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Frederick P. Zuspan MD
Frederick P. Zuspan MDFlagFrederick P. Zuspan, M.D., age 87– an internationally renowned leader in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology – died peacefully Sunday June 7, 2009 in Bloomington, MN.

He was born January 20, 1922 to Irl Goff and Kathryn (Speyer) Zuspan. Fred was raised with his brother, George William and sister, Janet in Richwood, Ohio where he graduated from high school. His studies at Ohio State University were interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a Marine fighter pilot in the Pacific theater (V.M.F. 314 flying F4U Corsairs.) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1943, Lt. Zuspan married Mary Jane Cox.

After the war Fred resumed studies at OSU receiving his B.A. (1947) and M.D. (1951). After his OB/GYN residency at Ohio State and Case Western Reserve, Dr. Zuspan spent two years as Department Chief at McDowell Memorial Hospital in Kentucky before returning to Case Western University for the Oglebay fellowship in Reproductive Biology.

Dr. Zuspan’s career in academic medicine included OB/GYN Department Chairs at the Medical College of Georgia (1960-1966), the University of Chicago (1966-1975) and the Ohio State University College of Medicine (1975-1987). He became a Professor Emeritus at OSU in 1991 where a named professorship, the Frederick P. Zuspan Chair, was established in his honor.

Dr. Zuspan was a leading researcher in the field of maternal-fetal medicine. He is known for being the first to promote the intravenous use of a specific drug treatment for pregnant women with preeclampsia-eclampsia. This method of treatment, now internationally adopted, remains the standard for treating this disease over 45 years later.

Dr. Zuspan’s passion for teaching led him to train countless fellows, residents and medical students and to serve as a medical missionary in Africa and Malaysia.  He served as editor of numerous medical journals including the Journal of Reproductive Medicine and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He authored/edited scientific articles, book chapters and textbooks, and led in the establishment of Perinatal Resources, an organization committed to the continuing medical education of practicing physicians. Dr. Zuspan was involved in many medical societies and served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a founder of its Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Following retirement from clinical practice, Dr. Zuspan remained active as a journal editor and served as a board member of Matria Healthcare Inc. He also continued his lifelong interests in golf, fishing, and photography. He was always a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Dr. Zuspan is preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Taylor S. Zuspan. He is survived by his two siblings, his wife, and children: Mark Zuspan (Sandra Miller), Kathryn Zuspan (William Kaylor, Jr.)  and Bethany (John) Valentine. His grandchildren, Sarah (Nick) Jampol, Laura Zuspan, Caroline Kaylor, Jennifer Klein, Amy Klein, Nicolaus Klein and Matthew Valentine also survive him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund that Dr. Zuspan created to support perinatal research and education for high risk pregnancies at OSU: Perinatal Development & Research Fund 307744 at The Ohio State University Medical Center; 660 Ackerman Road, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112 or to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 Attn: DRFR. (www.marchofdimes.com)

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, in Dr. Zuspan’s hometown of Richwood, Ohio with Rev. Dr. John Valentine officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Friends may call from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, June 19 at the funeral home where a Masonic Service will be conducted at 8 PM.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com

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#1 from: Terese Houle
Columbus, Ohio
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Dr. Z was one the kindest and most caring gentleman I knew. I feel very blessed to have known him and know the world was a better place because of him. I was very sorry to hear of his passing and will keep your family in my prayers and hope that you all cherish all the wonderful memories you have shared with him.

#2 from: Heather A. Millar, Assistant to Dr. Roberto Romero
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, MI
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan:

My condolences on the passing of your husband.  I work for Dr. Roberto Romero at the Perinatology Research Branch in Detroit Michigan and Dr. Romero spoke very, very highly of Dr. Zuspan. Everyone is speaking very highly of Dr. Zuspan and today the world is a little bit sadder; however because of his contributions, healthy happy babies were born because of Dr. Zuspan!  You have lost a very special person, but know that he is still with you! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless - Heather A. Millar, Assistant to Dr. Roberto Romero

#3 from: Linda Pardue Havenar
Ohio State Univ.  GYN Oncology
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your family member, my former boss and good friend.  He was very kind, considerate and respectful of everyone he came in contact with.  I was very fortunate to have worked for him and with him during his tenure as Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at OSU. May the peace of the Lord be with all of you who mourn his loss.

