PassagesOur Friends, Remembered

Below we pay tribute to recently deceased alumni, faculty, students and friends. Because we are not always aware of deaths in the larger UW Medicine community, we gratefully accept your notifications. Our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones.




  • Sally S. Behnke
    Born Sept. 21, 1923, in Seattle, Wash.
    Died Dec. 12, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

Additional Passages

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  • Conrad A. DeLateur, M.D., Res. ’40
  • Wallace A. Coburn, M.D., Res. ’51
    Born June 30, 1924
    Died Nov. 4, 2008
  • Robert V. Devito, M.D. ’53, Res. ’60 (surgery)
  • Lynn D. Mcglynn, M.D. ’55
    Died July 1989
  • Robert B. Voynow, M.D. ’55
    Born June 20, 1928
  • Bert Degroot, M.D. ’56
    Born April 1924
    Died March 1994
  • Neal E. McCarthy, M.D., Res. ’57
    Born Aug. 1919
    Died Sept. 1993
  • Bruce K. Wightman, M.D. ’59
    Born May 30, 1926
    Died Feb. 20, 2001
  • Robert Silber, M.D., Fel. ’61 (hematology)
    Born Jan. 4, 1931
    Died Nov. 3, 1998
  • Daniel F. Marriott, M.D. ’66
    Born Dec. 31, 1939
  • Thomas G. Coles, Jr., PA-C (Seattle Class 1)
    Born Jan. 2, 1946
    Died Feb. 1, 2008
  • Richard L. Blandau, M.D. ’72, Res. ’78 (internal medicine)
    Born July 10, 1944
    Died Oct. 24, 1994
  • Roger Ranch, PA-C (Seattle Class 6)
    Died Dec. 22, 2010
    George B. Randall, PA-C (Seattle Class 4)
  • Deborah R. Worthington, PA-C (Seattle Class 9)
  • Joe Patton, PA-C (Seattle Class 17)
    Born Nov. 11, 1940
    Died May 26, 2009
  • Gary D. Cieslack, M.D., Res. ’91 (anesthesiology)
    Born Feb. 10, 1958
    Died Jan. 30, 2009
  • Wen-Yee Shaw, PA-C (Seattle Class 26)
    Born Aug. 19, 1952
    Died Aug. 3, 2009
  • Matthew S. Sell, M.D. (faculty)
    Born Jan. 22, 1954
    Died Aug. 11, 2012
  • Doris M. Watson, M.D., Res. (physical medicine and rehabilitation)
  • M. D. Martin, M.D., Res


Aubrey C. (Aub) Tanner, M.D. ’51

Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Vancouver, B.C.
Died Jan. 14, 2014, in White Rock, B.C.

Aubrey C. Tanner, M.D., grew up on a tiny farm in Coquitlam, B.C., where the family grew much of their own food and the children learned early the value of family, frugality and hard work. He attended the University of British Columbia and then entered medical school at the University of Washington. In 1951, the newly minted Dr. Tanner felt the call of the north and moved to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to begin his practice. He made the Yukon his home for the next 28 years, and, in many respects, thought himself a Yukoner for the rest of his life.

In Whitehorse, he met his life-mate Margaret (Peg) Lewis, and their family grew to include three daughters and a son. By 1962, with stints in London and Vancouver, Dr. Tanner completed his specialist training as a general surgeon. As the only surgeon resident in the Yukon during most of the 1960s, he worked long and hard.

In 1968, the family moved for two years to the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia, where Dr. Tanner served as a surgical consultant at urban hospitals and as a general practitioner in small rural clinics. Following another decade back in Whitehorse, he and his wife moved to Papua New Guinea, where he worked as surgical consultant, clinical instructor and mentor to of young surgeons. The Tanners returned to Canada in 1983 and made Vancouver their base for his locums in Vancouver, Quesnel, Inuvik and Whitehorse until he retired from medical practice in 1989.

A new stage of their lives began when the Tanners moved to Nico Wynd (South Surrey) in 1996. They enjoyed golf, swimming and new friendships, which helped to sustain Dr. Tanner after Peg died in 2007. Dr. Tanner was warm, gracious and caring man with a wonderful sense of curiosity and humor. He was interested in all the world had to offer and enjoyed good books, plays, movies and bridge tournaments. Traveling the globe was passion, as were outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming.

