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Mark Brian Adams ’68

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Mark Brian Adams ’68, May 24, 2007, in Wisconsin, from cardiac arrhythmia. Mark received a BA from Reed in chemistry. He married Nancy Day ’68 in 1967. They both graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1972, and were residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. They had three children, including Nicholas Adams ’97. Mark earned an MS in microbiology and, following surgical residency in 1978, joined the Medical College faculty. In 1987, he was named chief of the college's transplant surgery division, and was director of the Froedtert & Medical College's Transplant Program. He was an attending physician at Froedtert Hospital, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and was a nationally respected leader in organ-tissue allocation, with research focusing on clinical trials of anti-rejection drug therapies. Mark received numerous awards, including the 2001 Distinguished Service Award—Medical College's highest honor—for his outstanding contributions to transplant surgery and national leadership status as a highly regarded medical educator and researcher. Medical College dean Michael Dunn described Mark as “a role model of reason, intelligence, and dedication to quality care with the highest ethical standards.” Mark was appointed chair and professor of the surgery department in 2003. In 1983, he married Kathleen Kemple. In addition to his work, he enjoyed the art of fly-fishing, woodworking, kayaking, and making boats. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a stepson, a daughter, two stepdaughters, his parents, a brother and three sisters, and two grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2007

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