In Memoriam

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Fall-Winter 2012 issue (pdf)

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

Louis Kohn, MD ’42, of West Hartford, Conn., died Sept. 5, 2012. He was 98 years old. Dr. Kohn served in the U.S. Army during World War II, after which he practiced medicine in Waterford, Wis. Following a surgical residency, he and his wife, a registered nurse, operated a medical practice in East Troy, Wis., for 20 years. They subsequently moved to San Leandro, Calif., to practice for another 10 years. Dr. Kohn moved to West Hartford in 1996. He loved music, dancing, travel and learning foreign languages. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel. His survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.

Dominick A. Kuljis, MD ’42, of Denver, Colo., died Oct. 23, 2011. He was 98 years old. Dr. Kuljis served as a physician and surgeon for the U.S. Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander he was a general practitioner and surgeon in Two Rivers, Wis., until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Kuljis traveled extensively throughout the world following his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura. His survivors include a son and daughter, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John J. O’Toole, MD ’47, of Largo, Fla., died April 12, 2012. Dr. O’Toole had practiced ophthalmology in Michigan.

Palmer A. Peterson, MD ’47, of Burnsville, Minn., died May 6, 2012. He was 95 years old. Dr. Peterson taught high school science courses before serving in the Navy at Philadelphia Naval Hospital. He later was assigned to the Jacksonville Florida Naval Hospital to establish the Naval School of Physical Therapy for Technicians and Navy Trainees. After medical school and a surgical fellowship, Dr. Peterson began a surgical practice in Bloomington, Minn. Over the next 50 years, he worked at the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Department; the University of Minnesota Hospital Cancer Detection Center; and Northwestern, St. Barnabas, Eitel, Lutheran Deaconess and Riverside Hospitals. Dr. Peterson retired in 1997 and was honored with a 50 Year Medical Practice Award by the State of Minnesota. He enjoyed travel and was passionate about the environment, energy conservation and saving wildlife. In 2006, he established a 20-acre nature preserve on land that was part of his parents’ and grandparents’ pioneer farm founded in Wisconsin in 1866. His survivors include his wife of 46 years, Lois; four children; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donald F. Mauritson, MD ’48, of Tulsa, Okla., died Dec. 26, 2010. He was 87 years old. Dr. Mauritson practiced radiology for more than 30 years at St. John Hospital in Tulsa. A passionate aviator, he was a charter member of the Flying Physicians Association. Dr. Mauritson’s survivors include his wife, Olivia; two sons; one daughter; and his five step-children. A daughter preceded him in death.

William B. Rudemiller, MD ’48, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died May 30, 2011. He was 87 years old. Dr. Rudemiller was a family physician for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by a daughter. His survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, six children and 13 grandchildren.

Frank Garofalo, MD ’49, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., died Jan. 10, 2012, after a long illness. He was 89 years old. Dr. Garofalo practiced radiology in the Bronx borough of New York City for more than 40 years and served on the staff of four nursing homes. An avid horseman, Dr. Garofalo and his wife, Juliana, bred, trained and raced thoroughbreds in Wappingers Falls. His survivors include his wife, eight children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Norbert J. Lochowitz, MD ’52, of Milwaukee, died July 9, 2012. He was 93 years old. Dr. Lochowitz graduated from medical school after serving in the U.S. Navy. He practiced medicine and surgery until his retirement in 1988. Dr. Lochowitz was a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program and an avid musky fisherman, trap shooter and woodworker. His survivors include his wife, Rosemary; five children; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Gilbert R. Gutierrez, MD ’53, of Los Lunas, N.M., died Oct. 24, 2011. He was 84 years old. Dr. Gutierrez spent one year in the U.S. Navy before entering college then medical school. Following graduation, he opened a successful family medical practice in the mining town of Grants, N.M. Dr. Gutierrez was instrumental in organizing the community to build Cibola General Hospital in 1959 and the Gutierrez Medical Building in 1960. He retired to his family ranch in 2000 after more than 50 years in practice. His survivors include his wife, Margaret; 12 children; 34 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Eugene N. Mitchell, MD, GME ’61, of St. Louis, Mo., died June 22, 2012, following complications from a stroke. He was 78 years old. Dr. Mitchell was the first African American to be admitted to the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School. Following an internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he completed a residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. A surgeon and private practitioner, Dr. Mitchell later served as the hospital’s medical director in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that time he also took over as publisher of The St. Louis Argus, a newspaper founded by his grandfather in 1912. Dr. Mitchell’s survivors include his wife, Betty; two children; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Gregory J. Topetzes, MD ’61, GME ’65, of Milwaukee, died May 20, 2012. He was 84 years old. Dr. Topetzes practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years, was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Following his retirement from private practice, Dr. Topetzes worked at the Wisconsin Health Fund and the Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic. His survivors include his wife, Audrey, three children and five grandchildren.

Robert S. Viel, MD ’64, of Brookfield, died June 25, 2012, following a several-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82 years old. Dr. Viel practiced medicine as a family physician. His survivors include three children and three grandchildren.

