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I'm very sorry to hear that Susan.

John Hansen   St. Joseph

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From: "Hazelwood, Susan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 9:38 AM
Subject: Death of David Witten


David M. Witten, University of Missouri-Columbia professor emeritus of
radiology and former editor of The Bluebird (ASM's quarterly
publication) passed away Saturday May 12, 2007 at Methodist Hospital in
Rochester, MN. David grew up in Trenton, MO, graduated from Washington
University with undergraduate and medical degrees, and pursued a
fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Witten authored many
textbooks and publications on radiology during his academic career and
he trained many of today's best radiologists. But his lifelong interest
and passion was in wildlife preservation and environmental conservation.
He was also an avid wildlife photographer. David and Al Smith and Josh
Uffman would have had a big time discussing camera settings, light
intensities and film development techniques, I'm sure.

 

It is a shame that Phil Wire and David Witten didn't ever meet. They
both love to watch Greater Prairie Chickens and they like doing it in
northern Missouri. It was David and his wife Netta who rediscovered many
of the leks in our more northern tier of MO counties by sitting in small
community coffee shops with the morning regulars, chatting about events
and the local whereabouts of chickens. Then the next day David and Netta
would go to the described areas to confirm the presence of the birds.
They refound several old time leks that were thought to be defunct but
had moved short distances away from historical locations. And,
unfortunately, they confirmed that some former leks, and the birds that
danced there, were in fact gone.

 

It was David who activated faculty and programmers at MU to figure out
how to transmit x-rays electronically and then how to conduct live
electronic consultations by reading remotely located x-rays while also
visiting electronically with remotely located patients. He functioned as
the radiologist on staff (by doing it remotely) at small town hospitals
in places like Chillicothe. His burgeoning knowledge of what computers
were capable of doing and his thinking outside the box moved ASM into
the electronic age before many other not-for-profit organizations got
there. David and Patrick Harrison would have enjoyed each other
immensely. I wish they could have interacted.

 

I have missed Dave's leadership and gentle sharing of new things in
recent years as his health has failed. But as I reflect, initiatives
that he started continue on in others around us. For a dedicated teacher
like David, what more could he have hoped for?

 

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to The Nature
Conservancy to honor David's passion for nature.

 

Susan

 

Susan Hazelwood

Columbia, Boone County, MO

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