In Memory

Gordon Kochsiek

Gordon Kochsiek

September 18, 1951 - August 20, 1999

Kochsiek, Dr. Gordon

Kochsiek, Dr. Gordon, M.D., 47 of La Crosse, WI, died on Aug. 20, 1999 in his home. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; children, Amy, Bethany, and Jennifer; his mother Barbara and siblings Ronald (Judy) and Kathy Brager (Bruce). Friends may call on Tues., Aug. 24th at Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 3036 Co. Hwy B, LaCrosse, WI from 5 to 8 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at the church at 11:00 am on Wed. Aug. 25th. Memorials may be directed to the Franciscan Skemp Foundation or to the LaCrosse-Mayo Family Practice Residency Program. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home, LaCrosse, WI, 608-782-1252.
Published in St. Paul Pioneer Press , August 23, 1999

Recognizing the value of teaching amog other physicians at Franciscan Skekmp, the residents each year choose a medical staff member as Teacher of the Year. That award has been renamed in honor and memory of a much-beloved and respected general surgeon, Gordon Kochsiek, M.D., who died in 1999 at age 47. Residents twice voted him Teacher of the Year.

“The Gordy Kochsiek Award for Teaching Excellence” goes to the staff member that the residents believe is the best not only in teaching, but as a role model for how the physician should be in terms of compassionate care of the patient,” said Dr. Rushlow, UW-LaCrosse residency faculty member.

“Gordy was an example. He was one of the best—an example of the dedication of the medical staff to the residency program.”

Source: Franciscan Skemp Healthcare: A History 2002, pp 67-68

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05/10/09 12:56 AM #1    

Debra Holmgren

In our conversations on the bus on the way home from John Glenn each day Gordy talked about his desire to become a famous trumpet player- he turned me on to Blood, Sweat and Tears. Much to my disappointment, he settled on becoming a heart surgeon. I saw him in the Cafeteria at Hennepin County Medical Center in the 70's when he was doing his residency. What a great guy. Don't quote me, but I believe he died suddenly from a heart attack many years ago.  I heard from another classmate a few years ago who knew Gordy at the time of his death.  He mentioned how well-liked Gordy was, and that he actually died from cancer.

08/28/09 04:34 PM #2    

Richard Merry

I grew up on the same block as Gordy. We also played Little League together. We didn't have any of the same classes in high school, but I occasionally ran into him when we were both at the University of Minnesota. It was a great shock when I heard of his death.

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