Dr. Adrian H. Bodelson

Obituary
  • "Seventy-four years ago Bo ( Ade in those days) and I were..."
    - Keith Hanzel
  • "Dr. Bodelson saw to it that I was able to have my 2..."
    - Nini Lujan
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    - Robert Corroon
  • "My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Best wishes."
    - Barbara Lujan
  • "He was a good person and great doctor. KMccloud"

DR. ADRIAN H. BODELSON Dr. Adrian H. Bodelson, affectionately known as "Bo," a longtime Santa Fe physician who was dedicated to the well-being of countless patients, especially to the thousands of babies he delivered into this world, passed away peacefully at home on February 8, 2014. He was 90. Growing up in the farming community of Dundee, Minnesota, where he was born to Pete and Nettie Bodelson on November 26, 1923, Bo gained a solid work ethic and a practical sensibility that he modeled throughout his life. He was determined and tireless in his pursuits, and Bo followed his interests throughout life with a passion that led him to the highest levels of excellence. With his only sister Ardee, the family moved to nearby Fulda where he distinguished himself not only as an outstanding student, but as a leader. Bo was an Eagle Scout, quarterback of his high school football team and ready for any opportunity for fun and adventure. He was a resident fresh out of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine when a dark-haired nurse caught his eye. After a short romance of just three dates with his beautiful new companion, Corinne Turgeon, he proposed with a twist of three options: forget him, write to him or come with him! Without hesitation, she chose the latter and their lifelong journey together began. Bo and Corinne were married in Edina, Minnesota on June 21, 1947. It was an inspiring and lasting union of over 67 years that was shared lovingly. The Korean War marked their early married life and Dr. Bodelson proudly served as a Naval Flight Surgeon aboard the USS Carrier Bairoko. His love of flying led him from the ship's hospital bay to observe from the flight deck whenever possible. Later, his private pilot's license allowed him to soar on his own. He cherished the hours spent flying the skies over New Mexico, often scouting for the next place to hunt or fish. Landing his small plane on a remote stretch of New Mexico highway to visit friends and ride his beloved horses on the Esquibel Ranch, was one of countless joys and outdoor adventures that Bo shared with family and friends over many decades. From the lakes of Minnesota to Brazil to New Zealand and to Alaska, fishing was his joy throughout life. He especially treasured precious time with his large family. When not "on call" Dr. Bodelson loved spending weekends with his ten children fishing, camping and horseback riding. When all twelve packed in the family bus, summer road trips inevitably led to memorable beach discoveries in California, Florida and Mexico. It was during medical school that Bo realized his true calling, focusing his efforts on the demands but also the marvel of obstetrics. Adding to his confidence and skill in surgery was an uncommon compassion, rapport and concern for his patients and their families. Bo and Corinne moved in 1964 with their ten children from Boulder, Colorado to Santa Fe and he opened his OB/Gyn practice, joining the staff of St. Vincent's Hospital where he tirelessly served for over 50 years. A show of hands of people who live in Santa Fe would reveal a startling number who were delivered by Dr. Bodelson and even more who were cared for by "Doc." From the old downtown St. Vincent's Hospital where he delivered their last baby, to the doors of the new hospital carrying its first newborn patient, his professional dedication, high regard as a physician and his uncommon integrity has been woven into the fabric of the Santa Fe community for over half a century. It is with great respect, pride and vibrant, unforgettable memories that he will forever be loved by his wife Corinne, their ten children and their families: Dan and Patty Bodelson (Danielle and Gabrielle); Nancy and Ken Tuerk (Melanie, Anya, Michael and Bo); Peggy and Otavio Silveira; Michael and Alice Bodelson (Jessie, Cole, Natalie and Will); Patricia and Charley Brewer (Caroline, Kelly and Patrick Soldow); Susan Kammerer (David, Corinne, Perry and Eric Fishback); David and Deborah Bodelson (Crockett, Caitlin and Ansel); Ann and Merritt Brown (Hallie, Olin, Sophie, Soren, Greta and the much-missed, Jensen); Mary and Lawrence Martinez (Lisa, Anne and Mark); Catherine and John Vargas (Jax and Adrian); and the littlest ones, great-grandchildren, Henry and Nathaniel. Bo was a lasting friend to many, including Peter Fishback, Freddie Soldow, Kathy Roberts and the late Mike Kammerer.The family is indebted to Martha, Alvaro, Ingrid, and Rica for their loving and thoughtful care. Whether known as Dr. Bodelson, Bo, Doc, beloved Dad or Papa, his exceptional energy as a physician, and gift for making life an adventure of learning rich with experience to be shared by those he loved, will long be remembered. He was a lifelong learner filled with a passion for reading. Teaching was a natural extension he shared, whether at the hospital, playing poker or tying flies with grandkids. A private family memorial is planned with a gathering to celebrate his life to be announced at a later date. Gifts in memory of Dr. Bodelson should be directed to the special charity of your choosing or the Jensen Merritt Brown Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 12, 2014
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