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Claude E. Merrin M.D.


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Claude E. Merrin M.D. Obituary
Dr. Claude E. Merrin of Deerfield, Illinois, a talented and respected surgeon and urologic oncologist passed away suddenly October 27, 2018. Born April 18, 1936 in Paris, France, Dr. Merrin obtained a Bachelor of science degree in Experimental Science from the University of Paris and a Medical Degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his internship and residency in General surgery and Urology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.Dr. Merrin did a Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York in the Department of Urology as a Cancer Research Clinician and Director of the Dialysis Unit and Transplantation Program, eventually being named Chief of the Department of Urologic Oncology in 1974.Dr. Merrin was the co-author of over 95 clinical research papers and a pioneer in innovative and experimental treatment of genitourinary tumors. He was nationally and internationally renowned. In 1979 he moved to Chicago where he practiced for 30 years mainly at Swedish Covenant Hospital. He retired in 2010 due to health circumstances. A non-smoker, he courageously fought Stage IV lung cancer for more than nine years.Dr. Merrin had always maintained a great sense of personal and professional satisfaction not only for the confidence placed in him by his patients, but the realization that his expertise extended their lives.Dr. Merrin was a member of numerous medical societies in Chicago as well as on the national level. He was active in the French community in Chicago and a member of the Union of the French Abroad (UFEC). He frequently traveled to France with his family. An avid licensed pilot, he flew gliders, ultralights, single engine airplanes and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). In addition, he built an ultralight aircraft and two experimental airplanes from aircraft kits.Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Susan (nee Eagan) Merrin, son Robert (Irene Alonso Aparicio) Merrin, daughter Catherine Merrin and two grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Monique (Michel) Bertet, nieces and nephews, friends and extended family. A memorial service is being planned for sometime in the Spring.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 28, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019
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