Walter W. Whisler M.D. Ph.D.
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Walter W. Whisler, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery and Biochemistry at Rush University Medical Center, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 from complications of cancer and heart disease. Born in Davenport, Iowa, he was 86 years old. He was founder of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Chairman of that department from 1970 until retirement in 1999, and was President of the Medical Staff at Rush from 1989 to 1991. With neurologist Frank Morell he pioneered a revolutionary surgical technique for treating drug-resistant epilepsy. He was also one of the founding Members of the Illinois State Medical Insurance Exchange and served on its Board of Governors. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Jeanette, daughters Katharine (James Lochowitz) and Laura (Thomas Matkov), grandsons August and Ernst Matkov, brother Curtis (Michele), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter, and Dorothy Ruth (Carr) and his brother Kenneth. Walk-by visitation will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020, 4PM to 8PM, Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N Cicero Avenue, Chicago 60646. A memorial service in Dr. Whisler's honor will be held at a later date. Funeral information 773-736-3833. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the Neurosurgery Research Fund at Rush University Medical Center. Please send memorial gifts to Rush University Medical Center, 1201 W. Harrison St., Ste. 300, Chicago, IL 60607-3319 or visit

Published by Chicago Tribune from Sep. 13 to Sep. 17, 2020.
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Dear Jeanette,
I just learned of Walt's death, and I am deeply saddened. He was a major factor in my coming to Rush and a supporter of my clinical activities and research. He was one of the few neurosurgeons I have ever met who did not have an"ego problem." He dealt fairly with his consultants and trained his residents to do the same. He genuinely cared for his patients and was not aloof to them. All Illinois physicians owe him a debt of gratitude for his seminal work with ISMIE. I considered him a good friend, held him in high esteem, and enjoyed the opportunities I had to see him after he and I had retired. He was a compassionate person, a distinguished investigator, and a friend I will sorely miss. Rush has lost a giant. I extend condolences to you and your daughters.
Warmest personal regards,
Michael Huckman
Michael Huckman
September 26, 2020
Walter was an accomplished Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery and Biochemistry who took his work seriously. My heartfelt sympathies to the family.
September 14, 2020
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