Alumni News accepts and publishes obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni.
Frank P. Falsetti, MD ’42, of Ft. Myers, Fla., died Nov. 20, 2008. He was 93 years old. A pathologist, Dr. Falsetti served in the U.S. Army, trained at Mayo Clinic and practiced in Milwaukee from 1951 to 1981. He and his wife, Mary enjoyed 27 years of retirement on Sanibel Island, Fla., and in Ft. Myers. Mary preceded him in death last year. Dr. Falsetti’s survivors include seven children and nine grandchildren.
Edwin W. Prentice, MD ’42, of Reno, Nev., died June 13, 2008. He was 91 years old. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II as a captain in the medical corps, Dr. Prentice joined a family practice in Muskegon, Mich. He relocated his practice to Reno in 1965 and retired from medicine in 1992. His survivors include his wife, Sonja; two sons; three daughters; one stepdaughter; and 18 grandchildren.
Richard K. Chambers, MD ’46 (November), died Nov. 20, 2008, at Shorehaven Health Center in Oconomowoc, Wis. He was 85 years old. Dr. Chambers was a retired family physician in practice for more than 48 years. He was active in his church and an advocate for preservation of the planet. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helga, and two sons. His survivors include four sons, three daughters, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Thomas C. Puchner, Sr., MD ’46 (November), Fel ’58, formerly of Elm Grove, Wis., died Oct. 14, 2008. He was 85 years old. Dr. Puchner practiced as a non-invasive cardiologist for more than 40 years, including at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee. He served as a Navy flight surgeon during the Korean Conflict. Dr. Puchner was an avid golfer and fisherman as well as a life-long, loyal Notre Dame supporter and alumnus. His survivors include his wife, Dorothy; five children, including Thomas C. Puchner, Jr., MD ’84, GME ’87, and John D. Puchner, MD ’89; and 14 grandchildren.
Jack E. Groh, MD ’52, of Phoenix, Ariz., died on his wedding anniversary, July 8, 2008, while visiting his grandchildren in Alaska. He was 83 years old. Dr. Groh began a family practice in Milwaukee in 1951 before moving his family to Phoenix and continuing his practice in Scottsdale until his retirement in 1994. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne, and a son. His survivors include two sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Edward G. Colbert, MD ’53, of Camarillo, Calif., died July 20, 2008. He was 81 years old. Dr. Colbert first became interested in mental health while serving in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman during World War II. Following his training in psychiatry, he began his career in 1959 as Director of the Xavier Clinic at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., the medical center’s first psychiatric service. Shortly after moving to private practice in 1961, he published the first American article on the use of lithium to treat bipolar disease in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The exposure from that finding led to many speaking roles and leadership opportunities with numerous professional organizations, including President of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, Bay District. After his retirement in 1993, Dr. Colbert redirected his energies to humanitarian projects in the U.S. and Mexico, public health affairs, church activities and politics. Dr. Colbert was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Therese. His survivors include his second wife, Mary Dady; seven children; four step-children; and nine grandchildren.
Richard Lose, MD ’53, of Sonoma, Calif., died Nov. 3, 2008. He was 84 years old. An enlisted Marine, Dr. Lose attended medical school on the G.I. Bill and trained in family medicine. While in practice in Sonoma, he served two terms as Chief of Staff at Sonoma Valley Hospital, was President of the Sonoma County chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as delegate, and a board member of Blood Bank. Dr. Lose retired from active medical practice in 1994 but continued with locum tenens work for another 10 years. He was active in the Sonoma Garden Club and honored as a life member, and he volunteered with the Boy Scouts. His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Florence; two daughters; one son; and five grandchildren.
Raymond M. Shirley, MD ’55, of Duluth, Minn., died July 14, 2008. He was 80 years old. Dr. Shirley was a radiologist who returned after retirement to continue practicing in a community hospital. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a volunteer with Inter-Group. He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed gardening, reading and theater. His survivors include his wife, Charlotte; six children; and eight grandchildren.
