John A. Haggstrom, M.D.

John Andrew Haggstrom, M.D.

July 21, 1936 – August 7, 2020

Dr. Haggstrom was born on a farm outside of Wolbach, Nebraska on July 21, 1936, and died on August 7, 2020, in Omaha.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Helen (Nelson) Haggstrom; his twin sister, Mary Lou Cummings; and his brother Terry Haggstrom.

Dr. Haggstrom graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.  John married Janis Marie DeVore of Norfolk on June 17, 1961.  He graduated M.D. cum laude from the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1962 and completed his residency in radiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Haggstrom then served as a Lt. Commander at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.  He returned to Omaha in 1968 to practice radiology at Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Methodist Hospital.  In 1978, he became the Chief of Radiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital and served in that role until his retirement in 2002.  Throughout his medical career, he cared for children and taught students and residents.

Dr. Haggstrom was past President of the Omaha Mid-West Clinical Society and Nebraska Radiological Society. He received the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Legend honor in 2009, the Nebraska Radiological Silver Medal Award in 2014, and Henry Doorly Legacy Award in 2015.

John was a racehorse owner when younger, loved traveling around the world with his wife Janis, and was a dedicated fan of UNO hockey and Nebraska football.  He was a member of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha.

Some of his life and career are described in this Pediatric Legend video:

He is survived by his loving wife, Janis; his grateful sons, Dr. John Haggstrom (Ann) of Omaha and Dr. David Haggstrom (Anita) of Indianapolis; and grandchildren, Kathryn and Thomas Haggstrom and Andrew and Erik Haggstrom.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation.

PRIVATE FAMILY BURIAL: Saturday, August 15th, Evergreen Memorial Park.




  • Michael J Gallagher Posted August 8, 2020 9:30 am

    John will be greatly missed by many, not only by the M.D.’s and technologists he helped train up on pediatrics, but by many patients and family ‘s he served over the years. As a fellow Navy man “Hand Salute” fair seas and following winds.

  • Joel and Jill Johnson Posted August 8, 2020 1:22 pm

    Sorry to read of John’s death. Our prayers go with you.

  • Leslie Speck Posted August 8, 2020 6:17 pm

    Sincerest sympathy to Jan and John and David and families. As a classmate of Jan’s I have many fond memories of them as a couple. Love and prayers for you all.

  • Paul Bentz Posted August 9, 2020 4:30 pm

    My sincere sympathies for all family members for this family loss. It is always difficult to lose a parent or grandparent.

  • Broc Bilby Posted August 10, 2020 5:42 am

    The Haggstrom family-always welcoming, helpful and concerned for others. Mom and dad passed that on to their boys. Thinking of you all in prayer and spirit.

  • Elvira Beckenhauer Posted August 10, 2020 10:19 am

    Thinking of Dr. Haggstrom’s family in the loss of a husband, father, grandfather. Jan lived across the hall from me in nurses training many years ago so have kept in touch with John and Jan through the years May the God of all comfort be your strength during this difficult time.
    give you strength during this difficult timethrough the years.

  • Yvonne Neville Posted August 10, 2020 3:18 pm

    Sincere condolences to Janis and family—Prayers for your comfort, and your peace at this difficult time.

  • Jane Kugler Posted August 14, 2020 8:48 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. It was an honor to work with John. He was a dedicated physician

  • Helen J Haggstrom Posted May 28, 2021 4:52 pm

    Jan, I’m so sorry for your loss and I’m sorry I did not learn of his passing until today. Take care and God bless.

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