Linda Havenar

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#5 from: Sandra  Field
Perinatology Research Branch WSU
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

We were saddened when Dr. Romero shared with us the recent passing of your husband. I would like to share some words that were of great comfort to me at a time such as this:

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.  Leo Buscaglia

Please take comfort in knowing that your husband has left an indelible imprint on the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology and he has enriched many lives.

As you grieve know that we will be remembering you as we honor his memory.

Our warmest condolences to you and your family,
Sandra Field, MSN, RNC Research Nurse
Wayne State University,  Perinatology Research Branch

#6 from: George and Terri Lewandowski
Columbus, Ohio
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 2:32 PM

While I hope that we can convey our feelings in person, we have all lost a terrific physician and an even more wonderful friend.  FPZ remains one of my heros in medicine.  One of my fondest medical moments was his delivery of our son Michael - in 1985.  We were pleased to have been able to keep in touch.  We will miss his Holiday wishes and share in your loss.

#7 from: Margaret Martin
Marietta, GA
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lloyd Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
 And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
 When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
   Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
   Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
   When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
   The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
   When I have crost the bar.

Dearest Jane and family, I have loved this poem my entire life and I hope that you recognize and love it too.  What a loss for you, your dear family and for those who have learned from him, loved him and treasured his friendship.  He will always be remembered for his knowledge and abilities, but, as you well know, for his heart which was large enough to house a place for all of us.  I am so blessed to have known him and through him, you.  You two are a shining example of what marriage and life is about.  

"So sail on, my dear friend, to Heaven's shore, rejoice in the Lord forever more, enjoy the peace that you have earned and we will meet you soon at Heaven's door.

#8 from: Gary Vasdev
Rochester, MN 55905
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 7:40 PM

My Dear Kathy,

I need not tell you how much I my heart goes out to you and your family at this time of sadness.  I realize in some measure how much we will all miss dear Fred for a long time — for the mark he has left with his friends and colleagues in SOAP. I know that he has been a pivotal part of your family, but he has shared his wit and wisdom, benefiting all around him. We constantly see this in the work we do, the events of his lifes' research, education and clinical practice. I realize what he stood for will benefit generations of mothers and babies.

For my part, I thank you for giving me the oppertunity to have known him. I wish you all my very deepest condolences.

God Bless.


#9 from: Susan Lamp
Columbus, Ohio
Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

My heartfelt condolences to all of Dr. Zuspan's family. I remember many wonderful memories of my prenatal visits when my husband and Dr. Zuspan would have very entertaining conversations. He was a wonderful obstetrician and I feel very privileged to have been one of his patients. Being a nurse, I valued his knowledge and his kind treatment of his residents and staff.

#10 from: Ina Lynn Z. Breeden
Calafornia, Maryland 20619
Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Jane and Family,

There's no way to fully understand the pain you're going through, or how deeply you hurt right now. But there's one certain thing in sll this, one thing more powerful than the sadness you feel  God's Love Is Here.  "Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord"  Romans 8-39.  May you and the family be strong at this time.

Praying for you,
Ina Lynn Z. Breeden

#11 from: Mary E. Z. Froendt
West Columbia, W.Va.
Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Jane and Family,
You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

#12 from: Victor & Betty Z Johnson
Gainesville, VA.
Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Dr. Fred will be missed,my mother, Eunice Zuspan always enjoyed seeing him at the Zuspan Reunions.

#13 from: Susan Meltzer Yost
Columbus,  (Bexley)  OH
Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I'm now living in Bexley and saw the obit in the Dispatch.
Your dad was my first gyn and made me so comfortable even though he was also my friend's (Kathy) dad.  My parents both died during the past 2 years and like us, I'm sure you will get an outpouring of condolences from people your dad touched during his lifetime.

