Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bernd Scheithauer Has Died

A very sad letter from the Mayo Clinic received today:

Subject: Bernd Scheithauer
I just learned that Bernd Scheithauer, my treasured friend and colleague with whom we all had worked clinically or in the laboratory, was found dead at his home today.  He was not feeling well at work yesterday, and apparently died of natural causes at his home last evening or this morning.

Bernd was a rare individual and an academic giant.

Bernd had a deliciously naughty sense of humor and --with 24 indexed articles already in print this year-- I can just see him looking down on us, giggling, and saying, "Bill, take notice; publishing and perishing are not mutually exclusive."

I will certainly miss him.


William L. Lanier, M.D
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Rochester, Minnesota  USA


Richard M Berger, MD said...

He will be sadly missed. I trained at Mayo in neuroradiology 1994-1996 and spent a few months with Bernd, Katarina and Joe. It was a fabulous experience. Ive kept in touch with Bernd ever since on email send him funny pix etc that he really enjoyed. I could always count on a response from him. RIP Bernd, Judy and I will miss you....

dknit said...

We will miss his quirky sense of humor and the high standards he set for himself and others. I still can't believe he's gone. -Debbie and Ric

Gülcan said...

This news very sad to read that "Oops" and he shook my hand, tears flowed. This world has lost a valuable scientist. Prof. Dr. Aydin Sav dearest friendly.
Dr. Bernd Scheithauer heaven to sleep.

Patience to his family and friends, wish.


Eman Abdelzaher said...

I will miss him....although I didn't train at Mayo clinic...Dr.Bernd was my mentor...I learnt neuropathology from his books...and I was lucky enough to meet him few times during his visits to Egypt. What a great loss :(

Alex Knisely said...

Of course it's selfish to wish him back; we must believe that he is better and happier now. But -- I learnt so much from his writings, and I am sorry that he is gone.

Bassma El Sabaa said...

So Master Scheithauer is gone, It is true, you can always count on his response, doing whatever it takes "just send the slides, block and complete history". True also: this unforgettable "boyish" grin and "naughty" sense of humor. We are really grateful to you sir, for your articles, for your books, for your visits to our beloved Egypt. We will all TRULY miss you, GOD bless your soul.

mrwick said...

Obituaries from the Rochester, MN Post Bulletin

Posted: Sep 26, 2011, 4:00 pm

Dr. Bernd W. Scheithauer, 65, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Rochester.

Bernd Walter Scheithauer was born Aug. 30, 1946, in Gelenau, Germany, to Walter and Renate (Scholz) Scheithauer. He grew up in Eureka, Calif., and graduated from Humboldt State College in Arcata, Calif. He went to medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif. He completed his Residency and Fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Neuropathology at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif. He started working at Mayo Clinic in 1979. He worked in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Departments. He married Charlotte Fisher on Dec. 17, 1967, in Eureka, and they later divorced.

He enjoyed traveling the world, coin collecting, photography, medical book collections, and weight lifting.

Bernd is survived by a son, Hans of Arcata, Calif.; a daughter, Monika (Joe) Maxey of Minneapolis; one grandson, Aiden; and his mother, Renate Scheithauer of Eureka. He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 150 S. Broadway in Rochester.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600

Anonymous said...

Hi Dr. Scheithauer,

I'll remember you as my neighbor growing up more than a world famous doctor. I also remember your dog Barney and cat Moby. I could throw that tennis ball hundreds of yards into the weeds and he would find it everytime. I still have no idea how he did it. I should have come down to say hi after I left for college, I'm sorry that I didn't do that. Liz has spoken to Hans and Monica a few times recently, it's neat to see how they have grown up. Give Barney and Moby a pat on the head for me.

Will Wise

Liz Wise said...

Here's to you Dr. Scheithauer. I grew up in your home for a large piece of my childhood. You would always greet me joyfully, and were always full of interesting things to say. I was convinced you were the smartest man in the world. Here I am 20-30 years later, and realize that notion never really changed. I am shocked to hear you are gone, and wish I could have said goodbye.

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