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’45 Anna May Klippel, MD (1921-2015) 

 

Anna May Klippel, who was one of the first local physicians to establish a practice specializing in family medicine, died Saturday in Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, Mass. She was 93.She suffered from dementia, daughter Alice Livdahl said.Mrs. Klippel began her career in the late 1940s as a general practitioner, specializing in obstetrics, and went by Dr. Newton professionally. She first practiced in the office of her father, Dr. Francis Newton, for 10 years on Monroe Street near Collingwood Boulevard.Her work included delivering babies and attending to the needs of patients at the five hospitals where she was on staff.However, she phased out of obstetrics and transitioned in the mid-1960s into family medicine after passing the state boards for certification in the then-new specialized field.Mrs. Livdahl said her mother liked caring for patients and providing for many types of needs in the family practice setting, which included caring for the patients whom she had delivered as babies."It was really a good niche for her," she said. "She loved that. She knew some of these patients for generations."Dr. Klippel and her late husband, Dr. Charles H. Klippel, practiced in the Toledo area for more than 40 years. They lived in Ottawa Hills and Waterville before moving in 1990 to Paxton, Mass., to be near their children.Mr. Klippel, who died Oct. 11, 2007, was a pediatric surgeon and former professor of surgery and pediatrics at Medical College of Ohio, now known as the University of Toledo Medical Center.The couple met while they were in medical school at Ohio State University. They were married on Jan. 1, 1944.Mrs. Livdahl said her mother, as a youngster, went with her father on house calls, and by the time she was 6 years old knew she wanted to be a doctor like her father."She was really exposed to medicine at a very early age," she said.She was born July 26, 1921. She attended Nathan Hale School and graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1939. She enrolled at OSU in an accelerated six-year medicine program, earning her medical degree in 1945.She began medical school with 80 other students but was the only woman to stay with the original class from its first year. She did her residency at the former Maumee Valley Hospital in Toledo.She taught chemistry classes to nursing students at the University of Toledo in the late 1940s.In later years, Dr. Klippel was on staff at St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee and a partner in Fallen Timbers Health Care Services. She retired in 1989.Surviving are her son, Charles H. Klippel; daughter, Alice Livdahl, and two granddaughters.  The family suggests tributes to Abby Kelley Foster House Inc., 52 High St., Worcester.

 

 

Posted on 29-Jun-15 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Class of 1940 - 1949, Obituaries
 
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