Dr. Tanner is survived by his children: Kim (Brian McWatters), Mark (Susan Smith), Jill (Colm Seviour), and Trix (Ken Knutson); his grandchildren: Grant, Joaquin, Casey, Kathleen, Eleni, Jamie, Laura, Declan, Aven and Tori; his sister, Florence; his brother, Gordon; and many friends.

Frank G. Kassebaum, M.D. ’52

Born Aug. 1, 1919, in Sunnyside, Wash.
Died June 28, 2013

Frank George Kassebaum, M.D. ’52, passed away about a month shy of age 94. He was still practicing medicine through his 89th birthday. Dr. Kassebaum attended several of his class reunions and always had fond memories of his time at the University of Washington. As a World War II veteran, he covered part of his tuition through the GI bill, but during medical school he also worked many nights as a chief engineer on merchant ships, overseeing repairs or maintaining engines. He once explained to his son that the war had taught him how to grab sleep when you could — reflection of the hard work and values he learned growing up on the family farm in Sunnyside, Wash.

Salud S. Abrose, M.D., Res. ’55

Born April 18, 1969, in The Philippines
Died Feb. 11, 2013

Dr. Abrose practiced family medicine in Stockton, Calif.

Garnet Wynne, M.D., ’56

Born Dec. 3, 1930, in Havre, Mont.
Died June 21, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif.

Dr. Garnet Wynne, M.D. ’56, did an internship and residency in orthopaedics with the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Triple Army Hospital in Honolulu. Upon his release from the Army in 1965, he joined his Army mentor and friend, Dr. Lloyd Taylor, in the practice of orthopaedics at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Together they graduated more than 100 orthopaedic surgeons from the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Wynne formally retired in 2005. He was an avid golfer and golf collector and a member of the Olympic Gold Club, Silverado Gold Club and Bally Union in Ireland. He died at home after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Hannah, four daughters from his first marriage, 10 grandchildren, and his brothers Tom and Patrick, sister Penny, and friend and caregiver Lilia Rosel and her family.

John C. H. Laudan, M.D., ’57

Born Nov. 1, 1931, in Milden, Saskatchewan
Died Sept. 14, 2013, in Vancouver, B.C.

John Carl Harold Laudan, M.D., ’57, died suddenly of a heart attack while hospitalized and recovering from unrelated surgery. After earning a medical degree, he interned in Vancouver, B.C.; then he joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as a captain in 1958 and served for three years at Fort Churchill, Manitoba. Returning to Vancouver to train as a radiologist, he earned specialist certification in 1965 and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1972. Dr. Laudan practiced for many years in Vancouver at Associated Diagnostic Radiologists, retiring in 2010.

Dr. Laudan was a portrait and landscape painter, a classicist, an erudite scholar in many areas, a figure skater, a singer, a pianist, an accomplished sabre fencer, a dancer, a rider and a linguist (he spoke four languages). He was an enthusiastic follower of politics and made many friends among the principals and followers of the conservative political magazine National Review, which he read attentively throughout much of his life. During an eventful life, he found time to be married five times: twice to Lesley, who was the love of his life. He is survived by his wife, Lesley; his children, Alyne and Hamilton and their mother, Marion; Dirk (Mina) and Carl; his grandchildren, Nicholas and Suhana, his sister, Barbara, and many others.

Blaine S. Boyden, M.D., Int. ’58

Born May 7, 1929, in Kauai, Hawaii
Died Nov. 6, 2012, in Calif.

Blaine Scott Boyden, M.D., ’58, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1952 with a pre-med degree while also earning All-American recognition as a member of Dartmouth’s team. He earned a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. After completing residency in 1961 at Columbia University in New York, where he met his wife, nursing student Nancy Cusack, he practiced ophthalmology for 40 years in San Francisco. He and Nancy raised their four children in Greenbrae, Calif. As a husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, a doctor, a friend and a coach, Blaine was a man of the highest principles and values whose discipline and perseverance were unmatched. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Cusack Boyden, their children, Patty Boyden Patsel, B. Scott, Jr., Tom and Mike, along with 11 grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Wilske, M.D. ’59, Res. ’62, Fel. ’64

Born Jan. 4, 1935, in American Falls, Idaho
Died Sept. 17, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

Kenneth R. Wilske, M.D., ’59, Res. ’62, Fel. ’64, was born to Emil and Emelia Wilske on Jan. 4, 1935, in American Falls, Idaho, and died suddenly on the afternoon of Sept.17, 2013, as he prepared to tee off for his weekly golf game in Fall City, Wash.