Richard H. Koop, MD ’64, of Toledo, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. Dr. Koop served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Navy before settling in Toledo and practicing ophthalmology for more than 40 years. He served as President of the Ohio Ophthalmology Society and also held leadership roles with the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County. Dr. Koop provided eye care in the Dominican Republican through Midwest Medical Missions and domestically at the St. Vincent Medical Center clinic and through Mission Cataract. He enjoyed golf, tennis, rollerblading and speed skating. Dr. Koop’s survivors include his wife, Kathy, four children and nine grandchildren.  

William J. Schulte, MD, GME ’64, of Wauwatosa, Wis., died June 19, 2012. He was 83 years old. Dr. Schulte was a Medical College of Wisconsin Professor of Surgery for nearly 40 years. He established the bariatric surgery program at Froedtert Hospital and served as Chief of Surgery at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. He held numerous leadership positions during his career, including President of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Wisconsin Surgical Society. He also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Dr. Schulte enjoyed gardening, fishing and Civil War history. His survivors include his wife, Helen, seven children and 13 grandchildren.

Gene J. Pawlowski, MD ’65, GME ’71, of Los Angeles, died Aug. 2, 2012. He was 75 years old. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Pawlowski joined Southern California Permanente Group – Panorama City in 1971 and served as Chief of Service there from 1981 until his retirement in 2002. He was also an assistant clinical professor at Jules Stein Institute. His survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patricia.

Fred Bedford, MD, GME ’66, of Sequim, Wash., died Feb. 29, 2012. He was 88 years old. Dr. Bedford served as a second lieutenant flight control officer in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, helping planes to take off and land in hazardous weather conditions. He practiced medicine as a general practitioner for 10 years before training at the Medical College of Wisconsin to become an anesthesiologist. Dr. Bedford went on several mission trips around the world, helped make parts for personal energy transportation bicycles for amputees and was an avid sailor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Ann. His survivors include his three children and nine grandchildren.

Paul N. Berglund, MD ’66, of Carmichael, Calif., died Oct. 13, 2011. He was 80 years old. Dr. Berglund served in the U.S. Army Medical Company 187th Airborne in Korea, where he received several medals including combat infantry and parachute badges. He was also an Army National Guardsman. After he was discharged, Dr. Berglund worked as a research engineer for several years before attending medical school. He practiced emergency medicine in several Sacramento-area hospitals before being named Chief of Surgery with the U.S. Public Health Service in Galveston, Texas. He returned to California to begin a private practice and helped found Emergency Physicians Medical Group in Sacramento, where he worked until his retirement in 1999. Dr. Berglund enjoyed military history, hunting, fishing and travel, and he played violin. His survivors include his wife, Carole.

Gregory A. Peters, MD ’67, of East Grand Rapids, Mich., died July 20, 2012. He was 71 years old. Dr. Peters spent one year in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force and received an honor medal. He practiced orthopaedic surgery in Grand Rapids and was a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Peters enjoyed fly fishing, hunting and spending time at his cottage. His survivors include his wife, Virginia, three children and eight grandchildren.


Paul S. Fox, MD ’68, GME ’73
Dr. Fox

Paul S. Fox, MD ’68, GME ’73, of Waukesha, Wis., died June 29, 2012. He was 70 years old. Dr. Fox served in the Department of Transplant Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and participated in many of the earliest kidney transplants performed in the state. He later spent two years in Washington, D.C., as a major at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. After returning to Wisconsin, Dr. Fox practiced general and vascular surgery for more than 30 years and served as Chief of Staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He served on the board of governors for the American College of Surgeons and was President of the Wisconsin Surgical Society. Dedicated to the Medical College as an alumnus and educator, Dr. Fox served on the Alumni Association Board, including as President. He was a volunteer clinical faculty member actively involved in teaching medical students and surgical residents. Twice, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine, and he was a recipient of the Marvin Wagner Clinical Preceptor Award from the Medical College. In the community, he offered medical services to the uninsured through St. Joe’s Clinic and was also involved in medical missionary work. Dr. Fox was an accomplished fisherman, craftsman and woodworker and a lover of sports and animals. For two decades, he was team physician for Catholic Memorial High School. He was preceded in death by an infant son. He is survived by his wife, Susan; six children (including sons Paul F. Fox, II, MD ’94—who is married to Mary C. Fox, MD ’95, GME ’00—and Christopher J. Fox, MD ’98, GME ’04); and 13 grandchildren.

Jud Gurney, MD, GME ’86, of Omaha, Neb., died March 18, 2010, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. At the time of his death, Dr. Gurney was the Charles A. Dobry Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska. He also spent time on staff at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was a visiting professor at 54 institutions, both domestic and international, and took great joy in teaching. Dr. Gurney was the author of 60 peer-reviewed articles and 10 textbooks. He served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and was a prolific reviewer.  He was an active member of the American Board of Radiology and the American College of Radiology, and he was President of the Society of Thoracic Radiology. Dr. Gurney was an avid reader and fisherman. His survivors include his wife, Mary, and two children.

John C. Borkovec, MD ’87, GME ’89, of Franklin, Wis., died unexpectedly on Aug. 22, 2012. He was 51 years old. Dr. Borkovec was a family practice physician with Wheaton Franciscan in Milwaukee. His survivors include his wife, Susan, and three daughters.


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