ANN K., DR. With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Dr. Ann Kennedy Wadstrom of Los Alamos, New Mexico. She passed away on Sunday April 15, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born August 5, 1931 in Slippery Rock Pennsylvania to James A. and Mildred Fleming Kennedy, and had six siblings. She made an incredible difference in the lives and hearts of people locally, regionally and nationally. She graduated from Slippery Rock High School, Warren Wilson College, and Wheaton College. She received her MD at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did 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, MD. They adopted four extraordinary children Barbara, Jeff, Mark and Carol and soon after moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico 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 over 25 years. She was the Chairman for the Utilization Review Committee for over 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 will be remembered for her generous nature and her willingness to help people. She was a strong woman of faith who lived her convictions for all to see. Whenever she saw someone hurting or a need to be filled, she was always the first one to act and sacrifice what she had. She also carried that faith internationally through medical missions to Honduras, Mexico and Taiwan. She loved her family with all of her heart and her pride and joy were her nine grandchildren. Ann is survived by Howard Wadstrom; her four children, Barbara Whitacre, Jeff Wadstrom, Mark Wadstrom and Carol Levandoski; and her nine grandchildren, Kyle Wadstrom, Cory Wadstrom, Cameron Wadstrom, Bradley Levandoski, Christine Wadstrom, Christopher Wadstrom, Jacob Wadstrom, James Whitacre and David Whitacre. The family would like to invite anyone who wishes, to come and share in a time of remembrance and celebration of her life. Her memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 12th at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road with a reception to follow. She will also have a Vespers Gravesite Service at 5:00pm at Guaje Pines Cemetery that evening. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the name of Dr. Ann Wadstrom may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Bridge to the Future Foundation located at: www.bttff.org, or 14677 Via Bettona, Suite 110-431, San Diego, CA 92127.
Published on: Sun May 06, 2012