Frederic J. Kottke, a pioneer in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has died

Frederic J. “Fritz” Kottke, M.D., Ph.D., a past chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Minnesota passed away at the age of 96 on May 23, 2014.

Dr. Kottke helped establish PM&R at the University of Minnesota in 1952. He was the first chair of the department and remained so until his retirement in 1982.

His accomplishments in research, education, leadership and patient care were recognized internationally.

He will be remembered fondly by the many physicians and rehabilitation specialists he helped train and inspire. Please see his online obituary for more details about his career.