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Dr. Rex Blumhagen, helped start emergency room at Central DuPage Hospital, dies

Rex Vernon Blumhagen

Rex Vernon Blumhagen

Dr. Rex Vernon Blumhagen, who later in life helped start the emergency room at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, brought health care to rural areas of Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

With a fearless sense of adventure and an approachable personality, Dr. Blumhagen made inroads in remote regions where people rarely had access to health care.

“My father was unbelievably friendly with people,” said his daughter Susan Fullerton. “He could never speak the language in Afghanistan, but he could always communicate by his manner and his friendliness and his sheer ability to connect with people.”

Dr. Blumhagen, 92, died of malignant melanoma on Friday, Feb. 24, at his home in West Chicago, his daughter said.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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