In Memoriam

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Summer 2011 issue (pdf)

Alumni News accepts and publishes obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni.

Joseph G. Constantino, MD ’40, of Hanover, Pa., died Dec. 8, 2010. He was 96 years old. He served as a major in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an Aviation Medical Examiner and flight surgeon. After his military service, Dr. Constantino entered private practice in internal medicine in New York City. In 1973, he was appointed Corporate Medical Director of Pan Am Airlines and served in the position until his retirement in 1983. He was a delegate to the Industrial Council for Tropical Health at Harvard University and served as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel to the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Constantino was a past president of the Airlines Medical Directors Association and was a Senior Consultant in Tropical Diseases for the New York City Department of Health. He was a published author and a member of many medical associations. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.

Richard H. Driessel, MD ’41, of West Bend, Wis., died Sept. 10, 2010. He was 94 years old. Dr. Driessel was a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving for four years in Africa, and later practiced aviation medicine. He was a member of the Luxembourg Society of Wisconsin, Luxembourg American Cultural Society, Washington County Historical Society, and West Bend Art Museum, among other organizations. His survivors include his wife, Margaret; one son; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

William A. Mudge, Jr., MD ’44, of Marquette, Mich., died Feb. 9, 2011. He was 93 years old. Dr. Mudge served in the U.S. Army as a general duty medical officer from 1945-1947, attaining the rank of captain. He then served at the Hines, Ill., VA hospital and later as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee (now The Medical College of Wisconsin). From 1959 to 1972, Dr. Mudge was on staff at Milwaukee County General Hospital before moving to Marquette, Mich. He was a member of many organizations, including the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Education, the Wisconsin Heart Association, the Upper Peninsula Health Systems Agency, the Marquette-Alger Planned Parenthood, the Lake Superior Hospice Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Mudge enjoyed meteorology, canoeing, camping, bird watching and photography. His survivors include five children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Hobart R. Wood, MD ’44, of Matthews, N.C., died Aug. 10, 2010. He was 90 years old. He practiced as a forensic pathologist.

Anthony J. DiStefano, MD ’45, of Auburn, Mass., died Oct. 21, 2010, at his home. He was 91 years old. Dr. DiStefano was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran. He worked as a general surgeon in private practice in Worcester, Mass., for more than 50 years, and was on staff at Worcester City Hospital and the former Doctor’s Hospital before retiring in 2009. He was a member of the American Medical Association, a past president of the former UNICO Club, and he enjoyed golfing. Dr. DiStefano was preceded in death by his wife, Helene. His survivors include four children (including Deborah R. DiStefano, MD ’76, GME ’80), eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Michael G. Polka, MD ’45, of Weaverville, Calif., died April 15, 2010. He was 95 years old. He practiced general medicine.

Milton A. Cornwall, MD ’46 (November), died July 29, 2009. He was 87 years old. He served the U.S. Army as a captain in the medical corps in Germany, where he became fluent in the German language. He then practiced in Baldwin and Amery, Wis., before co-founding the Hudson Clinic in 1950. He also became an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, teaching family medicine residents. In 1973, he began working for HealthPartners in St. Paul, Minn., continuing until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the Hudson Masonic Lodge No. 56 as well as the Osman Shrine Club in the Twin Cities. Dr. Cornwall enjoyed traveling and reading history books aloud to his wife. His survivors include his wife, Lois, and two children.

William J. Madden, MD ’46 (March), GME ’58, of Racine, Wis., died April 20, 2011. He was 92 years old. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Madden practiced as an obstetrician and gynecologist and founding member of the Kurten Medical Group in Racine, Wis. He retired in 1986. Dr. Madden was active in the community and medical organizations, serving on many social services boards and medical societies. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed music, gardening, reading and watching the Green Bay Packers. His survivors include two sons, four granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and a daughter.

Thomas A. Noone, MD ’47, of Haddonfield, N.J., died Feb. 4, 2011. He was 86 years old. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Cooper Health System in New Jersey and served as the Director of the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic at Lourdes Medical Center, where he served as President of the medical staff. He was also Chief of Obstetrics at Virtua Health System hospitals in New Jersey. He practiced medicine for 54 years before retiring in 2002. Dr. Noone was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. He was a former chairman of the New Jersey State Maternal and Child Welfare Committee, and a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of OB/GYN, the Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics and the New Jersey and Camden County Medical societies. He was a founding member of the Diocese of Camden Family of Life Bureau. His survivors include his wife, Peggy, eight children and 12 grandchildren.

