Alumni News accepts and publishes obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni.
John L. “Jack” Burns, Jr., MD ’42, of Marshfield, died May 7, 2009. He was 94 years old. Following medical school, Dr. Burns entered the Army Air Corps. After flight surgeon school in Texas, he completed his service with the 8th Air Force in England and France through 1946. He was also one of the first of four Wisconsin doctors to be called during the Korean conflict. After briefly practicing general medicine in Chittenango, N.Y., he returned to the Milwaukee area for further training. In 1951, he became the 15th physician on the staff of Marshfield Clinic and the first and only anesthesiologists in the Marshfield area until 1959. After contributing to the training of many nurse anesthetists, Dr. Burns retired in 1981. During his 30 years at Marshfield, he was the first in the area to introduce inhalation therapy and was well known for introducing diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks. His survivors include four sons, one daughter; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Pauline.
Andrew G. Goesl, MD ’42, of Texarkana, Texas, died Nov. 24, 2009. He was 93 years old. During his medical training, Dr. Goesl worked with Dr. Jonas Salk researching what would become the Salk polio vaccine. Following his service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard during World War II, Dr. Goesl was influential in setting up the streptomycine conferences in the Veterans Affairs hospital system. During the early 1960s, he was instrumental in establishing and training personnel for the intensive care units in both Christus St. Michael and WRMC Hospitals. He also supported many local non-profits through his family foundation. His survivors include his wife, Sarah; two sons; one daughter; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Donald W. Mulder, MD ’43, of Rochester, Minn., died Aug. 31, 2009. He was 92 years old. From 1946-47, Dr. Mulder was on active duty in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve and was on staff at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He did residencies in both neurology and psychiatry and was later called to active duty again, appointed chief investigator of the head injury research project conducted at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. The following year, he led the U.S. Navy research project on ALS conducted on Guam. Dr. Mulder joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1950 as a consultant and instructor in neurology. He became a full professor in 1964. He served on the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors from 1963-69, as Chairman of Neurology from 1966-71 and President of the Staff in 1977. In 1978, he was appointed the Fred C. Anderson Professor of Neurology. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude.
Carroll R. Olson, MD ’43, of West Allis, Wis., died Nov. 4, 2009. He was 90 years old. Dr. Carroll was an internist in Milwaukee for 60 years. His survivors include two sons and three daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; wife, Dolores; and a son.
Leonard Lieberman, MD ’44, of Shorewood, Wis., died Dec. 10, 2009. He was 89 years old. After serving in Germany as a doctor for the U.S. Army, Dr. Lieberman practiced medicine with Milwaukee County for 30 years.
Charles E. Rogers, MD ’45, of Port Washington, Wis., died July 8, 2009. He was 88 years old. In 1954, he retired from the U.S. Navy as captain after 20 years of service. He went on to practice surgical oncology. Dr. Rogers was on the staff of several hospitals and in 1966, joined the medical staff of St. Francis Hospital. There, he focused his efforts on improving the quality of health care and established one of the country’s early ambulatory surgery units. He served as director of surgery at St. Francis from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. He was an active community volunteer in Port Washington as well. His survivors include his wife of 44 years, Zita; one son; and two grandchildren.
Kay W. Kennedy, MD ’46 (November), of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Catawba Island, Ohio, died June 11, 2009, at the Charleston Hospice Center after a long fight with cancer. Prior to beginning his obstetrics and gynecology career, Dr. Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. He started his private practice in 1954 in Canton, Ohio. In 1958, he joined the Canton Obstetrical and Gynecology Clinic where he practiced until 1976. He then joined the Stark County Women’s Clinic where he practiced until his retirement in 2002. His many professional affiliations included Clinical Professor at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine (1975-2002), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Surgeons, Ohio State Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Urogynecology Society and the International Society of Urogynecology. And avid fly fisherman, Dr. Kennedy was a long-time member of local trout clubs and traveled extensively for his sport. His survivors include his wife of 61 years, Patricia; two sons; three daughters; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons.
Frederick W. Ackerman, MD ’47, died at his Rossmoor home near Walnut Creek, Calif., on July 26, 2009. He was 84 years old. Dr. Ackerman served as a surgeon in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain while stationed in Spokane, Wash. He was the first board-certified surgeon in Contra Costa County. He practiced surgery in Concord from 1954 until his retirement in 1983, serving as Chief of Surgery at Mt. Diablo Hospital for many years. Dr. Ackerman was a founding member of John Muir Memorial Hospital and served on its first board of directors. He was President of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Society from 1966-67. From 1975-78, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Medical Association. During that time, he was a registered lobbyist, instrumental in the passage of medical insurance liability legislation. He also served on the American Medical Association Council of Legislation from 1974-83 and served as its Chairman from 1979-81. Following retirement, Dr. Ackerman served on the board of the Hospice of Contra Costa, including as president. He was active in the Rotary, as well as many hobbies including golf, fly fishing, boating, travel, poker and music. His survivors include one son, one daughter, six grandchildren and his companion, Barbara La Vigne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Gloria.
