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Dr. A. M. 'Mac' McCarthy April 9, 1918 - June 18, 2008

WILLMAR -- Dr. A. M. "Mac" McCarthy, 90, of Willmar, died Wednesday at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Willmar American Legion Post 167.

Visitation will be from 4:44 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with parish prayers at 4:44 p.m. and a Knight of Columbus Rosary at 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Dr. and Muriel McCarthy Scholarship Fund or the Church of St. Mary.

He was born April 9, 1918, in Watkins to Michael and Anna (Baden) McCarthy. He grew up in Watkins and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1934. He graduated from St. John's University in 1938 and from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1942.

He married Muriel J. Simstad on Oct. 22, 1943. He served his internship and residency at Minneapolis General Hospital. He served in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps during World War II aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Relief AH-1. He helped treat and evacuate more than 3,000 wounded Americans from Okinawa, the Philippines and the China Sea. In 1946 he completed his surgical residency at Minneapolis General Hospital.

They moved to Willmar in 1948, where he began his medical practice as the first resident-trained surgeon in the Willmar area. He helped form the Willmar Clinic, now Affiliated Community Medical Center. He also helped develop the orthopedic department in Willmar and was a staff member at Rice Memorial Hospital and five other hospitals. He retired in 1986. He served as volunteer attendant physician at high school athletic events in Willmar.

He was a member of the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners and Minnesota Medical Association. He was appointed to be a Great Northern Railroad surgeon and was president of the Great Northern Surgeons Group. He was the chief of staff and chief of surgery at Rice Memorial Hospital.

He received the Harold S. Diehl Award from the Minnesota Alumni Society in 1989. On April 10 of this year, he received the St. John's University Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Church of St. Mary and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife; six daughters: Mary Beth McCarthy Yarrow of Willmar, Patty (and Robert) McCarthy Schwarzkopf of Santa Maria, Calif., Julie (and Larry) McCarthy Napoleon of Van Nuys, Calif., Maggie (and Dean) McCarthy Frericks of Rock Springs, Wyo., Jane (and Jim) McCarthy Urman of Belgrade, and Katie (and Eric) McCarthy Ingram of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister: Marian Enright of Walnut Creek, Calif.

He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.