Edward John Platz ’40 died on January 25, 2005, in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Born on August 13, 1918, in Bronx, NY, he prepared for college at Dumont (NJ) High School and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1940 he entered the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, from which he received his M.D. degree in December of 1943. He was a resident physician from 1944 to 1946 in the Hackensack (NJ) Hospital and then served in the Army Medical Corps for two years, attaining the rank of captain. He was an anesthesiologist at the Manchester (CT) Memorial Hospital from 1948 to 1950 and was the chief of the department of anesthesiology there from 1950 to 1966. He also had a private practice for many years before retiring in 1982. He served as president of the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists, the medical staff of the Manchester Memorial Hospital, and the Manchester Medical Association. He also served as secretary of the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists. He was a member of the Masons and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Manchester and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hebron, CT. Surviving are his wife, V. Linda Wakefield Platz, whom he married in 1944; three sons, Stephen E. Platz of Lebanon, CT, Daniel E. Platz of Coventry, CT, and Donald E. Platz, also of Coventry; two daughters, Sally P. Taetsch of Newington, CT, and Nancy P. Jones of Ransomville, NY, four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.