In Memoriam

Portrait of Dr. Cavert

H. Mead Cavert, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1950, St. Paul, Minn., died Nov. 4, 2016, at age 94. Dr. Cavert served the Medical School for nearly 40 years as a professor of physiology, operational chief, and associate dean, becoming known around campus as the “bicycling dean” for his at-the-time uncommon habit of biking to work. Dr. Cavert’s research focused on cardiovascular and transport physiology, cardiac function and performance, and myocardial metabolism. He also helped to institute the Rural Physician Associate Program, which allows medical students to train in underserved Minnesota communities, preparing them for rural primary care. He was a founder of the Minnesota Medical Foundation and a 2000 recipient of the Medical Alumni Society’s Harold S. Diehl Award. He was preceded in death by 1 son. He is survived by his wife, June; 2 sons; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Portrait of Dr. Royce

Paul C. Royce, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1952, Boston, Mass., died Jan. 6 at age 88. Dr. Royce served as dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus from 1982 to 1987, during which time he launched several initiatives to encourage Native Americans to pursue health careers. He also brought medical expertise to popular television with the award-winning public television program “Doctors On Call.” He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Portrait of Dr. Sanford

John B. Sanford, M.D., Class of 1948, Duluth, Minn., died Oct. 31, 2016, at age 90. Dr. Sanford was a dedicated and caring surgeon who served as chief of surgery at both St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals in Duluth and greatly enjoyed teaching medical students in the anatomy lab at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, where he was honored as a professor emeritus of clinical medicine. Dr. Sanford received the Harold S. Diehl Award from the Medical Alumni Society in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Julie Moller Sanford; 4 children; and 12 grandchildren.

 

Ernest A. Ager, M.D., Class of 1951, Warm Beach, Wash., died Aug. 17, 2016, at age 90. Dr. Ager was chief of epidemiology for the state of Washington for 7 years, until he opened a private family practice in 1967. In 1976, he became director of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, where he continued until his retirement in 1989. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley; 1 son; and his second wife, Doris. He is survived by 6 children and 10 grandchildren.

Peter A. Ahles, M.D., Class of 1964, St. Cloud, Minn., died Oct. 2, 2016, at age 77. Dr. Ahles was a general practitioner in Anaheim, Calif., for 37 years. He is survived by 1 son.

Thomas K. Aldrich, M.D., Class of 1975, Pelham, N.Y., died Sept. 5, 2016, at age 65. Dr. Aldrich was a professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is survived by his wife, Susan; and 2 children.

Harlan G. Alexander, M.D., Class of 1962, Evanston, Ill., died Oct. 16, 2016, at age 80. Dr. Alexander was a private practitioner who recently finished his long career at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center. He is survived by his wife, Marcy; 3 children; and 8 grandchildren.

Bruce O. Berg, M.D., Class of 1955, Tiburon, Calif., died Oct. 5, 2016, at age 85. Widely considered a founding father of child neurology, Dr. Berg established the child neurology department at University of California, San Francisco, as an internationally recognized training center for pediatric neurologists. He is survived by his wife, Linda; 2 daughters; and 5 grandchildren.

Joseph B. Carter, M.D., Class of 1974, Novelty, Ohio, died Aug. 5, 2016, at age 66. Dr. Carter was a practicing otolaryngologist at MetroHealth Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Alison; and 3 children.

Robert P. Dickey, M.D., Class of 1970, Washington, D.C., died Sept. 12, 2016, at age 77. Dr. Dickey was a pediatrician who served urban families in D.C. for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Fennell-Dickey; 1 daughter; 1 stepson; and 2 grandchildren.

Vernon D. Erickson, M.D., Class of 1952, Grand Rapids, Minn., died Nov. 3, 2016, at age 89. Dr. Erickson was a general practitioner at the Grand Rapids Clinic from 1954 until his retirement, often caring for several generations of families. He was preceded in death by 1 son. He is survived by his wife, Carole; 3 children; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Mary Goepfert, M.D., Class of 1951, Watertown, S.D., died Jan. 4 at age 88. Dr. Goepfert was a psychiatrist.

George W. Heine Jr., M.D., Class of 1948, Waterloo, Iowa, died Oct. 22, 2016, at age 90. Recruited by the Navy to enter medical school while still in high school, Dr. Heine became an anesthesiologist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

David A. Hilding, M.D., Class of 1954, Salt Lake City, Utah, died Nov. 5, 2016, at age 86. Dr. Hilding was a professor and medical researcher at Yale Medical School before going into private practice as an otolaryngologist in Price, Utah. He conducted research on deafness and helped to develop technology used to test newborns’ hearing. He is survived by his wife, Sonja; 5 children; and 8 grandchildren.

