Maynard J.O. Amelon, DO, ’51, Palm Desert, California, died Aug. 5, 2016, at age 93. He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Truman, Minnesota, to Lydia Ritz Amelon and John Carl Amelon. The farming family moved to Missouri and he graduated high school in Centralia with brother, Lawrence. Dr. Amelon was president of the junior and senior classes in high school. He was a premedical student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, but his education was interrupted by World War II. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer for three years in India. He returned to the university and went on to ATSU-KCOM. During his four years there, he built and managed the Kirksville trailer court. He was also president of his class.
After graduation, Dr. Amelon went to Michigan to intern at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. It was there he met the love of his life, Jessie Wall, RN, a surgical nurse. They married in Winnipeg, Canada, on Aug. 29, 1952. They settled in Detroit, and then built their dream home in Southfield, Michigan. Next, he established and built the Kinloch Clinic in Redford where he practiced until he retired in 1999. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Amelon retired to Sun City, Palm Desert, California. In his retirement, he attended Hope Lutheran Church.
In Michigan, Dr. Amelon took on many leadership roles. He was president of the Wayne County Osteopathic Physicians. He served on many committees, one of which was to add fluoride to the Detroit water system. He was president of the Boys Club of Redford. During that year, it became the Boys & Girls Club of Redford. He was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Redford and became president of the Church Council. He was on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, serving as president from 1974-75. He was also very involved, along with his wife, in starting the Michigan College of Osteopathic Physicians, first in Pontiac and moving to the campus of Michigan State University in Lansing. He served 10 years as president for the Michigan College Foundation. He was co-chair of the Redford’s Bicentennial committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Skating Club and was completely involved in his daughters’ skating progress. He belonged to the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club and the Detroit Golf Club. Governor Millikan appointed Dr. Amelon to the state licensing board. He volunteered his time and had a free clinic for schoolchildren who needed required shots. He also served as a former ATSU Board of Trustees member.
Dr. Amelon never forgot his roots of being a farmer in Minnesota and Missouri and would often take his family to visit. He and Jessie loved to travel, enjoying their time together for 64 happy years. His family of five daughters, three sons-in-law, and six grandchildren were the joy of his life. He had interest in all of their endeavors. He was proud that daughters Cynthia Amelon, DO, ’81, and Mitzi became osteopathic physicians as well. He also wrote a book, “Thoughts of a Doctor,” which shared memories and pictures. He wanted to be best remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, as well as being honest, fair, and a hard worker.
Dr. Amelon is survived by his wife, Jessie; daughters, Cynthia, Deborah, Peggy Sue, Mitzi, and Kandi; sons-in-law, Robert, Chris, and John; grandchildren, Addison, Walker, Shannon, Devon, Lindsey, and Luke; granddaughter-in-law, Gabrielle; niece, Sharon; nephews, Rick, Joe, Warren, and Stan; and cousins, Florence, Lorraine, Eleanor, Dorothy, Janice, and Elaine. He was a loving and devoted brother to Rowland (Betty), Lawrence, Donald (Rhonda), and Ruth (John). They all preceded him in death along with his nephew, John Cadwell; niece, Adrienne Ptacek; parents; and Jessie’s parents, Nellie and Clifton Wall.
Andrew A. Armato, DO, ’58, Wailuku, Hawaii, died June 13, 2016, at age 89. He was one of three boys and two girls, first generation American citizens born to Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island from Sicily. He was a World War II veteran, spending two years in the U.S. Navy and used the GI Bill to pursue his dream of becoming a physician.
He built a farm in Freeland, Michigan, where he raised his family and practiced medicine at Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital for many years before moving to Iola, Kansas, where he finished his medical career. He was a gentleman farmer and became an expert on planting and raising blue spruce and a variety of fruit trees. He continued to share his agricultural expertise, overseeing the planting of flowers and fruit trees at his daughter’s home on Maui, Hawaii, where he moved with his wife. He was a member of the American Legion in both Iola, Kansas, and Newport Beach, California.
He leaves his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia K. Schnepp Armato; children, Rebecca, Michael, and Douglas; two sisters, Mary LaPage and Beatrice Armato; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, all who will miss his personality and wit.
