In Memoriam

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Summer 2014 issue (pdf)

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

Charles (Carl) Junkerman, MD ’47, of Helena, Mont., died March 26, 2014. He was 89 years old. A member of the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty for 44 years, Dr. Junkerman served as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Froedtert Hospital and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics.  He also practiced internal medicine for 22 years at Harwood Medical Associates, a clinic he formed with colleagues. Well regarded for his teaching, mentorship and ethical standards, MCW created the Carl L. Junkerman, MD Award of Merit, which recognizes the resident whose work reflects the highest standards of ethics, patient management and respect for the dignity of the individual.  In 1993 Dr. Junkerman received the Humanitarian Award from the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine for his service to the community. He served in Yokosuka, Japan in 1952 and 1953 as a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Junkerman enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, playing cards and listening to classical music. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne. Survivors include his five children and eight grandchildren.

Mary B. Scheurich Maney, MD ’51, of La Crosse, Wis., died December 8, 2004  after a battle with cancer. Dr. Maney practiced pediatrics for 32 years at the La Crosse Clinic, later Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.  She was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and received the 2004 Spheres of Influence Award by the Franciscan Skemp Foundation. Dr. Maney is survived by her husband, Jim, six children and several grandchildren.

Monte Jay Meldman, MD ’52, of Northbrook, Ill., died April 25, 2014. He was 86 years old. A psychiatrist, Dr. Meldman started at the VA Hospital in Chicago before entering private practice and treating adolescents at Forest Hospital in Des Plaines. He treated patients of all ages in Deerfield until his retirement in October, 2012. Dr. Meldman authored several books and presented papers at domestic and international conferences. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, four children, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  

Paul Kawaguchi Toshiyuki, MD ’55, of Seattle, Wash., died January 21, 2014. He was 88 years old. Dr. Toshiyuki served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring as a captain. He then entered private practice at Cyto Labs where he worked for 10 years until his retirement. Dr. Toshiyuki was passionate about the arts. He is survived by his wife, Miyoko, three children and two grandchildren.  

William A. Finger, MD ’56, of Milwaukee, died May 9, 2014. He was 86 years old. Dr. Finger was a member of the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Radiology faculty for 48 years until his retirement in 2011. He served as Chief of Emergency Room Radiology and was an expert in GI radiology and general radiology. Survivors include his wife, Mary, five children and two grandchildren.

Vito Nicola Vitulli, MD ’57, GME ’62, of Oconomowoc, Wis., died February 12, 2014. He was 86 years old. Dr. Vitulli served in Panama in the U.S. Army. A pediatrician, he was Chief of Staff at Trinity Memorial Hospital and also on staff at St. Francis and St. Luke’s Hospitals. Dr. Vitulli delivered more than 8,000 babies. He enjoyed spending time with family at his lake cottage, singing, cooking and performing card tricks. Dr. Vitulli was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia. Survivors include six children and 10 grandchildren.

William John Atkinson, MD ’58, of Lawton, Okla., died December 3, 2013 of complications stemming from a head injury sustained in a fall at his home. He was 83 years old. Dr. Atkinson served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy and was wounded while on patrol in Korea. He received a Purple Heart, Letter of Commendation, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal.  Dr. Atkinson was the Director of Medical Services and surgeon at Lawton Indian Hospital before entering private practice, where he worked until his retirement in 2005. He also was on the staff of Southwestern Medical Center and Comanche County Memorial Hospital, and served as medical consultant for CSL Plasma Bank.  Dr. Atkinson enjoyed camping, working in his yard and workshop and playing with his standard poodles. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Oklahoma Medical Association, Comanche County Medical Society and the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife, Shirley, seven children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Patrick R. Robbie, MD, ’58, of Valencia, Calif., died December 1, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was 80 years old. Dr. Robbie served as a naval flight surgeon before beginning his 40 year career as a pediatrician and neonatologist. Dr. Robbie was instrumental in developing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kaiser Sunset Los Angeles Medical Center. After retiring he volunteered at a local clinic for the uninsured. Dr. Robbie enjoyed fishing, traveling and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Cece, four children and seven grandchildren.