Dr. Wilske attended middle school and high school in Nampa, Idaho, and was a superb student. During his sophomore-year geometry class, he became friends with an equally bright classmate, Janean, who would become his lifetime partner and wife of 54 years.

In 1955, Dr. Wilske graduated with honors and a B.A. in biology from the College of Idaho. He graduated from the UW School of Medicine, then completed a medical residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, in 1961. He then returned to the UW for a two-year fellowship program. After joining Seattle’s Virginia Mason Clinic in 1964, word of his diagnostic expertise spread and he quickly became a go-to resource for the clinic’s most complicated medical cases. During his 40-year career, Dr. Wilske took on many leadership positions at Virginia Mason, including serving as the section head of rheumatology and clinical immunology, deputy chief of medicine and head of the continuing medical education program. In support of his field, he served as president of the Northwest Society for Clinical Research and the Northwest Rheumatism Society, and he was a member of the FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee.

Dr. Wilske authored or co-authored 76 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous books and book chapters for medical colleagues and the public. His contributions to clinical research culminated in the development of a new paradigm and strategy for early aggressive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis to control disease activity prior to joint damage, disease resistance and increasing drug toxicity. Known as “inverting the therapeutic pyramid,” this concept is now a standard approach for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other collagen-vascular diseases. In recognition of Dr. Wilske’s contributions, the American College of Rheumatology awarded him the honor of Master of Rheumatology in 2000 and the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award in 2001. Over 32 years, he also contributed to the development and growth of Seattle’s Benaroya Research Institute, serving as president of the board of trustees, chairman of the executive committee and chairman of the long-range planning committee.

A loyal alumnus of the UW School of Medicine, Dr. Wilske joined the alumni association in 1964, and he served in many leadership positions until his death. In 2005, he proudly received the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

While Dr. Wilske’s contributions to medicine brought him recognition, he always said that “the destination of life is the journey.” He enjoyed every day of that journey, whether he was working with his patients, traveling the world with friends, puttering in his garden, indulging his granddaughters with chocolate sundaes or just walking his dogs through the neighborhood.

After a 40-year career at Virginia Mason, Dr. Wilske retired in 2004. His lasting legacy was recognized through the creation of the Wilske Center for Translational Research at Virginia Mason and the Benaroya Research Institute’s Kenneth R. Wilske Lecture Series in Science and Medicine.

Dr. Wilske is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janean; three daughters, Lisa, Ashley and Kendell (Jon); three granddaughters, Isabella, Claire and Michaela; and his sister, Kathleen.

Arthur C. Brown, Ph.D. ’60 (physiology and biophysics)

Born Feb. 7, 1929
Died Jan. 8, 2013

Arthur C. Brown, Ph.D., was a professor of physiology and pharmacology of at Oregon Health & Science University. He conducted research on the neurophysiology and vascular function of the mouth and teeth.

Robert I. Lindemeyer, M.D. ’61

Born June 19, 1932, in Kirkwood, Mo.
Died July 4, 2013, in Mercer Island, Wash.

Dr. Lindemeyer practiced family medicine, with specialties in diabetes care and infectious disease, at Lakeshore Clinic in Kirkland, Wash.

Hart D. Peterson, M.D., Res. ’62

Born 1933
Died July 24, 2013, in Scituate, Mass.

Hart (Pete) DeCoudres Peterson, M.D., Res. ’62, was a pioneer in the study of pediatric neurology with a specialty in epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. Much of his career was spent at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center, where he was chair of the Department of Pediatric Neurology until he went into private practice in 1998. His great passion was teaching the next generation of doctors.

