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Sigurd Carl Sandzen Jr., M.D. 1932 - 2012

Sigurd Carl Sandzen Jr., M.D.

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May 28, 2014
I met dr sandzen at parkland hospital. I saw how hill was filled with passion for his work. we just started talking one day and become friends.while visiting parkland we became very close friends. he told me one day he considered me a good friend.i was again looking for him when I found his obituary. my heart just sank.i will always have a good memory of you doc. god bless your family.

r.holley #154
dallas county sheriffs department
May 02, 2014
Pam, you already know how devastated I was failing to appropriately express to you our learning of Sig's passing so many months later... If you don't think grown men cry, 46 years ago Sig shut the door of his office to call his other veteran corpsman Walt and me inside. ...We thought we were in big trouble!

Still in his scrub suit and knit OR beanie, we could see Sig had been crying as his eyes were swollen red and wet.

Sig was the only orthopedic, neurologist, or torso surgeon in the entire Naval Hospital Philly, to acknowledge that these 'nightmares' he suffers seen each day on the wards from Vietnam, were initially sent to him by corpsmen like Walt and me from the Vietnam battlefields, and that he (Sig) can only imagine a corpsman's nightmares.

There wasn't any yes sirs, no sirs with Walt, Sig or me as hospital shipmates. The three of us were chewed out all the time by the hierarchal brass for being on a first name basis!

You met Walt. We loved and respected each other!
July 27, 2012
Pam, we are so saddened to hear of Sig's passing. At Riordan meetings we often compared notes of our times as a Littler fellow, though we were also so inspired by Dan Riordan's life example and work. Sig was a good friend, wise, and gave us many pearls and insights. He has left a valuable heritage in hand surgery, and also in his descendants. We will miss him.
Blessings, Pam, and to the entire family.
Love, Bob Schenck and Marcia Whitney Schenck
July 20, 2012
Dear Glyn,

I clearly remember your Dad at Duke while our family lived in Durham. Jim Wyngaarden and Ralph Coonrad were the best along with Dr. Sandzen.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Jane
July 19, 2012
Dear Glyn,
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I am thinking of you and your family at this time.

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Pam and Sig were joyfully hospitable and intentional in generously sharing their interests in others. I thank God for the privilege of knowing him. He was passionate about teaching and learning.  His influence is in my practice of hand therapy daily. For the past 30 years, Dr. Sandzen persisted in developing my professional skills by introducing me to his mentors and exceptional colleagues.

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