Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Obituary: Sverre Quisling - Class of 1916

Quisling Clinic Founder Dies
By Naomi R. Patton

Sverre Quisling, a member of a prominent Madison medical family and founder of the Quisling Clinic, died Saturday in Woodbury, Minn. He was 102.

Quisling was born in Lake Mills, Iowa, on May 30, 1898, and moved to Madison with his family at a young age.Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Andreas Quisling, he received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and attended Rush Medical School in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School for graduate work.

Quisling married Virginia Moe in 1940, and they had two children: Stewart, also a doctor, and Andrea. He moved to Minnesota in 1999 to be near his daughter.

He founded the Quisling Clinic on Wisconsin Avenue with his brothers, Abraham, Gunnar and Rolf in 1933. He also had 52 patents to his name, including the first depilatory to remove unwanted hair.

But according to friends, Quisling and his family were unfairly targeted during World War II as a result of their relationship to Vidkum Quisling, a Norwegian Nazi leader who was executed in 1945 after being convicted of treason in Norway.

Quisling is survived by his brother Rolf, of Madison, his children, several grandchildren and extended family members.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 17, 2001 as a news story.

Note: Sverre Quisling's class year is based on information in the 1914 Tychoberahn, which lists him as a sophomore and member of the Class of 1916.

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