As we look back at our collective contributions to improving perinatal outcomes, we want to recognize the indelible influences of three members of our WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation family who passed this year. Tim Boehmer, RPh; Fredrik “Frits” Broekhuizen, MD; and, Herbert Sandmire, MD, were our friends, colleagues, and family. They assuredly left their mark on our hearts and work, as they did for so many others throughout their career. We honor them here.

Tim Boehmer, RPh, was an enthusiastic and treasured advocate for WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation. He served as president of WAPC in 2006-07, the first pharmacist to serve in this role. Tim’s passion for his work as a neonatal pharmacist was evident to all who knew him. He relished in sharing his expertise and gaining new knowledge and perspectives from his perinatal colleagues. He was a fixture at the WAPC Annual Conference, where he often shared his talents as the “MC” for the Great Debate and gave numerous presentations throughout the years. Tim was passionate about WAPC’s mission and always eager to volunteer for WAPC.

We are honored to have known and worked with Tim, and privileged to have shared in his passion for improving perinatal care. Though he is greatly missed, we will carry his passion forward.

Tim doing his best Paul Neary impression at the 2013 Annual Conference

fritsFredrik “Frits” Broekhuizen, MD, was a treasured advocate for WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation. Frits served as president of WAPC in 1988-89. In 1993, he received the Callon-Leonard Award, the highest honor bestowed by WAPC. He is the only person to be awarded the WAPC President’s Award twice—once in 2014 and again in 2018. At the time of his death, Frits served on the Perinatal Foundation Board of Directors and on the Foundation’s Resource Development Committee. In these roles, Frits provided material resources, like the treasured Brewer’s tickets, as well as his expert opinion and wisdom.

We are honored by Frits’ outspokenness about so many causes that support the betterment of the health of women and infants all over the world—preventing and treating high risk maternal conditions, advocating for women’s reproductive rights, collecting and using perinatal data, improving maternal morbidity and mortality, and so many more. Frits’ legacy is a lesson in determination, action, and a vision of healthier women and infants. His loss is profound and his legacy is monumental.

Herbert Sandmire, MD, was a longtime and active member of WAPC. He made many important contributions to the OB/GYN field, and his passion for improving perinatal care was evident in his work. In his memoirs, he relayed a sense of optimism and humility, writing that he felt “blessed to live in a country where a dirt-poor kid from a tenant farming family in Wisconsin can seize opportunities presented to achieve a top-notch education and become a successful physician. In my wildest childhood dreams, I wouldn't have imagined any of this would happen, nor would my parents.” He dedicated the majority of that career born out of his wildest childhood dreams to the people of Green Bay, Wisconsin, delivering nearly 11,000 babies during his tenure there. WAPC formally recognized Dr. Sandmire for his many contributions by awarding him the Callon-Leonard Award in 2005, the highest honor bestowed by WAPC.

Herb & Crystal Sandmire at the 2005 Annual Conference