, January 28, 1:00-3:00 pm, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, including a wake service at 2:30 pm. Jim's funeral will be held Monday, January 29, 11:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2109 S. 5th Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, followed by interment at St. Michael's Cemetery. If Jim could speak to us all right now, he would ask us, politely, to stop reading the obituaries and move ahead to more cheerful, educational material, perhaps the comics. In partial honor of his wishes, and because of his great love for history, let's call this column a history lesson. Jim was born to parents Mary and Iver in Watertown, SD, February 7, 1934. He grew up and worked on the family farm near Ortley, attended Waubay High School, and then traveled all the way to Northern State College, where he met Marie Beshara, the ever-lasting love of his life, whom he married in Deadwood in 1958. After graduating from KU Medical School and serving residencies and internships in Missouri, he returned to Aberdeen to begin a decades-long mission of service as an OB/GYN specialist. He delivered thousands of children to the world and provided gentle care to every patient who entered his office. Courtesy and respect for all were his trademarks and his most treasured legacy. In his spare time, Jim loved to hunt pheasants, paint, or turn a bowl on the lathe. He was an artist on canvas, wood, and bodily stitchery. A voracious reader, he could describe his day or ours by quoting from memory an array of literary passages, poems, and jokes. One of his favorite quotations came from George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Read more. (Updated February 2018)

1960 - In Memoriam: George H. Hubert, MD
The family of Dr. George Henry Hubert sadly announces the death of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born July 2, 1933, he peacefully passed away in his sleep on June 3, 2016 he was 82 years of age. Treasured son of Caroline Rita Springer and Henry George Hubert, both deceased, Dr. Hubert leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Kelly Ann. They had four children, Babette Ann Hubert, Todd George Hubert, married to Cheryl Joanne Hubert, and Kelly D'Ann Zamora. His youngest son, Kimm William, tragically died in a motorcycle accident while attending Pepperdine University in Malibu in 1986 when he was just 20 years old. Dr. Hubert and his wife set up a scholarship in remembrance of Kimm. Every year they would receive touching letters of gratitude for the financial help received from the scholarship. "Pappy" had 5 grandchildren, Brielle Kimmberly, Brayden Todd, Dominic Kimm, Baylee Marie, Cameron Jose' and one great-grandson, Liam Jack. His only sibling, Joan Dunn, also survives him. As a young-man, originally from Queens, New York, he earned the highly esteemed and elite honor of Eagle Scout. He attended Hofstra College and went on to graduate from Kansas University Medical School in 1960. Dr. Hubert briefly took his wife and children to fulfill his Public Health Service in Alaska after concluding his Internship in Southern California at Loma Linda University in 1964. In 1966, he began his Cardiology Fellowship at White Memorial Hospital, bringing to light his incredible gift for heart care. The majority of his medical career was spent in Ventura County, California with a long history of pioneering work in Cardiology. Performing thousands of cardiac interventions, interpreting half-a-million EKGs as well as making historical advances in surgical and non-surgical treatments led to a tribute in 2012 when Los Robles Hospital named the Cardiac Catheterization Labs in his honor. As a physician, he was known for his high level of expertise and his deep care and concern for his patients and staff. Read more. (Updated November 2016)

1960 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Fernando R. Kirchner, MD
Fernando "Ferd" R. Kirchner, MD, 86, passed away January 4, 2017, in Tucson, AZ.  He was born in Mexico City, Mexico, December 19, 1930, where he graduated with honors from medical school at La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Ferd then trained at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS, completing his residency in general surgery and otorhinolaryngology.  Ferd met and married the love of his life, Charlotte Strah Kirchner, in 1962. They made their home at Lake Quivira, Ks. He was a professor at the KU Medical School for 20 years before going into private practice in Kansas City, KS. Ferd received numerous awards for his research and development of improved surgical equipment and techniques. He enjoyed his retirement years in Tucson, AZ, where he was an avid golfer at Skyline and La Paloma Country Clubs, making double digit hole-in-ones.  Ferd also spent time fishing and volunteering with the Pima County Public Library. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.  Ferd and Charlotte were married for 54 years.  He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Laura (Tom) O'Malley, Phoenix, AZ; Melissa (Randy) Bright, Destin, FL; five grandchildren, Erin and Tara O'Malley and Georgia, Halle and Kirch Bright; and sister, Bertha Romero Kirchner Aguilar, Mexico City, Mexico. (Updated March 2017)

1960 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Aytekin Kodanaz, MD
Dr. A. Aytekin Kodanaz, 88, of Overland Park, KS, passed away the morning of Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Born in Balikesir, Turkey, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Altan Kodanaz, sons, Ahmet and Taner, daughters-in- law, Lori and Rachel, and grandchildren, Gretchen, Andre, and Tyler. A graduate of Istanbul University Medical School, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical School. Starting his career at Bethany Hospital, he then spent the remainder of his professional service at Providence-St. Margaret's Health Center as Chief of Anesthesiology and was fondly referred to as "Dr. K". He was an active member and past president of the Wyandotte County Medical Association. A generous and caring soul, recognized for his distinct heart-felt laughter, he enjoyed skiing, being by the sea and was always ready for a good game of backgammon. (Updated April 2017)

1960 - Alan M. Poisner, MD
At the recent annual meeting of the USATF in Columbus, OH, Alan Poisner from Overland Park was recognized as Racewalker of the Year in his age division (80-84). He previously had won racewalker of the year in 2011 and 2015. This was based on his Gold Medal wins at the USATF National Indoor in Albuquerque (one mile and 3000 meters) and the National Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge (5000 meters and 10K).  He was also recognized for setting a new national record in the Indoor one-mile racewalk. In addition he also won Gold medals at the National Senior Games in Birmingham (1500 meters and 5K) and the World Masters Games in Auckland, NZ (1500 meters and 3000 meters). 2017 has been a special racing season for Alan, now in his 33rd year as a racewalker. (Updated December 2017)

1960 - In Memoriam: Perry L. Rashleigh, MD
Perry L. Rashleigh, age 82, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a prolonged battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewey body dementia. He was surrounded by his four loving children. Perry lived in Tiverton, RI his last two years but made his home, raised his family, and enjoyed his adult life in Grand Junction, Colorado for over four decades. He was the husband of the late Rosemary (Jones) Rashleigh to whom he was married 48 years before her passing in 2006. Born in rural Kansas during the Depression, Perry embodied the values of hard work, educational excellence, family priorities and service to country and community. He was the son of the late Perry T. and Elizabeth D. (Shaver) Rashleigh. Perry was modest and soft-spoken. His accomplishments were many: high school valedictorian; summa cum laude graduate in pharmacy from the University of Kansas; magna cum laude graduate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Perry completed his Internal Medicine residency at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, and joined the US air force where he served as a flight surgeon and was stationed in Omaha, Nebraska. He returned to rural Smith County Kansas in 1962 and worked as a family practitioner until 1965. In 1965, he moved his family to Denver, Colorado where he moonlighted as a family doc while specializing in dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His learning continued as he later earned a post-doctorate degree in dermatopathology from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 1969, he joined Charles Wilson M.D. in Western Colorado. Perry spent 40 years practicing Dermatology in the Grand Valley where he and Dr. Wilson founded Mountain West Dermatology, treating thousands of patients, and training hundreds of medical school students through the St. Mary's Hospital residency program. "Doc Rashleigh" was never happier than when he was at the office helping patients. Read more. (Updated May 2017)

1960 - In Memoriam: S. David Ross II, MD
S. David Ross II, M.D., ascended into heaven on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 10, 1934, in St. Joseph, MO to Stewart David and Allena Jansen Ross. They preceded him in death. David attended the University of Kansas where he graduated with honors in History. He was a member of Phi Alpha Honorary History Fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and a distinguished military graduate. He also graduated first in his class from the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he received the L. L. Marcel Award for outstanding Medical graduate. He served his internship from 1960 - 1961 at the U.S. Army Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu, HI and then his residency from 1961 - 1964 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Brooke General Hospital in Ft. Sam Houston, TX. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, first as Chief of General Medicine at 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany from 1964 - 1967. David then served as Assistant Chief, Department of Medicine, Chief of General Medicine, Chief of Department of Hospital Clinics at Ireland Army Hospital in Ft. Knox, KY from 1967 - 1968. He was approved for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his honorable discharge. He married Judith Reimer on September 3, 1966, and she preceded him in death in 2011. They have seven children surviving, Erich J. Bloxdorf (wife, Mary), John D. Ross (wife, Amanda), Heidi A. Kerz (Fiancé, Todd Clearwater), Kay M. Ross-Baker (husband, Brett), Julie A. Pabst (husband, David), S. David Ross III (wife, Rhonda) and Jennifer R. Hughes; ten grandchildren, Corie Gillingham (husband, Mark), Allie Wagner (husband, Chad), Rachael and Payne Kerz, Eva Baker, Luke Pabst, Claire Miller (husband, Mason), Kate and Jack Ross, Charlie Hughes and one great granddaughter, Cora Wagner. He is also survived by his brother Robert Ross of Minneapolis and several nephews and nieces. Read more. (Updated April 2017)

1960 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Ethelee Ray Smith, MD
Ethelee Ray Smith, 84, died September 9, 2016. Lee was born November 26, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri to John (Johnie) and Ethel (nee Sudduth) Ray. She graduated from Northeast High School at age 16 and went on to get her B.S. from the University of Missouri (Phi Beta Kappa). She obtained her MD from Washington University in 1955 (Alpha Omega Alpha) and went on to complete a residency in anesthesia at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she met and later married Dennis H. Smith. She later went on to practice anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic for 35 years. Lee was an active member of the Altar Guild and Daughters of the King in the Episcopal Church, both at St. Albans in Cleveland Heights and then at St. James in Painesville. Ethelee was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her children, Margaret (Michael Strahinic), Ethel (Scott Bowen), Dennis (Abigail), and Antonia (Gerald Malnar); her grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Dennis, Melanie, Nicholas, Jacob, Carys, James, and Samuel; her brother, Johnie Ray; and many nieces and nephews. (Updated September 2016)

1960 - In Memoriam: John R. Walker, MD
Dr. "Jack" Walker passed away peacefully at Heritage Place in Kalispell on Oct. 8, 2016. He maintained his ever-optimistic attitude and integrity until his final moments. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Feb. 11, 1929,he was immediately adopted by Gladys and John S. Walker and raised near Lake of the Ozarks. During his childhood and prior to attending college, Jack worked as an apprentice in the electrical department at Bagnell Dam on Lake of the Ozarks. He was captain of the mosquito control on 1,500 feet of shoreline. Also on the lake he worked for "A Mile a Minute" race boat many times, commenting that this was by far his absolute favorite job. He was a child musical prodigy, winning many classical piano competitions. But his first love was playing the cornet at the Jefferson Club in Jefferson City, Missouri, in a jazz and forties band during his high school years and college. Jack graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1950 with a degree in geology. Soon thereafter, he was employed by Conoco Oil for five years, after which he decided to follow his doctor grandfathers' footsteps. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and set up practice as a general practitioner with lots of ER work in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from 1960-77. He relocated to Homer, Alaska, for a short time, and after this move he dedicated his career to ER medicine with a three-year stint in Tucson, Arizona. His final move was to Montana in 1982, working for four years in Great Falls before coming to Kalispell Regional Hospital, where he was for nine years. Read more. (Updated November 2016)

1960 - Kermit G. Wedel
Dr. Wedel is still living in Minneapolis, KS where he is enjoying retirement and is involved in many community activities. (Updated July 2016)

1960 - In Memoriam: Robert E. Whitsell, MD
Robert Earl Whitsell of Houston, 81, passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2015 at 12:49 a.m. surrounded by his wife, daughters and friend. Dr Whitsell was a retired Orthopedic Surgeon for over 33 years and Army Vietnam Veteran. Preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs Earl Whitsell and grandparents, Dr. and Mrs John C. Whitsell. Survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Irene (Mary) Whitsell; daughters, Linda Whitsell Durham and husband, Stan, Ft. Worth, TX, Diane Whitsell Conover and husband, Ward, Seguin, TX, Susan Whitsell Duval and husband, Kevin, La Porte, TX, Catherine Whitsell, Houston, TX.; step children, Lt. Col. Charles Lozano, Springfield, VA and Jeannette Lozano, Houston, TX; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Dr. John C. Whitsell, II, New York, NY and Dr. Paul Whitsell, Bend, OR. (Updated April 2016)

1960 - In Memoriam: Donald F. Williams, MD, FACS
Donald Freeman Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born on October 4, 1934, in Butte, Montana. After battling interstitial lung disease and various other health complications for the past year, he passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon, May 20, 2016. He was proud to be the son of Freeman Royal Williams and Vonda Larsena Olsen, both of whom have predeceased him. He is survived by his brother, Gordon Williams; his sister, Laura Midgley; his loving wife of 34 years, Nancy Williams; his six children, Scot Williams, Bret Williams (Nancy), Jolene Martinez (Nicklaus), Ryan Williams, Stephen Williams (Jenice), Michele Williams; and grandchildren Riley Pincombe, Natalie Williams, Caroline Williams, Isabella Williams, Graeme Williams, and Olivia Williams. Don attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1956 and a Medical Degree in 1960. An outstanding scholar, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Liberal Arts Society in 1955 and to Alpha Omega Alpha National Honorary Medical Society in 1959. He was awarded the National American Heart Association Fellowship in 1959 to study as a research fellow at the Institute of Cardiology in London, England. He returned to the states to continue his medical education as an intern and resident in Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. From 1964 to 1967, Don was a resident at UCLA School of Medicine in the Department of Urology and was appointed Chief Resident in Urology in 1967. In 1968, he moved to Newport Beach, opening a medical practice specializing in Urology and became a member of the medical staffs of several local hospitals, including Hoag Memorial Hospital where he, in association with James A. Brinton, M.D., practiced for the next twenty-five years. In 1994, Don retired from the active surgical practice of urology. Afterwards, he became interested in the stock market and worked closely with his eldest sons. He also established URO Investments with his former medical partner, Jim Brinton. Together, they managed many properties around the United States until his recent passing. While he received many honors in life from friends, patients, and peers, Don's greatest joys in life have been centered around his family. His love and adoration for his loving wife Nancy have known no bounds. His chest became a little more puffed up when he discussed the successes of his children and grandchildren. Don was especially pleased to have been able to care for his father, Freeman, during the last decade of his life. Don leaves behind a legacy of kindness, humor and celebration. Whether it was a good meal, an incredible bottle of wine, or even a sunset, you could most often encounter Don finding joy in life and sharing it with others. Here's to you, Dr. Dad! You will be sorely missed, but ALWAYS celebrated. (Updated August 2016)

1960 - In Memoriam: Wendell I. Wyatt, MD
Dr. Wendell Irving Wyatt Dr. Wendell Irving Wyatt, 82, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. He was born September 9, 1934, in Hays, Kansas, the son of Wendell and Reva (Low) Wyatt. Wendell was a 1956 graduate of Fort Hays State College and a 1960 graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School. Wendell spent 14 years in the Air Force as a Flight Surgeon. He led a team of doctors who trained astronauts on how to take care of themselves and wrote the medical book for the Sky Lab. He was CEO of Clinics of North Texas for 28 years, with a specialty in internal medicine. He resided in Wichita Falls, Texas, from 1974-2003. Wendell was one of the original founders of The Towner Society of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants. He also established the clinical medicine portion of the program which included 17 different disciplines of medicine and taught neurology. Wendell was married to Carolyn Y. Chaska. She preceded him in death in 2004. He then married Joan James. She survives. Other survivors include son, Wendell Dean Wyatt of San Diego, California; sister, Arliss (John) Hartmann of Topeka, Kansas; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-children, Rhonda (Matthew) Burns, Craig Pruett and Greg (Rachele) Pruett; ten step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and Carolyn, he was preceded in death by daughter, Tracey Wyatt; and son, Mark Wyatt. (Updated February 2017)

1961 - In Memoriam: Bruce D. Auchard, MD
Dr. Bruce David Auchard (known as David) passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  He was born December 20, 1934, in Lawrence, the son of Virgil Marion Auchard, MD, and Mildred Leota Coker Auchard.  He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1953 and the University of Kansas in 1957 with a major in physiology.  He obtained his medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1961, and did internship as well as 1 1/2 years of residency in general surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, before completing two years of orthopedic residency and an additional year as Chief Resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  After his residency, he remained on staff of Henry Ford Hospital and later became Board Certified. In 1967 he was sent with wife and children to Fifth Field Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, where he served as an orthopedic surgeon in the US Army.  He continued to serve through 1969 as a Major after transfer to DeWitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA.  In his medical practice in Mansfield, OH, from 1969 to 1993, at a time when arthroscopic surgery was in its infancy, he was the first to introduce it to his area in Ohio.  As team physician for local high school football teams, he developed a special interest in Sports Medicine, and became Board Certified in that specialty.  After closing his practice, he was plant physician for General Motors from 1993 to 1995.  While there, he spoke at a national conference regarding need for rotation of jobs to avoid injuries caused by repetitive motion in the workplace.  After retirement, he returned to Detroit to conduct training of representatives from all plants on the same topic. Read more. (Updated January 2018)

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

1961 (MD) 1965 (Residency) - In Memoriam:  Marshall A. Havenhill II, MD
Marshall Asher "Jack" Havenhill, II, M.D. passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his home in Emporia at the age of 81. He was born November 22, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Marshall A. and Mayme (Wilson) Havenhill. He married Ann Josephine Johnson May 31, 1958 in Lawrence. Jack is survived by his wife, and their three children; Amy Schulte (Scott), Overland Park, Kansas, Dr. Asher Havenhill (Mary), Tucson, Arizona, and Annette Dix (Kevin), Manhattan, Kansas, and grandchildren; Elizabeth Schulte Blumeyer (Dan), Brent Schulte (Erica), Suzanne Schulte, Jonathan Havenhill, Emily Havenhill, Phillip Dix, and Krista Dix.   Dr. Havenhill was a graduate of Blue Springs (Missouri) High School, received his A.A. from Junior College of Kansas City, Missouri, his B.A. in Physics from University of Kansas, and his M.D. from University of Kansas Medical School. He served his Internship in Medicine and his Residency in OB-GYN at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While in medical school he won the Haden Medal for the Best Original Research by a Medical Student. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda social fraternity, Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity, and President of Delta Chapter of AKL at the University of Kansas. He also served as National AKL officer as a member of Logos Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the National Executive Council. After completion of his Residency, he served 38 months on active duty in the Medical Corps of the US Army. He was Honorably Discharged in September 1969 with the rank of Major. He was a member of the American Legion. Read more. (Updated May 2017)

1961 - In Memoriam:  John M. Holt, MD
Dr. John M. "Jack" Holt, 82, Lenexa, KS, died peacefully with his wife and children by his side on Friday, February 2, 2018. Jack was born in Liberal, KS, to William and Mary (Morrison) Holt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Holt, Jr. Jack graduated from Fowler High School in 1953 where he'd met the love of his life, Charlette Handy. The varsity captain and cheerleader married in 1957 while he was a first year student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Jack graduated from KU as a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity in 1957, KU Medical School in 1961, then began his residency in Wichita at St. Francis Hospital. In search of a good family town, Jack opened his Internal Medicine practice in Great Bend, KS, in 1965, where he practiced for 24 years. During that time, he earned his Fellowship of Internal Medicine. Not quite ready to retire, Jack returned to Wichita in 1989 to serve patients and fulfill his love of mentoring residents at the KU School of Medicine and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center. He retired in 1998. In 2014 he moved to Lenexa. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlette, and five children: John (Suzy) Holt of Leawood, KS, Robert (Tammy) Holt of Great Bend, KS, Elizabeth (Paul) Jantsch of Cincinnati, OH, Thomas (Mindy) Holt of Baldwin City, KS, and Mary (Vic) Adamle of Woodbury, MN. Other survivors include a brother, James Holt of Shawnee, KS, thirteen grandchildren: Jack (Emily) Holt, Katie (Chad) Moes, Brett (Leslie) Holt, Brad Holt, Allan Holt, Carrie (James) Leonard, Lauren (Mike Britton) Jantsch, Megan Jantsch, Evan (Meghan) Captain, Alex Holt, Amy Adamle, Tony Adamle, Joey Adamle, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jack was loved not only by his family, but friends, colleagues, and his extended family of patients who benefited not only from his skills as a physician, but his humor and bedside manner that endeared him to those he served. He lived selflessly for his faith, family, and friends. A Rosary will be prayed Tuesday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m. followed by visitation until 7:00 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia St. Lenexa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St. Lenexa. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, online or at 4350 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 66205. (Updated February 2018)

1961 (MD), 1968 (Residency), 1971 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Gerald T. Kennedy, MD
Kennedy, M.D., Gerald Thomas 82, Retired Physician, died Saturday, May 26, 2018. On August 16, 1935, in the small NE Kansas town of Frankfort, Dr. Gerald Thomas Kennedy was born. Gerald ("Gerry") was the first child of James W. and Cecilia C. Kennedy, who were 2nd generation Irish and German Catholic farmers. He and his sister Noreen grew up in small towns and "on the farm" - living in a non-insulated house with no running water - i.e., humble roots. From such roots, greatness soared. From a two-room schoolhouse with two fellow classmates, Gerry excelled and went St. Benedicts College (now Benedictine College) in Atchison, KS, studying pre-med. Then, one day during a trip from KC to Atchison, he and his date gave a ride to a St. Mary college vocal music major - a woman that was beautiful, smart and wow could she sing (Met quality Opera). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Benedicts in 1957. While awaiting med school, he went to Las Vegas. Initially worked as a clumsy busboy during the Milton Berle show, and became a part of the show. As a shill on the craps tables, he rubbed shoulders with ZsaZsa Gabor, Vegas showgirls and other Hollywood royalty. His "education" continued. Needing a courier to transport "parts" from Rocky Flats to the Nevada (nuclear) Test Site - Gerry was their man, but med school and that guest were still in Kansas. In 1959, he married that "guest", Angela Justine DeWilde, and in 1961 he graduated with honors from KU Med school and began his Internship at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. Read more. (Updated June 2018)

1961 - In Memoriam: Haven C. Krueger, MD
Dr. Haven C. Krueger, 83 of Overland Park, KS (formerly of Great Bend, KS) passed Thurs. Aug. 18, 2016. Haven was born September 27, 1932, in Wichita, KS to Harry and Edith Krueger. Haven graduated from Wichita State University with a BA in Spanish. He went on to attend the University of Kansas where he obtained a master's degree in Spanish and began his PhD program before studying medicine. He married Ruby, and completed his Doctor of Medicine. His military service took place in El Paso, TX prior to his internship at the Mayo clinic. He was in a joint practice in Kansas City before moving to Great Bend, Kansas, where he began his own pediatric practice. He returned to Kansas City in 1985 to work with Kaiser Permanente through his retirement in 1998. Retirement years were spent mostly in Great Bend. After a number of trips abroad with Ruby, Haven returned to teaching. He taught at Great Bend High School and Barton County Community College. He taught Spanish, Latin, Italian, French, and Russian. Haven was an accomplished organist, pianist, and composer, having composed more than 600 musical compositions. His love of music began at the age of three and brought joy to many throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby in 2008, mother Edith in 2007, father Cal in 1976, and brother Harry 1999. He is survived by his four children Michael (Jacque) Krueger, Elisabeth (Greg) Krueger-Luthi, Lisa (Randall) Schober, and Bryan Krueger; seven grandchildren: Angela (Robbie) Delzeit, Marcus (Aimee) Krueger, Michael (Ashley) Schober, Jeffrey (Carmen) Schober, Joshua, Nicholas, and Samuel Luthi; and three great grandchilden: Braxton and Everly Delzeit and Maddox Krueger. (Updated September 2016)

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

1961 - In Memoriam: John B. Runnels, MD
Former Topeka neurosurgeon, Dr. John "Jack" Benton Runnels Jr, and husband of Lawrence native, Judith Cotton Runnels, died on March 6, 2018 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82. Jack was born in Hutchinson, KS to Dorothy Fearl and John B. Runnels. After graduating from Lyons High, Jack was recruited by KU basketball coaching legend Phog Allen and played basketball at KU as a freshman until a knee injury kept him permanently sidelined. At KU, Jack worked as a waiter at the Pi Phi Sorority house and in a campus laboratory; indeed, several sorority members fondly remember Jack as the handsome waiter who reeked of formaldehyde from his lab work. At KU, Jack met his future wife, Judy Cotton, daughter of Corlett and Nell Cotton, and they married while he attended KU Med School. Jack went on to complete neurosurgery residency at Stanford University. In 1963, Jack volunteered for the Navy, training as a wing flight surgeon and serving in the Vietnam War. He spent seven months in the South China Sea on the Aircraft Carrier USS Independence. In 1972, Jack and his family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he accepted a position as a neurosurgeon at The Menninger Foundation, practicing for 18 years before returning to Palo Alto and continuing to practice neurosurgery at the Palo Alto Clinic and VA Hospital. At 6' 5" tall, Jack was a giant of a man, but a gentle and graceful giant with a fearsome intellect. He is remembered fondly as a rare breed of surgeon that treated hospital and medical office employees with unfailing kindness and respect. He loved theatre (in particular Shakespeare), music, history, and reading and was a brilliant writer himself. After retiring to Weed, CA in 2002, Jack lost Judy, his wife of 45 years, to cancer. He remarried in 2005 to Linda Sue Gerber. Jack is survived by his wife Linda Sue of Eagle Point, OR, his sister, Diane Beyer Perett (Greg) of Arlington, Va, his three children, John Runnels (Donna) of Denver, CO, Ruthmarie Runnels of Mt. Shasta, CA and Laura Fleming (Lou) of Pasadena, CA and five grandsons. Jack's Life Celebration will be held at Stanford Faculty Club April 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to "KU Endowment - Alzheimer's Research": KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., MS 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160. (Updated March 2018)

1961 (Residency) - In Memoriam: George W. Shaw, MD
Dr. George Walter Shaw, 90, of Tyler passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2018. Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, March 2, 2018 under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home, officiated by Dr. Allison Thompson. Interment will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery. He was born on February 9, 1928 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the late George Dewey Shaw and Mary Alberta Young. He attended UT Southwestern Medical School, followed by University of Kansas. He practiced orthopedics in Houston and then in Tyler where he retired. He met his wife of 64 years, Betty Shaw at Parkland Hospital in Dallas where she was a nurse and he was a medical student. He was blessed with a quick wit and was active working on cars, boating, playing his cornet and was eager to lend a helping hand. He served as a flight surgeon at Fort Hood and enjoyed flying as a private pilot. He was preceded in death by his wife, and two brothers Millard and Wayne Shaw. George is survived by his children, Mark, Lauren, and Paul Shaw and his grandchildren Beth, Claire, and Robyn Gilliam. (Updated March 2018)

1961 (MD), 1963 (Internship), 1966 (Residency) - In Memoriam: George R. Wurster, MD
George Richard Wurster, M.D., died peacefully at home on Saturday, October 7, 2017. He was born to Winfred Wurster and Gladys Armstrong Wurster on February 22, 1935, in Smith Center, KS, and is survived by his wife of sixty years Mary Dierdorff Wurster; children Wynne Wurster Winter, Erich Wurster (Trish), and Tom Wurster; grandchildren Tom Winter, Jack Winter, Lee Winter, Will Wurster (Lindsey), Charlie Wurster, Henry Wurster, and Mary Wurster; brothers and sisters Norma "Honey" Wurster Browne (David), Joel Wurster, M.D. (Pat), Carol Wurster Hinkle (John), Jerry Wurster, M.D. (Sandra); and in-laws Judy Stehley (Don), Karen Hess, and Jerry Hess (Donna). He was pre-deceased by parents Winfred and Gladys, father and mother-in-law Arden and Jo Dierdorff, and brothers-in-law John Hinkle and David Browne. Rick graduated from the University of Kansas in 1957, and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1961. He served as base psychiatrist at the Strategic Air Command headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, during the Vietnam War, and practiced medicine in the Kansas City area until retiring in January 2016. An accomplished athlete in his own right, Rick took great joy from actively supporting the athletic endeavors of his children, grandchildren, and their many friends and teammates. Rick and his wife, Mary, went on their first date on April 19, 1950. Over fifty years later, a seventh and final grandchild was born to "Ick and Ni."The family suggests donations to the University of Kansas Health system in honor of Dr. Gary Doolittle in support of the Cancer Staff Continuing Education Fund. Contributions can be sent to Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 305, Westwood, Kansas 66205 or to donate online. (Updated October 2017)

1962 - Marc Asher, MD
Marc Asher, MD'62, authored a new book, Dogged Persistence: Harrington, Post-polio Scoliosis and the Origin of Spine Instrumentation, that examines the life and work of Paul Harrington, MD'38. The book was released October 1, 2015. Harrington Spine Instrumentation forever changed spine surgery by providing the surgeon, for the first time, some measure of direct control over spine stability and position. Dogged Persistence is the nitty-gritty story of this ten-year-long, mid-20th century trial-and-error surgical research made successful by the strong personage of Kansas University graduate and orthopedic surgeon Paul Randall Harrington. He attributed his creative success to a life-long process, which this story is committed to documenting and understanding. For more information, visit the KU Bookstore or Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine. (Updated January 2016)