Dr. Peterson was an avid reader, consuming two to three books a week and several newspapers each day. His passion for music ranged from old-time banjo to opera. His hunger for creativity led him to become a master Nantucket basket weaver, and he enjoyed teaching classes on weaving at the Norwell Science Center. He was also an ardent photographer and writer, and he and his wife, Deborah, produced numerous articles on seaside gardening. Dr. Peterson demonstrated his love for his community by serving in various positions, from president of neighborhood associations to membership on town boards. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, children Earl and Pamela, eight grandchildren, and three brothers: Bruce, Mark and Joel.

William D. Lenzi, M.D. ’68

Born July 22, 1941, in Idaho Falls, Idaho
Died Oct. 6, 2013, in Boise, Idaho

William D. Lenzi, M.D. ’68, was a gifted orthopaedic hand surgeon and a fifth-generation Idahoan who generously provided leadership and insight to some of Idaho’s top medical, educational and botanical institutions.

Dr. Lenzi completed an internship at Cambridge City Hospital and then entered a Harvard surgery residency at Boston City Hospital. Following two years of military service at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I., he completed the Harvard Service/Tufts Orthopedics residency and a fellowship. Dr. Lenzi moved his family to Boise, Idaho, where he became the state’s first board-certified orthopaedic hand surgeon and also introduced arthroscopic orthopaedic surgery. In 1981, he established Intermountain Hand Clinic and focused on joint reconstruction of hands and arms damaged by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Dr. Lenzi’s combination of superb surgical skill and sense of humor helped put his patients at ease, and he committed to treating the whole patient, not just the injury. These attributes, in addition to his wonderful wit and contagious laughter, endeared him to patients, nurses and fellow physicians.

Among other accomplishments and honors, his clinical peers recognized him five times as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Lenzi also chaired the Orthopedic Institute at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center from 1996 to 1998, and he served on the institute’s board of directors. He retired in June 2012.

In addition to his commitment to the health of the community, Dr. Lenzi was passionate about volunteering and supporting others. He quietly gave scholarships to numerous nurses and nursing staff so they could further their education. From 1984 to 1996, Dr. Lenzi served on the College of Idaho Board of Trustees. He had a deep knowledge of botany and wildlife and was a founding member of the Idaho Botanical Gardens and the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society. He also was a member of the Boise Art Museum and its Collector’s Forum.

Dr. Lenzi is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lois; his three daughters, Sonya Lenzi, Kendra Lenzi (Tad Arnt), and Nicole Lenzi Amideo (Bret Amideo); three grandchildren, Ben and Alex Arnt, and Anne Amideo; his brother, Michael Lenzi; and other family members.

Joseph A. Moylan, Jr., M.D., Res. ’69

Born July 14, 1938, in Hartford, Conn.
Died May 16, 2013, in Durham, N.C.

Joseph Anthony Moylan, Jr., M.D., Res. ’69, received his medical degree from Boston University, after which he completed training in surgery at the University of Washington. After serving for four years as a major in the U.S. Army, Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, he became chief of the burn unit at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 1975, he joined the Duke University faculty as chief of the trauma service and professor of surgery, and he was instrumental in the formation of Duke Hospital’s Life Flight program. From 1994 to 1997, he was the Lucille & DeWitt Daughtry Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami. He then resumed practice as professor of surgery at Duke until his retirement in 2007. Even after retirement, he continued as an attending surgeon at the VA Medical Center in Durham.

A man who was motivated by his deep faith and commitment to community, Dr. Moylan, with his wife, Ann Carole, founded the Durham Nativity School in 2001. This tuition-free middle school for inner-city, underserved boys, supports youth through college, with the goal of returning young men to the Durham area to give back to the community.

Dr. Moylan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Carole McGurkin Moylan; his children, Sean P. (Cara) Moylan, Michael F. (Morgan) Moylan, Brendan J. (Cindy) Moylan, Maura M. Sullivan, Kiernan P. (Krissy) Moylan and Katie M. (Darin) Little; 20 grandchildren and a sister, Sally McGurkin.

