Alumni News accepts and publishes obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni.
Henry John Kurtin, MD ’38, died July 18, 2009, at home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 96 years old. Following his medical education, Dr. Kurtin practiced general medicine in southern Minnesota until 1952. He then proceeded to complete an ophthalmology residency in 1954 and moved to Tucson, where he joined a downtown practice and stayed through 1979. He then was a medical consultant for the Disability Determination Service for 15 years. Dr. Kurtin was also very active in his local Catholic church. His survivors include his wife of 68 years, Isabelle; three sons; one daughter; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
George J. Twohig, MD ’41, of Kiel, Wis., died July 28, 2009. A former family medicine physician, he was 98 years old. Dr. Twohig’s survivors include six sons; two daughters; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
George C. Kreuter, MD ’43, died May 12, 2009, in Madison, Wis. He was 91 years old. The majority of Dr. Kreuter’s career was spent as Chief of Anesthesiology at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin). He served as a consultant at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee from 1957-75 and as a clinical professor at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He was president of both the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists and the Milwaukee Society of Anesthesiologists. He left private practice in 1976 to become chief of staff for the VA Medical Center in Shreveport, La., and then chief of staff for the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich., until his retirement in 1983. Dr. Kreuter raised his family in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1944-47, serving in Italy. He loved to sail and plant trees on his farm, and was an avid birdwatcher. His survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; two sons; two daughters; and eight grandchildren. One son preceded him in death.
Norbert A. Mikolajczak, MD ’45, of Milwaukee and Pewaukee Lake, Wis., died Aug. 5, 2009. He was 87 years old. Dr. Mikolajczak provided medical care to the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, was a life member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and on the medical staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee throughout his entire medical career. He served in the U.S. Navy. His interests included tennis, racquetball, sailing, hunting, fishing, snow and water skiing, traveling and bird watching. His survivors include his wife, Audrey; two sons; three daughters; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Anthony Tucci, MD ’47, of Conway, S.C., died at National Healthcare Corporation Feb. 2, 2009. He was 87 years old. Dr. Tucci practiced anesthesiology at St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson, N.J., St. James Hospital in Newark, N.J., and then at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., as a faculty member of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In 1976, he and his family moved to Georgetown, where he founded and was president of the Georgetown Anesthesia Group at Georgetown Memorial Hospital until 1987. In 1989, Dr. Tucci was appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina faculty as clinical assistant professor. He also served as president of South Carolina Anesthesiologists from 1986-87. Dr. Tucci served in the Naval Reserves during World War II and as a captain in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was active in his Catholic church and with Knights of Columbus. His survivors include three sons, six daughters, 15 grandchildren and eight grandchildren. His wife of 50 years, Ann, preceded him in death.
Bob Kascht, MD, MS ’49, died May 28, 2009, in Waterloo Iowa. He was 87 years old. Dr. Kascht was a pathologist who retired with “honorary doctor” status from Waukesha Memorial Hospital. His survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; three sons; one daughter; and five grandchildren.
Robert G. Dimler, MD ’51, died Jan. 29, 2009, at the Tacoma Lutheran Home in Tacoma, Wash. He was 92 years old. Dr. Dimler trained in pediatrics in Hawaii and joined the Kailua Medical Group on Oahu in 1957. He opened a private practice in 1965 and cared for several generations of families for nearly 30 years. Among his career highlights, Dr. Dimler traveled with his wife to India in 1963, taking medical supplies and immunizations to dozens of children. He also practiced at a welfare clinic in Honolulu prior to retiring completely. Dr. Dimler was a violinist and loved gardening and writing. He served in the Army as a surveyor during World War II. He moved to Tacoma in 1998 to be close to family. His survivors include his second wife, Shirley; two sons; one daughter; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His first wife of 54 years, Joan, preceded him in death.
Mark L. Norman, Jr., MD ’52, died March 27, 2009, of complications after cardiac surgery in Naples, Fla. He was 84 years old. Dr. Norman practiced ophthalmology and spent summers at Whitefish Lake, Minn., and winters in Naples. He was an active volunteer in church and civic causes in both areas. Dr. Norman served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Liz; three sons; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
John R. Petersen, MD, GME '60, a native of Stoughton, Wis., died at home on June 4, 2009. He was 79 years old. Dr. Petersen was Director of Medical Services for the Milwaukee County Medical Complex from 1966-93 and Associate Dean at The Medical College of Wisconsin from 1980-93. He was a faculty member in general internal medicine at Marquette University School of Medicine and then The Medical College of Wisconsin for more than 30 years. He was named Associate Professor of Medicine-Emeritus in 1994. Dr. Petersen became an advocate for international health as part of USAID and served in many capacities to advance public health through the Milwaukee County and Wisconsin Medical societies. He and his wife were also founding members of the Unitarian Church West in Brookfield. His survivors include his wife, Yvonne; four sons; one daughter; and eight grandchildren.
Gregory Lundmark, MD ’65, died May 5, 2009, of mesothelioma in Salem, Ore. He practiced otolaryngology.
James W. Hare, MD, GME ’79, of Mequon, Wis., died unexpectedly Aug. 10, 2009. He was 63 years old. After completing his residency, Dr. Hare was in private family practice in Mequon through 1988. He then joined the Family Health Plan Cooperative, where he became Clinic Director and served on the organization’s board. After receiving further training through the American Academy of Physician Executives, he continued his career as a medical director for several nationwide health insurers. Most recently, he was Clinic Director and physician at the Milwaukee clinic of Concentra Occupational Health. Dr. Hare’s personal interests included civic service with his local library and the Boy Scouts, as he was himself a former Eagle Scout. He also was an active member of his local Presbyterian church, through which he traveled to Honduras on a medical mission in 1995, where he treated thousands of underserved people with major medical needs. Originally from New York, Dr. Hare was drafted into the U.S. Army after his college graduation in 1968. He was granted official status as a non-combatant conscientious objector and served nine months under fire in Vietnam as a medic with an infantry company. His survivors include his wife of 37 years, Karla; two sons; and one daughter.
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