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Warren N. Otterson, M.D., Col. Ret. Army, passed away peacefully at home with family in Spring Branch, TX on April 8, 2013. He was born in Hudson, Wisconsin on November 6, 1929. His father Nels passed away when he was four, and he was raised by his mother Cora and his beloved sister Audrey. With the help of his uncle Pearl, he attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, graduating in 1954, remaining an active alumnus for the rest of his life. Upon graduation, he did an internship at the University of Texas at Galveston. He was then drafted and served as US medical officer in Korea for 18 months during the Korean War. When he returned from the War, he worked as a family doctor in Westby, Wisconsin and married Janet Farmer (with whom he fell madly in love after just three dates), a model and flight attendant for Northwest Airlines, in 1958.
After 6 years as a rural family doctor, in Westby, WI, where his eldest three children were born, Dr Otterson joined the Army and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Olympia, WA. He then served in Okinawa, Japan, where his youngest son was born. In his career as an Army doctor, of which he remained proud throughout his life, he was Chairman of OB-GYN at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft Sam Houston. He was also Chairman of OB-GYN and then later Deputy Commander at William Beaumont Medical Center in El Paso. He also had the honor of being the OB-GYN consultant to the Army Surgeon General. After 20 years as an Army doctor, he retired and began a career in academic medicine. He served as Chairman of the Department of OB-GYN at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana for ten years and then as the Acting Dean.
Dr Otterson was a basketball fan since the time he was on the team at Hudson High School in Wisconsin. He has been an enthusiastic and loyal fan of the Spurs since their inaugural season in 1973, attending games with his children and grandchildren for the past 40 years.
After an illustrious career as a doctor and a teacher, Dr Otterson spent the last fifteen years living in the Hill Country of Texas traveling and visiting his family, and caring for five grand children and one great-grandchild. He will be missed deeply as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and overall amazing man and storyteller.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Otterson; four children, Jill Catinella (husband Paul) of Hurst, TX; Beth Oishi (husband Dr. Scott) of Coppell, TX; Bradley Otterson of Washington D.C.; and Timm Otterson (wife Laurie Ousley) of Buffalo, NY. He had five grandchildren, Rebecca Strittmatter (husband Henry) of Albuquerque, NM; Warren Oishi of Coppell, TX; Jason Small of Corpus Christi, TX; Benn Oishi of Coppell, TX; and Nels Otterson of Buffalo, NY. He also leaves one great-grandchild, Finnigan Strittmatter of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his nephews Donald Ward, OD (wife Hallie) of Evergreen, CO; Michael Ward of St. Paul, MN; and a niece Linda Gannon (husband Patrick) of MacAlister, OK.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 14, 2013