Saturday, March 29th, 2003 at
the Huntington Memorial Hospital, in Pasadena, CA. Dr. James G. Golseth
passed away. He was born on
September 16, 1912 in Jamestown, the son of Dr. Gustave Mrs. Florence (Pugh) Golseth.
After the death of his father (an ophthalmologist) in 1924 he moved with his mother and
older brother, Ralph, to Valley City, ND, and then to Iowa City, IA where he graduated
from high school in 1930. After obtaining a bachelor of science degree in education from NDSU in 1935, he earned a degree of bachelor of arts at UND. Becoming interested in medicine,
he obtained a bachelor of science degree in medicine from the University of North Dakota
in 1939, a bachelor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1941
and a doctor of medicine degree from the same school the following year.
He served his
internship at Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL from July 1941 to July 1942 and then
worked at Northwestern Medical School in neurology, electromyography and electrodiagnosis
under a four-year fellowship. He was elected to Sigma Xi in 1944. Dr. Golseth obtained
his license to practice medicine in Illinois in 1942 and in California in 1946. He went
to California to do research full-time for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
He served as instructor in neurology at Northwestern's Medical School, Department of Nervous
and Mental Diseases (1944-46) and was a Research Associate (1946-48) at the
University of Southern California School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine
In 1948 he was appointed Associate Clinical Professor in that department.
During WW II he was a lieutenant, j.g., in the U.S. Navy, doing research in medical electronics
and electrophysiology at Northwestern, at Percy Jones General Hospital, Battle Creek, MI and
at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL.
Dr. Golseth was a world authority in the field
of electrophysiology. He was the founder and director of the Department of Electromyography,
Electrodiagnosis and Electroencephalography at Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital.
He was also founder and consultant at the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital's Department
of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis. Dr. Golseth was also a consultant to the
Surgeon General of the United States.
He published many scientific papers on his findings
and works in the electrical diagnosis and treatment of nerve and muscle disorders field.
He was a pioneer in research with the electromyography and designed improvements for this
instrument. During the 1940's and 50's Dr. Golseth was associated with pioneering diagnosis
and treatment of poliomyelitis patients. He is credited with using the
this work with more ingenuity than anyone else. Dr. Golseth is survived by four daughters,
Judith Kalmen Sapero, Phoenix, AZ; Carolyn James Bonzi, Paso Robles, CA;
Barbara John Kettlewell, Scottsdale, AZ and Florence Baron Schrapnel of Adelaide,
Australia, fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph.
In addition to his great medical achievements, Dr.
Golseth was also a composer of music. He composed his first song in 1932
for his fraternity (Beta Theta Pi) and it was published for a few years
in their national song book. In 1933, he composed "Lilac Days