John Brinkman
1936 - 2021
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John Brinkman
Mason City - Dr. John H. Brinkman, 84, of Mason City, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Mercy One North Iowa Hospice surrounded by family, on April 3 2021.
John was born in Ames, Iowa on December 29, 1936, the son of Dr. and Mrs. N.H. (Mildred Kimberley) Brinkman. He grew up in Colo, Iowa, graduating from high school in 1955, and was always very proud to call that community home. During his youth, he enjoyed working on his Uncle Harold's farm where he saved a friend from drowning at the farm pond, receiving the Carnegie Medal from Philadelphia for his brave actions.
Following graduation, John attended Kemper Military School in Kirksville, Missouri, then attended the University of Iowa, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1962. It was during his internship in Houston, Texas where he met and married his wife of 57 years, Maxine Brand. They moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where John completed his residency in Internal Residency, receiving an NIH Fellowship in Endocrinology with the VA through the University of Minnesota. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Corp Captain in Honolulu, Hawaii during the Viet Nam build-up.
John and Maxine moved to Mason City, Iowa in 1962. During that time he was an internist at Park Clinic and at Mercy Medical Center. His illustrious career as a physician leader included his roles with the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, the Iowa Medical Society, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, as a fellow with the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology, and as Mason City Health Director for sixteen years, among many others. He was a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine of Carver College at the University of Iowa, training medical students and residents, and in 2004, he had the honor of receiving the Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Service Award. His greatest professional joys were often found in serving the elderly and in his interactions with area farm families, where he enjoyed visiting about crops and trading stories and recipes. John was a lifelong member of the AMA, IMS, the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He also served as a Board member for the both the Newman Foundation and the North Iowa Fair Association, and was a Boy Scout leader for the Hoover troop.
After practicing as a physician for forty years, John retired in 2002, continuing to serve where needed until 2010. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, going on fishing trips to northern Minnesota and Canada with his brother, Harold, and brother-in-law, Dean, making homemade pickles and fudge, reading biographies and historical novels, and walking his beloved pug, Suzy.
John was a very beloved husband and a loving and dedicated father who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Maxine, children Paul (Lisa), Sarah, and David (Will), four grandchildren Peter, Lucy, Carl, and Sophie, his brother Harold, and sweet pug Suzy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary, brother-in-law Dean, and nephew John.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, the Mason City Public Library or the University of Iowa Foundation for Medical Student Scholarships. Family graveside services will be held at a later date.

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Published in Nevada Journal from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2021.
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April 19, 2021
Dr Brinkman was a tremendous leader and friend. I remember wonderful travels while he was in IMS leadership, and he and Maxine would always help us struggle through airports w/ our babies (now 25 and 21). So many stories and memories -- the Abrams Family is deeply grateful for all the experiences we shared, and how he mentored so well. Love and condolences to Maxine and the Brinkman family.
Mike Abrams
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April 15, 2021
John practiced Medicine in Mason City, Iowa during the same time that I did. He was an excellent physician. John contributed greatly to the practice of medicine in North Iowa. His work on the Iowa Medical Society Board and as its President supported patient care for Iowans, and as an advocate for physicians and hospitals in our state. John would always tell me what he thought, and he could be fiesty, but I liked that about him. He would always listen. He was a friend. I am sorry that he is gone. My sympathy goes out to you Maxine and your family. Sterling.
Sterling Laaveg, M.D.
April 12, 2021
May peace and courage be with you at this time
Larry Fane
April 12, 2021
Dear Maxine and family, you have my sympathy on the loss of John. I always enjoyed meeting and greeting him in the halls of Mercy Medical Center. Do know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings!
Emily Devine, RSM
April 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Brinkman. I worked with him for many years while at Park Clinic. There were days that it was hard to keep up with him!! We shared a love of gardening and preserving what we grew. We were always comparing - an understood 'competition'. His sweet tooth was well know around the clinic. Prayers are with Maxine and familing during this difficult time.
Vciki (Young) Peters
April 11, 2021
Thinking of all the good memories of your family, sorry for your loss. Love you, friend Audrey Huff
Audrey Huff
April 10, 2021
Dear David,

My heart is with you and your family, may the Almighty God send you peace and strength during this difficult moment.

I am confident that He who began a good work in your father, He will surely accomplish it through you my dear friend. - Philippians 1:6.

Much and Respect from Uganda

Musah
Musah Lumumba
Friend
April 9, 2021
Dear David, I am so
Sorry to hear about the loss of you father. Although one’s entire life could never be put into a few paragraphs, these few paragraphs about your dad and all that he accomplished and gave to the world is impressive. Now I now where you get much of your ability to make a difference from. My prayers are with you and your family. Blessings to your beloved fathers soul as he flys free to infinity and beyond. God bless. Steven
Devarshi Steven Hartman
Friend
April 9, 2021
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