At the end of the EFORT congress in Vienna, which was co-organized by Professor Dr. Joachim Löhr and during which he was scheduled to give several lectures and to moderate a symposium, we received the shocking news of his death. It is tremendously difficult to realize that he is not with us anymore. Joachim Löhr has been a member of the The German society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE) from the very beginning, and has greatly shaped it through his basic scientific research, his outstanding congress contributions, excellent lectures and his always helpful and never selfish efforts within different committees. His professional career as a resident at the Schulthes Clinic in Zürich, as a research and clinical fellow, resident and finally consultant of the university hospitals of Toronto and Ottawa, as head of department of orthopaedics at the university hospital in Würzburg, as chief physician for orthopaedics at the Schulthess Clinic Zürich, as professor in ordinary of orthopaedics at the university of Lübeck, as medical director of the Endoclinic Hamburg and finally within a private practice back in Zürich made him an excellent ambassador for the DVSE and the field of German shoulder- and elbow surgery. He has received numerous national and international scientific distinctions and was member as well as honorary member of many international societies and associations, i.a. the Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, American Academy and Orthopedic Surgeons, Canadian Orthopaedic Association and Research Society and European Research Society. Joachim Löhr was a great communicator through his open-mindedness and his verbal skills. His excellent, scientifically sound and yet humorous lectures and contributions to discussions at countless meetings are unforgotten. There was hardly any important congress or major international meeting on shoulder and elbow surgery associated topics without the presence of and active contributions by Joachim Löhr. Just a few weeks ago, he presented the Perthes Prize of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Schulter- und Ellenbogenchirurgie in Hamburg with his dry northern German cordiality and a Hanseatic wink. The German society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery has lost one of its key members and we all lost a good friend.
Dear Jochen, we will greatly miss you and your open, friendly nature and keep you in honorable memory.
For the managing board of the DVSE
Markus Loew, Ulrich Brunner, Jörn Steinbeck
Only one day before his sudden and unexpected death, Alwin had held a lecture in Berlin. Just the way we knew and appreciated him: enthusiastic, dedicated to medicine – especially to arthroscopy – and with his own great sense of humor. The news of his sudden death that could not be prevented even by the greatest surgical efforts deeply shocked us all. All of the sudden death has not only torn him away from his successful career but also from his beloved wife Heike, with whom he had only just moved into a new house. We all knew Alwin as a dedicated physician who was appreciated by both his colleagues and his patients for his excellent surgical skills and his dedication to his patients and to whom improving arthroscopic techniques was always of greatest importance. During his time in Frankfurt at the Orthopedic Clinic Friedrichsheim he led his department to great recognition. Not only his surgical knowledge but also his professional views and organizational skills were well appreciated. Therefore his new position as head physician for sports orthopedics / knee and shoulder surgery seemed like a perfect fit for him. Alwin has gained a national and international reputation as an excellent orthopedist and gained widespread acclaim for his arthroscopic skills. He was an active member of the ISAKOS, the AGA and the ACL Study Group among others, as well as a member of the DVSE for many years. In Friedrichsheim he organized numerous shoulder surgery courses. Alwin was always willing to share his curiosity and his knowledge and was a dedicated teacher for both his staff as well as national and international guests. We are therefore particularly pleased with the proposal of Ron Schmieding to create the Dr. Alwin Jäger Foundation for the Promotion of Education. Despite your many commitments and responsibilities, we have always experienced you, Alwin, as a loyal friend and humorous companion.
We miss your mischievous laughter and your humanity.
For the board of the DVSE
U. Brunner, E.Wiedemann, J. Steinbeck