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Dr. Michael Charles M.D. Died peacefully, surrounded by family on April 16, 2013. The cause was cancer. Born on November 14, 1937, in Oklahoma City, Michael was the second of seven children of Dr. Paul Joseph Collopy, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Milwaukee, and his wife, Ruth. In 1946 the family returned to Milwaukee and Michael entered St. Robert's elementary school in Shorewood. At Marquette High School, Michael was an honors student all four years. He also played basketball, baseball, boxed, and, as quarterback of the football team, was named to the Milwaukee Journal All-Catholic Conference Team. As a member of the boxing team, Mike went undefeated in three years and was the only fighter to score a TKO in 1954. Baseball was his true love, however, and throughout high school and college he played in Borchert Field and later in County Stadium on a variety of All-Star teams including the American Legion All-Stars, the Milwaukee Sentinel All-Stars, and the Metropolitan Standouts of the Braves' Silver Sluggers All-Star game. The Journal- and Sentinel-sponsored games provided opportunities for big league scouts to check out the local talent. Mike was also a sportswriter for the Marquette Flambeau, and was elected Senior Class President in 1955. Though offered a football scholarship to Holy Cross, he decided on
in Evanston, IL. Mike was a pre-med student, member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and starter for the baseball team, which won the 1957 Big Ten Championship. His love of baseball ran throughout his life. He played with Milwaukee's 901 Club, and was coach and manager with the Fort Ord
Team, Lannon League, Brookfield East High School, Land-O-Lakes East Division, and 13th Evac Team. In 1997 he became an area scout for the Cleveland Indians and in 2000 he was inducted into the Old Time Player's Baseball Association of Wisconsin Hall of Fame in a ceremony on the field at County Stadium. Mike Graduated from the Marquette University School of Medicine (now Medical College of Wisconsin) in 1963, completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, and was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1964, serving with the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qhi-Nhon, Vietnam, from 1965 66. He finished his residency with the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970 and was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons in September 1972. He had a long and distinguished medical career in private practice with his father, which he expanded into the Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a practice of seven including many who trained under him. He worked primarily with St. Luke's Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital, serving as chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the VA in 1972, Chief of St. Luke's Orthopaedic Department from 1974-78, President of the Milwaukee Orthopaedic Society from 1979-81, Team Physician for the IHL Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club from 1977-1997, a National Football League Independent Examiner and as a board member for the publication, Military Medicine (from 1996). His academic appointments at the Medical College of Wisconsin included, among others, Professor of Anatomy, Orthopaedic Residency Program (1977); Associate Clinical Professor (1980) and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (1987). He was also Professor in the Teaching Department of Family Practice at St. Luke's Medical Center (1992) and taught the Graduate Program Orthopaedic Case Course at the Carroll College School of Physical Therapy. He won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1981 and 1991. He was an early, authoritative voice in total knee replacement. At his death he was Acting Chief of Orthopaedics at Zablocki VA Medical Center and a full Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In 1990 he returned to active duty in the US Army WIARNG with the rank of Colonel, M.C., caring for US and Iraqi casualties on the ground in Saudi Arabia with in the 13thEvacuation Hospital for the duration of Desert Storm. He remained on reserve duty through 1998, and received the US Army Meritorious Service Medal that year. He also had received the National Defense Service Medal with
. He was a leader and member in many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Clinical Orthopaedic Society, and the American College of Legal medicine. Mike was the author of over 65 publications, presentations and exhibits. He also appeared on television on the 1967 Bill Veeck show, was Parade Marshal of the Brookfield 4rth of July Parade, and appeared as himself in an advertisement for Aurora Health Care which won a 1995 Telly Award. Beyond his professional achievements, he will be remembered for the many wounds he healed, the patients and people he aided and inspired; and the many acts of kindness and care he bestowed upon friends, family and colleagues. Mike had a big personality that could sometimes appear aggressive or intimidating, but animating it all was a true love of humanity--a deep, joyous interest in the thoughts experiences and cares others. His commanding presence, steadfast, unique character, true decency and idiosyncratic vocabulary will be remembered by all who knew him. He lived life with delight and his path to heaven will be lined with cheering saints. Mike was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Paul Collopy, Jr., and sister Margaret Collopy Lohr. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Sheila Laney Collopy, whom he spotted across a crowded dance floor at North Shore Country Club in 1958, pursued and persuaded at Northwestern University. Additional family include daughter Sheila Collopy Young and son-in-law John R. Young of Madison, son Staff Sergeant Sean Collopy and daughter-in-law Heather Flowers Collopy of Elm Grove, daughter Shannon Maureen Collopy, grandchildren Celia, Declan and Colin Young; sister Sara Collopy Alderson, brother Tom Collopy, sister Ruth (Bebe) O'Toole, sister Mary (Lulu) Henrikson, cousins Dr. John Hanson, Dr. Jerome Hanson, John Collopy, Sue Collopy, 17 nieces and nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews and countless friends. A gathering will be held at 9:30 AM Saturday, April 20, in the main building at Wisconsin Memorial Park on W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, followed by prayers of committal at 11:30AM and military honors at gravesite. On Monday, April 22, a memorial gathering will start at 11 AM with a Memorial Mass at noon St. Dominic Catholic Church on W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army of Wisconsin.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 18, 2013
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"I am saddened and heart broken for your loss. It would be great if people like Dr. Collopy could live..."
- Isidoro Zambrano, MD
"It was a privilege to know and to work with the Colonel. He was a legend. Thank you!"
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- Randy G.
"I had the privilege to work with Dr. Collopy at the VA for 5 years. He was the ultimate renaissance man...."
- Raymond Manitowoc
"I was a team mate of Mike's at NU and on the old 901 Club team. I have many fond memories of Mike! Dave..."
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