1962 (Residency) - In Memoriam: James T. Good, MD
James "Jim" Tucker Good Sr., 95, Springfield, Missouri, died at Sonshine Manor on September 4, 2016. He was born on June 10, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim graduated from North High School in Wichita, Kansas at age 16 in 1938. He skipped the 8th grade. He graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence in 1942. He joined the Navy, but because doctors were needed during WW II, the Navy deferred service until he graduated from medical school. He graduated cum laude from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1945. After a one year internship, he served active duty in the Navy from 1946-1948. While in Seattle, Washington from 1949-1951, he completed a residency in internal medicine. He was in private practice in Springfield, Missouri at the Smith, Glenn, Calloway Clinic from 1951-1959. He completed a pathology residency in Kansas City from 1959- 1962. From 1962-1991 he served as a pathologist in Fort Scott, Kansas. Jim was the youngest child of Wallace Good, Jr. and Grace (Tucker) Good. His brothers, Wallace "Jack" Good III and Claude Beverly "Bev" Good, died before him. Jim met his future bride at KU in April, 1941. Margaret "Peggy" Elizabeth Boyle, the youngest of four children, married Jim on October 4, 1942 in Lawrence, Kansas. They remained married for 65 years, until Peggy's death in 2007 at age 84. Jim is survived by five children: James T. Good, Jr. of Denver, Colorado, Michael I. Good of Springfield, Missouri, Stephen E. Good of Topeka, Kansas, Mary Ann Good of Oswego, Kansas, and Thomas P. Good of Leawood, Kansas. He is survived by four grandchildren: Mathew B. Good, Jaimie T. Good, Daniel I. Good, and Benjamin P. Good; and by three great grandchildren, Campbell, Sydney and Jack Tucker Good. Jim loved life, people, adventure, hunting, fishing, horses, cattle, medicine and aviation, but most of all he loved his family and his dear wife Peggy. His life's dreams and accomplishments were always directed to inspire and encourage his family. Because of this great man, we are all better people. Enjoy your next adventure, Jim, as much as you did this one. (Updated September 2016)

1962 - In Memoriam: Duane A. Ginavan, MD
Duane A. Ginavan, 80, Emporia, passed away at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor on Thursday, April 28, 2016.   Duane Alan Ginavan was born in Florence, Kansas on November 10, 1935, the son of Robert W. (Sr.) and Winona Josephine (Britton) Ginavan. He married Mary E. Root on August 28, 1960 in Baxter Springs, Kansas. She survives   Duane moved, with his family, to Topeka at age 5. He attended Crane Junior High School and graduated from Topeka High School where he was co-captain of the football team his senior year. Duane enrolled in Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma where he attended for 4 years, transferring to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas for a 5th year of undergraduate study. He remained at the University of Kansas for 2 years of Medical School, then 2 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. His internship was at Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, for a year, and did his family practice residency at Monterey County Hospital, Salinas, California.   Duane received a letter from Uncle Sam and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, receiving his basic training at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio for 2 years providing care for air men and women and their families. Dr. Ginavan began family practice in Emporia in August of 1966. He joined the practice of Ken Lohmeyer, M.D., Don Coldsmith, M.D., and Ed Campbell, M.D.. Duane was in family practice tor 37 years. 34 of those in Emporia. His busy practice was helped greatly by the addition of Ken Wright, M.D., and later with Suzanne Ciotti, M.D., and Kim Schmid, M.D., as well as Advanced Practice Nurses, Margaret Wright and Sherry Smiley. During his years of practicing medicine, he was president of the medical group at both Newman Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Read more. (Updated May 2016)

1962 - In Memoriam: Jared J. Grantham, MD
Dr. Jared J. Grantham, husband, father, physician and life- long member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, died on the 22nd of January, 2017 while "Thinking About Urine". He was 80 years old. He contracted polio in 1950, a disease that took the life of his friend Donnie Richard. Forced to give up dreams of athletic achievement he was guided to Baker University through the generosity of friends where he met, fell madly in love with, and married Carol Elaine Gabbert, a home economics major. Together they raised Janeane Marie (his 'favorite' fairy princess), Jared Taylor (Toad), James Aaron (Worm) and Joel Don (Mole), the 'Wind- in-the-Willows' team who brought unimaginable joy into the home. Sadly, Joel was taken away in 1987 along with three other KU students when the automobile in which they were riding was stuck by a fast- moving train at an unguarded crossing north of Lawrence, Kan. Jared was born in Dodge City, Kan., in 1936 to Ista Iola (Taylor) and Jimmie Harrison Grantham, both deceased. Sister Ista Annetta Matthews joined the family in 1950, the year Jared contracted polio. She faithfully served as a staff nurse and supervisor at the Bethesda Naval Hospital for over four decades. Jared is survived by his wife, Carol Elaine Grantham and family including daughter, Janeane Houchin, son-in-law Jerry Houchin and their children Ashley Houchin-Darguzas, Mark Darguzas, Joshua Houchin, Addison Houchin, Allissa Houchin; son, Jared Taylor Grantham and his children Lindsay Grantham and Elaina Grantham, and their mother Julie Grantham, as well as a great-grandson, Michael Houts; son, James Aaron Grantham, daughter-in-law Sheila Grantham and their children Connor Grantham, Emily Grantham, Dillon Grantham, and Aidan Grantham. Additionally, Jared is survived by his sister, Ista Annetta Matthews and brother- in-law Larry Matthews, nieces, Jenna Luise and Jessica Batchelder. He lived for five years in Pratt, Kan., moving to Johnson, Kan., in 1947 where he graduated from high school in 1954. He received and a B.S. degree in biology from Baker U. in 1958 and entered the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he began a life-long collaboration with Dr. Paul R. Schloerb, a surgeon who introduced him to the wonders of kidney research. He spent his free time during medical school and medical residency doing experiments in Dr. Schloerb's lab, whetting an appetite for knowledge that was never sated. He moved his family to Bethesda, Md., in 1964 where he collaborated with Dr. Maurice Burg to develop a new method for studying the inner components of the kidneys; work that is considered seminal. He returned to the University of Kansas in 1969 where he served as Director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine for 25 years. He was a founding member and first Director of the Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the first recipient of the Harry Statland endowed chair in Nephrology. He received the highest professorial rank for faculty members at the University of Kansas, University Distinguished Professor. A chance observation in his laboratory in 1970 led him to remember his childhood friend, Ronnie Wilkerson, who had polycystic kidney disease. Little was known about PKD at the time and Jared decided to put a major portion of his research effort into discovering the cause and finding treatments for the disease. A chance meeting with Joseph Bruening, whose wife had the disease, led them to establish in Kansas City, Mo., the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, currently an international organization working on behalf of patients around the world. The story of how PKD research came to be enriched by hundreds of scientists working on the problem is told in Jared's autobiography, "Why I think about urine - and a treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease", written after a broken neck in 2006 left him tetraplegic; "Just another divinely inspired 'shaping experience.'" He authored two children's stories, "Ashley and the Mooncorn People" and "Ashley and the Dollmaker", and authored or co-authored more than 200 research publications. He is one of three who have received from the American Society of Nephrology the Homer Smith and John Peters Awards for research and clinical achievement; he was the founding editor of the society's journal. Jared's list of trainees includes six graduate students he mentored to Ph.D.s, 16 post-doctoral research fellows and 14 clinical fellows in practice. Around KU Med he is considered one of the best "carpet bag researchers", a physician- scientist who prowls the basic science buildings looking for willing researchers who have a method or knowledge that would benefit his research in return for financial assistance or a supporting letter for the next grant application or promotion. He counted among his treasured Kansas research colleagues Paul Schloerb, Michael Linshaw, Benjamin Cowley, James Calvet, Lawrence Sullivan, Darren Wallace, Dennis Diederich, Arnold Chonko, Virginia Savin, Franz Winklhofer and Larry Cook; from other universities Maurice Burg, Vicente Torres, Saulo Klahr, Tom Andreoli, William Bennett, and Jerome Lowenstein. (Updated February 2017)

1962 - In Memoriam: Glen E. Hastings, MD
Glen E. Hastings, MD, Age 84, of Kansas, passed away on January 11, 2017, in Madison, WI. Glen served in the USAF from 1950 to 1956. He was a second lieutenant and instructor navigator. He graduated from University of Kansas Medical School and went on to have and interesting and varied medical career. In 1990, "Doc" Hastings joined the faculty at KU Medical School at Wichita where he served as Professor of Medicine. He was greatly loved by his students. Doc retired in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Magda Rocha Hastings, and children and grandchildren. (Updated January 2017) 

1962 (Residency) - In Memoriam: David J. Horning, MD
David J. Horning, MD, died peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Dave was predeceased by his wife Jill Bushong Horning, his wife Betsy Richards Horning, his grandson Daniel David Horning II and his son-in-law Juan-Miguel (JM) Elizalde. He is survived by his children Sarah Jackoboice (John), Daniel Horning (Julie) and Susan Elizalde; grandchildren Ashley Horning Gasper (Daniel), Jill Horning Margulis (Bruce), John Mikel Elizalde and Cecilia Jill Elizalde, nieces and nephews and his devoted special friend, Mary White. David was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 1,1929. He was educated in the public systems including Grand Rapids Junior College. He transferred to the University of Michigan with a bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degree. Following his internship at Mercy Health St. Mary's, he had his residency training in surgery at the University of Michigan and Urology at the University of Kansas. Dave's residency training was interrupted by his service in the US Navy as a Flight Surgeon assigned to the First Marine Aircraft Wing with duty in Korea, Japan and Okinawa and aboard aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific. Dr. Horning returned to Grand Rapids to practice until his retirement in 1998. He was on the Consulting Staff at St. Mary's Hospital, Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Hospital, Ferguson-Droste-Ferguson Hospital and Mary Free Bed Hospital and was the Chief of Urology at Butterworth in the late 1960's and at St. Mary's from the early 1970's until his retirement. During his career, he was certified by the American Board of Urology and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the American Urological Society of Michigan and the Transplantation Society of Michigan. Dave was a founding member of the William L Valk Society for Urological Education. Read more. (Updated February 2018) 

1962 - In Memoriam: Jerrad J. Hertzler, MD
Jerrad John "Jerry" Hertzler, M.D., departed this life to be with his Lord on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was born on Aug. 19, 1936. Jerry was raised in Newton, where he attended Newton High School and then graduated with honors from the University of Kansas undergraduate and Medical School. After two years in the United States Air Force, he went on to study Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Thereafter, he returned to Omaha, Nebraska, where he joined Dr. Harold Ladwig in a highly successful practice of neurology. Together, they organized the Omaha Neurological Clinic. Jerry retired from medical practice on Dec. 31, 1997. Being a person of strong Christian faith, he thereafter spent his time working in his church and leading many Bible study and adult Sunday classes. May Jesus Christ be praised! Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John William and Leah Agnes Hertzler of Newton; and sister, Nancy Kay Hertzler Powell of Colorado. He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie (Sivers) Hertzler; three wonderful sons: John Sivers Hertzler (Susan), Bradley Kincaid Hertzler (Allison) and Matthew Wright Hertzler (Kyle); and grandchildren: Madeline, William, Jerrad, Havelah, Hannah, Harriet, Nathan and Levi. The family will receive friends on from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday (April 5, 2018) at the West Center Chapel of Heafey Hoffmann Dworak and Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha. Graveside service will be 9 a.m. Friday (April 6, 2018) at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Iowa, with military honors. Memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood, Omaha. Memorials are suggested to Dundee Presbyterian Church, Abide Ministries or Alongside Ministries. Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124, 402-391-3900. (Updated April 2018) 

1962 - In Memoriam: George M. Kreye, MD
George Miljutin Kreye, M.D., passed away peacefully at his home in Littleton, Colorado on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. He was 80 years old. George was born in New Haven, CT, on September 7, 1935. He was the oldest of four children of Prof. George W. Kreye and Ina Prislin Kreye and spent his early years in Lawrence Kansas. George was a competitive swimmer and played the cello. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and was president of his fraternity, Delta Chi, as well as an outstanding member of the swim team. George met Maria Elisabeth Winiger during his studies in Zurich, Switzerland and married her on August 14, 1961. During his service as a captain in the U.S. Army he and Maria lived with their two children, Elizabeth Anne and George Douglas, in Switzerland, Germany and on several bases in the U.S. Dr. Kreye began his first medical practice in Littleton, Colorado in 1968. He became a prominent member of the American Dermatological Association as well as President of the Colorado Dermatological Society. Dr. Kreye was an early proponent of daily sunscreen use and was frequently interviewed on local television news stations. George continued his passion for swimming on the Masters Swim Team, and enjoyed hiking, skiing, scuba-diving and sailing. He was an avid symphony and theater patron, a some-time square dancer with a fondness for pipes, elephants, fast cars, the Denver Broncos, and Charlie his beloved cat and "best friend". He had many friends in the medical community as well as "The Group", "The Arapahoe Swim Group" and "The Men's Group-Mann's Men.'" The love of his friends, family and community were an overwhelming support following his spinal cord injury in 1989. George continued to practice dermatology for many years as well as volunteering at Craig Hospital and the Denver Art Museum. When George's wife, Maria, passed away from scleroderma in 1993, he planned and raised money for "Maria's Rest" on the banks of the Platte River in Littleton. In 2006 George met Lois Parish through her pastor's wife, Elizabeth Golter, and happily married on January 20th, 2007. George and Lois enjoyed their new life together with many grandchildren and family reunions, many on the 4th of July. With much teasing and laughter, pictures were shared, stories were told, sporadic outbursts of singing and heated contests were had. George's motto was always "No pain, no gain." His smiles were famous, a grin that could light up a room, and a hug that made you feel safe and loved. He was a true gentleman. George is survived by his wife, Lois Kreye; his children, Elizabeth Kreye Reed (Alan Reed) of Easton, CT and George Kreye (Yvonne Kreye) of Lone Tree; his grandchildren Samuel, Aerin and William Reed and George and Jonathan Kreye; Lois' daughters, Angela Bode (Christian Bode), Gail Raether (Pete Raether) and Allison Parish; grandchildren Skylar, Ella, Seth, Mark and Kaia Bode, Dillon Briscoe, Morgan, Rachael, and Camden Raether and a great-grandson, Bastion Briscoe. (Updated July 2016)   

1962 - In Memoriam: Charles F. McElhinney, MD
Dr. Charles McElhinney, 81, died March 19, 2018 at the Forum in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born on November 8, 1936 at Sylvia, Kansas the son of Frederick and Madge (Austin) McElhinney. Dr. McElhinney graduated from Sylvia High School in 1954 and attended Hutchinson Junior College on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Psychology in 1958 and later graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1962. Dr. McElhinney married Tamara L. Simpson on November 8, 1984, she survives. He worked as a general surgeon for 40 years in Dodge City. He enjoyed his firearms, Corvettes, reading and World War II history in his spare time. He was a member of the Fellow of American College of Surgeons. He is survived by his wife Tammy of the home, four sons Michael D. McElhinney of Pensacola, Florida; Patrick D. McElhinney of Seguin, Texas; Christian C. McElhinney and wife Lynne of Mission Hills, Kansas; Lance R. McElhinney and wife Susan of Denver, Colorado; one daughter Kelly A. St. Clair and husband Paxson of Mission Hills, Kansas; one step daughter Ashley R. Lonnberg and husband Joe of Lawrence, Kansas. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents two sisters Jane Enns, Nancy Beltz and one daughter-in-law Stacey McElhinney. Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM with Mr. Jeff Hiers presiding. Graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Sylvia Cemetery in Sylvia, Kansas. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel in Dodge City on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to Ford County Humane Society or KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, to benefit Rural Medicine at the KU School of Medicine. Online contributions may be made at Please indicate that donations are for the Charles McElhinney memorial. (Updated March 2018)

1962 - In Memoriam: John E. Pearson, MD
Dr. John Edward Pearson passed away peacefully at age 85 of natural causes at Aegis of Napa on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. He was born July 29, 1932 in Kansas City, MO to Donnell and Catherine (Kenney) Pearson. He graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1950 and from the University of Kansas in 1954, where he studied political science and was a member of the Navy ROTC program. After serving three years in the Navy, he returned to attend KU Medical School, graduating in 1962.Following medical school he completed a residency in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in 1966, following which he moved to La Jolla, CA, where he practiced psychiatry for 30 years. During his professional career he gained Board certification in psychiatry and neurology and was known for his humanistic concern and diagnostic acumen in helping patients with complicated combinations of mental and physical problems. He served for over 20 years as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and was a member of the San Diego Psychiatric Society Ethics Committee from 1981-1995, serving as Chair from 1983-1985.An avid sailor and outdoorsman, he taught his children how to raise chickens, tie a double half hitch, and not give up without trying to nurse one more effort out of any rundown machine. More than anything, he loved the callouses on his hands memories of his youth in rural Kansas, but also hard-won symbols of a life built in harmony with his wife, both of whom were connected to the soil of their backyard and to the fruit orchards they created together in the mountainsides and meadows of their land in Julian, CA. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne; and their four children, Steven Pearson and wife Kimberley, Chevy Chase, MD; David Pearson and wife Linnea, St. Helena, CA; Virginia Shogren and husband Andrew, Sequim, WA; and Kate Gauger and husband Craig, Napa, CA. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, Deanna, John, and Brett Pearson; Madeleine, Sophie, and Spencer Pearson; Grant and Emma Shogren; and Matthew, Ellie, and Sarah Gauger. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia (Ninia); and brother Richard (Dickie). (Updated September 2017)

1962 (MD), 1968 (Residency) - In Memoriam: R. Neil Schimke, MD
Dr. R. Neil Schimke was a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with expertise both as a Clinical Geneticist and Endocrinologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center for over 40 years. For 23 of those years, he served as the Director of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Genetics (1977 - 2000) at the KU Medical Center. His dual expertise in Endocrinology and Medical Genetics provided him with unique insights on rare conditions, leading to significant contributions to both fields. His expertise was as broad as it was deep; his over 180 medical publications ranged in topics as diverse as cancer, birth defects, endocrinology, heart disease, kidney disease, connective tissue conditions, and developmental delay. His patients, students, and colleagues all benefited from his immense body of knowledge, prolific research and writings, and commitment to teaching.   Dr. Schimke was a native Kansan, and earned both his Bachelor (1957) and Medical Degree (1962) from the University of Kansas. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Schimke also studied Theoretical Organic Chemistry in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and later Mammalian Genetics at the Jackson Memorial Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. After medical school, he was in the first group to complete a Fellowship in the Human Genetics Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a new program that emphasized academic research and publications in the field of Medical Genetics. He completed this fellowship under the guidance of the esteemed Dr. Victor A. McKusick, who is generally considered the Father of Clinical Genetics.   Following his fellowship in Baltimore, Dr. Schimke retuned to Kansas and served five years as Vice Chairman and Chief of Medicine at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital (1972-76). This appointment brought him into contact with a family with a hereditary cancer syndrome, von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome, with whom he maintained a longstanding relationship. Dr. Schimke developed an enduring interest in the syndrome, regularly posting clinical guidelines and conducting research that ultimately contributed to the mapping of the gene.   He was one of the earliest to recognize the important role of genetics in cancer; his influential book Genetics and Cancer in Man was written while he was on sabbatical in 1977 as a visiting professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.   This book highlighted primary guidelines for distinguishing personal and family characteristics that are still used today to recognize family cancer syndromes.    Dr. Schimke was a prolific researcher and writer; he authored some of the first books available on clinical genetics, endocrinology, and genetic disorders of human sexual development, as well as book chapters on thyroid disease, metabolic genetic conditions, kidney disorders, and genetic cancer syndromes. With Dr. David Rimoin, he co-edited Genetic Disorders of the Endocrine Glands (1971), and was Editor of the Endocrinology section of the Birth Defects Compendium (1982-1990). Clinical Genetics (1997), which he coauthored with Dr. Laird Jackson, was among the core canon used by geneticists, genetic counselors, and laboratory geneticists hoping to pass the American Board of Medical Genetics exam. He served as an editor for journals in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Genetics, and on a Review Committee of the National Cancer Institute. He was a medical advisor for a number of national patient advocacy groups including the March of Dimes, National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, the International Proteus Foundation, and the von Hippel-Lindau Family Alliance.   Dr. Schimke possessed an extraordinary ability to observe distinctions between known conditions and unique subgroups, and this facility lead to several significant first descriptions in the medical literature. An early publication distinguished individuals with Marfan Syndrome (a connective tissue disease involving tall stature, risk of aortic dissection, and dislocation of the lens of the eyes) from a subgroup of patients with another physically similar condition, the metabolic condition homocystinuria (which involved significant developmental delay).  He made another important contribution to both endocrinology and genetics with his 1968 paper describing a third type of a hereditary endocrine tumor syndrome, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, now known as MEN 2B (involving thyroid cancer, adrenal gland tumors, and other tumors). In 1967, he described a new condition: CRST syndrome, a connective tissue disease associated with scleroderma. Schimke Syndrome, as well as the 'Schimke type' of other conditions are named for him in Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM).   Dr. Schimke was so engaged in his work that he continued to think about new ways to look at old cases even close to retirement. In one of his last publications he reconsidered whether an older case represented a newer gene discovery, a "Resolution of a 30-year-old Mystery".   Dr. Schimke was nationally recognized by his peers as a leader in genetics. He was elected to the Board of Directors of  the major genetic societies, including the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. His commitment to academic medicine and teaching was recognized through the many awards he received including distinguished alumni recognition, the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Award, and Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship.    Dr. Schimke is survived by his wife of 57 years, Loretta, his sons Douglas (Regina), Kevin (Joy), both of Leavenworth, KS and Todd (Pamela) of De Soto, KS. They have 6 grandchildren, Anthony & Heather (Derek), Chad (Morgan), Cora, Connor, Colton, and 3 great-grandchildren.   His long, distinguished career is an honor to the University of Kansas Medical Center as well as the State of Kansas. His colleagues, friends, and family will miss his interminable charm and wit. (Updated May 2016)

1962 - In Memoriam: Jerome H. Thies, MD
This week we lost our Brother, Father, Uncle, Cousin, Doctor, Mentor and Friend, Jerry "Doc" Thies. Jerome Hollier Thies was born to Edward H. and Ruth H. (Burgess) Thies in Jackson County, MO, on March 3, 1936. He struggled valiantly for the last several years against Alzheimer's - His, Nancey's and many patients' and friends'. He passed peacefully Tuesday, April 11, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Jerry lived a full, rich life, filled by his wonder and awe at everything around him, from plants and bugs to fish and birds to all the Humans he so cared for. He served his Country first as a paratrooping Surgeon in Viet Nam and continued to serve for nearly 50 years as the small town Doc in the Heartland of America, Osceola, MO. He loved his community and found it offered so many of the things he valued: professional challenge, friendship, hunting, fishing and the Great Outdoors, in every direction and nearly every form. Doc was preceded in death by his parents, his daughters Holley and Jacque and his wife Nancey. He is survived by his brother Wayne and wife Morie Thies, sister Donna and husband Denny Bassett, wife Joanne Thies, son Steve and wife Melissa Thies, daughter Kelly and husband Steve Mayer, daughter Karen Thies and husband Howard Houghton, daughter-in-need Debbie Landrum, grandchildren Madeline and Georgia Thies, Megan and Danielle and Kyle Mayer, Keely and Caleb Houghton and many cousins, nieces and nephews. His friends were many and close to Dad and we wish we could list them all. The support and love Jerry and we experienced, and continue to experience now, were and are amazing and continue to help us deal with our loss.  Rest in Peace Doc. Gone Fishin'. (Updated April 2017)

1963 - In Memoriam: Fred H. Faas, MD
Fred H. Faas, MD, 78, of Little Rock, Ark., went home to be with the Lord on April 27, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters during his last breath. Fred was born Oct. 13, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Erna and Oscar Faas. Dr. Faas was a long tenured professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was a 50 year member of the Arkansas Medical Society. He also served as a board certified endocrinologist on staff for the Arkansas Veterans Health Care System. He retired from the Department of Veteran Affairs following 41 years of dedicated service to the Government of the United States of America. He served his country in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1965 to 1967. Dr. Faas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, followed by his doctorate of medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1963. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the UAMS. He was board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Faas was a member of the Endocrine Society, the Southeast Lipid Association, the American Oil Chemists Society, and a fellow in the American College of Physicians. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Lipid Association, 2004-2011, and served as their President, 2005-2006. He was designated a Diplomate of Clinical Lipidology from the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He was awarded basic and clinical research grants, served as principal investigator on many clinical trials, and authored a number of scientific articles and abstracts. Read more. (Updated June 2017)

1963 (MD), 1969 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Jerry H. Feagan, MD
Dr. Jerry Harrison Feagan, MD, age 77, passed away Friday Feb 19, 2016 at the Wilburton Oklahoma hospital following a three month illness. Mr. Feagan was born January 11, 1939 in Galena, KS. His parents were Viron and Minnie (Gandy) Feagan. Jerry earned his doctorate degree through K U Medical Center Kansas City KS. At that time, he was the youngest graduate of the medical school. He practiced several years as a specialist of Internal Medicine in Topeka, KS retiring in 2014. He returned to Galena following his retirement. He was a member of the Christadelphian congregation in Joplin, MO. He was also American Medical Association and the National Association of Internal Medicine. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Rilla; his father, Viron; one daughter, Bonnie Feagan and one son, Keith Feagan. Surviving is one daughter, Miranda Cordell (husband, Andrew), Charlotte NC; two sons, SteVen Feagan (wife, Jodi), Joplin, MO, and Matthew Feagan (fiancé, Spencer) Longmont, CO; his mother, Minnie Feagan, Galena, KS; one sister, Barbara Helmert, Wilberton, OK; one brother, Tim Feagan (wife, Martha) Chase City, VA; and two grandchildren. (Updated May 2016) 

1963 - In Memoriam: Howard L. Friesen, MD
Dr. Howard Friesen, a longtime Antioch doctor, was killed in a car crash in Elk Grove on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. After more than a half-century of plastering broken bones and suturing wounds, Antioch family doctor Howard Friesen still had no plans to retire. But the 81-year-old abruptly left hundreds of patients without someone to tend to their aches and pains this week when he passed away following a solo vehicle accident in Elk Grove. Friesen's car reportedly hit a guardrail on Interstate 5, overturned and caught fire Wednesday, defying the attempts of a passing trucker and others to rescue him. The phone at his A Street office was ringing off the hook Friday as word of Friesen's death spread through the community he had served since joining the practice in 1964. "He was absolutely one of the most wonderful people I've ever known," said cardiologist Sanjay Ray, who shared not only the building with Friesen but many of the same patients. "He embodied the best in all of us." Raised on a farm near the tiny town of Meade, Kansas, Friesen graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1963 and landed his first job in Antioch the following year. He was a family doctor back in the day when specialists were less common, so in the course of caring for generations of families from newborns to great-grandmothers he delivered babies, performed vasectomies and screened for colon cancer. Friesen also helped out in the operating room during appendectomies, open-heart surgeries, gynecological procedures and exploratory operations. But he was more, much more, than a clinician with a wealth of textbook knowledge, say those who knew him. Friesen cared deeply for his patients as individuals, said Ray, noting that his colleague took the time to learn their children's names and what they were doing with their lives. "He was just not a come in, go out, boom-boom-boom-done sort of (doctor)," he said. "He was totally invested in the whole family." Read more. (Updated June 2017)

1963 - In Memoriam: Donald G. Moreland, MD
Donald Gene Moreland was born April 24, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to the late Robert Lee Moreland and Kate Mary Sherbon Moreland. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Luce Moreland; sister, Norma McCutcheon; and brother, Edwin Moreland. He received his Bachelor's degree from Friends University in Wichita, KS, and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for several years. His first medical practice was in Wichita, Kansas. In 1975, he and his family moved to Tyler, TX where he was a family practice physician until his retirement in 2006. Many of his patients have said that they appreciated the extra time he took to listen to their concerns. He had a special gift for encouraging others. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, and he had a great sense of humor. He loved the Lord and was a long-time member of Green Acres Baptist Church. Throughout his life, he loved to be outdoors, played various types of sports, and in later years enjoyed golfing and bike riding. Survivors include sons, Douglas Moreland and wife, Linda of Knoxville, TN, Grant Moreland and wife, Angela of Longview, TX; daughters, Diane Moreland Salazar and husband, David of Madison, AL, and Beth Moreland of Tyler, TX; sister, Roberta Moreland of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Steven, Ryan, Alisha and Siera Salazar, Robert and Marti Ann Moreland, and Shannon Cucksey and husband, John; two great-grandchildren A.J. and Gia Cucksey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Kansas School of Medicine scholarship/research programs or Mission Dignity. (Updated September 2016). 