Susan Meltzer, U-High class of 1971

#14 from: Ella Spitzer
Bloomington, MN
Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Dear Kathy, Bill & Caroline,
Your Dad has left behind a thousand memories/moments that will live in your hearts forever...
Please know that at this difficult time you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers,
With deepest sympathy,

#15 from: Harry Ezell MD
Columbus, OHIO
Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Dear Jane, Mark, and Family:
I am sure that those of us who have experienced the loss of a spouse are familiar with the ensuing emptiness. I am sure that I am not alone among Fred's many friends who feel the same way re the loss of and old and esteemed friend. He was, indeed, an  icon,and although he was many things to many people, he was always a friend. My deepest sympathy to all of the Zuspan family

#16 from: Tammy Miller
Newark Ohio
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Dr Zuspan I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

#17 from: Tom and Barbara Klein
San Francisco
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM


Dr. Z. was a very many special person who touched the heart and soles of so many people in so many positive ways - he will be cherished and remembered always.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.    Tom

#18 from: C. Benjamin Meleca, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor
Columbus, Ohio 43235-2518
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Dear Family of Dr. Zuspan:
I am deeply moved and sorry in hearing of the death of your husband, (father, brother, grandfather).  He was an inspiration to all of us who worked in the College of Medicine at OSU.  It has been my extreme pleasure to have known him and to have served on college committees with him.  He was a warm, generous, respectful and principled physician and colleague.  I feel honored and privileged to have known him.  Your family has my deepest sympathies.  You are all in my prayers.

Warmest thoughts and prayers,

C. Benjamin Meleca, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor

#19 from: Nancy Kays
Edina, Minnesota
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers.  He was a brilliant physician and educator, a distinguished leader, a loving husband, father and grandfather, a loyal friend and a valiant soldier to the end.  I'm so sorry for your loss.  


#20 from: Sun City Summerlin Macintosh Users Group
Las Vegas. Nevada
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 2:43 PM

We knew you for such a short while and always enjoyed your company and expertise, you were a wonderful talented gentleman.  We will miss you - Our deepest and sincere condolences.
Sun City Summerlin Macintosh Computer Friends
Las Vegas, NV  

#21 from: Christine Comstock MD
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 3:14 PM

I was a medical student at the University of Chicago when Dr. Zuspan was the chair of obstetrics and gynecology. He was a great teacher who was very kind to medical students.  He had a huge impact on his specialty. I was sad to hear that he died and extend my condolences to his family.

#22 from: Susan Jacobs
Minneapolis, MN
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I consider myself to be a good friend of Kathy and Bill and Caroline.
I only met the Doctor two times.  I found him to be a very imposing and impressive man even still at his age. I wanted to be around him and learn from him.
I know this to be a devastating loss to you as his family, but what a very wonderful legacy he left behind.
When you come back home, may we please get together and let me comfort you.  
I would love to hear stories about this amazing man.  Love, Susan oxox  

#23 from: Dagmar Stewart
Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Dear Jane, Mark, Kathy, and Bethany - It is with great sadness that I send condolences to all of you. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to all of you

#24 from: Rosemary Reiss
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA
Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Dear Jane and family,
I share in your sadness at Z’s death, and also in the happy memories and feelings of gratitude that are expressed in the condolences of others that I am reading here.  Like many others, I learned so much from Fred, not just about maternal-fetal medicine, but about how to care for people.  He was a great mentor, and despite all his accomplishments, an unpretentious and approachable person.   You and he were generous and gracious hosts at many social gatherings that made Ohio State’s ob department such a strong community.  I last saw Fred at the SMFM meeting in Dallas in 2008.  I am so glad now that I had the opportunity then (at the annual OSU SMFM dinner) to express my thanks to him directly and to give him a hug.

May you find strength in your memories of this strong and wonderful man.