Silas G. Farmer, PhD ’62, of Milwaukee, died March 5, 2014. He was 88 years old. Dr. Farmer was Professor Emeritus Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Adjunct Professor Emeritus Microbiology at Marquette University. He was a member of numerous organizations including the American Society of Microbiology, New York Academy of Sciences, American Board of Medical Microbiology, American Association of Woodturners, Wisconsin Woodturners and Boy Scouts of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion. Survivors include three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

John Joseph “Jack” Brush, MD ’70, GME ’71, of Richmond, Va., died October 23, 2013 from a recurrence of lymphoma. He was 68 years old. Dr. Brush served three years with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va. and achieved the rank of commander. He completed his residency in neurology at the Medical College of Virginia and stayed on staff at MCV Hospitals until he joined Neurological Associates in Richmond, where he practiced until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Brush was a lifelong member of the Virginia Neurological Society, the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia, and an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Judy, three children and two grandchildren.

Antoine (Tony) Augstin, MD ’72, of Deschapelles, Haiti, died March 20, 2014. A physician, surgeon and researcher, Dr. Augustin worked briefly at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles before launching numerous community health programs to bring healthcare to underserved rural areas in Haiti, decrease the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and eradicate hunger. Many of his organizations still thrive today.  Dr. Augustin served as a consultant for the United States, the World Bank and UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. He also worked to revitalize the tourism industry in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. A musician, Dr. Augustin enjoyed playing keyboard for the Latin band that he created. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Gail K. Mynard, MD ‘72, of Piedmont, Calif., died in May 2014. She was 67 years old. Dr. Mynard practiced emergency medicine in Sacramento.

Rajashri Manoli, MD, Fel ’73, of Bayside, Wis., died unexpectedly March 1, 2014. She was 74 years old. Dr. Manoli was a radiologist at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and practiced nuclear medicine, family medicine and internal medicine. She is survived by her husband, Sadanand, and two children.

Bhaskara Ramachandran Nair, MD, GME ’73, of Brookfield, Wis., died unexpectedly March 3, 2014. He was 73 years old. A pediatrician, Dr. Nair practiced medicine for 40 years. He was preceded in death by one child. Survivors include his wife, Geetha, two children and three grandchildren.

Michael John McInnis, MD ’76, of Rock Springs, Wyo., died February 4, 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. Dr. McInnis was a family practice physician at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. He also worked as the Medical Director of Sage View Care Center and was the first medical director of Hospice of Sweetwater County. Dr. McInnis enjoyed geology, astronomy and the outdoors and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen. Survivors include his wife, Brenda, two daughters, two stepchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Leo “Sonny” Lofland, MD, GME ’80, of Ogema, Wis., died June 7, 2013. He was 73 years old. Dr. Lofland served in the U.S. Army including a stint in the 101st Airborne Division, and in the Abbotsford, Wis. Army National Guard. He was a physician at the Prentice Medical Clinic until his retirement. Dr. Lofland enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, canoeing and camping. He is survived by his wife, Celine, two children and two grandchildren.

1st Annual Mike Richter Memorial Golf Outing debuts

The daughters of the late Michael J. Richter, MD ’91, have organized the 1st Annual Mike Richter Memorial Golf Outing to be held Sunday, Aug. 10, at Fire Ridge Golf Club near Milwaukee. The proceeds from this event and other donations will be used to establish the Michael J. Richter, MD Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Medical College of Wisconsin in memory of their father. For further information, please contact Chris Roche in the MCW Office of Development at (414) 955-4705 or

Hanane Koteiche, PhD ’97, of Nashville, Tenn., died February 11, 2014 following a brief illness. She was 45 years old. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Koteiche was a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Hassane Mchaourab, PhD ’95, and two young children.


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