Lewis J. Bamberl Jr., DO, ’63, Miami, Oklahoma, died Dec. 8, 2015, at age 77. Dr. Bamberl was born March 28, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Lewis J. Bamberl Sr., DO, ’33, and Archie A. (Karnes) Bamberl. He was a 1956 graduate of Miami High School. He attended NE O A&M College in Miami, the University of Oklahoma, and ATSU-KCOM. Dr. Bamberl started his medical career in Joplin, Missouri, in 1963 and then in Miami in 1967 until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Miami, a 50-year member of Miami Lodge No. 140 AF&AM, Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory, the Tulsa York Rite, Akdar Shrine Temple, and Grand Lake Shrine Club. He was also a member of Miami Rotary Club, Miami Jaycees, and Grand Lake Power and Sail Squadron.
He married Elnora Kay Trobough on May 19, 1963, in Trenton, Missouri. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his daughter, Julie Elaine Bamberl; his brother, John A. Bamberl, DO, ’66, and his wife, Kathy; and his grandson, Zachariah Bamberl. Dr. Bamberl was preceded in death by his son, John Bamberl, and his parents.
Raymond L. Bedell, DO, ’91, Logan, Utah, died March 8, 2014. Dr. Bedell was born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont. Growing up, he wrestled, ran cross-country, boxed, and played hockey. He loved to fly fish and bow hunt, especially with his dad. At age 17, he joined the LDS church, then attended Ricks College. After serving a mission to the Philippines, he attended BYU Hawaii where he met his wife, Shanna, on Jan. 13, 1984. He graduated in microbiology from BYU Provo. On Aug. 1, 1985, he and Shanna married at the Salt Lake Temple. He attended ATSU-KCOM and completed an internship and an anesthesia residency at Michigan State. He practiced chronic pain management, helping and caring for hundreds of people.
Dr. Bedell loved the outdoors, water sports, four wheeling, driving his tractor on the beach at Bear Lake, lunch out on the lake, and watching old TV shows and movies. He loved, supported, and was so proud of everything his daughters did. He was known for never sitting still, always having some project or invention to improve on, not having a belly button, knowing something about everything or knowing where to look it up, trusting in the will of God, loving his family, working hard, and not knowing when to say no to more pets!
He is survived by his wife, Shanna; his three daughters, Krista, Amy, and Heidi; his parents, Clint and Gloria Bedell; and his siblings, Clint Jr., Doug, William, Cheryl Atherton (Chris), and Tim (Dianita).
David P. Bennett, DO, ’67, Morristown, Tennessee, died April 28, 2014, at age 73. He was born May 1, 1940. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM. For more than 45 years as a physician, he served patients in both family practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Bennett was an avid pilot, holding a private pilot certificate, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church Morristown. He never met a stranger and always had a joke to tell.
Dr. Bennett is preceded in death by his parents, Paul S. Bennett and Nida M. Bennett. He is survived by his children, Brian Bennett, Lisa (Matthew) Herner, Brent (Stephanie) Bennett, and Jonathan Bennett, and his grandchildren, Hannah and Andrew Herner and Lydia and Samuel Bennett.
George W. Bock, DO, ’38, Denver, Colorado, died Feb. 15, 2016, at age 101. He was born on Feb. 14, 1915, in Manistee, Michigan, the son of Walter and Lettie Bock. Dr. Bock is survived by five children: George W. Bock II, MD, and his wife, Patrice E. McKee; Bonnie V. Bock, MD, and her fiancé Ed Alves; Brenda D. Bock Sussna; Melanie J. Bock; and Cheryl J. Bock Slattery. He is survived by four grandchildren: Benjamin F. Sussna, Daniel A. Sussna, Jennifer B. Sussna, and Heather J. Slattery. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia E. Bonadio Bock, DO, ’39, in 2009; his father Walter W. Bock in 1970; his mother, Lettie M. Flaska Bock in 1950; his brother, Eugene T. Bock in 1978; his sister, Eleanor M. Bock Jones in 2013; and his son, Barry L. Bock in 1952.
