He was a leader in the medical community and in his adopted hometown of Kansas City, Mo., where he practiced medicine. In addition to his service on numerous boards, his wide-ranging interests included historic preservation, restoring vintage clocks, collecting lithographs, and tinkering with old cars and tractors.
He and his wife, Carolyn Bufton Elman’66, received a 2019 Preserve Missouri Award for restoring their 1870s red brick house in Malta Bend, Mo.
Elman was generous to Beloit, and his service reflected his eclectic interests.
He was a longtime class agent and chaired the major gifts committee during the college’s Sesquicentennial Campaign in the early 1990s. He also helped set the standards for Beloit’s successful fundraising campaign that followed in the mid-2000s. He supported the college’s Writing Center and brought to Beloit exhibits of historic science books from Kansas City’s Linda Hall Library. He received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Beloit College Alumni Association in 2006.
After majoring in mathematics at Beloit, Dr. Elman earned an M.D. from Marquette University and completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He served in the U.S. Navy and completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.
He practiced in Utah and later in Massachusetts until 1983, when he and his family moved to Kansas City, and he established a private practice as a radiation oncologist at Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, two sons, including Peter Elman’94, and two granddaughters.