James J. Klobucar, MD ’47, of Whittier, Calif., died March 3, 2009, from congestive heart failure. He was 85 years old. Dr. Klobucar began his career as a general practitioner with a stop-out with the Army during the Korean War. He later practiced orthopaedic surgery and upon retiring from medical practice, used his medical expertise and law degree to work as a lawyer for the state of California until 1987. His survivors include his wife of 61 years, Doris; one son; three daughters, eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Leroy E. Bostian, MD ’49, of Villanova, Pa., died May 20, 2009. He was 85 years old. After practicing in Sioux Falls, S.D., Dr. Bostian became one of Aberdeen’s first psychiatrists at the Northeastern Mental Health Center, including the Redfield Hospital, in Aberdeen, S.D. His survivors include his wife, Carol; two sons; three daughters; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son.
Richard A. Hughes Sr., MD ’49, of West Long Branch, N.J., and Queensbury, N.Y., died Aug. 11, 2009. He was 88 years old. Dr. Hughes was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in World War II. He began practicing general medicine in 1951 in Make Luzerne, N.Y. and then opened a private practice in Glens Falls, N.Y. with his wife, Betty (Voelker) Hughes MD ’49. He then opted for additional training in ENT and proceeded to practice in Glens Falls and Queensbury until retirement in 2004 at age 83. Dr. Hughes had strong interests in medical education, art, antiques, reading and golf. He was an active member of the New York State Medical Society, serving for many years as Councilor. His survivors include four sons; three daughters; and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and more recently by his companion Betty Jean Baxter.
John C. Linn, MD ’51, of Shorewood, Wis., died of complications from strokes on Nov. 13, 2009. He was 89 years old. Dr. Linn served as a reconnaissance pilot during World II in Europe, flying more than 125 missions and was awarded the Silver Star and Air Medal. His love of flying continued in his private life, and he piloted aircraft into his late 80s. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee for almost 40 years and took a special interest in providing support and medical attention to single, pregnant women. After his formal retirement in 1989, Dr. Linn joined his wife volunteering at St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless for 10 years working with the clinic’s OB/GYN, substance abuse and mental health patients. His survivors include his wife of 61 years, Olive; six sons; two daughters; 43 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son.
Donald H. McDonald, MD ’51, of Winneconne, Wis., died Oct. 31, 2009. He was 87 years old. Dr. McDonald was a Winneconne area physician for nearly half a century, having opened the McDonald Clinic in September 1952 while practicing continuously until retirement in 1998. During his medical career, he held numerous professional memberships and served on committees locally, regionally and statewide. Dr. McDonald was an active staff member at Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh; Medical Director of Omro Care Center; Clinical Instructor in Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; Adjunct Professor, Department of Nursing, UW-Oshkosh; and was a charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. For decades, Dr. McDonald offered high school and college students with interests in the medical sciences to work in his clinic under staff direction. He supported academic as well as athletic programs, including American Legion Baseball, Badger Boys and Girls State and the Winneconne High School scholarship program. In 2005, Dr. McDonald helped fund the McDonald Family Memorial Hall in The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Health Research Center. Prior to his medical training, Dr. McDonald enlisted in the Armed Services in 1942. He attended officer candidate school and advanced to first lieutenant air transport command in 1945. He then served as Adjutant and Chief Executive Officer at Army Air Force Hospitals until his discharge. His survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia; six children (Donald J. McDonald, MD ’83, GME ’87; Robert McDonald, MD ’84, GME ’92; Mary McDonald, MD ’85; Meghan McDonald, MD ’86; Shaun McDonald, MD; and Ms. Heather Sleeman); and 14 grandchildren.
John A. Malone, MD ’52, died Aug. 29, 2009. He practiced family medicine for 55 years. Dr. Malone was on staff at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, where he was Chief of Staff at the latter. Dr. Malone was a police physician for the Milwaukee Police Department and was an Air Force veteran. He traveled the world extensively and visited all seven continents with his wife. He was a voracious reader and had many interests from fishing to opera. His survivors include his wife, Kristie.
Lloyd P. Maasch, MD ’53, of Weyauwega, Wis., died at home Aug. 13, 2009. He was 81 years old. Dr. Maasch spent a year in solo family practice from 1953-54 prior to a two-year commitment to the U.S. Navy as a medical officer. He returned to his private practice in Weyauwega in 1957, which became a dual family practice in 1981. Dr. Maasch was a staff member of New London Family Medicine Center and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, Wis. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh School of Nursing and served as coroner of Waupaca County, beginning in 1982. He was medical director of Bethany Home, Lakeview Manor, Manawa Community Nursing Center, Weyauwega Health Care Center and Crystal River Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. His professional memberships included the Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Practice and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Practice, by whom he was named Family Physician of the Year in 1988. He was a local Lions Club member for more than 50 years and active with the American Legion and his local Lutheran Church. His survivors include his wife of 59 years, Patricia; one son; one daughter; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons and one daughter.
