|Death: ||Sep. 5, 1934|
Los Angeles County
Dr. Wagner was the son of Dr. Carl R. Wagner, M.D. and his wife Louise Ottilie Carll. He grew up in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago and attended the Francis W. Parker School. A graduate of Yale University and the Rush College of Medicine, he practiced surgery in Pasadena, CA where he was a highly regarded general surgeon.
In 1933, Dr. Wagner was questioned by the Pasadena Police when his friend Dr. Leonard Siever, DDS was murdered and his body was discovered at the Scottish Rite Temple in Pasadena with two bullet slugs. Dr. Siever was described as a ladies man and the theory was that Siever's death was the result of a crime of passion. Unfortunately, Dr. Wagner was unable to provide the police with useful information and the case remains unsolved.
Dr. Wagner's other touch with publicity was posthumous. On the evening of September 4, 1934, Dr. Wagner escorted a young Hollywood starlet named Dorothy Dell to a party and dinner date. As he took Dell home, Wagner traveled at a high rate of speed and missed a curve in the road. His vehicle traveled down an embankment and the car's top was sheared off. It flipped over and traveled a substantial distance before coming into contact with a boulder. Miss Dell was killed instantly as she was trapped underneath the wreckage. Dr. Wagner was ejected from the vehicle and landed about 100 feet away. He was rushed into surgery but died about 6 hours later.
Dr. Wagner never married and was survived by his mother Louise Carll Wagner, his sister Dr. Louise Wagner Szulaski, M.D., and brother-in-law Dr. Joseph P. Szulaski, M.D.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Abby Kay
Record added: Feb 07, 2013
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