Michael M. McGonigle ’63 was born on Sept. 8, 1941, to Patrick McGonigle and Irene Niemeier. He spent much of his childhood in Pueblo, Colorado, until his family moved to Prescott, Arizona, where he graduated high school from St. Patrick’s Academy in 1959. He attended SCUand majored in physics, later joining the first class of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and received his M.D. degree in 1968. He spent a year as an intern in surgery at Stanford University, and in 1969 he volunteered to join the Navy for two years during the Vietnam War, where he saw active duty as a general medical officer. He was stationed at various field hospitals with the 3rd Marine Division before being transferred to serve at Jacksonville Naval Hospital, after which he was honorably discharged. He continued his training with a residency in general surgery at the University of New Mexico, followed by three years of residency in head and neck surgery at UC San Francisco, where he met his dear wife, Jeanne (Cooper) McGonigle. Upon completion of training, the couple moved to Joplin, Missouri, in 1975, where they raised three children. Michael started a private practice as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, practicing for 29 years and treating over 40,000 patients. Upon retirement in 2004, the couple moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona, and later split their time between Fountain Hills and Sparks, Nevada. Throughout his life, Michael was well read and interested in a number of intellectual fields, including physics, medicine, economics, history, politics, and a wide variety of other subjects. He pursed many activities, such as skiing, scuba diving, aviation, traveling, jewelry making, tig welding, and design of custom intercoolers for turbocharged cars. He will be remembered for his kindness, his knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, his amazing long-term memory, his great stories, excellent advice, work ethic, and humbleness. A loving husband and father and respected by the community, Michael passed away on July 9, 2018, after declining health. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jeanne; his children: Kelly Hammerstone and husband, James, of Sparks; Kerry Kreidel and husband, Joe, of San Antonio; John McGonigle and wife, Andrea, of Santa Monica, California; and his five grandchildren, Jacob and Ryan Hammerstone, and Asher, Adelaide, and Cruz Kreidel.

08 Nov 2018