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November 2012

Sarah Patchell Ford MD, school physician, d. Nov. 19.  Med sch: Duke ’37.  Her sons, the late Byron Struse DO and T. Brysin Struse DO, both worked in Tucson.  She was never a PCMS member having spent most of her career in Philadelphia.

Franc Brodar MD, internal medicine, d. Nov. 16, age 87.  Born in Yugoslavia, he attended medical school at the University of Graz (Austria) and at Jefferson Medical College, ’57. After an internship at Mercy Hosp. in Darby PA, he worked in Whiteriver with the USPHS and had a general practice in San Manuel, Miami and Phoenix.  He studied anatomic pathology before during a THMEP residency in internal medicine in Tucson.  He entered practice in 1971. He worked in Tucson 1971-1997.  He was a PCMS member 1970-1977.

William E. de Alva MD, Family Practice, Administrative Medicine, d. Oct. 8, age 87.  Med sch. Nebraska, at age 40, 1964.  Prior he had been employed at Los Alamos.  I-St Joseph’s Hospital, Denver.  He practiced 24 years in Colorado before moving to Tucson to work in Cigna administration in Tucson.  He was a PCMS member 1990-2012.

Elliott Stearns MD. Only a death notice.

Connie Sue McGraw RN, who began her career as a nurse in the Navy and was an RN for 46 years, died September 29, age 70.

Lona Lou Waddell RN, a member of the Navy Nursing Corps in WW II, died September 26, age 90.

Jane Irene Albertson RN, d. September 25, age 79.

Sarah Christian Alexander RN, who was married to founding UA College of Medicine OB/GYN department chair Don Christian MD and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Executive and State Legislator Scott Alexander, d. October 12.  Her son-in-law is Walter Brewer MD. She worked off and on as a nurse and patient advocate throughout her life.

Jenifer Elyse Sheppard (nurse), who worked at Kindred Hospital as a floor worker, sales/marketing liaison and as a wound care nurse, d. Oct. 11, age 41.

Margaret Thompson RN, a graduate of the University of Arizona nursing program who worked as a psychiatric nurse in Toledo, OH until retiring to Tucson, d. Oct. 23, age 63.

Judi Burkhardt RN, a pediatric nurse who graduated from, and met her husband Boyd Burkhardt MD at, Deaconess Hospital in Boston, died November 6, age 73.

Mary L. Crawford RN, who worked as a cardiac nurse at UMC and had her own biofeedback therapist practice, d. Nov. 6.

Phyllis R. Vance RN, who worked for 30 years in Dr. Ronald Almgren’s office, d. November 12, age 85.

Judy Ann Walkup RN, a labor and delivery nurse for 27 years, d. November 18.

Other:  Ann Braun Goldfein, widow of Sam Goldfein MD, d. Sept. 30, age 81.  Linda Edwards Shelton, daughter of otolaryngologist Earl H. Brown MD who died n 1952, d. Oct. 10, age 71.  Megan M. Racz, daughter of Tucson internist Stanley Racz MD, d. Sept. 26, age 30.  Ellaine Bassford, mother of UA Department of Medicine chair Tamsen Bassford MD, d. Oct. 17, age 79.