Rungson Sittipong was born in 1941 in the northern province of Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a young man, he and his family moved to Bangkok where he was educated at the Christian School as a young boy, and ultimately earned his medical degree at the young age of 22. He graduated number one in his medical school class and received his diploma directly from His Majesty, The King of Thailand.
In 1966, Dr. Sittipong traveled to the opposite side of the world, arriving in Duluth, Minnesota, where he planned to spend one year of medical study. During that year, he was invited to Rochester and became acquainted with many of the tenured doctors at the Mayo Clinic. His knowledge and dedication impressed those at Mayo so much that he was invited to spend an additional year in Rochester. That year of study was the genesis of a 53-year career at Mayo in the Department of Anesthesia, where he was awarded the high honor of being named "Teacher of the Year" multiple times.
Dr. Sittipong enjoyed trips to northern Minnesota to fish and enjoy the weekends with friends and colleagues. He loved games of chance and casino gambling (a carryover taught to him by his grandmother). He enjoyed international travel, circling the globe some 61 times.
Dr. Sittipong was revered by his students, his broad circle of friends, and remained responsible for maintaining a close connection with thousands of Thai students (over the years) who come to Mayo every year for their medical training. Dr. Sittipong is survived by a "family" of friends that stretch around the world, one Godson - Maxwell A. Shapiro, and was beloved by his neighbors and the staff at The Charter House where he lived for the last 20 years.
A memorial service and celebration of Dr. Sittipong's life will be held on Tuesday evening, September 1, 2020, with a visitation scheduled from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by a brief program. Services will be held at the Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, located at 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901.
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Rungson Sittipongse is a beloved friend to his classmate Chula.15 and loved by people whom he contacted, for his achievement humor and kindness have touch people surrounding him. During the time at Mayo clinic he had create the uncountable connection for the younger generation of doctors from Thailand to have the opportunity to be trained in the elite institution such as Mayo Clinic. His lost has the profound effect to people in Thailand who knew him, whom he had help them , along with his classmate, they have arrange the Budhist monks to perform merits in the memory of Rungson at his medical school King Chulalongkorn University Hospital on 27 August 2020 .May he rests in peace, with love from his friends.
Med. Chula. 15
In loving memory of Dr. Rungson Sittipong, Department of Anesthesia, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; a true teacher, father of all medical researcher, visiting doctors from Thailand. We will miss you always. I will never forget you and your kindness during my training period in 2008-2010. Neither time nor distance can fade a beautiful spirit. Thinking of you always.
Sombat Treeprasertsuk, M.D.,Ph.D.
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Thinking of you always.
Remembering his kindness will forever remain in our hearts. May he Rest In Peace. Roongruedee
Dr Rungson was one of the greatest doctors we have met. What he did for Thailand's and international healthcare will be forever in everyone's memories.
With our deepest condolences
Dr Pongpat - Somthawin Patanavanich
May dearest teacher Dr Rungson go to heaven with condolences he is a person who is loving and kind to all his student and look after regularly
With great love and respect
Dr itti chansirikanjaa from Mahachai group hospital
ขอให้อาจารย์รังสรรค์สู่สุขติดว้ยความอาลัยยิ่ง อาจารย์เป็นผู้ที่เปี่ยมดว้ยความรัก เมตตาต่อศิษย์ทุกท่านและดูแลอย่างเสมอต้นเสมอปลาย ดว้ยรักและเคารพเป็นอย่างสูง
I had met him at Mayo Clinic. He was very kind and friendly to everyone even it was first visit.
Rest In Peace,
I remember he would answer a room light and say, “John, What happen?” A joy to work with, a wealth of knowledge he was ready to share ( on the white board), great sense of humor, and loved the practical jokes!!
Peace be with you Rungson!
In Memory of Dr.Rangsan Sitthipong
Dr Rangsan Sitthipong was born on July 16, 1941 in Chiangmai, Thailand He was a son of Dr.Charan and Mrs.Choomsiri Sitthipong, with one younger sister Miss Suriya Sitthipong( deceased ) He studied at Bangkok Christian College from primary school to Senior High School and continued his education at Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
I am the cousin of Rangsan as my mother was his aunt, we were only 5 months apart which made us become very close friend. We always got together every time he visited his home in Thailand during the past 50 years. There was once when I was 35 years old, Rangsan asked me to join him to U.S.A. We stopped by Hawaii for 5 days and then travelled to San Francisco and Minneapolis with a visit to Mayo Clinic. This trip was such a lifelong memory as Rangsan somehow came up with a funny idea by discretely putting the black volcanic lava rock into my shirt pocket without my knowledge. Later I learned that the Hawaiians will not bring the volcanic lava rock outside Hawaii as they believe that this will bring bad luck and misfortune. Many hotels in Hawaii will put the box in the lobby containing the black lava rocks returned from those who brought them outside Hawaii.
During my return trip to Minneapolis and stopped by Washington D.C. to visit a friend, there was a heavy snow while I was driving a big size Mercedes benz, the car was out of control and spinning around due to the slippery road and hit the other few cars on the road. Fortunately, I was not injured and the car was covered by insurance. However, we were stopped by the police for investigation. When Rangsan found out, he gave me a big laugh and said he just wanted to proof the belief about the lava rock.
There were more stories about Ransan’s playing tricks on me, he was very pleasant, funny with excellent memory on Thai literatures and poetries from his school years. Rangsan also enjoyed giving lectures and sharing his medical experiences on Anesthesia to the medical students at King Mongkut Memorial Hospital as well as Chulalongkorn Hospital. He always brought some snacks and desserts for the students, he was very well loved by the students and the medical staff of the hospitals
We always enjoyed our trips together every time he came back to Thailand, the last time was in September 2017, Rangsan stayed three days at the Dusit Thani Hotel. Recently, I learned that Rangsan was admitted twice to the Hospital Emergency Room due to leg injury with heavy bleeding. He tried to call me but as he could not see well he had asked his friend to call me instead I finally called him back and got a chance to talk to him about his saddening health condition. The last Line message before Rangsan’s passing about a month ago, he asked me to look after the living expense of one of his acquaintances at his home in Bangkok.
My cousin Rangsan is a very good person, always very helpful and got a great sense of humor. One of his classmate wrote about him saying that “ Make someone smile everyday but never forget that you are someone too ”
Always on my mind & thoughts… Gen.Seri Phukkamarn