Cover photo for Dr. Edward Kolner's Obituary
1930 Dr. 2022

Dr. Edward Kolner

October 17, 1930 — December 17, 2022


Edward Hirsh Kolner, 92, passed away suddenly Saturday December 17, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. He was born in Chicago, IL October 17, 1930 to Adolph and Amelia (Derman) Kolner in

Valparaiso, Indiana.


In his own words:

“I had a long and happy life. I attended high school in my hometown, Valparaiso, Indiana, received a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.D. degree from the University of Chicago. I served my country as a flight surgeon and later as a Lt. Colonel in the army during Desert Storm. I worked 20 years in family practice and 30 years as a radiologist. I was an atheist, a humanist and an existentialist. I enjoyed the popular music of my growing up years, travel, pickleball and books, and books, and books. I had the love of three outstanding women (Mary Susan (Satterlee) Kolner; Gail Walker; KK Anderson). I fathered seven beautiful children who grew to be strong and independent adults; (Brian (Nancy), of Moraga, CA; Elliot (Maxine), of Merillan, WI; Dean (Jennie), of Deephaven, MN; Douglas (Dare), of Monona, WI; Neil (Leo), of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Anne (Kevin), of Northfield, MN; and Emily, formerly of Coral Gables, FL) they were my greatest joy. What more could any man want?”


Ed was preceded in death by his elder sister, Shirley Vinikour, his youngest daughter, Emily, and his first two

wives, Mary Kolner, and Gail Walker. Apart from his children, he is survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2023 at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI.


Please share your memories of Ed here on his tribute page.

Cress Center

6021 University Ave. Madison

(608) 238-8406


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