Greenfield couple killed in Michigan plane crash were doctors who worked at local hospitals

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SOUTH BOARDMAN, Mich. — Authorities say a husband and wife from Indiana were killed when their single-engine crashed in northern Michigan.

Officials in Kalkaska County identified the victims of Friday’s airplane crash as Thomas Wolfe and Mary Wolfe. Officials at Hancock Regional Hospital say the Wolfes worked in the medical field and were from Greenfield.

Mary was a radiologist at Hancock Regional for many years. Officials say she served as their chief of radiology and was a member of their Medical Executive Committee for a while. A hospital spokesperson said Mary was a “great doc, easy to work with and very physician and patient centered.”

Thomas was a pediatric anesthesiologist who retired from Riley Hospital for Children, according to the same spokesperson.

“I worked with Dr. Wolfe for well over a decade. She was an excellent radiologist, easy to work with, very accommodating. Most importantly, she was always kind and considerate of patients. She served as Chief of Radiology and was on our Medical Executive Committee,” said Michael J. Fletcher MD, FHM, FACP, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director Hospitalist Program. “In addition to being a highly skilled radiologist, she was well liked by the radiology staff, her physician colleagues, hospital leadership and, most importantly, her patients. She will be missed as a member of our community.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford says the plane crashed near U.S. 131 about 20 miles southeast of Traverse City. The plane crashed on private property without hitting any houses or other structures. Whiteford says Thomas was flying the plane. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

“Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe was a consummate professional in her role as a radiologist, and provided excellent care for our community,” said Dr. Lawrence Lo, OB/GYN. “She was often very serious about her job, but every now and then, I could get a light-hearted laugh out of her that would light up the room.  She was a genuinely nice person who made our corner of the world a better place.  She will be sorely missed.”

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying it was investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Bobby Keen, Former CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, issued this statement:

“I was greatly saddened to hear about the plane crash and the death of both Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe and Dr. Tom Wolfe. For many years I had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe at Hancock Health, and I came to gain high respect for her as both a person and physician. Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe served as our Chief of Radiology for a period of time and was on our Medical Executive Committee. She and her husband Tom often participated in our Board Strategic Planning sessions and attended healthcare seminars with us. Because of this involvement, I had a chance to get to know both Doctors Wolfe really well. They were both just great friends and colleagues that I had the utmost respect for. In our Medical Executive Committee, Dr. Mary Lynn Wolfe was always the person of reason and fairness in dealing with hospital and medical staff issues. She was a friend to all the staff at the Hospital and was an excellent radiologist that had the respect of all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this tragic loss and we will always remember both of them as great people and Doctors who cared about their patients and those with whom they worked.”

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