Stewart R. Reuter
(February 14, 1934 - July 8, 2012)
Stewart R. Reuter, M.D., J.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiology, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA), died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 8, 2012, surrounded by family.
Dr. Reuter had a distinguished career as a radiologist, legal scholar and educator. As the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, his research was recognized by national and international scientific organizations around the world.
Dr. Reuter graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio in 1951 and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1955 where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. During a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Lund, Sweden, he met his wife, Marianne Ahfeldt.
Dr. Reuter was a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular radiology, and was the first to describe the angiographic abnormalities in several disease processes in the abdomen. He was a founding member and named fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Heart Association, and an emeritus fellow of the American College of Radiology. In recognition of his contributions to medicine, Dr. Reuter received a Gold Medal from the Texas Radiological Society, the Society of Interventional Radiology, and the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Reuter was also a legal scholar and a member of the Texas Bar. His law review articles have been cited as authoritative resources in legal decisions across the country.
Dr. Reuter accepted the Chair of the Department of Radiology at UTHSCSA in 1980 and remained in that position for 20 years. He built a first class research laboratory where his skillful recruitment and retention of exceptionally talented faculty members added strength to the UT Medical School. Most notable among these is Julio C. Palmaz, M.D., the inventor of the Palmaz stent, a wire-mesh tube inserted into clogged arteries. In gratitude for Dr. Reuter’s strong support of his research while at the UT Health Science Center, Dr. Palmaz endowed the Reuter Distinguished Chair in Radiology. In 2011, Dr. Reuter received the Alumnus of the Year award from Case Western Reserve.
In retirement, Dr. Reuter worked as an artist. His art was shown at the Gallery Nord in San Antonio and the MADI Museum of Art in Dallas.
Dr. Reuter is survived by his wife, Marianne; sister, Ann Dove (Michael) of Shelbyville, Illinois; niece, Gwyn Helton (Jesse) of Shelbyville, Illinois; nephews, Peter Dove (Kim) of Shelbyville, Illinois and Douglas Dove (Amy) of St. Louis, Missouri; and sister-in-law, Marga Sarkis (Riad) and family of Jdeidet Ghazir, Lebanon.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Erik Ahfeldt of Stockholm, Sweden; and his parents, Grace McCaig and Carl Reuter, M.D. of Springfield, Ohio.
A memorial will be held at the Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas on August 28, 2012.