Alfred Edward Voigt, MD, 80, of Brookings, died Sept. 22, 2007 in a local hospital of cancer.
He was born May 12, 1927 in Long Branch, NJ; the only son of Alfred and Margaret (Weckel) Voigt. Dr. Voigt grew up in the Army, where his father was a master sergeant. Before WWII, the Army was very small and family oriented. He had the privilege of living in Hawaii before the war and had many wonderful memories of swimming on the reefs and enjoying the island's beauty before commercialization.
He started school at 5 years of age and attended Catholic schools for his entire education, including medical school. He was always the youngest person in his class, and still kept in touch with many of his classmates.
He also served as an altar boy in his youth, and as a teenager attained his Eagle Scout with three Palms designation.
Following his father's retirement, the family settled in Ohio. Dr. Voigt graduated from high school in Fairborn, Ohio. He then attended college for one year before joining the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the military police, and had the duty of guarding German POWs who were being held in Colorado.
Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he completed a medical degree from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University. He returned to the Army where he completed his internship and servedat Ft. Bliss, Texas, as well as Tokyo andOkinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
Dr. Voigt served as a general practitioner in El Paso, Texas for fifteen years, and had also served as team physician for the University of Texas at El Paso football team.
He completed the education requirements for the specialty of psychiatry and completed an internship in Fort Logan, Colo. Dr. Voigt had private practices and served on hospital staffs in psychiatry in Denver, Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Colo. He had also worked at Kern County Mental Health Dept. in Bakersfield in the late 1970s.
On July 1, 1978, he married Diana Leist on the back of Aspen Mountain, Colo. It was a full Victorian wedding and took 35 loaded jeeps to bring the guests to the top of the mountain. Mountains framed the wedding party and it was much like the "Sound of Music." All of Dr. Voigt's children were members of the wedding party.
The Voigts moved to Brookings in 2000.
Dr. Voigt had worked as a psychiatrist at Pelican Bay State Prison. He was most recently employed at Del Norte County Mental Health Dept.
His proudest accomplishment in life was being a father to seven children. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and fly-fishing.
Survivors include his wife Diana S. Voigt of Brookings; former wife, Carol Oshima of Seattle, Wash; children Michael Voigt and Mary Bernstein, both of Denver, Colo; David Voigt of Rifle, Colo; John Voigt of Redondo Beach; Teresa Voigt of Arlington, Wash; Lisa Cortese of Boulder, Colo; and Christina Voigt of New Orleans, La; sister, Margaret Bertsch of Burlington, Vt; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, Brookings. Father Joseph Bosch will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Outreach Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 993, Brookings, OR 97415
Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.