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Service set for Dr. Morton Frank Arnsdorf

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Beverly Shores resident Morton Frank Arnsdorf, MD, MACC, died in a motor vehicle accident on June 9, 2010, on his way home from work. He was 69.

Dr. Arnsdorf was a nationally renowned researcher, clinician and cardiologist. He was Chief of Cardiology at the University of Chicago from 1981-1990, and most recently served as professor emeritus and associate vice chairman for appointments and promotions in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He also led a team of researchers that made significant advances in understanding the risk of heart disease in women.

His peers recognized these accomplishments, among many others, by electing him a Master of the American College of Cardiology, an honor bestowed on fewer than 60 cardiologists in the United States.

Born August 7, 1940, in Chicago, the son of a general/family practice doctor, Dr. Arnsdorf earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1962 and his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966. He came back to Chicago for his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals from 1966 to 1969, followed by a two-year cardiology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. From 1971 to ‘73, he served as a major in the United States Air Force and was the chief of cardiology at the Air Force hospital in Elmendorf, Alaska.

A life-long learner, Dr. Arnsdorf taught himself late in life how to play Hawaian slack-key guitar and to paint. He was also deeply committed to the Beverly Shores community and played a major role in civic activities.

Dr. Arnsdorf is survived by his wife Rosemary Crowley; stepchildren Chris Crowley (Bunthay San), Jeanne Crowley Atkinson (George), Colin Crowley (Jen), and Tim Crowley (Katia Bennett); grandchildren Will Bernstein, Liam Crowley, Kate and Harry Atkinson and Declan Crowley; sisters-in-law Patricia Bartolomei, Eileen Schoop (Roy), Mary Carpenter (Luis Garcia); brother-in-law William Carpenter (Jean); and cousins Aviva Braun (Leonard), Shula Megiddo, and Dorit Shneider (Eric). He was preceded in death by brother-in-law Robert McCormick and cousin Michael Wharton.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at St. Ann of the Dunes Catholic Church, Beverly Shores, 433 West Golfwood Road, Beverly Shores.

Memorials may be made to the Beverly Shores Community Association and the Section of Cardiology at the University of Chicago to be used to fund the Morton Arnsdorf Cardiovascular Sciences Research Day.



Posted 6/15/2010