Carl Frederick Tessmer, M.D.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Carl Frederick Tessmer, M.D., 99 of Belton, died Feb. 2 i, a Temple hospital. A private memorial serice was set at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton.
Dr. Tessmer was born May 28, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Penn., to Paul and Mabel Tessmer. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, he completed his internship at the Mayo Clinic. He began his military career in 1940 and retired as a colonel in 1965. Dr. Tessmer was Officer of the Day at Schoffield Barracks the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was the first to head the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Japan. He was a staff pathologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years and was Head of Laboratories at Olin E. Teague Veterans Hospital in Temple for ten years and staff pathologist with Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. for eight years. He was a member of the Army-Navy Club and the College of American Pathologists. He was an author and editor on many journal articles on Radiation Pathology.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine (Keller) Tessmer, and his second wife, Shizue (Murata) Tessmer.
He is survived by two sons, Jon Tessmer, M.D. and wife, Diane of Belton and David Tessmer and wife, Marilyn of Pittsburgh; one sister, Nora McBride of Washington, D.C.. and two grandchildren.
Heartfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.