In Memoriam

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  Spring 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.

James H. Habermann, MD ’52, of Joplin, Mo., died Oct. 9, 2010, of prostate cancer. He was 84 years old. After high school, he served nearly four years in the U.S. Army, and was discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Airborne Infantry. Soon after completing his internship in Milwaukee, he moved back to his hometown of Mt. Calvary, Wis., and joined in a family practice with his family doctor. He later served as a pathologist on the staff at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge, Colo., after moving there in 1960 for a residency program. He went on to become the first President of the Board of Directors for the newly formed Trinity Regional Hospital there. He also served at Freeman Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. Dr. Habermann was an Emeritus Fellow in both the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He retired in 1991 because of a cancer diagnosis. He is survived by his wife, Helen, five children and 10 grandchildren.

Robert J. McNamara, MD ’54, of Oakland, Calif., died May 15, 2010. He was 81 years old. Dr. McNamara served in the U.S. Air Force and also practiced as a dermatologist in the Oakland, Calif. area for many years. He served as President of the Pacific Dermatologic Association and was a former Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

Nathan Hilrich, MD, GME ’55, of Thiensville, Wis., died Dec. 3, 2010. He was 85 years old. Dr. Hilrich served in the military as a medic during World War II. He worked as an OB/GYN for more than 40 years in the Milwaukee area. He was part of the University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association and served as its secretary. Dr. Hilrich traveled throughout the country, racing his car, and was a member of the Porsche Club of America. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two children and two grandchildren.

Gennaro Licosati, MD ’56, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Oct. 6, 2010. He was 79 years old. He practiced medicine in Phoenix for 50 years, where he was a Chief of Staff of Doctor’s Hospital and the Medical Director and Chief of Staff for the Sacred Heart Home for the Aged. He was a past president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians of Maricopa County and a member of both the state and county medical societies. Dr. Licosati is survived by his wife, Margaret, six children and 16 grandchildren.

Albert A. Nemcek Sr., MD ’56, MS ’54, of Brookfield, Wis., died Oct. 26, 2010. A radiologist, Dr. Nemcek was 83 years old.

Frederic G. Haessly, MD ’57, died Nov. 29, 2010. He was 77 years old. Dr. Haessly served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He practiced medicine in Juneau, Wis., for about 30 years and was the Medical Director of the Dodge County Nursing Home and Mental Health Center. After retirement in 1991, Dr. Haessly moved to Deming, N.M. He enjoyed exploring the desert and discovered the most intact Columbian mammoth tusks ever found in New Mexico. In 2010, he moved back to Wauwatosa, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two children and four grandchildren.

Patricia Hermann, MD ’58, MPH, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Dec. 18, 2010. She was 77 years old. She initiated an active surveillance program for AIDS cases in Columbia, S.C., in 1987 that improved the amount of AIDS cases reported from 40 to 90 percent in only three years. In 1990, she worked part-time administering an epidemiology study designed by the Center for Disease Control to gather information on people with HIV/AIDS to design better prevention programs. She enjoyed painting and genealogy. After retirement, she and her husband, Elmer, traveled extensively in Europe and Africa. She is survived by Elmer.

Bruce R. Bogost, MD ’59, GME ’71, died Oct. 31, 2010, at his home in Highland, Calif. He was 78 years old. Dr. Bogost practiced psychiatry for nearly 50 years. He is survived by five children and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son.

John F. Wegryn, MD ’59, of Akron, Ohio, died June 1, 2010. He was 76 years old. Dr. Wegryn served at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, working as an Assistant Professor of Urology and Chief of Urology Staff at Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, for 20 years, where he was also the Vice President of the medical staff. He received Summa’s Physician Recognition Award in 1999. Dr. Wegryn was also a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and dinner with friends. He is survived by his wife, Terry, three children and eight grandchildren.

Dean M. Harms, MD, GME ’75, of Ames, Iowa, died Aug. 15, 2010. He was 67 years old. He practiced general ophthalmology in Ames for 35 years. Dr. Harms was a member and served on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and held leadership positions in the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology, the Story County Medical Society, and the Ames Morning Rotary Club. He was also a member of Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. Dr. Harms volunteered at the Central Christian Ophthalmology Clinic in Honduras, where he did eye surgery and helped establish the L.D. Perry Memorial Scholarship Fund. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three children and three grandchildren.

