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Franz Baumann ’35

Franz Baumann ’35, April 21, 2001, in San Francisco, after an extended illness. He received a medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1938 and did pediatric residencies in Wisconsin and California. In 1941, he opened a pediatric practice in San José, California. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After the war, he established a pediatric and adolescent practice in San Francisco, which he continued until his retirement in 1989. During his long career, he also served as a staff physician at several Bay Area hospitals. Franz’s area of special interest was the use of hypnosis to shorten treatment in many childhood conditions, especially enuresis, encopresis, and asthma. He was involved in clinical pediatric hypnosis research at Langley Porter Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco, and published many articles on the subject in the Journal of Urology and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as chapters in several books. He was a founding member and past president of the San Francisco Academy of Hypnosis and a member and past president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. In retirement, he taught classes at the Center for Learning in Retirement at the University of California, Berkeley Extension Center, and was a volunteer instructor in aquatic exercise at a therapeutic pool at the Recreation Center for the Handicapped. He is survived by two daughters, three sons, 18 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. His wife of 55 years died in 1997.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2001

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