“Everyone I know says that being the president of the Academy is a big job,” wrote Dr. Henderson in the Bulletin after taking office. “I agree, but the fringe benefits are great. I have had a mountain of mail from old friends and new friends wishing me well and offering to help.”


Published 3/1/2007
Peter Pollack

In memoriam

AAOS bids farewell to past president, son of founding member

On January 27, 2007, the orthopaedic community lost one of its long-time leaders, with the passing of Edward D. Henderson, MD, of Rochester, Minn., who served as AAOS president in 1976.

Born in New York, Dr. Henderson graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1940. According to his son, Dr. Henderson was an accomplished musician, who had to choose between becoming a physician and seeking a career as a concert pianist. In the end, Bach took a back seat to bones, and Dr. Henderson followed his father, Melvin S. Henderson, MD, into orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Henderson moved to Minnesota, where he would remain for the rest of his life, and earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1943. He performed his residency at the Mayo Clinic and also served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Dr. Henderson eventually was named chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic.

In 1953, Dr. Henderson received his orthopaedic certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and in 1955, he became a fellow of AAOS—an organization his father had helped establish 22 years earlier. As his father had before him, Dr. Henderson served the Academy in a number of roles, and, 40 years after his father served as president of AAOS, Dr. Henderson assumed the same role.

Edward D. Henderson, MD

Dr. Henderson exemplified the giving spirit for which the orthopaedic community is known, at times performing free surgery on children whose families could not afford to pay. As professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Medical School, he was a mentor to many young orthopaedic residents. “When it really dawns on one how deeply most people feel that the Academy is important to them personally,” he once wrote, “it gives a heightened sense of responsibility and a warm feeling of belonging to a great and friendly group.”

Dr. Henderson was a leader in many professional organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Medical Association, International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Minnesota State Medical Association, and Minnesota-Dakota-Manitoba Orthopaedic Club.

Memorials can be directed to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1884 22nd St. NW, Rochester, Minn., 55901; or to the Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, Minn., 55905. Letters of condolence can be addressed to Ed Henderson Jr., c/o Charter House, 211 2nd St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Col. Brian D. Allgood, MD
AAOS fellow was top medical officer in Iraq

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Col. Brian D. Allgood, MD, the top medical officer for U.S. troops in Iraq, became the second American surgeon to die as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom when the Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding was shot down in January 2007.

Medicine—and military service—were family traditions. Dr. Allgood’s father and his uncle are physicians and Vietnam veterans, his mother is a former nurse, and his wife is a retired colonel who served in the Army’s Medical Service Corps. Dr. Allgood, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, attended the University of Oklahoma medical school and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center.

“Brian Allgood was a healer, a quiet and humble man who knew the best way to lead was not through anger or boastfulness. Instead, he simply did what needed to be done, helping save and improve lives every day, and in doing so led by example,” said Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) in remembering Dr. Allgood for the Congressional Record. “As a surgeon and later a commanding medical officer, he played a role in the saving of hundreds, if not thousands, of American lives.”

With a 20-year military career spanning service in the Americas, Korea, and Iraq, Dr. Allgood was a decorated officer and recipient of the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Order of Military Medical Merit, among other honors.

Dr. Allgood’s assignments included service as battalion surgeon for the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and participation in the 1989 Panama invasion. While assigned to Fort Bragg, he served as chief of the hospital’s orthopaedic surgery clinic. He was a consultant to the Joint Special Operations Command and commander of the 274th Forward Surgical Team—a group of doctors that treat soldiers on the front lines.

As commander of the 232nd Medical Battalion, he helped rewrite the curriculum for Army medics. He was the commander of the 18th Medical Command, 121st General Hospital in South Korea before he went to Iraq as command surgeon of Multi-National Forces Iraq. He was returning from a visit to one of the country’s newest hospitals when the helicopter he was flying in was struck by enemy fire.

Ted Katsinas

Vice-President of Communications
1961 – 2007
Ted will be greatly missed by the OREF family and the entire orthopaedic community.

In memoriam

Cecil E. G. Caines, MD
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
August 16, 2006

Charles B. Thomas, MD
Greenville, S.C.
Oct. 20, 2006

Gardner F. Fay, MD
Stratham, N.H.
Oct. 26, 2006

Oswald V. Clark, MD
Traverse City, Mich.
Oct. 29, 2006

James Mcleod Perry, MD
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Oct. 30, 2006

Alf Nachemson, MD
Goteborg, Sweden
Dec. 4, 2006

William J. Waskowitz, MD
New Britain, Conn.
Dec. 4, 2006

James D. Wolff Jr, MD
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Dec. 15, 2006

Charles O. Townley, MD
Port Huron, Mich.
Dec. 22, 2006

Walter Peter Bobechko, MD
Jan. 6, 2007

David G. Latta, MD
Montecito, Calif.
Jan. 10, 2007

John J. Kalamarides, MD
Wilton, Conn.
Jan. 10, 2007

Nancy D. Garber, MD
Smyrna, Ga.
Jan. 11, 2007

Robert H. Fitzgerald Jr., MD
Decatur, Ind.
Jan. 15, 2007

Brian D. Allgood, MD
APO AE, Iraq
Jan. 20, 2007

Joseph D. Billotti, MD
Saddle River, N.J.
Jan. 22, 2007

Edward D. Henderson, MD
Rochester, Minn.
Jan. 27, 2007

William T. Davison, MD
Cornish, N.H.
Feb. 2, 2007

Louis P. Ripley, MD
Roanoke, Va
Feb. 7, 2007

Thomas R. Johnson, MD
Billings, Mont.
Feb. 18, 2007

John S. Thiemeyer Jr, MD
Norfolk, Va.
Feb. 24, 2007

Johnson family establishes scholarship fund
The family of AAOS Fellow Thomas R. Johnson, MD, has established a medical scholarship fund in his memory. Dr. Johnson served as the editor of the AAOS patient education Web site, Your Orthopaedic Connection (
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org). To contribute to the fund, send your memorial to Thomas R. Johnson Medical Scholarship Fund, c/o Bill Tierney, RBC Dain Rauscher, P.O. Box 2158, Billings, MT 59103