Beloved husband, father, grandfather, inventor and mechanical engineer died peacefully in his sleep in his home. He was 85. Ingemar was born in Stockholm, Sweden, a graduate of the prestigious Stockholm Institute of Technology earning a mechanical engineering degree in 1945. In 1948, he immigrated to the United States and became an American citizen in 1950.
Ingemar loved to travel with his wife Linda and did so with passion in his last few years. He loved to party and had many friends who surrounded him and Linda in their home, where he would perform on the piano and play by ear Swedish music and the Beatles all rolled up into one. His other interest included walks on the beach, music, sailing, photography and building with his hands. He had a fantastic sense of humor. He was a kind gentleman whom would never hurt anyone and whom we all loved greatly.
Ingemar was a very accomplished medical product inventor and is credited with over one hundred U.S. patents. One of his lifelong passions was inventing and developing new medical devices for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many medical ailments. Many of his professional passions came in the form of innovative ideas including the design and development of the first -ever cardiac balloon angioplasty system at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems in Santa Clara, CA aka ACS, which started in his garage. After the success of the angioplasty system, Ingemar went on to work with E.P. Technologies, where he developed and patented devices for the treatment of atria and ventricular arrhythmias in the heart. Other accomplishments include works at Bay Area Companies for the treatment of benign prostrate hyperplasia and prostate cancer, orthopedic applications for shoulder disorders, pain management, and spine ailments. He also contributed his expertise in the delivery of stem cell and other biotherapeutics to the heart. This new medical device technology platform can be used in many interventional catheter procedures and may one day affect up to three million lives each year. Today, because of Ingemar's innovative and novel inventions and expertise, doctors around the world are using his devices on their patients, which are not only enhancing the lives of others, but more often saving them.
Ingemar is survived by his beloved wife Linda; grandson, Nick Lundquist. Son, Richard Lundquist, preceded his father in death in October, 1997; son, Chris Lundquist, wife Cindy and grandchildren Katrina, Jessica and Trevor. Tragically, Ingemar brother, Holger, who lived in Stockholm, Sweden, passed away February 27 of a heart attack.
There are no words to express the incredible loss and emptiness that is now present in his family and friends hearts. All that knew him will cherish many years of wonderful, loving memories of a man that not only helped mankind, but touched their hearts.
Donations may be made in Ingemar's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 182 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA, 93940.