George attended public school in Manistee, Michigan, and graduated from Manistee High School in 1932. He delivered newspapers for two years for the Manistee News-Advocate and was a caddy in Manistee for many years. In high school, he played varsity football, basketball, and golf. He also played violin in the Manistee High School Orchestra. He won some caddie tournaments at the Manistee Golf & Country Club. In 1933 and 1934, he won the Manistee Golf & Country Club championship and the President’s Cup Tournament in 1935. He was employed at Kroger grocery store in Manistee for two years.
In September 1934, George enrolled at ATSU-KCOM. He was coach, captain, team manager, and No. 1 player the last three years of the college golf team. He was also a member of the college Glee Club, Michigan Club, Kirksville Symphony Orchestra, “O” Club, and interstate basketball team.
On July 7, 1937, George married Virginia E. Bonadio of Watertown, New York, in Guardian Angel Church in Manistee, Michigan. Virginia was also a student at ATSU-KCOM. George graduated from ATSU-KCOM in May 1938 and was awarded the degree of DO. In July 1938, he opened an office in Spickard, Missouri, to practice osteopathic medicine. After Virginia graduated, they started their medical practice at 26 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, New York, in July 1939. George moved his office to 56 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York, in 1950 and remained there until his retirement in 1986.
George was club champion in 1940 and 1941 at Cliff Haven Golf Club. He was a member of Plattsburgh Bluff Point Golf & Country Club from 1942-99. He was the club champion for 12 years. He won the Handicap Conway Trophy Tournament in 1944, 1946, 1949, and 1950, and he was awarded the trophy to keep. In 1948, he achieved the amateur course record of 68, which held until 1965. That same year, he was known as the top amateur golfer in the Champlain Valley. He also won the Elks Lovell Tournament in 1954, 1956, 1961, and 1963 and was awarded the trophy to keep. He won the Harkness Golf Tournament at Bluff Point in 1969, 1973, and 1974. In 1977, George won the Maine Osteopathic Golf Association Tournament. During his golf career, he achieved seven holes-in-one. One in 1986 earned him a Cadillac Cimarron, the prize for hitting a hole-in-one on the fifth hole of the Fall Classic Tournament at Bluff Point.
George was a member of the Elks and YMCA bowling leagues. His highest single game was 269, and his highest triple was 716. He learned to ski as a young boy and continued skiing until age 68. He was a regular at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, and he was a ski patrol at Beartown Ski Area. George was a member of the Clinton County Medical Society, and he was treasurer for two years. He was also a member of the New York State Osteopathic Society, American Osteopathic Society, New York State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He was a member of the Plattsburgh Elks Club for more than 60 years. In the 1940s, he was president and director of the Plattsburgh Golf & Country Club (later Bluff Point), a board member of the YMCA, and a member of the Plattsburgh Glee Club, and he played violin in the Plattsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was president, zone chairman, and song leader of the Plattsburgh Lions Club, during which time he performed in the “Plattsburgh Follies” and the musical comedy “Victory Vanities.” George was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for many years. Also in the 1940s, he was team sports physician for St. John’s Academy and Our Lady of Victory Academy and president of the Plattsburgh Youth Council. In the 1950s, he was president of the Plattsburgh State Teachers College Lab School PTA. He was a member of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Liaison Committee.
After his wife and children, the loves of his life were skiing and golfing. He and his wife were avid ballroom dancers and square dancers. They owned a home in North Port, Florida, where they spent winters. George retired in 1986. He and Virginia moved from Plattsburgh to Florida in 2000. In 2003, they moved to Denver, Colorado, to be closer to their son. George continued to play golf several times a week until age 98, always walking the course. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he started teaching exercise classes at age 91 at his retirement home in Denver.
George had an incredible love of life and was always the center of attention wherever he went. He loved to socialize, but he was also very dedicated to his work. He received great satisfaction from helping his patients. His back treatments were legendary in Plattsburgh. George was very enthusiastic about everything he did. He lived by the motto his father had told him many years before, “If you do something, be the best!” He will be greatly missed by his many friends.
