In Memoriam

Portrait of Kenneth Covey

Kenneth W. Covey, M.D., Class of 1943, Moorhead, Minn., died June 28 at age 96. Dr. Covey began his medical practice in Mahnomen, Minn., serving as the county’s only physician. After completing an orthopaedic surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, he practiced in Crookston and Moorhead. Dr. Covey established free clinics for Mexican-American migrants, volunteered at free clinics for children, and established health clinics for the homeless in Fargo and Moorhead. He received the Harold S. Diehl Award from the Medical Alumni Society in 1985 and in 1992 shared a McKnight Human Service Award with his wife, Grace, who preceded him in death. He is survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Portrait of Richard DeWall

Richard A. DeWall, M.D., Class of 1952, Appleton, Minn., died Aug. 15 at age 89. In 1955 Dr. DeWall cocreated the first workable, portable bubble oxygenator, which quickly became the model used around the world for open-heart surgery. Dr. DeWall served as chair of the surgery department at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital from 1962 to 1966, and then moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he began the open-heart surgery program at Kettering Hospital. Sensing a growing need for doctors in Dayton-area hospitals, he enlisted support for the creation of the School of Medicine at Wright State University. He also established the general surgery residency training program at Kettering, serving as its director from 1970 to 1976. A prolific inventor who paved the way for many medical innovations, Dr. DeWall will be remembered as a true visionary. He is survived by his wife, Diane; 3 daughters; and 7 grandchildren.

Portrait of James White

James G. White, M.D., Class of 1955, Minneapolis, died July 8 at age 86. Dr. White spent more than 50 years working at the University of Minnesota, specializing in hematology research until his retirement in 2014 as a Regents Professor. Acknowledged widely as the top platelet doctor in the world, he pioneered the use of the electron microscope to study platelets and was responsible for major breakthroughs in the treatment of bleeding and clotting disorders. Dr. White received numerous awards throughout his life, including the Harold S. Diehl Award from the Medical Alumni Society in 2005 and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He was preceded in death by 2 sons. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 3 children; and 6 grandchildren.


Bradley E. Appelbaum, M.D., Class of 1959, Overland Park, Kan., died June 27 at age 82. Dr. Appelbaum worked as a federal advocate for maternal and child health for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.

Russell Boehlke, M.D., Class of 1955, Fort Collins, Colo., died July 17 at age 88. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Boehlke introduced intraocular lens implantation to northern Colorado. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter. He is survived by his wife, Donna; 4 children; 18 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Louis A. Buie Jr., M.D., Class of 1952, Edina, Minn., died May 11 at age 88. Dr. Buie served as chief of staff and chief of surgery at Fairview Hospital Downtown and Fairview Southdale Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Joann; 5 children; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Leland R. Christenson, M.D., Class of 1957, Laporte, Minn., died June 19 at age 85. Dr. Christenson was a family practitioner, and later, an emergency physician and medical director for a nursing home. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter and 1 grandson. He is survived by his wife, Biddie; 2 children; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter.

Joshua A. Clark, M.D., Class of 2002, formerly of La Crescent, Minn., died April 14 at age 45.

James A. Donaldson, M.D., Class of 1954, Redmond, Wash., died March 20 at age 86. Dr. Donaldson was a renowned ear surgeon and professor whose 1967 book is still the standard medical school text in its field. He is survived
by his wife, Maylie; 5 children; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

James P. Dudley Jr., M.D., Class of 1957, San Mateo, Calif., died June 5 at age 83. Dr. Dudley was an otolaryngologist in private practice until 1976, when he joined the faculty at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, and eventually retired from Kaiser Permanente. He is survived by his wife, Ann; 3 children; and 5 grandchildren.

Per Freitag, Ph.D., M.D., Class of 1973, Springfield, Ill., died Feb. 5 at age 73. Dr. Freitag was an orthopaedic surgeon who loved both the practice and teaching of medicine. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol. He is survived by his second wife, Lynn; 3 children; and 2 grandchildren.

Anthony C. Gholz, M.D., Class of 1945, Fort Gratiot, Mich., died July 12 at age 95. Dr. Gholz was a pediatrician in Port Huron, Mich., for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Heidi. He is survived by 3 sons, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Paul T. Grimes, M.D., Class of 1954, Park Rapids, Minn., died July 13 at age 89. Dr. Grimes practiced medicine in Park Rapids for 34 years and served as the Hubbard County coroner for 4 years after retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean. He is survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Ashley T. Hasti, Class of 2017, Brooklyn Park, Minn., died June 2 at age 31. Ms. Hasti was planning to apply to residencies in psychiatry upon her graduation from the Medical School. She is survived by her father and sister.

