Dr. Houmann passed away August 25, 2017

Carl Jørgen Houmann ’54 passed away peacefully in Apopka, Florida, on August 25, 2017, two weeks before his 99th birthday. Born in Randers, Denmark, in 2018, he was raised by devout SDA parents and was educated in the Danish public school system until he enrolled at Vejlefjord Mission School, and subsequently the physical therapy program at Skodsborg Sanitarium and Hospital — both Adventist institutions. While at Skodsborg, he participated in sheltering Danish Jews from the Nazi occupiers of his country while they awaited escape across the water to Sweden. 

After graduation he served briefly in the Danish Royal Army, then decided to emigrate to America to pursue his dream of studying medicine at Loma Linda. Admission to the class of ’54 was granted after completion of premed studies at Washington Adventist University (then Washington Missionary College). Graduation from CME was followed by an internship at Washington Sanitarium and Hospital. 

In 1957, he embarked on a remarkable stint of mission service in Ethiopia. While there, he served the impoverished and destitute, as well as the wealthy and influential. He was physician to the American diplomatic and business communities, obstetrician and pediatrician to Emperor Haile Selassie’s royal family, physician for Ethiopian Airlines, chief of staff of the urban SDA hospital in Addis Ababa, Medical Secretary for the Union, organist/pianist for the large local church, among many other duties.

Upon returning to America, he practiced family medicine in suburban Washington DC until his retirement at age 70.

Preceding him in death was his bride Anna Margrethe, the love of his life for 70 years. He leaves behind their five children Annette Grant, Paul Houmann (SM ‘80B), Per Houmann (SD ’83), Lars Houmann (SPH ’82), Susan Owen, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Among those are several LLU alumni and current students: Niklas Houmann (SPH ’08), Martina Houmann Howe (SD ’16), Peter Houmann (SM ’21), Erik Owen (SM ’08), and Austin Owen (SD ’18).

(Source: Family of Dr. Houmann)