Obituary: Mary Ann Radkowski
April 30, 2009
Mary Ann Radkowski, M.D. of the Fraser Valley died at Swedish Hospital on April 24, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 9, 1938 to the late Klara and Albert Radkowski in New York City.
Mary Ann graduated in 1964 from the New Jersey Medical School, formerly Seton Hall Medical School, in Pediatric Medicine. She did her residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. While at St. Luke’s, she developed her interest in the new field of Pediatric Radiology. She became a top notch researcher in the field, and moved into the Chicago area, doing research, clinical work, and teaching at the University of Chicago and then at Northwestern Medical School. Her research has been reported in over 100 publications, covering the full range of pediatric radiology, including infectious diseases and oncology, as well as numerous aspects of child abuse. In the latter, her reputation as an expert led her to testify as a child advocate in many legal proceedings.
Upon arriving at the decision to retire to Colorado, Mary Ann wanted to continue her life’s work in a volunteer capacity. She did so with the National Sports Center for the Disabled, NSCD, as a Reading Buddy at the Fraser Elementary School, as a friend to the Shining Stars, and as a member of the Lion’s Club in Fraser. Mary Ann was always excited to work with children, and she truly was an inspirational teacher, to the young and old. She always made her friends laugh. She was a wonderful generous woman that helped all who needed her. She changed many lives for the better in our Valley. We were all lucky she decided to leave the “windy” city for the “snowy” mountains of Colorado.
She is survived by her brother, Alfred Radkowski, of Surprise, Ariz. He too is a lot like his sister in his generosity to all her friends. She is also survived by her hundreds of friends in Grand County, and her beloved Pal and Ginger, her two dogs “children”. Her life changed many, we will miss her always.
There will be a private gathering with her family in early June. Later in the summer a community gathering in her honor will be held. The date will be announced in this paper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to NSCD, 677 Winter Park Drive, Winter Park, CO 80482 and to Shining Stars, PO Box 730, Tabernash,CO 80478.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead. Mary Ann Radkowski was one of those citizens.