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Thank you Kirk, for informing us of the terrible tragedy.  Gene was truly a gentleman and a friend to all of us in the vascular field.  He helped me with questions since the 1970's.  He will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ann Needham, RN RVT
Technical Director,
Vascular Diagnostic Services
Chattanooga, TN. 

-----Original Message-----
From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Johnson,
Bonnie
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:52 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Gene Hokanson


A tragic loss of one who dedicated his life to our profession. If you do
not know who HOKANSON is you do not know the vascular technology
profession. Kirk, thank you for letting us know.   bj

Bonnie L. Johnson RDMS, RVT, FSVU
Stanford University Medical Center
Director, Vascular Laboratory Services
Division of Vascular Surgery
 
 

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From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of K. Beach
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 8:43 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Gene Hokanson

Dear Vascular Colleagues,

Gene Hokanson's wife Sigrid called me today to tell me that Gene died
this 
weekend in an aircraft accident in Everett Washington.

You all know Gene and Sigrid through their vascular diagnosis equipment 
business, ( http://www.deh-inc.com/ ) providing Doppler and 
plethysmographic systems and custom made cuffs.

Gene became a pioneering engineer in the field of noninvasive 
diagnosis after joining Gene Strandness at the VA Hospital in Seattle
more 
than 35 years ago.  He created innovative diagnostic systems that were
in 
such demand that he started the business in his basement to provide the 
instruments required by this quickly growing field.

I especially valued my friendship with Gene because he was always
willing 
to help with odd instruments that I wanted for projects.  Gene 
recently supplied plethysmographs for monitoring finger sympathetic 
response in couples during conversations about spending habits.

I visited Gene at their home early this summer on a rare sunny morning
in 
Seattle.  In addition to the wisdom that he shared, he told me about his

love of flying.

Gene and Sigrid have two children, Kyra who is director of marketing 
at Hokanson Vascular and Arvid who produces radio shows at Seattle's
KUOW 
public radio station.

Services have not yet been announced.

Kirk

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