Mark L. Dyken M.D.
1928 - 2021
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Mark L. Dyken, M.D.

Indianapolis - Mark L. Dyken, M.D., was born in Laramie, Wyoming on August 26, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army Alaska Communications System, and received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1954. He was clinical and research director at New Castle State Hospital, before joining the Indiana University Department of Neurology, where he was chair from 1971 to 1994.

Dr. Dyken was known internationally for his work in stroke; he first published in 1956, was editor-in-chief of the journal Stroke, and participated in every North American trial of antiplatelet drugs, as one of the first to consider aspirin for the prevention of stroke in women.

Among his many accolades, he was the Sir Thomas Willis Lecturer, also receiving the Distinguished Achievement, and Gold Heart Award from the American Heart Association (its highest honor).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mark L. and Thelma (Achenbach); and his brother, Dr. Paul Dyken. Dr. Dyken is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Beverly (All) Dyken; his children, Betsy Sheldon, Mark Eric Dyken (Debbie), Julie Dyken (Ron), Amy Dyken (Bert), Andrew Dyken (Marrianne), and Greg Dyken (Tina); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to IU Foundation; Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund. Please mail checks to IU School of Medicine, c/o IU Foundation, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2021.
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February 12, 2021
You will be truly missed. Your love and just your gently welcoming heart. When I met you I was well a lot of things not so great but you and your wife welcomed me into your family as one of your own without hesitation for that I am forever great full. Also you raised a son who became a father to this broken young woman who never knew what a father was til he entered my life and when I had my children you all took to them as if they were your own blood my boys loved you so so much and it hit them like ton of bricks to here the news as you have been there first true loss... so many great memories also with all the family get togethers from the very first one you all welcomed me and my mother in and made us feel as if we were part of family and soon after I realized we were apart of this beautiful family. Thank you for all the memories and love without judgment. You will be forever missed and hold a part of my children’s as well as my heart after all you were there Popeye so with that said Rest In Peace til we meet again...
Brigette Quinn
February 10, 2021
My condolences to the Dyken family. In addition to knowing Mark as a father, I worked with Mark on several matters. He will be missed.
Lyle Hardman
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