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Former UI prof, JFK medical examiner dies

BY DI STAFF | MAY 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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University of Iowa officials have received a report that former UI Professor Earl Rose died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Rose was born Sept. 23, 1926, in South Dakota, served in the Navy until 1946, then attended Yankton College, the University of South Dakota, and medical school at the University of Nebraska, from which he graduated in 1953. He married Marilyn Preheim in 1951.

Rose was the medical examiner who conducted the autopsies of Lee Harvey Oswald following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, many years later, Jack Ruby.

Rose famously was the Dallas County medical examiner who, as detailed in a recent New Yorkerarticle, had an angry clash with Kennedy's aides over whether he should perform an immediate autopsy on the slain president. According to the article, the aides shoved Rose out of the way in order to take the president's body back to Washington.


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