Rosemary Reiss

#25 from: Ruth Smith & Family
Warrenton, Va 20187
Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Dear Jane & family, I can remember Dr Fred by going to the Zuspan reunion for many, many years and what he meant to all of us in the family.He was a warm, generous man and a person to look up too. My Mother( Eunice M Zuspan) had great respect for him. He will certainly be missed by all of us. Our Prayers are with you.
Ruth & family

#26 from: Jay & Pat Iams
Columbus Ohio
Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Dear Jane, Kathy, Bethany & Mark,

How can Pat & I thank you and your families for sharing your Husband and Father with us and with so many others? He was such a positive force in so many lives, and certainly few benefited more than we did. His influence is there in every aspect of our lives: Where we live and raised our children (in UA, around the corner from 2400 Coventry  aka 'Gibraltar House' and from Ted Quilligan's boyhood home), Where I work (OSUMC) and What I do when I'm at work - write book chapters, edit AJOG papers, send letters to referring doctors, and especially, Give Talks!  Z had us giving talks like experts long before we finished residency training , and I've been doing it ever since. There is something fitting about not being able to be in Richwood this weekend because I'm giving talks at a postgrad course hosted by one of Dr Z's former residents, Robb Ohtani. We are so sad to miss seeing you and everyone who will come to remember Fred, but I think he would understand. Here are a few memories that we would have shared with you:
Saying "No, I'm not coming to Columbus" on Friday and then saying Yes on Monday, just like Z said I would.
Getting monthly Chairman pep talks to convince us residents that life would someday get better. It did.
Eating Zus-chini's, Zus-chini Bread, Zus-chini casserole, Zus-chini-etc.
Coon's Candy at Christmas.
Moving in to the neighborhood in 1980 and seeing Dr Zuspan walk in the back door on moving day.
Driving to the "Funny Farm" in Z's Bonneville convertible for GYN clinic. Ask RO'S.
Giving talks using Z's slides on topics I knew nothing about.
Stefan Semchyshyn.
Learning to say, "Thank you ever so much" with feeling!
Going to Bethesda with Z & Herman van Geijn and buying oysters & clams to take on the plane home.
Providing TLC to the many who were confounded by Dr. Christensen's care of Z's private patients.
Going to AGOS mtg at the AZ Biltmore in Phoenix - oops, brought our kids!
Dr. Z, Gynecologist for the Transgender Community.
Learning how to talk to patients from anywhere - Ohio, Chicago, Egypt, WVa, & even Michigan.
Z plowing our driveway w/his Jimmy after big snow.
Reading a flyer about a conference at Children's, & finding out that was I speaking 3 days before the conference.
Becoming the Zuspan Professor - The best feeling.
Learning that I was old by finally being able to call Dr Zuspan, "Fred".
Thanks for Everything. Fred, and we do mean EVERYTHING!
Pat & Jay

#27 from: John Person
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, Mi
Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan and family:

I would like to pass along my condolences for your loss.  Dr. Zuspan had a unique impact on those in the Obstetrics and Gynecology community.   You will hear from many people during this time of sadness.  Many you will know and some, like me, you may not but he was a friend to our group at the Perinatology Research Branch and Wayne State University and I wanted you to know how much he meant to us.  It is a tribute to Dr. Zuspan that he has touched so very many people during his life as a leader, educator, colleague, mentor and friend and also by his contribution to the advancement of science and the health of women and their children.  He will be greatly missed.  I hope the memories of his life are a comfort to you as they are to all he touched.  

#28 from: Frank A Chervenak MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NEw York, NY
Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

My department and I have happy memories of Fred.
He has done so much for our profession in so many ways.The world of obstetrics and gynecology is a better place becasue of him. We give our sincerest condolences and will keep him in our prayers.

