In Memoriam

Northwestern Medicine expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the following alumni (listed in order of their graduation year) and faculty who have recently passed away.

Pioneer in Anesthesiology

When Edmond I. Eger II, ’55 MD, graduated from Northwestern’s medical school, there was not a standard method for measuring the effects of anesthesia on patients. In the decade to come, working as a young anesthesiologist and scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, Eger developed a fundamental unit of anesthetic potency now universally used to determine the appropriate dose of anesthetic gas to give patients in the operating room. His innovation — the minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) — made anesthesia safer for millions of people.

Eger went on to identify the processes governing the onset, uptake and distribution of inhaled anesthetics into the lungs and body tissues and how quickly anesthetics are removed at the end of anesthesia. His work provided precise guidance on how to administer inhaled anesthetics safely and effectively during surgery. Using these concepts, he later identified new anesthetic drugs — isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane — that are mainstays of modern practice today.


Sam A. Marascalco, ’43 DDS, of Tucson, Ariz., died in February 2017.

George A. Besbekos, ’47 DDS, of Longwood, Fla., died Jan. 2.

William B. Fischer, ’47 MD, ’52 GME, of Fontana, Wis., died Feb. 28.

Herbert W. Goodman, ’47 DDS, of Portland, Ore., died Feb. 16.

Robert J. Crum, ’50 DDS, of Boise, Idaho, died Feb. 14.

Jack T. Turpin, ’50 MD, of Tacoma, Wash., died Dec. 12, 2016.

Jack T. Brown, ’51 DDS, of Decatur, Ill., died March 29.

Dale R. Drew, ’51 MD, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Sept. 1.

Robert W. Schlitts, ’51 DDS, of Port Huron, Mich., died Oct. 6, 2016.

Frank B. Anshutz, ’52 DDS, of Terre Haute, Ind., died Feb. 12.

Rosemary E. Brodie, ’52 MD, of Portland, Ore., died March 7.

David H. Farnham, ’52 MD, of Missoula, Mont., died June 27.

William R. Thompson, ’52 DDS, of Manitowoc, Wis., died Feb. 10.

Donald G. Cannan, ’53 DDS, of San Bernardino, Calif., died Jan. 18.

Robert P. Jordheim, ’54 MD, of Fargo, N.D., died May 31.

Earl M. Mumford, ’54 MD, of Bradenton, Fla., died Aug. 1.

Donald Dunbar, ’55 DDS, of Redding, Calif., died Feb. 8.

Edmond I. Eger, ’55 MD, of Tiburon, Calif., died Aug. 26.

Marcella Heller Owens, ’55 DDS, of Valparaiso, Ind., died March 4.

David B. Stevens, ’55 MD, of Lexington, Ky., died Feb. 8.

Leroy “Lee” A. Ecklund, ’56 MD, of Madison, Wis., died July 23.

John A. Gallios, ’56 DDS, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died March 23.

Alfred L. Thompson Jr., ’56 MD, of Austin, Texas, died July 1.

Garth M. Blanch, ’58 DDS, of Ogden, Utah, died April 3.

John E. Brasel, ’58 MD, of East Moline, Ill., died June 20.

Theodore C. Rozema, ’60 MD, of Landrum, S.C., died June 9.

Philip M. Miller, ’61 MD, of Short Hills, N.J., died Aug. 5.

John J. Marrella, ’64 MD, of Northbrook, Ill., died Aug. 26.

Jarrold R. Schaefer, ’64 DDS, of Fort Morgan, Colo., died March 24.

Richard L. Bettenhausen, ’66 MD, ’67 GME, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Dec. 21, 2016.

Richard A. Fallows, ’66 DDS, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., died March 21.

Daniel Lovrinic, MD, ’68 GME, of Sugarloaf, Pa., died July 9.

Charles E. Smith, ’69 MD, ’70 GME, of Boise, Idaho, died July 11.

Thomas J. Kehoe, MD, ’75, ’77 GME, of Santa Fe, N.M., died May 19.

Cynthia Ogden, ’75 CERT, of Springfield, Ill., died July 30.

Charles C. Hedde, ’78 MD, ’81, ’82 GME, of Vincennes, Ind., died Aug. 13.

Donald D. Perry, ’81 DDS, of Chicago, died Feb. 18.

Todd A. Graham, ’86 MD, ’90 GME, of South Bend, Ind., died July 26.

June M. Harrison, ’90 DDS, of Palatine, Ill., died April 5.


Susan J. Accardi-Muller, MD, instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, died August 4.

Patricia May Barger, ’63 PhD,  former adjunct professor of Pediatrics, Seattle, Washington, died February 25.

Roger B. Cole, MDclinical professor of Pediatrics, Winnetka, Illinois, died July 15.

Mihai Gheorghiade, MDprofessor of Medicine and Surgery, Chicago, Illinois, died August 23.