Roger L. Ruehl, MD ’54, of Brookfield, Wis., died Dec. 11, 2009. He was 85 years old. Dr. Ruehl served in the U.S. Air Corps as a cryptographer in the South Pacific during World War II. After his training, he became an attending physician in internal medicine at Milwaukee County Hospital for 40 years and also served as Assistant Director of Mental Health at Milwaukee County. His survivors include his wife, Rosa; one son; three daughters; and 10 grandchildren.
George S. Chriss, MD ’57, of Jacksonville, Fla., died July 23, 2009. He was 81 years old. Dr. Chriss practiced general medicine in Jacksonville for 34 years. His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sara; two sons; one daughter; and seven grandchildren.
Michael J. Regan, MD ’59, died Sept. 1, 2009, in Corvallis, Ore., after a gradual decline from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. He was 74 years old. After a period of national service for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta following medical school, Dr. Regan completed his residency and entered private anesthesiology practice in Medford, Ore., where he worked for 33 years and raised his family. Dr. Regan loved classical music, especially piano and chamber music. He was an avid amateur radio operator and his lifelong ambition to become a pilot was reached 10 years ago. His survivors include his wife, Barbara; two sons; one daughter; and five grandchildren.
George A. Bishop, MD ’61, of Baton Rouge, La., died of a heart attack on May 16, 2009. He was 76 years old. During the 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. Bishop pioneered modern treatments for the mentally ill at East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson. It was under his guidance that segregation there ended and racially integrated treatment programs began. He was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and conducted research with the Tulane Department of Psychiatry. In Baton Rouge with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bishop served as Assistant Director of Mental Health for Substance Abuse, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health and as Medical Director at Greenwell Springs Hospital. He retired in 1998 as Medical Director for the Capital Area Human Services District. Dr. Bishop also served as the consulting psychiatrist at the Louisiana Training Institute, Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility and the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He continued to work at the Baton Rouge Mental Health Clinic part time until 2008. He was active in the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association and became a Distinguished Life Fellow of the latter in 2003. His passion was the care of the most underserved and disenfranchised members of the community. Music and singing were his lifelong interests among many others. His survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathy; six children; and 14 grandchildren.
Richard L. Buechel, MD ’63, of Nantucket Island, Mass., and Lake Katherine, died May 6, 2009 at home after an 11-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 72 years old. Prior to completing his orthopaedic surgery residency, he served as a flight surgeon and captain in the Air Force. In 1971, he joined the Bone & Joint Clinic in Wausau, Wis., where he practiced general orthopaedics. He was a founder of the Neuro-Developmental Clinic at the former Wausau Hospital. Dr. Buechel was a member of the Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, The Midwest Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He was an expert skier (and member of the National Ski Patrol), sailor, avid hunter and fly fisherman. His survivors include his wife, Diane; three sons; one daughter; and seven grandchildren.
Robert J. Frank, MD, GME ’64, of Richardson, Texas, died Nov. 6, 2009. His survivors include his wife, Cherri; two sons; one daughter; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by one son.
Robert G. McConnell, MD ’67, of Seattle, Wash., died April 30, 2009. He was 67 years old. Dr. McConnell joined Group Health in Seattle in the mid-1970s, where he spent 20 years as a key member of the orthopaedic surgery staff. In the mid-1980s, Dr. McConnell began to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to treat war refugees and mine victims as a member of Orthopaedics Overseas. He also served as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon in Vietnam and the first Gulf War, retiring as a colonel. He journeyed often on his beloved boat, “Grand Voyager,” especially through the Inside Passage to Alaska. He had diverse hobbies, including model railroad trains, stamps, vintage pens, jazz and specimen mineral eggs. His survivors include his life partner, Duong Nguyen.
Donna B. Burke, MD ’68, died Oct. 9, 2009, in Milwaukee after a two-month struggle against complications of a heart attack. She was 69 years old. Trained in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Burke established the Elmbrook Family Counseling Center in Brookfield, Wis., 28 years ago and remained its Medical Director. Dr. Burke was passionate about her home and garden and loved playing cards with her family and cooking. Her survivors include her husband of 41 years, Eugene P. Burke, MD, GME ’67, and three sons.
Donald J. Wilson, MD ’87, DDS, GME ’91, of Milwaukee died Dec. 2, 2009. He was 54 years old. Following training in anesthesia and cardio-pulmonary surgery, Dr. Wilson returned to Milwaukee to practice at Columbia-St. Mary’s.
