Tracy Karen Koogler, MD, of Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Linda Rosen Koogler and the late William Mangus Koogler, II, died on December 28, 2022 at the home of her mother in Raphine. She was born on July 15, 1966 in Richmond. She is survived by her brother, William Todd (Royanne); nieces, Lindsay Ryan and Madison Bailey; step-nieces, Josephine Emilia Rose Dell and Frances Victoria Brooks Dell; uncles, Melvin E. Rosen, Jr. (Peggie) and Fred P. Rosen, Ph.D.; and aunt, Betty Lou Harlow Koogler; several cousins and a special friend, Mark Schimmelpfennig. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Melvin E. and Nina Bell Brubeck Rosen, William Vincent and Mildred Earhart Koogler; uncle, Douglas Wayne Koogler, and aunt, Margaret Whittle Rosen.
Tracy graduated from L. C. Bird High School, Chesterfield, in 1984; Davidson College in 1988; and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992. She trained in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She began her career at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics section of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She completed the MacLean Ethics Fellowship and became active in ethics consults. During her career, she was promoted to associate professor, a co-director of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, and an assistant director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She was also active in Pediatric Research in Medical Ethics (PRIME). Tracy was the doctor caring for pediatric patients in the burn unit as well as her assignment in the PICU. In addition, Tracy was passionate about protecting the results of human subjects in research and served as vice-chair of the University of Chicago Institutional Review Board for many years. In 2020, Tracy was named the Distinguished Clinician in the Distinguished Faculty Awards at the University of Chicago.
Tracy is a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago serving as Deacon and Elder. She visited South Africa in 2018 as part of a choir trip. Her two greatest loves for fun are sailing on Lake Michigan and watching the Davidson Wildcats and UVA Wahoos play basketball. She attended multiple ACC tournaments and was present when UVA won the National Championship in 2019.
She requests memorial donations be made to The Fund for Davidson (Diversity and Inclusion), Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036-7170; Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2014; or Northwestern Memorial Foundation, attn: Lou and Jean Maluati Brain Tumor Institute, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60611. Tracy requests cremation with ashes returned to Chicago. The family will receive friends from 4:00-5:00 and from 6:00 until 8:00 on Monday, January 2, 2023 in the Henry Funeral Home, Staunton, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago at a later date. Condolences may be made online to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.