UW Ob-Gyn recognizes loss of three important department figures

In the winter of 2020, three important figures in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn passed away. We will forever be grateful for the marks they made on the department, and send our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.


John Ellis, MD 
passed away January 20, 2020.

Dr. Ellis served with the Air Force in WWII, then completed his medical studies at the UW. He started his medical career in Madison before establishing his practice in Edina, MN with Southdale OB-GYN where he remained until retirement.

A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he was married for 64 years, traveled extensively and was an avid skier, enjoying both activities with family. 

Ann Peckham, wife of former UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Ben Miller Peckham, MD, and longtime friend and supporter of our department, passed away February 9, 2020.

Ann’s obituary details an incredible life, full of political activism, volunteer service, and women’s health advocacy. (Did you know she received the Planned Parenthood Margaret Miller Award in 1992, alongside her husband?) Read the whole obituary for a look at the amazing accomplishments of Ann Peckham.

A service will be planned at a later date. 

UW Ob-Gyn mourns the passing of Thomas Julian, MD, longtime member of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn Faculty. Dr. Julian passed away on February 14, 2020.

Dr. Julian joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 1988. During his time with us, he served as director of the Division of Gynecology. For a decade, he was also the UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director.

Dr. Julian impacted countless learners in the department and earned numerous department teaching awards for his contributions. Many in the department today count him as a mentor and valued teacher. He had a tremendous history in the department as a supporter of education, research, and excellent clinical care, and his loss is deeply felt.