Monday, November 19, 2007

Elmer A. Widmer Obituary

This appeared in a publication of Loma Linda University
Thought I'd repost it here.

O. Kris Widmer
Elmer's Son

Former public health department chair dies after short illness

Former chair of the department of environmental and tropical health, and associate dean for the School of Public Health Elmer A. Widmer, PhD, died earlier this year.

Dr. Widmer was born near Dodge, North Dakota, on April 17, 1925, and died on February 20, 2007, in Lakeport, California.

Dr. Widmer earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1965, and a master of public health in parasitology and laboratory practice from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1974.

He was the fifth child born to his parents, who were German-Russian immigrants to the United States. His father’s family arrived in New York in 1901.

Dr. Widmer graduated from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1951, and took a job teaching public school in nearby DeWitt.

He married his wife of 54 years, Eunice Mae Olson, in December 25, 1952.

Dr. Widmer is survived by his wife, Eunice; his children, daughter Andrea Barker of Turlock, California, and son, Kris Widmer, of Redding, California; five grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many colleagues and friends.

1 comment:

Inge Vandyken said...

Hello. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My name is Inge (stachow) Vandyken. I am the daughter of Hulda (stachow) Widmer. My mother was the granddaughter of Andreas Widmer from Tarrutino Bessarabia. Please contact me if you would like information regarding our Widmer background.

Inge