In Memoriam

Morris F. Collen, M.D., Class of 1938, Walnut Creek, Calif., died Sept. 27, 2014, at age 100. Dr. Collen worked with Kaiser Permanente for more than 70 years, and his research led to one of the first computer databases for tracking patients’ health. He also championed the early use of penicillin to treat pneumonia, developed multiphasic preventive exams to screen patients, and studied the effects of multiple prescription drugs on the elderly. Dr. Collen was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bobbie. He is survived by 3 children; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.


Konald A. Prem, M.D., Class of 1950, Plymouth, Minn., died Jan. 25 at age 94. A former chair of what’s now called the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Prem was a pioneer in gynecological oncology and a leader in developing techniques for radical pelvic cancer surgery. After 40 years of commissioned military service, he retired in 1980 as a brigadier general. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and 1 daughter. He is survived by 2 children; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.


Lee W. Wattenberg, M.D., Class of 1949, Minneapolis, died Dec. 9, 2014, at age 92. A pioneer in cancer prevention research, Dr. Wattenberg is widely credited with establishing the discipline of chemoprevention, introducing entirely new ways of thinking about the effect of diet on cancer. He was a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota for more than 60 years and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Esther; 4 children; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter.


Joseph J. Asta, M.D., Class of 1948, Minneapolis, died Sept. 21, 2014, at age 91. Dr. Asta had a 30-year career as a radiologist in Duluth. He is survived by his wife, Naomi; 7 children; and 12 grandchildren.

Gordon L. Backer, M.D., Class of 1955, Wausau, Wis., died Oct. 2, 2014, at age 85. Dr. Backer was an ophthalmologist and cofounder of the Backer Eye Clinic, now the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and 4 sons.

Leslie G. Bonney, M.D., Class of 1966, Niagara Falls, N.Y., died Oct. 15, 2014, at age 95. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen. He is survived by 2 daughters.

David J. Buran, M.D., a 1966 resident alumnus, Minneapolis, died Oct. 10, 2014, at age 82. An otolaryngologist, Dr. Buran served as head of the Park Nicollet Clinic ENT department for many years. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter. He is survived by his wife, Ann; 1 daughter; and 4 grandsons.

Richard L. Cole, M.D., Class of 1944, Bozeman, Mont., died Nov. 3, 2014, at age 98. Dr. Cole practiced internal medicine in private practice and at the VA hospitals in Grand Junction, Colo., and Fort Harrison, Mont. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey. He is survived by his wife, Hettie; 7 children; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Windon H. Davis, M.D., Class of 1948, Kremmling, Colo., died Dec. 14, 2014, at age 91. Dr. Davis was a practicing dermatologist and also taught at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betsy, and 1 son. He is survived by 2 children; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Charles W. Decker, M.D., Class of 1963, Hibbing, Minn., died Sept. 25, 2014, at age 76. Dr. Decker was a family practitioner at the Adams Clinic in Hibbing, where he also served as president for many years. He is survived by 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

James H. DeGeest, M.D., Class of 1952, Miller, S.D., died Dec. 1, 2014, at age 90. Dr. DeGeest was a general surgeon and family practice physician in Miller, where, for many years, he was the only doctor serving the town and surrounding area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley. He is survived by 5 children; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Luther L. Dehnel, M.D., Class of 1953, St. Cloud, Minn., died Nov. 10, 2014, at age 88. Dr. Dehnel was a psychiatrist. He is survived by his wife, Julie; 5 children; and 6 grandchildren.

David F. Dreis, M.D., Class of 1978, Seattle, Wash., died Jan. 26 at age 64. Dr. Dreis specialized in pulmonology and respiratory care. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and 2 children.

Sheila M. Froemming, M.D., Class of 2003, Duluth, Minn., died Nov. 2, 2014, at age 39. Dr. Froemming was a family physician. She is survived by her husband, John; 3 daughters; and many close relatives.

Leonard W. Goldman, M.D., Class of 1950, Minnetonka, Minn., died Oct. 28, 2014, at age 93. Dr. Goldman was a psychiatrist. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helma. He is survived by his wife, Pearle; 2 children; 2 step-children; 5 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Neill F. Goltz, M.D., Class of 1944, Bozeman, Mont., died Sept. 26, 2014, at age 94. Dr. Goltz was chair of the otolaryngology department at St. Luke’s Hospital from 1955 to 1984. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; 8 children; 12 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Harold W. Hermann, M.D., Class of 1946, Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 4, 2014, at age 91. Dr. Hermann was a pediatrician who later became a pharmaceutical and nutritional researcher. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie; and his second wife, Charlotte Rose. He is survived by 5 children; 2 step-children; 10 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Charles S. Hoyt, M.D., Class of 1953, Edina, Minn., died Jan. 7 at age 86. Dr. Hoyt was a pediatrician and a founding partner of Southdale Pediatrics. He is survived by his wife, Helen; 3 children; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Robert T. Jensen, M.D., M.P.H., Class of 1948, Umatilla, Fla., died Dec. 5, 2014, at age 88. Dr. Jensen served nationally and internationally, providing medical care for indigent populations, conducting research, and providing education in preventive medicine. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; 3 children; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Franklin L. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1959, Duluth, Minn., died Sept. 22, 2014, at age 79. Dr. Johnson helped to develop the department of occupational medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital and later joined the Duluth Family Practice Center, where he served as assistant director and physician. He is survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Raoul T. Kunert, M.D., Class of 1963, Fort Worth, Texas, died Oct. 24, 2014, at age 77. Dr. Kunert was a general practitioner in St. Cloud when he was drafted to serve as a medical officer in Vietnam. He later completed his residency in pathology and joined Pathology Associates of Texas. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; 2 children; and 3 grandchildren.

