In Memoriam | Fall 2017


Harold J. Danforth, MD '44, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, died on March 13, 2017, at the age of 97. He practiced family medicine in Oshkosh before retiring in 1985. Dr. Danforth was a passionate ham radio operator, photographer, dog trainer and horseback rider.

Paul A. Stahler, MD '47, of Jordan, Minnesota, died on June 28, 2013, at the age of 90. He practiced medicine in Jordan for more than 35 years and served as the Scott County Coroner for 16 years. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Rieschl, nine children, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ernest J. Miller, MD '48, GME '55, of Edina, Minnesota, died on May 15, 2017, at the age of 93. Dr. Miller was an orthopaedic surgeon, as well an enthusiastic musician and filmmaker. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie, five children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Robert W. Bayuk, MD '49, of Yreka, California, died on March 7, 2017, at the age of 97. He practiced medicine and served as a public health director in Yreka and Siskiyou County for more than 55 years. Dr. Bayuk is survived by his wife, Cressa, and three children.


Wayne J. Boulanger, MD '52, of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, died on July 23, 2017, at the age of 91. He was a general and vascular surgeon at the predecessor institution of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee and served nationally as governor of the American College of Surgeons from 1978-1984. Dr. Boulanger is survived by five children and 10 grandchildren.

Jack L. Tromp, MD '52, of Lake Odessa, Michigan, died on June 27, 2016, at the age of 93. He practiced medicine in Lake Odessa for 42 years and loved woodworking and baseball. Survivors include four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

John A. Walker*, MD '56, FEL '63, of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, died on May 22, 2017, at the age of 86. He practiced cardiology in Milwaukee for more than 30 years and contributed to the development and refinement of coronary bypass surgery. Dr. Walker enjoyed traveling, skiing, golf and baseball. He is survived by his wife, Jennie, three children and four grandchildren.

Richard C. Murray, MD '57, GME '61, of Milwaukee, died on December 21, 2016, at the age of 84. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology throughout Wisconsin and enjoyed football, gardening, opera and classical music. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


Cornelius E. Hogan, MD, GME '61, of St. Louis, died on June 6, 2014, at the age of 83. He practiced internal medicine and cardiology in St. Louis before closing his private practice to assist several clinics in the city.

Catherine J. Condon*, MD '63, of Des Moines, Iowa, died on February 18, 2017, at the age of 85. As a nephrologist, she opened hemodialysis clinics that made care accessible to communities in Des Moines; Harlingen, Texas; and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Condon also helped develop the University of Iowa-Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency Program based at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

John J. Foley, MD, GME '63, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, died on May 29, 2017, at the age of 86. He helped found Medical Associates and practiced as a general surgeon there for more than 35 years. Dr. Foley served in leadership roles for the Waukesha County Medical Society, Wisconsin Medical Society and Milwaukee Academy of Surgery. He is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

Warren C. Unterholzner, MD '63, GME '68, of Newcastle, California, died on October 16, 2016, at the age of 79. He served as a pathologist for many years before his retirement. Dr. Unterholzner is survived by his wife, Dorothy, four children and nine grandchildren.

David S. Trump, MD, GME '64, of Grants Pass, Oregon, died on January 24, 2017, at the age of 83. He practiced pediatric general, urologic and cardiac surgery for 20 years in Phoenix, where he played a significant role in the founding of Phoenix Children's Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, three children and seven grandchildren.

Don R. Spiegelhoff, MD '66, of Burlington, Wisconsin, died on July 9, 2017, at the age of 83. He practiced radiology in Milwaukee throughout his career. Dr. Spiegelhoff is survived by his wife, Patricia, a son and three grandchildren.

Philip C. Wagner, MD '67, of Naples, Florida, died on June 11, 2017, at the age of 76. He practiced diagnostic radiology in Fargo, North Dakota, for more than 40 years and nurtured a lifelong love of the sport of boat racing. Dr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Karen, and three children.


Nicholas F. Geimer, MD, GME '70, of Milwaukee, died on June 8, 2017, at the age of 79. He was an oncologist at the predecessor institution of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee for more than 40 years. He also was a devoted fan of baseball, classical music, literature, history and travel. Dr. Geimer is survived by his wife, Gretchen, and three children.

William J. Willems, MD '70, MS '70, of New Berlin, Wisconsin, died on July 24, 2017, at the age of 73. He was a neurologist and researcher. Dr. Willems is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

Robert A. Boedecker, MD '72, GME '79, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, died on June 6, 2017, at the age of 70. He served as a surgeon in Milwaukee and was a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Paul Caviale, MD '78, of Modesto, California, died on April 30, 2017, at the age of 67. He was an orthopaedic surgeon for more than 30 years and specialized in the hand and upper extremities. He also was an outdoorsman, sailor and musician. Dr. Caviale is survived by his wife, Mary, and two children.


Kevin J. Murray, MD '82, GME '86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on July 20, 2017, at the age of 60. He served on MCW's faculty for more than 30 years. He moved to Cedar Rapids in 2004 and practiced at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center's Hall Radiation Center. Dr. Murray is survived by his wife, Dr. Janet Merfeld.


Trudy G. Wong, MD '92, of Elk Grove, California, died on May 30, 2016, at the age of 53. She practiced internal medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Michelle M. Johnson, MD '96, GME '99, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, died on July 6, 2017, at the age of 48. She practiced family medicine in West Allis, Wisconsin. Dr. Johnson is survived by her husband, Curt, and four children.

Special Remembrances

Konrad H. Soergel, MD, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died on June 29, 2017, at the age of 87. He served for more than 40 years as an MCW faculty member and founded MCW's division of gastroenterology in the department of medicine. He also co-founded MCW's Digestive Disease Center, along with the late Sushil Sarna, PhD, in 1986. In 1988, Dr. Soergel received MCW's Distinguished Service Award, the institution's highest honor. Dr. Soergel is survived by his wife, Rosi, four children and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to The Konrad H. Soergel, MD, and Walter J. Hogan, MD, Endowed Professorship at MCW by contacting Angela Nelson, senior director of development and alumni giving, at (414) 955-4708 or

*MCW is grateful to these alumni for their Legacy Society memberships.

From Our Readers

Dear Editor:

I was a medical resident at Milwaukee County General Hospital, having just returned after a stint in the US Army when Dr. Dudley Johnson arrived in 1968. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but somehow, along with some surgical residents, we helped Dr. Johnson and his family move into a house not more than several hundred yards from Milwaukee County General Hospital.

Little did I know how much he would accomplish. Requiescat in pace.

In Memoriam, MCW Magazine Winter 2017

– Eugene M. Bozymski, MD '60, GME '66

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