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Obituary - John Paul Vetter

John Paul Vetter 88, of Pittsburgh died June 7, 2009

He was born July 18, 1920 son of the late John A. and Rose E. Vetter. He was Director of Medical Media at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital for 42 years before he retired in 1990. In 1942 Mr. Vetter was inducted into the U.S. Army and trained at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, New York as an Army motion picture photographer. He served in Finchaven, New Guinea and in Manila, Philippines. Following his military service, he accepted appointments at Singer Memorial Research Laboratory of the Allegheny General Hospital and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital as a medical photographer.

In 1964 Mr. Vetter accepted the Directorship of the Medical Photography Department and Director of the School of Medical Photography at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He is an internationally recognized expert, lecturer and author on many facets of medical photography. He has lectured at many prestigious events and academic institutions throughout North America, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland and Australia.

He is best known for his publications on Photo- micrography, Standardization of Medical Photographic Procedures and as editor and author of the reference book BIOMEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY, a standard treatise for biomedical photographers. In 1986 he received The Gold-Headed Cane award from The Western Pennsylvania Hospital representing the highest honor which can be bestowed on a member of the Medical Staff of the hospital.

Mr. Vetter photographed many of the prominent Pittsburgh Artists which were published in Pittsburgh Press Roto Gravure sections, and conducted the Photographic Section of the internationally acclaimed Three Rivers Art Festivals for several years.

He is survived by his six children, Patrick T. Vetter, Mary Ann M. St. John, Vivian V. Hilliard, Nicholas J. Vetter, Pamela M. Thames and Nancy E. Vetter, 10 Grandchildren, two Great Grandchildren, one Great Great Grandchild and his sister Joan E. Burkardt. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary M. (Lappan) Vetter and sisters Lucille Duggin (formerly Falbo), Doris Vetter, Mary Jane Hackett and Claire A. Vetter.

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