In Memoriam

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Summer 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.

Philip S. Burchill, MD ’42, of Los Angeles, Calif., died June 6, 2012. He was 94 years old. Dr. Burchill joined the U.S. Navy after completing medical school and served at sea during World War II. Following two years of military service he began a private practice in internal medicine in Los Angeles, working at both the California and Good Samaritan Hospitals. He had a second home in New Zealand.  Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Jacklyn; four children; and five great-grandchildren.

Herbert V. Adams, MD ’43, of Sheridan, Wyo., died May 15, 2012. He was 93 years old. Dr. Adams served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1943-47, including as an army staff physician at several large receiving hospitals in Georgia for troops with severe wounds. He returned to Sheridan to operate his own medical practice until his retirement in 1983. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and a son. Survivors include two children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul G. La Bissoniere, MD ’43, of Milwaukee, died March 31, 2013. He was 94 years old. Dr. La Bissoniere helped establish the first cardiac care center in Milwaukee, “The Variety Club Heart Center.” He retired as an internist at St. Joseph’s Hospital after more than 40 years of service, including six as Chief of Staff. He also volunteered at the Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic. Dr. La Bissoniere was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine, and second wife, Mary. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren.

June L. Grinney, MD ’44June L. Grinney, MD ’44, of Tucson, Ariz., died Jan. 25, 2013. She was 92 years old. Dr. Grinney practiced family medicine for 43 years in Racine, Wis., where she focused on the care of women and children. She was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and longstanding member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Grinney is survived by her husband, Leo; four sons; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Eugene S. Brusky, MD ’45, of Allouez, Wis., died March 7, 2013. He was 91 years old. Dr. Brusky was a general practitioner and helped established both the West Side Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital Green Bay. He was hired as team physician for the Green Bay Packers by Coach Vince Lombardi in 1962 and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1987. Dr. Brusky was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, and a daughter. He is survived by 13 children, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Harold N. Heinz, MD ’46 (November), of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Sheboygan, Wis., died Aug. 30, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. He was 91 years old. Dr. Heinz served in the U.S. Army before entering medical school. He was the company physician for the Kohler Company and personal physician to the Kohler family before he was recalled to serve in the Air Force in 1953. Dr. Heinz was discharged in 1955 and returned to Sheboygan to work in private practice and as Chief of Staff at St. Nicholas and Memorial Hospitals until he retired to Phoenix in 1981. Dr. Heinz was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, and three children.

Charles R. Bignall, MD ’47, of Phoenix, Ariz., died March 30, 2012. He was 88 years old. Dr. Bignall served in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Korean Conflict, earning a Bronze Star for outstanding service. He worked as a pediatrician in Grand Rapids, Mich., and served as a Professor at the Michigan State Medical School. He was instrumental in supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Butterworth Hospital. Dr. Bignall moved to Phoenix in retirement 29 years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn. He is survived by four daughters, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Harvey E. Brown, MD ’48, of Miami, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2012. He was 88 years old. Dr. Brown served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 and 1952-54 as a captain and regimental surgeon. He received a Bronze Star for Valor for his actions in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. After returning from Korea, Dr. Brown practiced at the VA Hospital in Petersburg, Va., before moving with his family to Miami, Fla. There, he spent 55 years with the Veterans Administration and the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was a Professor of Rheumatology. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife, Marjorie; four children; and eight grandchildren.

Richard K. Winkelmann, MD ’48, of Rochester, Minn., died Aug. 16, 2012. He was 88 years old. Dr. Winkelmann was a member of the Mayo Clinic staff from 1956-94. He served as Chairman of Dermatology and helped found the Society of Derma pathology. He also served as president of the Society of Investigative Dermatology and on the International Committee of Dermatology. At age 65, Dr. Winkelmann joined the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic Arizona (Scottsdale).  He retired in 1994 to Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Marine on St. Croix, Minn. He began studying algae and served as a Research Professor at Arizona State University and a Visiting Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Station/Science Museum of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Anne; four children; and four grandchildren.

George J. Owens, MD ’51, of Santa Fe, N.M., died June 15, 2012. Dr. Owens served in the U.S. Army before attending medical school. Following his residency in radiology he moved to Los Angeles, Calif. where he became certified in nuclear medicine. In 1974, he joined Roswell Radiology Associates in Roswell, N.M., where he practiced medicine before retiring to Santa Fe. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, and three children.

Gerald T. Havey, MD ’52, of Lake Forest, Ill., died April 30, 2012. He was 83 years old. Dr. Havey was a Commissioned Officer in the Medical Corp of the U.S. Army in Germany.  He later served on the staffs of Victory Memorial Hospital and St. Therese Medical Center in Waukegan and Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, specializing in gastroenterology. Dr. Havey also had a private practice in Lake Forest. He is survived by five children and two grandchildren.