#29 from: Sharon Froendt Gough
Nokesville, Virginia
Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I am the daughter of Mary Zuspan Froendt of WV.  I have talked with "Dr. Fred", as we referred to him, at family reunions and enjoyed his encouragement when I started school and when I went to Africa, his interest in my trip.  I was saddened that he has passed but in reading his obituary I was enlightened to how much I did not know about him.  I work on OB as a Lactation Consultant and when I printed off the obituary and showed my colleagues I was amazed that Dr. Fred's name was very well known among some of the doctors here and they had seen him speak at one time or another. A small world it is.  When I was at our family reunions I had no idea I was among "OB royalty" as one of our doctors referred to him.  Whatever he did in life, I will always cherish my talks with him and will always be proud to be a Zuspan.

#30 from: Mirijana Gjokaj
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, MI
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Dr. Zuspan.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology family during this difficult time.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the honor of knowing Dr. Zuspan personally, but I have heard nothing but the highest regards from Dr. Roberto Romero and other prominent figures in the field of OB/GYN & MFM.  I know of Dr. Zuspan primarily through AJOG, as he played such a great role.  Thanks in part to Dr. Zuspan; mothers and babies have a better chance for a brighter future.  This is quite an honor and for that we all should salute him.

Mirijana Gjokaj
Perinatology Research Branch (WSU)
Intramural Division, NICHD, NIH, DHHS

#31 from: Bill Ruckman
Lafayette Indiana
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I can not imagine the number of lives Dr. Zuspan has touched. I was a resident at Ohio State from 1979 to 1983. He was the "complete" mentor instilling not only academic excellence but the caring heart. I will always be thankful. Take Care    In God's Love    Bill

#32 from: Luis and Betty Cibils
Asunción, Paraguay (S. America)
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Dear Jane and Family:
We share this sad moment with you all remembering a great person, a brilliant academician, a superb teacher, and a unique friend.  Our hearts and thoughts are with you as you say goodbye to him in Ohio.  Love from Betty and Luis Cibils.

#33 from: Bill, Maurine, and Dori-Kay Strom
Westerville, Ohio
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM

This is personally for Bethany and family.....I saw the notice of your father's passing in the paper today.  We send our love and prayers.  May God comfort you throughout these difficult days and may you always have beautiful memories of your Dad.  With much love.

#34 from: Tracy Filak
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan:

I would like to send my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.  I did not have the privilege to know your husband personally, however; as a member of the Perinatology Research Branch, I have had the opportunity to witness the profound impact your husband has made on the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is clear that the seed of inspiration planted by your husband will grow to enrich the lives of future physicians and scholars.

With caring thoughts and prayers,

Tracy Filak
Perinatology Research Branch
Wayne State University
Intramural Division, NICHD, NIH, DHHS

#35 from: Jacqueline (Cibils) and Ricardo Tostado
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Dear Jane, Mark, Kathy, and Bethany,
May you find comfort in the love of your families and friends and all the wonderful memories you cherish and share.  While this is a sad time that we and many others share with you from many miles away, we all will continue to celebrate this amazing person.  Fred P., as we referred to him at home, was such a big part of the Cibils-family’s life, both in Cleveland and in Chicago.  His professional influence also indirectly and positively affected so many, including us.  It has been a treat to know Fred P. and his family.  We, at home, knew him as a man our father respected both professionally and personally; we knew that meant he was a special man.  As we grew older, we learned for ourselves that Fred P. was a kind man with a quiet presence who was an example for so many on how to live one’s life.  Ricardo and I love the photo of him.  That is exactly how we will remember Fred P. – with a kind smile.
A hug to you all from Jacqueline and Ricardo

#36 from: Jennifer Turpin
Perinatology Research Branch - Detroit, Michigan
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your family member.  I was not given the opportunity to know Dr. Zuspan personally, but am aware of his contributions in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

Dr. Zuspan leaves behind not only his loving family, but a legacy of tremendous professional accomplishments.

Please know that during this time you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer C. Turpin

#37 from: Connie Jordan Hill
Brentwood, TN
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Dr. Zuspan and my Dad were the best friends growing up and Dad cherised that friendship and those high school memories.  My Dad, Kenneth B. (Whimp) Jordan, passed away March 17, 2009 and he is missed.  It is difficult to lose a parent.  

