Alumni News accepts and publishes obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni.
Joseph A. Gautsch, MD ’39, of Cody, Wyo., died Aug. 8, 2008. He was 93 years old. Dr. Gautsch served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a major in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star as a regimental surgeon in 1945. After completing his service and medical training, he moved to Cody, where he practiced internal medicine at the Cody Clinic, joining the partnership in 1948. He was one of the founding directors of Cody First Bank in 1962 (which became Key Bank), and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In the mid-1950s, he served as President of the Wyoming division of the American Cancer Society. He retired from medicine in 1981 to spend more time with family, friends and salmon fishing. He also enjoyed art, literature, photography, music and telling funny stories. His survivors include one daughter; two sons; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lucina.
Duane T. Newton, MD ’43, a long-time resident of Sacramento, Calif., died Jan. 17, 2009. He was 94 years old. A World War II veteran, Dr. Newton practiced family medicine in Sacramento from 1945 to 2000. His survivors include one daughter, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Illmah, and a son.
Walter Merdinger, MD ’46 (November), of La Jolla, Calif., died Dec. 2, 2008. He was 86 years old. A thoracic surgeon, Dr. Merdinger was the longest-serving active physician on staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, having worked for 49 years. Originally from Chicago and then Milwaukee, Dr. Merdinger served in the Navy and in the Air Force, Army and Navy reserves for a combined service of 40 years, retiring with the Navy rank of captain. He served as school board president for Stella Maris Academy and was a member of Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed playing tennis. His survivors include his wife, Ann; six children; and six grandchildren.
Francis DeRossi, MD ’47, of Albany, N.Y., died Nov. 25, 2008. He was 85 years old. Dr. DeRossi was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa at Marquette University School of Medicine. After his training, he returned to Albany and was an attending physician at St. Peter’s Hospital and maintained an internal medicine practice for more than 50 years until his retirement in 2004. He was the Medical Director of the Ann Lee Home through 1985 and of the Teresian House Nursing home through 2004. He earned a lifetime achievement award from the Albany County Nursing Home and the Mother M. Angeline Teresa O’Carm award from the Carmelite Sisters in 1989. He was a longstanding member of the American Geriatrics Society and he enjoyed fishing, boating and golf. His survivors include his wife, Mary; one daughter; two sons; and seven grandchildren.
Roger S. Gray, MD ’47, of Eau Claire, Wis., died Jan. 1, 2009. He was 84 years old. Dr. Gray served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He followed his father’s example as a family practice physician, serving three generations of families in Rock County for 42 years, making house calls, holding office hours and tending to hospital rounds. He was chief of staff at Stoughton Community Hospital. The American Legion honored Dr. Gray as Citizen of the Year. The Evansville Jaycees honored him with a Distinguished Service award, and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians named him Geriatrician of the Year. He was also a member of the board of directors for Brooklyn State Bank, the Evansville Lion’s Club and Evansville public school board. He was the Evansville High School team physician and the medical director of the Evansville Continental Manor Nursing Home. He enjoyed tennis, skiing, and fishing. His survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; two daughters; one son; and six grandchildren.
Sidney Lubar, MD ’52, of Glendale, Wis., died March 25, 2009. He was 82 years old. Dr. Lubar practiced internal medicine.
Philip J. Reilly, MD ’53, of Fair Oaks, Calif., died Dec. 21, 2008. He was 80 years old. Dr. Reilly served two years as a captain and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in Japan. He established a general medicine practice in Sacramento, later specializing in family medicine. He practiced for 54 years, co-founding the Doctor’s Health Plan, Woodside Medical Group, and the Sacramento Physicians Medical Group. He was a leader and mentor at American River Hospital, serving on the board of directors, as chief of staff, and as a volunteer member of the board of trustees. He was also Associate Clinical Professor of Family practice at University of California-Davis from 1972-2008. A voracious reader with many varied interests, he was a multi-sport athlete and private pilot. His survivors include his former wife of 31 years, Dolores, and seven children. One son preceded him in death.
Douglas G. Burmeister, MD ’54, a long-time resident of Kingsport, Tenn., died March 9, 2009, after many years of battling Alzheimer’s. He was 79 years old. After serving two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and completing his medical training, Dr. Burmeister moved with his family to Kingsport, where he practiced dermatology for more than 30 years. His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margaret; one daughter; one son; and two grandchildren.
Robert B. Callahan, MD ’55, of Denver, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2008. Originally from Butler, Pa., Dr. Callahan was a clinical psychiatrist for 36 years, dedicated to the treatment of the mentally ill, including children. His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann; three daughters; four sons; and 19 grandchildren.
Ricardo J. Alvarez, MD ’57, of Plymouth, Wis., died in Hospice care Jan. 26, 2009. He was 76 years old. Following his training, Dr. Alvarez enlisted in the Air Force, stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. After his service, he took over his father’s practice in the Philippines, his homeland. In 1961, he moved his family to Plymouth to practice medicine at the Plymouth Clinic. He also became a physician for the Kettle Moraine Boys School and the Taycheedah Correctional Facility. In 1975, he formed the first full-time emergency room coverage at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wis. He retired in 1992 after providing emergency care at hospitals in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. He was a charter member of the Plymouth Lions Club, past president and member of the Plymouth Trail Riders and a member of the Plymouth School Board. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and breeding and training horses. His survivors include seven children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Karl-Heinz Mueller, MD, GME ’59, of Elm Grove, Wis., died March 11, 2009. He was 85 years old. He moved to the U.S. from his native Germany in 1958 as a Fulbright Fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery, practicing in Erie, Penn., and Chicago, Ill., before settling in Milwaukee. In addition to his private practice in Brookfield and West Allis, Dr. Mueller was a past chief of orthopaedics at Elmbrook and West Allis Memorial hospitals. He also served as Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Marienhoehe University Hospital in Aachen, Germany. Dr. Mueller was a frequent guest lecturer for the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Following his retirement from active practice in 1980, he continued to work in medicine, translating English and German medical textbooks. His survivors include his wife, Dr. Agnes H. Mueller-Schmitz; four children; and four grandchildren.