Paul T. Niland, MD ’52, of Gainesville, Fla., died June 1, 2012. He was 86 years old. Dr. Niland served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in the invasion of Italy, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. After medical school and a radiology residency in Milwaukee, Dr. Niland moved to Lansing, Mich., where he spent 47 years with St. Lawrence Hospital and X-Ray Associates, P.C., which he helped found. Dr. Niland was an adjunct Professor of Radiology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and served as Chief of Radiology at St. Lawrence Hospital until his retirement in 1991. He was a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Niland was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and a son. He is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

James D. O’Brien, MD ’54, of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Oct. 1, 2012. He was 83 years old. Dr. O’Brien served as an Army lieutenant before opening a private family medical practice in Grand Rapids. He was the staff physician for Kent Community Hospital for 22 years until his retirement in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Irene; six children; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

Richard H. Mabie, MD ’55, of Claremont, Calif., died Jan. 26, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. Dr. Mabie served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in Japan. He practiced pediatrics in Claremont for 40 years. Dr. Mabie received recognition from President Clinton for providing free medical care to immigrant families in Los Angeles County. He served on the local chapter of the Red Cross, the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Two children preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; eight children; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James R. Stabenau, MD ’55, of La Jolla, Calif., died March 1, 2013. He was 82 years old. Dr. Stabenau trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the National Cancer Institute and Strong Memorial Hospital Department of Psychiatry. He worked at the National Institutes of Health from 1961-69. Dr. Stabenau then became the first Chairman of Psychiatry at the newly opened University of Connecticut Health Center, where he worked until his retirement. He won many awards for his sculptures and was a published author. Survivors include his second wife, Barbara; two children; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

George F. Flynn, MD ’56, of Mequon, Wis., died April 10, 2013. He was a trustee of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at MCW. Dr. Flynn was a past Chair of Surgery at Columbia Hospital. He had a private surgical practice for more than 40 years and founded the Bluemound Medical Center, Teamsters Clinic and MATD, now the Wisconsin Health Fund. Dr. Flynn was past president of the Milwaukee Surgical Society and the Milwaukee Academy of Surgery. He was a World War II veteran. Dr. Flynn was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie, and a daughter. Survivors include five children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Richard F. Jackanich, MD ’56, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Dec. 13, 2012. He was 82 years old. Dr. Jackanich established his anesthesiology practice at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, where he worked for nearly 40 years. He served for many years as the hospital’s Chief of Anesthesiology before retiring in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Victoria; four children; and four grandchildren.

Rudolph J. Scrimenti, MD ’58, of Mequon, Wis., died March 22, 2013. He was 80 years old. Dr. Scrimenti served in the U.S. Navy and helped evacuate Guantanamo Bay’s civilians during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. He was a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and also served as Acting Medical Advisor to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Dr. Scrimenti was a pioneer in the treatment of Lyme disease, using intramuscular penicillin to treat a patient with symptoms in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Annerose, and two children.

Ralph J. Alfidi, MD ’59, of Santa Fe, N.M., died Aug. 31, 2012. He was 80 years old. After serving in the U.S. Army in France, Dr. Alfidi practiced at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and at University Hospitals as Department Director and Professor, specializing in Radiology. Dr. Alfidi co-founded the Steris Corporation and discovered renal splanchnic steal syndrome: aka Alfidi’s Syndrome. He retired in 2000. Dr. Alfidi was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include his second wife, Mariella; first wife, Rose; five children; and eight grandchildren.

Harlan Robert Thering, MD ’60, of El Paso, Texas, died Sept. 29, 2012, from cancer. He was 77 years old. After being commissioned in the U.S. Army Senior Medical School Program and completing his training, Dr. Thering became Chief of Plastic Surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, where he also donated time and expertise to the Cleft Palate Clinic of El Paso. In 1980, he retired as a full colonel and worked in private practice as a plastic surgeon until his retirement in 2005. Survivors include his wife, Jane; four children; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Peters, MD ’61, GME ’65, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., died March 12, 2013. He was 76 years old. Dr. Peters was an ENT at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and also practiced at Medical Associates in Milwaukee. He retired to Hilton Head in 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn. Survivors include six children and 19 grandchildren.

Henry M. Goldberg, MD ’62, of Houston, Texas, died March 23, 2013. He was 76 years old. Dr. Goldberg served as a combat surgeon in Vietnam before joining his father’s medical practice in Milwaukee. He was a clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and also served on the MCW Board of Trustees. Dr. Goldberg founded several companies including Occupational Medical Clinics of America; Substance Abuse Management Inc., which became the world’s largest drug testing company; and RAIR Technologies, which provided electronic data management to the trucking industry. He was preceded in death by a son. Survivors include his wife, Janet; one son; three grandsons; and two stepdaughters.

Robert J. Mollerus, MD ’62, of Seattle Wash., died March 31, 2012, after a battle with multiple myeloma. He was 76 years old. Dr. Mollerus began his medical career as a surgeon in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. He became a physician partner with the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., specializing in general, thoracic and micro-vascular surgery. Dr. Mollerus was active in the Navy Reserves and achieved the rank of commanding officer before he retired in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Thea; first wife, Jane; three children; and four grandchildren.