I met you at Carlyle's Restaurant, I believe two years ago, when you were there having a piece of their wonderful pie.  I was in town to see my classmates and we were having lunch.

I know Dr. Zuspan was a great man with all his accomplishments and please know that he was also a wonderful friend.  

Connie Jordan Hill

#38 from: Stephen Pariser
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Jane and Family.

I am still stunned. Fred, as you all know so well was one of those "larger than life" people. His caring, warm, charm penetrated the hearts of many he touched. He instilled me with confidence, he was a confidante and a leader with enormous capacity to bring people of many different perspectives together for a common good.

Thank you all for sharing Fred with so many of us. His love for all of you was so huge. I simply feel blessed that he touched my life as well.


#39 from: Julie Powers
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, Michigan
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan:

My sincere condolences to you and your family. Although I did not have the privilege to know Dr. Zuspan personally, I am familiar with his work through Dr. Roberto Romero and the Perinatology Research Branch. Dr. Zuspan truly made his mark in this world, and leaves behind a wonderful legacy. One would be proud to accomplish a fraction of what Dr. Zuspan has done in his lifetime. His contributions to medicine, science, as well as women and children’s health will be long remembered.

#40 from: Maria S. Kokas
Perinatology Research Branch
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Dear Ms. Zuspan:  Although we have not met, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family.  Dr. Zuspan's work has had a profound impact on our family. This legacy continues for our daughters and well into their futures as parents.  May your heart be filled with fond memories as you are surrounded by those who you most love.

Maria S. Kokas, Ph.D.
Perinatology Research Branch

#41 from: Kevin Ault MD
Atlanta GA
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Dear Friends and Family of Dr. Zuspan

I came in on the end of the "Zuspan Era" at Ohio State, I started my residency there in 1988.  However he has certainly been a wonderful influence on my career.  One of my younger colleagues was asking me why I was canceling my Friday office hours this week and I told her I was leaving to attend the funeral of Dr. Z.  She asked me a few more personal questions about his life, she knew about Dr. Z's many professional highlights.  I told her how much I admired his status as decorated pilot and his kindness to patients.  Also he always seemed to know more than me about recent literature when I was resident, even though I felt I was at the top of my game.  After I spoke for a few minutes she said "I bet he was happily married to the same woman forever and had great kids."   Yes that was true also.   I often think about Dr. Zuspan when I am interacting with young doctors, and I am hoping that I am a positive influence on their lives.  I think if I have 1 % as much impact on the world as Dr. Zuspan did in his life, I will have accomplished a great deal.    

#42 from: Francesca Gotsch
Milan, Italy
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Dear Mrs. Jane Zuspan, Dr. Katerine Zuspan, and other members of the Zuspan family:
I am an Obstetrician and Gynecologist from Verona, Italy who spent several years working at the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH with Dr. Roberto Romero. During this time, I had the opportunity to learn of the many contributions of Professor Zuspan to Obstetrics and Gynecology, the body of knowledge of our discipline, his pioneering introduction of intravenous magnesium sulfate to prevent preeclampsia, the physicians he trained, and many others who he inspired. I am one of them. Professor Zuspan was a Founder of the International Society of Hypertension in Pregnancy. I recently attended the meeting and presented an oral abstract at the meeting in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, Professor Zuspan could not be there.

This is to express my sincere condolences to your family and friends. I know that Dr. Katherine Zuspan is a very accomplished Obstetrical Anesthesiologist, following in the footsteps of her father. The contributions of Professor Zuspan to preeclampsia, obstetrics and gynecology, the subspecialty of maternal-fetal medicine, the societies and professional organizations that he founded and led, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology are a legacy and an example to present and past generations of obstetricians and gynecologists around the world. My family and I, and my colleagues in Italy as well as the members of the Perinatology Research Branch celebrate the contributions of Professor Zuspan and will miss him very much.

