Loyola University Chicago

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Division of Student Development

Bereavement Notices

Rolf McMillan Gunnar, MD

The Loyola University Chicago community mourns the death of Rolf McMillan Gunnar, MD, who served as chief of cardiology and chair of medicine.

Dr. Gunnar joined Loyola in 1972 as chief of the division of cardiology and a professor in the department of medicine.

Dr. Gunnar headed cardiology for ten years and served as chair of the department of medicine for nine years. He retired in 1991.

During Dr. Gunnar’s tenure, Loyola’s cardiology program became a model of excellent patient care with state-of-the-art basic, translational and clinical research.

Dr. Gunnar not only supported many Loyola initiatives, but showed his generosity by establishing The Rolf & Merian Gunnar Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) in partnership with The Arthur Foundation in 2007. Its purpose was to be influential in the training of fellows, medicine residents and medical students and expected to sustain a vibrant clinical cardiac research program.

Additionally, in 1975, he created the Geoffrey Gunnar Memorial Scholarship for third-year Stritch students in honor of his late son.

After retirement from Loyola, he became Chair of the Board of Directors for BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, a charity he co-founded with his second wife, Marge, and dedicated to serving children with disabilities.

Click here to read his obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Gunnar is survived by his second wife Margaret Tautkus Gunnar; children, Jocelyn Gunnar Stevenson, Rolf McMillan Gunnar, Jr., William Peter Gunnar, M.D.; and grandchildren, Frederick Gunnar Stevenson, Ela Jane Carpenter, Thomas Geoffrey Stevenson, Elizabeth Overton Gunnar, M.D. Jocelyn Overton Gunnar, Warren Petrocella Gunnar, Audrey Petrocella Gunnar and great-granddaughter, Ismay Jane Carpenter. He was pre-deceased by his wife of more than fifty-five years, Merian Jane Gunnar, who passed in 2004, and his son Geoffrey Charles Gunnar, who passed in 1974.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 24, from 2 to 9 p.m.at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL, 60527.

The funeral service will be Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521, with internment to follow at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be directed to BraveHearts, 7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033.

Please remember this family in your prayers.