Dr. Charles A. Owen, Jr. -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Dr. Charles A. Owen Jr. will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Charter House Chapel in Rochester.

Dr. Owen, 85, of Rochester, died Saturday (March 3, 2001) at Charter House, where he and his wife had lived for the past two years.

Charles Archibald Owen Jr. was born Dec. 3, 1915, in Assiut, Egypt. He received an associate degree from Monmouth College and a medical degree from State University of Iowa in 1941. On June 8, 1939, he married Edna Stonier in Conrad, Iowa. His internship was at Harper Hospital, Detroit, and he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. In 1946, he moved to Rochester and entered the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1950. Appointed as a Mayo consultant in clinical pathology in 1950, he served as chairman of Medical Sciences Biochemistry in 1958 and the Department of Clinical Pathology. He was a member of Mayo's Board of Governors from 1965 to 1970 and Mayo's Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1971. The author of six books and more than 400 publications, he contributed extensively to the literature of hematology, clinical pathology and biochemistry. He was a professor in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the Mayo Medical School, and a visiting professor at medical institutions in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Japan, Russia, Iran and Egypt. He was active and received honors in numerous professional associations. Other honors included being named the Edmond A. and Marion F. Guggenheim professor in 1978 and receiving the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Professor Lectureship Award in 1980 and the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was president of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Pathologists and served as chairman of the National Red Cross blood bank committee. He retired from Mayo Clinic in June 1981.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Martha (Craig) Coulam and Mary (Jeff Scott) Owen; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, James. He was preceded in death by a daughter, two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be made to Minnesota Public Radio (Marquette Bank Building, Rochester) or to a charity of choice.

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