Alfred F. Michael, MD

Alfred F. Michael, MD obituary

Michael, Alfred F., MD Alfred F. Michael MD, loved by all who knew him, passed away peacefully at his home on September 25, 2022, surrounded by his family. Alfred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10, 1928. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1953. After a six-month internship and residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, he was inducted into the United States Air Force as a medical officer from 1955 to 1957. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s and continued his training in immunology and nephrology as a researcher at the University College of Medicine. ‘University of Minnesota in collaboration with Robert Good and Robert Vernier (1960-1964). After 2 years in Copenhagen (1965-1967) doing kidney research as a Guggenheim Fellow, he returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School for the duration of his career. He was dedicated to medical education, research and clinical care. He and his colleague Robert Vernier developed and ran a kidney disease program for children that was for many years among the best in the world (1968-1986). He has published numerous articles and participated in the training of over 100 fellows, many of whom continue their studies in university medicine. From 1986 to 1996 he was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he was appointed Regent Professor of Pediatrics by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. In 1996, he became dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, a position he held until 2002. He retired in 2006 at the age of 78. He was President of the American Society of Nephrology, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for Clinical Science and Alumnus of the Year (Temple University School of Medicine), John Peters Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) from the American Society of Nephrology and a Guggenheim Prize. Other awards include the Bolles Rogers Award, Shotwell Award, Harold S. Diehl Award, Gold Headed Cane Award in Pediatrics, and Regent Award. It is included in the Wall of Discovery and Scholars Walk at the University of Minnesota. He was an established American Heart Association Scholar, a National Institute of Health Merit Fellow, and was a member of more than 20 professional societies. He is co-founder (with Mike Lynn) of the Minnesota Vikings Children’s Fund, founder of the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital Fund, and founding member of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Nephrology. Other board members include St. Mary’s Health Clinics, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Ministries Foundation, Minnesota Vikings Children’s Fund and No Time For Poverty. He was also a member of the Ignatius Associates. As dedicated as he was to the medical care and welfare of all children, Alfred was even more dedicated to his family. He nurtured his loved ones with his gifts of love and time, and these gifts will sustain them for years to come. His love for his wife Jeanne was immeasurable and they enjoyed years of travelling, experiencing the arts, playing bridge and watching the Minnesota Twins together. His daughters and grandchildren were his constant joy and he had the incredible ability to make everyone feel like they were the most important in the room and to guide them with his ever-present loving and gentle hand. He remembered and discussed the details of his grandchildren’s lives and schooling, and nurtured their hopes and dreams with a compassion that belied his age. Alfred was an avid angler and showed the same talent he brought to his career with his rod, catching many award-winning walleyes from his beloved Seagull Lake at the end of the Gunflint Trail, where he has stayed every year for over 50 years. He loved gardening and, as he would say, he grew the best tomatoes in Minnesota, so much so that he was called “the tomato man” back home in Carondelet Village. Alfred was predeceased by his parents, Alfred F. Michael, Sr., and Emma M. Michael (Peters), his brother Thomas John Michael, his cousin Robert Warren and his ex-wife Jane Jewson Michael, the mother of his three daughters. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Jones Michael, his daughters Mary Michael Sierad (Ted), Susan Fuller (Kurt), Carol Carlson (Blake), his son-in-law Matt Jones, his daughter-in-law Jenny Jones, his grandsons children Michael Fuller, Katie Carlson, Betsy Carlson, Matthew Fuller, John Carlson, Jack Carlson, Madeline Leventhal, Thomas Fuller (Jenny), Geoffrey Fuller (Emily), nephew Eric John Michael, niece Barbara Jean Bendall and cousin Marilyn Warren . We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the love, kindness and impeccable care provided to Alfred “Doc” over the past 5 months by his caregivers, “ignorant angels”, Lana, ZZ, Barb, Janet and Buuk. Funeral Service October 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Light lunch afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations were preferred to the University Pediatrics Scholar Fund (15991). give.umn.edu/giveto/…

Posted on October 2, 2022

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