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Norman H. Engbring M.D.

1925 - 2014 Notice Condolences
Norman H. Engbring M.D. Notice
Engbring, Norman H. M.D. Engbring, Norman H., M.D. Norman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 30, 1925, to Henry and Hattie (Krueger) Engbring, and after a long illness, passed suddenly on July 9, 2014. Following his military service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he returned to Milwaukee, where he married Virginia M. Kubacki in 1950 and graduated from the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1951. Though he traveled internationally, Milwaukee was always his home. Though he was widely recognized for his contributions to the field of medicine, he dedicated his long and distinguished career to the Marquette University School of Medicine, which later became the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and to Milwaukee County General Hospital, which later became Froedtert Hospital. As a research scientist, he focused on better understanding and novel approaches in endocrinology. As a practicing physician, he consistently earned the trust and respect of his primarily diabetic patients, whose care and treatment were high priorities. But his greatest impact on the practice of medicine was as an educator, as both a professor of medicine and Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, ending his career as Professor Emeritus. He founded the MCW residency program, which created a network of MCW Affiliated Hospitals in which graduating medical doctors could complete their training. The program has produced a steady flow of highly-qualified physicians dedicated to serving the people of the state of Wisconsin. After his retirement, he became the first Archivist for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and established the MCW Archives. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the medical school, he dedicated a year to writing the history of MCW, entitled "An Anchor for the Future." He was recognized throughout his career by both his peers and his students, with multiple honors highlighted by appointment to the prestigious Walter Zeit fellowship and receipt of the distinguished service award from MCW, the highest honor offered to faculty at the institution. Balancing his dedication to his career were his varied interests in outdoors activities including gardening, fishing, bird-watching, and travel photography and cultural pursuits including theater and classical music, but most of all, his devotion to family. That devotion was obvious in his immediate family, with whom he readily shared his wisdom, his values, and his wry sense of humor. It was also apparent throughout his extensive family network, leading him to Germany in his quest to trace the lineage of the Engbring name back to its earliest roots. Norman is survived by his loving wife Virginia, his children David of Elm Grove, WI; Alan (Juliet) of San Diego, CA; and Jean of Germantown, MD; his granddaughter Kelly of Madison, WI; his brother, Jerome (Lucy) of Valmeyer, IL; his half-brother Dennis of Williams, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Lori; his sisters Dorothy (and husband Frederick) Meier, Ruth Engbring, Arleen (and husband Leroy) Klug, and Shirley (Robert) Hester; his brothers Elmer (and wife Kathleen) and Charles (and wife Jane); his sisters-in-law Sylvia (and husband Edward) Mueller and Leona (and husband Kenneth) Brunkhorst; and brother-in-law Harry (and wife Evelyn) Kubacki. A visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 18, from 5 to 7 PM. A service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 19, at Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elm Grove (945 Terrace Drive). In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Medical College of Wisconsin are appreciated.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 13, 2014
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