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    The Founder of ASRA, An Anesthesiologist who believed in training CRNAs and MDAs alike in regional.

    Winnie, Alon P., M.D. Age 82 of Wilmette. Former husband of June Winnie; beloved father of Alon P. Winnie, Jr.; Russell G. III (Cathie) Winnie and Debbie Winnie; proud grandfather of Alon P. Winnie, III, Lisa Evelyn Marie Winnie, Morgan M. Winnie and Devin E. Winnie and Russell G. Winnie IV; great-grandfather of Brooklyn D. Winnie; fond uncle of Scott and Brooke Stark. Alon Winnie grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with his father Russell "Russ" G. Winnie, a famous sportscaster and the original voice of the Green Bay Packers, a loving mother, Evelyn "Avie" and a brother, Griff. After graduation from Milwaukee Country Day School, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

    Princeton provided him the premedical courses required for medical school and, more importantly, provided him with the self-discovery essential to understanding one's role in life and equipping one to meet its challenges. The four years at Northwestern University Medical School furnished the knowledge necessary for a career in medicine, while the experience of medical school, enhanced by its unique extracurricular life, allowed Alon the opportunity to explore the world of music and verse and to establish friendships that would last a lifetime. After completing his residency training, Alon remained on the faculty at Cook County Hospital until 1972, when he accepted the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center, a position he would hold for seventeen years. In 1989 he became Director of the University of Illinois Pain Control Center, and in 1992 he was recruited to return to Cook County Hospital to become the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

    Alon authored a textbook on "Plexus Anesthesia", which won the Anesthesia Foundation Award as the 1983-84 "Book of the Year". He served for five years as President of the Chicago Society of Anesthesiologists, one year as President of the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists, and five years as President of The American Society of Regional Anesthesia, which he and a small group of "founding fathers" organized in 1975. Alon served as the President of the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation since its founding in 1984 following the death of his close personal friend, Dr. Joseph Dannemiller. Alon received many awards throughout his career including the Distinguished Service Award, the William 0. McQuiston Award, the Ralph Waters Award, the Gaston Labat Award, the Ellis Gillespie Award, the Nils Lofgren Award, the Duncan H. C. Ferguson Memorial Award, the Francis "Joe" Dannemiller Memorial Award, the Bernard H. Eliasberg Medal, and the Karl Koller Gold Medal. Alon was a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, with added qualifications in Pain Management, and a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists. He was a Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

    When asked what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment in academic anesthesia, and the greatest reward, Dr. Winnie stated, "Categorically, the greatest accomplishment is the education and training of a multitude of young anesthesiologists," and he quickly added proudly, "All of whom have special skills in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management. The greatest reward of academic anesthesia is unquestionably the multitude of friendships that one develops throughout the entire world." Visitation Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL 60077. Funeral Services Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Post-Polio Health International, 4207 Lindell Blvd., #110, Saint Louis, MO 63108-2930. Info: 847-675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.
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      jwk -
      Fascinating guy. I took a block course many years ago where he was one of the main presenters. Learned all about "the click in the sheath" when doing interscalene blocks - no nerve stimulators or US.