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Werner Emanuel Zeller ’33

Werner Emanuel Zeller ’33, March 6, 2008, in his daughter Katherine's home in Maywood Park, Oregon. Bud studied chemistry at Reed for three years before transferring to the University of Oregon. In the fall of his freshman year at Reed, he met Maxine L. Lesseg ’33; they married in 1934. Bud received an MD from the University of Oregon in 1937. Postdoctorate work consisted of internship and four years of orthopedic and surgery residency at Multnomah County, Shriner's, and Dornbecker hospitals. During World War II, Bud was a naval surgeon on the battleship U.S.S. Tennessee in the Pacific. In 1946, he started a private practice in surgery in Portland and worked at Providence and Woodland Park hospitals. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a member of numerous surgical societies. He was an early member of the Portland Academy of Hypnosis, using hypnosis for postoperative pain relief, and was a charter member of the Portland Surgical Society. In 1976, he was elected as the first mayor of Maywood Park; he served for 11 years. In 1977, he was honored with lifetime membership in University of Oregon Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Bud retired from his medical practice in 1996. In 2004, he was interviewed for the Reed Oral History Project by June E. Anderson ’49. Survivors include two daughters and two sons, eight grandchildren, and two-great grandchildren. Maxine died in 1997.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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