In Memoriam

Inform us of a death

Fall/Winter 2013 issue (pdf)

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

Norman N. Tepper, MD, GME ’47, of Chicago, died March 26, 2012. He was 96 years old. Dr. Tepper was a surgeon and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Paula, four children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donald Rowe, MD ’51, of Dousman, Wis., died May 12, 2013, following complications of pneumonia and a stroke. He was 88 years old. Dr. Rowe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before attending medical school. He was Director of Medical Services for the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis., Chief of Staff at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital, a contract physician for the U.S. Naval Reserve in Sheboygan, and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at MCW. Dr. Rowe was preceded in death by a son and is survived by his wife, Nathalie, four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Edgar W. Webb, MD ’51, of Boca Raton, Fla., died April 17, 2013. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology.

Samuel Graziano, MD ’54, of Brookfield, Wis., died May 13, 2013. He was 89 years old. He practiced family medicine for 51 years in the Milwaukee area. Earlier in his life, he worked on the railroad, apprenticed as a tool and die maker, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Dr. Graziano was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; four children; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Nyal Scheuermann, MD ’54, of Oshkosh, Wis., died June 19, 2013. He was 90 years old. Dr. Scheuermann was a surgical technician for the U.S. Army during World War II. He was awarded numerous medals including the Bronze Star for his service in Iwo Jima. He practiced family medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. Dr. Scheuermann was a member of the American Medical Association and Wisconsin Medical Society and was appointed to the Aerospace Medical Association as a Federal Aviation Medical Examiner. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two daughters; two sons; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Aaron H. Lipton, MD ’57, of Ocala, Fla., died July 1, 2013. He was 83 years old. A board-certified forensic pathologist, Dr. Lipton practiced in the Pathology Department at Hillside Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Allen F. Smoot, MD ’59, of San Francisco, Calif., died Dec. 7, 2012. Dr. Smoot served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict before beginning his career in internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. He retired from private practice in 2011. Dr. Smoot is survived by his wife, Joanne; three children; and six grandchildren.

Andrew Klaczynski, MD ’60, of Allegany, N.Y., died May 15, 2013. He was 83 years old. Dr. Klaczynski practiced family medicine.

Howard S. Brown, MD, GME ’65, of Atlanta, Ga., died July 27, 2013. He was 80 years old. Dr. Brown served three years in the U.S. Air Force. After medical school, he opened a thoracic surgery practice in Atlanta. He served on staff at St. Joseph’s and Piedmont Hospitals and helped establish thoracic surgery departments at Northside and North Fulton Hospitals. Dr. Brown was President of the Medical Association of Atlanta and was awarded a patent for the “Brown Empyenia Tube” used in thoracic surgery. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed jogging, reading, movies and golf. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; two sons; and four grandchildren.

Patrick Robins, MD ’67, of Missoula, Mont., died March 15, 2013 after a short battle with brain cancer. He was 72 years old. Dr. Robins served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. He later returned to Montana, his home state, to practice orthopaedics at Missoula Orthopedic Associates. Dr. Robins also served as Medical Director of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Patrick Hospital. He enjoyed skiing, fishing, hiking, golfing, hunting and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Kitte; four children; and grandchildren.

Myron B. Minko, MD ’76, of Franklin, Wis., died Oct. 9, 2012. He was 62 years old. Dr. Minko practiced psychiatry with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division.

Naomi Sugar, MD ’79Naomi Sugar, MD ’79, of Seattle, Wash., died July 20, 2013 of ovarian cancer. She was 62 years old. Dr. Sugar practiced general pediatrics in northern California before joining the faculty at the University of Washington. She was an attending physician at Harborview and Seattle Children’s Hospitals until her death. She also served as the Medical Director for the Center for Sexual Abuse and Traumatic Stress and Director of the Foster Care Clinic at Harborview. Dr. Sugar wrote the Washington state guidelines for sexual assault evaluations and was a nationally-recognized expert in the forensic evaluation of sexual abuse. She is survived by her husband, Eric Feldman, MD ’78, and two children.

Elizabeth N. Shinners, PhD ’81, of Milwaukee, died Aug. 23, 2013. She was 61 years old. Dr. Shinners was a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University for more than 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Michael, and two children.

Terre Borkovec, MD ’84, of Milwaukee, died Aug. 6, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Borkovec was an obstetrician for 30 years at St. Mary’s Hospital and delivered thousands of babies. She was preceded in death by her soul-mate Dennis A. Sobczak, MD ’86, GME ’90.

Jose L. Hurtado, MD ’85, of Tucson, Ariz., died June 6, 2013. He was 56 years old. Dr. Hurtado was board certified in internal medicine and in gastroenterology and hepatology. He served on staff at Tucson Gastroenterology Specialists for 25 years and also held positions at Tucson Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson. Dr. Hurtado enjoyed reading, gardening and traveling with his family.  He is survived by his wife, Ana-Luisa E. Rosales, MD ’85, and two children.

Neil D. McElroy, MD ’93, GME ’00, of Eau Claire, Wis., died unexpectedly on Jan. 22, 2013. He was 56 years old. Dr. McElroy was an anesthesiologist.

Other special remembrances

Marshall B. Dunning, PhD, of Elkhorn, Wis. died Aug. 20, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. Dr. Dunning was Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For the last five years, he directed the M1 physiology course. He also was Director of the Froedtert Hospital Pulmonary Function Lab, where he developed a full-service testing center that became the premier regional hub for evaluating patients with complex pulmonary disease. Dr. Dunning received many grants including an award for the development of a computer program tool for teaching mechanical ventilation, and an award for investigating the relationship between preoperative smoking and myocardial ischemia. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, four children and five grandchildren.

John P. Klein, PhD, of Milwaukee, died July 20, 2013. He was 62 years old. Dr. Klein was Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also served as the Chief Statistical Director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, the Biostatistics Key Function Director for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, and the Biostatistics Core Resource Director for the MCW Cancer Center. Dr. Klein was an Eagle Scout and proud shareholder and fan of the Green Bay Packers.


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