Alfred Edward Voigt
Alfred Edward Voigt, M.D., of Brookings, Ore., passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, in a local hospital of cancer. Voigt once had a private psychiatry practice in Aspen.
He was born May 12, 1927, in Long Branch, N.J.; the only son of Alfred and Margaret (Weckel) Voigt. Dr. Voigt grew up in the Army, where his father was a master sergeant. Before World War II, the Army was very small and family-oriented. He had the privilege of living in Hawaii before the war and had many wonderful memories of swimming on the reefs and enjoying the island’s beauty before commercialization.
He started school at 5 years of age and attended Catholic schools for his entire education, including medical school. He also served as an altar boy in his youth, and as a teenager, attained his Eagle Scout with three Palms designation.
Dr. Voigt graduated from high school in Fairborn, Ohio. He then attended college for one year before joining the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the military police, and had the duty of guarding German POWs in Colorado.
Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he completed a medical degree from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University. He returned to the Army where he completed his internship and served at Fort Bliss, Texas, as well as Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
Dr. Voigt served as a general practitioner in El Paso, Texas, for 15 years, and had also served as team physician for the University of Texas at El Paso football team.
He completed the education requirements for the specialty of psychiatry and completed an internship in Fort Logan, Colo. Dr. Voigt had private practices and served on hospital staffs in psychiatry in Denver, Aspen and Glenwood Springs. He had also worked at Kern County Mental Health Department in Bakersfield, Calif., in the late 1970s.
On July 1, 1978, he married Diana Leist on the back of Aspen Mountain. It was a full Victorian wedding and took 35 loaded Jeeps to bring the guests to the top of the mountain. All of Dr. Voigt’s children were members of the wedding party.
The Voigts moved to Brookings in 2000.
Dr. Voigt had worked as a psychiatrist at Pelican Bay State Prison. He was most recently employed at Del Norte County Mental Health Department.
His proudest accomplishment in life was being a father to seven children. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and fly-fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Diana S. Voigt of Brookings; former wife, Carol Oshima of Seattle; children Michael Voigt and Mary Bernstein, both of Denver; David Voigt of Rifle; John Voigt of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Teresa Voigt of Arlington, Wash.; Lisa Cortese of Boulder; and Christina Voigt of New Orleans, La.; sister Margaret Bertsch of Burlington, Vt.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, Brookings. The Rev. Joseph Bosch will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Outreach Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 993, Brookings, OR 97415.
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