Forty-second Annual Sherman Hoslett Homecoming Lecture

"Can You Hear Me Now?! – Hearing Loss and Its Treatment"

Charles W. Beatty, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Charles Beatty will present the Sherman Hoslett Homecoming lecture on Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m. in Valders 206 on the Luther College campus.

Charles (Chuck) Beatty graduated from Luther College in 1973 with a Biology major and Chemistry minor.  He subsequently attended Medical School at the University of Iowa receiving his MD degree in 1977.  He went on to complete a Surgical Internship and Residency in Otorhinolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He joined the Staff at Mayo in 1982 where he is a Consultant and surgeon.  During his career at Mayo he has served in a variety of positions including ENT Residency Program Director, Associate Dean for Surgery and Surgical Specialties, and Department Chair.  He is involved as a member and officer of multiple Otolaryngology related organizations and has been the guest Professor and speaker at several national and international institutions and forums. His primary areas of expertise are in Otology and Neurotology.

Dr. Beatty was the first of his Iowa farm family to attend college.  He attributes his decision to attend Luther to Mr. Floyd Winter, a 1953 Luther graduate who was his high school history teacher, basketball coach and, later, Principal, at Washington High School in Vinton, IA.  Dr. Beatty credits his decision to pursue a medical career to Dr. Russell Rulon who served as his freshman Luther science advisor.  Both Mr. Winter and Dr. Rulon were inspiring mentors and supporters during times of some critical life decisions.  His is grateful for their interest and influence in his career.

Chuck was the oldest of five children who ended up attending Luther; Marion (’75), Michael, Brian (’77), and Annette (’87).  He is married to Ann (Christensen ’75) who was a pianist and music major at Luther.  They have four sons, three of whom attended and graduated from Luther: John, Matthew (’03), Joseph (’07) and Paul (’07).  In fact, two of three daughters-in-law happen to be Luther grads as well! – Molly Vanderstoep ’03 and Megan Anderson ’07. The Luther legacy and connections continue to serve as common bonds and a source of pride for the extended family.

Chuck continues to teach residents, operate and practice Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic as a full time Consultant.  Ann is volunteer extraordinaire as well as serving on multiple non-profit and Church related boards and committees in the community and at the state level (Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota).  She continues to share her musical talents and interests with occasional accompaniments and at weekly Rotarian meetings.  Chuck and Ann enjoy their time together at their Mississippi River cottage in Wabasha, MN, traveling, and gathering with friends and relatives – particularly their three granddaughters Stella(5), Hazel (3), and Vivian(1).

Chuck feels honored and privileged to be asked to be this year’s Hoslett Memorial Lecture presenter.