For 45 years, Dr. John Patrick Sauer ’63 cared for the children of Yellowstone County, Montana. In 1973, he joined the Billings Clinic and remained there for his entire medical career. He was most proud of helping establish a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit alongside his wife Terry, a neonatal nurse. Dr. Sauer was also involved in forming the first multi-disciplinary child abuse team in Billings. If there was one thing he loved more than his work, it was his large, ever-expanding family. Sauer had four sons by his first marriage and added three daughters — he refused to use the “step” prefix — after marrying Terry in 1996. He was known for “embracing the silliness” and loved going overboard on holidays, loudly “singing” oldies while tending to his flower gardens, considering ice cream a basic food group, and both judging and participating in the legendary decades-long backyard pool cannonball contests. He died on July 6, 2020.

18 Sep 2020