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Carl G. "Duff" Madsen Jr., MD

December 9, 1928 ~ September 12, 2022 (age 93)

Obituary

 

Carl G. “Duff” Madsen Jr., MD, 93, passed away in the care of Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo, after a short illness.

Dr. Madsen was the son of Isobel “Mammy” Chandler Madsen and Carl G. “Pappy” Madsen Sr., and brother of Neale Christian “Kris” Madsen. He labored for many years at Madsen Donuts in Geneva-on-the Lake, Ohio. When Pappy was mayor of the village, he turned over management of the shop to young Duff. It was there that Duff met his future wife of 64 years Alice “Sam” Leslie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother. He is survived by his three sons, Anders (and Terri of Vista, California) and their family; Stephen (and Evie of Bloomington, Indiana); and Alec (and Connor of Oakland, California).

As a youth his family traveled widely, causing Duff to attend twelve schools through his junior year of high school. Seeking to prepare Duff for a stable future, his parents enrolled him in the naval wing of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bolles yearbook states, “Duff's quiet, mild manner fooled everyone until they found his subtle wit. His capable hands and brain gained him instant acclaim among the faculty.” At graduation, Duff received the Hirsig Trophy as “outstanding cadet in stewardship, leadership, honor, and service.”

Told to apply to Princeton University Duff did so, not knowing in which state it was located. He entered Princeton in the fall of 1946 at age seventeen-and-a-half, along with the older, rough-and-tumble GI Bill veterans of World War II. His hunger for knowledge was such that he skipped lunches for four years at Princeton in order to sit in on classes, for no credit. After one such math class, during which he solved a problem no one else could, the professor told Duff to major in math. Dad said no because the "math guys led lonely existences and heck, John Nash (A Beautiful Mind) was hallucinating." Many students were from affluent families near Princeton, and Duff was the son of a donut shop owner/fisherman, and an artist/art teacher. He persevered through those lonely years.

In 1950, The Ohio State University School of Medicine doubled its incoming class from 75 to 150. Not knowing whether he would have been accepted into the “original 75,” Duff worked hard because he wanted to know if he belonged. By the end of his freshman year he was in the top 15 percent of his class. He washed dishes to earn meals at his medical fraternity house. After completing his psychiatric training at the renowned Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas (where Anders was born), he served as base psychiatrist at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Maryland (where Stephen was born). Seeking a stable life for his family, Duff returned with Sam to northeast Ohio and set up his practice in Painesville (where Alec was born) in 1960. He was likely the first mental health professional to practice in Lake County, Ohio. His professional accomplishments are too numerous to list.

In addition to providing that stable life for his family, Duff was also an accomplished woodworker, furniture maker, and sailor. He was a deep thinker all of his days, and was as considerate, kind, and caring as he was tall, dark, handsome, generous, and forgiving (just ask his sons).

His family thanks his many friends and neighbors, especially those in Kokomo, Indiana; Painesville, Ohio; and Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. He regretted only that as he walked past Albert Einstein on the Princeton campus, he failed to ask Einstein, “Who cuts your hair?”

The family asks those who remember Duff to look after their physical and mental health and that of those around them, as he so ably looked after the rest of his family and his many patients during his 55 years as a practicing physician.

Memorial contributions may be made in Duff’s name to the Salvation Army. Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.

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