In Memoriam

Warren J. Warwick, M.D., Class of 1954

Warren J. Warwick, M.D., Class of 1954, Minneapolis, Minn., died Feb. 15, 2016, at age 88. Dr. Warwick was best known for inventing a mechanical chest-thumping vest to help clear the lungs of children with cystic fibrosis and for using a comprehensive approach to treating the disease. He was a University of Minnesota professor of pediatric pulmonology, holder of the Annalisa Marzotto Chair in Cystic Fibrosis, and director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center from 1962 to 1999. He received the Medical Alumni Society’s Harold S. Diehl Award in 2006 and the U of M President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta, and 2 children.

Thomas R. Arlander, M.D., Class of 1959, Falcon Heights, Minn., died Jan. 14, 2016, at age 81. Dr. Arlander was a pathologist at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., until retirement. He is survived by 1 brother; 1 nephew and 1 niece; and longtime friend Verne.

B. Niles Batdorf, M.D., Class of 1943, Minneapolis, died Aug. 27, 2015, at age 98. Dr. Batdorf was a family physician for 35 years in Mankato, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Berit; 4 children; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Anthony J. Bianco Jr., M.D., Class of 1948, Rochester, Minn., died Jan. 3, 2016, at age 89. Dr. Bianco was an orthopaedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic for 33 years and the first doctor on staff to specialize in pediatric orthopaedics. He is survived by his wife, Josephine; 7 children; and 9 grandchildren.

Frederic M. Brown, M.D., Class of 1965, Albuquerque, N.M., died Nov. 5, 2015, at age 75. Dr. Brown served in the military for 22 years as physician and flight surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Karen; 2 daughters; and 5 grandchildren.

Dr. Robert R. Cooper, M.D., Class of 1946, Edina, Minn., died Jan. 1, 2016, at age 93. Dr. Cooper practiced ophthalmology for 40 years until his retirement in 1992. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo. He is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Eric C. Crabtree, M.D., Class of 2001, Ironton, Minn., died Nov. 4, 2015, at age 41. Dr. Crabtree was an anesthesiologist. He is survived by his wife, Bridget, and 2 children.

Antoni M. Diehl, M.D., Class of 1947, Lenexa, Kan., died Sept. 22, 2015, at age 90. Dr. Diehl was head of pediatric cardiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and later operated a private practice. He is survived by his wife, Sybil; 4 children; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

David C. Eitrheim, M.D., Class of 1983, Menomonie, Wis., died Jan. 1, 2016, at age 58. Dr. Eitrheim was a family physician and educator, treating patients and training students and residents throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin for nearly 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Amy Jo, and 2 children.

Robert N. Evert, M.D., Class of 1944, Salt Lake City, Utah, died Sept. 11, 2015, at age 95. Dr. Evert was a practicing urologist for 35 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doreen. He is survived by his wife, Jane; 3 children; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

James B. Gaviser, M.D., Class of 1968, Minneapolis, died Feb. 9, 2016, at age 72. Dr. Gaviser was a plastic surgeon who helped establish an exchange program between local physicians and Jewish and Arab Israeli physicians in Galilee and between Israeli and University of Minnesota medical students. He is survived by his wife, Judy; 2 children; and 6 grandchildren.

James F. Hammarsten, M.D., Class of 1944, Melrose, Minn., died Jan. 13, 2016, at age 95. Dr. Hammarsten was a professor of medicine at the universities of Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Washington, and the School of Health Sciences at Boise State University. A 1995 recipient of the U of M’s Outstanding Achievement Award, he served as chief of medicine at hospitals in Oklahoma City, St. Paul, Minn., and Boise, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dee, and an infant son. He is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

John J. Heimark, M.D., Class of 1952, Mankato, Minn., died Jan. 14, 2016, at age 94. Dr. Heimark was an internist at the Mankato Clinic for 49 years and finished his career as the medical director of the Mankato Lutheran Home. He is survived by his wife, Ann; 3 children; and 7 grandchildren.

William R. Hilgedick, M.D., Class of 1955, St. Paul, Minn., died Aug. 14, 2015, at age 85. Dr. Hilgedick practiced family medicine with the Columbia Park Medical Group for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; 3 children; and 8 grandchildren.

Willis L. Hubler, M.D., Class of 1946, Caldwell, Idaho, died Oct. 16, 2015, at age 93. Dr. Hubler established an internal medicine practice in Caldwell, where he saw patients for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Wendell A. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1957, St. Paul, Minn., died Oct. 18, 2015, at age 84. Dr. Johnson was an ophthalmic surgeon for more than 30 years at the McFarland Clinic in Ames, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; 3 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Robert J. Kenevan Sr., M.D., Class of 1975, Tacoma, Wash., died Aug. 22, 2015, at age 67. Dr. Kenevan served as a military surgeon until 1989, when he opened his own practice in Tacoma. He is survived by his wife, Flavia; 3 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Amy D. Keppel, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1983, Edina, Minn., died Jan. 7, 2016, at age 63. Dr. Keppel was a family practitioner. She is survived by her husband, David, and 2 children.

