Larson had been practicing medicine since 1970 and has delivered thousands of babies in his career. He started his own clinic, Obgyn Specialists, which has clinics in Edina and Burnsville, in 1980. He was active in the medical community, and had been working as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School since 2004.
Sandy Kamin, clinic administrator, said she worked with Larson for 25 years and his death came as a "complete shock."
Kamin said Larson had a marvelous sense of humor and treated his colleagues like family — greeting each one of them as his "favorite." He established his clinic, Kamin said, because focusing on quality patient care was important to him. In addition to medical care and delivery of babies, Larson was also a surgeon, and spoke internationally on the topic of vaginal surgery.
"He really set the bar high, and we all tried to reach it — and he let us know if we did, and let us know if we didn't," Kamin said. "He really wanted to have the best clinic in town for women."
Hoffstrom, an attorney, graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2009.
Katharine Tinucci, campaign manager for Gov. Mark Dayton, went to law school with Hoffstrom and was stunned to hear of his involvement. She last saw him about a month ago when the two crossed paths in the parking lot of the state Democratic Party, where Hoffstrom was working part-time on a phone bank.
"Ted was genuinely compassionate and very kind to his classmates," she said. "You would never suspect any kind of trouble in his life."
Messages left at the homes of Larson and Hoffstrom were not immediately returned.
Associated Press reporter Brian Bakst contributed to this report from St. Paul, Minn.
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