Frank J. Indihar, M.D., Class of 1967, Lilydale, Minn., died Oct. 23, 2016, at age 74. Dr. Indihar was an internist who served as president of the Ramsey County Medical Society and chaired the Minnesota delegation to the American Medical Association House of Delegates for several years. He delighted in mentoring medical students and completed his professional career as CEO of Bethesda Hospital and a vice president of Health-East. He is survived by his wife, Anita Pampusch.

Paul J. Isakson, M.D., Class of 1963, Eagle Point, Ore., died Sept. 25, 2016, at age 78. Dr. Isakson was a private practitioner in San Francisco with affiliations at various hospitals until he became medical director of Laguna Honda Hospital, where he served at the forefront of the AIDS crisis. He was preceded in death by his first life partner, Robert Noeltner. He is survived by his second life partner, James Johnson.

Anthony C. Jaspers, M.D., Class of 1973, Lake Crystal, Minn., died Jan. 15 at age 68. Dr. Jaspers was a family physician for 40 years and was named Minnesota Family Physician of the Year in 1998. He was preceded in death by 1 son. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 3 children; and 3 grandchildren.

Marvin W. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1952, Rochester, Minn., died Nov. 28, 2016, at age 93. Dr. Johnson was a general practitioner until 1971, when he became a radiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic. He then practiced radiology in Worthington, Minn., until 1990. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.

Sheldon M. Lagaard, M.D., Class of 1943, Minneapolis, died Aug. 17, 2016, at age 98. Dr. Lagaard served military medical duty in Western Europe during World War II before returning home to practice orthopaedics. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite; and 2 children. He is survived by 2 children, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Myron D. Olmanson, M.D., Class of 1956, St. Peter, Minn., died Oct. 17, 2016, at age 85. Dr. Olmanson practiced family medicine at the St. Peter Clinic until 1988, when he became certified in geriatrics and started the Olmanson Diagnostic Clinic. After retiring in 1995, Dr. Olmanson continued to serve as medical director for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home and the Health Care Center until 2011. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; 6 children; 18 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Dale H. Peterson, M.D., Class of 1972, Sapulpa, Okla., died Nov. 27, 2016, at age 69. Dr. Peterson was a family practitioner who served as president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians and chief of staff at Edmond Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; 2 daughters; and 5 granddaughters.

James J. Plorde, M.D., Class of 1959, Seattle, Wash., died Jan. 11 at age 82. Dr. Plorde was a professor of medicine at the University of Washington and chief of infectious disease and microbiology at the Seattle Veterans Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; 3 children; and 3 grandchildren.

Roger H. Princell, M.D., Class of 1960, Oxford, Ohio, died Oct. 4, 2016, at age 80. Dr. Princell was a family physician who served the Oxford community for 53 years. He is survived by his wife, Diane; 8 children; and 5 grandchildren. 

Barbara M. Puumala, M.D., Class of 1959, Cloquet, Minn., died Jan. 28 at age 82. Dr. Puumala was a family practitioner in northern Minnesota for 41 years. She is survived by her husband, Ricard; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

A. Bruce Sundberg, M.D., Class of 1956, Minneapolis, died Oct. 17, 2016, at age 88. Dr. Sundberg was an orthopaedic surgeon at Abbott Northwestern and Gillette Children’s hospitals and served as chief of staff during the merger of Abbott and Northwestern hospitals in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Janice; 4 children; and 10 grandchildren. 

Donald B. Swenson, M.D., Class of 1951, Spring Park, Minn., died Sept. 24, 2016, at age 92. Dr. Swenson specialized in adult cardiology with St. Paul Internists for 39 years and served on the University of Minnesota Medical School Admissions Committee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine. He is survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

Floyd J. Swenson, M.D., Class of 1958, Lyons, Colo., died Nov. 7, 2016, at age 84. Dr. Swenson was a family physician for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Delores; and 1 stepson. He is survived by his first wife, Ruth; 3 children; 1 stepdaughter; 4 grandchildren; and 2 step-grandchildren.

Ralph F. Wells, M.D., Class of 1957, San Antonio, Texas, died Aug. 10, 2016, at age 84. Dr. Wells was a gastroenterologist who completed many national and international medical assignments with the U.S. Army, including the care of President Lyndon B. Johnson, until 1976, when he joined San Antonio Medical Associates and practiced for 32 more years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara; and 1 son. He is survived by his wife, Ruth. 

 

Published on March 30, 2017