Loren J. Larson, M.D., Class of 1947, Ely, Minn., died Nov. 30, 2015, at age 92. Dr. Larson practiced anesthesiology for 45 years. He was preceded in death by 2 children and 1 stepchild. He is survived by his wife, LouAnne; 4 children; 10 grand-children; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Robert D. Letson, M.D., Class of 1952, Wayzata, Minn., died Sept. 13, 2015, at age 88. Dr. Letson practiced family medicine before completing his ophthalmology training (in 1963) and joining the Medical School faculty as Minnesota’s first pediatric ophthalmologist. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; 3 children; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Arthur M. McGuire, M.D., Class of 1957, Supply, N.C., died Jan. 28, 2016, at age 82. Dr. McGuire was a general surgeon and served as chief of surgery at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Celia; 6 children; and 11 grandchildren.

Donn G. Mosser, M.D., Class of 1954, Palo Alto, Calif., died Dec. 16, 2015, at age 94. Dr. Mosser was a radiologist and faculty member at the U of M Medical School. He is survived by his wife, Janis, and 3 children.

Jerald H. Pietan, M.D., Class of 1968, Jacksonville, Fla., died Oct. 12, 2015, at age 74. Dr. Pietan was a radiologist, serving as chair of the radiology department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida from 1999 to 2006. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 4 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Robert P. Saylor, M.D., Class of 1977, Ozark, Mo., died Dec. 28, 2015, at age 63. Dr. Saylor was a practicing nephrologist until 2007, when he received his master’s degree in bioethics and became director of ethics at Mercy Hospital Springfield. He is survived by his wife, Marcelene; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Donald R. Schimnoski, M.D., Class of 1946, Three Rivers, Mich., died Dec. 9, 2015, at age 94. Dr. Schimnoski served the Three Rivers community for more than 55 years as a family practitioner. He was a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria. He is survived by 5 children, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Alan K. Schultz, M.D., Class of 1963, Tyler, Texas, died Nov. 14, 2015, at age 78. Dr. Schultz practiced family medicine in Minneapolis until 1984, when he began a career in geriatric medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He was preceded in death by his daughter. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; 2 sons; and 5 grandchildren.

Harold C. Seim, M.D., Class of 1969, Sun City, Ariz., died Sept. 12, 2015, at age 75. Dr. Seim earned degrees in hospital pharmacy, medicine, and public health from the University of Minnesota and was a faculty member at the Medical School for nearly 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 1 daughter and 3 stepchildren; and 3 grandchildren.

Arthur E. Sethre, M.D., Class of 1954, St. Paul, Minn., died Aug. 30, 2015, at age 89. Dr. Sethre practiced family medicine in Fergus Falls until 1970, when he joined the medical department at 3M. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fran. He is survived by 3 children and 1 grandchild.

William N. Spellacy, M.D., Class of 1959, Tampa, Fla., died Oct. 8, 2015, at age 81. After serving on the Medical School’s obstetrics and gynecology faculty, Dr. Spellacy moved to the University of Miami. He later became chairman of obstetrics and gynecology in medical colleges of the University of Florida, Illinois, and South Florida. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Sydney C. Sperling, M.D., Class of 1946, Lake Forest, Calif., died Sept. 17, 2015, at age 93. Dr. Sperling was an orthopaedic surgeon. He is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

George V. Squire, M.D., Class of 1951, Salem, Ore., died Nov. 12, 2015, at age 96. Dr. Squire was a general practitioner before becoming an allergy specialist. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edie, and his son, Douglas. He is survived by 3 daughters, 4 stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Martin J. Strandness, M.D., Class of 1971, North Oaks, Minn., died Sept. 18, 2015, at age 70. Dr. Strandness worked as a radiologist for more than 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Karel, and 2 sons.

Ralph P. Tharp II, M.D., Class of 1966, Houston, Texas, died Nov. 4, 2015, at age 79. Dr. Tharp was a family practitioner and president and medical director of the Texas Gulf Coast Medical Group. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; 4 children; and 2 grandchildren.

Edward S. Truppman, M.D., Class of 1955, Aventura, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2015, at age 84. Dr. Truppman taught plastic surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, was a founding member of Palmetto General Hospital, and was chair of plastic surgery at Parkway Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Charles W. Zinn, M.D., Class of 1955, Naples, Fla., died Aug. 3, 2015, at age 88. Dr. Zinn practiced family and emergency medicine in both Minnesota and Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Published on April 5, 2016