In Memoriam: Annemarie Sommer, MD

(From the September 2018 Issue of MedStat)

Dr. Annemarie Sommer was born in 1932 and raised in Konigsberg, Germany. Her family had to flee to other parts of Germany during the Russian occupation of the Baltic Sea after World War II. She escaped from East Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950's where she worked in New York and earned a general education diploma so she could attend college. She received her undergraduate degree at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 1960, working her way through school. She was accepted at The Ohio State University Medical School and became interested in genetics during her training. She was board certified in Pediatrics and Genetics and worked her entire career at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She described her role as "the detective," who diagnosed genetic conditions in children and helped families understand the effects of the diagnosis. A longtime resident of Dublin, Ohio, Dr. Sommer served as chief of Genetics at Nationwide Children’s for many years. She presented papers on genetics at numerous conferences and meetings during her career and her reputation is known internationally. She loved nature and the outdoors and was an avid swimmer and photographer. A memorial gathering will be held at the Nature Center at Highbanks MetroPark on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.

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