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Carl R. Waltenbaugh

July 17, 1948 August 28, 2021
Carl R. Waltenbaugh
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Obituary for Carl R. Waltenbaugh

Carl R. Waltenbaugh, 73, of Oak Park, IL passed away peacefully at home on August 28th, 2021.

Carl was born in Canton, OH to Carl R. And Vivian O. (Rankin) Waltenbaugh. He married Karen (Jenkins) on April 14th, 1973 in Bradley, IL. He was a graduate of Hoover High School (Class of 1966), attended Mount Union College and graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in OH before graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1973 and PhD in 1975. Carl completed a post doctorate at Harvard University in 1979. He spent the remainder of his career as a Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University until his retirement in 2016. Carl was an avid woodworker, hobby geneaologist and self-proclaimed sommelier.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents.

Carl is survived by his wife, Karen and his children: Gretchen (Pinkerton) and her husband Justin, Heidi (Parker) and her husband Alyx, Karl and his wife, Amanda. He also leaves behind his sister Susan (Haines) and his grandchildren Eve, Zoe, Elliot, Jovi, Henry, Wren and Johan, as well as his beloved cats, Addison and Willson.

In lieu of a visitation/funeral, Carl would inform you that science is real, life is too short to drink bad wine, and Nanu Nanu.

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