1963 (MD), 1965 (Internship), 1968 (Residency) - H.C. Palmer Jr., MD
Dr. Palmer was interviewed by KCUR in April of 2018 regarding his poetry related to his experiences in the Vietnam War. Read the full article. (Updated September 2018)

1963 (MD) 1965 (Residency) - In Memoriam: A. Thomen Reece, MD
Dr. Adelbert Thomen Reece, 80, Olathe, passed away March 13, 2018 at Garden Terrace in Overland Park. He was born July 16, 1937 to Dr. Adelbert Samuel and Ella (Thomen) Reece in Kansas City, MO. Thomen was a physician and practiced much of his career in his childhood home of Gardner, KS. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl, daughters Stephanie Reece and Andrea Reece (Becky Nidiffer), step-daughters Kristin (Don) Lennard, Kari (Steve) Kovzan, and Dr. Kami Ross, grandchildren Sam, Abby, Mary Kate, Jamie, Drake, Claire, Giselle, Cooper, Will, Karli, Lucia, Quin, and Carter, and great-granddaughter, Meadow (due to arrive in May). He is also survived by his sisters Katharine Curry and Marilyn Wolf, his sister-in-law Dorothy Reece, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Robert "Bob" Reece. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe. Celebration of Life to follow at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, Garden Terrace Activities Fund, the Boy Scouts of America, or Wayside Waifs. (Updated April 2018)

1963 (MD) 1969 (Fellowship) 1978 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Robert P. Sherman, MD
Dedicated to Public Health in Kansas City for five decades, Robert Primo Sherman, MD, passed away August 3, 2016, from esophageal cancer. He was 82. Dr. Sherman was born Primo Roberto Amadio in Kansas City, Kan., to Italian immigrants Primo Amadio and Clementina Mattioli. Dr. Sherman attended St. Anthony's Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1951. He was drafted into the United States Army and spent most of his service at Fort Riley, Kan. During his Army service, Dr. Sherman officially changed his name to Robert Primo Sherman. After his Army service, Dr. Sherman returned to Kansas City to attend Rockhurst College. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1959, Dr. Sherman was accepted to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and obtained his medical degree in 1963. Dr. Sherman completed a General Surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Ohio, in 1966, before returning to Kansas City, Mo., to finish his residency in Internal Medicine (Hematology) and Gastroenterology at St. Luke's Hospital in 1967. Dr. Sherman completed a subspecialty fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1968. Dr. Sherman went into private practice in 1969 in Kansas City, Kan., specializing in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Sherman was the first practicing pulmonologist in the state of Kansas, and was a consulting physician on pulmonary diseases for the Veterans Administration in 1970-71. Dr. Sherman also worked part-time as an Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at the University of Kansas School of Medicine from 1970-1980. Dr. Sherman started the Respiratory Therapy Services department at Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. and was its Medical Director from 1969-1989. Dr. Sherman was also Medical Director of the Bethany Medical Center Intensive Care Unit from 1979-1989. After closing his private practice in 1989, Dr. Sherman worked until 1998 as a staff physician at Kaiser Permanente, Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital, and Long Term Care (LTC). Dr. Sherman was also a member of the American Thoracic Society, served a term as President of the Kansas Thoracic Society, and served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Lung Association. Spanning his entire medical career, Dr. Sherman was the Director of the tuberculosis clinic at the Wyandotte County/KCK Public Health Department, from 1969 until his death. In 2014, Dr. Sherman was recognized for 45 years of continuous service to Kansas public health with a Special Service Award from the Kansas Public Health Association. Dr. Sherman enjoyed his later years reading, cooking, socializing, and traveling to California, Italy, and Germany to visit family and friends. Until his final days, Dr. Sherman enjoyed telling stories of growing up from modest beginnings in Kansas City, Kan., and was grateful for the loyalty and generosity of his closest lifelong friends. Dr. Sherman was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise (Lastelic) Sherman (d. 1979), and is survived by his four children, Robert P. Sherman Jr., DDS, Paul Clement Sherman, Jerome Anthony Sherman, and Claudine (Sherman) Abraham, Esq.; and five grandchildren. (Updated September 2016)

1963 - In Memoriam: Jack D. Stephens, MD
Jack Douglas Stephens, M.D., 86, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018. He was born February 13, 1932. Jack was an anesthesiologist in Independence, Missouri. He was a very loving, peaceful man who never wanted to be a burden to others. Preceded by father, Otis J. Stephens, mother, Virginia B. Stephens, brother, William Stephens. Survived by wife, Alta M. Stephens, son, Scott Stephens, daughter, Leah Stephens, daughter-in-law, Lilia Karasyova, granddaughter, Alexandria Stephens. A memorial service for Jack Stephens will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112 on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 AM. In lieu of sending flowers, consider sending a donation to Physicians For Social Responsibility at, or NAMI at (Updated October 2018)

1963 - David D. Zoller, MD
Dr. Zoller is celebrating his 83rd birthday at the end of this month. He reports that he is still in good health and walks 18 holes every chance he gets although his handicap has climbed to 18 over the past 5 years. He says he needs to focus on the "short" game for more reasons than one. (Updated January 2017)

1964 - In Memoriam: James A. Brownfield, MD
James "Jim" Allen Brownfield, MD, Age 79, of Deephaven, passed away February 8th, 2018 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth and Hugh. Survived by wife of 47 years, Tess; sister, Ann Brownfield Crane (Russ); children, John (Sheila), Tom (Brooke), and Annie (Josh) Zimmers; grandchildren, Ian, Jack, Grace, Ben, Ethan, Daniel, Eleanor, William, and George. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas and was a graduate of University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical School. Following his military service (Navy), he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He worked for 45 years as an Opthamologist for Park Nicollet Medical Center. He loved his job, his patients, and his co- workers. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He took great pleasure in both coaching and attending all his children's sporting events. At the University of Kansas he played varsity tennis and then continued a lifelong passion for Jayhawk sports (Rock Chalk Jayhawk). Moving to Minnesota, he quickly became a Gopher football and basketball fan. He has been a season ticket holder since 1977. He loved being a member at Minnetonka Country Club until it's close and then Minneapolis Golf Club golfing with some good friends. Later in life he became an avid birder, always searching for that elusive bird he had yet to see. Celebration of life service Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11 AM at the MN Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 (952-443-1400). Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Monday. Private family interment. Reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the MN Landscape Arboretum. (Updated March 2018) 

1964 - Steven T. Charles, MD
Dr. Charles writes to us that he served in the Air Force in Vietnam after his Internship. Then, he trained as a psychiatrist finishing his residency in 1971 at Harbor-UCLA Hospital in Torrance, CA. He lives with his wife of 46 years, Susan. She is retired from teaching the learning disabled. Dr. Charles' own work is continued employment with the University of Southern California Department of Psychiatry and a part time private practice. KUMC sent Dr. Charles to the University of the Philippines in 1961 as its first exchange student, an event of which he is proud. (Updated June 2018)

1964 - In Memoriam: William L. Ekman, MD
William Lyle Ekman passed away in the early hours of June 28, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family. William (Bill) was born in Vermillion, South Dakota on January 21, 1937. He was the son of William E. and Louise Ekman, brother of Mary Ekman Johnson. While attending the University of South Dakota he met and married his wife, Norma. They recently celebrated their 61th anniversary. After receiving his BS degree he went on to Medical School and graduated from the University of Kansas. He immediately went into the U.S. Navy, which brought the family to California. After his military service, he entered a family practice residence at VCMC, which was completed in 1970. He went into family practice in Santa Paula, California and helped found Santa Clara Valley Medical Group where he continued practice until 1982, at which time he went to UCLA and obtained a degree in Anesthesiology. After S.P. Hospital closed he worked at Ojai Community Memorial until retirement in 2017. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1964 - Vincent J. Flynn, MD
Dr. Flynn reports that he practiced urology at Scripps Memorial in La Jolla, CA for 30 years and at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego for 16 years part time. Now he is loving retirement in Coronado, CA. (Updated March 2017)

1964 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Arnold Grushnys, MD
Arnold A. Grushnys, MD, 96, Retired Physician, died Monday, April 18, 2016. Preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Maria Grushnys. Survived by his wife, Gertrude, and son, Thomas Grushnys of Miami, FL. Downing & Lahey Mortuary - East Chapel. (Updated May 2016) 

1964 - In Memoriam: Ronald J. Mihordin, MD
Ronald Joseph Mihordin left this world quietly in the early morning hours of February 26, 2016. Born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 5, 1938, Ron grew up in the Serbo-Croatian immigrant neighborhood of Strawberry Hill in clear view of the railroads and packing plants of Kansas City. He was a gifted child who excelled in the natural sciences. He loved all of his boyhood animals even the wild ones, such as his pet opossum, Fenster, who he nursed back to health after finding it in his neighborhood with its leg broken. After graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1956, he left home to attend Kansas State University to major in pre-veterinary medicine. He switched to Pre-medicine with Chemistry minor when he became enamored with the mysteries of the human mind. After graduation from college, he attended the University of Kansas Medical School by day while supporting himself as a Kansas City taxi driver on nights and weekends. He received his M.D. in 1964.   After completing his psychiatry residency at UCLA, Ron served honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War as a commissioned officer in the Medical Corps, serving on the hospital ship USS Sanctuary (AH-17) and at the US Naval Support Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Ron served as a staff psychiatrist at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach California while attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles at night. He married his wife of 40 years, Leslie Mihordin (nee' Kessick) in 1976. Together, they welcomed their son Ronald, in 1977. After becoming and attorney, Ron went into private practice as a psychiatrist, one who staunchly believed in effectiveness of talk therapy and working through the root causes of people troubles over using medication as the first line of treatment.   In 1986, Ronald moved his family from Newport Beach, CA to Sacramento, CA. He served in the State of California's, Department of Mental Health for 27 years serving as a forensic psychiatrist and evaluator of mentally disorders offenders in the California state prison system and state hospital system. Later in his career, he served as a mentor and advisor to many young psychiatrists, psychologists, and attorneys at the Department of Mental Health. It was in the mentorship and teaching of young professionals that Ron truly felt alive and without limit.   Ron's passions outside of work included traveling to foreign countries, learning foreign languages, woodworking, model railroading, and cycling. He enjoyed the long daily walks he took with his wife. He was an avid enthusiast of Dixieland Jazz, and attended the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee religiously since 1974. He is survived by his wife Leslie Mihordin, his child Ronald Mihordin, his daughter in law Carrie Mihordin (Heinen), and his two granddaughters Natalie and Anna Mihordin. (Updated September 2016)

1964 (Fellowship), - In Memoriam: Arnulfo P. Sulit, MD
Arnulfo P. Sulit M.D., 84, of Shawnee, KS, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. Visitations will be at 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 West 92nd St., Lenexa, KS 66215, viewing at 9:30 a.m. Entombment will be at the Resurrection Cemetery, W. 83rd St. and Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66214. Dr. Sulit, son of Ireneo Sulit and Leonor Perania, was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Iloilo City, Philippines. He received his Associate of Arts from Central Philippine University in 1952 with honors. He attended College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1957. He did a first year rotation in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in 1957 followed by a year of Pathology at St. Joseph in 1958. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency at Truman Medical Center from 1959-1962. He went on to complete a Pulmonary Fellowship at Kansas University Medical Center from 1963-1964. After graduation, he went back to the Philippines to practice from 1964-67. He came back to Kansas City and eventually became Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Medicine Department at St. Mary's Hospital. He also served as a Docent instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1972-1990. He eventually transitioned to the VA medical center primary care program in Leavenworth, KS. He was one of the founders of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City (FAGKC) in 1971. Examples of his tremendous list of accomplishments includes establishing the circulating publication "Tambuli" which is still in circulation today. He started the September Affair which is still the major annual gala for the FAGKC. He served as president of the FAGKC twice. He has contributed financially and has volunteered in multiple areas for the association. He was truly a pioneer into building what the FAGKC is today. For his contributions, the "Sulit Hall" was dedicated on his behalf in May 2016 in the Filipino Cultural Center. Arnulfo is survived by his wife, Shirley Sulit, and 4 sons, Andrew, Daniel, Christian "Arnie", and Loreto. His 6 grandchildren are Christian, Bella, Riley, Aden, Adam, and Avery. His surviving sisters are Marmy and Leony. (Updated September 2017)

1965 - In Memoriam: George Blackburn, MD, PhD
George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD Of Boston, Massachusetts, died at 81, on February 20, 2017, at his home. He was born on February 12, 1936 to George and Betty Blackburn in McPherson, Kansas, the younger brother of Peggy Blackburn Logan and James Blackburn who predeceased him in 1996 and 2013. Dr. Blackburn is survived by his wife, Susan Kelly Blackburn and their daughter, Vali Blackburn Udin and her husband, Roman and two grandchildren, Ari and Nina. Dr. Blackburn is also survived by his first wife, Dona L. Seacat and their three children, David, Amy, and Matthew Blackburn and their spouses, Laura, Kirsten, and Michelle, eight grandchildren, Lydia, Camilla, Piper, Isaac, Andrew, Caleb, Henry, and Olivia, and one great grandchild, Lua Kai. Dr. Blackburn had a direct and major impact across multiple disciplines as a surgeon, clinician, teacher/mentor, researcher, author, and colleague. An innovator and visionary, Dr. Blackburn made countless contributions in the fields nutrition medicine, hyperalimentation, weight loss, and obesity surgery. A revered figure in the worlds of weight loss surgery, scientific research, medical education and mentorship, and clinical practice, Dr. Blackburn's research led to advances in treatment and patient care. His many academic leadership roles included: the S. Daniel Abraham Chair, Professor of Nutrition Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School, the Scientific Director and founder of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine (CSNM) in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Associate Director of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), an NIH-funded research organization that conducts clinical trials in the areas of obesity and nutrition. Over the course of his prolific research career, Dr. Blackburn received eight major grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was recognized and honored by numerous medical associations, colleges and universities for his life's work as an author, dedicated teacher and mentor, and tireless public health advocate. In his personal time at his beloved Racing Beach in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Dr. Blackburn loved his many moments surrounded by members of his immediate and extended family, especially the children. Dr. George Blackburn will be remembered with love and admiration by his family, and also by hundreds of friends, colleagues, and doctors and scientists he mentored. Read more about Dr. Blackburn here(Updated March 2017)

1965 - In Memoriam: John E. Harvey, MD
Colonel John Ernest Harvey, 77, died peacefully on February 29, 2016, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John leaves behind his wife, Carolyn Bradley Harvey, daughters Holly Harvey and Beth Hynek, sons John Harvey, Jr. and Brad Harvey, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister. John Ernest Harvey was born on February 7, 1939, in Salina, Kansas to Dr. Ernest and Ethelda Harvey. After graduation from medical school at KU, John began his military service and upon completion of this service, he moved his family to Emporia, Kansas, where he began his private practice. Read more. (Updated March 2016) 

1965 (Residency) In Memoriam: James K. Knott, MD
James "Jim" Kirk Knott, M.D. of Sarasota, Florida formerly of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully on December 25, 2016 at the age of 86 surrounded by his family. He was born on August 20, 1930 in Boulder, Colorado to the late A. Kirk and Velma (nee James) Knott. Jim grew up in Canyon, Texas and graduated from West Texas High School in 1947. He began his military service in the U.S. Navy in 1949, serving as a medical corpsman, and then he attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and the University of Texas in Austin. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and served in the Korean War. That same year Jim married his cherished wife, Patricia Mullin. Jim returned to the University of Texas in Austin in 1953 and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. After briefly practicing as a pharmacist, Jim attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1960. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1964, and began his long practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Knott then moved his family to Dallas in 1968, where he continued his OB/GYN practice and resided until 2014. He moved with his wife, Pat, to Sarasota, Florida in March 2014, where they enjoyed their vacation retirement at the Sarasota Bay Club. Dr. Knott was proud to be a board certified Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society (Life Member), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Texas Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. Jim's favorite hobbies included fishing, boating, golf and travel. Read more. (Updated January 2017)

1965 (Internship), 1966 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Terrance T. Kuske, MD
Terrence T. Kuske, M.D., 83, loving husband of Betsy Kuske, entered into rest on Thursday, July 5, 2018. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. Dr. Kuske was born in Mound, MN but grew up in Astoria, OR. He was a graduate of the University of Portland before earning his Doctorate from St. Louis University. He served in the US Army, stationed in Germany, before moving to New York to complete his fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Kuske then began working at the Medical College of Georgia, where he continued his career, serving as Associate Dean of Curriculum until he retired in 1996. In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters; Laura Kuske, Patricia O'Neill, and one grandson; Ian O'Neill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. Augusta, GA 30901 or Catholic Social Services, 811 12th St. Augusta, GA 30901. (Updated August 2018)

1965 (MD), 1970 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Richard D. McLaughlin, MD
Richard David McLaughlin, MD, age 77, of Rogersville, Missouri, passed from this life May 2, 2017, at Ozark Riverview Manor. He graduated the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in 1965. Richard was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in November 1971. He was a Life Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Diplomat with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Richard was a member of the Greene County Medical Society, Missouri State Medical Association, American Medical Association and Kansas City Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. Richard served as a Major in the United States Air Force August 1969 through August 1971. He then practiced his profession in Springfield from 1971 until he retired in 2006. Richard and Leanna were married in 1988. They shared four children, David McLaughlin (Robin), Susan Nagel (Rob), Dabney Whatley (TJ) and Breann Straw (Wes).   Richard is survived by his wife, Leanna, his four children and nine grandchildren, Kelsey, MacKenzie, Duncan, Reece, Ethan, Jace, Emarie, Addison and Luke, sister, Nancy Lawrenz (Al) and Annette McLaughlin. Richard's parents and brothers, Bob and JB preceded him in death. He enjoyed golf, travel, opera, sports, especially when the grandchildren were playing. Richard was a huge Trekkie and enjoyed fishing trips with his buddies Joe and Dan. Rich was one of the smartest men you would ever know. He was strong, respected and a well-loved man, not only in the family but throughout the community as well. (Updated May 2017)

1966 - Jerold Albright, MD
In honor of Veterans Day, The Hutchinson News featured the story of Dr. Jerold Albright. Read the article for a look at the "Vietnam War through a doctor's eyes." (Updated November 2018)

1966 (MD) 1968 (Internship) 1969 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William A. Bailey, MD
It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. William Arthur Bailey II announces his unexpected passing on Friday September 7, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born to William Thorne and Valerie Lyndon Bailey on August 29, 1940 in Kansas City, Kansas. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kristine, of 31 years and his children Melissa, Ann, Blair, Brock, Maxwell and Maddelyn. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Rachel, Emilia, William, and Alpine, his nephew and niece, Christopher and Amy and his first wife Linda. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lyndon Morrison. Dr. Bailey graduated from Hayden High School in Topeka. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in 1962 where he received an award for outstanding achievement in chemistry. He graduated medical school at the University of Kansas in 1966 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his Intern and Surgical Residency at the University of Kansas. In 1968 he began service as a Naval officer with distinction. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1966 (MD), 1970 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Robert E. G. Bidwell, MD
Dr. Robert Edward Bidwell, MD, died peacefully in his home on the afternoon of February 21, 2017. He was with friends and family, and the beloved family Newfoundland, Tess, when he passed. Robert was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1932, to mother, Mary Grafton and his father, Rear Admiral Roger Edward Shelton Bidwell of the Royal Canadian Navy. Robert Bidwell embodied the definition of a good man. He was faithful, honest, hard working and devoted to his family. Despite a life of physical disability, he always managed to not only find the positive in life, but also managed to lend that positive spirit to all who met him. It was community, friends, family and love that mattered to Robert most, not possessions. After serving honorably in the Royal Canadian Navy himself, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 and soon chose his lifelong career path as a doctor of psychiatric medicine at St. Luke's and Charter Hospitals in Kansas City. Upon retiring, Robert spent his final years at the place he loved most, his home, Martingrove Farm in Shawnee, Kan., where he was surrounded by his favorite pets, Newfoundland dogs, which have been an ever present source of joy in the Bidwell household since the 1980's. Robert is survived by his devoted wife, Suzanne Bidwell. He is also survived by sister, Gillian Rose, brother, Roger Grafton Bidwell, as well as sons, Christopher, Andrew, Jonathan, his daughter, Molly and grandson, Eliot. (Updated March 2017)

1966 - In Memoriam: Dennis D. Jilek, MD
Dennis David Jilek, MD, age 76, of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Battle Lake, MN. Dennis was born in Tyndall, SD on September 4, 1941 to Emil and Elsie (Petrik) Jilek. Dennis was proud of his humble roots, growing up on a farm in rural Tyndall, SD with no running water or electricity and where most of the field work was done with horses Dennis began his education in a one room country schoolhouse in rural Tyndall. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1959 and attended the University of South Dakota, earning his BA in 1963. After graduating, he attended the University of South Dakota Medical School from 1962-64 and the University of Kansas Medical School from 1964-66 where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society and graduated with highest honors. While at the University of South Dakota, Dennis met the love of his life, Marcia Andersen of Irene, SD and they were united in marriage December 26, 1962. In 1967, Dennis volunteered for the United States Air Force and served at the 12th US Air Force Hospital Cam Ranh Bay, Viet Nam as an internist. Dennis was proud of his military service, treating both service men and the Vietnamese citizens. He was awarded many commendations for his service, including the Bronze Star. After Viet Nam, Dennis did his residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He went on to practice internal medicine at the Fargo Clinic (now Sanford), from 1972-1994. He then went on to practice at the Veterans Administration Hospital from 1994-1997. During his career, he was known as a doctor's doctor and a patient's advocate.  His excellent diagnostic skills saved countless lives and extended many others. Read more. (Updated March 2018)

1966 - In Memoriam: Thomas W. Loewen, MD
Born November 20, 1940 in Wichita, KS. Died June 21, 2016 in Sacramento surrounded by family, in the same hospital in which he worked for 36 years. Tom was raised in Kansas and attended both college and medical school at the University of Kansas. He was an intensely proud Jayhawk. Following college he spent two years in the US Navy, as a medical officer, stationed in Southern California where he met his wife of 45 years, Patricia. The couple relocated to Dallas for his Radiology residency at Dallas Methodist Hospital. Moving back to California, in 1973, Tom spent his career at Kaiser Permanente (Morse Ave) in Sacramento for the duration of his career. Survived by his wife, Patricia, daughters Mary and Emily (Travis) and five grandchildren. Ryan, Molly, Lane, Eva, and Archer; sisters Joyce and Elsie. (Updated July 2016)

1966 - In Memoriam: Monty P. McClellan, MD
Monty P. McClellan, 76, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Kahl Home, Davenport. A Mass of Christian Burial and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1097 18th St., Bettendorf. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be at Ascension Catholic Cemetery, Libertyville, Ill. Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or to the charity of your choice. Dr. McClellan was born in 1940 in Joplin, Mo., to Monty "Earl" and June McClellan. He attended elementary and secondary school in Joplin before enrolling at University of Kansas, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1962. For the next four years, he attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 1966 as a medical doctor. He then completed a rotating internship at Des Moines Lutheran Hospital before beginning a family practice in Aledo. Monty always had a thirst for knowledge. He was a voracious reader of newspapers and medical journals, completed many hundreds of hours of continued medical education and counseled and instructed chemical abuse programs. He further obtained an MBA in 1992. Monty married Dorothy Krone in 1991. They were active volunteers for many social justice programs. He desired to give back to the community for his many blessings. He is the loving father of four children, Kim Derry, Galesburg, Debi (John) Petrillo, Bloomington, Sean McClellan, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and Geoff (Deb) McClellan, Moline; nine grandchildren, Tina and Greg McGraw, Joey, Tori and Jeni Petrillo, Jackson and Grant McClellan and Ben and Lily McClellan; and five great-grandchildren. (Updated June 2017)

1966 (Residency) 1971 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Albert P. Michelbach, MD
Albert P. Michelbach, MD, of Steamboat Springs, CO, and formerly of Kansas and Arizona, died unexpectedly, Wednesday November 22, 2017. Dr. Michelbach was born on June 10, 1935, and was raised in Flagstaff, AZ, the son of Ann and A.P. Michelbach, Sr. He attended Flagstaff High School where he participated in many school activities including basketball, track, and football. He graduated at the top of his class in 1953. He attended the University of Arizona where he was affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was a member of the U of A track team. In 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Micke. Michelbach graduated from U of A in 1957, and was accepted to Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. He graduated with his MD in 1961. He interned at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and did his residency in internal medicine at University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City. After practicing for four years, Michelbach returned to KU Med for a cardiology fellowship, when cardiology was just beginning as a specialty. He continued his practice in internal medicine with an emphasis in cardiology, gaining a reputation as a master diagnostician, until his retirement. Dr. Michelbach served as President of the American Heart Association in Wichita and was a lecturer and trainer of CPR programs throughout the city. He was loved and well respected by colleagues, hospital staff, and patients for his thorough, compassionate, caring, and gentle manner. As a final gesture, his request that his body be given over to organ donation has been honored. He was an avid tennis player and was an active member at the Steamboat Tennis Center. He was an ardent gardener and some of his favorite pastimes were downhill skiing, fishing, and pheasant hunting with good friends. He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 60 years; two sons, Philip (Lacy); two grandchildren, Harry and Jane of Morgantown, WV, and Karl (Andrea) of Tacoma, WA; two sisters, Dorothy Weinberg (Langston) of Redmond, WA, and Marilyn Coy (Voie) of Phoenix, AZ; four nephews; and five nieces. Services will be held both in Steamboat Springs in June and Wichita on January 14 (2 p.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel on the WSU campus). Michelbach's ashes will be scattered on his family's historic homestead north of Flagstaff, AZ. (Updated December 2017)

1966 - In Memoriam: J. Ralph Payne
Joseph "Ralph" Payne, MD, a resident of the Rockhill neighborhood for 43 years, died May 24, 2017. The son of Joseph and Cleo Payne, he was born in Boulder, CO, in 1940. His family moved to Prairie Village, KS, in 1947. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School, received a Zoology degree from University of Kansas where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He received a medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. After three years in the Indian Health Service in Schurz, NV, he practiced at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento, CA. Ralph returned to Kansas City in 1976 as Director of Outpatient Services at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and provided support to the Rose Brooks Center. He was Director of Emergency Services at Providence Medical Center and was active with the Wyandotte County Medical Society and served as President of Providence Medical Society. He retired in 2013. His love for the outdoors began through the Boy Scouts where he became an Eagle Scout. During summers as a young adult, he was on staff at Philmont Scout Ranch and Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base in Ely, MN, guiding canoe trips. His love and support for wildlife, outdoors, and natural resources was life long. He loved drawing/sketching, woodworking and being with his family. Ralph is survived by his wife, Joy, the love of his life; children, Analisa, Quinci, Joal and Jeremy; grandchildren, Keegan, Quinn, Kenna, Loni, Parker and Zachary; brother, Don Payne and sister, Kathel Hastings along with numerous nieces and nephews. The hole in our hearts is immense yet it's being filled by the loving sentiments coming in from those who knew and loved him. His grand stature was only eclipsed by his large laugh, big hugs and huge heart. Ralph, Dad, Pappy, Uncle Ralph, you will be deeply missed. (Updated June 2017)

1966 - In Memoriam: James R. Scholten, MD
Dr. James Robert "Jim" Scholten, 76, of Salina, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, following a nine-year progression of Lewy Body Dementia. Dr. Scholten, son of the late Clifford and Avis Rhoades Scholten, was born Feb. 9, 1940, in Beloit, and was reared in Salina with his twin sister Kathryn "Kay" and older sister Harriet. Jim graduated from Salina Central High in 1958 and received a BA from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Kansas in 1962 where he was president of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and co-director of the Rock Chalk Revue. He went on to pursue a career in medicine, graduating from the KU School of Medicine in 1966 and joining the United States Public Health Service as a Medical/Surgical Captain detailed to the Peace Corps in Taegu, South Korea, from 1967-69. After completing a Fellowship in Medical Education at the University of Illinois in 1971, Jim was appointed Assistant Dean of Curriculum Development of the newly created Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., where he helped facilitate the program's full accreditation in 1972. After seeing the charter MD class through to graduation in 1976, Jim joined Emergency Physicians of Tidewater, one of the first groups in the nation to practice emergency medicine full time. He remained in that practice for 20 years, during which time he established and served as the first director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, providing care for over 100,000 patients. Jim married Elizabeth (Betsy) Poer in 1993 and returned with her to their hometown of Salina in 1997, where he served as medical director of the Emergency Department of Salina Regional Health Center until 2000. Read more. (Updated February 2017)

1967 - Dennis M. Chalus, MD
Dr. Chalus has just received the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the Colorado Radiological Society. Dr. Chalus has exceeded the criteria of the award, which is given for distinguished and extraordinary service to the discipline of radiology in the state of Colorado. He has been active in the medical community there for 43 years, served as President of the Colorado Radiological Society and is known for his overall leadership and legislative achievements-most notably with the Health Care Availability Act. Congratulations to Dr. Chalus! (Updated July 2016)

1967 - In Memoriam: Jocelyn Dougherty, MD
Mary Jocelyn Dougherty, also known affectionately as Joss, our cherished sister and aunt, died peacefully in her sleep September 5, 2018. Born October 10, 1934, Joss is survived by her brother, John Dennis Dougherty, MD., of Leonia, NJ. She is pre-deceased by her adoring husband, Fred Herzig, MD., and her parents Helen Olson and Arthur McIntyre Dougherty, MD., of Spokane, Washington and Minnesota respectively. Joss was an incredible student and excelled in everything she did. She was a high school graduate of Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City, and then went on to the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She graduated in 1956 in the top 10% of her class. After college, Joss traveled to Europe and got a job writing for The Overseas Weekly, a popular newspaper published for the United States Military. After a few years in Europe, Joss returned and started writing for The Kansas City Star. She did all these jobs well but felt it was not her career choice. She wanted to be a doctor. Read more. (Updated November 2018)