William G. Heegaard, M.D., Class of 1952, died Aug. 28 at age 89. Dr. Heegaard was a family practitioner in Alexandria, Minn., until his retirement, when he and his wife, Josie, traveled the world, providing health care to underserved communities. He was preceded in death by Josie. He is survived by 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Leong Y. W. Hom, Class of 1948, North Bend, Wash., died April 30 at age 93. Dr. Hom was a family practitioner for 43 years and a founding member of the Fergus Falls Medical Group, P.A. He was preceded in death by his wife, Syen. He is survived by 4 sons and several grandchildren.

Robert B. Jacobson, M.D., Class of 1970, Eugene, Ore., died April 9 at age 71. Dr. Jacobson practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Eugene for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, Linda; 2 children; and 7 grandchildren.

Douglas V. Jewson, M.D., Class of 1966, Lake Carlos, Minn., died April 28 at age 75. Following military service as chief of medicine and cardiology at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan., Dr. Jewson was in private practice until 2000. He is survived by his wife, Diane; 5 children; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Morris R. Katkov, M.D., Class of 1954, Aptos, Calif., died June 9 at age 91. Dr. Katkov was in private practice for many years before becoming a staff physician/surgeon at the California
Veterans Home in Yountville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by 4 children and 2 grandchildren. 

George W. Lund, M.D., Class of 1946, Minneapolis, died April 24 at age 93. In 1951 Dr. Lund was a founder of the St. Louis Park Medical Center, which ultimately became the Park Nicollet Clinic. He was one of the first pediatric cardiologists in Minnesota and practiced at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital during its formative years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

Richard P. Lynch, M.D., Class of 1957, St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 21 at age 83. Dr. Lynch practiced pathology until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Jean; 3 children; and 1 granddaughter.

Timothy J. Meade, M.D., Class of 1986, Golden Valley, Minn., died Sept. 3 at age 56. After working in Russia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic, Dr. Meade founded Tiny Tim and Friends, a nonprofit providing lifesaving treatment for HIV-positive children and pregnant women in Lusaka, Zambia. He is survived by one son, his parents, and 6 siblings.

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Paul S. Paulson, M.D., Class of 1956, Spokane, Wash., died June 12 at age 87. Dr. Paulson was chief of radiology at Providence Hospital in Seattle for 25 years and also served as chief of staff. He was preceded in death by 1 daughter. He is survived by his wife, Denise; and 2 sons.

Arnold O. Rholl, M.D., Class of 1948, St. Paul, Minn., died June 5 at age 90. Dr. Rholl was a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy for 5 years before completing his radiology residency and joining the staff at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis. He is survived by his wife, Lois; 4 children; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. 

Homer H. Russ, M.D., Class of 1959, Green Cove Springs, Fla., died May 28 at age 82. Dr. Russ spent the first part of his medical career as a general practitioner in small Minnesota towns. In 1974 he completed a fellowship in therapeutic radiology and spent the remainder of his career working as a radiation oncologist. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; 3 daughters; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Steven A. Schwendeman, M.D., Class of 1978, Edmond, Okla., died Feb. 19 at age 63. Dr. Schwendeman was a family practitioner who became board certified in aerospace and occupational medicine and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. He is survived by his wife, Becky; 1 son; and one grandchild. 

Diane L. Sorenson, M.D., Class of 1982, Dubuque, Iowa, died June 7 at age 59. In 1986 Dr. Sorenson joined Dubuque Internal Medicine as its first female internist. She is survived by her husband, Allen Meurer; and 2 children.

John M. Streitz Sr., M.D., Class of 1951, Duluth, Minn., died April 15 at age 90. Dr. Streitz practiced urology at St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s hospitals, serving as chief of staff at both. He also taught at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia. He is survived by 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Robert S. Swenson, M.D., Class of 1958, Stanford, Calif., died Feb. 12 at age 82. Dr. Swenson was a nephrologist at Stanford Medical School when he performed the first kidney transplant on the West Coast. In 1989 he was appointed chief of staff at the Livermore VA Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Carol; 2 daughters; and 4 grandchildren. 

Dennis P. Welcome, M.D., Class of 1961, Palm Desert, Calif., died March 27 at age 79. Dr. Welcome was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Drummond Medical Group and operating at Ridgecrest Community Hospital for 28 years. He was preceded in death by 1 son. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 2 sons; and 3 grandchildren.


Published on October 24, 2016