John P. Mullooly, MD ’60, MS ’59, of Wauwatosa, Wis., died Oct. 21, 2008. He was 78 years old. Following his training, Dr. Mullooly practiced internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee from 1964 until his retirement in 1998. He was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin from 1966-94. He was Past President of the Wisconsin Society of Internal Medicine, Milwaukee Academy of Medicine, Milwaukee Catholic Physicians’ Guild, Milwaukee Internists’ Club and the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Mullooly was also a delegate to the American Medical Association and the editor of the Marquette Medical Review and the Linacre Quarterly for more than 36 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 45 years, Mary Evelyn. His survivors include six children and 13 grandchildren.
Donald Kullerstrand, MD ’61, of Oregon, Wis., died Nov. 1, 2008. He was 81 years old. Dr. Kullerstrand was an obstetrician at Webster Clinic in Green Bay, Wis., and later opened his own practice before retiring in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years and was active in the church. His survivors include his wife, Evelyn; three daughters; two sons; and 12 grandchildren.
John A. Kenny, MD ’60, GME ’66, of Mequon, died June 17, 2008. He was 73 years old. Dr. Kenny maintained a private practice at the Dermatology Clinic in Green Bay for 38 years. His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judith; four children; and one grandson.
Donald Masse, MD ’64, of Oak Park, Mich., died from leukemia June 19, 2008, at his winter home in Lakeland, Fla. He was 73 years old. Dr. Masse was a partner in a Detroit obstetrics and gynecology practice for more than 30 years. Before his retirement in 2003, he was a member of the Detroit Medical Society and served for more than 20 years as a clinical teacher of medical residents. Dr. Masse served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Cypress Lakes Veterans Association in Lakeland. His survivors include his wife of 44 years, Mary; one son and one daughter.
Thomas E. Lass, MD ’67, GME ’71, of Brookfield, Wis., died Dec. 8, 2008. He was 67 years old. Dr. Lass served in the U.S. Army from 1971-73 before returning to the Milwaukee area to practice anesthesiology at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He joined West Allis Memorial Hospital in 1976, where he stayed for more than 25 years, introducing many of today’s advanced interventional pain management procedures. He joined Advanced Pain Management in 2002 to devote his practice to this field. He was also associated with Elmbrook Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center. Among his many professional memberships were the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He loved golf, travel and photography. His survivors include his wife, Susan; three children; and three grandchildren.
Philip J. Hinton, MD ’71, of Johnson City, Tenn., died May 4, 2008. He was 63 years old. Dr. Hinton was a surgeon who operated a private practice in Johnson City for 30 years before joining the staff at the VA Medical Center in October 2007. Dr. Hinton served in the U.S. Navy. He was a cancer survivor and often participated in the Relay for Life, for which he had previously served as grand marshal. He was an avid supporter of Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong Campaign and a cycling enthusiast who had traveled across the state of Virginia on his bike. His survivors include his wife of more than 28 years, Vicki; a daughter; and a son.
William M. Tombari, MD ’75, of Derry, N.H., died Oct. 7, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. Dr. Tombari was a senior partner in Derry Pediatrics and had served as Chairman of the Board for Parkland Medical Center. He enjoyed golf, skiing and woodworking. His survivors include his wife, Sandra, and three children.
Santosh Bahal, MD, GME ’76, of Greendale, Wis., died Sept. 9, 2008. She was 64 years old. Dr. Bahal served as Director of Rehabilitation at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee for many years where her patients included those with orthopaedic, stroke and spinal injuries. She most recently worked as a staff physician with Advanced Pain Management from 2002-05. In the community, she was a founding supporter and remained active with the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin. Her survivors include her husband, Rajinder, and a daughter.
Lee Alan Pavlicek, MD, GME ’91, of Naperville, Ill., died Oct. 11, 2008, at home after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was 48 years old. Dr. Pavlicek was an anesthesiologist at Edward Hospital in Naperville. His survivors include his wife of 15 years, Donna, and four children.