Benjamin T. Schmidt, MD ’88, GME ’89, of Waterloo, Wis., died Sept. 7, 2009, after the farm tractor he was driving rolled over near his home. He was 48 years old. He was a family practice physician with an office in Waterloo that he opened in 1992. Dr. Schmidt served as Medical Director of the Waterloo Fire Department and EMS and was Medical Director for the fire serve program at Milwaukee Area Technical College since 1996. He was the Waterloo Fireman of the Year in 1997 and received the fire department’s Dedicated Service Award in 2001. He has received the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award every year since 1996. Dr. Schmidt was on the medical staffs of Watertown Regional Medical center and Columbus Community Hospital. His survivors include his wife, Marlys; one son; and two daughters.
Medical College of Wisconsin faculty and other special remembrances
Sidney Shindell, MD, LLB, former Chairman and Professor of Preventive Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin died this fall in Denver, Colo. He was 86 years old. Dr. Shindell was a gubernatorial appointee to the Medical College’s Board of Trustees from 1996-2002. While at the College, he also served as a Clinical Professor in the Health Policy Institute, Division of Public Health. His survivors include four children and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria.
Dr. Shindell was a mentor to many at the Medical College, including Sanford Brown, MD ’73. Dr. Brown wrote a brief account of Dr. Shindell’s influence on him as a student, available at mcw.edu/shindellmemory
Joseph Barboriak, ScD, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and faculty member from 1962-90, died Oct. 4, 2009. He was 86 years old. Dr. Barboriak researched the metabolic and pathological aspects of atherosclerosis, the metabolic effects of ethanol, the nutritional correlates of diseases and the immunology of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In 1985, he received an award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Alcoholism from the Wisconsin Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Advisory Committee and the Outstanding Research Award from the American Heart Association of Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gertrude; two sons; and four grandchildren.
Jay T. Pronk, DDS, of North Liberty, Iowa, former resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery, died Sept. 17, 2009, after a battle with leukemia. He was 31 years old. Dr. Pronk was a resident from 2005-08, but his chemotherapy treatment prevented him from being able to complete his residency. He subsequently relocated to the University of Iowa where he served as a visiting professor in the College of Dentistry. He was selected as instructor of the year for 2008-09. Dr. Pronk was an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, saxophonist and also played bass. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cycling. His survivors include his wife of seven years, Amy, and two sons.
Preventive Medicine and Sidney Shindell
by Sanford Brown, MD ’73
In 1969, I was admitted into medical school with a mediocre grade point average, low MCAT scores and the bare minimum premed science requirements, all taken in the course of a single year. I was also the only premed student whose application was accompanied by a cartoon coloring book on childhood lead poisoning, a piece that I had created for a busy inner city pediatric clinic. Six out of the seven schools I applied to flat out rejected me despite my extracurricular activities; the seventh, The Medical College of Wisconsin, asked me to come for an interview. Little did I know that on the admissions committee that year was Sidney Shindell, MD, LLB, Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine. Being an intellectual and atypical doctor himself, who practiced neither medicine nor law, he probably found my little health publication a refreshing break from the tedium of mulling through hundreds of applications from straight arrow students with sterling credentials. “Let’s talk with this lad,” he must have thought.
And talk we did, well past the scheduled interview time, and when it was over I knew I had an advocate on the Admissions Committee. He fought for me and apparently convinced his fellow committee members that I was capable of doing medical school-caliber work, even though I had been an English major at a time when nearly all premeds majored in one of the sciences. “We need more non-traditional medical students,” Dr. Shindell used to say.
His course in preventive medicine was also non-traditional. In an era when most medical schools merely gave it lip service, he had fought for and acquired time for his discipline during all four years of school. As freshman, we had a rigorous course in statistics. Most hours, however, were during sophomore year, when we studied health care delivery systems and the law as it applied to medicine, as well as doing an original research paper. As juniors, we were required to work with a family, one of whose members had a significant health problem, and we learned about the psycho-social aspects of disease. And for our senior year, we had to do a health project of our own choosing. Besides, during the summers between my freshman and sophomore years, I worked under a department grant designing two more health publications. There was a time when I gave serious consideration to going into public health and not practicing medicine at all –that strong was the allure of the intellectual life.
Luckily, I had the benefit of the counsel of another member of the department, an MD epidemiologist who had long since stopped practicing medicine. “Any regrets?” I once asked him. “Only giving up my clinical skills,” he said. “Had I to do it over again, I wouldn’t do that.” That was good enough advice for me. I took one of the last rotating internships, went out and plied my craft and never looked back at academia. Nonetheless, Dr. Shindell was the only one of a handful of mentors I have had who showed me how it was possible to be a physician without seeing patients. For that I will always be grateful.