Horst Paul Zincke
Horst Paul Zincke
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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 1 800-297-1185. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600,


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J Joan Elizabeth Waddell on May 11, 2012

My sincerest sympathy to the family of Dr. Zincke.  I am so sorry that I just found out.  I pray this finds you comfort & peace knowing how wonderful Dr.Zincke was to all,,,,including me.  Dr.Zincke was one of 4 Transplant Surgeons, who performed my Kidney Transplant on Dec.11,1974.  My brother is my donor.  It is by the grace of God & Dr.Zincke with other surgeons that I am here today, over 37 yrs later.  I am so glad that I got to see Dr.Zincke periodically thru the years.  He was a wonderful Dr. to me.  I am so thankful to Dr.Zincke for all he did to contribute to my health today.  He was so amazing in his work!

May God Bless the family of Dr.Zincke !   My sincerest "Thanks" to Dr.Zincke for helping save my life!   I have never forgotten!

Sincerest Condolences,

Joanie Waddell

R RAUL MORALES MD,FACS. on Jan 26, 2012


A Aedan V. McDonald on Oct 12, 2011

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.

C Colm Brennan on Oct 12, 2011

I want to send my sincere sympathy to Dr Horst Zincke's family and to record my gratitude for the care and attention he gave to me in 2005.His presence gave me so much confidence.  

May he rest in Peace .

T Thomas A. Rivers, M.D. on Oct 6, 2011


Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time. I have many good memories of Horst and I at the Mayo Clinic.  He will be missed by all.


Tom and Kathy Rivers

C Cindy Rettmann on Oct 5, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss.  Dr. Zincke held a very special place in my heart.  He performed my kidney transplant in June of 1983.  I thank God and Dr. Zincke every day for the miracles they perform.  I am very saddened to hear of his death.  His gentle hands and kind manner will never be forgotten.  He will be dearly missed by many.

D Deborah & William Amery on Oct 4, 2011

Maren and family,

We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Horst. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Deb & Bill Amery

D Diane & Randy Rowland on Oct 4, 2011

Dear Maren,  

Having just returned from the SPS in Toronto I was thinking how much I missed seeing you both.  I didn't realize that Horst was so much older than we are & thus retired.  We have fond memories of both of you!

You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane and Randy Rowland



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