1967 - In Memoriam: Thomas G. Duckett II, MD
Thomas Gaillard Duckett, II was born July 7, 1941 at Kansas University Medical Center. He resided with his family in Broomfield, Colorado and died May 21, 2017. Tom was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Duckett and grew up in Hiawatha, Kansas. He was a Boy Scout achieving the rank of Eagle and was a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He attended Baker University and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After graduating from Baker University with a major in chemistry, Tom attended the Kansas University Medical School graduating in 1967. Tom was a fourth-generation physician. After an internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, Tom served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Following his honorable discharge as a Capitan, Tom spent a year as a fellow at Vanderbilt University in the ophthalmology division studying retrolental fibroplasia. Following his fellowship he served a three-year residency there in ophthalmology. Upon completion of his medical specialty education, Tom returned to Kansas City to start his ophthalmology practice in Overland Park, Kansas. After a 35-year professional career, which he shared with Dee W. Bell, MD, Tom retired to Broomfield, Colorado in 2012. Having enjoyed his undergraduate years at Baker University, he was honored to serve as a member of the University's Board of Trustees. He also served as the President of the KC Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. In addition to his civic and professional service, Tom enjoyed golf, a challenging but pleasurable pastime shared with old and new friends from Kansas City to Florida to Colorado. Preceded in death by his daughter, Lee Ann Duckett Bell, Tom leaves his loving wife of 53 years, Ann Clatworthy Duckett; his son, Thomas Jonathan Duckett, and his daughter-in-law, McKeough Carlin Duckett; their children and his beloved grandsons, Samuel and Nathan. He also leaves his son-in-law, Doug Bell, and his devoted sister Linda and her sons, his nephews, Sandy and John. As a registered organ donor Tom was able to donate his eyes for research to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. (Updated June 2017)

1967 - Luther L. Fry, MD
Luther Fry, MD'67, was named as one of three Humanitarians of the Year by Governor Sam Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer.  Dr. Fry of Garden City is an ophthalmologist who has provided extensive charity care, ensuring none of his patients have been denied eye care because of their inability to pay. "Service, volunteering, and helping others is something I am very passionate about," said Dr. Colyer. "It is my distinct pleasure to honor this very worthy Kansas humanitarian." Governor Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Colyer will present the award to Dr. Fry at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Lieutenant Governor's Conference room. Dr. Fry will then be recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives at 11:00 a.m. Read more. (Updated March 2017) 

1967 - Elizabeth Galton, MD
Dr. Galton writes that she is presently in private practice of psychiatry/psychoanalysis. Her daughter, Diana, just graduated from USC medical school and is due to begin residency in psychiatry this year! Diana's husband is a professor at Barnard College and they live in New York. Dr. Galton also has one grandchild and another one on the way. She is past president of CA Psychiatric Association, as well as of the local Psychiatric Society. She continues to be active with the LA County Medical Association. She also continues to play chamber music and has taken up birding, traveling internationally to see birds, as well as being active in her local Audubon Society. (Updated May 2017)

1967 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Harold W. Keairnes, MD
Harold Wrenn Keairnes M.D. was born Aug. 3, 1932 to Harold and Lois (Wrenn) Keairnes in Minneapolis, MN, and passed from this earth January 25, 2018 in Independence, MO. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Scott Keairnes whom he married in 1953. He is also survived by his four daughters, Audrey (David Bechtle), Beverly (Scott Shane), Delle (Mike Householder) and Sharon (John Smith); 9 grandchildren, Jessica, Kathryn, Douglas, Alexander, Nicholas, Jacob, Elizabeth, Connor and Sarah and 1 great grandchild, Warren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carolyn Campbell and son, Stanley. Dr. Keairnes graduated from Graceland College (1952), University of Minnesota (BA, 1954 and MD, 1957). Dr. Keairnes served in the US Public Health Service from 1957-1960. After several years of general practice in Independence, he entered a residency program in Internal Medicine at KUMC. He was the first physician in the area to specialize in geriatric medicine. After retiring from medical practice, he spent nearly two decades as a consultant for the Social Security (disability division). He enjoyed being creative. He made custom furniture and children's playground equipment. He acted in amateur theater productions and wrote two plays (both were produced locally). He was an excellent pianist. He loved live theater and served on the Board of Directors of the Just Off Broadway theatre for many years. His interest in nature was shared with his children and grandchildren through hiking, camping, canoeing, and birdwatching. He and his wife traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Community of Christ church. Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 17, at Just off Broadway Theater, 3051 Central Ave., KCMO. Harold wished any memorial donations to go to Just Off Broadway Theater. (Updated March 2018)

1967 - Curtis D. Keller, MD
Dr. Keller is now retired and he writes that he is planning to attend his 50th Reunion for the Medicine 1967 class this October! (Updated March 2017)

1967 - In Memoriam: William E. Neeley, MD
Dr. William Earl Neeley died peacefully at his home in Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 following a long illness. He was 76. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 40 years, Andrena; his stepdaughter Andrena (Michael) Jeffrey; his stepson David (Jennifer) Jennings; his sons William L. (Daniela) Neeley and Thomas (Daniel Paepke) Neeley; his daughter Margaret (Brian) Schroeder; and nine grandchildren. He was a model airplane hobbyist and a world traveler. He recalled with great enthusiasm his trips to many parts of Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia. He treasured, above all, the winters he spent skiing with his family in Lake Tahoe. He retired in 2013, concluding a 45 year career in clinical pathology and laboratory medicine. From 2001 until his retirement, he served as the medical director at the Detroit Medical Center University Laboratories and was a faculty member in the Department of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. The author of over 70 scholarly articles, abstracts, monographs and other published pieces and an innovator holding numerous patents, he was a recognized expert and pioneer in his field for introducing barcoded laboratory samples and developing new automation solutions to improve efficiency and reduce errors in the clinical laboratory. He was born in 1941 in Joplin, Mo., the son of Melvin Earl Neeley and Susan Margaret Neeley (nee Moeller) of Galena, Kan. His father, a World War I veteran, owned a DeSoto-Plymouth dealership and garage and served at one time as the town mayor. His mother was a teacher and daughter of a former mayor. An only child, he was doted on by his aunts and uncles. An Eagle Scout and valedictorian of his Galena High School class, he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry with honors from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. in 1963 followed by his M.D. from University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1967. Read more. (Updated January 2018) 

1967 - In Memoriam: Richard N. Pearson, MD
Dr. Richard Nels Pearson, 81, of Bentonville, Ark. passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He was born May 8, 1935 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Evert Lester Pearson and Claudia Piatte Pearson. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded The Legion of Merit for his dedication to the injured and his service to his country. Dr. Pearson was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George Pearson and his nephew, Jay Pearson. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Eva Hodge Pearson; his son, Michael Pearson of Seattle, Washington and his daughter, Annette Pearson Gean and husband, Tom of Bentonville. He is also survived by his wife, Eva's children, Wendell Richardson and wife Becky of Springfield, Missouri, Janet Irwine and husband, Jim of San Antonio, Texas and Tim Richardson of Bentonville. He is survived by 11 grandchildren, Diana, Katherine and Brian Pearson, Buster, Pearson, Emily Anne Gean, Eva and Renee Irwine, Jade McKnight, Melissa Poltz, David Richardson and many colleagues, patients and dear friends. Dr. Pearson received Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science degrees from the University of North Dakota. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity there. He received a medical degree from the University of Kansas. After a residency in Wichita, Kansas he became the first Board Certified surgeon to practice in Benton County where he felt honored to care for many patients. It was his calling and he loved doing it, never concerned if a patient could pay him, he just helped sick people get better. During his career, he served as Chief of Staff at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers, was President of the Arkansas Medical Society and taught classes in the nursing program at NWACC. He was a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers and a graduate of BSF. He loved the men in his Thursday morning study group. His hobbies included golf, time on the lake, and photography. He also played various roles at the Rogers Little Theatre in his younger days. He loved to read history and had a passion for cooking. If you knew him well you probably enjoyed a meal in his home where he and Eva loved to serve their family and friends. (Updated May 2017)

1967 - William J. Pokorny, MD
Dr. William J. Pokorny, who passed away in 1994, was recently honored by the Baylor College of Medicine Surgery Department. Dr. Jed Nuchtern, chief of Pediatric Surgery at Texas Children's, presented the Distinguished Surgeon Award to the Pokorny family on behalf of the Department of Surgery. The award was given due to Dr. Pokorny's commitment to surgical education, his establishment of the ACGME Pediatric Surgery Residency Program, and his legacy as a wonderful mentor. (Updated June 2016)

1967 - In Memoriam: Michael J. Ryan Jr., MD
Dr. Michael Joseph Ryan Jr. passed away on June 6, 2017, at Bryn Mawr Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife of 52 years, Priscilla Murphy Ryan, and his four children, Michael, Charlie, Kevin and Priscilla. He is survived by his wife, four children, brother, Francis K. Ryan of Kansas City, KS, and 12 grandchildren, Keiran, Charlie, Flynn, Theodore, Shea, Emma, Priscilla, Michael, Virginia, Charlotte, Luke and Nicholas. Dr. Ryan passed away in the Neuro Cardio Intensive Care unit, under the excellent care of beloved doctors and nurses with whom he worked over his 40 year career as a Cardiologist at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Ryan was born in Kansas City, KS, on Aug. 16, 1941, to Dr. Michael Joseph Ryan and Mary Goetz Ryan. He was the oldest of four children Kathleen, and Karen who are deceased and brother Frank. Dr. Ryan attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO, where he was a standout athlete, playing baseball, basketball and was Captain of the football team. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1963. He was a passionate Alumnus of Notre Dame and was a lifelong fan of their football program. Dr. Ryan graduated from Kansas University Medical School in 1967. After graduation he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy in Goose Creek, South Carolina. He bought his first sailboat while living in South Carolina and thus began his lifelong passion for sailing. Dr. Ryan did his residency at Hartford Hospital and then took a Cardiology Fellowship under Nobel Laureate Dr. Brenard Lown, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Ryan moved his family to Radnor, PA, in 1978 to join Cardiology Associates at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He always said it was an honor and a privilege when someone asked you to be their physician. After surviving an emergency triple bypass, in 1987, Dr. Ryan dedicated the rest of his career to prevention. Establishing the Lipid Clinic at Main Line Health. Dr. Ryan worked closely with his dear colleague RN Joan Gibson to develop therapies for preventing heart disease. Their work culminated in the Publication of their findings in the American Journal of Cardiology. He was an experienced sailor, spending time on his boat Alliance in the Chesapeake and Newport. He raced on sailboats in numerous regattas and served as ship's doctor aboard a boat that competed in the Newport to Bermuda race. His other retirement passion was Bridge. Dr. Ryan was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His wife Priscilla was his best friend and constant companion sailing, traveling around the world, gardening and cooking. He was adoringly known as Pop Pop by his 12 grandchildren, and spent much of his retirement years traveling the world to spend time with them and on the sidelines of their sporting events. (Updated June 2017)

1967 - Rodney Thompson, Sr., MD
Dr. Thompson retired on 12/31/16 after 40 years on staff at Mayo Clinic as a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention and Control. He also celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary 12/23/16 and 75th Birthday on 11/2/16. His 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren attended a combined grand party on 11/5/16 with friends, family, and colleagues. He is remaining in Rochester and Minneapolis MN now post-retirement. (Updated January 2017)

1967 - Richard M. Weinshilboum, MD
Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, a KU alumnus, will receive an honorary degree during KU's 146th Commencement ceremony on May 13. He is the director of pharmacogenomics and chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, and he is also the Mayo Clinic's Mary Lou and John H. Dasburg Professor of Cancer Genomics. "Dr. Weinshilboum's important and foundational work has opened the door to new advances that will help patients far into the future," said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. "His groundbreaking research in the field of genomics is helping to bring about a new era in medicine that enables doctors to customize treatments to fit their patients' specific genetic makeups. We are honored to award him with an honorary degree during our Commencement ceremony this year." Girod recommended Weinshilboum for an honorary degree to the Kansas Board of Regents, which approved the chancellor's recommendation. Weinshilboum will receive the degree of Doctor of Science for his notable contributions in the field of pharmacogenomics. He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and chemistry and a medical degree from KU, concluding in 1967. During a nearly 50-year career, Weinshilboum has helped to move his chosen field of study from theoretical to practical. Today, treatments can adjust to a patient's genetics to increase efficacy or avoid life-threatening side effects, a practice known as "precision" or "individualized" medicine. He has spent most of his career at the Mayo Clinic, where he has worked since 1972. He has earned continual support from the National Institutes of Health and has earned a number of honors from scientific societies, international organizations and universities. KU awards honorary degrees based on nominees' outstanding scholarship, research, creative activity, service to humanity or other achievements consistent with the academic endeavors of the university. Recipients do not need to be KU alumni, and philanthropic contributions to the university are not considered during the process. (Updated May 2018)

1968 - In Memoriam: William A. Calderwood, MD
Bill embarked on his next journey Wednesday, June 14, 2017 when his loving heart could no longer overcome his illness. He is survived by his soulmate and wife of 38 years Nancy, daughter Lisa (Scott) Hereder, son William II (Andrea), son Chris (Maureen), son Adam, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many more loved ones. He was born February 3, 1941 in Wichita, Kansas. At 12, he was sent to the Montana/Idaho/Washington area to live with his grandparents. When Bill was 17, his grandfather was transferred to Tres Marias, Brazil and Bill lived there one summer. He loved his time in Brazil, but returned to the US to live with his Aunt Bernie to finish high school. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1959 as valedictorian of his class. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Kansas, earning a BA in 1963 with majors in biology and English. He studied abroad in Barcelona. He then completed Kansas University Medical School in 1968 where he specialized in family medicine. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Navy as a lieutenant. He was assigned as ship's physician to the USS Observation Island during missions for research and development of the Polaris and Poseidon missiles. After serving honorably, he moved to Washington, Kansas (population 1800) to start his first practice. Office visits were $3 and sometimes he was paid in beef, chickens, or produce. He next moved to Salina, Kansas, where he practiced until 1980. He served as Chief of Staff at St. John's Hospital for part of that time and also as coroner for the 20th Judicial District. He met Nancy in 1976 at Asbury Hospital, where she worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit. He was a member of the Freemasons, Shriners, and York Rite. He cherished his many adventures while traveling, skiing, scuba diving and fishing, especially those shared with his children. He was also a pilot and a lifelong learner, always challenging his intellectual capacities. He was awarded a US Patent in 1989. In 1980, he and Nancy moved to Arizona, where he joined a practice in Sun City. He eventually established a solo practice in Sun City West, specializing in geriatrics. He was also a professor of medicine for 16 years for Midwestern University in Glendale. He was a preceptor for many medical students during this time, which he greatly enjoyed. He was enthusiastic about guiding students in the profession he loved so much. His heart was broken when his illness forced him to leave his patients and the practice of medicine. His passion for caring for his patients was only matched by his tremendous love of his family. We will most miss his humor, compassion, and love. The family wishes to thank the many people who touched his life with caring compassion during his illness. (Updated June 2017) 

1968 - In Memoriam: Robert R. Protzman, MD
Robert Reavis Protzman, 76, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at his home in Fort Worth. Robert Reavis "Bob" Protzman was born Aug. 29, 1939, in Paola, Kan. Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1961 and married Loree Oyster, his high school sweetheart, the same year. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1968 and completed his orthopedic residency at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colo. He served as an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Army, developing a keen interest and expertise in sports medicine while stationed at West Point and completing a Hand Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University. He contributed widely to professional journals, including two lead articles in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He retired from the Army in 1982 and moved to Fort Worth to become the director of the Orthopedic Residency Program at John Peter Smith Hospital. He started a private practice at the same time. He had a tremendous passion for teaching and continued his affiliation with the residency program in various capacities until he retired in 2012. Bob's family, friends and colleagues will remember his candor, his wit, and his desire to live each day to its fullest. He loved his work and was devoted to his family. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, where he was a longtime member of the Loyalty Class and an usher in the sanctuary. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Loree O. Protzman, in 1995; and his parents, Robert A. and Jessie Gertrude Protzman. Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Paige and Scott Elphingstone; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tresa Protzman; grandchildren, Will Elphingstone, Reed Elphingstone, Cameron Protzman and Cole Protzman; brother, Ron Protzman; and nephews, Andy Protzman and Alex Protzman and their families. (Updated April 2016)

1968 - In Memoriam: Samuel M. Steele Jr., MD
Samuel McDowell Steele, Jr., M.D., was born on March 16, 1939 to Maxine Meek Steele and Samuel McDowell Steele at their home in Osawatomie, Kansas. He passed away February 2, 2018 at his home in Newland, North Carolina. He was a graduate of Osawatomie schools, earned a BS and MS in Mathematics at Pittsburg State University and an MD from the University of Kansas. He was a graduate of the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. After being graduated from the University of Kansas, he did an internship in the U.S. Navy at Charleston, SC. His residency was at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in Urology. Included in his 27 years Naval Career Captain Steele was Chairman of Urology in Portsmouth, VA with 8 residents and Task Force Director of the Combat Casualty Car Course at Fort Sam Houston Texas. His military medals include the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and National Defense Medal x 2. Other recognitions are The Committee on Emergency Medical Service, American Medical Association presented and Award of Appreciation for his contributions toward improvement of medical readiness in the uniformed services and for the planning, development, implementation and guidance of the Armed Forces Combat Casualty Care Course; Pittsburg State University Alumni Meritorious Achievement award; and Outstanding Alumnus for Osawatomie High School. After leaving the Navy he came to Avery County in 1993 to practice at Charles A. Cannon and Sloop Hospital and later added Spruce Pine Hospital in Mitchell County. He very much enjoyed his years practicing Urology in the mountains. He loved the Lord and had served on the deacon body at First Baptist Church Newland. He enjoyed swimming, scuba diving and snow skiing. He and his wife, Olivia, enjoyed traveling all over the world and going to the Atlantic Coast beaches. He especially looked forward to going to alumni reunions in Kansas and to his war college class Christmas party in the Washington D.C. area. Read more. (Updated February 2018) 

1968 - In Memoriam: Victor J. Vorhees, MD
Dr. Victor J. Vorhees, 81, of rural Fredonia, Kansas passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at home with family by his side. Dr. Victor J. Vorhees was born October 3, 1936 in Holyrood, Kansas the son of Victor Rodney Vorhees and Inez Marie (Wilson) Vorhees. On October 8, 1955 in McPherson, Kansas he was united in marriage to Jean King and she survives at the home. Dr. Vorhees graduated from Central Academy in McPherson, Kansas in 1954. He received his Associates of Arts Degree from Central College in McPherson in 1956. He went on to further his education and obtained degrees in (B.S.) Bachelor of Science (Biology, Education) from McPherson College in 1957, (M.S.) Master of Science (Natural Science), from Oklahoma State University in 1961, (M.D.) Medical Doctor from University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas in 1968 and Residency in Family Practice from Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas in 1968 to 1971.
He worked various places including Teacher of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science and General Science at Lindsborg High School, Lindsborg, Kansas from 1957 to 1960 and 1961 to 1964. He was Instructor in Principles of Biological Sciences and Principles of Physical Sciences at Bethany College in Lindsborg. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1969 (MD), 1972 and 1976 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William C. Eikermann, MD
William Conrad Eikermann, M.D., "Doc", of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on July 12, 2016, at the age of 73 as a result of the leading cause of death...birth. Bill was born October 29, 1942 to Homer and Harriet Eikermann in Los Angeles, California but was raised in Clay Center, Kansas along with his baby sister Susan. He graduated from Clay Center High School. He had an affinity for the community of Clay Center, where as a child he worked on farms and developed his lifelong love of sport and animals. Bill went on to graduate from Emporia State Teachers College where he was a small- college All American in football and track & field. As Bill told it, while attending the University of Kansas Medical School he met the luck of his life, Sheila Ellen McGrath, whom he married in 1968. Amidst his residency in psychiatry at KU Med-Center, Bill served as an obligatory volunteer in the United States Army from 1971 to 1973. He then embarked upon his 30 plus year career in psychiatry, seeing patients in both private practice and as a staff psychiatrist for the Missouri Division of Adult Institutions. He possessed a deep sense of compassion for the ill and oppressed while maintaining a decidedly gallows humor, which he passed on to his children. Bill was a man of many great enthusiasms; for sport, books, antiques, photography, music, the arts, movies, science and ideas. In many ways, he was ingenious. Doc is survived by Sheila Eikermann; children Gretchen Eikermann, Kelly Eikermann McKee (Guy), Christian Eikermann, Eric Eikermann (Crystal) and Stephen Eikermann, D.O. (Mary); grandchildren Ruthie, Charlotte, Frances, Ike McKee and Emma Eikermann; his sister Susan Eikermann Streich (Clayton); and an abundance of in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. (Updated July 2016)

1969 - In Memoriam: John M. Gray, MD
John Monteith Gray, M.D., one of the Bay Area's leading orthopedic spine surgeons, passed away peacefully at his home in Windsor on the morning of January 17, 2018. Dr. Gray had been battling cancer. At the time of his death, John was surrounded by his beloved wife Nancy, his dog Sadie, and close friends and family. Dr. Gray was the youngest of two children born to the late Margit and Donald Monteith Gray on May 27, 1943. Dr. Gray was extremely proud of his heritage, of growing up in Kansas City, his Scottish, English, Welsh and Swedish lineage, and his family. His father Don was a vice president of Hallmark International; his mother Margit was a home economics teacher and dedicated homemaker, and his "second mother" Frances (Keeney) Gray, was a lead artist for Hallmark. After receiving a BA from Westminster College in Missouri, and attending medical school at the University of Kansas, Dr. Gray headed to the West Coast to complete his orthopaedic residency training at the University of California in San Francisco, and fell in love with the Bay Area. He continued his studies to complete his postgraduate training at Harvard Medical School in Boston. As a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Gray served as Chief of Orthopaedics at Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital in Puerto Rico. After his tour of duty, Dr. Gray returned to the Bay Area in 1978 to begin his long-standing private practice of Pediatric Orthopedics and Orthopaedics of the Spine. He was on staff at California Pacific Medical Center for 35 years, as well as Marin General, Santa Rosa Memorial, and Sutter Santa Rosa Hospitals. He specialized in scoliosis in adult and pediatric patients, spinal deformities, and degenerative conditions of the spine. Read more. (Updated February 2018) 

1969 (Residency) 1973 (Fellowship) - Richard Hellman, MD
Richard Hellman, M.D., FACP, FACE, was honored by the Kansas City Medical Society with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest award. Dr. Hellman has been a leader and innovator in the practice of diabetes care and also in the areas of patient safety and performance measurement both locally and internationally. In 1981, after nine years on faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Hellman founded his practice, Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates of North Kansas City, to design and direct the first comprehensive adult diabetes care program in Kansas City. He served as president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in 2007-08 and in 2016 received its Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award. He also has been active with the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, and was Kansas City Medical Society president in 2000. He has authored or co-authored over 40 scientific articles on diabetes, quality, safety and outcomes, and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Diabetes Care. (Updated February 2018)

1969 - In Memoriam: Joseph W. Hume, MD
Joseph Hume, 77, Basehor, KS, passed away Friday January 22, 2016 at his home. Memorial service 1 pm Saturday January 30, 2016 at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. (Updated February 2016)

1969 - In Memoriam: Nancy J. Litton, MD
Nancy Janette Meiklejohn "Dr. Litton," 73, of Independence, Mo., passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Nancy was born on July 8, 1943, in Smith Center, Kan., to Ralph and Neva Litton. After high school she attended the University of Kansas. She was a Pathologist for 44 years. She owned Litton Pathology Associates in Blue Springs. In her spare time she loved being outside-gardening, feeding the birds, and hiking at Burr Oak Woods. She also loved going to horse shows with her family, visiting Powell Gardens and traveling to Scotland and Branson. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Left behind to mourn her loss but cherish her memory, are her beloved husband, Duncan of the home; two daughters, Michelle Meiklejohn and husband, James Miller, of Norman, Okla., Savannah Meiklejohn of Independence, Mo.; two brothers, James Litton and wife, Betty, Melvin Litton and wife, Deborah; sister, Rebecca Crumbaker and husband, Dave; and 3 grandchildren, Alora, Cullyn and Annabelle. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara. (Updated March 2017)  

1969 - In Memoriam: Richard C. Preston, MD
Dr. Preston was born on March 29, 1942 and passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Dr. Preston was a resident of Great Bend, Kansas at the time of passing. He was raised in Macksville, Kansas, where he graduated from high school in 1960. Dr. Preston and his family made their home in Great Bend since 1977, after leaving the U.S. Army medical service at West Point, New York and Vicenza, Italy, where he was stationed for three years with his family. Dr. Preston was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, American College of Physicians, American Board of Internal Medicine, over 50 years membership in the Masonic Lodge, AF and AM Lodge 15-32nd Degree Master Mason, ISIS Shrine, York Rite-Directors Staff, University of Kansas Alumni Association, and the Kansas University Medical Center Alumni Association. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, with Pastor Mike Munz presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Masonic Rites will be conducted by the AM Lodge 15 and Military Rites will be conducted by the United States Army. Read Less Bryant Funeral Home 1425 Patton Road Great Bend, Kansas 67530 Bryant Funeral Home Great Bend, Kansas 67530 First Congregational United Church of Christ. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are suggested to the Sunflower Shrine Travel Fund or Cancer Fund at Golden Belt Community Foundation, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. (Updated August 2018)

1969 - In Memoriam: David L. Rayl, MD
Dr. David Rayl died on August 6, 2016. He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on October 7, 1943 to Harold and Claire Saylor Rayl. He was a graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He was a Navy Flight Surgeon who served aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. He did an internship at Camp Pendleton, CA and an OB/GYN residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He is also a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm having served with Fleet Hospital Five. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain. Following his retirement he spent 13 years on the staff at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kilby Rayl, his sisters Nancy Costello of Hutchinson, KS and Suzanne Seebald of York, PA; two sisters-in-law, Martha Allison and her husband, George, and Adrian Wang and her husband, Wenjong, and one brother-in-law, Ronn Kilby and his wife, Marti. Very special to him were his nieces and nephews; Tim Costello, Ann and Brian Chalfant , Scott and Janet Seebald, Craig and Carla Seebald, David Allison, Kathryne and Jesse Crowe, Sean and Angelique Kilby. Extra special to him were his grand nieces and nephews; Mike, Jack and Tommy Chalfant, Matthew and Savarin Seebald, Armand, Amelie and Ava Kilby and Gibson Crowe. (Updated August 2016)

1969 - In Memoriam: Stephen E. Vilmer, MD
Stephen E. Vilmer, M.D., 73, of Merriam, Kan., passed away November 12, 2016. Stephen was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Brownwood, Texas, to Charles and V. Patricia Vilmer. Steve is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gayle, sister, Ann (Larry) Graham, son, David E. Clark, niece, Laura Graham Isaac and grandnephews, Wes and Max. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Suzanne Allen. Steve graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and proudly served as President of his college fraternity, Alpha Kappa Lambda. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Kansas Medical School. After serving in the US Navy in Key West Fla., he and his family returned to the Kansas City area where Steve began his practice in orthopedic medicine. During the years, he served as President of the Clay/Platte County Medical Society, President of the Missouri State Medical Association, and Chief of Surgery at North Kansas City Hospital. Stephen retired in April 2016 after 40 years of medical service at the hospital. (Updated November 2016)


1970 - In Memoriam: Dennis W. Cope, MD, FACP
Dr. Dennis Cope passed away on June 27, 2017 at home in Simi Valley, California in the arms of his wife and daughters. He had struggled with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Dennis was born in Denver Colorado on June 8, 1941 to Wesley M. and Grace E. Cope. He grew up in Leavenworth and was destined to become one of America's leading physicians and medical educators. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1959. Initially, he considered the ministry graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he was senior class president. After his mother's death, he was led to pursue a career in medicine. He transferred to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he met his future wife (Mary Jean Cook) and became student body president. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center graduating at the top of his class in June 1970. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Endocrinology, all at UCLA School of Medicine. Dennis remained as a member of the UCLA Medical School faculty until 1995 when he accepted a position as Director of Internal Medicine for the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2002, he returned to UCLA as Chief of Medicine at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center where he remained until his retirement in 2013. Dennis was also Vice Chair of Internal Medicine for the Multi-Campus UCLA Department of Internal Medicine. During his career, Dennis received numerous teaching awards and honors including the prestigious Mellinkoff Faculty Award in 1994 as the most outstanding teacher and faculty member at the UCLA School of Medicine. This past February, Dennis was honored by UCLA with an annual lectureship in his name: The Dennis W. Cope Professorship in the Doctor-Patient Relationship. (Dennis was always a great listener!) He held many national leadership roles. He was one of the elected Regents of the American College of Physicians and previously the ACP governor for Southern California. Dennis was also President of the Association of Chairs and Chiefs of Departments of Internal Medicine. He was honored by Westmont College in 2005 as its Alumnus of the Year. Dennis' focus and love remained the doctor-patient relationship, in which he mentored a generation of physicians Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Wesley Cope, last August 2016. He is survived by Mary Jean, his wife of 52 years, his daughters Kari Cope and Kristina Cosart, son-in-law Shannon Cosart, daughter-in-law Jacqueline Cope (Kevin), and his five grandchildren, Carsen and Evan Cope and Kyle, Clay and Keaton Cosart. (Updated July 2017)

