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A Fascinating Guy You Never Heard Of

We stumbled on this obituary from the New York Times, published in May of 2007. It’s about Dr. John K. Lattimer, a urologist and Columbia University professor.

Lattimer lived to be 92 years old. A 6′ 4″ track star as a college kid, he was an army doctor in World War II and treated high-level Nazis during the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Besides his medical career, Lattimer was a ballistics expert who was picked by the Kennedy family in 1972 to examine autopsy photos and X-rays of the body of President John F. Kennedy.

And he collected historical memorabilia — his possessions included drawings by Adolf Hitler, a sword that belonged to Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen and a penis said to have once been attached to Napoleon.

A fascinating life.

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