Douglas Loberg, MD ’75, of Peoria, Ill., died Dec. 8, 2010, at his home. He was 61 years old. Dr. Loberg joined the Associated Anesthesiologists, SC in Peoria, Ill., in 1986, and served on the executive committee, including as President from 1994-1995. He was on the staffs of St. Francis Medical Center, Proctor Hospital (where he was the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia), St. James Hospital and the Center for Health, all in Peoria, Ill. Dr. Loberg was a member of the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association and the Illinois Medical Association. He was a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Anesthesiology. He was an Eagle Scout and served as Scout Master for many years. He was honored as an adult for his service to the Boy Scouts with prestigious awards. Since 1992, he served as the diocesan chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. He is survived by his wife, Vicky, and two children.

Robert C. Maglio, MD ’75, GME ’87, of Milwaukee, died Dec. 9, 2010. He was 61 years old. During his career, Dr. Maglio made significant contributions in the research areas of smoking cessation and upper respiratory tract infections. Dr. Maglio practiced for many years with the Henry Ford Health System at the Medical College of Ohio and specialized in emergency medicine and pulmonary disease. He also practiced in the Emergency Department at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. In 2005, he became an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin, a position he held until his death. He was a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Sleep Disorders Association, and was a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Maglio had a passion for sailing and was a member of the South Shore Yacht Club. He was also an avid reader and loved history, swimming, cycling and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two children.

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

Dennis A. Sobczak, MD ’86, of Elm Grove, Wis., died Dec. 10, 2010. He was 49 years old. He practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for more than 20 years. He is survived by his life partner, Terre M. Borkovec, MD ’84, and three children.

Kayoko Ishizuka, PhD ’10, of Tampa, Fla., died Sept. 25, 2010, when she was struck in a hit-and-run by a motor vehicle while biking home from the molecular science laboratory in which she worked. Dr. Ishizuka had recently moved to Tampa for an interim postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida, studying the genetic basis of cancer. She was an avid cyclist, riding at all hours in all kinds of weather. Dr. Ishizuka was a native of Japan, where her family resides.

Other special remembrances

Joseph A. Beres, MD, died Nov. 18, 2010. He was 82 years old. Dr. Beres joined the Marquette University School of Medicine faculty in 1964 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Ambulatory Services at Milwaukee County General Hospital. He became Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) in 1968 and continued his work on The Medical College of Wisconsin faculty for several decades, also serving as Assistant Director of Medical Services at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex from 1969-1994. Dr. Beres dedicated his entire professional career to the development of the Medical College’s Division of Nephrology and to helping patients with kidney failure requiring dialysis. He learned to do percutaneous needle renal biopsies when they were first described, eventually conducting more than 3,000 of them, helping to set the standard for the procedure in Southeastern Wisconsin. He was an instrumental figure in establishing a chronic dialysis and kidney transplant program at County, which later was transferred to Froedtert Hospital. In addition, he served nearly 40 years with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, beginning with the Korean Conflict and ending with Operation Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, three sons and two grandsons.

Joanna Spiro, EdDJoanna Spiro, EdD, died Dec. 24, 2010, of breast cancer. She was 75 years old. Dr. Spiro was a former faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin. She began her career at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1976 as an Assistant Professor, and retired in 1999 as an Associate Professor. She continued as a volunteer clinical faculty member at the Medical College until 2007. She was a highly regarded teacher and developed a nationally recognized peer counseling program for medical students. She is survived by her three children and grandchildren.


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Her professional insight was amazing
Charles LaRoque
10-25-2011  2:58:27 PM

I met Dr. Joanne Spiro my very first day of medical school; after two weeks in her open group sessions with new students, she asked me to stay a chat with her. She had the insight to my concerns about the gross anatomy labs. She helped me through it.

Saddened by the death of Jo Spiro
Marlene Mirassou
04-08-2011  11:07:24 PM

I met Jo when I was a resident in psychiatry and she first arrived in Milwaukee. I admired her energy and ideas and she was a great mentor who became a good friend over the years. Her encouragement led to my long teaching career at UC Davis.

Shocked about Doug Loberg and Bob Maglio, '75
Mark Cannon
04-08-2011  3:32:22 PM

I spent some nice time with Doug at the reunion just last May, and remember Bob fondly and with delight from our MCW days. Shocked and sad to see that they're gone.

Remembering Jo Spiro
Kenneth Rich
04-08-2011  2:56:19 PM

I graduated from the Medical College in 1991. It saddens me to hear of Jo Spiro's passing. I have fond memories of interacting with her. As a student, she shared with me some words and attention, that have stuck with me, and continue to inspire.

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