Laurence E. Bouchard, DO, ’62, Narragansett, Rhode Island, died Dec. 11, 2015, at age 84. Dr. Bouchard was born on Sept. 17, 1931, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Elphege “Benny” and Antoinette (Eno) Bouchard. He was married to the late Yvonne Ninette (Ayer) Bouchard for 51 years.
Dr. Bouchard graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1962 and practiced family medicine in South County for 51 years. He was extremely devoted to his patients and profession. His patients often expressed their appreciation of his attentive and capable care. He was the first doctor of osteopathic medicine to be appointed to South County Hospital where he paved the way for many osteopathic physicians after him. He became a national leader in his profession, testifying before Congress about the American healthcare system as president of the American Osteopathic Association (elected in 1993). Also, he served many positions at the University of New England including as a member of the board of trustees, and took great pride in the establishment of the medical school there in 1977.
He enjoyed traveling, skiing, and sailing and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Montreal Canadians. He was a loving father and husband and an insightful and amusing conversationalist. His life was filled with many happy memories with family and friends and will be sorely missed by all.
Dr. Bouchard is survived by his brother, Roy, and his wife, Marie; daughters, Colette Bouchard and her partner, Steve Hirshon, Renee Katz and her husband, Cliff, and Laurene Schwenke and her husband, Patrick; as well as four grandchildren, Erin Sherman, Ryan Sherman, Jarret Katz, and Michelle Katz. His daughter, Elaine Sherman, and his wife, Ninette, were predeceased.
Kurt M. Bracke, DO, ’87, Festus, Missouri, died Nov. 15, 2015, at age 54. Dr. Bracke was a doctoral graduate of Northeast Missouri State University and had practiced medicine in several locations, including the Urgent Care in Festus. He had a passion for car racing, motorcycles, golf, hunting, snow skiing, and playing guitar. Born June 8, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ron and Norma (Hjaltelin) Bracke.
He is survived by a son, John Fanning; three daughters, Ashley Bracke, Brittany Bracke, and Jessica (Jeff) Bracke-Testa; a brother, Eric (Linda) Bracke; and two sisters, Paula (Roque) Chase and Gretchen Bills.
Willis J. “Joe” Bray Jr., DO, ’41, Abilene, Texas, died Jan. 5, 2016, at age 102. Dr. Bray was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on Nov. 3, 1913, to Willis J. Bray Sr. and Virginia Graham Bray. He graduated from Kirksville State Teachers College (Truman State University) before attending graduate school at the University of Missouri and Iowa State University. While teaching full time he attended ATSU-KCOM, receiving his first medical degree in June 1941.
At the start of World War II, Dr. Bray enlisted in the Navy as a pharmacist mate II, since the Navy did not recognize the osteopathic degree. He took a deck officer commission and served in the amphibious service in the three theaters of operation. After WWII, he entered Southwestern Medical School (UT Southwestern) in Dallas, Texas, for his second medical degree, graduating in June 1950. He came to Abilene in June 1955 and completed his diplomat of American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
In Abilene, Dr. Bray was active in many civic organizations serving on many boards including the Abilene Philharmonic and Abilene Community Theater. He was also active in the medical societies at all levels. He enjoyed his work with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and was a long-time board member. In 2005 he was recognized by the rehab center for his years of service. He remained active in medicine until the age 97 at the local plasma center.
Dr. Bray is survived by his daughter, Betty; nephews, J. Graham Bray Jr., Layne Gulledge, Les Gulledge, Jerry Gulledge, and Mike Gulledge; nieces, Janie Fisher, Ginger Kosan, Deborah Seals, Lois Bell, Loralee Reed, and Kimi Ann Higbee; sisters-in-law, Betty Gulledge and Kimi Hadley; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many friends he considered to be family. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, sister, and wife, Mildred “Millie” Gulledge Bray.
William G. Castle, DO, ’55, Longmont, Colorado, died March 2, 2016, at age 89. Dr. Castle was born in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 7, 1926. He leaves behind his wife, Joan, and sons, Rex (Danette), Brent (Sharon), and Tony; daughters, Jill (Andy), Jo-Anne (Theron), and Carol; granddaughters, Isabella, Erin, and Stephany; and grandsons, Jeremy and Nicholas.
