Dr. James A. Bastron, 94, a resident of Charter House, died there Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
He was born May 13, 1920, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Dr. Alexander and Grayce (Katsch) Bastron.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in 1942 and his masters degree in 1944, both from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City. He interned at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago, one year before being called to active duty with the United States Army in 1945.
He attained the rank of captain in the Army and served the end of World War II and was also called into active duty, serving as a medical officer a short time in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
On Sept. 1, 1945, in Red Oak, Iowa, he married Louise Lomas.
He completed his residency in pathology at Columbia University in New York and completed the program in 1948. He came to the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1948 as a fellow in surgery, later transferring to neurology. He was named an assistant to the staff at Mayo in 1951. Returning to Mayo after serving in the Air Force in 1954 as a consultant in neurology, and in 1956 received a master of science degree from the University of Minnesota for work done during his residency program.
He was an instructor in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine from 1956 to 1967 and advanced to assistant professor of neurology in 1973. Throughout his career with Mayo Clinic, he maintained an interest in electromyography, and EMG findings in multiple sclerosis patients.
He was past president of the American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis and served that organization as secretary-treasurer, program chairman and in 1984 was a member of its long range planning committee. Following his retirement with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he became medical director of the United States Bureau of Prisons' Federal Medical Center in Rochester and also worked during the winter months in Jacksonville for Mayo Clinic-Florida prior to his final retirement.
His personal interests included fishing, gardening and enjoying nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed playing golf and started playing in high school and played the game well into his 80s. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and he enjoyed reading history and traveling throughout the world over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; three children, Mary Jo (C. Michel) Harper of Rochester, Malcolm (Mary Ann) Bastron of Rochester and son, James "Jamie" Bastron of Preston; five grandchildren, Nicholas James Harper, Sarah Beth (Sean Fulford) Harper, Caitlin Joanna Harper, Jeffrey (Beth) Bastron and Laura (Jon) Lee and sister, Barbara Affolter of Temecula, Calif.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert.
Memorial services for him will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester, with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. His cremains will be entombed in the Columbarium at the First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the First Presbyterian Church or Mayo Clinic Neurology Department.