John F. “Jack” Latenser, III
May 22, 1922 – December 31, 2020
Dr. John F. Latenser graduated from Central High School and inducted in the Hall of Fame and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.
He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for over fifty years.
Although he comes from a family of architects (his grandfather John L. Latenser, Sr. designed Central High School) he chose medicine and started private practice in general surgery as a general surgeon and volunteer faculty member who saw private patients, made house calls, and rollerbladed every day.
Co-founder of American College of Mohs Micrographic Chemosurgery. (Dr. Frederick Mohs was the founder.)
Presented at the 21st annual meeting of the American College of Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology parts of a manuscript, “Power Drills to Fenestrate Exposed Bone to Stimulate Wound Healing.”
Procedures and skin cancer operations and holds patents on devices for relief of low back pain as well as for the prevention and healing of pressure sores on the feet and lower legs. He is a founding member of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and founder of the Omaha Wound Care Club for Nurses and the Omaha Inventors Club. He was also a longtime Board member of Phoenix Academy and introduced phonics in the Omaha Public Schools under the direction of Dr. Mackiel, author of multiple medical/ surgical articles, member of the Philosophy Club and a Scout master.
Dr. Latenser retired from medical practice at the age of 85 and continued to rollerblade.
Thanks to the medical staff, and medical team for the wonderful care.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John L. Latenser Sr. and Anna Nestor Latenser; parents, John Latenser, Jr. and Anastasia B. Latenser; loving wife, Katharine Allison Latenser; sons, Charles William and John Latenser, IV; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ruth Latenser Steffens & Dr. La Vern Steffens; brother: William Banks Latenser. He is survived by his children: Frank S. (Annie) Latenser, David Latenser, Allison (Lou Pachman) Latenser, Michael (Coleen) Latenser, Timothy Latenser; daughter-in-law Wayan; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many many friends.
VISITATION: Friday, January 8, 2021, 5:00-7:00PM, followed by VIGIL, 7:00PM, all at West Center Chapel.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10:00AM, Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment with Military rites by Millard American Legion Post #374 & Millard VFW Post #8334, Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Latenser Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation, PO Box 82555, Lincoln NE 68508-2555 or online at www.nufoundation.org keyword: Latenser. Please designate “In Memory of John Latenser”
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