John K. Lattimer, 92; urologist treated celebrities and Nazis
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- John K. Lattimer, a world-renowned urologist who treated celebrities, cultural icons, and top-ranking Nazis during the Nuremberg war crimes trials, has died. He was 92.
Dr. Lattimer, who died Thursday at a hospice near his home in Englewood, helped establish the discipline of pediatric urology and developed a cure for renal tuberculosis. His daughter announced his death.
For 25 years, he was a professor and chairman of the urology department at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, where he also received his medical degree.
As an Army doctor in World War II, he treated hundreds of casualties during the Normandy Invasion at a makeshift hospital. He later was stationed in Munich and, during the war crimes trials, he treated top-ranking Nazis officials including Hermann Goering and Albert Speer.
In 1972, the family of President Kennedy chose him to be the first non governmental medical specialist to review evidence in his assassination.
Dr. Lattimer examined 65 X-rays, color photos, and black-and-white negatives taken during Kennedy's autopsy, and he later told The
Dr. Lattimer's interests were not limited to medicine.
An accomplished collegiate track athlete and a noted educator and author, he also was an authority on the assassination of President Lincoln and a ballistics specialist who once housed an extensive collection of historical weapons and memorabilia at his 30-room home. Included in his collection was medieval armor, Revolutionary and Civil War swords, including one used by rebel Ethan Allen, and drawings by Adolf Hitler.