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Dr Ronald Linscheid

Dr Ronald Linscheid

Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Death 10 Jun 2012 (aged 82)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 91843813 · View Source
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Dr. Ronald Linscheid died Sunday, June 10, 2012, of Alzheimer's. He was an avid supporter of his family, colleagues and patients in orthopedics. He loved nothing more than seeing the elegant solving of a scientific or medical problem.

Ron, with his wife Carol, raised six children with an "unspoken" emphasis on the importance of college education. He was a pilot, played tennis; golfed, skied, wind surfed and hiked the Himalaya's.

Dr. Linscheid was born June 14, 1929 in Hutchinson, Kan., to Leo and Florene Linscheid. He graduated from Hutchinson High School and went on to attend Kansas State University, graduating cum laude with a B.S. Degree in 1951, and the honors of Phi Kappa Phi and the Blue Key. He went on to graduate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and then completed his internship at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He served two years in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps. In 1957 Dr. Linscheid began residency training in the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Dr. Linscheid was appointed to the Orthopedic Surgical Staff of the Mayo Clinic in 1962. After an additional year of specialty surgical training in Los Angeles, Calif., he returned to the Mayo Clinic and helped developed the Section of Hand Surgery within the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Linscheid continued practicing until 1993. During the 31 years of surgical practice he climbed the academic ladder to become Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo School of Medicine, authored or co-authored 309 clinical or research peer reviewed publications. His colleagues awarded him the Distinguished Mayo Clinic Award.

In his career, Dr. Ronald L. Linscheid was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedics and the Section of Hand Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Dr. Linscheid was a member of many national and international orthopedic societies and organizations. He also served as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Active in research throughout his career, Dr. Linscheid is recognized nationally and internationally for his insight and work on biomechanics of the wrist, kinematics related to unstable wrist and functional anatomy of the hand.

He worked with Mary Marzke, a field anthropologist to try and understand the evolution of the wrist, was instrumental in the expansion of the orthopedic hand department, and helped create the biomechanics laboratory at the Mayo Clinic.

During his distinguished career, friends, colleagues and patients have appreciated Dr. Linscheid as an extremely intelligent, dedicated and compassionate gentleman.

To his family, he is remembered as an unselfish man who always asked what he could do for you, whether you were standing next to him or thousands of miles away.

His dry sense of humor included writing limericks after orthopedic hand fellows and residents finished their training. He was always there for them even after their training and always continued to follow their careers.

He is survived by his wife Carol of 59 years; his sister, Marcelene; his children Kay, Kurt, Eric, Gretchen and Hope; and grandchildren, Bristol, Arin, Avery, Miles, Hayden, Mica and Halley.

A special recognition goes to Dr. Linscheid's personal secretary, Kathy Martin, whose dedication was invaluable in helping to keep him organized for over 25 years.

The family, in respect to Ron's character, would like to recognize all those who came before, all those with whom he worked, and all those who may be inspired to build on his contributions to orthopedics.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Charter House Chapel, 211 Second St. N.W. in Rochester.

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