William J. LaJoie
Dr. William J. LaJoie, M.D., M.S., FACP, of Waukesha, died peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the age of 96. He was born in Colfax, Wash., on May 27, 1921, the son of Wilbrod Louis and Mary Emeline (nee MacKinnon) LaJoie.
William proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1947 to 1949, where he served as an Army transport surgeon, and was honorably discharged as a captain. Dr. LaJoie received his degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. He interned at St. Elizabethís Hospital in Washington, D.C. and completed his residencies at Colorado Medical Center, the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation and Emory University.
Dr. LaJoie had a private practice in Phoenix, Ariz., for 15 years and practiced in Milwaukee and Waukesha from 1983 until his retirement in 1991. In addition, he was an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation for nine years at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and at the Medical College of Wisconsin for six years. Also, he pioneered and was boarded in the field of electrodiagnostic medicine. He was the recipient of the Baruch Fellowship and the NFIP Fellowship. Most memorable to Dr. LaJoie was his work with severe polio patients during the epidemics of the early 1950s and the acute respirator patients at Memorial Hospital in Phoenix. Dr. LaJoie was a member of the American Legion DJ Martin Post 8, the Woodland Owners Association and in retirement was a member of the United States Coast Guard Flotilla Auxiliary for many years. He was an avid reader and had an experimental mind of science. He loved sailing the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes, wandering the lush green acres of his tree farms and connecting with nature. With all things in life, he did so with a charming sense of humor.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 48 years, B Gabriele LaJoie, and his nine children and their families, William, Linda, James, Jerry, Cynthia, Julia, Mark, Alexis and Nicholas. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 6, from 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Paulís Catholic Church, S38W31602 Highway D, Waukesha, WI 53189 (corner of highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot). Father Dan Volkert will preside. Private interment with full military honors will be at St. Paulís Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208; the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295; or to The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, 633 W. Main St., Madison, WI 53703.
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