1970 (MCCI), 1971 (MCR) - In Memoriam: Philip Okun, MD
Dr. Philip, 72, of Douglasville, Ga., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2016, at home. Born in Richmond, Va. to Cantor Morris and Helen Okun, he lived there until graduating from the University of Richmond and the Medical College of Virginia before moving to Kansas City to complete his medical internship at the University of Kansas, where he met his first wife and mother of his children. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed as a major in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to Atlanta to complete his medical residency at Emory University, where he remained throughout his life. Phil was profoundly committed to the values and practices of Conservative Judaism instilled in him by his parents and grandparents, especially in regards to serving the Jewish communities in which they've lived. His grandfather, Adolph Katchko was a cantor at Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York City, whose influence is still felt in American cantorial liturgy. His father, Morris, was the cantor at Temple Beth-El in Richmond, and his mother, Helen (nee Katchko), was the temple's senior choir director, both of whom served for more than 40 years. He remained very close to his sister, Judith, and regularly traveled between Atlanta and Richmond to participate in High Holiday services at Temple Beth-Elwhich included leading overflow and alternative services at Temple Beth-El between 1960 to 2015 with his sister, Judith, and in later years, with her son, Michael Belinkie. Phil was equally passionate about his professional life as a child psychiatrist at numerous hospitals and clinics, as well as his own private practices in Atlanta. He worked tirelessly to help abused children overcome their traumas and become well-adjusted individuals. However, nothing gave Phil more joy than spending time with his family. He regularly spoke to and visited his adult children and their families in St. Louis and Los Angeles. He eagerly looked forward to annual trips to Hilton Head Island, S.C. to relax with his children, granddaughter, sister, brother-in-law and nephews. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Louis Belinkie; son, Joel Okun; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Derek Rudnak; and granddaughter, Maggie Okun. (Updated April 2016)

1970 - In Memoriam: Charles L. Pelton, MD, JD
Charles L. Pelton, MD, was born November 22, 1940 to Charles L. and Irene (Anderson) Pelton in Mitchell, SD. When he was six years old they moved to Timber Lake, SD. This is the area where he grew up and graduated from Timber Lake High School with the Class of 1959. Charles married the love of his life on June 21, 1959 in Timber Lake and they moved to Sioux Falls where he attended Sioux Falls College for one year. He worked for Salad Master and later worked for a Pharmaceutical Company. He went on to Vermillion attending USD from 1963-1967. He attended Kansas University and graduated with his Doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Charles Pelton, MD began his internship at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls in 1970. He was offered a position at a prestigious clinic in Sioux Falls once his internship was completed but he wanted to work in a rural setting. He took a position at Hoven and after about three years they moved to Gettysburg. In 1977 he moved to Aberdeen where he was in private practice until his retirement in 1987. Following his retirement, he continued working locum tenums for Indian Health Services, Emergency Room, and the VA until 2014. Charles took flying lessons from Harry Herbertson in Tea, SD. The family would all go along while he took his lessons. Once he earned his pilot's license he decided to become instrument trained and even in inclement weather they always got to their destination. They enjoyed their travel around the world including Asian and European countries. Charles was the father of three ambitious and productive children. He was proud of their abilities and confronted and encouraged them to succeed. He also encouraged his grandchildren to work to the utmost of their abilities. Charles was an avid writer and published several books. He also served on numerous committees at Avera St. Luke's Hospital. Charles was a highly creative man, whether he was writing, designing a landscape for the yard, choosing pictures that reinforced his beliefs. He enjoyed his time on his Kubota Tractor. He passed his passions on to his children. He also considered it a privilege to encourage his grandchildren and watch them become happy, healthy, productive members of society.   Grateful for having shared Charles's life are his wife of 58 years, Lois Myers-Pelton; children: Cynthia Pelton, Sioux City, IA; Chuck (Monica) Pelton, Aberdeen; and Christine Pelton, Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Alex Radigan-Pelton; Kaytlin Pelton; Megan Pelton; Heath (Chelsea) Pelton; Erik (Angela) Pelton; great-grandchildren: Dorian, Emmiline and Aidric; siblings: Doug (Helen) Pelton, Piedmont, SD and Nell Herricks of Florida. Preceding Charles in death are his father, Charles Leonard Pelton; mother, Irene (Briggs) Pelton-Anderson; step-father, Paul Anderson; brother, Michael Pelton and Step brother, Earl Jackman. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to the memorial of your choice. " We could not find enough words to describe the many facets of Charles' life. He will be greatly missed by his family and all of those who shared life with him." (Updated April 2017)

1970 - In Memoriam: Thomas G. Towner, MD
Thomas G. Towner passed away peacefully March 28, 2018 at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was 74. Thomas was born on January 15, 1944, in Ft. Worth, Texas, from the union of John and Elnora Towner. He spent his childhood in Wichita, Kansas, and later attended Kansas State University where he received his BA and graduated Cum Laude in 1966. In 1970, he received his MD from the University of Kansas Medical School. He served 9 years in the US Army Medical Corps and was stationed in Hawaii, Texas, and Colorado. He met Lori Camp on a blind date to Pizza Hut and they were married September 28, 1974, in San Antonio, Texas. They started a family in Parker, Colorado, then moved to Grand Junction in 1978. Thomas was the town's first Gastroenterologist and continued to practice for 28 years. Thomas was a member of the ASGE (American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy), and the AMA (American Medical Association). Upon retiring in 2006, Thomas built the barn of his dreams and spent the summers sailing the coast of Maine with Lori as his First Mate. Thomas requested his final words to read: "Thomas G. Towner- MD, Major US Army Medical Corps, Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Patriot, Physician, Gastroenterologist, Humorist, Historian, Astronomer, Sailor, World Traveler. Not so fluent in German, but I tried. F@%k the Lotto! Ahh sh*t, I'm going to miss the last season of Game of Thrones! It's been a good life." Thomas leaves behind his spouse of 43 years, Lori Towner, and their five children: Bryan (Candace) Towner, Mark Towner, Eric (Kelly) Towner, Greg (Dusadee) Towner, and Jenny (Shawn) McKibben. He is also survived by his four siblings; Sarajane McCully, Jack Towner, Jeff Towner, and Tim Towner. His seven grandchildren will cherish his memory and continue to share his stories. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Martin Mortuary with family visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. A committal service with military honors will be held at 1:00 PM following services. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St Mary's or any of its designations. (Updated April 2018)

1970 - In Memoriam: Lee Willoughby, MD
Thomas Lee Willoughby, known to friends and family as Lee, died unexpectedly Nov. 24 at his home in Woodland Park. He was 73. Lee was born April 16, 1943, in Jackson, MS., and his love of learning and leadership were evident from the beginning. He was president of his class at Provine High School and a National Merit Scholar who earned the highest score in the state of Mississippi. Lee was also a talented athlete and played football and baseball in high school. He studied psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. Lee became an instructor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.   In 1972, he began working at the UMKC Medical School where he worked to develop methods for evaluating and improving teaching methods and assessing student knowledge while conducting research in medical education. Lee loved computers and new technology. His knowledge of computers grew alongside the growth of the computer industry itself. Rumor has it that he owned the first Apple computer. Through his work and hobbies, Lee's computer skills ran the gamut from code writing and multimedia presentations to web design; he brought those skills to his community work. Lee was a lifelong advocate for the environment and sustainable farming. He and his wife, Kathy, began their journey together by growing food on their 10-acre farm in rural Missouri. When Lee and Kathy moved to Woodland Park in 2005, they threw themselves into learning about high-altitude gardening. Lee loved the city and threw his heart and soul into the community. He was the current president of Teller Park Conservation District and a member for seven years. He served on Keep Woodland Park Beautiful and the WP Utilities Advisory committees. He was also on the Woodland Park Main Street board and was the current treasurer. He helped establish and sustain The Harvest Center, an organization dedicated to educating the community about high-altitude gardening and sustainable living. Lee will be remembered for his warmth, wisdom, kindness and infectious sense of humor. His smile and "Hello" were an invitation to conversation that few could resist. He took great joy in time spent around a table eating great food and talking. But Lee was most of all a doer. He wasn't content just talking about problems of the world - he worked every day to make the world a better place. Read more. (Updated December 2016)   

1971 - In Memoriam: Bernard Z. Albina, MD
Dr. Bernard Z. Albina was born to eternal life on Holy Thursday. He was blessed to have received Last Rites immediately preceding his death, in keeping with his Roman Catholic faith. Dr. Albina was born in Jerusalem and educated in Lebanon before immigrating to the U.S. His Residency was at KU Medical Center where he met his loving wife, Cindi. They chose Houston as their family home. Bernard's greatest joys were his 47 year marriage to Cindi, spending time with family and friends, reading, world travel, enjoying an active social and cultural life, and his over 40 year career in Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital. Dr. Bernard Albina is survived by his beloved wife, Cindi Albina, their children: daughter Samia A. Bullock (husband Sean), daughter Tanya (Ty) A. Moz, son Mark Z. Albina (wife Adriana), Bernard's mother, Hilda Albina, sister Katy Albina and brother John Albina, Nelson Moz and Bernard's and Cindi's four grandchildren: Erika Elaine A. Moz, Emily Hope A. Moz, Katie A. Moz all of Houston, Tx, Corporal Cody Charles Albina, U.S. Marine Corps (wife Leah) of San Diego, Ca, and by family in France and Lebanon. Dr. Albina will be remembered for his humility, his great sense of humor and for his insatiable curiosity of all cultures, science, theology, music, languages, arts, and love for all species of nature including his cats and canaries. He was an artist, a home chef, and a gardener. "My brothers, consider it a great joy when trials of many kinds come upon you, for you well know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (James 1: 2-3)  (Updated April 2016) 

1971 (MD), 1972 (Internship), 1976 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Peter V. Bieri, MD
Dr. Peter V. Bieri, 72, died unexpectedly on May 29, 2018. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1971, and practiced in Lawrence for many years. He is survived by his loving wife Markie; two daughters, Kirsten, Chessa, and their husbands; one son, Britt, and his wife; and the joy of his life, his four grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association - Oncology Department. A family memorial is planned. (Updated June 2018)

1971 - In Memoriam: Susan E. Farrell, MD
Dr. Susan Elizabeth Farrell passed away on Thursday April 12, 2018, after her nearly four-year battle with cancer. Susan was born and raised in New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University, went on to medical school at the University of Kansas, and completed a fellowship in neurodevelopmental medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She practiced for nearly 15 years in Tulsa, OK and Kansas City, MO before making Greensboro, NC her home in 1991. She is preceded in death by her father, Coach Thomas Joseph O'Boyle, her two brothers, Thomas Robert O'Boyle and William Richard O'Boyle. She is survived by her mother, Rose Mary Mayes O'Boyle, her two sisters, Margaret Anne Briggs and Rose Mary O'Boyle, her son, James Edwin Thomas Farrell, her daughter, Margaret Elizabeth MacKay Brown, and five grandsons, Noah, Zachary, Henry, Cavan, and Callen. Susan loved her work as a physician as it enabled to her help those around her. She was an avid reader, loved traveling, and had a tremendous passion for sports. Her life will be celebrated Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home on N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC with visitation to follow. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider making a donation in Susan's honor to the Greensboro Cancer Center. Additionally, we encourage those in attendance to wear red, as it was her favorite color, and always reminded her of her father and her favorite team. (Updated April 2018)

1971 - Kenneth Gimple, MD
Kenneth Gimple had no idea while attending school in Clay Center that he would someday be teaching and assisting orthopedic surgery on three other continents. Kenneth graduated from CCCHS in 1963, received his Bachelor of Science from Emporia State in 1967 and his doctorate in medicine from KUMC in 1971. He served three years in the US Air Force in Hawaii and helped care for Vietnamese refugees on Wake Island in 1975. He then trained as an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1979 and joined the Tallgrass Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic in Topeka, where he practiced until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Gimple volunteered as a physician at the Colorado Olympic training camp in 1992 and has been active in his church and community. Since 1989 he has been the coordinator for Sports World, which brings professional athletes to local schools to encourage students to make good life choices. Perhaps his most meaningful contributions have been his overseas mission trips - all motivated by his Christian faith. From 1994 to 2006 he made an annual trip to eastern Ukraine to teach hip and knee replacement surgery.Dr. Gimple has also travelled to China and assisted surgeons there. In 2013 and 2014, he accompanied his son, a cardiologist, to Tanzania, Africa, where both taught in the Mwanza Medical School. Dr. Gimple is grateful for the support of his family and the encouragement of his teachers and coaches. He hopes that his example will inspire other CCCHS students to make a positive difference in the world. (Updated April 2016)

1971 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Modesto S. Gometz, MD
Modesto S. Gometz, MD, 81, of Pittsburg, died January 31, 2017 at his home. He was born June 15, 1935 in Ypacaraí, Paraguay the son of Florentin and Isidora Villalba Gomez. Dr. Gometz first earned a degree of public accounting at the National School of Commerce, then a Bachelor of Science at the National College, both in Paraguay. He received his medical degree in 1963 from the National University in Paraguay, and did his residency from 1964 to 1967 at the Pediatric National University in Paraguay. He also served in the Paraguayan Army and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. He moved from Asunción to Connecticut in 1968 to complete a one-year medical internship then continued his training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS where he completed his pediatric residency in 1971. He began his career working as a staff physician and then director of child development and clinical director at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, working with disabled children. In 1974 he moved to Pittsburg where he began his work serving the community as a pediatrician until 2015 when he retired, most of those years providing care in his own private practice at the Children and Teenagers Clinic. He served as an adjunct professor of psychology and counselor of education at Pittsburg State University from 1972 to 1975, and was a clinical instructor at the KU Medical Center from 1975 to 2000 and a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical School, Wichita, from 1980 to 1990. He also served on the Governor's Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services from 1989 to 2005, was president of Mt. Carmel Hospital Medical Staff from 1987 to 1988, and chairman of the Health Advisory Committee of the National Foundation March of Dimes from 1975 to 1980. Dr. Gometz was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the International College of Pediatrics. He held memberships in the Kansas Medical Association, Crawford County Medical Association, the Tourette's Syndrome Association, the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club, the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He married Nilda D. Aranda on September 21, 1967 in Asunción, Paraguay. She survives and remains a resident of Pittsburg, KS. Survivors include his wife Nilda; two sons Eric A. Gometz and his wife Carol of Overland Park, KS and Edward D. Gometz, MD and his wife Shannon of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters Agustina Gomez of Asunción, Paraguay, Marta Heintzelman of Kensington, MD and Nilda de Sanabria of Asunción, Paraguay; five grandchildren Sofia, Alexander, Nicolas, Juliana and Gabriel. Dr. Gometz loved caring for his patients. When interviewed by the Pittsburg Sun about his retirement, he said: "I have over 150 people who were patients of mine who brought back their children to me to take care of them. I have a great satisfaction with that." (Updated February 2017)

1972 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Byron A. Milgram, MD
Byron A. Milgram, 85, of Leawood, Kan. passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1931 in Kansas City, MO, and was a lifelong area resident. Byron received his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, followed by graduating from the University Of Missouri School of Law. He practiced law in Kansas City for a short period of time before deciding to transition to a career in psychiatry. Byron received his MD from the University of Missouri Medical School and completed his residency at Duke University. Following his residency, he returned to Kansas City for a long accomplished successful career as a psychiatrist, including time as a member of the board of directors at Menorah Medical Center. Bryon married the love of his life, Susie Brodkin, on July 31, 1966. Their 50 year marriage was a true fairy tale love story. He was a devoted husband. They were true partners and together they traveled the world. Byron was an experienced mountain climber. He loved exploring the Rocky Mountains as well as climbing some of the world's most famous mountains, including the Matterhorn. He was highly respected as a physician and a man of great integrity. His friends and family knew him to be loyal, compassionate, caring, smart, wise and kind. Byron was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Susie. He is survived by his daughters and son-in- law, Lisa Milgram and Heidi and Howie Erenberg, and grandchildren Betsy and Charlie Erenberg. (Updated January 2017)

1971 (MD), 1973 (Internship) - In Memoriam: Michael A. Montgomery, MD
Dr. Michael Montgomery, MD, 72, long-time cardiology specialist and Board of Trustees Chair for North Kansas City Hospital passed away unexpectedly July 25, 2018 at his home in Parkville, MO. Mike was born on August 14, 1945 in Manhattan, KS, the oldest son of Tom and Marie (Pritchard) Montgomery. He was a proud Eagle Scout from Troop 77. He graduated from Sabetha High School in Sabetha, KS and attended Kansas State University for his undergraduate degree. Mike pursued his passion for cardiology at the University of Kansas Medical School, graduated in 1971, and began his career in the Air Force. In 1981, he left the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, joined the Penn Valley Medical Group in Kansas City, and was on staff at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. Shortly thereafter, he joined the staff of NKCH and along with four partners, formed Northland Cardiology, which became part of Meritas Health. In 2012, he was elected Chairperson of the NKCH Board of Trustees. He received multiple professional honors including the Kansas City Medical Society - 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Professional Research Consultants, Inc. Excellence in Healthcare in 2016, and Ingram's Heroes in Healthcare 2017. Mike loved his work as a cardiologist. In his forty-plus year career, he prided himself on never missing a day of work. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1971 - Daniel N. Pauls, MD
Dr. Pauls retired as of December 31, 2015.  After completing his residency in internal medicine at Indiana University in 1977, Dr. Pauls was solo private practice in general internal medicine in Parsons, KS from 1977-2008. Since then, he has been the medical director of the Community Living Center at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, KS. (Updated February 2016)

1971 - Lauren A. Welch, MD
Dr. Welch originally received a bachelor's in German Literature from KU in 1967 before attending KUMC and getting his MD in 1971.  He did his residency at the University of Missouri and Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal.  He remembers that he first lived in Ellsworth Hall, then moved to Jolliffe Hall as undergrad and spent Junior Year Abroad at University in Bonn, Germany. He later practiced General Surgery, beginning in Garden City, KS, then also in Scott City, Wamego, Onaga, Atchison, and Horton. He writes that it has been a great run and he is now retired.  His wife Maura (McFarland) is now also retired (Ob-Gyn physician). Their children are grown, financially independent, and have given Lauren and Maura 7 grandchildren, ranging from under 2 years old to 22 years old. Life couldn't be better! (Updated January 2017)

1972 - In Memoriam: Grant A. Bever, MD
Grant Alan Bever, MD, a board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, died June 30, 2018, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri with visitation from 1:00-2:00. Burial will be in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UMKC Student Scholarships. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, Dr. Bever received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii as an Obstetrics and Gynecology intern, and his residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served in the United States Army as a flight surgeon for seven years during the Vietnam War. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1972 - In Memoriam: Brian E. Conner, MD
Brian E. Conner, M.D., 70, of Salina, passed away Oct. 27, 2016. He was born Jan. 27, 1946, in Great Bend to Fred and Helen (Opie) Conner. Brian graduated from Great Bend High School and participated with the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps. He graduated in 1968 from the University of Kansas with a chemistry degree followed by a medical doctorate in 1972. While at KU, he met Ann Cushing, and they were married in Downs, in 1969. During the 1970s, Dr. Conner completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and then fellowships in cataract and retina surgery before opening his practice in Salina in 1979. With interest in rural healthcare, Dr. Conner had monthly satellite clinics in earlier years in Russell, Lincoln, Washington, Clay Center and Abilene. He was one of the earliest eye doctors in the Salina area to offer laser eye surgery. In earlier years, Dr. Conner was a ham radio operator and worked with electronics and building his own sound equipment, which he used as a DJ at KU in the 1960s. An Eagle Scout in youth, he served as an adult scout leader in Salina Troop 214, traveling with his son to Philmont Scout Ranch and the World Jamboree in Holland in 1995. Brian also enjoyed singing bass in the Bethany College Messiah festival in Lindsborg and participated in their trip to sing in Carnegie Hall in 1997. From Scout to Surgeon, Brian enjoyed making things work, fixing what was broken and putting things together in detail. He had a special respect for God's creation whether seen in family life, nature, friends, science or music. Brian was preceded in death by his parents; uncle, Glenn Opie; and cousin, Bruce Conner. Survivors include: his wife, Ann, of Salina; son, David, of Denver, CO; brother-in-law, Bill (Mary) Cushing, Downs; aunt, Sandra Opie Waknitz (Charles), Great Bend; cousins, Joan Conner and Bill (Diana) Conner, Wichita, Jean Conner, San Francisco, CA, Harlan (Kathy) Opie, Olathe, Robin (Jen) Opie, Lafayette, CO; nephews, Christopher (Angela) Cushing, Lawrence, Seth (Kittie) Cushing, Downs, Joel (Cassidy) Cushing, Hutchinson, and many other relatives and friends. (Updated November 2016)

1972 - Carol Fabian, MD
Dr. Fabian was recently honored with admittance into KU's Women's Hall of Fame. Dr. Fabian received this honor due to her outstanding and innovative work in the fight against breast cancer. (Updated April 2016)

1972 - Thomas E. Geraghty, MD
The June/July 2017 issue of the Mission Magazine features Dr. Tom Geraghty and the non-profit organization, Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA) that was developed to surgically treat underprivileged residents in the Dominican Republic and other third-world countries.  With his surgical team, Dr. Geraghty has performed over 8,000 operations with MACLA. (Updated July 2017)

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

1972 - In Memoriam: John R. Neuenschwander, MD
Dr. John Rand Neuenschwander passed away, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas at the age of 69. He was born on August 8, 1947 in St. Louis, the oldest of five children, to Dr. John Rapp Neuenschwander and his late wife, Gloria June (Simpson) Neuenschwander . His family moved to Hoxie, Kansas in 1952 where his father opened a private practice as a Family Practice Physician. Dr. John Rand would later join that same medical practice in 1975 to work alongside his father. During his time in medical school he met Sylvia Ford. June 23, 1973, in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. John Rand and Sylvia were united in marriage. They were blessed with two daughters, Lori and Cindy. Throughout the course of his life, Dr. John Rand had a thirst for knowledge and a passion for educating, mentoring, and helping others. He graduated from high school in Hoxie, Ks and went on to complete medical school at the University of Kansas. He was a Family Practice Physician in Hoxie, KS for 33 years, providing care for the very community that had raised him and he had grown to love. To say he had hobbies is an understatement. He had an insatiable interest in circuitry, mechanics, electronics, woodworking, gunsmithing, art, animals, and music. When he was not in the office or at the hospital, he could be found in his lab downstairs or in the garage, working with friends and family on their projects or perfecting his EarShot II electronic earmuff circuitry. He was a font of knowledge, had an entertaining witty personality, and a love for his family and friends. Read more. (Updated January 2017)

1972 - In Memoriam: Richard L. Stratton, II, MD
Richard (Rick) passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of January 15th. He will be missed by all of those who knew him. Rick was born and raised in Green River, Wyoming and attended both college and medical school at the University of Kansas. Rick did his OB-GYN residency in Arizona before settling his practice in Reno. Rick was an avid KU basketball fan, a world traveler, and a dog lover. Rick is survived by his nieces, Melinda Myers Cook of Los Altos, CA and Megan Myers Blair of Wilton, CA; their families; and brother-in-law, Morgan Myers. He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Stratton Myers. Per Rick's wishes, there will be no service. A donation in Rick's name can be made to the SPCA of Northern Nevada. (Updated January 2018) 

1972 - Ralph C. Thomas Jr., MD
Dr. Thomas writes to us that he is currently the President of Mercy Clinic - West Region, in Oklahoma. Congratulations, Dr. Thomas! (Updated June 2018)

1972 - Mary Anne Totten, MD
Dr. Totten writes to us that she is enjoying retirement and has begun a 2-year chaplaincy program through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. (Updated March 2018)

1973 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Winston D. Crabb, MD
Dr. Winston Crabb, age 74, passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 30, 2017 in Rio Rancho, NM. Winston was born on May 15, 1943 in Waukgan, Illinois to Wilfred and Leona Crabb. He lived in Billings, Montana and graduated from Billings High School. Winston attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for two years and then Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois; graduating in 1967 with his medical degree. He and Millie Crabb were married in 1965 and shared 53 years together. Winston was preceded in death by both of his parents and a sister, Beverly Bain, of Bozeman, MT. He is survived by his wife, Millie, of Rio Rancho, NM and three children. They are; a son Wesley and Jenna, of Albuquerque, NM; and daughter Laura Crabb of Lincoln, NE and son, Willliam and Cori of Lincoln, NE. Winston had three grandsons; Lucca Crabb of Sioux Falls, SD; David Crabb of Lincoln, NE and Ian Crabb of Lincoln, NE. Two step grandchildren, Debbie and Kenny Cooperrider live in Sioux Falls, SD. After medical school, Winston spent two years in the Navy at NAS Lemoore in California during the Viet Nam War. They moved to Kansas City, KA for a three year medical residency in OB/GYN. Winston and Millie and children lived in Lincoln, NE for 40 years raising their family and practicing medicine until his retirement. The couple moved to warmer Rio Rancho, New Mexico in 2014. Winston's last act of charity was a donation of blood for the hurricane victims. In lieu of flowers, please donate a unit of blood or make a donation to your local blood bank. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit (Updated June 2018)

1973 - William H. Deschner, MD
Dr. Deschner happily retired in 2014 after 38 years of practicing OB-GYN. He is now enjoying tennis, travel, and sunshine in Palm Springs. (Updated December 2016)

1973 - In Memoriam: Ellis A. Penny, MD
Dr. Don Penny passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16th at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of pneumonia. Services are set for March 4, 10am at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, KS. Don was born in 1943 in Garden City, Kansas, to Gordon and Louise Wilson Penny as the third of six children. He was active in Boy Scouts and the Congregational Church and graduated from Garden City High School, where he played coronet and was drum major of the band. Don attended Emporia State Teachers College for two years as a history major and then served in the Army from 1963 to 1966. His military experience as a psychology and social work technician led to an interest in medicine and psychiatry. After completing his Army service, Don enrolled in the University of Kansas, where he met the woman who would become his wife, Elaine Spillman. They were married in 1970 in Prairie Village, Kansas and resided in KC,KS for medical school, where Don graduated from KUMC in 1973. Don soon discovered his love for working with patients, using his gifts of a gentle touch and illuminating sense of humor. His dream was to become a small-town general practitioner. His was the last class to offer that designation before the change to "family practice." Upon graduation, Don accepted an internship in Denver, where he initially worked in the emergency room at St. Anthony's Central Hospital. He then took over a 40-year-old general practice in Arvada, a suburb of Denver, where he practiced until 1993. Read more(Updated March 2016)

1973 - In Memoriam: Cynthia L. Romito, MD
Dr. Cynthia Louise Romito, of Leawood, passed away Friday March 16, 2018 at the Kansas City Hospice House after an 18-month battle with leukemia. She was 70 years old. She was born Aug. 29, 1947 in Beaver, Okla., to Charles and Geraldine Brisendine. She attended school in Liberal, Kan., graduating Liberal High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1965, and graduated from Ottawa University in 1969 with a degree in chemistry. Cynthia earned her M.D. in 1972 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she met her fellow medical student and future husband, Dr. John Romito. They were married May 27, 1972 at the First Baptist Church in Liberal.  She was a true companion to John, lovingly supporting, helping and encouraging him in every part of his life for more than 45 years.  She began her practice in the Kansas City area, later moving to Montana to practice first in Anaconda and then in Missoula. Cynthia and John returned to the Kansas City area in 1980, where she took a fellowship with the Speer Allergy Clinic and began an allergy practice that lasted until her retirement for medical reasons in 2017.  In addition to practicing in Overland Park, she maintained practices in Hoisington and in Butler, Mo., and took part in a number of overseas medical missions.  She was also a member of the American Medical Association and the Kansas City Allergy Association.  As a physician, she put her patients first, building longstanding relationships by always listening to their concerns and seeking to benefit them rather than herself.   She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. (Updated May 2018)

1974 (MD), 1980 (Residency) - In Memoriam: John M. Berry, MD
John M. Berry, M.D., 70, of Mission Hills, KS, loving husband and father and lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, passed away on August 22, 2018. John graduated from the Pembroke-Country Day School, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an Internship in Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO, followed by a Registrarship in Dermatology and a Clinical Assistantship in Dermatology at the Royal Infirmary, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He then completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Earlier in his career, John held a faculty appointment as Clinical Instructor in Dermatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. A board-certified dermatologist, he maintained a private medical practice in the Kansas City area for over 30 years. While retired, he remained a part of the medical community by volunteering in several capacities, including as a stakeholder reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he assisted educators in developing curriculum to promote a team approach to geriatric care. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1974 - Mary E. Brothers, MD
Dr. Brothers was treated for stage IV breast cancer from 2003 to 2009. She worked with Kelly Pendergrass, MD '74, Mark Davidner, MD'16, and Rick Mundis, MD'74. She retired in 2008 and has been a Master Gardener of Leavenworth County since 2010. She has been married 44 years to Doug Brothers, PhD, who is at the Department of Physics/Astronomy at Benedictine College. They have no children and are active in the arts in Kansas City, MO, including the Lyric Opera Guild, KCPT Producers Society, the KC Symphony and more. Doug was named one of 12 "Icons of Education" in 2016 in Ingram's Magazine. He is in his 49th year of teaching at Benedictine College and they enjoy collecting Nash/Rambler cars. (Updated November 2016) 

1974 - In Memoriam: Marvin C. Cohen, MD
Dr. Marvin C. Cohen was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1948 to parents, Fannie (Cohn) and Samuel Cohen. He spent his early childhood in Jacksonville and Waycross, Ga. In 1958 he moved with his family to his Kansas City. Dr. Cohen passed away August 11, 2016. Marvin graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School and received degrees from the University of Kansas in Pharmacy, Medicine, and Surgery. He was a Fellow of the American Board of Surgery. Marvin was an employed physician of Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Mo., for 20 years. In 2010 Dr. Cohen was the first recipient of Cass Regional Medical Center's "Physician of Excellence" award, nominated by the nursing staff. Marvin enjoyed being a "gentleman's farmer," riding his tractor, tending to his animal menagerie and whatever creature needed a home. He is survived by his beloved wife, Denise Ashby-Cohen of the home. Marvin was preceded in death by his sister, Libby (Cohen) Needle and brother, Harvey Cohen. The family will be forever grateful for the loving care, support, love and prayers extended by the staff at Cass Regional Medical Center, to Drs. Richard Price and Samuel Brewster, to Nora Dahman, Abby Elliott, Vince, Cindy & Kylie, and to our many family. (Updated August 2016)