Francesca Gotsch, M.D.
NIH Fellow
Perinatology Research Branch
University of Milan, Italy

#43 from: Percy Pacora
Detroit, Michigan
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan and members of the Zuspan family:

I knew Dr. Zuspan professionally as a teacher, mentor, leader and Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where some of my work was published while I worked at the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to get to know you, your son Mark, your daughter Kathryn, and to listen to the moving eulogies for Professor Zuspan. He changed the lives of patients, other physicians, scientists, departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and medical societies. The impact of his life is profound and reaches well beyond the boundaries of the United States.

I was moved to listen to the story about the tomato crop and how it made Frederick Zuspan change direction in life and become what he was for so many of us. Professor Zuspan is known in every corner of the world where obstetrics is practiced. Mothers are better off because of his contributions to the prevention of eclampsia. He is well-known in all of South America, and he is a legend in Peru, my country.

Although Federick Zuspan's physical dissapearance is a profound loss for all the members of the Zuspan family , the many friends, Residents, Fellows, and faculty members that were trained and mentored by him, professor Zuspan's spirit will enlighten us forever. I am an example of a long-distance trainee who was inspired by his kindness, personal grace and generosity. On behalf of the members of the Division of Obstetrics of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, we extend our profound condolences to you, your family and friends. I pray that his extraordinary life and the emotion that was expressed yesterday in Richwood, Ohio may be of comfort to you.

Percy Pacora, M.D.

Associate Professor

Chief of Obstetrics

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of San Marcos

Lima, Peru

#44 from: Andrea Bernard
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, MI
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan, members of the Zuspan family and friends:

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Dr. Frederick Zuspan. I was not fortunate enough to know Dr. Zuspan personally, but have learned of him and his pioneering work through Dr. Roberto Romero and other members of the Perinatology Research Branch. His work and contributions are and will continue to be a spectacular, life-saving asset to mothers and babies worldwide, and he will be sorely missed by many. May you be comforted by happy memories and loving, supportive family members and friends during this most difficult time.

Most respectfully,
Andrea Bernard
Administrative Assistant to
Roberto Romero, M.D.
Perinatology Research Branch
Detroit, MI

#45 from: Lami Yeo
Detroit, Michigan
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Dear Mrs. Jane Zuspan and members of the family:

My name is Lami Yeo, and I introduced myself to some of you yesterday in Richwood, Ohio.  I traveled from Michigan yesterday morning together with Dr. Romero and his wife, Ginny, in order to show our respects to the members of the Zuspan family and your friends.  

I am a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist, and have seen Dr. Zuspan over the years at many society meetings. I have great admiration for Dr. Zuspan as a physician, leader, investigator, teacher, and for his tremendous knowledge, influence, and contributions to our field, and I knew of him professionally in this respect. I did my residency in Ohio, and learned of Dr. Zuspan at that time. Indeed, he is truly, and will continue to be a legendary figure, and there are very few individuals who have helped mothers and children as much as he has.

Yesterday, I wanted to say how touched all of us were in listening to the eulogies delivered by friends and family about Dr. Zuspan.  It is clear that he was a warm, kind, and very gracious gentleman.  Although the tomato crop incident changed the direction of his life, I believe that he was destined for greatness regardless of circumstances, and he has obviously proved this to be correct.

There are truly few individuals that I can think of who have accomplished and contributed as much as he has. As a physician myself, and a great admirer, I hope you realize that he has truly left a wonderful legacy and example of commitment and excellence. Because of his accomplishments, Dr. Zuspan has inspired many of us in academic medicine to have drive and commitment to excellence, and to aspire to be the best.

Dr. Zuspan will be missed very much, and I wanted to express my sincere condolences and respect to you and your family, and to say our thoughts and prayers are with you. My hope is that these words, as well as the company of family and friends yesterday, will be of support to all of you.

All my best,

Lami Yeo, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Director of Fetal and Maternal Imaging
Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD, NIH, DHHS
Detroit, Michigan

#46 from: Tinnakorn Chaiworapong
Detroit MI
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM

To the entire Family of Dr Zuspan, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Zuspan. May God continue to strengthen each of you during this difficult time. Dr Zuspan was a wonderful person, an idol of all of our OB-GYN specialty.