Richard R. Bolin, MD ’48, of Wheaton, Ill., died Dec. 23, 2010. He was 85 years old. Dr. Bolin served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and graduated from medical school at age 23. He practiced and taught psychiatry in Chicago, where he was affiliated with the University of Illinois, Rush Medical College and Northwestern University. Before retiring, he served as Medical Director and Senior Staff Psychiatrist at the Center for Mental Health in Anderson, Ill., where a building is named after him. He was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He loved art, music, cats and nature. His survivors include two daughters and one grandson.

Stephen Hanson, MD ’48, of Asheville, N.C., died Nov. 19, 2010. He was 86 years old. Dr. Hanson served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a medical officer and surgeon, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Hanson was Chief of Pathology at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pa., and Chief of Laboratory Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Elsmere, Del., for 25 years until retiring in 1996. He served as President of the Delaware Pathology Society, President of the Chester PA Medical Society, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Advisory Committee on Lab Procedures and on the College of American Pathologists House of Delegates. His survivors include his wife, Norma, three children and four step-children.

Harry T. Hidaka, MD ’49, of Wichita, Kan., died Oct. 30, 2009. He was 87 years old. He practiced family medicine. His survivors include five children and 11 grandchildren.

John W. Docksey, MD ’50, GME ’55, died Dec. 12, 2009, in Billings, Mont. He was 87 years old. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant, but re-commissioned in 1951. He joined the Willmar Clinic in Minnesota in 1956, and practiced medicine and surgery until his retirement in 1989. He performed surgery in various Minnesota and South Dakota hospitals, often traveling in his single-engine airplane. Preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, his survivors include eight children and 18 grandchildren.

Kenji Kurita, MD ’50, of Modesto, Calif., died Jan. 10, 2011. He was 87 years old. He served as a medical orderly while being held in a government internment camp, which prompted his pursuit of a medical career. Upon release, he served as a U.S. Army medical technician at a base hospital at Fort Riley, Kan., before enrolling in medical school. After his training, he practiced as a staff surgeon at Modesto State Hospital in California, and later entered into a general surgery private practice in 1960. He retired in 1987. Dr. Kurita was a member of the Stanislaus County Medical Society and American College of Surgeons. He was a Medical Officer of the U.S. Naval Reserve for 20 years. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, landscaping and fishing. His survivors include his wife, Joyce, and three sons.

Glenn A. Stokdyk, MD ’51, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Dec. 26, 2010. He was 86 years old. In 1964, Dr. Stokdyk joined the former Bond Radiological Group (now the Radiology Associates of Tarrant County) in Fort Worth, Texas, where he practiced until his retirement. He loved boating and was a 20-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He also volunteered as a deputy with El Paso County Sherriff’s Reserve, troop leader for Boy Scouts of America, and a board member for Saginaw – Eagle Mountain Independent School District. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and is survived by four children and a granddaughter.

Robert C. Olson, MD ’53, GME ’66, of Davenport, Iowa, died Dec. 18, 2010. He was 83 years old. His survivors include three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Philip Stutsman, MD ’54, of Lutz, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2010. He was 95 years old. He practiced internal medicine. He is survived by his wife, Lillian.

Richard C. Froede, MD ’55, of Tucson, Ariz., died Feb. 9, 2011. He was 81 years old. Dr. Froede served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and retired as a colonel. Upon retirement from the service, he taught pathology at the University of Arizona Medical School for 11 years. He also served as Chief Medical Examiner for nine Arizona counties. Dr. Froede spent five years in Washington, D.C., as a civilian Distinguished Scientist in Forensic Sciences and was named the country’s first Armed Forces Medical Examiner. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Suzanne, two children and one granddaughter.

James C. Allen, MD ’59, died April 10, 2011, at his home in Madison, Wis. He was 82 years old. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp from 1952-1954, then practiced ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin where he was Professor and at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison until 2000. During retirement, he became an advocate for veterans with vision impairment. He succeeded in having lawmakers change U.S. Code so that combat veterans blinded in one eye can receive the benefits of a fully blinded veteran if they begin to lose sight in the other eye later in life. The Dr. James C. Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act was signed into law in 2007. Dr. Allen’s survivors include his wife, Kathryn, and two sons.

