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Obituaries

From the October 1998 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 1998 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Paul O. Hagemann, FACP

Paul O. Hagemann, FACP, professor emeritus at the Washington University School of Medicine and former Governor of the Missouri Chapter from 1959 to 1965, died July 2, 1998. He was 88 years old and a resident of St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Hagemann graduated from Washington University in 1930 and the Washington University School of Medicine in 1934. While serving in the Army during World War II, he helped monitor the first atomic explosion in New Mexico, traveling to Hiroshima at the end of the war to measure radiation levels.

Chief of the department of medicine at St. Luke's Hospital from 1952 to 1962, Dr. Hagemann was a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received the Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983, the medical school's Alumni/Faculty Award in 1984 and its Second Century Award in 1995. In 1990, the school of medicine created a distinguished alumni scholarship in his honor.

Wesley M. Oler, FACP

Wesley M. Oler, FACP, who served as Governor of the Washington Chapter from 1980 to 1984, died July 7, 1998. He was 80 years old and lived in Bethesda, Md.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Oler graduated from Yale University and received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1943, completing his internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital. After serving in the Army Medical Corps in the Philippines during World War II and in Japan after the war, Dr. Oler practiced in Washington from 1952 to 1993. Concurrently, he was clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical School, which established an educational fund for residents in his honor in 1994.

Dr. Oler also served as vice chairman of the medical department at Washington Hospital Center, and he received the John F. Maher Memorial Laureate Award from the College's District of Columbia Chapter for his distinguished contributions to medical practice and teaching.

Sven M. Gundersen, FACP

Sven M. Gundersen, FACP, Governor of the New Hampshire Chapter from 1953 to 1962, died July 13, 1998. He was 93 years old.

A member of the medical staff at the Hitchcock Clinic in Hanover, N. H., for 32 years, Dr. Gundersen served as clinic president from 1960 to 1964. Born in 1904 in LaCrosse, Wis., he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and, in 1929, from Harvard Medical School. He interned at Massachusetts General Hospital and trained in infectious diseases at Yale-New Haven Hospital before joining the Hitchcock Clinic. In 1940, he became the first physician in northern New England to be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and he went on to serve as clinical professor at Dartmouth Medical School.

A member of the AMA's review committee on medical care for the elderly through Social Security, Dr. Gundersen was one of a group of physicians who met with President Kennedy to promote the Medicare initiative. He also served as a member of the council of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Association.

Dr. Gundersen helped found Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in 1967, and he established the Hitchcock Foundation to aid medical research at Dartmouth Medical School.

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