COL Martin A.
Pfotenhauer, MD, FACS, USA, MC(Ret)
Phenix City, AL- COL Martin A. Pfotenhauer, USA, MC (Ret), 1920-2013 (92) died at the Columbus Hospice House. He grew up in Chicago, IL, the son of a Lutheran pastor. He earned his medical degree through Northwestern University and the University of Illinois Medical School. Dr. Pfotenhauer was board certified in General and Thoracic Surgery. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He served in the US Army Medical Corps 37 years and was Commander of Martin Army Hospital from 1968-1970, as well as 4 other US Army Hospitals. He served in the Army's first MASH Hospital as Surgeon and Executive Officer during the Korean War. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Order of Military Medical Merit and numerous other awards. After retiring from the US Army, he worked for the Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation for 15 years and the Military Entrance Processing Station in Montgomery, AL for 28 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Albert Pfotenhauer, Sr. and Hattie Ude Pfotenhauer; wife, Vivian Carlson Pfotenhauer; and brother, Alexander Friedrich Carl Pfotenhauer. He is survived by his sister, 2 sister-in-laws, 4 children and their spouses, and 4 grandchildren. He was an active member and elder emeritus of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer since 1968.
Funeral Service will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:00am EST. The service will be conducted at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with burial to follow at Ft. Benning Main Post Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-9pm at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City, AL.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Columbus Hospice House 7020 Moon Rd, Columbus, GA 31909 or the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Memorial Fund, 4700 Armour Rd, Columbus, GA 31904.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on July 21, 2013