Dr. Ralph H. Baehr
Dr. Ralph Henry Baehr, 79, of Greenville, died Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Born February 5, 1935, in Topeka KS, to the late Henry A. & Dorothy Morse Baehr, he grew up in the St. Louis & Chicago areas, graduating from Lyon County High School in LaGrange, IL. He attended Iowa State University, Forman Christian College in Pakistan and graduated from Northwestern School of Medicine in 1959. He completed his residency in radiology in Chicago and served his country as a physician in the US Army at Fort Sill, OK for two years.
After military service, he joined Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, PA in Topeka, KS. During his twenty years there, Dr. Baehr practiced both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, and was instrumental in the development of numerous organizational and group practices. He was active in the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the KS Radiological Society, Kansas Medical Society, and many other professional organizations. He held numerous medical staff appointments and chairmanships throughout his career, and was appointed a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. Prior to retirement in 1997, his last position was Chief of Radiology Services at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Baehr was an early enthusiast of computers in medicine, and served as a consultant to Cerner Corp., Kansas City, MO where he participated in the design of radiology information systems.
Throughout his adult life, Dr. Baehr was actively involved in the communities in which he lived. He was a member of many civic organizations, social and scholastic fraternities, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors fraternity, Topeka Active 20-30 Club, Topeka Friends of the Zoo, and others. He was a member of Saint Mark United M Ralph Baehr was a kind and gentle man, a loving husband and father dedicated to his family and to improving the lives of others. He had many interests and greatly enjoyed travel, reading, computers, and the Arts. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Dr. Baehr is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Karen; three daughters and their families: Anne (Alex) Bronstein, ISRAEL; Chelle (MG Thomas) James, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; and Tiffani (Michael) Thomas, Cornelius, NC; six grandchildren: Zev, Menuha, and Ayelet Bronstein; Trey, Zachary, and Madison James; one brother, Dr. James Baehr and his wife MaryAnne, Hilton Head Island, SC; and a step-mother, Elfriede Baehr, Vienna, AUSTRIA. He was predeceased by his parents, an infant sister Elizabeth, his first wife Marillyn, and son David.
According to Dr. Baehr's wishes, cremation was performed. There will be no visitation nor formal service at this time. The family plans a memorial service in celebration of his life at a later date in Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the research and education arm of the Radiological Society of North America, an organization that was very important to Dr. Baehr his entire professional life: RSNA R&E Foundation, 820 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.mackeymortuary.com or mailed to the residence.
Published in The Greenville News on May 14, 2014
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