Dr. Carleton D. Nordschow, 76, Decorah, Iowa

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2002

Dr. Carleton D. Nordschow, 76, died Aug. 22, 2002 in Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Decorah Lutheran Church by the Rev. Ole Winter. Burial will be at the Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements with Schluter Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Nordschow, son of Carl S. and Irma (Leese) Nordschow, was born June 7, 1926, in Hampton, Iowa. Following graduation from Decorah High School in 1944, he served in the U.S. Air Force Cadet program. Carleton graduated from Luther College in Decorah in 1949 with a major in chemistry and minors in biology, German and psychology.

The following year, on Sept.. 2, 1950, he and Barbara Orwoll were married at Decorah Lutheran Church. Their three sons, David, Eric and Brian, were born in Iowa City, Iowa.

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The University of Iowa awarded Carleton the M.D. degree in 1953 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1964. He was certified in pathologic anatomy (1959) and radiosotopic pathology and nuclear medicine (1975). Carleton was a member of the pathology faculty at Iowa from 1955-1970, where he became chairman and professor of clinical pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. During his chairmanship, he developed a laboratory for drug testing in sports and was active in both U.S. and international Olympic affairs.

In 1992 Carleton and Barbara retired and returned to Decorah and Windridge Farms, where they raised Gelbvieh and Simmental beef cattle. Later he acquired three Case/IH dealerships in Decorah, Cresco and Elkader (Windridge Implements, L.L.C.).

Carleton belonged to many professional societies and published numerous papers and abstracts during his career. He was the recipient of several awards and honors, among them an honorary doctor of science award from Luther College in 1986, the Sagamore of the Wabash from the governor of Indiana in 1988 and the Robert Remington award in public health in 1996. Carleton served on the Winneshiek County Board of Health, the Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Luther College Board of Regents. Though he traveled extensively when big game hunting and fishing, in recent years his greatest joy was flying.

Carleton is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, David (Judy), Eric (Jan), and Brian (Kelly); ix grandchildren, Scott, Cory, Nichole, Jena, Makenzie and Brandon; a sister, Darlene (Don) Winship, of Albert Lea; two nieces, Cherly (Rod) Nielsen, of Albert Lea, and Lori Hegert, of Albert Lea; and a nephew, Franklin (Kathy) Winship, of St. Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be directed to the IU Foundation, Nordschow Professorship in Laboratory Medicine, Attn: Frank Sherer, 635 Barnhill Dr. A128, Indianapolis, IN 46202; and Decorah Foundation (Scholarship Fund), Community First National Bank, 120 W. Water, Decorah, IA 52101.