Michael C. Collopy, MD ’63, GME ’70, of Milwaukee, died April 16, 2013 of cancer. He was 75 years old. Dr. Collopy served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He then joined his father’s private orthopaedics practice, which grew to become Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Collopy was a Professor of Anatomy and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Chief of St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Department and Team Physician for the Milwaukee Admirals. In 1990, Dr. Collopy returned to active duty with the U.S. Army, caring for American and Iraqi causalities in Saudi Arabia. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and a Bronze Star. He was active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American College of Sports Medicine. At the time of his death, he was Acting Chief of Orthopaedics at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Collopy was inducted into the Old Time Player’s Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 2000. Dr. Collopy is survived by his wife, Sheila; three children; and three grandchildren.

Richard J. Weymouth, MD ’63, of Columbia, S.C., died Sept. 8, 2012. He was 84 years old. Dr. Weymouth was a Professor of Medical Education in the Anatomy Department at the Medical College of Virginia before moving to South Carolina to assist in the establishment of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. There, he served as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and Curriculum until retiring in 1992. Dr. Weymouth was a Fulbright Professor at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey from 1985-86. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; one daughter; and one grandson.

Fr. John Charles Flannery, MD ’66, of San Francisco, Calif., died March 24, 2013. He was 81 years old. Dr. Flannery was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and served as a priest and medical missionary in Ocosingo, Mexico, before earning a degree in psychiatry. Dr. Flannery was part-time chaplain at San Quentin Prison, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, and Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services for Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. He worked in ministry at Arizona State University and St. Dominic Church in San Francisco, and also served the Native American population at Whiteriver, Ariz. Dr. Flannery retired from active ministry in 2011.

Ronald W. Stein, MD, GME ’67, of Milwaukee, died Dec. 23, 2012. He was 76 years old. Dr. Stein spent his career at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, where he worked as an anesthesiologist. He moved to Oro Valley, Ariz. upon his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Carole; three children; and two grandchildren.

Paul J. Anselmo, MD ’70, GME ’73, of De Pere, Wis., died Feb. 10, 2013. He was 71 years old. Dr. Anselmo was a retired cardiologist. He is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

David W. Nelson, MD, GME ’70, of Captiva Island, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2012. He was 74 years old. Dr. Nelson served as a naval flight surgeon with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Methodist Hospital outside Minneapolis, Minn., until retiring. Dr. Nelson was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce. Survivors include his life partner, Susan, three children and five grandchildren.

John S. Nystrom, MD ’70, of Boston, Mass., died Jan. 29, 2013, of a heart attack. He was 67 years old. Dr. Nystrom served as Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, specializing in a number of areas including breast cancer and brain tumors. He created the Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Clinical Program at Tufts Medical School. Survivors include his wife, Gail; two daughters; and two grandsons.

Julian E. Ferstenfeld, MD, Fel, ’73, of Brookfield, Wis., died Feb. 1, 2013, of metastatic melanoma. He was 71 years old. Dr. Ferstenfeld served in the U.S. Army in Korea before completing his residency and fellowship in infectious diseases. He served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin until 1978, then moving into private practice specializing in infectious diseases.  Dr. Ferstenfeld continued to teach as Assistant and Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine based at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was President of the Infectious Disease Society of Milwaukee from 1980-81. Dr. Ferstenfeld is survived by his wife, Sharon; two children; and four grandchildren.

Louis L. Ruff, MD, Fel ’73, of Milwaukee, died Feb. 19, 2013. He was an allergist/immunologist.

Ben Handelsman, MD ’74, of Ogdensburg, N.Y., died Jan. 20, 2013, following a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 66 years old. A gastroenterologist for his entire career, Dr. Handelsman practiced medicine in Ogdensburg for more than two decades, until 2012.

Thomas J. Grade, MD ’76, GME ’88, of Gilbert, Ariz., formerly of Elm Grove, Wis., died April 18, 2013. He was 62 years old. Dr. Grade practiced pain medicine. Survivors include his wife, Emily, and four daughters.

Robert Earle Holzgrafe, MD, MA ’95, of Tucson, Ariz., died March 2, 2013. He was 88 years old. Dr. Holzgrafe served eight years active duty in the U.S. Army before opening a practice in anesthesiology at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in Brookfield, Wis. Following his retirement in 1995, Dr. Holzgrafe earned his MA in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean, and his second wife, Dorothy. Survivors include two children and two stepchildren.

Jose C. Ang-Rabanes, MD, MPH ’95, of Virginia Beach, Va., died May 10, 2012. He was a retired U.S. Navy commander and provided medical services at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Oceana, Sewells Point and was the Medical Director of the Boone Clinic. Dr. Ang-Rabanes recently worked with the National Guard, managing the care of wounded soldiers. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and three children.

Jack Leon Dilts, DO, MPH ’08, of Carson City, Mich., died Sept. 20, 2012. He was 66 years old. Dr. Dilts was working as both Medical Director of Occupational Health at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milton, Del., and as a panel physician of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, Del., before his death. He previously served as Director of Medical Education/Intern Training at Carson City Hospital, President of the Central Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Chairman of Carson City Hospital’s Department of Surgery. Dr. Dilts is survived by his wife, Deborah; two children; and a grandson.


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