Charley W. Norris, M.D., passed away September 1, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was born January 3, 1933 near Morganville, Kansas to George and Mary Kaiser Norris. In 1971, Dr. Norris joined the faculty of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he started and developed their Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology program. He served as chair of the ENT department during the 1980s and he was Chief of Staff of the KUMC Hospital for three years. He retired in 1998 as an emeritus professor. Outside his work as a physician, Charley loved to travel, was a voracious reader, and enjoyed studying history. When his children were young, he was active in both Y-Indian Guides and the Boy Scouts. He also loved backpacking with his sons and gardening. In retirement before his health decline, he enjoyed guest teaching high school anatomy in the Olathe School District. During his tenure at KUMC, he lived in Olathe. He moved to Sandia Park, NM in 2002, and returned to the Kansas City area earlier this year. Dr. Norris is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Larson Norris; son, Andrew (Cecilia) Norris; son, Erik Norris; three grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Lund. A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, KS. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17th, time and location to be announced. The family suggests memorial donations to the Charley W. Norris Education Fund, c/o The Department of Otolaryngology, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160. Further service information and online condolences may be found at www.amosfamily.com.
Dr. Oscar Pinsker, 84, of Leawood, KS, passed away on April 17, 2010, after suffering a stroke. A burial service will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Chicago, IL, and a memorial service will be held in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. at Oakwood Country Club, 9800 Grandview Road, Kansas City, MO 64137. Oscar was born in New York City August 12, 1925, but lived his entire life in Kansas City. A graduate of Central High School, he served in the United States Navy during World War II and was awarded a fleet appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. After the war, he earned both is undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Utah, followed by a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Kansas. He later served as a medical officer during the Korean War. A specialist in otolaryngology, Oscar was a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, a member and past president of the KC Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. A past president of the medical staff at Menorah Hospital, he was the first physician appointed to Menorah's Board of Directors. Oscar was also on the hospital staff at Research Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. He contributed significant time as a clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, supervising resident training. Oscar was chairman of the health committee and a member of the governing board of "LINC", Kansas City's Local Investment Commission, which enables state and local institutions to offer services to the underprivileged. In private practice for 54 years, Oscar and partners founded Head and Neck Surgical Associates, P.A., formerly Otolaryngology Medical Group. Among Oscar's many personal interests were spending time with his grandchildren, fine wine, performing arts, music, fly-fishing, golf and poker. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He had that unique quality of brightening any room he entered with a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He is survived by his wife Barbara Pinsker, son Mark (Jit) Pinsker of Thailand, daughter Lisa Pinsker of Fairway, stepchildren Margaret Ann (Frank) Drinkwine of Prairie Village and Rick (Becky) Estrin of Stilwell, Wendy Bandklayder of Miami, FL, and Judy (Jerry) Shapiro of Northbrook, IL. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Abraham Pinsker; his brothers Bill, Otto and Jacob Pinsker, and his sister, Belle Joseph. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Pinsker, and his second wife, Bonnie McAfee. Special thanks to his devoted caregiver, Aneta Whitfield, as well as to Dorothy King and Ermia Grandberry. Oscar's dedication to his family, friends and patients will be a cherished and lasting gift to all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Oscar's memory be made to the Otolaryngology Department at KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 3010, 3901 Rainbow, Kansas City, KS, The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City at 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS 66211, or a charity of one's choice. (Arr.: The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211, online guest book at www.louismemorialchapel.com.)
Dr. Robert L. Rogers, 79, of Mission Hills, Kan., passed away July 29, 2009, at Research Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, Kan. Interment will be at Corinth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160 or the Alzheimer's Association , Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Dr. Rogers was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Sabetha, Kan., to William H. and Lora B. Rogers. He was an accomplished physician and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1955. He served his country in the military from 1956 to 1962 after which he began his private medical practice. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Hugh A. Rogers and brother, General Bernard W. Rogers. Dr. Rogers is survived by is wife, Marjorie E. Rogers of the home; son, Clark W. Rogers, Prairie Village; daughter, Emily S. Fehr and husband Curt, Overland Park, Kan.; sister, Enola Rogers, Topeka, Kan.; and grandchildren, Grant W. Rogers and Kyle J. Fehr. Arrangements: Muehlebach Funeral Home, (816) 444-2060 www.muehlebachchapel.com
Dr. Frank J. Pischke, 71, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2007, at Kansas University Medical Center after a long battle with leukemia. Dr. Pischke was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois. He attended St. Joseph's College in Collegeville, Indiana and completed his B.S. degree from Rockhurst College in 1958. He attended medical school at Kansas University Medical School earning his degree in 1962. He then completed an internship with the U.S. Public Health Service after which he completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Kansas University in 1969. He practiced his specialty in Kansas City, Kansas before moving to Macon, Georgia and practiced there until he retired in 2001. Dr. Pischke was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a member of the AMA. Dr. Pischke is survived by his beloved wife, Elsa, and children, son Mark and his wife, Linda and grandson, Mark; daughter, Rebecca and her husband, Dr. Malik Hamid; his sister, Ann and her husband, Steve Williams.
Frank enjoyed attending mass, skiing, and could often be seen riding his bicycle through the hills of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he and Elsa moved in 2005 after several years spent fishing and boating in Port Charlotte, Florida. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend and will be missed dearly by those around him. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, KS. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at St. Agnes Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or online at www.lls.org//hm_ills#/waystohelp/donate/.