In Memoriam | Summer 2017


William B. Frymark, Sr., MD '46, GME '54, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, died on April 28, 2017, at the age of 94. He worked as a general surgeon in the Chicago metropolitan area at hospitals in Hinsdale, LaGrange and Elmhurst. Dr. Frymark was a member of the original staff of LaGrange Community Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of surgery and chief of staff. He was a leader in the DuPage Medical Society, a member of the Chicago Surgical Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a past president of the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association. Survivors include three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

John E. Sinsky, MD '46, GME '52, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died on March 1, 2017, at the age of 94. He delivered more than 8,000 babies during his years practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Milwaukee. Dr. Sinsky was a globetrotter whose travels were enhanced by his ability to speak Slovak, Russian and German. He is survived by his wife, Regina, nine children, 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Ergi J. Pesiri, MD '51, of Melville, New York, died on November 19, 2016, at the age of 88. He was co-founder of the Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Group, which provides radiology services in the Long Island area. Dr. Pesiri is survived by his wife, Nancy, three children and three grandchildren.

James A. Baumgarten, MD '55, of Fort Meyers, Florida, died on April 3, 2016, at the age of 85. Dr. Baumgarten practiced radiology for more than 25 years in Owensboro, Kentucky, before retiring to Florida and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Gail, three sons and 10 grandchildren.

Michael T. Jaekels, MD '55, of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, died on February 15, 2017, at the age of 86. He delivered thousands of babies during his career practicing obstetrics and gynecology. Survivors include five children and nine grandchildren.

Marvin W. Nelson, MD '55, of Racine, Wisconsin, died on April 5, 2016, at the age of 91. Dr. Nelson served as an orthopaedic surgeon for more than 40 years and was an active athlete, painter and volunteer. He is survived by six children and 15 grandchildren.

J. Terrence Coyle II, MD '57, of Redmond, Washington, died on July 21, 2016, at the age of 83. He practiced ophthalmology at the Eye Clinic of Bellevue (Washington) and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Coyle also was a passionate tennis player and outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife, Betty, five children and nine grandchildren.

Alvin L. Smith, MD '57, of Wichita, Kansas, died on January 23, 2017, at the age of 88. He directed a pathology lab in Wichita for more than 40 years. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Alice, four children, 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


Ronald E. Grossman, MD '61, GME '65, of River Hills, Wisconsin, died on March 4, 2017, at the age of 82. He practiced radiology and served as the director of radiology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, as well as on the State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. Dr. Grossman is survived by his wife, Marisa, and seven children.

Philip S. McGinn, MD '62, of Napa, California, died on December 15, 2016, at the age of 80. He was an otolaryngologist and a head and neck surgeon, as well as an active sailor, skier, windsurfer and cyclist. He is survived by his wife, Naomi, two sons and a grandson.

Timothy J. Crooks, MD '63, of Pacific Grove, California, died on June 30, 2016, at the age of 80. He performed surgery in San Francisco for more than 30 years and was committed to providing free healthcare as a volunteer in the Mission District neighborhood. Survivors include his wife, Christine, two children and two grandchildren.

LeRoy J. Byrd, MD '64, of Spokane, Washington, died on December 22, 2016, at the age of 79. He practiced family medicine and served as a volunteer physician at the House of Charity Providence Free Medical Clinic in Spokane. Dr. Byrd is survived by his wife, Irene, ten children and 15 grandchildren.

Katherine E. Trudnowski*, MD '64, of Tucson, Arizona, died on July 23, 2016, at the age of 78. She served as an anesthesiologist during her career in medicine. In recognition of her generous support of MCW, Dr. Trudnowski was named a Walter Zeit Fellow and a member of the Alumni Golden Circle and MCW Legacy Society. She is survived by her husband, Roderick.

Nicholas G. Papadakes, MD, GME '68, of Houston, Texas, died on June 13, 2016, at the age of 81. During his career, he practiced orthopaedic surgery in Janesville, Wisconsin, and in Houston. Dr. Papadakes was an active hunter and angler, as well as a classical pianist. Survivors include his wife, Anne, three daughters and four grandchildren.


Edmund F. Centena, MD, GME '78, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, died on April 2, 2017, at the age of 70. He practiced psychiatry for more than 40 years and was a fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo. Dr. Centena is survived by his wife, Karen, two children and two grandchildren.


Randall Spaude, MD '82, of Clinton, Iowa, died on October 19, 2014, at the age of 57. Dr. Spaude practiced internal medicine for more than 30 years and loved to garden. He is survived by his wife, Sherrill.

Mary E. Cohan, MD, GME '87, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died on February 23, 2017, at the age of 60. As a member of MCW's faculty in the department of medicine's division of geriatrics, Dr. Cohan focused on providing the best and most accessible care possible to seniors and those with memory disorders. She led efforts to create a dedicated inpatient geriatrics service at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, and the clinical programs she developed are the cornerstone of MCW's educational programs in geriatrics. Dr. Cohan is survived by two sons.

Will Fenno, MD '87, of Sharon, New Hampshire, died on November 7, 2016, at the age of 68. He practiced family medicine, served the town of Sharon as selectman and selectman’s assistant, and was an excellent woodworker and craftsman.

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

From Our Readers

Dear Editor:

In the winter 2017 issue of MCW Magazine, I noted the passing of W. Dudley Johnson, MD, on page 33. While the note discussed his contributions, some accomplishments in his life were especially noteworthy.

In November 1968, he and his associates performed the first Wisconsin heart transplant on Ms. Betty Annick, who survived over 11 years (the second longest transplant patient in the US at the time). I was working in the emergency department at the Milwaukee County General Hospital and will never forget the excitement that night prior to and after the surgery. She was one of the first long-term, successful transplant patients in the US.

Dr. Johnson also helped to perfect the heart-lung machine that came to be used for the operation. He later performed thousands of coronary artery bypasses, sometimes incurring criticism for accepting cases that other heart surgeons turned down. His technologies and skills amounted to one of the lowest redo rates in the specialty, despite the fact that he accepted the most difficult and "hopeless" cases.

I'm proud to have known him and will always remember the celebration by the Nicaraguan people 10 years ago when thousands of them turned out to honor his achievements.

He was particularly concerned regarding the overuse of surgery when he felt strongly that diet, anticholesterol medications and lifestyle changes could save lives.

Among his favorite enterprises were his apple orchards and lecturing to other doctors regarding Omega-3 fatty acids and their role for preventing coronary artery disease.

The world of medicine mourns the passing of one of the "great ones" and we had him here in Milwaukee for most of his career.

– R.J. Wetzler, MD '68

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