This summer, Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) lost two legacy physicians who contributed tremendously to the development of local radiology services and the healthcare of area residents. Donald Miller Allen, M.D., passed away June 17, 2015, at the age of 70. Donald John Kenneweg, M.D., died Aug. 16, 2015, at the age of 82.
“Don Allen and Don Kenneweg were both exceptional physicians who were cherished colleagues, friends, and mentors to those of us at RAF. Each made a lasting impact on medical care in our region,” said Michael J. Hewitt, M.D., a RAF radiologist since 1982. “No radiologist in our memory ever accomplished more leadership roles at once than Dr. Allen. No radiologist in our memory ever devoted so much thought and energy toward building an outstanding department of radiology than Dr. Kenneweg did during his years of chairmanship.”
Dr. Allen was a physician with RAF for 37 years before his retirement in 2012. Board-certified in diagnostic radiology with a focus on women’s imaging, Dr. Allen co-founded the Imaging Center for Women (ICW) in 1996. He served as physician director of ICW until 2009 and was instrumental in envisioning and developing the new ICW that opened in 2010 on the campus of Mary Washington Hospital. Dr. Allen also was medical director during the development of three other outpatient imaging centers: Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, Medical Imaging at Lee’s Hill, and Medical Imaging of North Stafford. He was past president of the medical staff of Mary Washington Hospital, the local medical society, and the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Radiology. He was also a councilor and fellow in the American College of Radiology and a member of the Eastern Radiological Society.
Interviewed before his retirement, Dr. Allen said, “My work means the world to me. So often, the patients we see have significant concerns about cancer. With mammograms and other screenings, we are finding cancers at a much earlier stage—and helping patients take the next steps toward life-saving treatment and recovery.”
Dr. Kenneweg settled in Fredericksburg in 1966, beginning his career as a RAF radiologist at Mary Washington Hospital with a special interest in nuclear medicine. Board certified, he worked at the hospital for 32 years, eight of those as chairman of the Department of Radiology. He was a member of the medical staff of Mary Washington Hospital and the Fredericksburg Area Medical Society, serving both organizations as medical staff president in 1979. Dr. Kenneweg was also the founder and first medical director of the Mary Washington School of Radiologic Technology and was chairman of the Mary Washington Hospital Credentials Committee for many years. As a member of the Virginia Chapter, American College of Radiology, Dr. Kenneweg served in every office capacity, including president in 1983–1984, as a councilor to the American College of Radiology (ACR), and as a councilor to the Radiologic Society of North America. He was also a fellow in the ACR.
Dr. Kenneweg’s and Dr. Allen’s additional contributions toward improving medical care and the communities in which they lived are numerous. Both physicians played a key role in welcoming new RAF associates into the Fredericksburg medical community and mentoring them to ensure excellently trained generations of new radiologists serving our region. RAF is honored to have known them and their loving families.