In Memoriam | Winter 2017


Bernard Kulkoski, MD '50, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, died on January 17, 2016, at the age of 93. As a family physician, he delivered 3,000 babies, performed thousands of surgical procedures and, for many years, made house calls. Dr. Kulkoski was a passionate private pilot who loved to fly family and friends to destinations – both national and international. Survivors include his wife, May, 10 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John J. Frederick, MD '51, GME '58, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, died on October 22, 2016, at the age of 89. During his surgical career, he served as president of the Milwaukee Surgical Society and as a founding member and president of the Milwaukee Academy of Surgery. In addition to his commitment to MCW as an assistant clinical professor of surgery, Dr. Frederick and his late wife, Margaret, were members of MCW's Walter Zeit Fellowship. Dr. Frederick also contributed leadership to the MCW/Marquette Alumni Association, including serving as president. He is survived by 10 children, 28 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Domenick S. Bruno, MD '56, of Shorewood, Wisconsin, died on October 10, 2016, at the age of 91. He co-founded North Shore Orthopedics in Shorewood and practiced orthopaedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, St. Joseph Hospital and the former St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee. Dr. Bruno also taught many physicians and healthcare professionals through his contributions to educational programs in hospitals in the Milwaukee area. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, five children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Kenneth J. Harrington, MD '56, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, died on December 2, 2016, at the age of 88. Dr. Harrington, who served as a physician in Menomonee Falls for more than 40 years, is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

John C. Budicin, MD '57, of Frankfort, Illinois, died on October 28, 2016, at the age of 84. He previously practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Boulevard Medical Clinic Family Practice Physicians in Chicago Heights, Illinois, which he joined as the group's first specialist in 1964. Survivors include his wife, Gloria, two children and three grandchildren.

Joseph S. Myers, MD '57, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died on December 15, 2016, at the age of 85. He served in the US Navy Medical Corps for nearly 25 years, including as chief of surgery for several naval hospitals. Survivors include four children and 11 grandchildren.

John A. Puk, MD '58, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on November 7, 2016, at the age of 83. Dr. Puk, who practiced ophthalmology in Cedar Rapids for more than 35 years, is survived by seven children and 16 grandchildren.


Robert Kastelic, MD '61, GME '65, of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, died on January 8, 2017, at the age of 84. He ran a private ophthalmology practice in Milwaukee and practiced at several city hospitals. Dr. Kastelic is survived by his wife, Mary, four children and five grandchildren.

Eleuterio De Guzman, MD, GME '68, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, died on November 11, 2016, at the age of 87. He completed his residency in anesthesiology after serving as town doctor and deputy coroner in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, and retired after a nearly 25-year career as an anesthesiologist in Milwaukee. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, four children and 12 grandchildren.

Richard H. Lee, MD '68, of Peoria, Illinois, died on October 9, 2016, at the age of 74. In addition to his 41-year career as a neurologist, he nurtured a passion for travel and vehicles, including ships, airplanes, trains and rockets. Dr. Lee is survived by his wife, Jane, four children and nine grandchildren.


Peter J. Holzhauer, MD '72, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died on January 5, 2017, at the age of 72. He practiced emergency medicine in Milwaukee for more than 40 years and was a guitarist, photographer and private pilot. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and three children.

Michael R. Fehrer, MD '76, GME '79, of Milwaukee, died on November 28, 2016, at the age of 69. He practiced internal medicine as a staff physician at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee and ran a private practice. Survivors include his wife, Lois, two children and seven grandchildren.

Special Remembrances

James M. Cerletty, MD '58, GME '64James M. Cerletty, MD '58, GME '64, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died on December 9, 2016, at the age of 83. In 1961, he joined Marquette University School of Medicine (which later became MCW) as an assistant instructor in the department of medicine, and ultimately was promoted to professor in 1985. Dr. Cerletty served as residency program director for the department and vice chair for education for more than 40 years. During that time, he helped shape the medicine residency to reflect his commitment to excellence in diagnosis, treatment and patient communication.

Dr. Cerletty cared deeply about MCW's residents and medical students, and it was this quality that made him an exceptional mentor. Many of Dr. Cerletty's residents went on to leadership roles at MCW and beyond while maintaining their close connections with him. He retired in 2003, but then served as MCW archivist in a volunteer position until 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Susan, four children and four grandchildren.

The James M. Cerletty, MD, Endowed Mentorship Fund was established to honor his many contributions to medical education. For more information, please contact Angela Nelson, senior director of development and alumni giving, at (414) 955-4708 or

John P. Kampine, MD '60, PhD '65John P. Kampine, MD '60, PhD '65, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, died October 14, 2016, at the age of 82. He served as chair of MCW's department of anesthesiology from 1979 to 2005. During his distinguished career, Dr. Kampine grew the department from fewer than 25 faculty members to more than 100, as well as helped it develop into one of the top anesthesiology research departments in the country.

He published hundreds of original manuscripts and conducted seminal research, including in autonomic nervous system physiology and neuroregulatory control of the cardiovascular system. Dr. Kampine co-authored Circulatory Physiology: The Essentials, a textbook read widely by medical and other health professional students. Among his many honors include MCW's most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Service Award; election as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Anesthetists; and selection as a member of the predecessor to the National Academy of Medicine – the ranks of which include the country's most accomplished physicians and scientists in many disciplines.

Dr. Kampine is survived by his wife, Susan, five children and 10 grandchildren.

W. Dudley Johnson, MD, of Milwaukee, died October 24, 2016, at the age of 86. A pioneer in the field of heart bypass surgery, he began his career in 1965 as an assistant professor of surgery at the Marquette University School of Medicine (which later became MCW). In 1968, Dr. Johnson performed Milwaukee's first coronary artery bypass graft operation, and won the World Health Day Award in 1992 for his contributions to preventing heart disease and improving health. Dr. Johnson is survived by three children.

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