Konald A. Prem, MD

Konald A. Prem, MD

Konald A. Prem, MD (January 25, 2015)

Dr. Prem, best known as Konnie, passed away on January 25, 2015 at Lake Minnetonka Shores/ Presbyterian Homes in Spring Park, MN. He was 94 years of age. He is survived by his daughter Mary Kristen Francis; son Timothy (Laurie) Prem; 7 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, and a niece. In high school, he was active in football.

Entering college in 1938, he left to serve in the National Guard from 1941 to 1946, at which time he returned and finished his premed work at St. John’s University in St. Joseph, MN. After years of courtship, he and his beloved Phyllis Jean Edelbrock wed on June 14th, 1947. Konnie attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, did his residency at Minneapolis General Hospital, and then completed his advanced education in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he stayed on the full time faculty, rising to the rank of Full Professor and served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department from 1976 to 1984. In his 42 year tenure at the University of Minnesota he authored or co-authored 80 papers and seven books.

He was a notable figure in the field of gynecological oncology and a leader in developing techniques for radical pelvic cancer surgery. He was especially proud to have been among the first to be certified when Gynecological Oncology Board Certification began and was instrumental in starting the Obstetrics and Gynecology fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was also very active in natural family planning.

Simultaneous to his medical career, he continued with the military and he was honorably discharged from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as a full Colonel. He was assigned as a Colonel to a large medical reserve unit at Fort Snelling in MN and was promoted to Brigadier General about 1980. Konnie retired from the military with 40 years commissioned service in 1982. Konnie enjoyed snow skiing, gardening, hunting, fishing, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

– Submitted by Dan Landers, MD

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