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Dr. Daniel Carl Wistran of Salem, Mass., formerly of Swampscott, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. 

Dan was born in Jamestown, NY, in 1947, son of Theodore and Sylvia Wistran. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Diane Shanos. He is survived by his wife, Julia; his sister, Elaine Harris; his children: Nathan (Diane Murphy), Jessica (Greg Hart), and Anna (Matt Wolfe); and his grandchildren, Kylie, Liam, Ashley, Dylan, Amelie, Ella, and Clara.

Dan and Julia met on a blind date and it was love at first sight. He always said that when he held her hand to prevent her from being pushed by a wave on their first date, electricity surged through his hand and he knew she was the one. They enjoyed 51 years of a beautiful marriage.

Dan graduated from Hamilton College in 1969 and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1973. His medical career began at a residency program through Brown University at Rhode Island hospital, and then a fellowship in cardiology through Harvard University at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He and Julia then moved to Swampscott in 1978 with their three children and he began a dedicated career as a cardiologist. 

Of the hundreds of patients, doctors and nurses with whom he encountered, he was always adored and remembered as an excellent doctor. A lover of innovation, Dan trained in cardiac ultrasound and eventually brought the technology to the North Shore. He persuaded his practice and the hospital to invest in digital echo, even before the Boston hospitals. He was a pioneer in the field and the benefit to patients was enormous. The echo lab at Salem Hospital is named in his honor. 

In addition to medicine, Dan had so many interests. He was an avid skier, golfer and runner, and loved to travel with his family. He enjoyed swimming and windsurfing near his home in Swampscott and golfing with friends at Tedesco Country Club. His love of music was a constant in his life. He had a beautiful voice that provided singing opportunities at Hamilton College and with the all-men’s choir Apollo Club of Boston. Dan was also the man behind the camera, either with his massive video camera that he used to document his children and friends, or later with his love of digital photography. He was a true renaissance man.

Parkinson's disease took hold of Dan at the age of 52, forcing him to retire from his beloved profession. He was a fighter and it was his positive spirit, humor, stubborn demeanor, and daily exercise that kept him agile and active up until the time of his death.

Dan will be remembered as an amazingly caring man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, family, friends, colleagues, and church. We are all better for having been a part of his extraordinary life.