WALDHAUSEN--John Anton. Born in the United States on May 22, 1929, died on May 15, 2012. He grew up in war torn Germany and returned to the US in 1947. He attended the College of Great Falls in Montana and then medical school at St. Louis University. He did his surgical and research training at Johns Hopkins, the NIH, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University. While at Johns Hopkins, he met Marian Rodney Trescher who became his beloved wife of 54 years and who preceded him in death on February, 14 of this year. Following the completion of his surgical training, he joined the faculty at Indiana as a cardiac surgeon and while there developed the subclavian flap angioplasty that for many years was the standard treatment for Coarctation of the Aorta. He then moved to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was responsible for the development of CHOP's congenital heart program. In 1969 he became the founding Chairman of Surgery at the newly created Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he led the department for 25 years. From 1972-73 he also served as interim Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Waldhausen helped push the frontiers in congenital heart surgery as well as artificial organs. He was a member of numerous organizations including the American Board's of Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He served as the first vice-president of the American Surgical Association, and the president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He served as the editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery from 1995-2000. He directed the General and Cardiac Surgery training programs at Penn State for many years and was a mentor to countless faculty, residents, and students. Many of his faculty went on to be department chairs and leaders in their surgical fields. Throughout his career, Dr. Waldhausen had the unwavering support and enthusiasm of his wife Marian. They had three sons and instilled their strengths in them by example. His enduring love of reading, history, music and the outdoors as a way to involve his family will forever be a part of us. He will be deeply missed by those left behind. He is survived by his sons and their wives John and Julie, Robert, Gordon and Sherry Waldhausen and his grandchildren, Tessa, Liesl, Cole, Neil and Henry. Memorial services will be held at St Patrick's Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 23, at 10:30am.
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Published in The New York Times on May 22, 2012