Waldemar “Walt” Person, age 88, of Great Falls, MT, died of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Peace Hospice.
Walt was born July 2, 1922, in Bismarck, ND. His parents, Edla and Andrew, were Swedish immigrants. He graduated from Bismarck High School, and furthered his education at the University of Iowa and Loyola University Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. Walt served two years as a physician in the US Army, stationed in Washington state and Japan.
His postgraduate training was at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he specialized in internal medicine. He received a masters of science in medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, was a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a physician at the Great Falls Clinic for more than 35 years. Walt was devoted to his patients; medicine was truly his calling.
He is survived by his wife, Molly, who was his constant companion and fishing buddy for 63 years. He enjoyed travel and spending time at their fishing cabin on the Smith River, and he loved good food. Family members agree with his family physician, “He had a good run.”
Other survivors include Christopher (Anne) Person of Tampa, FL, Dr. Jettie Person (Harry Goldman) of Seattle, WA; and Bromley (Jack) Casbara of Hamilton, MT.
He took great vicarious pleasure in the accomplishments of his grandchildren, Margaret Person Drumsta, Eden and Elliot Goldman, and Alex and Minica Casbara.
No services are currently planned. There will be a family service in Delano at a later date. Schnider Funeral Home in Montana is in charge of arrangements.