UA College of Medicine Pioneer Dr. Leonard Peltier Dies
Leonard Francis Peltier, MD, PhD, who founded the University of Arizona College of Medicine Section (now Department) of Orthopaedic Surgery and spearheaded creation of Tucson's Joint Trauma Program, died May 4 at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 83.
Dr. Peltier, who joined the UA in 1971, also twice served as acting head of the UA Department of Surgery (in 1976 and from 1986-90) prior to his retirement in 1990.
Onetime national president of the American Association of Surgery of Trauma, Dr. Peltier worked to improve trauma care in Tucson and served on the local committee that formed Tucson's Joint Trauma Program at UMC and TMC.
Dr. Peltier also served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. His research in fat embolism and in bone strengthening gained widespread recognition.
Dr. Peltier published nearly 200 scientific papers and several books, including Fractures: A History and Iconography of Their Treatment (1990), and Orthopaedics: A History and Iconography (1993). Many of his papers dealt with the history of surgery, an area of great expertise. He served on the editorial board for -- or as a consultant to -- several journals, including Surgery, Journal of Trauma, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He also served as classics editor of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
Prior to the UA, he was head of the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kansas for 15 years, where a lectureship in his name has been established. A professorship in orthopaedics also is being planned there in his honor.
He received his MD and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Marian K.; his sons and their wives, George and Claudia Peltier, Stephen and Melanie S. Peltier; grandchildren and their wives, David and Margaret Peltier, Eric and Tara Peltier, Sarah Peltier, James and Leslie Peltier, Lisa Peltier, and Carolyn Peltier; and three great-grandchildren, Liam, Lucie and Abigail.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Memorial services will be at the First Christian Church, 10101 Montgomery Blvd., N.E. Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Christian Church.