Linden J. Bishop, M.D. ’76

Born Feb 1, 1951, in Council, Idaho
Died Aug. 18, 2013, in Orofino, Idaho

Linden J. Bishop, M.D. ’76, developed an interest in medicine as a child when he cared for animals in distress on the family ranch; Pepto-Bismol for a sick dog and a hot toddy for a suffering cow were his early treatments. He also worked in the garden and hay fields, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and roaming the surrounding mountains. He financed his education at the University of Idaho by working as a logger, fisheries researcher and fireman. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed a residency in Morgantown, W.Va. Dr. Linden loved his career as a family practice and emergency room physician and had a great passion for medicine and learning. He touched the hearts of his patients because he was willing to take time to help them understand and let them know he cared.

Dr. Linden took great joy spending time with his immediate and extended family, boating on Dworshak Reservoir, swimming and floating the rivers and creeks of the Clearwater Valley, hiking with the Boy Scouts, attending hunting camp with his brothers and cousins and skiing and motor biking with his children. Dr. Linden is survived by his wife, Diana; his mother, Mary Bishop; brothers Dennis (Jerrie Ann) Bishop, David (Louise) Bishop, and Rocky (Crysti) Bishop; sister Mary Jane (Don) Fluharty; sons Ashley and Brandon; and daughter Amber.

Candace Gleason, R.N., PA-C (Seattle Class 10)

Born in Portland, Ore.
Died May 19, 2013, in Palmer, Alaska

Candy Gleason graduated from the University of Oregon Nursing School in 1971. She moved to Nome, Alaska, in 1972 as a Jesuit volunteer, then worked as a nurse at Maynard McDougal Hospital (donating her salary to the local Catholic radio station) and later for Norton Sound Health Corporation. While in Nome, she enjoyed camping and was active in a theater group. Ms. Gleason moved to Palmer, Alaska, in 1990, and in 1997, she became the owner of Neighbor to Neighbor Health Care. She also sang with Cantora Arctica. She is survived by her husband, Steve McComb; her daughter, Jackie McComb; her brothers, Norbert Gleason and Dennis Gleason; and her sister, Jackie Barnes.

Steve P. Nakanishi, M.D. ’77

Born Nov. 21, 1950, in Seattle, Wash.
Died Nov. 1, 2013, in Chino Hills, Calif.

Steve Nakanishi, M.D. ’77, served in the Peace Corps in Tonga after earning a medical degree. He married the love of his life, Diana, and was blessed with two sons. He practiced family medicine at Kaiser Permanente for 34 years. Dr. Nakanishi is survived by his wife, Diana; his sons, Robert and Paul; his father, Ted; his brother, Gary; his sister, Sharon (Terry) Acena; and other family members.

Ellen Harder, PA-C (Seattle Class 12)

Born Nov. 14, 1932, in Missouri Valley, Iowa
Died Sept. 17, 2013, in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Ellen Harder, PA-C (Seattle Class 12), died at her Gig Harbor Home on Sept. 17, 2013. Born in Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Vera McElroy and Ralph Lee Jones, Ms. Harder grew up with a passion for singing and reading and an insatiable curiosity about all natural things. While she was still in grade school, her family moved from Iowa to Bainbridge Island, Wash., where she explored the local beaches and woods. She dreamed of becoming a nurse, but deferred schooling to marry Philip Eugene Harder in 1953, to raise Kerry and John, her children, and to help support her family. Ms. Harder also held a variety of student service positions at schools in Colorado, where her children were born, California and Oregon.

After a divorce in 1974, life began anew when Ms. Harder decided to realize her dream of working as a healthcare professional; she trained as an emergency medical technician. A year later, she earned her license as a radiology technician, and, in 1977, she became physician assistant in orthopaedics. Ms. Harder completed her physician assistant certificate at MEDEX Northwest in 1979, and, for the next 12 years, she provided quality healthcare to small communities throughout Washington. Her dedication and passion led to a position at MEDEX as a clinical coordinator and lecturer. During that time, Ms. Harder helped develop training programs for PAs in rural Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Nevada. Upon her retirement in 1998, she was appointed to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, where she served as a powerful advocate of PA roles in talking to physicians, regulators and policymakers. MEDEX Northwest honored Ms. Harder with the lifetime achievement award in 2007.