Dr. Castle graduated from Glen Park Grade School and then Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana. In 1945 he served in the Pacific in the U. S. Navy and was discharged in 1946. He attended Iowa Wesleyan College from 1946-49. After graduation he taught all the science courses: physics, chemistry, biology, and general science, which were offered at Keosauqua, Iowa, High School. In 1951 he entered ATSU-ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1955. Following a one year medical internship, Dr. Castle graduated from a four-year residency program in pathology. He served about 20 years in pathology, including teaching eight years of pathology at the Osteopathic University of Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Castle retired in 1995 in Longmont, Colorado, and has enjoyed sharing stories, reading with wife Joan books and news publications. He enjoyed sharing his thoughts with readers who had submitted writings to the Longmont Times Call Newspaper. Other enjoyments included building projects and gardening projects with his wife, Joan.
David N. Chapman, DO, ’83, Park Hills, Missouri, died Sept. 7, 2015, at age 62. He was born July 15, 1953, in Michigan, to the late Harold and Charlotte (Eller) Chapman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jo Chapman.
Dr. Chapman grew up in the Pontiac, Michigan, area where he attended school and began his undergraduate degree at Oakland Community College, later transferring to and graduating from the University of Arizona at Tucson. He then went on to ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1984. He practiced medicine in both Arizona and Missouri and had a family practice in Farmington for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to and playing classic rock and blues music on his guitar and piano, reading, and in previous years, biking and hiking with his wife.
He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him including his wife Debra P. (Reich) Chapman; three sons, Ryan Chapman, Eric Chapman, and Jeff Chapman; a sister, Nancy Sheldon; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Jay Chuck, DO, ’61, University Park, Florida, died Nov. 2, 2015, at age 82. Dr. Chuck was born Feb. 27, 1933, in Warren, Ohio, to the late Tracy Jay and Hazel Hendricks Chuck. He was a 1951 graduate of Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio. He was an outstanding high school football star, elected all-state running back and inducted into the Boardman High School Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He was awarded a full football scholarship to University of Cincinnati and received his bachelor of science from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He then received his DO at ATSU-KCOM in 1961.
Dr. Chuck served in the Navy at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a dearly loved family physician with private practices in New Middletown and Hanoverton, Ohio, and was on staff at the Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital from 1962-88. Following his retirement in 1988, because of his love for medicine, he continued emergency room medicine with Locum tenens and later worked for the Ohio State Bureau of Workers Compensation. Much of his retirement was spent between Ohio and Florida with his beloved wife, Ellie, where he enjoyed family, friends, travel, golf, tennis, and being together.
Dr. Chuck is survived by his wife, Eloise (Ellie) Parish, whom he married Nov. 29, 1974. He leaves four daughters, Debra Janis (late Richard), Cheryl Chuck (Brian Hodge), Cathy Held, and Lori McCreery (Jeff ); six grandchildren, Jennifer Janis, Kristen Held, Adam Valko, Steven Held, and Blaine and Braden Griffiths; one great-grandchild, Hailey Anglin; siblings, Katherine Lugibihl (Edison) and Gerry Chuck (Gail); brother-in-law, Sal Parish; sister-in-law, Charlotte Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Edward A. Cutler, DO, ’76, Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 20, 2015, at age 66. Dr. Cutler was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. His father also was a doctor – an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Dr. Cutler studied at ATSU-KCOM and began practicing in the Franklinton area in 1982. He ran for the Columbus school board in the 1980s. Dr. Cutler was buried in New York City.
Norman E. Decker, DO, ’56, Waterford, Michigan, died Feb. 3, 2016, at age 85. He was the loving husband of Leota for 63 years; beloved father of Jeffrey Decker, Linda Decker, and the late Sheri Decker-Smith; and dear brother of Joyce (the late Don) Dancey and the late Gilbert (Nicole) Decker. He was the beloved grandfather of Alexandrea and the late Angelika Tolliver and Bryan Tolliver. He was the uncle of Bradley Decker and Chip Decker.