#47 from: Shali Mazaki-Tovi, MD
Perinatology Research Branch NIH/NICHD
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Dear Mrs. Jane Zuspan, Dr. Katerine Zuspan, and members of the Zuspan family:
I have just completed my third year of Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship in the Perinatology Research Branch, NIH/NICHD and Wayne State University. It is impossible to be an obstetrician without becoming intimately familiar with the enormous contributions of  Professor Zuspan to our discipline. The legacy of Professor Zuspan can be found in text books, review articles, and scientific meetings concerning obstetrics and gynecology. The name of Professor Zuspan was frequently mentioned in scientific meetings, Journal Clubs and even casual conversation that I had with Dr. Romero and other members of the Perinatology Research Branch.  

I had the chance to meet Professor Zuspan in person in the “MFM Fellows-in-Training Forum” of 2008 in which Professor Zuspan as the Speaker-of-Honor. In this forum, Professor Zuspan gave us advice for our professional and personal life. I remember vividly Professor Zuspan’s emphasis on the importance family. I hope I will be able to continue his wise advice.

I would like to express my condolences to your family and friends.

Sincerely Yours,

Shali Mazaki-Tovi, M.D.
MFM Fellow
Perinatology Research Branch NICHD/NIH

#48 from: Sonia S. Hassan
Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, MI
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Dear Mrs. Zuspan,

I wish to express my sincere condolences to you and your loved ones for the loss of Dr. Zuspan. Dr. Zuspan was a preeminent pioneer in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who enriched the lives of his friends, family, and his community. Few individuals have made an impact to our profession that is so far-reaching and invaluable to an uncountable number of physicians and patients; many who did not know him personally, but whose lives were improved by his accomplishments, wisdom, and scientific discoveries. As a member of the Perinatology Research Branch I am honored to have had the chance to be among those who were strongly influenced by Dr. Zuspan’s life and contributions to our field.

On Saturday I was very lucky to have had the chance to visit Richwood, Ohio to attend the funeral services with Dr. Romero, his wife Ginny, and other members of our team in the community that Dr. Zuspan cherished so much. I was also honored to have met you, the members of your family, and the group of individuals that were such an important part of Dr. Zuspan’s personal and professional life. I was very touched by the many stories which I heard about Dr. Zuspan’s life. I will always remember the parting sentiments that you expressed to us as we said good-bye to you, when you asked that we continue the work that Dr. Zuspan would have wanted us to.  

Thank you for the chance to express our gratitude and appreciation and to be a part of a group that has been fortunate to have had this extraordinary individual play a substantial role in our lives.

Sonia S. Hassan, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research
Perinatology Research Branch/NICHD/NIH/DHHS

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#50 from: Antonio and Lynn Cibils
Chicago, IL
Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Dear Jane, Mark, Kathy, Bethany, and your families,

 As my parents and sister have expressed, Fred P. embodied qualities few possess.  Among the flood of memories exists one, from a chilly autumn Saturday afternoon many years ago, that I hold especially close.
 A few years after leaving Chicago for Columbus, Dr. Zuspan came to town for the weekend.  Of course there was much conversation over the dinner table Friday night (a mix of shop talk, discussion of families, happenings around the world, a typical occurrence whenever Fred P. was with us.  Oh, and the laughter!...), but what was in store was a treat: I would get to go to the OSU-Northwestern football game in Evanston the next day - just Fred P. and me!
 Needless to say, OSU won big.  A magical afternoon.  And if this man wasn't already a giant in my eyes, a little detail put things over the top: at just the right moment, when hunger and thirst loomed, out from a pocket of his jacket came two apples - red, sweet, juicy, perfect!  We sat there, watching our Buckeyes have their way with NU, eating our apples, exchanging thoughts on the offense between giggles and nibbles on the best apple I ever ate.  He had a way of making things just so.
 My wife and I send you our love and condolences, and will keep Dr. Zuspan in our hearts and thoughts always.

Antonio and Lynn Cibils

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