Ms. Harder’s work and personal travels took her all over the nation and the world, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Yap, Thailand, Oman, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Wherever she worked or traveled, she forged deep, abiding relationships. Ms. Harder believed in the power of change, and she was a powerful advocate for those who had no voice. As a long-time member of the worldwide network Women in Black, she was committed to finding solutions to problems through peace and justice. She inspired countless people with her love and respect for humanity.

Ms. Harder is survived by her siblings: Joy Minsinger, Judy Dulay and Chuck Jones; her son, John Harder; her daughter, Kerry Harder (Ray Montoya); and granddaughters Maya and Solita Harder-Montoya.

Roy A. E. Bakay, M.D., Res. ’82

Born March 5, 1949
Died Sept. 5, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.

Roy A. E. Bakay, M.D., Res. ’82, was a neurosurgeon and a leading authority on Parkinson’s disease. He specialized in surgery for movement disorders and conducted research on neural tissue transplantation and gene therapy techniques. He also was instrumental in developing cutting-edge stereotactic surgery for Parkinson’s tremors.

Dr. Bakay earned a medical degree at Northwestern University and completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington (UW); he then held a National Institutes of Health fellowship in neuroplasticity. He began his academic career as an acting instructor at the UW, then moved to Emory University, where he rose to vice chair of neurological surgery. From 2000 to 2006, he served as professor and vice chair of neurological surgery at Rush University Medical Center and director of functional neurosurgery at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroresearch. Over his career, he authored or co-authored four books, 56 chapters, more than 153 journal articles and 314 other publications. He also was listed six times among the city’s Top Doctors by Chicago Magazine. Among numerous honors and awards, he held the A. Watson Armour III and Sarah Armour Presidential Professorship at Rush University and was given the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award, the Philip Gildenberg Award and the Molly and Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award.

Dr. Bakay was a consummate physician-scientist, totally dedicated to improving the lives of patients who suffered from movement disorders. Dr. Bakay also had a rich personal life outside the medical arena. He was a world traveler, an avid deep-sea fisherman and a great teller of “big-fish” stories, and a big fan of all sporting events. Dr. Bakay is survived by his four children: Mark, Scott (Monica), Candace and Jacqueline Bakay; and his first grandson, Maximillion, the son of Scott and Monica Bakay.

Kenneth A. Sandbeck, Ph.D. ’87 (microbiology)

Born Dec. 5, 1952, in Mineola, N.Y.
Died Sept. 24, 2013, in Lenexa, Kan.

Kenneth Andrew Sandbeck, Ph.D. ’87, graduated from Whitman College. He earned a master’s degree from Montana State University and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Washington. He is survived by his children, Hanna and Erik, his sister, Betty, and his former wife, Lynn.



Christopher M. Bernards, M.D., Res. ’90

Born Feb. 5, 1958
Died Jan. 12, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.

Christopher M. Bernards, M.D., Res. ’90, was director of clinical research and professor of anesthesiology at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He was a dedicated and passionate scientist whose focus was spinal drug delivery and regional anesthesia. Dr. Bernards served as a visiting professor at major universities and lectured at many international conferences. His research publications are well known, he contributed to textbooks, and his knowledge will continue to influence generations of nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists. Most of all, he was an inspirational mentor to multitudes.

Dr. Bernards’ professional accomplishments were exceeded only by his compassion and his love of his wife and family. He was a devoted husband and father, and he always was a gentleman and an advisor to his friends. A champion runner in high school (who still holds a record), and a committed bicyclist as an adult, his zeal for fitness never faded, notwithstanding the occasional biking accident. Dr. Bernards also was a master gardener, scuba diver, photographer and a talented woodworker and sculptor. He is a role model for all who have known him, and his brand of humor will be sorely missed.

Dr. Bernards is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Sarah, Nathan, Ryen and Nicole; his father, Dr. Walter C. Bernards; his mother, Jerry; his siblings, Dave, Pat, Kimberly and Allison; and many other family members and numerous friends and colleagues.


Robert Van Citters, M.D.

Born Jan. 20, 1926, in Alton, Iowa
Died Dec. 7, 2014, in Edmonds, Wash.