Dr. Decker was a life member of the American Osteopathic Association where he served 22 years as a delegate. He was a life member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, past president of the Oakland County Osteopathic Association, and member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Decker continued to practice medicine at Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah, Georgia.
Terry Der, Cave Creek, Arizona, died Dec. 8, 2015, at age 72. He was born in the Guangdong Province of the People’s Republic of China Oct. 24, 1943, to Chuck-Ming and Kim Yee Der. When he was 5 years old, he boarded a boat with his parents, his older brother Douglas, and his younger brother Warren. They arrived in the United States in 1948 to begin their new lives in Chicago, Ill. With the arrival of two more brothers, John and Glenn, Terry and his four brothers were a force to be reckoned with in the radius of Chinatown in Chicago. Eventually, Terry followed his passion for science and moved to St. Louis to earn his BS in biology at the University of Missouri.
While earning his degree, he was a faithful servant of the Lord, and met Telly Tan, an aspiring nurse, at the Chinese Gospel Church of St. Louis’ young adult group. He soon proposed with a happy result, but in 1968, had to move to Richmond, Virginia, to continue his graduate studies in science. Terry and Telly were finally married one year later in 1969. The 70s brought many joys and accomplishments to their lives: Terry and Telly welcomed their first son, Alvin, in 1970; Terry graduated from the University of Richmond with an MS in physiology; and they welcomed their second son, Jonathan, in 1973. Always the avid learner, in 1978, Terry received a second MS in research, neuroanatomy, and neurobiology at St. Louis University Medical Center while also bringing his daughter, Victoria, into the world.
By this time, Terry and his family had moved back to St. Louis, Missouri, and rejoined Chinese Gospel Church of St. Louis. Terry served as an elder at the church and taught Sunday school. His family has fond memories of him getting in trouble for bribing the children in Sunday school with candy. They also grimace lovingly at the memory of a sermon he ended by singing a cappella, even though he was terribly tone deaf.
Terry finally realized his calling in teaching medical students and moved the family to Cave Creek, Arizona, to pursue the opportunity. While teaching, he found he was still hungry to learn, and so decided to pursue his PhD in biology at Arizona State University. He was a former faculty/staff member at ATSU. To the very end, Terry celebrated God’s gift of science and his own joy in his calling, and he passed away on the very day he was to give a final exam.
He gave to his children his love for God, his love for learning, his optimism, and his idealism. He will be remembered every time we gaze on God’s creation, as he loved to take wildlife and nature photos, and will be thought of fondly any time we upgrade our devices, since he was always very eager about new technology. During the holidays, the family will have an action movie playing just for him.
Terry is dearly loved, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Telly, and his children, Alvin, Jonathan, and Victoria.
Daniel E. Detrick, DO, ’61, Tremont City, Ohio, died June 23, 2015, at age 79. Dr. Detrick was first and foremost a family man who cherished his four children, six grandchildren, and his great-granddaughter. He loved the West, spent hours each day reading, played semi-pro baseball, was an avid Reds fan, and a meticulous woodworker.
Dr. Detrick grew up in Tremont City, the son of George and Barbara (Peg) Detrick. He graduated from Northwestern High School and went on to the University of Cincinnati and Wittenberg University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He graduated with a medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. In Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. Detrick met Sharon Doss, who has been his wife and closest companion for more than 56 years.
He spent the majority of his professional years practicing surgery in Columbus, Ohio. With their children raised, Dr. Detrick and Sharon took his practice to Cody, Wyoming, where he had often hunted and where the family had regularly vacationed at a dude ranch. They then moved to Moberly, Missouri, where he became the family doctor for 10 years for residents of Moberly, Huntsville, and other nearby towns. He and Sharon treasured their years with the friends they made there and enjoyed being closer to Sharon’s parents and siblings.
