In Memoriam: Dale M. Larson, MD
SGO regrets to announce the passing of Dale M. Larson, MD, 65, of Marshfield, WI, who died on Sept. 6, 2020. In a career that spanned 40 years, Dr. Larson delivered gynecologic oncology care to the underserved communities in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan until his recent retirement.
Dr. Larson received his baccalaureate degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1976 from Northern Michigan University with majors in physics, chemistry and biochemistry. He graduated from medical school at the University of Michigan in 1980, followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and a four-year fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
He then served as an assistant professor on the staff of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, IL. In 1987, he joined the staff of Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI, where he became the first gynecologic oncologist within the Marshfield system, and eventually served as the director.
Dr. Larson received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Michigan University in December 1994, “In recognition of his outstanding career as a physician, administrator, author and educator in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.”
The award states, “His career and academic achievements are highly commendable, but it is his genuine care, enthusiasm and confidence that make him an exemplary figure among gynecologic oncologists the world over, who have dedicated their lives to assisting women through this highly-specialized field of medicine.”
Dr. Larson leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Ann Marie (Mickalich) Larson, and their sons Alex, Andrew and Erik.
According to Dr. Larson’s official obituary, a celebration of life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, Wings of Hope Search and Rescue of Wisconsin and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.