Obituary for Dr. Thomas A. Stolee

Dr. Thomas A. Stolee, age 84 of Northfield, formerly of Duluth, passed away Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at Reflections End-of-Life Care on the Three Links Campus, Northfield. Thomas Allan Stolee was born May 20, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Gullik R. and Adeline (Thomason) Stolee. He was raised in the North Camden Avenue area of Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1951. He attended St. Olaf College for 2 years before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he received his BA in 1954. He enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School and graduated in […]

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Dr. Thomas A. Stolee, age 84 of Northfield, formerly of Duluth, passed away Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at Reflections End-of-Life Care on the Three Links Campus, Northfield.

Thomas Allan Stolee was born May 20, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Gullik R. and Adeline (Thomason) Stolee. He was raised in the North Camden Avenue area of Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1951. He attended St. Olaf College for 2 years before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he received his BA in 1954. He enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School and graduated in 1958. Following medical school Tom served his internship in Jackson, Mississippi, and Duluth, Minnesota. On August 24, 1957, Tom married Lorraine Grace Fenstad at Sychar Lutheran Church in Silver Bay, Minnesota.

In 1959, Tom enlisted in the United States Army. After basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Captain Stolee served active duty from 1960 – 1962 at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Riley, Kansas, remaining in the Army Reserves until 1965. Tom served residency from 1962 – 1964, at the University of Mississippi, and from 1964 – 1966 at the Minneapolis VA Hospital and University of Minnesota. From 1966 – 1971, he served as a Pathologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Croix Valley Pathology in St. Paul; and in 1967, was the Interim Medical Director for St. Paul Companies in St. Paul, MN. In 1971, Tom began practice at Miller-Dwan Medical Center in Duluth, where he served as the Chief Pathologist and Director of Laboratory. He also served other regional communities including Grand Marais, Aurora, Ely, Ashland, Washburn, Ironwood, and Hayward. During his tenure in Duluth, he served on numerous hospital committees, he served a term as Chief of Staff, and was Chairman of the Board of the Miller-Dwan Foundation from 1986 to 1988. He was a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and instructor at the college of St. Scholastica; he remained an Adjunct Emeritus Faculty, Department of Family Medicine, UMD, from 2003 until his death. Tom retired from full-time practice in 1999, but continued to serve his fellow colleagues and friends in locum tenens for many years following his retirement.

During his medical career, Tom was very active in many medical associations/organizations including the Minnesota Medical Association, Lake Superior Medical Society, the Lake Superior Pathology Society, the American Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Board of Pathology, and many more. He held numerous Executive Board Positions including President of the Minnesota Medical Association 1991-92; President of the Minnesota Society of Pathologists 1988-89; President of the Lake Superior Pathology Society 1989-90; National President (Supreme Archon) Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity 1976-78; and Minnesota Delegate to the AMA 1986-95.

During his career as a physician, Tom received a number of awards. He was most proud of the following: Physician of the Year, Minnesota Medical Association (1992); Physician of the Year, Lake Superior Medical Society (1994); Distinguished Service Award, Minnesota Medical Association (1996); the Diehl Award—Alumnus of the Year, University of MN Medical Alumni Association (1997); President’s Award for Community & Medical Service, Lake Superior Medical Society (1998); first winner of the Thomas A. Stolee Service to Medicine Award, Lake Superior Medical Society (2000); Minority Service Award, Minnesota Medical Association (2004); and Distinguished Pathologist Award, Minnesota Society of Pathologists (2016).

Following Tom’s retirement from the full-time practice of medicine, he and Lorraine spent summers at their beloved lake home on Middle Eau Claire Lake at Barnes, Wisconsin; and winters at their beautiful home in Marco Island, Florida. They moved to Northfield in March 2017.

Throughout his life, Tom volunteered/participated in many community organizations including the Board of Directors, Hayward Area Memorial Hospital; the Board of Directors, Kitchi Gamma Club of Duluth; the Naples Community Hospital Board of Quality Committee; the Marco Healthcare Board of Directors; the Marco Island Police Foundation where he served on the Board and chaired the neighborhood watch; the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary; the Marco Island Civic Association; the Duluth Kiwanis; Duluth School District Youth Program Coach; the American Legion in Grand Marais, MN; the Conservancy of Southwest Florida; and his beloved Barnes, WI Saturday morning “Good Ole Boys Club.” He enjoyed the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra; hunting and fishing; traveling; and spending time with his family.

Services will be 11:00AM, Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. Military Honors and a reception will follow the service. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lorraine; his children, Marcia (Richard) Zeidler of Cannon Falls, Thomas II (Patricia) of Duluth; 2 grandsons, Thomas III and Eric; his sister, Jeanette Nelson of Northfield; his sister-in-law, Marilyn Stolee of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Michael J. Stolee.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff of Reflections End-of-Life Care and Northfield Hospice; as well as Dr. Katherine Helgen, Dr. Randy Reister, and Pastor Tim McDermott.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

March 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Bethel Lutheran Church
1321 North Avenue Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

2 Comments

  1. Angela Dougherty

    Dr. Stolee took me under his wings when I was a young insurance agent. I appreciated his trust and most of all his laugh. We had a few good chuckles over the years. He was also the person who saw my parents funeral home being struck by lighting and called the fire department. He had a front row seat from his office at Miller Dwan for the fire.

    I have said a prayer for him and for the family he leaves behind.

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  2. Pat & Guy Johnston

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stolee family. Tom always had a smile, a story and an interest in other people.
    He is missed by his friends in Barnes WI

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