Dr. Edward L. and Lorene L. Rohlf Scholarship
Edward Louis Rohlf, Jr., M.D., was born on September 13, 1910, in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from Waterloo West High School, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and attended the University of Iowa where he earned his doctorate in medicine in 1937. Edward was a third-generation physician, in the footsteps of his father, who had served in World War I and established his medical practice in Waterloo. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Edward joined the 128th Hospital Unit at Case Western Reserve University and immediately was sent overseas. He served for almost four years on the battle front, attained the rank of major, manning the front line surgical hospital in all major World War II campaigns: Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and the Rhineland. He established the first surgical unit on Normandy Beach on D-Day, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He was also awarded the EAME Medal with seven bronze service stars and one bronze arrowhead. He served until the end of the war.
After the war, Edward returned to Waterloo where he was a staff member and later the chief of surgery and head of the medical staff at the Schoitz Memorial Hospital. He was also on the staff of St. Francis Hospital and Allen Hospital. He was a kind and generous man and was an active participant in his community and church. He continued his practice in
Waterloo until his premature demise at the early age of 59, still feeling the effects of malaria, malnutrition, and battle fatigue from his intensive military service.
Edward is survived by his loving wife, Lorene Lindaman Rohlf, who was raised in Aplington, Iowa. Lorene is a registered nurse who served as a nurse lieutenant in World War II and served on the hospital ship off the coast of Normandy on D-Day. After completing her service, she returned to practice in Waterloo where she met Edward, and they were married in 1946.
Edward and Lorene were blessed with five children: Jean Jordison, of Iowa City; Jane Rohlf Boyer, M.D., of Princeton, New Jersey; Janet Holden of Manchester, Iowa; Edward Rohlf of Manchester, Iowa, and John Rohlf of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jane became the fourth generation of the family tradition to provide medical care to the community, graduating from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1978, and now practicing in New Jersey. She also
served on the UI Medical Advisory Board.
This scholarship is provided by the generosity of Lorene Lindaman Rohlf in loving memory of her husband.
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