HIERHOLZER, JR, WALTER J.Dr. Walter J. Hierholzer Jr., 82, Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine and resident of Guilford, CT, passed away on January 21, 2017. Born in Midland, MI to Walter and Florence (Rodammer) Hierholzer, he is remembered by his family and friends for his intelligence, warm sense of humor, and staunch support of the Democratic Party. Dr. Hierholzer attended Albion College and the Yale School of Medicine with subsequent training in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. He met his wife Bente while studying as a Fulbright scholar at the Biological Institute of the Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark. As an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Public Health (1972-76), he made several trips to the Amazon to study the impact of infectious diseases on native Brazilian tribal populations. From 1976-85, Dr. Hierholzer was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine at the University of Iowa and Director of Hospital Epidemiology Program overseeing statewide hospital epidemiology education. From 1985 until his retirement in 1999, he was a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Yale and the Hospital Epidemiologist at Yale New Haven Hospital. In his retirement, Dr. Hierholzer enjoyed traveling, consulting, volunteering in the Guilford community and spending time with family. Dr. Hierholzer is survived by his wife Bente, his sister Lois (Alvin) Bey, his daughters Hanne (Glen) Miska and Kirstin Hierholzer, son Erik (April Thurn) Hierholzer and grandchildren Molly and Emma Hierholzer.In lieu of contributions, donations can be made to VNA Community Healthcare, 753 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437.
Published in The New Haven Register from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2017.