Saturday, June 01, 2002

Obituary: Dr. Raymond Krause a pioneer in vascular surgery techniques

Veteran served country in WWII and Korea

By Rebecca Billman,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Raymond Krause, a general and vascular surgeon so respected that other doctors trusted him with the care of their families, died Sunday. The Westwood resident was 80.

        As a surgeon, he pioneered the use of the Fogarty balloon catheter and the atraumatic arterial clamp, both now used worldwide. As director of medical research at Good Samaritan Hospital, he helped develop chemotherapy as a treatment for cancerous tumors.

        By the time the first oncologist came to Cincinnati, Dr. Krause's practice had a large group of cancer patients, which he turned over to the new specialist.

        Dr. Krause, a surgeon on staff at both Good Samaritan and the old St. Francis-St. George (now Mercy Franciscan-Western Hills) hospitals, died at Hospice of Cincinnati from complications of Parkinson's disease.

        A native of Columbus, he was a student at Ohio State University when World War II interrupted his education. He became an Army infantryman and survived the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

        He returned to Ohio State, and using the GI Bill, graduated from its medical school. After serving an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, he spent a year in general practice in Harlan, Ky.

        In 1951 he entered a general surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital.

        That, too, was interrupted by war when Dr. Krause accepted a call to serve as a surgeon with the 1st Marine Division in Korea.

        “He served three times the length of the usual rotation for surgeons assigned to the front lines,” said Dr. John J. Cranley, his friend and colleague.

        Dr. Krause worked with Cranley Surgical Associates until his retirement in the early 1990s.

        He routinely stepped into the most complicated surgeries.

        “The other doctors would have their family members sent to Dr. Krause because they thought he was a great surgeon,” said his wife, Barbara.

        He also enjoyed a reputation as an excellent teacher of surgical technique.

        “Residents and nurses loved him,” said Dr. Cranley.

        “His huge practice was built on the faith his patients had in him, and his kindness, gentleness and successful treatment.”

        Dr. Krause was a member of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, American Medical Association, International Cardiovascular Society, Society of Vascular Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

        He was preceded in death in 1978 by Dorothy Dunn Krause, his wife of 30 years, and a son, Roger, in 1970.

        In addition to Barbara, his wife of 22 years, survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Marquet, Judy Krause and Debbie Lewinski, all of White Oak; five sons, Raymond of Elizabethtown, N.C., Paul of Greenhills, David of Bridgetown, Louis of Columbia, S.C., and Christopher of Holton, Ind.; and 16 grandchildren.

        Services have been held. Burial was at New St. Joseph Cemetery in Price Hill.

        Memorials: American Parkinson's Disease Association, P.O. Box 15044, Cincinnati, 45215.


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