Robert Van Citters, M.D., who served as the UW School of Medicine’s fourth dean from 1970 to 1981, died at the age of 87. Dr. Van Citters, known as Van to many, came to the University of Washington in 1958 as a National Institutes of Health special research fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He joined the faculty of that department in 1963.

Dr. Van Citters made numerous contributions to the School of Medicine. He was described by the late Robert G. Petersdorf, M.D., former chair of the Department of Medicine, as “one of this country’s most imaginative and productive cardiovascular physiologists” during the 1960s. He developed instrumentation to measure blood flow through arteries and made major contributions to the study of cardiac function in unanesthetized animals. His studies helped to clarify the relationship of physiological responses in animals to those in humans. In recognition of his many scientific contributions, Dr. Van Citters was elected in 1977 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was active at the National Institutes of Health and served on many review and advisory committees, including the Artificial Heart Evaluation Task Force beginning in 1967.

As an administrator, Dr. Van Citters served from 1968 to 1970 as associate dean for research and graduate programs. In 1970, he was named dean of the UW School of Medicine. Dr. Van Citters presided over the start of the WWAMI program, the School’s regional medical education system. He also oversaw the creation of the Department of Family Medicine and the School’s rural medicine program.

Theodore J. “Ted” Phillips, M.D., founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and former associate dean of academic affairs, said Dr. Van Citters was a cherished mentor. “I was one of his first administrative appointments after he became dean. He was my mentor. He got me started in academic medicine. I knew nothing about academic administration when Van hired me. I could not have done it without his attentive and patient mentorship. He was a delightful human being. We became and remained good friends.”

William J. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine, said Dr. Van Citters was an understated and steady leader whose legacy is evident throughout UW Medicine. “Van didn’t talk a great deal, but he was clear and firm when he did communicate and was greatly respected on any topic, from academics to fishing,” Bremner said. “He left an indelible mark on so many facets of the School of Medicine, in particular, but also what is now UW Medicine as a whole.”

Other initiatives started during Dr. Van Citters’ 11 years as dean included Harborview Medical Center’s burn and trauma services, the Medic One Foundation, the MEDEX Northwest physician assistant program, key affiliations between the School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the VA Medical Center, Washington’s statewide regional residency program, and others.

Thomas F. Hornbein, M.D., a former chair of the UW Department of Anesthesiology, wrote, “He taught me over the years precious lessons in caring leadership. I suspect most of my chair peers had a similar experience. He always made me feel I really mattered. Our periodic meetings together, for example, taught me a principle that has been lastingly precious: when the door to his office closed with the two of us inside, I had his total, undivided, seemingly unhurried attention. He always appeared totally focused on us, regardless of whatever big chaos was simmering in his deanly life.”

In a letter to the faculty, Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine, wrote, “We have lost a wonderful leader, colleague, role model and friend. His legacy is profound. I and many others will miss his grace, vision and quiet, down-to-earth humor.” Dr. Van Citters was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by two daughters: Mary and her husband, Jim; Saramary and her husband, Ken; two sons, David and his wife, Cheryl, and Robert, Jr.; his brother, David; and eight grandchildren and three great grand-children.

Read the obituary written by The Seattle Times.

James McIndoe Burnell, M.D.

Born July 17, 1921, in Manila, The Philippines
Died Sept. 8, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

James McIndoe Burnell, M.D., was a researcher at UW Medicine and a private-practice nephrologist in his 45-year career in Seattle. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1949, began his career as a rotating intern at San Francisco Hospital and then moved to Seattle to serve as chief resident in medicine at King County Hospital (now Harborview Medical Center). During his career, Dr. Burnell held various faculty positions, starting in 1949 as an assistant professor in pathology at Columbia University. A year later, he joined the faculty at the UW School of Medicine. By 1970, he had risen to the rank of research professor of medicine, and he transitioned to emeritus in 1996.

As both a researcher and a physician, Dr. Burnell contributed to many of the nephrology advances in the early 1960s when UW Medicine physician Belding Scribner, M.D., developed the techniques that enabled long-term hemodialysis for chronic renal failure. Dr. Burnell performed the first dialysis treatment at Harborview, and he was one of the world’s first kidney specialists in private practice.