1974 (MD), 1977 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Dale W. Friesen, MD
Funeral Services for Dr. Dale Wesley Friesen, 71 of Lawrence, KS will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, KS. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. He passed away following a brief illness on June 26, 2018 surrounded by his family. Dale was born March 12, 1947 in American Falls, Idaho, the son of Wilmer and Ellen (Wedel) Friesen, where he was raised on a potato & dairy farm. He was a 1965 graduate of American Falls High school and in 2005, he was inducted into the Heritage Club Hall of Fame by the American Falls Education Foundation as a distinguished alumnus. In 1965 he left the farm and attended Bethel College in North Newton, KS where he completed his undergraduate studies in biology. He completed medical school and his anesthesiology residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1976. Dale and Connie were married in 1969 and moved to Lawrence, KS in 1976 where they raised their 2 sons. Dale was the founding partner of Lawrence Anesthesia, PA and the first Board Certified MD in Anesthesia in Lawrence, KS. He worked as an Anesthesiologist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for 39 years, retiring in 2015. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1974 (MD), 1978 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Michael D. Giessel, MD
Dr. Michael D. Giessel, 70, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018. Dr. Giessel was born January 28, 1948, the son of John and Inez Birzer Giessel, growing up in Larned, Kansas. Mike attended St. Lawrence High School Seminary in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Mike served as past president of the Kansas Dermatological Society and the Shawnee County Medical Society and was retired from his dermatology practice in Topeka. In 1974, Michael and Cindy Nelson were united in marriage, enjoying 43 years together. He was an avid KU fan, enjoyed time at Lake Wabaunsee, playing with the grandchildren and traveling. Grateful to have shared Mike's life are his wife, Cindy; children, Amanda Peterson (Chuck), Sarah Parrish (Marc) and Jerrod Giessel (Katie); grandchildren, Doug and Emily, Anna and Bennett, and Daegan, Kasen and Pierson; siblings, Madalene Miller (Sandy), Tom Giessel (Sheryl) and Jay Giessel (Kat). Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, where a rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at the Church. Inurnment will be private in Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Most Pure Heart of Mary Church or to Topeka Rescue Mission, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. (Updated May 2018)

1974 - In Memoriam: John D. Pro, MD
John Dennis Pro, 69, of Camdenton, MO, passed away December 8, 2016. He was born January 21, 1947, in Kansas City, MO, to George and Margaret Pro. He was happily married to the love of his life, Marilyn Pro for 45 years. He is survived by his brothers, G.H. Pro and Scott Pro, his children, Sarah Beth and Tanner Johnson, Boyd and Regan Pro, George and Annie Pro, Will Pro and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel and Anna Kate Johnson, Hazen Pro and Pierre Pro. John was boarded in geriatric psychiatry and he founded Midwest Psychiatric Consultants in Kansas City. John will be remembered by his remarkable kindness, humbleness and generosity. He was dearly loved by each of his grandchildren and will be missed by each of his children. (Updated December 2016)

1974 (MD), 1978 (Residency) - David K. Ross, MD
Dr. Ross writes to us that he is now retired and volunteering twice a month at the Jay Doc Clinic. (Updated February 2018)

1974 (Residency) - Gerardo G. Vergara, MD
Dr. Gerardo G. Vergara, 77, passed away August 30, 2016. Gerardo, "Gerry", was born on Sept. 30, 1938, in Isabela, Negros Occidental, Philippines, to Marciano C. Vergara, Sr. and Paz G. Getalada. Gerry received his Medical Degree in 1964 from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. In the same year, he migrated to Kansas City to complete his internship and General Surgery residency at Menorah Medical Hospital, and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Thus began his life immensely devoted to medicine and his patients. He even went as far as to bring his practices to the US Army Reserve as a physician. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. "He practiced pathology for greater than 40 years in the Kansas City area, where he was highly respected for his diagnostic skills and his uncompromising professional standards. He saw no efforts too great to make in his contribution to the quality of patient care. His wise counsel and kindness enriched all who knew him," words of his best friend Dr. Allan Fleming. Friends of Gerry and anyone else around him can easily say he was a very loving, generous, caring, helpful, romantic, and forgiving man. Most importantly, he was compassionate and fun. Gerry was always the life of the party. He loved hosting parties at his house with great food, wine and live music. He had the capability to draw out genuine smiles, laughter, and enjoyment from anyone. Everyone who joined him for dinner or a party always heard him preach the stories and benefits of having one glass of red wine a day. He loved the company of people as much as they loved his company. He found joy in sharing his music, one of his greatest passions. Gerry loved playing the piano, violin, and composing songs. He was also a graceful dancer. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Sheelah Changho; his children, Gerelean, Herbert (Jasmine), Gerard, Hans (Rowena), Maria (Michael), and Wendy; and his grandchildren, Victoria, Wolfgang, Ethan, Asher, Nicholas, Isabella, Joshua, Benjamin, Jesse, Sam, and Paul. (Updated September 2016)

1975 - In Memoriam: Gordon G. Berg, MD
Gordon G Berg, MD, was born on December 14, 1950 and passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Gordon was a resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the time of passing. Born in Wellington, Kansas, Gregg graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1975, and went on to a residency and assistant professorship in radiology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. A service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, April 28th at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to APG Foundation, PO BOX 1248, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52406, which provides assistance to Cedar Rapids cancer patients in need. (Updated April 2018)

1975 (MD), 1976 (Internship), 1978 (Residency), 1980 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Barry C. Goldman, MD
Dr. Barry Goldman passed away March 30, 2018 at the age of 68 after a long struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Madeline, his son Josh and daughter Elise, their spouse and children. Barry wrote this message and wanted to share this with his family, friends and patients. "When I saw a patient for the first visit, I would introduce myself; My name is Dr. Goldman but you can call me Barry. I am your basic old fashion Internal Medicine physician and I practice Frank Sinatra style medicine which means I do it my way and If I don't know, no one will try harder to find out. I was referred to by my patients as Dr. Action. I achieved notoriety for my chicken soup. I told patients if it does not cure you, you will need to be hospitalized. It was a great honor to spend the bulk of my career at Ochsner Medical Center prior to that in Kansas City. The greatest blessing of my life was my wife Madeline of 18 years. She gave me joy in my darkest hours and immeasurable love throughout my journey. God Bless all of you." (Updated October 2018)

1975 - Nolan C. Jones, MD
Dr. Jones is a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist with a Subspecialty on Gynecologic Oncology who is living in California. He has just published a book through FriesenPress called "Inimitable Orphan Toys." (Updated July 2016)

1975 (MD), 1978 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Daniel J. Manion, MD
Dr. Dan Manion of Overland Park, physician, Vietnam veteran, loving son, big brother, and uncle, and caring friend, died June 10, 2018 due to complications of an injury he recently suffered. Dan was born in Norfolk, Nebraska March 22, 1946, the only child of his mother, Jodine's first marriage. Jodine remarried James "Jim" Kelley whom Dan thereafter considered to be his father. Four beautiful sisters came along and Dan was warmly devoted to and fiercely protective of each one. After graduating from (high school and college), Dan served in the US Army including a tour of duty stationed in Danang, Republic of Vietnam. After receiving his honorable discharge and several military awards. Dan completed his degree in Medicine from University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City on May 19, 1975. Dan went on to serve as an emergency room physician at hospitals and clinics in the Kansas City area for many years prior to retirement. Read more. (Updated June 2018)

1975 - In Memoriam: William W. Orrison Jr., MD
William Werner Orrison, 68, passed away Oct. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, of a neuro-degenerative disorder. Born April 2, 1949, in Louisville, Ky., Bill was the eldest child of Agnes Rutherford Miller "Ruth" Orrison, R.N., and William Werner Orrison Sr., M.D., known as Werner. Bill grew up in southwestern Kansas, where his father was among the last generation of country doctors. From his earliest years, Bill witnessed his father's devotion to humble patients and dreamed of joining him in practice as a physician. Bill graduated in 1967 from Meade High School, an Eagle Scout and accomplished horseman. Attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence on an ROTC scholarship, Bill rose to commander of his U.S. Air Force squadron, but at the Fiji house he was known as "Doc," for his unlicensed diagnostic skills. He graduated from KU in 1971 in chemistry and remained a lifelong Jayhawk fan. As a second-year student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Bill encouraged his 52-year-old father to undergo elective heart surgery. Dr. Orrison died on the operating table. Guilt-ridden, Bill dropped out of school. However, the Air Force gave Bill the option to repay his college scholarship as a sewer technician or to resume his studies toward becoming a physician. Dr. William Werner Orrison Jr. graduated in 1975. After completing his internship at the University of Wisconsin, Bill remained in Madison to enter a double residency in neurology and radiology, finishing in 1981. While a resident, Bill contracted meningitis from a patient, lapsing into a coma. Regaining consciousness, Bill had to learn to walk and talk again. Among Bill's caretakers was Rebecca Spiller, R.N., whom Bill married in 1982. Bill and Becky had three children together, William Werner III, now of Las Vegas, Jennifer Jean of San Diego, Calif., and Michael Matthew of Park City, Utah. Read more. (Updated November 2017) 

1975 (MD) 1979 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Patrick K. Price, MD
Patrick K. Price, M.D., 68, died December 6, 2017. A Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, followed by visitation 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Dec. 9, at St Agnes, 5250 Mission Road, Roeland Park, KS 66205. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison at a later date. Contributions are suggested to St. Benedict's Abbey, 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, KS 66002. Care entrusted to Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, 208 N. 5th St., Atchison, KS. Pat was born in Atchison, KS on March 29, 1949 to Mary Ellen (Jochems) Price and A. Patrick Price. He graduated from Maur Hill in 1967 and KU in 1971. He continued on to KU Medical Center and completed a residency in Internal Medicine. He then completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver in 1981. He was board certified in both fields. Pat married Cyndy Kuntzelman and moved to Kansas City in 1981 to open a solo practice in Independence and later in Blue Springs. He combined his practice with Eye Care, Inc. which ultimately became Discover Vision Centers. For 15 years Pat simultaneously served as a Regional Medical Director for Medicare through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, starting his days early in Blue Springs and working late in Topeka. Wearing his signature bow ties, and during the holiday season his famous red plaid Pendleton slacks, Pat enjoyed his medical community, staff and patients from Blue Springs, Independence and surrounding small towns. It pleased him to fill the role of a small town doctor by attending athletic events, fund raisers, weddings, graduations, birthday parties, church suppers, funerals and other events of his patients, his staff, and their families. Pat's proudest achievement was the family he built with his wife, Cyndy, and their two children, Megan and Joe. Read more. (Updated December 2017) 

1975 - Richard H. Stein, MD
Dr. Stein hails from the inaugural KUSM-W class of 1975 (seems like only 'yesterday'). He remarks it is interesting to witness, from afar, the growth of the medical schools in both Wichita and Kansas City. He recently retired from a 37 year career in Community Mental Health (in New England), and looks back with fond memories of all his mentors, friends, and colleagues at KUMC and KUSM-W. Dr. Stein has now undertaken a host of volunteer commitments, teaching teens in summer school, travels and deferred hobbies.  He sends his kind regards to you all. (Updated March 2017)

1975 (MD), 1979 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Ronald W. Stitt Jr., MD
Ronald Wayne Stitt Jr. M.D., died Friday, March 16, 2018 of a sudden cardiac event. Ron was born in Kansas City on January 27, 1949 to Ronald Wayne Stitt Sr. M.D. and Kathryn Louise Stitt (née Pees).  Ron was a lifelong resident of Kansas City where he practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 43 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1975.  He attended medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City graduating in 1977.  Ron then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center and was Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery.  He practiced medicine with Encompass Medical Group for 35 years.  While at  K.U. Medical Center, Ron co-authored Effect of Corticosteroids on Lung Surfactant Activity in Experimentally Produced Fat Embolism in Rats. Stitt, R.W., Adler, F.; Surg. Forum. 1977.  For several years Ron has been recognized as a Super Doctor. Ron is survived by his wife of 35 years Janet Randall Stitt and his sons Michael Paul Stitt and Maxwell Ryan Stitt.  He also is survived by his sister Martha Louise Schwegler (Robert Schwegler) and brother Richard Paul Stitt. In accordance with Dr. Stitt's wishes a memorial service will not be held. A private gathering to remember Ron's life will be held at a future date. (Updated April 2017)

1976 (MD), 1976 (PhD) - In Memoriam: Darrell Robert Abernethy, MD, PhD
Darrell R. Abernethy, MD, PhD, died with advanced pancreatic cancer on November 18, 2017. The last 23 years of his life were spent in Annapolis, Maryland and Annapolis had very much become his home. Dr. Abernethy worked actively as a Clinical Pharmacologist, Physician Scientist, and an Internist specializing in Geriatric Medicine until the time of his death. This brought to an end a productive career that spanned over three decades. Darrell Abernethy was the son of Roberta and Howard Abernethy, and is survived by one brother, Rollin, Rollins family (wife Carolyn, daughter Meggan, and son Ian), and his partner, Susan Zevin. He was born in Beloit, Kansas on November 2, 1949, and raised on the family farm in Scottsville, Kansas. Darrell felt that the values and work ethic that he gained during these early years provided the key foundation that supported his development as a physician scientist. He attended primary and secondary school in Scottsville, Simpson, and with the formation of consolidated district #273, graduated from Beloit High School in 1967. He valued the link to these formative roots, and returned to Scottsville and Beloit to visit the family farm through the years, including the 50th reunion of his high school class in May, 2017. His later education was at the University of Kansas (degree in Chemistry, 1971, MD and PhD degrees in 1976), with further medical training in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami (Miami, Florida) and further training in Clinical Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts). He also was trained in Geriatric Medicine at Boston University. Following education, Dr. Abernethy embarked on a career in academic medicine and later research medicine. Read more. (Updated December 2017) 

1976 (MD), 1978 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Frank W. Hansen, MD
Dr. Frank William Hanson, 66, died unexpectedly in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, June 25. The son of William Lloyd and Dorothy Uerling Hansen, Frank grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1968. He attended Colorado College and the University of Kansas as an undergraduate, the University of Kansas Medical School for medical school and internal medicine residency and the University of Arkansas for his pulmonary fellowship. Frank then moved to Garden City, Kansas and married Gail Fender. Together, they had three children: Nichole, Heather and Rachel, while Frank maintained a successful medical practice. Frank was loved, trusted, admired and appreciated. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and, occasionally, unleashing his clever sense of humor. His good natured pranks were both feared and revered. He will be missed terribly. Frank is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Nichole. He is survived by his wife Gail, daughters Heather and Rachel Hansen, brother Eric Hansen (Lana), sister Cynthia Hansen Siler (Dr. Thomas), in-laws Don and Shirley Fender and Rick and Becky Fender Thomeczek, and numerous nieces and nephews. (Updated July 2016)  

1976 - In Memoriam: Douglas P. Shore, MD
It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Dr. Douglas P. Shore passed away on January 24, 2016. Loving and devoted father of Ethan and Gabriel, former husband of Jessica Stein, brother of Richard Shore, son of Marjorie Shore and the late Herbert Shore and best friend to Barry Ilberman and Attorney Mark Goodman. Dr. Shore was a practicing ophthalmologist in Guilford for over 30 years. Born in NYC and raised on Long Island he was a gifted scholar-athlete. As an adult, he was passionate about playing and watching sports and made annual pilgrimages with his sons to the US Open and to New York Giants training camps. He received his B. A. from Northwestern University and his medical degree from University of Kansas. He did his residency at Nassau County Medical Center. He will be missed by all but most profoundly by his 2 devoted sons, Ethan and Gabriel. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Temple Beth Tikvah, 196 Durham Road, Madison with Rabbi Stacy Offner officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaver Brook Cemetery in Clinton. (Updated February 2016)

1977 (Residency) - In Memoriam: James A. Caplin, MD
James A. Caplin, M.D., 74, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017. He was born on November 19, 1942 to Samuel and Helen Caplin in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School class of 1960. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Doctorate in Medicine Degrees at Indiana University. He completed his pediatric internship at the Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana and then completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dr. Caplin's sub-specialty training included two fellowships in Allergy-Immunology from the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Caplin was a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Nueces County Medical Society and the National Psoriasis Foundation. He had also published several publications in various medical journals. Dr. Caplin served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. To those who knew him, Dr. James Caplin was a relentless force in everything he did. He devoted the past 35 years of his life to his companies and foundation: Corpus Christi Allergy and Asthma Center, Corpus Christi Skin Surgery and Dermatology Center, Southwest Allergy and Asthma Foundation, Morgan Pediatric Center and Morgan Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Center. He built the largest solo allergy practice in South Texas. Throughout his life, he demonstrated a desire to give back to the community through medicine and various events to help families in need. His legacy will be left in the hands of his staff which he greatly appreciated and will honor him by continuing his work. James A. Caplin, M.D. is preceded in death by: Mother, Helen S. Hatfield, Father, Samuel S. Caplin, Step Brother, Stephen L. Hatfield, Step Brother, Stuart Warner. James A. Caplin, M.D. is survived by: Brother, Richard Caplin, M.D. of San Francisco, California, Step Brother, Nicholas Hatfield of Indianapolis, Indiana, Step Sister, Carole Stetson of Gainesville, Florida. (Updated June 2017)

1977 (MD), 1979 (Internship), 1981 (Residency) - Kay L. Crider, MD
Dr. Crider writes to us that she retired from 25 years at Stormont Vail ED in January of 2018. Her two daughters live close so she is busy with seven grandchildren. She is using a cane and leg brace now from post-polio but is still active. She is enjoying retirement. (Updated June 2018)

1977 (Residency), 1980 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Donald F. Middendorf, MD
Donald Frederic Middendorf, age 69, of Dublin, formerly of Hilliard, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Member of St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church. Graduated from St. Xavier High School Cincinnati, OH in 1966, Xavier University in 1970 and The Ohio State University Medical School in 1974. Donald served his internship and residency at The University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS. He worked in his private practice from 1980-1984 in Portsmouth, OH and then moving to The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor from 1984-1998 and again private practice in Chillicothe, OH from 1998 until retiring. Preceded in death by parents Donald and Virginia Middendorf and sister Peggy Middendorf. Survived by loving wife of 47 years, Kathy; children, Rodney (Amy Ita) Middendorf and Matt (Cindy) Middendorf; brothers, Bill (Sharon) Middendorf and Fred (John Keegan) Middendorf; granddaughter, Elyse; and numerous loving relatives and friends. Family will receive friends Monday 6-8 pm at THE TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am Tuesday at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4475 Dublin Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI, 1225 Dublin Rd., Suite 125, Columbus, OH 43215. (Updated December 2017)

1977 - In Memoriam: Ron Plemons, MD
Beloved father and husband Ronald Warren Plemons passed away last Tuesday, March 1st, after a 15-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 68 years old. Born April 8, 1947, Ron grew up in Medicine Lodge, Kansas where he cultivated a hard work ethic and passion for running, two traits that would come to define him to family and friends. After graduating from Kansas State in 1970, Ron joined the Air Force as an electrical engineer and spent four years travelling the world before enrolling at KU to fulfill his dream of becoming a M.D. He retired from the USAF as a Colonel 20 years later in the Sacramento area and finished his medical career as a respected orthopedic surgeon in Roseville. A consummate family man and devout Christian, Ron (or dad) was always there for loved ones and had dedicated his life to helping those in need. He was preceded in death by his parents Ford & Louise and his sister Marie. He leaves behind his wife and love of his life Melody, three children: Jason, Jared and Larissa, daughter-in-law Anna, son-in-law Andrew, five grandchildren: Sarah, Moses, Josephine, Charlotte and Elizabeth, and his older brother Robert. Burial this Friday March 11th at 10am at Lakeside Memorial Lawn in Folsom. Memorial service will follow at 11am at Sun River Church in Rancho Cordova. Remembrances in Ron's name may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Campus Crusade for Christ. (Updated March 2016) 

1977 (Fellowship) - Stephen M. Polland, DO, FCCP
Dr. Stephen Max Polland, DO, FCCP, 78 of Lone Tree Colorado passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 3, 2018 at his home. He was born August 2, 1939 in Sterling, Colorado to Louise A. and Max Polland. Dr. Polland is survived by his brothers, Dr. Calvin Polland, DO, and his wife Linda of Estes Park and Mr. Timothy Polland of St. Veit, Austria; his children, Jason K. Polland and wife Sabrina Polland of Vail; Daughter, Julia L. and husband John M. Roguski, Jr., grandchildren, Kiota and Johnny Roguski of Golden; and Life Partner, Mai Filipini of Colorado Springs.
Dr. Polland, was preceded in death by his parents, Louise A. and Max Polland of Sterling, and brother, Dr. Daniel Polland, DO of Grand Junction. Dr. Polland was a board certified Intensivist, Pulmonologist and Professor of Medicine. Read more. (Updated July 2018)

1978 (MD), 1982 (Residency), 1983 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Robert A. Morton, MD
Dr. Robert Arthur Morton, 67, formerly of Arkansas City, passed away in his home in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. His courageous battle with cancer ended peacefully with his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, with burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends are invited to greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. A celebration of life reception will be held in San Angelo, Texas at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the University of Kansas Endowment in support of the Roscoe F. Morton and Robert A. Morton Memorial Award (KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044, or online at or to the Cowley College Foundation, P.O. Box 1147, Arkansas City, KS 67005. Robert Arthur Morton (Bob), son of Roscoe Falls Morton and Marie Foster Morton, was born in Arkansas City on Feb. 2, 1951. Bob spoke fondly of his childhood in Ark City as a time of great family memories, friendships, adventure and fun. He received the majority of his childhood education in Ark City before attending high school at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas, where he graduated in 1969. He then attended Colorado College until 1973, where he met two of the great loves of his life-his wife Lou and the beauty of Colorado. Knowing his passion was to help others, Bob followed in the footsteps of his father and brother by becoming a physician. He earned his medical degree in 1978 and completed his internal medicine residency program in 1981, both from the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita. Read more. (Updated August 2018)

1978 (MD), 1982 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Carl A. Vierthaler, MD
Dr. Carl August Vierthaler, 63, died February 4, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born on July 13, 1953 in Spearville, the son of Lawrence and Erma (Heskamp) Vierthaler.Carl spent his childhood in Spearville and graduated from Spearville High School in 1971. Carl went on to further his education, first at St. Mary's of the Plains College in Dodge City where he graduated in 1975 and then on to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 1978. On June 25, 1977 he married Nancy Kettner in Mission, Kansas. Dr. Vierthaler served his residency years in Wichita from 1978-1981. He then returned to Dodge City in 1981 to begin his practice in Internal Medicine at Dodge City Medical Center. Dr. Vierthaler enjoyed horseback riding and kayaking at HorseThief Reservoir. He was a dedicated family man, unrelentingly funny, and a true advocate for his countless patients over the years. He was a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Ford County Medical Society, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Carl is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home; three sons, Luke Vierthaler of Wichita; Paul Vierthaler and wife Shannon Stewart of Leiden, Netherlands; Mark Vierthaler and wife Jennifer of Dodge City; and one grandson, Kolin Walker of Dodge City. He is also survived by his parents, Lawrence and Erma Vierthaler of Spearville; four brothers, Steve Vierthaler and wife Peggy of Lee's Summit, Missouri; Lyle Vierthaler and wife Donna of Wichita; Bruce Vierthaler and wife Cindy of Spearville, Greg Vierthaler and wife Jill also of Spearville; and one sister, Lois Vierthaler Kessen and husband Greg Kessen of Dodge City. (Updated February 2017)

1979 (MD), 1981 (Internship), 1985 (Residency) - In memoriam: Heather Alward Irwin, MD
Heather died in Port Angeles, Washington, on August 29, 2018, after a brief and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Heather was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, on June 7, 1944, the eldest daughter of Wallace Carson Alward and Audrey Norma MacLeod Alward. Heather emigrated with her family in 1958 to Lakewood, Ohio. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1962. She received her RN diploma from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in June 1965, and that same month married her high school sweetheart, George (Terry) Irwin. For the next six years Heather worked as an RN to support her husband's academic studies. Still working, Heather entered pre-medical studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, graduating in 1976 Summa cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Chemistry. Heather attended University of Kansas School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She continued her training at KU in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Heather was in private practice in Berkeley, California for many years. Later she worked for Group Health Co-operative in Olympia, Washington. Read more. (Updated September 2018)

1979 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Gary V. Puro, MD
Gary V. Puro, MD, aged 74, died on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 from complications stemming from a battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. Gary was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN and served as a member of the US Air Force in Japan during the Vietnam war. He went on to earn a degree in Ophthalmology from Creighton University in Omaha before he moved to Northern New Mexico in 1977 to open a private practice where he worked tirelessly for nearly 30 years caring for the vision of the residents of Espanola, Santa Fe, Tierra Amarilla, Abiquiu, and the surrounding communities. He lived to immerse himself in two of the things he loved most: his work and the beautiful climate and landscape of the region. He also cared deeply for his family, being survived by 3 siblings, 5 children, and 3 grandchildren. We love you! (Updated January 2017)

1979 - Barry Rose, MD
Barry Rose, MD'79, chief of orthopedic surgery and division surgical head for Alameda division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, announced his new book "The Cutting Edge of Compassion." Dr. Barry Rose reflects on how physicians and patients can create the best healing outcomes by appreciating personality differences, addressing fear and being open in a balanced perspective-integrating Eastern and Western medical philosophies. Read more. (Updated November 2016)

1979 - Donna E. Sweet, MD, MACP
Wichita State University will awarded an honorary doctorate to Wichita physician Donna Sweet, MD, during the university's fall commencement ceremony, marking the first time since 1988 that an honorary degree has been given.WSU President John Bardo selected Sweet to receive the award in recognition of her 35 years of service to patients with AIDS/HIV, as well as her contributions to health care as a clinical educator.   "It is not overstating the matter to say that Dr. Sweet has changed the world with her scholarship and her heart," Bardo said. "Her outstanding achievements and visionary leadership in the battle against AIDS make her an excellent recipient of this award."   Dr. Sweet called the award an extraordinary honor. Read more. (Updated January 2016)

1979 - Joel E. Waxman, MD
Dr. Waxman is currently a physician in the department of otolaryngology at KU Medical Center. (Updated March 2018) 

1979 (MD), 1983 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Suzanne K. Wedel, MD
Renowned CEO and medical director of Boston MedFlight, as well as North Newton native, Dr. Suzanne K. Wedel died on March 30, 2016. She was 60 and had fought ovarian cancer for the last three years. Prior to taking the position at Boston MedFlight, a critical care transport system for critically ill and injured patients, she worked a critical care fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) - a program known to the world as "Shock Trauma, Baltimore" - one of the world's premier trauma units.  However, before embarking on these exploits, Wedel was born and grew up in North Newton, attended Newton High School and graduated from Bethel College, as well as medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine­ continuing as a resident in the Internal Medicine Program. Dr. Wedel worked at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital before she assumed the role of CEO and medical director of Boston MedFlight. She initially intended to fulfill the role for only one year, but stayed on for the following 26 years. Under Wedel's guidance, MedFlight has become one of the premier life flight programs in the country and grown from one helicopter to four, expanding into critical care ground transport and long distance transfers, transporting more than 3,500 patients a year. Despite her responsibilities, Wedel returned to the Newton/ North Newton area throughout her career. She also served on the Bethel College Board. Bethel College President Perry White said that shortly after becoming president, he facilitated Wedel's membership on the board. Dr. Wedel White said he immediately recognized the quality of her guidance and leadership. "I valued her in a number of ways," White said, "I valued her as a board member, I valued her perspective, I valued her experience as a leader of a major organization and I respected her experience as a leader and her vision for that organization... but also as a coach." White said Wedel was a great leader and aside from appreciating her unique perspectives, he felt she had coached him. In addition to her professional accolades, Wedel was also an accomplished pianist, lover of classical music and opera, as well as an avid sports fan­ Wedel loved the KU Jayhawks. Wedel also spearheaded a series of fundraising events, including the Suzanne Wedel XOXOut Ovarian Cancer fund, which took its name from the "xoxo" she added while signing personal letters and e­mails.  "We are certainly proud of her as a Bethel College alumnus," White said. "She's a classic example of what a great Bethel education can do for somebody." Having visited her in Marblehead a few weeks before she passed, White said that even on her death bed, Wedel expressed her love of the area and the value of her time at Bethel. (Updated April 2016)


1980 - James A. Barker, MD
Dr. Barker is currently a pulmonary and sleep medicine specialist in Gatesville, Texas, where he and his wife, Karen, make their home. (Updated March 2018)

1980 - William M. Chase, MD
1980 - Betse M. Gage, MD
Drs. Chase and Gage write to us that Bill is working for United Imaging Consultants and Betse is self-employed with Gage Medical Services.(Updated November 2018)

