Dr. Theodore Sattler

Dr. Theodore Sattler Dr. Theodore H. Sattler, age 94, prominent Yankton, physician and medical educator, died of pneumonia April 12, 2009, after a short hospitalization in Wellesley, MA, where he was staying with the family of his daughter, Dr. Ann Sattler and her family.  Daughter Susan Sattler (California) was visiting at the time. Memorial services will be held at Yankton Congregational Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, with lunch to follow.  Cremains will be buried in the Max family plot at the Yankton Community Cemetery.  Son of Dakota Territory pioneer parents, Reverend John and Paulina (Max) Sattler, he graduated from Yankton High School, Yankton College, and University of South Dakota and Northwestern University (Chicago) Medical Schools.  In 1941 he married Isabel Reedy, whom he had met at Yankton College. After internship he served as a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, assigned to the hospital ship "Francis Y. Slanger," which continually plied the Atlantic during World War II.  Discharged in 1946 with the rank of Major, he returned to Chicago to complete Northwestern University Internal Medicine Residency training. In 1948 he returned to Yankton with his wife and 2 year-old daughter Ann, helping to establish the Yankton Medical Clinic, where he practiced actively for 44 years.  Another daughter, Susan, was born in 1949. A revered Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at USD Medical School, where he served as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Acting Chair of the Department of Medicine, he was instrumental in winning approval for the USD four-year medical school program.  Who's Who in America lists many honors and awards:  the South Dakota Heart Association Distinguished Service Award; the Yankton College Alumni Achievement Award; the South Dakota Medical Association Distinguished Service Award; the C.B. Alford Award for Outstanding Public Health Service; the Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Pub lic Service; the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota chapters of the American College of Physicians, of which he was also Governor and a founding member, and Society of Internal Medicine, which he had served as President; 2002 USD Medical School Alumnus of the Year Award; and election to AOA and Sigma Xi, academic and scientific honorary societies. He served as director or president of many medical organizations:  16 years as Director of the South Dakota Foundation for Health Care; American Hospital Association Board of Directors; and President of South Dakota Society of Internal Medicine, Diabetes Society and Heart Association.  In Yankton, where he was selected Citizen of the Year, he served on boards of two local colleges, the library, the local hospital and the Congregational Church.  He enjoyed world travel, camping, pheasant hunting, gardening, fishing, and Nordic skiing, often with grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Ann Sattler (Dr. Allan Walker) of Wellesley, MA and Susan Sattler (Gary Newman) of Sebastopol, CA; six grandchildren, Andrew, Meredith, Michael and Kim Walker, Toby Newman, and Elizabeth (Newman) Gilbert.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years; two sisters, Mrs. Leonora Reedy and Mrs. Gottlieb (Millie) Rembold; and brothers, John, Walter and William Sattler.  Memorials may be directed to South Dakota Medical School Endowment Association (T.H. Sattler, M.D. Scholarship Fund) PO Box 7406, Sioux Falls, SD 57117. Family may be contacted through Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton. 

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