In Memoriam

Inform us of a death

Spring 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 B. Kucera, MD ’46 (November), of Colorado Springs, Colo., died April 22, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He served in the U.S. Army for periods between 1942 and 1955, earning the rank of captain. Dr. Kucera ran a successful family medicine practice in Colorado Springs for 45 years. He was a member and benefactor of the Servants of the Holy Family in Colorado Springs, attending mass there with his family for many years. Dr. Kucera was preceded in death by his wife, Angela. His survivors include 10 children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Robert F. Roedel, MD ’46 (November), of Seattle, Wash., died April 8, 2011. He was 90 years old. Dr. Roedel was awarded a Bronze Star and a Bronze Star Oak Leaf for his service as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He later served as Chief of Radiology at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Roedel was a member of the American Medical Association and the Washington Society of Radiology. He was awarded Teacher of the Year several times by the University of Washington where he also received his undergraduate degree. He was an avid boater and golfer. Dr. Roedel was preceded in death by his first wife, Pearl, his second wife, Gloria, and a daughter. His survivors include five children and eight grandchildren.

Thomas J. Strunk, MD ’47, of Westmont, Pa., died June 24, 2011. He was 94 years old. Dr. Strunk had a longtime medical practice in Johnstown, Pa. He was a member of the American Urological Association and the Cambria County Medical Society, serving as president in 1985. He also was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a proud Eagle Scout. Dr. Strunk enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a great love for dogs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy. His survivors include four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bernard J. Moore, MD ’53, of Arlington Heights, Ill., died June 13, 2011. He was 85 years old. Dr. Moore joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served as a pharmacist mate aboard a mine sweeper in the South Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. After earning his medical degree, he practiced general family medicine for 19 years. Dr. Moore was a founding member of the medical staff at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill, where he was elected president in 1971. He also served as Chair of Family Practice and Director of Emergency Room Services, helping to train dozens of paramedics. He became Medical Director in 1987 and held that post until his retirement. Dr. Moore was thrice elected Physician of the Year by his colleagues. He was preceded in death by a son. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, five children, three stepchildren, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert A. Pribek, MD ’53, of Fox Point and formerly of La Crosse, Wis., died Sept. 26, 2011. He was 85 years old. Dr. Pribek served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1957, he began a 33-year affiliation with the La Crosse Clinic, which later merged with the Skemp-Grandview Clinic. Over the next decade, Dr. Pribek worked as a staff physician in Student Health Services at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee. In the 1970s, he served several terms on the City of La Crosse Board of Health, including as Chairman. His survivors include seven children and seven grandchildren. His wife of 55 years, Ruth, preceded him in death.

Paul J. Weiss, MD ’53, of Aptos, Calif., died July 25, 2011. He was 83 years old. Dr. Weiss was stationed in San Francisco as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy until 1956, when he retired from the armed forces and moved with his wife to Aptos. He was the first licensed physician and surgeon to open a family medical practice there. In 1995, the California Senate Rules Committee recognized Dr. Weiss for his four decades of service to the Aptos community. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was affiliated with the California Medical Society and Santa Cruz Medical Society. He was preceded in death by a son. He is survived by his wife, Betty, three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ernst Epstein, MD ’55, of San Mateo, Calif., died Jan. 7, 2011, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82 years old. Dr. Epstein had his own dermatology practice until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Jan, one son and two grandchildren.

Robert J. Fritz, MD ’57, of Milwaukee, died Nov. 26, 2011. He was 79 years old. Dr. Fritz served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s and St. Francis Hospitals. He was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Fritz delivered more than 15,000 babies during his 55-year career. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Milwaukee Gynecological Society, Milwaukee County Medical Society, Wisconsin Medic al Society, American Medical Association and the University Club. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, five children and three grandchildren.

