In Memoriam

Marvin Bacaner, M.D., Headshot

Marvin Bacaner, M.D., Golden Valley, Minn., died Aug. 16 at age 96. After earning his medical degree from Boston University, Dr. Bacaner joined the Medical School’s faculty in the Department of Physiology. During his career at the U of M, Dr. Bacaner developed bretylium, a lifesaving drug widely used to prevent and treat heart arrhythmias. In fact, Dr. Bacaner worked with former President Dwight Eisenhower’s physician to use bretylium to treat the president’s life-threatening arrhythmias. He also served as a physician in the 1960 Winter Olympics. Dr. Bacaner and his wife, Hadassah, established the Marvin Bacaner Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the Medical School to fund continued research into heart disease treatments.

Wesley J. Miller, M.D. Headshot

Wesley J. Miller, M.D., Roseville, Minn., died July 15 at age 71. A 1977 residency and 1980 fellowship alumnus of the Medical School, Dr. Miller was the Nesbitt Chair and head of the Department of Medicine from 2009 until his retirement in 2015. As a hematologist, he played an instrumental role in the U’s pioneering work in the field of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. Throughout his more than four-decade career at the U of M, Dr. Miller was dedicated to the education of medical students, residents, and faculty. In 2016, he won the Harold S. Diehl Award in recognition of his professional contributions to the Medical School, the U of M, and the community.

Herbert B. Ward,  M.D., Ph.D., Headshot

Herbert B. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 1977, St. Paul, Minn., died May 10 at age 71. Including his B.A. degree in biology, Dr. Ward was a three-time graduate of the U of M. He held the C. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Land-Grant Chair and was chief of the Medical School’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery until 2017. Dr. Ward was passionate about mentoring and training young doctors and was in charge of a team of surgeons who completed thousands of open-heart surgeries in the Twin Cities over the course of his career. A skilled clinician himself, Dr. Ward continued to perform surgeries until a few months before his death. 

Dennis A. Amundson, M.D., Class of 1974, Fergus Falls, Minn., died April 30 at age 70. Dr. Amundson practiced family medicine.

Frederick D. Arny, M.D., Class of 1962, Roseville, Minn., died Feb. 23 at age 82. Dr. Arny practiced internal medicine.

Donald A. Baker, M.D., Class of 1976, Spokane, Wash., died April 29 at age 74. Dr. Baker practiced family medicine.

Warren M. Bartholomae, M.D., Class of 1945, Goshen, Ohio, died Feb. 9 at age 98. Dr. Bartholomae practiced internal medicine.

William J. Buggy, M.D., Class of 1947, Milwaukee, Wis., died Aug. 16 at age 95. Dr. Buggy practiced obstetrics and gynecology.

W. Bruce Clark, M.D., Class of 1954, Roseville, Minn., died July 14 at age 90. Dr. Clark was an ophthalmologist.

Henry W. Cohen, M.D., Class of 1950, Minnetonka, Minn., died July 31 at age 97. Dr. Cohen was an internist.

John Craig Edgerton, M.D., Class of 1957, Aztec, N.M., died July 30 at age 87. Dr. Edgerton was an ear, nose, and throat surgeon.

Roberta J. Edwards, M.D., Class of 1990, Coon Rapids, Minn., died July 27 at age 68. Dr. Edwards practiced family medicine.

Peter J. Erickson, M.D., Class of 1981, Port Angeles, Wash., died April 10 at age 65. Dr. Erickson practiced family medicine.

Carleton C. Evans, M.D., Class of 1966, Manassas, Va., died April 2 at age 84. Dr. Evans was a radiologist.

James B. Flinn, M.D., Class of 1947, Redwood Falls, Minn., died Feb. 26 at age 94. Dr. Flinn practiced family medicine.

Kenneth G. Henry, M.D., Class of 1952, Owatonna, Minn., died March 12 at age 98. Dr. Henry practiced family medicine.

Thomas E. Hinck, M.D., Class of 1983, New Richmond, Wis., died May 24 at age 63. Dr. Hinck practiced family and emergency medicine.

David L. Hunter, M.D., Class of 1974, Scotts Valley, Calif., died July 26 at age 70. Dr. Hunter practiced emergency medicine.

Bradley D. Johnson, M.D., Class of 1963, Plymouth, Minn., died May 11 at age 81. Dr. Johnson practiced family medicine.

John B. LaLonde, M.D., Class of 1960, Grand Forks, N.D., died June 24 at age 89. Dr. LaLonde was a general surgeon.

John E. Larkin Jr., M.D., Class of 1960, St. Paul, Minn., died July 14 at age 88. Dr. Larkin was an orthopaedic surgeon.

John G. Maley, M.D., Class of 1967, Easton, Md., died May 24 at age 77. Dr. Maley was a radiologist.

David L. Mickelson, M.D., Class of 1976, Minneapolis, died Feb. 8 at age 68. Dr. Mickelson practiced family medicine.

Charles M. Moss III, M.D., Class of 1998, St. Paul, Minn., died Feb. 14 at age 50. Dr. Moss was a psychiatrist.

Gene C. Muchow, M.D., Class of 1957, Austin, Minn., died Feb. 18 at age 87. Dr. Muchow practiced family medicine.

Raymond W. Scallen, M.D., Class of 1952, Minneapolis, died Feb. 25 at age 93. Dr. Scallen practiced internal medicine.

Martin A. Segal, M.D., Class of 1944, Minneapolis, died Aug. 25 at age 98. Dr. Segal was a pathologist.

John B. Sombeck, M.D., Class of 1956, Pekin, Ill., died Aug. 27 at age 88. Dr. Sombeck was an orthopaedic surgeon.

Terry A. Sorom, M.D., Class of 1966, Wenatchee, Wash., died July 6 at age 79. Dr. Sorom was an ophthalmologist.

Thomas A. Stolee, M.D., Class of 1958, Northfield, Minn., died March 17 at age 84. Dr. Stolee was a pathologist.

Richard E. Streu, M.D., Class of 1960, Minneapolis, died March 18 at age 89. Dr. Streu practiced family medicine.

Hildegard J. Virnig, M.D., Class of 1948, St. Cloud, Minn., died Feb. 17 at age 93. Dr. Virnig practiced family medicine.

Harold M. Wexler, M.D., Class of 1951, St. Louis Park, Minn., died July 19 at age 93. Dr. Wexler practiced internal medicine.

Philip J. Worrell, M.D., Class of 1960, Golden Valley, Minn., died June 3 at age 86. Dr. Worrell practiced family medicine.

Published on October 15, 2019