1981 (PhD), 1984 (MD) - In Memoriam: Louis R. Cantilena Jr., MD
Dr. Louis R Cantilena and Dr. Amy Rose Cantilena died together Saturday, December 16, 2017. They were both from Potomac, Maryland. Survivors include their wife and mother, Dr. Kathleen "Cathy" Conry Cantilena and her surviving children, Timothy Cantilena, Caroline "Carly" Cantilena and Anna Cantilena, aunt, Annette Balmain and many cousins. Louis was the son of the late Louis and Raphaela Cantilena. Amy Rose is also survived by her Aunt Maura and Uncle Mark Koch. The family will receive friends at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852 on Wednesday from 5-8 PM, with a time of remembrance beginning at 7:30 PM, and where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10 AM. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery Germantown, Maryland. Gifts can be made in memory of Louis Cantilena and Amy Cantilena '04 to Stone Ridge School at 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814. Individuals can also make gifts on-line at and indicate their gift is in memory of Lou and Amy. Likewise to St Johns College High School Washington DC at (Updated January 2018)

1981 (MD), 1983 (Internship), 1985 (Residency) - In Memoriam: James H. Hays, MD
Dr. James H. Hays M.D., age 63, of Rosemont, Pa. passed away Saturday October 6, 2018 from complications following an accident. He was born July 18, 1955 in Pittsburg, Kansas to Thelma Beasley and Horace Hays, PhD. Dr. Jim grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, class of 1977, earned his M.D. In 1981 from the College of Health Sciences, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS., from 1981 to 1984 he served his internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. From 1984 to 1990 he served in the US Navy. He was stationed at the National Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, doing a Fellowship in Endocrinology-Metabolism. Upon his discharge he took the position as an Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1992 and 1993 he was the Clinical Director, Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Center, Medical Center of Delaware in Wilmington, DE. Since 1993 he has had his own private practice in Wilmington, DE. On June 14, 1986 he married Kristin A. Phillippo in Kansas City, Missouri. They have made their home in Rosemont, Pa since 1990. Read more. (Updated October 2018)

1981 - John H. Jeter, MD
In January, Dr. Jeter retired as president and CEO of HaysMed, which is a partner in the University of Kansas Health System. (Updated March 2018) 

1981 (Residency) 1982 (Fellowship) - Cynda A. Johnson, MD
Cynda Ann Johnson, M.D., founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has announced her plans to retire. She will stay in her position this year while a search for her replacement is underway. "Being founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and creating a school from scratch has been an amazing experience," said Johnson. "From the unique, patient-centered curriculum that we created, to the high caliber students and graduates, and faculty who deeply care about teaching and mentoring, leading this school has exceeded my expectations in every way." In January 2007, Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech, and the governor of Virginia announced plans for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. In November of that year, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech announced that Johnson would be the school's founding dean. Johnson arrived in Roanoke, Virginia, in January 2008 to oversee the creation of a new allopathic medical school including accreditation, curriculum, admissions, policies, faculty appointments, and staffing. "Not too many people these days can say they built a medical school from the ground up, particularly one with such a stellar reputation," offered Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, who was part of the hiring committee that selected Johnson. "We knew we needed someone special for the job, and Cynda surpassed expectations - not only ours, but the community's-at every step of the way." Read more. (Updated February 2018)

1981 (Residency) 1982 (Fellowship) - Paul Q. Proffitt, MD
Dr. Proffitt did his residency in Neurology 1978-1981, was Chief Resident 1980-81, and did a Fellowship in Neurophysiology ( EMG/EEG) 1981-82. He was a Clinical Instructor in Neurology in 1981. He established a Neurology practice in Raytown, Missouri for two years. He was on staff at many KC Metro hospitals but had to leave KC during the Great Midwest Depression...He then practiced Neurology in Port Arthur, TX for 30 years. He retired to Austin in 2006 after losing a house in Hurricane Rita. (Updated January 2018) 

1981 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Cecil B. Smith III, MD
Dr. Cecil Byron Smith III, a previous Ophthalmology resident and mentor, passed away on March 19, 2018. (Updated September 2018)

1981 (MD) 1986 (Residency) - Oneita F. Taylor, MD, FACR
Oneita Taylor, MD, FACR, was granted the designation of Fellow of the American College of Radiology during the Convocation ceremony held in Washington DC on May 15, 2016. According to the American College of Radiology, one of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a member is recognition as a fellow of the ACR.  Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized medicine, teaching or research.  Approximately 10% of ACR members achieve this distinction. Congratulations, Dr. Taylor! (Updated October 2016)

1982 (MD), 1985 (Residency), 2003 (MHSA) - In Memoriam: Stephen D. Ketner, MD
Dr. Stephen Daniel Ketner, 61, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Steve was born in Upper Darby, PA on August 7, 1956 to Rev. Francis Daniel Ketner, Jr. and Elsie Ann Ziert. Steve grew up in parsonages in several communities; Media, PA, Glassboro, NJ, Oxford, PA, and Royersford, PA. He spent every summer helping his father at the Northeast Nazarene Campground in Northeast, MD. Steve graduated from Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, PA and Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. He then attended Kansas University School of Medicine and began a career as a clinical pediatrician. Dr. Ketner practiced pediatric medicine with Kaiser Permanente in Kansas City, KS for 20 years and served as the Chief of the Dept. of Pediatrics from 1991 to 1998. From there, Dr. Ketner transitioned to a career in Healthcare Informatics in several different roles and companies. He served as Physician Executive with Cerner Corp. At Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dr. Ketner led the center through a major IT transformation as the Director of Medical Information. He also served in a similar role at Tenet Healthcare Corporation as the Regional Medical Director of Informatics. Most recently, Dr. Ketner served Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Waterloo, Iowa as Chief Medical Information Officer. Even as his career evolved, Dr. Ketner never lost his compassion for patient care that inspired him to be a practicing clinician. That compassion could also be found in Steve's volunteer efforts. He once served on the Board of Directors for KidsTLC and as a licensed Foster Parent for KidsTLC. Steve and his wife Deanna previously taught Sunday School at Olathe College Church of the Nazarene. He also served on the Health Care Ministries Committee and was a volunteer at the Children's Worship Hour Volunteer. Read more. (Updated September 2017)

1982 - Sharon Lee, MD
Dr. Lee was recently honored by admittance into KU's Women's Hall of Fame. Dr. Lee received this honor for her work developing Southwest Boulevard Family Health CARE and her continuing dedication to serving those in need in the community. (Updated April 2016)

1982 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Leland A. Phipps, MD
Dr. Leland A. Phipps, age 64, of Paris, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Dr. Phipps was a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in engineering and his MD from the University of Illinois Medical Center. He served his residency in Family Practice at the University of Kansas and joined the staff of the Paris Medical Center Clinic in 1981, where he has practiced for the past 36 years. He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Edgar County Medical Society, Southern Illinois Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, American Diabetes Association, and the World Organization of Family Doctors. Born Nov. 20, 1952, in Kankakee, he is the son of the late Ogden A. and Margaret Jean (Honnold) Phipps. He is survived by Carol (Spaulding) Phipps, his wife of 35 years, and their two sons, Michael William Phipps of Urbana, and Franklin Oliver Phipps, who is engaged to Kelsey Elaine Shaffer of Nashville, Tenn. Leland has a brother, Thomas O. Phipps of Afton, Okla.; a sister, Jean (Phipps) Hoyle and husband Nick of Woodridge. He is the nephew of Julie Ann Lund and the late Judge Carl Lund of Paris; and a cousin to their three daughters, Dr. Julie Jean (Lund) Dollins, Stephanie (Lund) Drake, and Tricia (Lund) Batson. (Updated June 2017)

1982 - In Memoriam: Steven M. Ramberg, MD
Steven Michael Ramberg died March 25, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from complications of a brain tumor. He was surrounded with love by family and friends since his initial diagnosis three months ago. Steve was born in, Owatonna, MN November 6, 1951 and grew up in Hannibal, MO where there were plenty of opportunities to explore nature and have many childhood adventures. Steve went to three high schools, Hannibal High School, Mt. Whitney in Visalia, CA and Washburn Rural in Topeka, KS. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Kansas University. He took a hiatus from his studies for self-discovery before attending and graduating from The University of Kansas Medical School in 1982. Steve began his medical career in a shared, part-time internship and continued working less than full time so he could pursue travel and his many interests. His first clinical practice was in the Argentine in Kansas City KS. For the past 23 years he was a physician at First Med in Lawrence KS, where "Dr. Steve" was well-loved by many. He thrived in the personal relationships engendered by his family practice and also through community and family life. Steve married Margaret Rose in Lawrence in 1995 after a friendship that began in college where both worked at the KU Computation Center. Steve said he emotionally adopted Margaret's two sons, Austin Engling, then age 8 and Mason Engling, then age 11 at the time of their marriage. Mason's partner Jayme Walden and Austin's partner Disty Kongkindavong and her daughter Maleah Phommaseng have extended their immediate family. Steve was close to his siblings Linda Joler (Ron), Karl Ramberg, Laura Ramberg (Ed), all of Lawrence, KS, and Erik Ramberg (Karen Byrum) of Batavia, IL, and many nieces and nephews and extended family. His older brother, Jim Ramberg of Topeka Kansas died previously. Steve, like Margaret, regularly displayed artwork in Lawrence art shows. They collaborated on many projects. His photographs captured panoramic nature scenes and scans of arranged flora and fauna which were then printed on large format pigment printers. He had many interests which included gardening on a large scale on communally owned land north of Lawrence in Jefferson Co. which he called "The Farm". The woods was his church. He loved to rescue native trees which had fallen and have them milled into boards for various projects. He also has an extensive book collection of science and health related issues as well as art, photography and Eastern philosophy. The family wishes to acknowledge their deep appreciation to all the people who have expressed their love and support through thoughts and actions. You have our gratitude. A community memorial is being planned for the near future. (Updated April 2017)

1982 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Thomas H. Simmons, MD
Dr. Thomas Simmons was born in Tutzig, Germany, on April 18, 1945. He moved to Miami, Fla., with his father Bruce Simmons and mother in 1948. In 1964 he enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1968. During the war of Vietnam he commanded a tank in armored cavalry in 1972. After the war he went to medical school at the University of Miami, then did his residency at the University of Kansas Hospital in Wichita. He co-founded the hospital management group HIMS in Kansas City where his practice flourished and served many of the people in the Kansas City and surrounding areas and states. His passions in life included, but were not limited to, Porsche race car driving, alpine skiing, wood working, wine, and, above all, his family. On the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Tom Simmons suffered a massive stroke and passed that evening at 7 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Wanda, his sons, Brian and TJ, his daughters, Suzi and Elizabeth, and granddaughters, Katie and Angie who will miss him and forever be grateful to have had him as a central part of their life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Harvesters, his favorite charity. (Updated April 2016)

1983 (MD), 1984, 1988 (Residency)- In Memoriam: Peter F. Alward, MD
Peter F. Alward, 64, of Moline, died Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Mayo Clinic and Hospitals, Rochester, Minnesota. A celebration of Peter's life will be held the weekend following Thanksgiving. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th St., Moline. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church, 712 16th St., Moline, with the Rev. Bill Adams officiating. Immediately following the service, friends are invited to join the family at a luncheon at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church or Two Rivers YMCA. Peter Frederick Alward was born October 5, 1953, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, to Wallace and Audrey MacLeod Alward. He married Kelly Leonard on March 14, 1981, in Mission, Kansas. He graduated from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he also did his residency. He was an orthopedic surgeon with ORA in Moline for 27 years, retiring in 2015. Peter is survived by his wife, Kelly; two children and their spouses, Emily and Joshua Ramirez of Plantation, Florida, and Eric and Liz Alward of Minneapolis, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Madelyn, Mason and Myles Ramirez; siblings and spouses, Heather and Terry Irwin of Port Angeles, Washington, Susan and Lloyd O'Dell of Clermont, Florida, Wallace and Kazi Alward of Iowa City,  and Sarah and Mark Redding of Lucas, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Peter's family invites friends to share stories and condolences at (Updated November 2017)

1983 (Residency) - David O. Barbe, MD
David O. Barbe, MD, R'83 was inaugurated as 172nd President of the American Medical Association. Dr. Barbe is a  family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo. In leading the nation's largest physician organization, he will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA's strategy to improve health outcomes for Americans living with pre-diabetes and hypertension; accelerate change in medical education and prepare students for today's health care system; and enhance physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.   "At a moment of unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of not only our profession but health care for years to come, I am excited and eager to lead the nation's largest and most influential physician organization," said Dr. Barbe. "The AMA's work supports physicians across all specialties, career stages and practice settings as they navigate ongoing changes in medicine today and in the future. We are committed to providing physicians and physicians-in-training with the resources they need in their unique career journeys so they can provide the best care to patients." Read more. (Updated June 2017) 

1983 - Richard E. Butin, MD
Dr. Butin writes to us that he is Associate Professor, practicing and teaching General Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UMKC - School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center. He is the Medical Director for the Palliative Care service and also chairs the Ethics Committee at Truman Medical Center. (Updated June 2018)

1983 (MD), 1987 (Residency) - Catherine A. Powers, MD
Dr. Powers has practiced anesthesiology for 25 years with Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City. She changed to hospice medicine in 2011, now with the Catholic Community Hospice. (Updated September 2017)

1983 (MD) 1988 (Residency) - Joseph N. Simone, MD
Joseph Nicholas Simone, 67, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 12, at Passantino Bros. Funeral Home, 2117 Independence Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124, where the Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 13, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 309 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Dr. Joe was born January 12, 1949, in Kansas City, MO to Tom and Elizabeth (Van Compernolle) Simone. He earned his Doctorate of pure mathematics and Bachelor of Science with distinction in mathematics and physics from UMKC. He went on to be a mathematics professor for UMKC and Rockhurst College. He then decided to go into the field of medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1983. He practiced medicine for the last 29 years in ophthalmology, and during that time was the chairman of the Ophthalmology Journal Club, president and board member of the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, president of the Medical Societies of Johnson and Wyandotte County. In addition to these accomplishments he authored many articles in prominent medical and academic journals. Dr. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Mike Simone. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dr. Cynthia Simone; his sons, Anthony (Sonya) and Peter (Laura); his grandchildren, Mia, Angelina, Claire, and Audrey; sister, Nanna Lackey (Frank); sister-in-law, Trish Simone; and nephews and nieces, Dominic, Phillip, Andrea, Michael, Michelle, and Roseann. Dr. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. (Updated August 2016)

1984 - Mary E. Choi, MD
Dr. Mary Choi will be honored at the Brooklyn Go Red For Women luncheon on June 2, hosted by the American Heart Assocation at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.   Dr. Choi treats patients at NY-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and is a physician-scientist. She is currently an associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and associate physician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell in Manhattan. "It is a great privilege to be honored by the American Heart Association at the Brooklyn Go Red For Women luncheon," said Dr. Choi. "Most women don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and at the luncheon this year we will learn that there are steps we can take as women to protect ourselves against cardiovascular disease and associated co-morbidities including kidney disease. As a recipient of research grant support from the American Heart Association and having served on AHA grant review committees, I appreciate the support provided by the American Heart Association in advancing our knowledge of cardiovascular diseases." Dr. Choi received her degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1984. She completed her internal medicine residency at Duke and her nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins from 1993 to 1998, at Yale from 1998 to 2000, and University of Pittsburgh 2000 to 2007. Prior to her move to Weill Cornell Medical College, she was an Associate Professor in the Nephrology Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2007 to 2013. (Updated May 2017)

1984 - Debra L. Messamore, MD
Dr. Messamore has been practicing OB/GYN in Wichita since 1984. She is presently President of the Board of Associates in Women's Health and practicing full time. She and her husband Bill will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in June! They have three grown children. Their son Will is a third year orthopedic resident, married to Katie (both KU grads), who have two daughters ages 4 and 2.  Their daughter Holly is a second year OB resident and married to Phil Montgomery, a first year pediatric resident. They have a son 21 months old and are expecting their second son on January 19th. They are both medical school graduates of KU too. Their other daughter Lauren is back in Wichita after stints in California and NYC. She presently helps take care of all the nieces and nephews while working at a preschool and part-time at Dr. Messamore's office. She is also writing in her spare time. Dr. Messamore and Bill keep busy with golf, traveling and playing with the grandchildren (Updated January 2017)

1985 (MD) 1989 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Cynthia Ward Skaggs, MD
Cynthia Leigh Ward Skaggs, 58, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  Cindy was born in Kansas City, KS on Nov. 5, 1958 to Dr. James and Donna Ward. She was the first of four daughters. Cindy grew up in Belleville, KS where her father was a family doctor. She loved riding along with her father for house calls and would proudly carry her father's black medical bag. As early as third grade, she decided that she wanted to be a doctor. She graduated from Belleville High School in 1977 and Pittsburg State University in 1981. She went on to attend University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and Wichita, graduating in 1985; she received her residency training through Wesley Family Practice residing in Wichita, KS. While attending college, she met her future husband and fellow Pittsburg State student, Jay Skaggs while working on a Homecoming float. They would later date and then return for PSU Homecoming where Jay proposed. Jay and Cindy were married June 7, 1986 at First Methodist Church of Belleville. They were blessed with three children; Jennifer Ann, Clayton James and Samantha Marie. Cindy loved being a wife and mother. Cindy began her medical practice in northeast Wichita in 1988 and then relocated to Derby in 1992 where she practiced until her passing. She loved being a Family Doctor and believed that it was a calling, not just a job. In August 2014, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Cindy decided to share her cancer journey on a Caring Bridge blog. She was amazed and humbled by the outpouring of love and support that she received from family, friends, co-workers and patients. She is survived by her husband Jay Skaggs, their three children, mother, Donna Ward; sisters, Cathy Ward, Caryl Geschwind and Connie Hulst, and her two fuzzy four legged kids, Mocha and Charlie. (Updated August 2017)

1986 - Clifford S. Depew, MD
Dr. Depew is still practicing an OBGYN in Wichita and is an Assistant Clinical Instructor with KU School of Medicine-Wichita Campus. (Updated September 2016)

1986 - In Memoriam: Henry H. Hendrix Jr., MD
Dr. Henry Harold (Butch) Hendrix, Jr., 56, beloved husband, dad, brother, son, uncle, friend, and physician passed away Friday, February 26, 2016. Butch was born December 15, 1959 to Harold and Mary Joan (Houpt) Hendrix in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from Topeka High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Abilene Christian University and a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from the Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. Butch worked for five years in Irving, Texas before moving to Abilene, Texas in 1996. He has been an orthopaedic surgeon in Abilene for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Becky (Garrett) Hendrix and his four children Blake Garrett Hendrix of Abilene, Texas; Hannah Rebekah Hendrix Cherry and husband Alan Cherry of Atlanta, Georgia; Jason Thomas Hendrix of Abilene, Texas; and Sarah Elizabeth Hendrix of Austin, Texas; his parents Harold and Joan Hendrix of Abilene, Texas; his sister Connie Ellis and nephew Andrew Ellis of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; his sister Linda Hendrix and her husband Bruce Loder of San Antonio, Texas; and in-laws Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Garrett of Abilene, Texas. Butch was a loving, kind and wise husband and father. He was a wonderful, and compassionate physician, a gifted surgeon who made this life better for many. He will be missed by many who enjoyed his humor and especially his practical jokes. His wife and children will be forever thankful that he loved and took care of them and that he loved the Lord. Butch grew in wisdom in stature and in favor with God and man. (Updated March 2016)

1986 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Eric M. Peck, MD
Eric Morgan Peck, 59, Olathe, Kan., passed away June 3, 2016, surrounded by his loving family after a 3 1/2 year battle with ocular melanoma. He is survived by Susanna, his wife of 31 years; sons, Andrew, Daniel and Michael of whom he was very proud; his father, David W. Peck; siblings, Lorna Charles and Bob Peck; and his seven nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister, Jeanie and his mother, Patricia K. Peck. Eric was born April 11, 1957, in South Charleston, WV, to David and Patricia Peck. He graduated from Nitro High School in Nitro, WV, in 1975, Emory and Henry College in 1978, and Vanderbilt Medical School in 1982. Eric completed his four-year obstetrics/gynecology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1986, where he was given the Jayhawker M.D. resident teaching award. From 1986 to 1990, Eric practiced medicine at Crusader Central Clinic in Rockford, Ill. In 1990, Eric began his 25 years of practice at Olathe Medical Center. Eric volunteered for over 20 years with the Johnson County Health Partnership Clinic. In 2012, he was given their Volunteer of the Year Award. Eric also enjoyed participating in mission trips to Arizona with the Indian Health Service; Brazil with Esperanza; and the Dominican Republic with the Village Presbyterian Church team. Eric was a skydiver for over 40 years. He would like to thank his many friends in the skydiving community for a joyful time in the air. Eric loved his family, loved his friends, loved his patients, and loved working with his fellow health care providers. He is eternally grateful to all of you who made his life a very fortunate one indeed. The family would like to thank the Ocular Melanoma Team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn., Dr. Gary Doolittle of the KU Cancer Center, and the staff of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. (Updated June 2016)

1986 - In Memoriam: Catherine A. Richardson, MD
Dr. Catherine Ann Richardson died November 20, 2017, at her home in University Place, Washington, after a three-year battle against cancer. She was 68. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 1, 1949, to Joseph Glenn Richardson, operations manager at a manufacturing company, and Mae Elizabeth (Barksdale) Richardson, a grade school teacher. In 1970, she earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Colorado, and went to work as a bone histologist and metabolic bone disease researcher. She earned an M.D. in 1986 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a nephrology fellow at UW from 1989 to 1993, then became acting assistant professor of medicine nephrology the following year. In 1996, she joined the nephrology practice of Dr. Gerard W. Ames, which later became Pacific Nephrology Associates. She also worked as medical director of DaVita Kidney Care's Tacoma dialysis center. Dr. Richardson was a member of the Community of Christ Congregation in University Place, Washington. Dr. Richardson is survived by her sister, Sandra Woodward (Steve); nephew, Daniel J. Woodward (Jen); niece, Elizabeth Woodward; great-nephew, Steven Charles Woodward; and great-niece, Mae Jaquith Woodward. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at Community of Christ Congregation, 6912 40th Street West, University Place, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the American Kidney Fund. (Updated January 2018)

1987 - Michael R. Schuster, MD
Dr. Schuster was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 2017. Congratulations, Dr. Schuster! (Updated March 2018) 

1987 (MD), 1991 (Residency) - Belinda A. Vail, MD
Belinda Vail, M.D., M.S., professor of family medicine, has been named chair and clinical service chief of the Department of Family Medicine retroactively effective January 1, 2018 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Vail transitions to this permanent role after serving as interim chair since November 1, 2016.  After completing medical school and residency at the University of Kansas, Dr. Vail joined the Department of Family Medicine faculty in 1990. She has led the department in multiple roles during her tenure, serving as residency program director from 2002 to 2009, vice chair from 2002 to 2011, vice chair of clinical affairs from 2011 to 2016, in addition to an earlier stint as interim chair from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Vail is a gifted educator as evidenced by her receipt of several distinguished teaching awards, including the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship, the most prestigious teaching award in the School of Medicine and the Rainbow Award, recognizing outstanding attributes of professionalism and excellence in medicine. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, Dr. Vail serves as a mentor to many learners and junior faculty not only in her department, but also across the institution. Congratulations, Dr. Vail! (Updated March 2018)

1988 - John L. Dornhoffer, MD
John Dornhoffer has been named chairman of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The appointment is effective May 1, according to a news release. Dornhoffer succeeds James Y. Suen, who is stepping down after serving as chairman since 1974. Dornhoffer-like many of his patients-has a severe hearing loss and brings a unique perspective to the role. He will be the only otolaryngology-head and neck surgery chairman in the United States to have a cochlear implant. "Dr. Dornhoffer brings exceptional leadership experience and a strong commitment to all of our mission areas to his new role," UAMS Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Pope L. Moseley said in the release. "He has gained international recognition for his surgical skills and for his research into hearing loss and conditions such as tinnitus, vertigo and other balance disorders. He has invented two lines of prostheses that are used worldwide for middle ear reconstruction. "Dr. Dornhoffer is greatly respected for his compassionate and empathetic care of patients who require cochlear implants or other surgical treatments for hearing loss. Students and trainees know him as a dedicated mentor and role model." With 43 years of continuous service, Suen is believed to be the longest serving chair of otolaryngology in United States history. He was instrumental in development of what is now the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and served as its third director from 2001 to 2007. He will continue to serve as a distinguished professor in the department, practice head and neck surgery, and teach. Dornhoffer has served on the UAMS faculty since 1994 and as vice chair of the department since 2009. Dornhoffer received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1988. He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UAMS and continued his training with a fellowship in otology and neurotology at the University of Würzburg in Germany and a fellowship in skull base surgery at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. (Updated April 2017)  

1988 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Randall K. Kohlhase, MD
Randall Kohlhase, age 60, of Green Bay, died on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. He was born February 15, 1957 to William and Margaret (Heick) Kohlhase in Wilmington, Delaware. Randall received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Illinois, his Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in Peoria Illinois, and his Radiology Degree from the University of Kansas in Kansas City. He worked as a radiologist with Green Bay Radiology for 27 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, skiing, camping and was an avid cyclist, but especially loved spending time with his children. He is survived by his children; Ross (Adele Adams) Kohlhase and Nathalia (Ernie Arnouts) Kohlhase, his mother, Margaret Kohlhase, sisters; Janet (Steve Craig) Kohlhase and Mary (Chris) Darbyshire. Randy is further survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Julie Kohlhase. Preceding him in death are his father, William, his brother, Larry and father in law, Richard Kiefer. (Updated June 2017)

1988 (MD), 1990, 1993 (Residencies) - Sandeep Mukerjee, MD
Dr. Mukerjee, an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Florida, responded to the Orlando nightclub attack that took place June 12th. Dr. Mukerjee served as a leader in caring for the victims and ensuring that his team worked efficiently and tirelessly to help the many wounded who came through their doors. (Updated June 2016)

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

1989 - Gregory W. Botteron, MD
Dr. Botteron is currently a physician at Mercy Medical Clinic in St. Louis. He has three daughters and lives in Chesterfield, Missouri. (Updated March 2018)  

1989 - Heather B. Krantz, MD
Dr. Krantz, an integrative medicine physician and mindfulness teacher, has published a children's book teaching mindfulness of the breath. "Mind Bubbles:  Exploring mindfulness with kids" presents an easy way for young children to engage with their breath while noting thoughts and feelings passing and popping like bubbles.  The book is a clear, concise, and secular explanation of mindfulness that children ages 4-8 will understand and want to try for themselves.  It may be read to or by young children and includes a guided mindful breathing script for continued practice. (Updated March 2017)

1989 - In Memoriam: Dwayne A. McQuitty, MD
Dwayne A. McQuitty, M.D., 57, of Morton, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.  He was born Aug. 19, 1958, in Kansas City, Kan., to Douglas and Carol (Jackson) McQuitty. He married Amy Hender on Sept. 18, 1993, in Peoria, Ill. She survives with their daughter Sarah along with extending family members including his father, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and brother. Dwayne served in the United States Marine Corps for six years. Upon his completion of service, he graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, followed by the University of Kansas Medical School. Upon graduation in 1989, he did his General Surgery training at the University of Illinois (Peoria) and continued a Urology Residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). He completed his training at the University of Pittsburgh with a Fellowship in Transplantation Surgery. After holding various positions around the country, Dr. McQuitty began his practice in the Peoria, Ill. area in 2002. Dwayne referred to his patients as "his kids" and he gave them the love, attention, care and concern of a parent regardless of the hour of the day or day of the week. He dedicated his life's work and found great personal fulfillment in helping others through their personal medical journeys. Dwayne was a proud member of the Empire Lodge #126 in Pekin. But in the end, if one were to ask Dwayne what he would want to be remembered for it would certainly be the unconditional love and loyalty he so freely gave to his wife and daughter. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton, with Pastor Jeff Anderson and Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the United States Marine Corps. Following the service at the church, there will be a time to pay respects to Amy. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements. The family would like to thank everyone for their compassion and prayers during this trying time. (Updated May 2016)

1989 (MD), 1992 (Residency) - Mark C. Meyer, MD
Dr. Meyer was one of five faculty members at the University of Kansas Medical Center to receive a Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, selected by a committee of faculty and students. The awards recognize a demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature. Congratulations, Dr. Meyer! Read more. (Updated August 2018)

1989 (MD), 1992 (Residency), 1994 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: James C. Rupp, MD
Dr. James Clarke "Jamie" Rupp was born in Denver, Colorado on October 28, 1962 to James Donald Rupp and Mary Alice (Clarke) Rupp. He died on September 3, 2017 while hiking Challenger Point in Colorado. He was raised in Walden, Colorado graduating from North Park High School in 1981. He participated in all sports and for many years held school records in track. Always a diligent student, Jamie was awarded one of the prestigious merit-based Boettcher Scholarships that provided a "full ride" for 4 years to any Colorado University. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and graduated in 1985. Jamie was a member of the CSU track team and FarmHouse Fraternity. Jamie always had a fondness for animals, particularly dogs, and originally intended to pursue veterinary school but switched his interest to human medicine. In 1985, Jamie attended University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas where he spent the next ten years of his life. He obtained his medical degree in 1989, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Nephrology. While at KU, Jamie met Sandy. Jamie's father, a patient at the time, thought his nurse would make a good wife for his son and acting as matchmaker, encouraged their meeting. The rest is history and how right he was. Jamie and Sandy were married on October 31, 1992 in Salina, Kansas. From this marriage two sons, Alexander James and Thomas Scott, were born. Upon completing his medical education, Jamie, Sandy, Alex, and Tom moved to Casper, Wyoming where he remained the rest of his life. Jamie practiced medicine for the next 22 years, including a private practice, Wyoming Kidney Center and the Veteran's Administration Clinic. At the time of his death he was a physician at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.   Jamie's colleagues considered him to be a brilliant and compassionate physician. He was beloved by nurses and hospital staff as well as his many patients over the years. Read more. (Updated September 2017)


