Dr. James A. Bastron

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Dr. James A. Bastron, 94, a resident of Charter House, passed away there Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Born May 13, 1920, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Dr. Alexander and Grayce (Katsch) Bastron. Dr. Bastron received his B.A. degree in 1942 and his M.D. degree in 1944 both from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City. He interned at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago, one year before being called to active duty with the United States Army in 1945. He attained the rank of captain in the Army and served the end of World War II and was also called into active duty, serving as a medical officer a short time in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He completed his residency in pathology at Columbia University in New York and completed the program in 1948. He came to the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1948 as a fellow in surgery, later transferring to neurology. He was named an assistant to the staff at Mayo in 1951. Returning to Mayo after serving in the Air Force in 1954 as a consultant in neurology, and in 1956 received an M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota for work done during his residency program. Dr. Bastron was an instructor in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine from 1956-67 and advanced to assistant professor of neurology in 1973. Throughout his career with Mayo Clinic, he maintained an interest in electromyography, and EMG findings in multiple sclerosis patients.

He is past president of the American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis and served that organization as secretary-treasurer, program chairman and in 1984 was a member of its long range planning committee. Following his retirement with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he became medical director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons' Federal Medical Center in Rochester and also worked during the winter months in Jacksonville, for Mayo Clinic-Florida, prior to his final retirement.

His personal interest included fishing, gardening and enjoying nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed playing golf and started playing in high school and played the game well into his 80s. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and he enjoyed reading history and traveling throughout the world over the years.

On Sept. 1, 1945, in Red Oak, Iowa, he married Louise Lomas, and she survives, as do his three children, Mary Jo Harper (husband, C. Michel), of Rochester, Malcolm Bastron (wife, Mary Ann), of Rochester, and son, James "Jamie" Bastron of Preston. Five grandchildren survive, Nicholas James Harper, Sarah Beth Harper (husband, Sean Fulford), Caitlin Joanna Harper, Jeffrey Bastron (wife, Beth) and Laura Lee (husband, Jon); as well as a surviving sister, Barbara Affolter, of Temecula, Calif. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.

Memorial services for Dr. Bastron will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester, with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. His cremains will be entombed in the Columbarium at the First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the First Presbyterian Church or Mayo Clinic Neurology Department.    

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.



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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Aug. 16, 2014
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