- The Washington Times - Monday, May 14, 2007

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Dr. John K. Lattimer, a world-renowned urologist who treated celebrities and cultural icons as well as top-ranking Nazis during the Nuremberg war-crimes trials, died May 10 at a hospice near his home in Englewood. He was 92.

Dr. Lattimer helped establish the discipline of pediatric urology and developed a cure for renal tuberculosis.

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 including Hermann Goering and Albert Speer.

In 1972, the Kennedy family chose him to be the first nongovernmental medical specialist to review evidence in President Kennedy’s assassination.

Dr. Lattimer examined 65 X-rays, color photos and black-and-white negatives taken during Kennedy’s autopsy, and he later told the New York Times that the images “eliminate any doubt completely” about the validity of the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald fired all the shots that struck the president.

An accomplished collegiate athlete and a noted educator and author, he also was an authority on the assassination of President Lincoln and a ballistics expert 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 rifles and swords, and drawings by Adolf Hitler.

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