Donald M. Larson, M.D., Class of 1950, Duluth, Minn., died Dec. 28, 2014, at age 88. Dr. Larson practiced pathology at St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s hospitals and taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. He is survived by his wife, Leona; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Ralph H. Mallinger, M.D., Class of 1952, San Bernardino, Calif., died Oct. 30, 2014, at age 90. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myde. He is survived by 2 children.

Aaron L. Nathenson, M.D., Class of 1965, St. Louis Park, Minn., died Aug. 11, 2014, at age 74. Dr. Nathenson served as chief of ophthalmology at Hennepin County Medical Center and as an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Judi; 3 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Mark E. Odland, M.D., Class of 1950, Detroit Lakes, Minn., died Aug. 26, 2014, at age 91. Dr. Odland practiced family medicine at the Detroit Lakes Clinic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He is survived by 4 children; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Terrill C. Olsen, M.D., Class of 1966, Bremerton, Wash., died Sept. 16, 2014, at age 75. Dr. Olsen was an ophthalmologist. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; 3 sons; and 1 grandson.

Raymond C. Read, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1946, Rockville, Md., died Nov. 27, 2014, at age 90. Dr. Read was a general and thoracic surgeon and a pioneer in hernia research. He is survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Dan Reikes, M.D., Class of 1948, Lantana, Fla., died Nov. 14, 2014, at age 93. Dr. Reikes established his own radiology practice in Hattiesburg, Miss., which grew to become Hattiesburg Radiology Group. He is survived by his wife, Anita; 3 children; and 5 grandchildren.

Mitchell J. Rosenholtz, M.D., Class of 1956, Columbia, Mo., died Nov. 15, 2014, at age 83. Besides practicing pathology, Dr. Rosenholtz served as a faculty member and assistant dean at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandy, and 1 daughter. He is survived by 1 daughter.

James E. Runquist, M.D., Class of 1961, Davis, Calif., died Sept. 11, 2014, at age 80. Dr. Runquist practiced internal medicine in Orinda, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Kay; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.

Stanley W. Shapiro, M.D., Class of 1957, Minnetonka, Minn., died Aug. 3, 2014, at age 81. Dr. Shapiro maintained a private psychiatric practice. He is survived by his wife, Berta; 4 children; and 5 grandchildren.

Robert I. Shragg, M.D., Class of 1946, Westwood, Calif., died Oct. 12, 2014, at age 91. Dr. Shragg was an endocrinologist and a hospital medical director. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty. He is survived by 3 children; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Robert J. Sieling, M.D., Class of 1961, San Carlos, Calif., died Aug. 24, 2014, at age 79. Dr. Sieling was a neurosurgeon. He is survived by his wife, Allene; 7 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Richard C. Smith, M.D., Class of 1946, Fort Myers, Fla., died Dec. 7, 2014, at age 91. After three years of rural general practice in Minnesota, Dr. Smith served as chief of radiology at the military hospital in Ft. Lee, Va., and later began a solo radiology practice in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Joan; 3 children; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Louis H. Stahn, M.D., Class of 1949, Sauk Rapids, Minn., died Nov. 8, 2014, at age 93. Dr. Stahn specialized in internal, critical care, emergency, and cardiovascular medicine, and was chief of medicine and geriatrics at the St. Cloud VA hospital. He was preceded in death by 1 son. He is survived by his wife, Cora; 2 daughters; and 3 grandchildren.

Joseph A. Stenzel, M.D., Class of 1963, Minneapolis, died Jan. 2 at age 85. Dr. Stenzel was a family practitioner. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; 7 children; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Robert G. Trahms, M.D., Class of 1961, Tiburon, Calif., died Sept. 30, 2014, at age 80. Dr. Trahms practiced psychiatry in the Bay Area. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; 2 children; and 3 grandchildren.

Robert W. Wilken, M.D., Class of 1957, Eugene, Ore., died Aug. 8, 2014, at age 83. Dr. Wilken was a practicing radiologist. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his wife, Illona; 7 children; and 17 grandchildren.

William S. Wright, M.D., Class of 1945, Minneapolis, died March 29, 2014, at age 92. Dr. Wright was a pediatrician. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie; 1 son; and 1 grandson. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; 6 children; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Published on May 18, 2015