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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWcQAUOmvAs
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.