On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Frank N. Ritter, MD, died. He was 82 years old. Frank Ritter was a most remarkable man—one who made a profound difference in the lives of his family, friends, patients, students, and so many others who he likely did not even know. It has been said that the only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind. If that is true then Frank took quite a great deal with him.
Frank was born on July 30, 1928, in New Albany, Indiana. He graduated from St James Academy High School (Rensselaer, Indiana) in 1946, and was the valedictorian of his class. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, in 1949, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, in 1953, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1958. He trained as a resident in otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, completing his residency training in 1960. He also served 2 years in the US Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Frank had a private practice in otolaryngology at St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, and rose through the academic ranks to professor of otolaryngology at the University of Michigan.