Carl Junkerman died on March 26, 2014, in the comfort of his home in Helena, where he spent the last 10 years of his life. Carl was born to Ruby and Walter Junkerman in Milwaukee on April 29, 1924. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1942; married his sweetheart, Anne Thomas, in 1945; and received his medical degree from Marquette University in 1947. Shortly thereafter, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving in Yokosuka, Japan, in 1952 and 1953.
Upon return to the States, Carl and Anne settled in Wauwatosa, Wis., and Carl began private practice in internal medicine. He and several colleagues formed Harwood Medical Associates and built an office in the village in Wauwatosa. During his 22-two years in private practice he also served as a clinical faculty member at Marquette Medical School
/Medical College of Wisconsin before becoming professor of medicine and, ultimately, senior vice president for academic affairs at Froedtert Hospital. Carl was a mentor to hundreds of residents over 44 years and received numerous awards for distinguished teaching. Today, the Medical College recognizes the resident whose work reflects the highest standards of ethics, patient management and respect for the dignity of the individual with the Carl L. Junkerman, M.D., Award of Merit.
Carl and Anne were committed to humanitarian causes throughout their lives. Carl served on the Hospital Ship Hope, on the advisory board of Planned Parenthood, was active in the Wisconsin Indochina Refugee Relief Program and received the Humanitarian Award from the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine in 1993. He served as chair of the Ethics Committee at Froedtert and of the State Medical Society’s Commission on Ethics. He is coauthor of “Practical Ethics for Students, Interns, and Residents” (1994, 1998). In his retirement, he lectured widely on advance directives and difficult medical decisions including withdrawal of treatment and aid in dying. He was frequently called upon by health care institutions as a consultant on bioethical issues.
Carl and Anne were Milwaukee residents for eight decades. They found community, lifelong friends and sustained intellectual stimulation in the First Unitarian Church, where Carl served as president of the board and gave frequent guest sermons and readings. The family was active in the American Field Service (AFS) international exchange program and hosted students from Turkey, Japan and Norway; and two of the children spent years abroad as AFS students in Denmark and Japan.
For 50 years, Carl and Anne were intrepid travelers. They drove a VW camper through Anatolia with the kids, rode camels in India, watched birds in the Galapagos, photographed temples in Kyoto and sampled wine in Provence. Although they loved traveling, they were most at peace at the beloved family cottage on Lake Michigan in Door County. From the time he purchased his first Nikon camera in 1952, Carl pursued a near-professional dedication to the art of photography, and his photographs grace the walls of all Junkerman homes. A recent exhibit in Hayama, Japan, featured Carl’s rare images of daily life in Japan in the early 1950s.
Throughout his life, Carl loved classical music and philosophy. He was not so keen about rock ’n’ roll and fiction, but he enjoyed nothing more in his retirement than listening to a favorite symphony and reading about science, atheism and history. He was a committed evolutionist and skeptic, and enjoyed healthy debate about science and religion. Carl was a fierce and intelligent card player who taught all his children and grandchildren how to play Schmier, Sheepshead and Oh, Hell! — and how to slap the winning ace on the table.
Carl and Anne moved to Helena in 2005 to be close to their daughter, Peg. Anne was already in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease and was cared for at the Cooney Home. Carl lived at Touchmark, then in an apartment at his daughter’s residence and finally back at Touchmark in assisted living. During his years in Montana, Carl came to treasure his adopted state. With a photographer’s eye, he never failed to appreciate the many moods of Montana’s big sky and landscape. Always eager for a road trip, Carl experienced the grandeur of Yellowstone, Glacier, the Flathead, the Little Blackfoot Valley and the Bitterroot. He became a beloved member of the Big Sky Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a community that embraced him personally and valued his thoughtful contributions to Sunday services. Carl took his family out to dinner at every restaurant in town, enjoyed the Holter Museum of Art, and was a season ticket holder at the Helena Symphony, which he claimed to be as accomplished as the Milwaukee Symphony.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Anne (2010), and is survived by his daughter, Peg Hunter (Patrick) of Helena, and sons, Cem Kozlu (Anne) of Istanbul, Charlie (Christy) of Palo Alto, Calif., John (Kaoru) of Tokyo and Peter (Nancy) of Seattle; and the eight grandchildren he loved and who loved him back, Nick, Eliza, Jeff, Hannah, Per, Tia, Maya and Kai. His first great-grandchild is expected in October.
Carl’s family extends deep gratitude to the staff of Touchmark, who cared lovingly for Dad over many years and Hospice of St. Peter’s for their support and love during his final weeks, and Dr. Tom Weiner. Special thanks to Dr. Jessica Bailey for her tender care and friendship.
According to Carl’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Remembrances in Carl’s name may be made to the Helena Symphony (2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite No. 1). A celebration of Carl’s life will take place at Plymouth Congregational Church at Winne and Oakes on Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m.
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