1990 (Residency) - In Memoriam: William J. Logue, MD
William Joseph Logue, MD passed away August 9th, 2016, following an unexpected and sudden illness, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born June 25, 1954 at St. Vincent's Hospital. He was preceded in death by his father USMC GySgt James J. Logue, his brother Pastor Joseph Romero, sister Patricia Logue and youngest brother, Kevin Patrick Logue. He is survived by his mother Eufalia Del Frate, and the joys of his life, his daughters, Megan Nicole Logue and Erica Ann Logue. Surviving siblings, Susan Griego, Bernard Logue, and Rose Dixon plus many extended family members. Dr. Logue attended Parochial school in Boston, Massachusetts, moving back to New Mexico in 1965. Soon After graduating from Santa Fe HS in 1972, he went on to college at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Logue obtained his MD degree from the UNM School of Medicine in 1983. After 2 years of general surgery training at Tulane University followed by 3 years at the University of Kansas, he completed a Cardio-thoracic residency program at USC in Los Angeles, becoming board certified in Cardio-thoracic surgery before entering private practice. The struggles he endured while growing up in La Cienega, New Mexico gave him the determination to succeed, never forgetting where he came from. He loved caring for his patients and had a tremendous respect for his colleagues in the medical field. His tireless dedication to his profession was a lifelong achievement he never took for granted. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A special thanks to John "Bouncer" Sena who encouraged "Willy", motivating him to never give up. (Updated August 2016)

1990 - Richard Hal O'Dell
Dr. O'Dell has retired after 20 years in the practice of diagnostic radiology. He and his wife Carol have moved to their new adopted home of Park City, Utah. They spend as much time outdoors as possible. Their sons are in OKC, Chicago, and Georgetown, DC and two of the four are in medical school. (Updated May 2016)

1990 (MD) 1993 (Residency) 1996 (Fellowship) - Robert E. Pluenneke, MD
Dr. Pluenneke has been honored as one of Ingram's 2017 Heroes in Healthcare for his extraordinary work in oncology. As the article reads: "Conventional wisdom might hold that long-term relationships might be a rarity for physicians who specialize in treating patients with cancer. Robert Pluenneke is able to disagree with that, and not just because he's working in a field that's seen a great many advances during his two decades in practice-he's known as being one of the best in his field, which helps explain why some of those patients are around. Early in his oncology practice, he remembers, he counseled a woman with malignant melanoma. "She had seen another physician and basically was told her disease was terminal, and that she should go home and get her affairs in order." Young Pluenneke didn't feel that was necessarily true, and was able to give her some specialized therapy. That was 18 years ago, and he's still seeing the woman, who's in her late 80s. It wasn't just good medicine; it was good marketing. "She turned out to be my greatest advocate-I've had more referrals from her than any other source. That's a wonderful thing." The Texas-born son of an Air Force officer became a Kansan when his father retired and settled in Wichita. After earning his undergraduate degree at Pittsburg State University, he headed to the University of Kansas Medical Center for a decade of medical school, residency, fellowship and a stretch of private practice as a partner at the KU Cancer Center. "Like everything in life, there's symmetry," he says, and when the hospital and cancer center merged in 2011, he was back with his former employer. There, he continues to build relationships, as with the young mother who came to him 15 years ago with a severely metastasized case of breast cancer that had spread to her bones, liver and lungs. Using a new drug, herceptin, he steered her toward remission, where she remains. "That certainly doesn't happen in every patient, but it is an example of how in some patients these drugs can be miracle workers," Pluenneke says. "She saw her children go off to college and continued to work full-time. She's one of what I call my miracle patients." (Updated April 2017)

1991 - Kelly T. Locke, MD
1991 - Karen Cross Locke, MD
Karen & Kelly Locke continue to share a private Family Medicine practice in Basalt, CO. They have 4 children - 2 in college, 1 in high school, and 1 in middle school - so they plan to continue practicing medicine for many years to come! Recent excitement included the Lake Christine Fire that threatened many homes in the valley. They invite classmates to come visit if you are in the area. (Updated July 2018)

1992 (MD) 1996 (Residency) 2000 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Matthew T. Sumpter, MD
Matthew T. Sumpter, MD, 56, passed in his sleep on Dec. 31, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Fae Sumpter. Survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Brian and Michael Sumpter of Pueblo; siblings, Carl (Sue) Sumpter of Anchorage, Alaska, Linda (John) Smith of Grand Junction, Colo. and Eric (Kathy) Sumpter of Longmont, Colo.; and nephews, Thomas (Nichole) Falkowski of Firestone, Colo. and Eric Sumpter of Anchorage, Alaska. Matt was born and raised in Pueblo, Colo. and attended Central High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in Kansas City in 1992, and continued his studies there in internal medicine, acting as a chief resident for a year prior to his fellowship in Cardiology also at KUMC. Dr. Sumpter had been with Pueblo Cardiology Associates since 1999 where he acted as the managing partner in recent years. He was on the board at Parkview Medical Center and took pride in being a part of the Pueblo community. His time with the Rocky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America held a special part of his life and commitment. Matt was a lifelong student enjoying both learning and imparting assistance and helpful advice whenever he could. He had a deep appreciation for nature and stole every opportunity to experience it's grandeur. His many hobbies included photography, glass and woodworking, beekeeping and almost anything else he could ponder. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many people he touched in his life. Scripture Funeral Service, 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Our Lady of the Meadows Catholic Church, 23 Starling Dr. Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. (Updated January 2018) 

1993 (MD) 1996 (Residency) 1999 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Curtis J. FitzSimmons, MD
Curtis J. FitzSimmons, MD, 50, passed away on December 29, 2017 in Kansas City, MO. He was born March 4, 1967 in Evanston, IL to Robert and Jan FitzSimmons. Visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at The Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203. Memorial service to be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Curtis earned his M.D. through KU Medical Center in 1993. He was a Board Certified Infectious Disease physician and Partner at Plaza Infectious Disease. On Aug. 13, 1994, Curtis married Laura (Broers). Curtis is survived by his wife; three sons, Brian, Connor and Nolan; parents; brothers, Clark and Blake. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the following: Village Presbyterian Church,; The Curtis John FitzSimmons, MD Memorial Scholarship at the KU School of Medicine.; Missouri House Rabbit Society, Please indicate that donations are for the memory of Curtis John FitzSimmons, MD. (Updated January 2018)

1994 - In Memoriam: Jack Q. Jaeger, MD
Jack Q. Jaeger, M.D., of Lakin, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Amarillo, Texas. He was born Dec. 17, 1966, in California. He graduated from Lakin High School, the University of Kansas, KU Medical School and went on to UCSD to specialize in internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Jaeger was a member of Bible Christian Church in Garden City and was active in the Celebrate Recovery program. He loved dirt bike riding, motocross, working on cars and attending his children's activities. Survivors include a daughter, Sophie Rae Jaeger of Parkville, Mo.; a son, Quintin Charles Jaeger of Lawrence; a brother, Jay Robert Jaeger and wife Elizabeth of Overland Park; a sister, Shelley Anne Moengen of Oslo, Norway; his parents, J. Charles Jaeger and DiAnne Jaeger of Lakin; and four nieces.  (Updated January 2017)

1995 (Internship), 2002 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Alfred J. Beyer III, MD
Dr. A. James "Jay" Beyer, III, of Trent Woods, died on Monday, January 22, 2018, at his home. Jay attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall. He graduated cum laude from Duke University before attending the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completing residency training at the University of Kansas. He then moved back to North Carolina for an additional year of fellowship training in vascular and interventional radiology in Chapel Hill before launching his career with Coastal Radiology Associates. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kristin Blevins Beyer; daughter, Logan Nicole Beyer; son, Jackson Blevins Beyer; parents, Drs. Catherine and Jim Beyer; brother, John Beyer and wife Laura, and their children, Mary John and Thomas Beyer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 28th at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 29th at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Thomas Tully, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, located on the Church grounds. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Jay's name to the CarolinaEast Foundation, 2007-B Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560. (Updated February 2018)

1995 (MD), 1999 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Julie R. Burris, MD
Julie was born on October 3, 1968 and passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016. Julie was a resident of Wichita, Kansas at the time of her passing. She Valedictorian at Wichita High School West. She went on to attend medical school at the University of Kansas - School of Medicine also graduating first in her class receiving her Doctorate in 1995. She was married to Leonard Jr. (Updated May 2016)

1995 - Ryan G. Manecke, MD
Dr. Ryan G. Manecke, (urology), was recently honored by Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) as the 2017 "Physician of the Year" during the hospital's Physician Recognition Night. The award recognizes and celebrates outstanding physicians who embody professionalism, teamwork, clinical excellence and a commitment to personal growth. Manecke earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. He performed his internship and general surgical and urology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, His residency included 11 months of training in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology at Loyola University Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Manecke is a member of the Chicago Urologic Society, the American Urologic Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists. He has participated in research and authored articles and book chapters on the topics of prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and the surgical treatment of advanced testis cancer. Manecke is certified by the American Board of Urology. Read more. (Updated April 2018)   

1996 (MD), 2002 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Nathaniel G. Hurwitz, MD
Nathaniel G. Hurwitz, MD was a compassionate doctor, a brilliant theorist, and most importantly a loving husband and father. He died tragically at 52 in a weather-related multi-vehicle collision on January 15, 2018. He was born on June 29, 1965 in Bethesda, MD to Aryeh Hurwitz MD and Judith Pfeffer Hurwitz MD. He is survived by his daughters, Leah and Ariel; spouse, Ivy Hurwitz PhD; mother, Judith; and brothers, Michael Hurwitz MD PhD and Daniel Aires MD. Nat was passionate about science and the brain, attained consistently excellent patient outcomes in very difficult settings, and also published original psychiatric research. At the time of his death, Nat was working on a large-scale correlation between suicidality and classes of medications. Nat was an accomplished singer, songwriter and pianist. He was also a gifted athlete who wrestled varsity in college, boxed and attained a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do under Master Choon Lee. He met his beloved wife (also a 4th degree black belt) at Choon Lee's Academy. More than anything else, Nat was always ready to give everything to help people including family, friends, and patients. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m., at FRENCH - University. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. (Updated March 2018)

1996 - In Memoriam: Eric J. Knudtson, MD
Dr. Eric James Knudtson, aged 46, died in his home on July 29th, 2016. Eric is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Julie, and his two daughters, Claire and Margot of the home. Dr. Knudtson was a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist with Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma since 2003. He served there as an Associate Professor and Fellowship Director. During this time, Eric mentored and taught hundreds of medical students throughout his tenure, earning him the Faculty Teacher Award in both 2011 and 2013. In addition, Eric earned a master's degree in Public Health in 2015. He cared passionately for his patients and he worked tirelessly to raise the quality of care for all women and children. Eric published extensively in journals, was a sought after speaker in his field, and he conducted numerous research projects. Eric was a private and humble man. Few realized the extent of his accomplishments. Eric had a selfless nature. For example, he received the Undaunted Courage Award from OUHSC Trauma Services in 2015. This award recognized Eric for his heroic actions saving a woman's life by disarming a knife-wielding man. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Julie and their two girls. Julie and Eric met during college at the University of Kansas and they had made a happy home with their daughters in Oklahoma City. Both their girls attend Christ the King Catholic School and are active members of their school community. Eric is also survived by his father, Dr. David Knudtson of Wichita, KS; sister Pam Persons (Steve) of Towanda, KS; sister Karen Seiler (Kent) of Garden Plain, KS; brother Dr. John Knudtson (Peggy) of Wichita, KS and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen Knudtson and nephew Daniel Persons. (Updated August 2016)

1996 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Ann B. Trausch, MD
Ann Barbara Trausch, MD,  Aug. 07, 1966- Aug. 21, 2016. A visitation with the family will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Portland in Siena Hall, followed by a rosary at 8 p.m. The following day, Aug. 26, a funeral Mass will be held at Noon at Holy Rosary Church. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cantores in Ecclesia. Further details regarding the visitation, rosary, and funeral service are available from Springer and Son Funeral Home in Aloha. (Updated August 2017)

1998 - In Memoriam: Rory J. Howard, MD
Dr. Howard, a retired Army physician who practiced medicine and surgery in Liberal, Kan., died Monday in Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. He was 56. He was a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army until 1992. One of his last tours of duty was as an officer in a medical troop for the 11th Armored Cavalry in Germany. He then earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his surgical residency at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. In 2006, Dr. Howard rejoined the Army and served as a physician and general surgeon at the Bassett Army Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska. After he retired from active duty in 2012, he moved to Liberal, where he was a physician and general surgeon at Southwest Medical Center. He helped to establish the hospital's Wound Care Center. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, the former Rhonda VanHoose; two sons, Stephen and Rory II; two daughters, Lauren and Deanna; his mother, Bernice; six brothers, Alvin Haynie, Ronnie Travis, Willie, Brandon, Tim Williams and Jerome January; two sisters, Vivian Duplantis and Diane January; and a granddaughter. Many of his survivors live in Buffalo. (Updated April 2016)

1998 - Tammy L. Kielian, PhD
Tammy Kielian, PhD'98, professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pathology and Microbiology, has been named the 11th UNMC Scientist Laureate. This is the highest honor UNMC bestows to researchers and Dr. Kielian is described as a "spark" who is passionate about research. Read more(Updated December 2016)

1999 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Achutha N. Reddy, MD
Achutha N. Reddy, MD, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Dr. Brenda Trammel, a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist with Holistic Psychiatric Services issued the following statement in response to Dr. Reddy's death:
"Yesterday we experienced a great loss in our lives. And when I say we I am including his family, friends, colleagues, and the many people he has helped over the years. Dr. Reddy was an amazing, compassionate man that was kind and loving to anyone he met. He had a gift of knowing what each and (everyone) of us needed and gave it freely. He would often tell me you have to have freedom to live life to the fullest and this is how he lived his life. He thought of himself as our father and his job was to guide us to do well in our lives. He expected the best from all of us and we gave it to him with the same abandon he gave to us. The senselessness of this action bears heavy on all of our souls, but knowing him, we have to believe in his principles, and he would tell us this was his destiny, 'do not be tearful for me, I will always be there with you.''"Please allow us this time to heal as the mental health community deals with this tragic loss. I have already received phone calls from doctors and therapists that have offered their help to us. We want to thank them for their kindness to us during this period for loss. Dr. Reddy's family wants to thank each and every one that made his life a joy every day."  (Updated October 2017)


2000 (MD), 2004 (Residency) - Robert Freelove, MD
Robert Freelove, MD'00, R'04, was selected as the 2017 Kansas Humanitarian Award recipient by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. He serves as the chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Salina Family Healthcare Center where patients are seen regardless of their ability to pay and serves as the residency program director training future physicians at Smoky Hill Family Medicine.  Freelove said his work provides "an awful lot of reward that's not financial. I've been given an opportunity to do something that I love to do that is meaningful and has impact on a large scale." Read more. (Updated May 2017)

2001 (PhD) - Amy L. Mize, PhD
Amy Mize, PhD'00, was recently named the Vice President of Business Development at KCAS Bioanalytical and Biomarker Services. Dr. Mize brings to KCAS critical skills in process development and implementation as well as sales and operation planning. She has built systems and processes around demand generation, capacity utilization and forecasting. Read more. (Updated February 2018) 

2002 (MD), 2006 (Residency), 2009 (Fellowship) - Leigh M. Eck, MD
Dr. Eck was one of five faculty members at the University of Kansas Medical Center to receive a Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, selected by a committee of faculty and students. The awards recognize a demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature. Congratulations, Dr. Eck! Read more. (Updated August 2018).

2002 - In Memoriam: Russell M. Johnson, MD
Dr. Russell M. "Russ" Johnson, 54, Olathe, Kansas, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.  Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family plans to meet with friends one hour prior to service at 9:30 a.m. Interment is slated for Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona, Kansas.  Russ was born Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1961, in Ottawa, Kansas, the son of Ross E. and Betty J. (Miller) Johnson.  He lived in Overland Park, Kansas, before moving in 2003 to Olathe, Kansas.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School with the class of 1979. Russ continued his education at the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1983, masters in business administration and juris doctorate in 1991, and doctor of medicine in 2002.  Russ was united in marriage with Pamela Garrett Nov. 21, 2003, in Olathe, Kansas. She survives of the home.  Other survivors include his children, Katie and Will Johnson both of the home; mother, Betty Johnson of Overland Park; sister, Barbara Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, Jim Johnson and wife Mary Ann of Overland Park; two nephews, Ben and Sam, their wives and sons; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ross Johnson.  Russ was employed as the chief medical officer for Swope Health Services, Kansas City, Missouri.  Russ loved being with his family, traveling to Disney World, and fishing in Yellowstone National Park.  Most importantly, Russ had accepted Christ as his Savior. He attended Olathe Bible Church. (Updated February 2016)   

2002 (Residency) - In Memoriam: David W. Stoneking, MD
Dr. David W. Stoneking passed away peacefully April 9, 2018, at University of Kansas Medical Center, at the age of 58. He was born January 24, 1960 in Ypsilanti, MI. He was the son of Richard and Carole (Bach) Stoneking. David graduated from Oak Park High School. He then attended Baker University and Missouri Western State University, graduating with a Degree in Psychology. David later went on to receive a Master's Degree in Psychology from Central Missouri State University. After several years working in Psychology, David decided to follow his true passion and returned to medical school. He graduated from Kansas University of Medicine and Bio-Sciences as a D.O. specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He practiced medicine in the Kansas City, MO, and the Fort Walton Beach, FL, areas. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Stoneking. He was survived by his wife, Wendy (Woodman) Stoneking and their son, Kyler. In addition, David will be fondly remembered by his mother, Carole Stoneking; step-mother, Kathie Stoneking; his in-laws, Dennis and Alycia Woodman; brother, James Stoneking; sister, Kristine Borylo (Michael); Wendy's brother, Brian Woodman (Cheryl); Wendy's step-brother, Joshua Kreps (Angela); nieces, Ashley Stoneking, Paige Borylo, Breanne, Katelyn, Megan, and Ryann Woodman, and Ella and Sloane Kreps and nephew, Ryan Borylo. David was also blessed with many aunts and uncles, as well as extended family and dear friends. Services will be 10am Saturday, April 14 at The Fields at 1890, 15640 Hwy 92, Platte City, MO 64079. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kyler Stoneking Education Fund care of Platte Valley Bank, PO Box 1250, Platte City, M0 64079. (Updated April 2018)

2003 (MD), 2007 (Residency), 2011 (Fellowship) - In Memoriam: Michelle M. Affield, MD
Michelle Marie Affield, 41, of Lenexa, KS, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. A Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 pm followed by a visitation from 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, September 19, at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Cure' of Ars Catholic Church, 9405 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Michelle was born January 1, 1976, in Emmetsburg, IA. She was Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Oncology and Hematology. Michelle worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, KU Medical Center and was a 20 year veteran of CCTR. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Keith Affield. She is survived by her husband Kerry, two daughters Claire and Kaitlyn, her parents Robert and Patrice Runchey, brothers David, Robert, Jonathan, sister Kristin LaLumendre, mother-in-law Linnea Affield, many extended family members and friends. (Updated October 2017)

2004 - Adam Graff, MD
Adam Graff, MD'04 was selected by peers to be named Flagstaff Medical Center's 2016 Physician of the Year out of a medical staff of 375 physicians.  He is an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist and currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. Congratulations Dr. Graff! (Updated June 2016)

2008 (MPH) - Stacy Picek Farr, PhD, MPH
After graduating from KUMC's MPH program in 2008, Dr. Farr went to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to obtain her PhD in Health Services Research & Policy and graduated in 2012. Dr. Farr is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and serves as Project Director for KC Health Tracks. As a trained health services researcher, she brings experience managing research and policy projects and conducting mixed methods program evaluations. Dr. Farr was previously at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Farr was also at the University of Kansas' Alzheimer's Disease Center. Dr. Farr has presented and published in a variety of national venues, including the peer-reviewed journals Medical Care and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  She also participates on various local and national advisory boards bringing an evidence-based perspective in health services research, health policy, and public health. (Updated February 2017)

2009 (MPH) - Jerry W. Briscoe
Mr. Briscoe is now the Program Coordinator for the Masters in Science Public Health program at the Meharry Medical College School of Graduate Studies and Research, in the Division of Public Health Practice. (Updated March 2018) 

2009 - Amanda Valliant, MD
Dr. Valliant reports that she is now working at Wichita Nephrology Group. She lives in Wichita with her husband, Eric Baffour and they have two children-Juliana, who was born 7/27/2010 and Sebastian, who was born 6/22/2012. (Updated May 2016)


2010 - In Memoriam: Bridget LeeAnn Harrison, MD
Harrison, Bridget LeeAnn was born on October 6, 1983, in Wichita, KS to parents, Paul Barry and Carolyn Harrison. On May 5, 2018 in Houston, TX, Bridget lost her hard-fought battle with Anorexia, depression and chronic pain. Bridget attended East IB High School, graduated from the University of Missouri Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Biology and Spanish. Bridget earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed plastic surgery residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and a Clinical Fellowship in hand surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. She began her surgery practice as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College School of Medicine in 2017. Bridget completed a large body of medical research and was widely published, more than her years would suggest. Her accomplishments were many, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa Society, the University of Missouri 39 Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and Mensa. Bridget loved to see the world and traveled boldly. She visited many countries. She was fluent in Spanish and loved Spain best of all. She gave her time freely and cared for others, even when she had little left for herself, by volunteering at free clinics in medical school and her residency. She was meticulous and stalwart in both her beliefs and actions. Bridget often found ways to give back to her community by volunteering at food banks, as a translator, and in more ways than can be captured here. Read more. (Updated May 2018)

2011 (Residency) - In Memoriam: Ravinder Goswami, MD
Dr. Ravinder Goswami was born on January 18, 1964 and passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Dr. Goswami was a resident of Missouri at the time of his passing. (Updated October 2018)

2011 - Hope Karnes Nicely, MD, PhD
Hope Karnes, MD, PhD, has been named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology's (ASCP) prestigious 40 Under Forty list for 2016 in recognition of her achievements in the medical laboratory field.  This year's pool of applicants is the largest ever, making the selection process incredibly competitive within this remarkable group of pathology and laboratory medicine professionals.  ASCP's 40 Under Forty program shines the spotlight on 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology trainees, and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.  Hope received her PhD in 2009 and her MD in 2011 from the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She then completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency and transfusion medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, where she also served as chief resident.  Hope received several national and institutional awards for research during residency and has been recognized by faculty and peers for her communication skills and mentorship of junior residents.  She currently works in Dayton, Ohio, and is proud to be a Jayhawk!  (Updated October 2016)

2012 - Patricia Barker Little, MD
Dr. Little graduated from Wesley Medical Center Residency in 2015 and started practice in her hometown.  She has a daughter, Gwendolyn "Rose" Little, born on July 10, 2014. (Updated February 2016) 

2013 - (MPH) Michael D. Hansen
U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hansen has advanced to commander of the 72nd Medical Detachment - Veterinary Service Support - 86th Combat Support Hospital Eagles Vets - at Ft. Campbell, Ky. LTC Hansen, a veterinarian, is a 1990 graduate of South Tama High School and the son of Dale and Shirley Hansen, longtime Toledo residents now living in Oconomowoc, Wisc. A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Ft. Campbell on June 21 which his parents and family friends attended. LTC Hansen and his wife of over 21 years, the former Marla K. Walton of Farmington, Iowa, have four sons, SGT. Austin Hansen, 23, Dakota, 21, Zachary, 20, and Reno, 18, and one daughter, Tiffani, 16. LTC Hansen received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1996, and his Doctorate in Veterinary medicine in 2001, both from Iowa State University. He went on to complete a Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012. LTC Hansen served his first 12 years in the military as an enlisted Soldier in the U. S. Army Reserves. He was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in 2002. LTC Hansen's military education includes the AMEDD Officer Basic course (2002), the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course (2004), the USDA reign Animal Disease Diagnostician Course (2005), and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officers' Course (2011). His duty assignments included Branch Chief, Fort Riley Veterinary Branch November 2002-May 2005; OIC, 6th Squad, 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) June 2005-June 2008, Bamberg, Germany; Branch Chief, Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Branch July 2008-July 2010; Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Public Health Command District-Northern Europe June 2013-June 2015, Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Chief, Food Safety Office, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support July 2015-April 2017, Philadelphia, Pa. LTC Hansen deployed to Iraq with the 72nd Medical Detachment (VS) as part Medical Task Force 30 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-06. His team provided veterinary service support to the U.S. Forces in and around Tikrit. LTC Hansen's military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. (Updated July 2017)

2013 (MPH) - Elizabeth Kirwan McClain, PhD
Dr. McClain who received her Masters of Public Health in 2013 is now living in Mississippi where she is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at William Carey University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Updated June 2016)

2013 - William E. Poulson, MD
Dr. Poulson reports that he has married another KU grad, Sierra Poulson and they now live in Omaha, Nebraska where he is a resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (Updated May 2016)

2014 - Christopher M. Fox, MD
Dr. Fox writes to us that he has accepted a new position with Family Medicine/Sports Medicine at Truman Lakewood. He finished a fellowship at UCLA. (Updated June 2018)

2014 - Cody A. Heston, MD
Dr. Heston is currently a pediatrician at HaysMed. (Updated March 2018)

2014 - Black G. Phipps, MD
Dr. Phipps writes that he is getting married to Ashley Paul (UNT Class of 2010) and their wedding date is January 13, 2018. Congratulations! (Updated May 2017) 

2014 - DaKota M. Urban, MD
Dr. Urban reports that he married his best friend last September. He is currently in his third year of surgical residency at Christiana Care in Delaware. (Updated January 2017)

2015 - Megan E. Madrigal, MD
Dr. Madrigal writes to us that she is currently in her last year of residency at Christiana Care in Delaware. (Updated October 2018)

2015 - Gregory R. Stroh, MD
Dr. Stroh has been selected to receive the 2018 "Outstanding Achievement Award" for the Internal Medicine Residency program of the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. This honor is awarded to four of the 48 members of the graduating internal medicine class each year and is based on clinical competency, professionalism, scholarly activity and contributions to the residency program. Dr. Stroh has performed in an outstanding manner throughout his training and was named "co-intern of the year" during his first year of training. He has been recognized for his fund of knowledge, empathy, dedication to patients, professionalism, teamwork and work ethic.  He demonstrated strong skills as a leader and teacher as a senior resident. Dr. Stroh has been actively engaged in research throughout his residency with multiple projects resulting in 7 posters, 1 first author publication and 3 presentations. He will begin a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in July of 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Stroh! (Updated April 2018)

2016 (Residency) - Julie A. Z. Larson, MD
Julie Larson completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Kansas Medical Center on June 30, 2016. Her passion in life is working with children with disabilities and her time at KU solidified this career choice. During her last few months of residency, she was trying to find a children's book on amputation and limb deficiency and realized there were not any on the market. Thus, she wrote one herself and titled it I Have A Doll Just Like You. In addition to the fictional children's story, it contains a "letter to parents/teachers" about how to react in situations when children point, stare and/or ask about someone who looks different than they do. It also includes a series of discussion starters for families/classrooms to broach the topic of being different and to get children to start thinking of ways to include others with disabilities. As with all disabilities or differences, the goal is to teach kids that all people are "someone" rather than a "something." It is important to teach children by example: that people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities.  All of the proceeds from Larson's book will be donated to send children with limb differences to amputee camps. (Updated February 2017)

2016 - Jeffrey W. Lamping, MD
Dr. Lamping has moved to Berkley, Michigan with his wife Anna and their new son, Will, who was born January 25, 2016. (Updated May 2016)

2018 (PhD) - In Memoriam: Amy R. Cantilena, PhD
Dr. Louis R Cantilena and Dr. Amy Rose Cantilena died together Saturday, December 16, 2017. They were both from Potomac, Maryland. Survivors include their wife and mother, Dr. Kathleen "Cathy" Conry Cantilena and her surviving children, Timothy Cantilena, Caroline "Carly" Cantilena and Anna Cantilena, aunt, Annette Balmain and many cousins. Louis was the son of the late Louis and Raphaela Cantilena. Amy Rose is also survived by her Aunt Maura and Uncle Mark Koch. The family will receive friends at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852 on Wednesday from 5-8 PM, with a time of remembrance beginning at 7:30 PM, and where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10 AM. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery Germantown, Maryland. Gifts can be made in memory of Louis Cantilena and Amy Cantilena '04 to Stone Ridge School at 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814. Individuals can also make gifts on-line at and indicate their gift is in memory of Lou and Amy. Likewise to St Johns College High School Washington DC at (Updated January 2018)

2018 (MD), 2010 (BSN) - Christina Hughey, MD
Christina writes to us that she and Meredith moved to Madison, Wisconsin in May 2018 after Christina matched at UW for her Internal Medicine Residency. They also welcomed Henry Fitzwilliam, born 12/12/2017. Congratulations, Christina! (Updated November 2018)

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