We republish an obituary. Hollenhorst plaques are cholestrol bodies which are helpful in knowing who may be at risk for strokes. Eyes are the windows to the entire body. This is the only place where actual blood vessels can be visualized.
ROCHESTER — Dr. Robert W. Hollenhorst, 94, a Mayo Clinic physician and pioneer in neuro-ophthalmology, died Thursday (Jan. 10, 2008) in Rochester.
Born Aug. 12, 1913, in St. Cloud, Minn., he attended St. Cloud State Teachers College, St. John’s University, and the University of Minnesota Medical School. During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in the Pacific, and was awarded a Bronze Star for his medical role in several amphibious landings in New Guinea and the Philippines. Following his discharge in 1946, Dr. Hollenhorst began his career as an ophthalmologist at Mayo Clinic and professor at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He retired in 1979 and lived in the Brainerd Lakes area until moving back to Rochester in 1996.
He was a member of many medical boards and associations, and served terms as president of the American Ophthalmology Society and vice chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Howe Medal by the AOS.
Dr. Hollenhorst was founder of the Minnesota Pre-School Survey of Vision and Hearing, and for 30 years was consulting ophthalmologist to Minnesota State Services for the Blind. For his contributions to the state, Gov. Arne Carlson declared April 24, 1991, “Dr. Robert Hollenhorst Day.”
Some of his research described a phenomenon now known as “Hollenhorst Plaques.” These cholesterol bodies, sometimes found in the blood vessels of the retina, are useful in diagnosing the risk of stroke and other circulatory problems.
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