James T. Botticelli, MD, Fel ’61, of Mequon, Wis., died April 21, 2009. He was 79 years old. Dr. Botticelli served on the faculty of The Medical College of Wisconsin, joining Marquette University School of Medicine in 1961, later retiring as Professor of Medicine. For the American Heart Association, Dr. Botticelli was a research fellow, advance research fellow, area president of the Wisconsin affiliate and member of the board of directors, Wisconsin affiliate. He was co-chairman, Committee on Guidelines and Planning Standards for the Cardiac Catheterization and Open Heart Surgery Program for the Wisconsin Department Health and Social Services for eight years. He retired from the Air National Guard as a brigadier general in 1986 and was also a reservist. He received the Outstanding Physician Award from the Wisconsin Heart Association and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians’ Distinguished Service Award for aiding in the development of family practice residency programs in Wisconsin. His survivors include his wife, Maureen; eight children; and 10 grandchildren.
William S. Harada, MD ’61, of Granite Bay, Calif., died Dec. 9, 2008. He was 79 years old. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Harada served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force as a physician before retiring with the rank of colonel. He continued his OB/GYN specialty practice at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, Calif. He was a 29-year member of Twin Lakes Riding Club. He received numerous awards and commendations during his career. His survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen; three daughters; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Stephen Michael Krause, MD ’65, of Novato, Calif., died suddenly Aug. 21, 2008. He was 70 years old. During his nearly 40-year career at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, he served on numerous committees and in various leadership roles. He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and as Medical Director and Director of Clinical Services for McAuley Behavioral Services. From 1995-99, he served as President of the medical staff at St. Mary’s. He most recently was serving on the St. Mary’s Medical Center Community Board while maintaining a private practice in San Francisco and Novato. He was a fan of boxing and track and field, loved traveling, and was a connoisseur of red wine. His survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carole; two daughters; and two sons.
Gerald J. Miller, MD ’65, of La Crosse, Wis., died Feb. 22, 2009, in his home after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. He was 70 years old. Following his medical training, Dr. Miller served as chief of radiology at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan. Subsequently, he was employed as a diagnostic radiologist at then St. Francis Medical Center from 1972-88. From 1988-2007 he was on staff at Gundersen Clinic as a diagnostic radiologist. He retired after a 37-year practice. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, tennis, golfing, Canadian fishing trips, lawn work, fitness and travel. His survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marie; one daughter; one son; and four grandchildren.
Lance Wozniak, MD ’71, of Yuma, Ariz., died Feb. 7, 2009, after a brave battle with cancer of the esophagus. He was 62 years old. Dr. Wozniak was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of commander. He practiced ophthalmology in San Diego, Calif., until moving to Yuma in 1991. He also provided medical services to those living in rural areas of California and Arizona. His survivors include his wife, Sharon; one son; three stepchildren; and three grandchildren.
Richard J. Titulaer, MD, GME ’75, a long-time resident of Green Bay, Wis., died Nov. 11, 2008. He was 67 years old. A captain the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Titulaer joined the West Side Clinic (now Prevea) in Green Bay in 1975 after completing his ENT training. He was a longtime active member of the Brown County Gun Club. His survivors include his wife, Barbara; four children; and five grandchildren.
Michael J. Richter, MD ’91, GME ’94, of Glendale, Wis., died April 18, 2009, after a tragic injury. He was 47 years old. Dr. Richter was a family physician at the Glendale Clinic for 13 years, and for the last two years, practiced with Aurora Health Care. He was passionate about his family and friends. He loved basketball, having played for the College of Great Falls, Montana. He coached his daughters at St. Monica Catholic Grade School in Whitefish Bay and was assistant varsity coach at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. Dr. Richter additionally served as Medical Director for Student Health Services at Milwaukee School of Engineering. His survivors include his wife, Julie; and three daughters.
Christopher S. Kearn, PhD ’01, of Boston, Mass., and native of Muskego, Wis., died Feb. 19, 2009. He was 40 years old. He was a senior research scientist in the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern University in Boston.
Former Medical College President, Carley, dies
David Carley, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin President from 1975-77, died May 13, 2009, at home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 80 years old. Dr. Carley was President of the College during its last years on the Marquette University campus, before it moved to the Milwaukee County grounds. He was instrumental in raising the funds needed to build its education and research facilities. Dr. Carley was also a property developer, serving as a partner in Carley Capital Group with his brother Jim, and twice ran for governor of Wisconsin. Other roles he had include serving as a University of Wisconsin regent and directing Gov. Gaylord Nelson’s Wisconsin Department of Resource Development. His survivors include his wife, Claire Gargelli; two daughters; one son Jim; and two granddaughters.
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