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Charles "Doc" Aprahamian M.D.

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Charles "Doc" Aprahamian M.D. Notice
Aprahamian, Charles, M.D. "Doc" Died peacefully on his own terms with dignity and grace on June 25, 2010, at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Pat (nee Gezella) for more than 55 years. Survived by his children George (Karen), Leonard (Nancy), Steve (Debby), Charles P. "Chuck" (Jonna Clark), Gregory (Tammy), and Michael (Michelle). Grandfather of Charles J. (Melissa), Kate, Matthew, Justin, Carly, Charles P. II, Mitch, Kevin, Brittany, Nick, Marcus, Ryan, Tyler, Megan, and Madison. Great-grandfather of Carter and Audrey. Preceded in death by his loving brother Esdapan "Steve"; and survived by sister-in-law Janice, and his cherished nieces and nephews. Proudly served his country in the Navy from 1952-54. Graduated from Marquette University (1958), Marquette University Medical School (1962) and interned at St. Luke's Hospital. Surgical resident at the Veterans Administration Hospital and Milwaukee County General before joining the Krohn Clinic in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Troubled by the untimely death of his friend and neighbor, he pioneered Emergency Medical Services Training (EMS) in Wisconsin, a cause he championed his entire life. Returned to Milwaukee in 1976 and joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, on which he served for more than 30 years. The medical students awarded him the Golden Cane award for excellence in teaching on several occasions, and the graduating residents awarded him the Professor of the Year award 11 times, and the award was named in his honor in 2002. He was chief of trauma and emergency surgery for 13 years. His efforts to improve trauma care led to the state's first Level 1 Trauma Center at what is now Froedtert Hospital. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Past President of the American Trauma Society, he helped define the standards of trauma care and education still followed today. Thanks to all of the doctors and nurses who assisted in treating his medical problems. A very special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff in the ICU for their loving care and support for him and his family. In lieu of flowers and in order to honor and continue his life's work, memorials appreciated for the Milton & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professorship in Trauma at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW Lunda Aprahamian Professorship). A celebration of Doc's life will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Visitation from 2PM until the Memorial Service at 5:30PM. Reception to follow.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from June 29 to July 4, 2010
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