Sandrock honored with distinguished alumni award

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison High School announced the 2020Alumni Hall of Honor Distinguished Alumnus Award this week.

Austin R. Sandrock M.D. graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1953. While at Fort Madison High School he served as senior class president and yearbook editor. After graduation, Austin attended the University of Iowa and earned his Bachelor of Science in commerce (1957), Doctor of Medicine (1961), and Education Specialist in Higher Education (1975). During his senior year at Iowa he served as president of his Sigma Chi fraternity chapter, business manager of the University’s Hawkeye yearbook while completing the prerequisites for medical school admission.

He was honored to be selected as University of Iowa Son for 1957 and received the Sigma Chi Balfour award for the Northeast Conference. He returned to teach in the Department of Radiology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine 1968-1975. His credentials and professional organizations were numerous.

During the Vietnam War, Austin served as a major in the U.S. Army hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he developed a very deep respect for the American soldier. On Feb. 8, 1975, he married Carole Wallis and a few months later they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he assumed his duties as Chairman of the Radiology Department of Maricopa County Hospital. They then moved to Metairie, Louisiana where he assumed similar duties as Chairman of the Radiology Department of East Jefferson Hospital from 1981 to 1984.

Lured by the climate of Arizona he returned to the private practice of radiology and fun in the sun, especially golf and travel. His favorite pastimes were golf and travel. His favorite passions were improving the quality of medicine and teaching. He enjoyed his membership in various medical and social groups and his church.

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