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James McLaren Lansche
POCATELLO - Dr. James McLaren Lansche, a pioneer in the Idaho medical community, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2008. He was 78 years old.
Pocatello's first neurosurgeon, Dr. Lansche was known as a gifted and talented physician who embodied the highest ideals of the medical profession. He possessed a profound ability to empathize with his patients and was deeply dedicated in his care and service to others.
Dr. Lansche relocated his family from northern California to Pocatello in 1972. Dedicated to the community and medical profession, he was a soft-spoken leader who served numerous civic and professional organizations. Dr. Lansche was chief of staff at Bannock Regional Medical Center, president of the Southeast Idaho District Medical Society, a member of the Idaho Board of Medicine, the State Board of Medical Discipline, the Rotary Club and the Society of Masons.
A fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Lansche was a founding member of the Henry's Fork Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the watershed of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. He served as president of that organization during the early 1990s.
Dr. Lansche graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis at the age of 21. He completed an internship in internal medicine through Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He then completed a research fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California in San Francisco, where he met his wife, Joan Mell.
He was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1953-1955, and served tours of duty in Korea, Japan and India.
Dr. Lansche retired from neurosurgery in 1992, and continued to enjoy an Idaho lifestyle, spending much of the year at his beloved cabin on the Henry's Fork with family and friends. He had a never-ending passion for learning and his hobbies included astronomy, geology, history, woodworking, art and painting outdoor landscapes.
Dr. Lansche is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan Mell Lansche; his son, James McLaren Lansche II (Jake), Jake's wife, Barbara; son, Robert, and daughter, McLaren, of Bellevue, Washington; and his son, Charles Mell Lansche (Charlie), Charlie's wife, Coni, daughter, Carly and son, James Charles (JC) of Park City, Utah.
At the request of Dr. Lansche, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Henry's Fork Foundation, P.O. Box 550, Ashton, Idaho 83420.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Nov. 4, 2008
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