Paul O. Madsen

MADISON- Paul Ove Madsen MD, PhD died on November 4, 2013 at age 86 from cancer of the prostate, a disease for which he treated hundreds of patients as a urologist.

Paul Madsen was born to Poul Gerhard and Anna Marie Madsen on a farm in a small Danish village.

An ambitious scholar, he obtained his MD degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He came to the University of Rochester, NY as a Fulbright Fellow in research. Thereafter an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship took him to the University of Heidelberg, Germany where he met his wife Renate. He completed his residency in urology at the University of Buffalo, NY, interrupted by a two-year service commitment in the US Army Medical Corps in Nürnberg Germany. He obtained a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he worked for more than three decades, advancing to Professor of Urology and Chief of Urology at the Veterans Hospital. During his tenure at the University of Wisconsin he mentored dozens of European research physician-fellows from Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Together they authored many scientific papers and textbook chapters in urology.

For his contribution to medicine, Queen Margarethe of Denmark made him a Danish Knight. Ever loyal to his Danish heritage, Dr. Madsen donated generously to the University of Wisconsin Madison to assure continuance of Scandinavian Studies there.

Paul Madsen had innumerable interests, foremost among them his family, friends, nature and music. He was an avid naturalist and planted more than one hundred thousand trees on his farmland. In his younger days he was an accomplished classical pianist.

He was a mentor to many. Those closest to him remember him as dignified, generous, optimistic and loving.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dr. Renate Madsen, and their three children: son Thomas (Nikki) Madsen with Kristina, Paul (Michelle), Erik (Ashley), Gregory and Thomas; daughters Dr. Karin (Dr. Peter Drescher), with Anna, Max and Sophie; daughter Annette (John White) with Maggie, Elise and Laura.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kristian Madsen.

Following a private family service there will be a gathering of family and friends in remembrance of Dr. Madsen at the Maple Bluff Country Club on Sunday, November 10,2013, at 12 o'clock noon. In lieu flowers, please donate to the Madison Opera or the Bethel Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

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