David C. Dahlgren
In 1962 I acquired a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota in (acceptable to my Minnesota-rooted parents, who were paying the bills), and stayed in MN for four more years, for the MD degree in 1966 from the U of MN Medical School. The following year, during my internship at St. Francisco (CA) General Hospital, I was married to a Minnesota girl, Merrie Kyrklund, now Merrie Dahlgren. I had met Merrie, however, in the mid-50's, during the four years she was living in the DC area, attending Kensington Jr High and BCC High School. I'm happy and thankful to be able to look back on nearly 43 married years with her. We hope to have many more such years.
After 2 years in the US Army Medical Corps, including a year each in Vietnam and New Mexico, we returned again to Minnesota, where I completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Our first child, Sarah was born during this time. Sarah's now 38 and has her own MD degree, with clinical and teaching appointments at the University of Cincinnati Medical School (she received a "teacher of the year" award there in 2005, I'll proudly mention). She's married to Tim, a surgeon at the U of Cincinnati Medical School.
After residency, we moved to Kalispell, MT, where I practiced radiology from 1973-1984. During this time our second child, Kari, was born. She's currently Editor and Publications Manager of the Center for Creative Photography at the U of Arizona in Tucson. She's married to Ed, a graphic designer, and has two daughters, who of course are the best two grandchildren in the universe.
After Montana, we all spent a year together in England (1985), where I worked (not very hard) for the National Health Service. The easy work schedule facilitated a heavy European travel schedule that year. We then returned to Minnesota, where I practiced radiology with St. Paul Radiology until I retired at the end of 1998. Looking back on it, the decision to retire early was a good one. It's enabled us to travel and spend more time with our family. I've also been able to become re-involved with music, which at one time had been a vocational ambition. My favorite musical activity is my trombone quartet (see www.westsidetrombones.com).
My only present connection with the medical world is that, as a volunteer, I teach radiology to medical students an hour each week at the U of MN Medical School.
We did attend the 1979 20-year reunion at Andrews AFB, and more recently a few OHHS Band Alumni events, but I've not kept in touch as much as I now wish I had, and am feeling a little guilty about it. So I'm especially looking forward to the chance to change my isolationist habits three weeks from now. I've enjoyed very much reading the bios that have been posted so far.