|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1918|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 2010|
Donald Dean Albers Oct. 7, 1918 - Dec. 14, 2010 Donald Dean Albers, 92, a longtime resident of Oklahoma City, died on December 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Leah Mig-non Putty Albers; his children: daughter, Leah Albers and husband Tom Roberts of Albuquerque, NM; son, Paul W. Albers and wife Leigh Ann Albers of Oklahoma City, OK; daughter, Dede Albers of Arlington, MA; and daughter, Sue Ann Lawrence and husband Bart Lawrence of Ipswich, MA; and his five adored grandchildren: Brian Lawrence; Kara Lawrence Taylor, who married Zachary Scott Taylor this past August; Leah and Kate Henoch, and Donald B. Albers. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Hicks of Rapid City, South Dakota. Don was born in Presho, South Dakota, on October 7, 1918 to Frank and Hilda Albers. He grew up in Presho and graduated from Presho High School in 1936, in a class of 16. He attended Dakota Wesleyan College for three years as a pre-med student and began medical studies at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1939. He graduated from Northwestern in 1943 as a Doctor of Medicine and also with a master's degree in physiology that same year. He was in the Naval Reserve in medical school and commissioned upon graduation. He did his internship in the Navy and served in the Navy for the remainder of World War II. He was a medical officer with the Second Marine Division on Saipan, Okinawa, and Nagasaki, shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped on that city. While on a short assignment in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1944, Don met his future wife and life partner, Leah Mignon Putty. They married on August 12, 1946. From 1947 to 1950, the couple lived in Rochester, Minnesota, while Don completed a residency in urology at the Mayo Clinic. He also earned a master's degree in urology in 1950. Two of their children were born at Mayo, Leah in 1948 and Paul in 1950. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1950, where Don practiced urology with the Oklahoma City Clinic for 36 years. Their daughters, Dede and Sue, were born in Oklahoma City in 1953 and 1955. During Don's long and distinguished medical career, he was a busy clinician, and a clinical professor with the OU Medical School. Over the years, he trained many residents in the urology specialty. He conducted research, wrote numerous articles in his field, presented papers at professional meetings, and served in leadership roles in regional and national urology organizations. He tried retirement for six months in 1986, but went back to work as medical director of the Oklahoma Lithotripsy Center, a position that extended nearly 10 years. In 2007, an Endowed Chair in Urology was established in his name at the OU College of Medicine. Don was a loyal and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had many lifelong friends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and sharp wit, his kind nature, his intellectual curiosity, and the example he set for his children and grandchildren of being committed to things beyond himself. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20, 2010, at Crown Heights Christian Church. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Donald D. Albers to World Neighbors, 4127 N.W. 122nd St., Okla. City, OK 73120; or to Variety Care Foundation, P.O. Box 2098, Okla. City, OK 73101.
Published in The Oklahoman from December 17 to December 18, 2010
Leah Mignon Putty Albers (1923 - 2012)*
Created by: Donna Lee Wall
Record added: Dec 28, 2010
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