Dr. Richard Varco


Age: 91

pioneering surgeon from the University of Minnesota who was part of the team of doctors responsible for the world's first open-heart surgery, who co-created the world's first implantable drug-infusion pump (similar to the one that today delivers insulin to diabetics), and who performed the first organ transplant at the University of Minnesota.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: August 14, 1912

Died: May 3, 2004

Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada