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Deceased Name: Dr. Arnold Kremen , renowned surgeon


His undergraduate work in a laboratory led to a career of surgery on the head and neck. He was 92.

When it came to head and neck surgery, many doctors would consult with Dr. Arnold Kremen before they operated.


"He was in his day probably the best head and neck surgeon in the country," said Dr. Robert Wengler, a Minneapolis orthopedic surgeon who performed a residency under Kremen and later became his personal physician.


Kremen, 92, who found his calling while working as an undergraduate in an animal laboratory, died of natural causes at his Minneapolis home on Sunday. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about five years.


Serving in World War II after earning a medical degree in 1937 from the University of Minnesota, Kremen operated on wounded soldiers and airmen at muddy field hospitals, as the battle lines moved up the Italian peninsula. He also served in England and North Africa, leaving the service as a major. He earned a Ph.D. in surgery in 1947, also from the University of Minnesota.


As a college student, Kremen worked at an animal laboratory in Duluth, his hometown.


"That experience in the animal lab just delighted him" and led him to surgery, said his wife, Virginia, of Minneapolis.


Kremen taught at the university from 1947 to 1954, and also was the cancer coordinator for the U.S. Health Service from 1948 to 1951.


Kremen maintained a relationship with the medical school throughout his career, training surgical residents. He also served as director of surgical research and the University Surgical Service at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis from 1951 to 1954.


"He was a taskmaster, and he was just excellent," Wengler recalled.


A former Guthrie Theater board member, Kremen also served on several local and national medical committees and boards, including the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgery. He retired in 1985.


Kremen's many hobbies included skiing and tennis and he loved to bake bread, said Virginia Kremen.


"He never felt it was good enough. So he kept baking. It wasn't too good on the waistline," she said.


In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by sons Dr. Alan Kremen, of Oroville, Calif., and Dr. Mark Kremen, of Omaha, and four granddaughters. His son Jay died in 1968.


A memorial service will be held on April 1 at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis.


Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)

Date: February 21, 2006





Deceased Name: Kremen , Dr. Arnold J.

age 92, on Feb. 19. Private graveside service on Wednesday. Family will receive visitors at home afterwards. Memorial gifts may be directed to Dr. Arnold J. Kremen Scholarship in Surgery at University of Minnesota Medical School, care of Minnesota Medical Foundation. The Funeral Directors 612-866-6711


Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
Date: February 21, 2006





Deceased Name: Kremen , Dr. Arnold J.

Oct. 26, 1913 - Feb. 19, 2006 age 92. To Celebrate his Life, his family will receive friends Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the Women's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, from 12 Noon until 2:30 PM.


Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)

Date: March 26, 2006





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