August W. Pingpank, MD ’59, of Alpine, N.J., died Nov. 2, 2010. He was 77 years old. He practiced pediatrics.

John A. Ecks, MD ’60, died Nov. 22, 2010, from complications of prostate cancer and a stroke. He was 75 years old. After beginning practice in Chicago, Dr. Ecks became Chief of Adult Inpatient Services at San Diego County Mental Health in 1968. In 1971, he entered private practice in Coronado, Calif. He served on many hospital staffs, worked at the local Veterans Hospital, and was also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego where he taught and mentored residents. Dr. Ecks served as President of The San Diego Psychiatric Society and became a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He advocated for protecting the environment and enjoyed biking, swimming, classical music, opera and playing chess. His survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dorothy, four children and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son.

Glenn Bratcher, MD ’61, of Miami Township, Ohio, died June 9, 2010. He was 74 years old. Dr. Bratcher was an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was a Coast Guard veteran and member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. His survivors include his wife, Judith Heck, three children, two step-children and eight grandchildren.

John F. Wallerius, MD ’61, of Green Bay, Wis., died April 15, 2010. He was 78 years old. Dr. Wallerius served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, before being discharged as a first lieutenant. In 1965, he joined Green Bay Radiology, where he practiced until his retirement in 1989. During his career he served as Chief of Staff of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and as Secretary of the Brown County Medical Society. He enjoyed traveling in his RV and living seasonally in Florida. His survivors include his wife, Dorothy, six sons, and 18 grandchildren.

Charles J. Locher, MD ’62, GME ’68, died March 19, 2011, in Milwaukee. He was 76 years old. Dr. Locher served as a radiologist at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Glendale Clinic and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, all in Milwaukee. He was a Past President of the Roentgen Ray Society. He enjoyed golf and fishing, and was an avid stamp and coin collector. His survivors include his wife of 48 years, Delores, eight children and two grandchildren.

Thomas C. Werner, MD ’66, died Dec. 11, 2010, from cardiac arrest. He was 73 years old. Dr. Werner was the Chief of Staff at Dameron Emergency in Stockton, Calif., from 1977 to 1990 and was Medical Director of Student Health at University of the Pacific. Toward the end of his career, he practiced geriatric medicine. His survivors include five children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ernest L. Burnell, MD, GME ’67, of Delavan, Wis., died Dec. 19, 2010, at his home. He was 78 years old. A former colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Burnell practiced radiology at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wis., for more than 20 years before his retirement. His survivors include two children and one grandchild.

Mark A. Hansen, MD ’79, of Madison, Wis., died Dec. 18, 2010 at his home. He was 57 years old. Dr. Hansen practiced at the East Clinic of Dean Health System in Madison, Wis. An avid fitness enthusiast, he volunteered his medical services to local high school athletic programs and the Special Olympics. He enjoyed traveling and photography.

Thomas M. Rowe, MD ’83, GME ’87, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., died May 5, 2011. He was 60 years old. Dr. Rowe served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology for four years in West Allis, Wis., before moving in 1991 to Door County, Wis., where practiced until retirement. Dr. Rowe was known for his sense of humor and political rants. His survivors include his wife of 37 years, Kathleen, four children and two grandchildren.

Katherine M. Dillig, MD ’84, GME ’87, of Milwaukee, died Nov. 27, 2010, of a suspected heart attack while walking her dogs with her husband. She was 56 years old. Dr. Dillig practiced Emergency Medicine for 26 years, working at various hospitals including Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and other hospitals in West Allis, Hartland, Wales and Beaver Dam, all in Wisconsin. Her survivors include her husband, Thomas Treul, and seven children. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Dillig.

Franciscus “Franz” Vanderpool, MD ’86, died March 26, 2011, in Osage Beach, Mo. He was 56 years old. Before attending medical school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman in Korea and Japan. While in medical school, he served in the National Guard for six years as a captain. He practiced Emergency Medicine at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for 23 years. He enjoyed traveling, deep sea fishing, music and boating. He also loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles and was a member of Harley Owners Group. His survivors include his wife, Denise, and four sons.

Gina Anderson, MD ’96, died unexpectedly Jan. 25, 2011, in Jersey City, N.J., of a cardio-pulmonary embolism. She was 45 years old. Following residency at University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Anderson joined the university as a member of the teaching faculty, practicing obstetrics and gynecology. For the six years that followed she was Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.


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