Theodore C. Doege

Theodore C. “Ted” Doege, 93, a longtime Hinsdale resident passed away Aug. 22, 2022.

Ted was born in 1928 in Lincoln, Neb., to Arthur and Erna Doege.

Ted received a scholarship to Oberlin College. Because of his interest in trains, following graduation in 1950 he was briefly a railroad gandy dancer. Drafted into the Army in late 1952, he became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne (the first time he flew in a plane, he jumped out of it). After, he enrolled as a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Ted sold his used physiology book to Ann Elizabeth Edmondson, his smart and pretty classmate; they were married in 1957.

He held positions at the Centers for Disease Control; was appointed visiting associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai, Thailand; was an associate professor in the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago; and directed the American Medical Association science group responsible for public health issues.

Ted’s love of music, writing and trains were lifelong passions. He sang in the church choir, was an expert on the American railway, and authored professional and personal writings, including his autobiography.

Ted was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale for more than 50 years

He is now, and will forever be, sorely missed. Ted was a man who never had an unkind word to say about anyone or anything. Instead, his words were thoughtful, uplifting and meaningful. He shared his Dad jokes, his unwavering loyalty to the hometown team, the Bears, and his love of sweets with all in his circle. He was proud of, and devoted to, his wife, his children, his wider family, his church and his many friends and acquaintances.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, nee Edmondson; his children, Becky (Darren) Doege Lynch and Andrew Doege; his siblings, Karl Doege and Caroline Seyboldt; many nieces and nephews; and Melissa and Ella Roberts, to whom he was a devoted “father and grandfather.”

He was preceded in death by his sister, Esther Pahl; and his brother, Arthur Doege.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made online to Redeemer Lutheran Church, at; or to the Ann and Theodore Doege Merit Scholarship Fund (A06526) by making a check payable to the University of Rochester (include the name of the fund in the memo) and mailing it to University of Rochester, Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 East River Road, Box 270032. Rochester, NY 14627 (online at

Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Westmont handled the arrangements.