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Ann K. Wadstrom

Anne Kennedy Wadstrom was born August 5, 1931 in Slippery Rock, PA to James A. and Mildred Fleming Kennedy, and had six siblings. She graduated from Slippery Rock High School, Warren Wilson College and Wheaton College (IL) (Class of 1953). She received her doctorate at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her medical internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She completed her residency for Anesthesiology at the Graduate Hospital University of Pennsylvania and later the University of Utah College of Medicine. She was married on June 23, 1956 to Howard Wadstrom, M.D. They adopted four children Barbara, Jeff, Mark and Carol and soon after moved to Los Alamos in 1965, where she was the first board certified anesthesiologist in New Mexico, north of Albuquerque. Ann was a Fellow for the American College of Anesthesiologists, a diplomat for the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) and then went on to be a Representative of the ACMQ on American Medical Association National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse. She was a staff anesthesiologist for Holy Cross Hospital; a clinical instructor for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah College of Medicine and was the staff anesthesiologist for the Los Alamos Medical Center for more than 25 years. She was the chairman for the Utilization Review Committee for more than 25 years. She was very active in the community both nationally and locally. She was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Internal Anesthesia Research Society, American Society Regional Anesthesia, American Medical Association, New Mexico State Medical Society, New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, president of Los Alamos Medical Society and president of the American College of Utilization Review Physicians. Ann was very active in the community, serving as president of the Los Alamos Republican Women and Regional A director of New Mexico Federation of Republican Women. She served on the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission, was a member of the Los Alamos Rotary Club, and served on the boards of the Los Alamos Retirement Community for Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge Homes.  She headed the annual campaign for the United Way two different times and was the campaign chair for Nona Bowman for County Council, as well as the chairman for Jemez House. As a longtime member of the United Church of Los Alamos, she served as president of Church Council, chair of the Women’s Christian Service Society and chair of the Gifts and Memorials Committee, as well as being active in both circle and bible study groups. She also served internationally through medical missions to Honduras, Mexico and Taiwan.  She died on April 15, 2012 at the age of 80. 
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