Edward A. Burg, Jr., MD, GME ’68, of River Hills, Wis., died Oct. 19, 2011, following a long battle with lung cancer. He was 77 years old. Dr. Burg served in the U.S. Navy as a flight surgeon. He was a pathologist at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee between 1968 and 1995. He is survived by his wife, Adrienne, three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Robert J. Baumer, MD ’69, of Fridley, Minn., died June 9, 2011, from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old. Dr. Baumer founded the non-profit Family Life Center in Anoka County, Minn., in 1978, where he served as Medical Director and offered his psychiatry services free of charge. He worked as a staff psychiatrist with Anoka Regional Treatment Center and later devoted his efforts to the Mental Health Initiative in Ramsey County. Dr. Bauman was a retired colonel of the U.S. Army who served as commander of a branch of mental health services at Fort Snelling. He was deployed to Germany in 1996 at the end of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina to command the Mental Health Division at 67th Combat Support Hospital. Dr. Baumer enjoyed world travel. He is survived by his first wife, Bonnie, second wife, Debbie, and a son.

Lewis B. Newberg, MD, GME ’69, of Baltimore, Md., died Oct. 22, 2011, from heart failure. He was 72 years old. Dr. Newberg was a retired ear, nose and throat specialist. A sufferer of sleep apnea and snoring, he developed a successful treatment which included a combination of ethmoid surgery and laser treatment of the nose and throat. He also wrote a book of humor and medical advice called Snore or Roar: I’ve got the Cure. Dr. Newberg was an opera fan and avid fly fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Laureen, five children and six grandchildren.

John E. Inman, MD ’70, of Monroe, Wis., died Sept. 16, 2011, unexpectedly from a blood clot in the heart. Following a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., Dr. Inman practiced medicine at the Monroe Clinic until his retirement in 1997. A proud Eagle Scout, he was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and led six World Jamborees. He also served as an elder at Union Presbyterian Church. Dr. Inman was involved with numerous state and local genealogy societies and medical societies. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, four children and 10 grandchildren.

Robert C. Friedrich, MD ’77, of Stevens Point, Wis., died Sept. 3, 2011. He was 60 years old. Dr. Friedrich served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy before completing his residency in diagnostic radiology in 1985. He then joined the Central Wisconsin Radiologists in Stevens Point, becoming department chair and president. In 2008, he was named chief of the medical staff at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Friedrich loved sports and travel. He was preceded in death by a son. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two children and grandchildren.

David L. Daniels, MD, GME ’79, Fel ’80, of Fox Point, Wis., died Nov. 2, 2011. He was 62 years old. Dr. Daniels was Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, having spent his entire career at the College. He received his MD and his BS in biology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. After completing his diagnostic radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at the College, he was appointed Instructor of Radiology in 1980 and then Assistant Professor of Radiology in 1981. He eventually attained the rank of full Professor in 1989. Dr. Daniels served as Director of the Section of Neuroradiology for 10 years and Program Director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program for 12 years. He enjoyed watching movies, telling jokes and drawing. Dr. Daniels was preceded in death by his first wife, Lynda. He is survived by his second wife, Amy, and three sons.

J. Emil “Jack” Geist, MD, Fel ’92, of Milwaukee, died Dec. 23, 2011. He was 89 years old. Dr. Geist had a private practice in psychiatry in Milwaukee for 50 years and also taught at Marquette University School of Medicine/Medical College of Wisconsin in the 1960s and 1970s and at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to those posts, he worked at Minneapolis General Hospital and Walter Reed Army Hospital in addition to hospitals in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  He taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and also was a retired captain of the U.S. Army.  Dr. Geist was a member of more than a dozen medical associations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, as well as the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Yacht Club and River Tennis Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly. He is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

Other special remembrances

June M. Dobbs, MD, MPHJune M. Dobbs, MD, MPH, of Keystone, Colo., died Jan. 10, 2012. She was 82 years old. Dr. Dobbs was a former faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of the Child Development Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for 29 years. She joined the Medical College faculty in 1965 and retired as an Associate Professor in 1994. She previously held a faculty position at Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia. During her career, she received numerous awards and honors, including having a lectureship on child health named after her by the Medical College Department of Pediatrics. She also received the 1984 WAID Service Award for her years of service to infants and young children, the 1989 Sacajawea Award from Professional Dimensions as the outstanding professional woman in Milwaukee, and the 1993 Maternal & Child Health Coalition Achievement Award as Outstanding Maternal & Child Health Clinician. She received her MD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 1952 and her MPH from Columbia University. She completed a residency in pediatrics in Louisville. Dr. Dobbs is survived by her husband, Dr. Harold “Hap” Dobbs, two daughters and four grandchildren.


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