Dr. Burnell also was one of eight founding physicians of the Minor & James Medical Clinic and served on the board of Northwest Kidney Centers for 32 years. After retiring from research and private practice, he worked at the Washington State Corrections Center for Women, as a ship’s doctor for Holland America, as a medical expert for the Social Security Administration and as a medical consultant for the King County Disability Board. Dr. Burnell’s career included the publication of 44 articles in various medical journals and many awards and honors.

From 1975 until his passing, he lived on a floating home on Lake Union and loved life on the water. Outside his professional life, he had a passion for all manner of recreation: golf, squash, boating, skiing, fishing, gardening and travel. The more adventuresome and competitive the activity, the more he enjoyed it.

Dr. Burnell is survived by his wife, Nancy; his five children with his first wife, Jean Mace: Catherine Terry (Mark), Sat Shakati Khalsa (Andrea), Craig (Catherine Lategan), John, and James S. (Andrea Vitalich); five grandchildren: Guru Sewak Khalsa, Rebecca Terry Novak (Mark), Ariel Burnell Cabana (Will), Sam Terry and Joshua Burnell; two great grandchildren, Oliver Novak and Aspen Cabana; and a brother, Col. (ret.) Ray L. Burnell, Jr.

Col. Jack L. Gibson, M.D.

Born Dec. 7, 1924, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Died Nov. 20, 2013, Kirkland, Wash.

Col. Jack L. Gibson, M.D., entered the Navy after high school and served in World War II. Once he returned from duty, he attended the University of Arkansas and earned degrees in literature and medicine. He then served in the Army for 25 years, retiring in 1971. In the next stage of his career, he served as a faculty member in obstetrics and gynecology at the UW School of Medicine.

Dr. Gibson was a generous person. He was a wonderful cook and entertained many with good meals. He especially enjoyed his home on Whidbey Island, his travels in Europe, music, and of course, his beloved cats.

Dr. Gibson is survived by his children: Noel (Deb), Katherine, Paul, Sharon (Russ), and Marianne (Kevin), and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Sally S. BehnkeBorn Sept. 21, 1923, in Seattle, Wash.
Died Dec. 12, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

Sally Skinner Behnke was a leader in the Seattle community, an alumna of the University of Washington, a supporter of the University and of UW Medicine, and a loyal Huskies fan. She married Robert (Bob) Behnke shortly after her graduation in 1944, and the couple raised three sons in Medina, Wash., where Mr. Behnke served as mayor during the 1960s.

Mrs. Behnke’s deep commitment to community service inspired her to give generously of her time and talents. She followed in the footsteps of both her grandmother and her mother, joining the board of Seattle Children’s Orthopedic Hospital (now Seattle Children’s); and, in 1945, she helped establish the Olive Kerry Guild. She later chaired the hospital’s board and led one of the largest capital campaigns in its history.

A woman of many “firsts,” Mrs. Behnke was the first woman to join the board of Washington Mutual Bank and the first woman to chair the Corporate Council for the Arts (now ArtsFund). She served as a member of the board of trustees at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, taking an active leadership role with its capital campaigns. She also was an active fundraiser for the Northwest Aids Foundation (now Lifelong AIDS Alliance) and The Nature Conservancy. Not least, Mrs. Behnke was a great friend of the University of Washington, serving on the board of directors for the UW Foundation, the Tyee Club and UW Medicine’s development council, among many other commitments. She also was a generous contributor — a member of the UW President’s Club who gave to many programs, including intercollegiate athletics, the Henry Art Gallery and medicine, where she and her family established the Bob and Sally Behnke Endowed Chair for the Health of the Student Athlete.

Mrs. Behnke was honored numerous times for her service: with the W. J. “Jerry” Pennington Award, the highest award bestowed by Seattle Children’s; the 2010 Gates Volunteer Service Award (also awarded to Bob Behnke and his brother, John F. Behnke) from the UW Foundation; the Grace Hefferman Arnold Guild Award for Outstanding Service from the Hutch; and with the Isabel Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service from the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County.

Mrs. Behnke is survived by her sons, Carl G. Behnke (Renee) and John S. Behnke (Shari), four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her sister, Nancy Nordhoff (Lynn Hays).

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