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Kenneth G. Swan

Kenneth G. Swan (79), died on March 22, 2014. He was a professor of surgery for over 40 years and combat surgeon for multiple tours in Vietnam and the first Gulf War.

Swan, a trauma, vascular, and thoracic surgeon at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was instrumental in the development of the Trauma Center in Newark, N.J., after his return from duty in Vietnam in the early 1970s.

As professor of surgery, he practiced general, vascular, thoracic, and trauma surgery for over 40 years in Newark.

Trauma was his calling. He published over 300 articles in medical literature on trauma, shock, physiology, and medical history. He lectured hundreds of times nationally and internationally.

He was a member of several distinguished societies, including the American Physiological Society, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Services. He was also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society. More recently, he was recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a member of the Osler Medical History Society, president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey, and an elder at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

One of his great passions was teaching, and he won numerous awards for his efforts teaching medical students and surgical residents. His legacy lives on with them.

A celebration of life was held at Wyoming Presbyterian Church on March 28. Interment is at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date. For more information or to send condolences please visit

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