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In Memoriam - Ron Ohslund

March 04, 2020

In Memoriam - Ron Ohslund

AsMA has just learned that former AsMA President for 1984–1985, Ronald K. Ohslund, M.D., CAPT, MC, USN, passed away late last year.

   He was also the 1983–1984 President of the Space Medicine Association (nee Branch) of AsMA and the 1987–1988 President of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons. He was Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine by ABPM and was a Fellow of AsMA.
   A native of Connecticut, CAPT Ohslund received his M.D. degree in 1961 from the University of Virginia. He also earned an M.P.H. from UCLA and went on the complete his residency in aerospace medicine at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL.
   After a year at the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, CA, his first assignment as a flight surgeon was at Da Nang Naval Air Station in Vietnam in 1964–1965. He took part in 56 medevac missions there. He also served extensively with the NATO/AGARD Aeromedical Working Party, the NATO Military Air Standards Committee, the ASCC Working Party, and the Tri-Service Aeromedical Working Panel in the 1970s and early 1980s.
   CAPT Ohslund served in Washington, DC, for 10 years: from 1972–1974 as Head of the Physical Qualifications and Medical Records Branch of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine; from 1974–1978 he was Program Manager for Aircrew Systems Biomedical Research, Naval Medical Research and Development Command; in 1978–1982 he was Acting Director of the Biological Sciences Division in the Office of Naval Research. He later served as Wing Surgeon, Third Marine Aircraft Wing at El Toro, and then Force Medical Officer for the Commander, U.S. Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, Coronado, CA. He retired in June 1990 after 30 years of active duty.