Alfred F. Michael, obituary

Michael, Alfred F., MD, Alfred F. Michael, beloved by all who knew him, died peacefully at 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 an internship and a six-month residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, he was enlisted in the United States Air Force as a physician from 1955-1957 . He then completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and continued his training in Immunology and Nephrology as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School with Robert Good and Robert Verner (1960-1964). After two years in Copenhagen (1965-1967) researching the kidneys 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 Werner developed and led the Pediatric Nephrology Program which for many years was among the best in the world (1968-1986). He has published widely and has tutored over 100 fellows, many of whom are pursuing academic medicine. From 1986-1996, he served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he was appointed Regents 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, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for Clinical Science and Alumni of the Year (Temple University School of Medicine), the John Peters Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) from the American Society of Nephrology and the Guggenheim Award. Other awards include the Bolles Rogers Award, the Shotwell Award, the Harold S. Diehl Award, the Gold Headed Cane Award in Pediatrics, and the Regent’s Award. It is included in the Discovery Wall and Walk of Scientists at the University of Minnesota. He was a founding investigator for the American Heart Association, a National Institute of Health Award of Merit recipient, and a member of more than 20 professional societies. He is the co-founder (with Mike Lane) of the Minnesota Vikings Children’s Fund, the founder of the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital Fund, and a founding member of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Nephrology. Other board memberships included St. Mary’s Health Clinics, the Foundation of Ministries for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Minnesota Viking Children’s Trust, and No Time for Poverty. He was also a member of Ignatius Associates. As he was dedicated to the medical care and welfare of all children, Alfred was more devoted to his family. He has nurtured those close to him with gifts of love and time, and these gifts will support them for years to come. His love for his wife Jane was immeasurable and they enjoyed years of traveling, trying the arts, playing bridge and watching the Minnesota Twins together. His daughters and grandchildren were his constant joy and he had an incredible ability to make each of them feel as if they were the most important in the room and guided them with his loving and gentle hand. He remembered and discussed the details of his grandchildren’s life and education, nurturing their hopes and dreams with the sympathy of a lie of his age. Alfred was a passionate fisherman, and he showed the same talent he gave to his career with his fishing pole, receiving numerous awards from the beloved Seagull Lake at the end of the Gunflint track, where he has stayed annually for over 50 years. He loved gardening, and as he would say it all, he planted the best tomatoes in Minnesota, so much so that he was nicknamed “The Tomato Man” in his home in Carondelet Village. Alfred’s death was preceded by his parents, Alfred F. Michael, Sr., and Emma M. Michael (Peters), brother Thomas John Michael, cousin of Robert Warren, and ex-wife Jane Jewson Michael, mother of his three daughters. Survived by his wife, Jane Jones Michael, daughters Mary Michael Syrad (Ted), Susan Fuller (Kurt), Carol Carlson (Blake), stepson Matt Jones, daughter-in-law Jenny Jones, grandchildren Michael Fuller, Katie Carlson, Betsy Carlson, Matthew Fuller, John Carlson, Jack Carlson, Madeleine Leventhal, Thomas Fuller (Jenny), Jeffrey Fuller (Emily), nephew Eric John Michael, niece of Barbara Jean Bendal and cousin Marilyn Warren. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the impeccable love, kindness and care of Alfred “Doc” over the past five months by his caregivers, “Unknowing Angels”, Lana, ZZ, Barb, Janet and Buck. Funeral service on October 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Presentation Church, 1880 Randolph Ave. , Paul, MN 55105. After a light lunch. Instead of flowers, she preferred donations to the University Fund for Pediatrics (15991). give.umn.edu/giveto/…

Posted on October 2, 2022

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