Dr. Horst Zincke, 74, of Rochester died September 30, 2011.A longtime Mayo Clinic Urologist, he was an internationally recognized leader and pioneer in the surgical management of cancers of the kidney, bladder, and prostate.
Dr. Zincke was born April 20, 1937 in Germany.He received his medical degree from the University of Frankfurt in 1966.Subsequently, he completed residencies in surgery and urology in Germany, at the University of Iowa, and at the Mayo Clinic.Dr. Zincke then completed a fellowship in organ transplantation and research at Mayo Clinic in 1974.He was appointed to the staff with a joint appointment in urology and transplant surgery in 1975. Dr. Zincke was the recipient of a named professorship, the D. C. Utz Professor of Urology, in 1993, and he retired as a Professor and Consultant in Urology in 2006.
Dr. Zincke mentored countless residents and fellows, and lectured widely nationally and internationally.He was known as a fearless and technically gifted surgeon capable of removing the most difficult urologic tumors. Dr. Zincke utilized his renal transplantation skills to develop operations to spare normal portions of kidneys that harbored tumors.He is credited for helping to determine that such operations are preferable to complete kidney removal when feasible.In addition to his clinical care and teaching skills, Dr. Zincke was prolific in research, with over 400 scientific publications over his career.
Dr. Zincke led an active life outside of work. He enjoyed time with his family, pursuing outdoor activities including alpine skiing, rowing, and hunting, and he was an avid traveler.Dr. Zincke is survived by his sister Doris Spengel, his wife of 45 years, Maren Zincke, his daughter Dr. Miriam Tanja Zincke-Ohad and son Marian Zincke, their spouses Gil Ohad and Margaret Zincke, and his grandchildren Alexander Ohad, and Kathleen and Axel Zincke.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday October 15th at St. Marys Chapel, 1216 2nd St. SW, Rochester MN, 55902.Reception to follow at 12:00 p.m. in the Elizabethan Ballroom, Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 2nd Ave, Rochester, MN.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to cancer research on behalf of Dr. Horst Zincke to the Brothers Mayo Society at www.mayoclinic.org/developmentor 1 800-297-1185. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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Horst, I will always miss you! You gave your patients all your energy, wrapped in an attitude of strength, when ours was low - You carried us! In my case - it was 1973 and you worked tirelessly! Catching short naps on the circular ward table at Station 54.
Had you not insisted on larger doses of solu-medrol - I would not have kept my sisters kidney that you and Dr. John Woods placed so well within my body!
Now, it's 38 years / same kidney! You are gone too soon.
How do you establish a 'yardstick' for success in caring! Giving 100% all the time to achieve the best possible results over and over again! I met you, a young man in 1973, you gave your all to all your patients. To your loved ones
I can only say Thank You for sharing and giving Horst to his life's work.
His contributions were many. His smile was energizing. His temper was fairly
applied to benefit his patients. He saved lives - He saved mine! I will miss him.
My prayers are with each of his loved ones. Thank you for your sacrifice!
Because of Horst and the Team of 73' so many have enjoyed The Gift of Life!
When I hold onto my dear wife, Laura and son, Aedan ...I know
that I have been blessed by his work!
I love you Dr. Horst Zincke! And I Thank You! I will remember the laughter too.
Aedan V. McDonald and Family - Xplant Recipient, LRD, on Oct 26, 1973.