David Arnold McQueen

McQueen, David Arnold, April 19, 1947 February 25, 2013. David was the first of four sons born to Arnold and Grace McQueen of Poynette, Wisconsin. There he was raised on a dairy farm, where he learned to love the outdoors, use farm equipment, tools, and raise livestock. David's upbringing and his knowledge of fencing tools led to his development of the Wichita Fusion Nail, an implant used in orthopaedics today. His teenage years were spent in San Jose, California, where he raced cars, played football and attended the University of California Davis. There he studied zoology and completed an air quality contamination survey in the Sierra Mountains, and developed a methadone treatment program in San Francisco. He attended medical school at Universidad Automa de Guadalajara, Mexico, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently and developed lifelong friendships within the Mexican orthopaedic community. During his rheumatology internship at Mount Sinai, New York, he discovered his energy was better suited to orthopaedics and he went on to an orthopaedic residency at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, KS. His long ties to the residency program included being an assistant to Dr. Henry Marsh, Program Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kansas for ten years, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. David and Dr. Ely Bartal constructed one of the first surgical specialty hospitals, The Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center. This center continues to be a nationally ranked joint replacement center. Every Monday throughout his orthopaedic practice he donated his time and skills to performing joint replacement surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita and his efforts there are carried on today by Dr. Ryan Pate. David founded The Orthopaedic Research Institute and co-authored innumerable publications in research and development with his orthopaedic residents and his team of research scientists headed by Dr. Paul Woolley and with the National Institute for Aviation Research. Development of tools and orthopaedic implants including those composed of composite materials will continue. David was a longtime design consultant for Stryker Orthopaedics and responsible for the tools and implants used in total joint replacement today. His annual Flint Oak Meeting in Fall River, Kansas, brought in world renowned surgeons who shared their knowledge of orthopaedics and love of hunting with others. David lectured and operated in Mexico and South America, often lecturing in Spanish. His community involvement included the Wichita Wagonmasters, Christ Lutheran Church and the YMCA. He felt a commitment to his community and patients that he instilled in his residents. He was the ultimate outdoorsman, excelling in hunting, deep sea fishing, boating, skiing and golfing. He played semi-pro football in Mexico while attending medical school. He was a world traveler and left many friends to remember him around the world. David shone as a bright light throughout his life. This light will continue to shine in his legacy, left in the patients whose lives were transformed by his surgical skills, his residents whose skills were honed by David's knowledge and passion for teaching, by his coworkers who loved and admired his talents, his research which was a passion for new ideas and improved techniques, in the admiration of the Wichita medical community, and in the thousands of people whom he touched and love him. He was the consummate story-teller and the best story he told was his own. He will be forever loved and missed. David is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by: his wife, Patricia; children, Adam (Shana) McQueen of Gainesville, FL, Ayrne (Martin) Henderson of Aberdeen, Scotland, Arielle (Cole) Wichman of Yukon, OK, Andrea McQueen of Wichita; step-children, Rachel (Will) Stuhlsatz of Wichita, Nicole Androes of New York, NY, Mark Androes of Wichita; brothers, Dan and Dale McQueen, both of Loveland, CO, Doug McQueen of Santa Cruz, CA; 2 step-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. A memorial has been established with the Orthopaedic Research Institute, 929 St. Francis N., Wichita, KS 67214. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com

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Published in The Wichita Eagle on Feb. 27, 2013