Dr. Detrick retired to Tremont City in 2001 to be closer to his children, grandchildren, and other family, living in a home on the lot where he had grown up. He and Sharon spent their summer mornings for several years working with his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Howard Channell, harvesting corn for Channell’s Farm Market before Dr. Detrick became ill. Dan was a man of few words and many talents and interests. In addition to playing semi-pro baseball, he almost single-handedly built a family room addition to his home in Dublin, Ohio, in the early 1970s. He lined the walls with bookcases and cabinets and added a built-in screen and carousel projector that gave the family hours of laughs viewing family photos. It also displayed his favorite Western art and trophies from his elk hunting trips to Wyoming.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Sharon; his daughters, Cathy (Jeff) Botti, Tammy (Dan) Samiec, and Dawn Detrick; his son, Matt Detrick; his sister, Betty (Howard) Channell; grandchildren, Josh and Nate (Elizabeth Roebuck) Botti; Patsy Samiec; and Emily, Jenny, and Drew Samiec; great-granddaughter Amelia Botti; an uncle, Richard Campbell; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerald V. Drost, DO, ’56, Boise, Idaho, died Feb. 22, 2016, at age 84. Dr. Drost was a selfless man. He put everyone else’s needs before his own. He was born in North Platte, Nebraska, Aug. 17, 1931, to Edward Bernard Drost Sr. and Josephine Brown Drost. Dr. Drost was raised in North Platte until he went to college in Kearny, Nebraska, then to medical school in Kirksville, Missouri. After graduation, he moved to Boise, Idaho, to start his private practice. He married the love of his life, Marguerite Errett, April 14, 1960. The two raised six girls and made sure that they never went without. Selfless is the word to describe this wonderful man. This very caring, loving, and patient man was a pillar in this community and a man that all men would be judged. His life was dedicated to others. He always made sure his patients were cared for and he was an active individual in his church where he took solace when needed. Dr. Drost was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus, an attending physician for the Golden Gloves, and on the State of Idaho Board of Medicine for many years. That is just a few of the many organizations he contributed to. He spent Thursday afternoons in Idaho City treating patients in a saloon for several years, mostly for the good of the residents that had no doctor in town and could not get to Boise for treatment. Often, he was not paid for his services, but did this out of the generosity of his heart. He made sure that his patients didn’t go without necessary medications and was committed to healing the sick and ailing.
Dr. Drost had a passion for so many activities. He loved all sports, especially car racing, boxing, and football. He spent time with his brothers shooting, fishing, and hunting and was a huge car enthusiast. He was so special to so many people that the family is truly blessed to have had him in their lives. Again, there are no words to describe what a truly wonderful man, father, bother, husband, and friend he was. He has left a legacy that we are very proud of. Dr. Drost retired after 40 some years practicing medicine. His health was the only reason for his retirement. He battled numerous ailments, defeating some but not all. His life was one of true honor, love, and goodness. May God shine upon him and show him grace and comfort in the afterlife.
Dr. Drost is survived by his wife, Marguerite Drost; brother, Larry Drost (Linda Caballero Drost); Bernard Drost (Jackie Drost); Betty Gardner; five daughters, Debbie Webber (Mike Webber), Linda Huffer (Jim Huffer), Pam Rickett (Jack Rickett), Deanna Drost, and Mary Denson (Duane Denson); sister-in-law, Charlene Keylor Schott (Clint Schott); several nieces and nephews; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Margi A. Drost, Edward B. Drost, and Josephine Brown Drost.
Kristen M. Ellers, DPT, ’03, Eagle River, Alaska, died March 15, 2016, at age 39. She graduated from Chugiak High in 1995. She received her bachelor of science degree from Linfield College in sports medicine and her doctor of physical therapy from ATSU. She was a physical therapist in the Tucson, Ariz., area for the past 13 years. She loved life and loved to travel. Her travels took her both far and near, including volunteer work in medical clinics in Haiti.
Dr. Ellers is survived by her mother and sister, Sherry and Erika, and father, Robert (Janece).
Raymond K. Feldman, DO, ’54, West Bloomfield, Michigan, died March 9, 2015, at age 91. An army veteran, Dr. Feldman served in the Pacific Theater, including Japan and the Phillipines. He received the Purple Heart and a special award from the Phillipine government. He went back into the military reserves and became a colonel.
As a DO, he had a practice in Southfield for more than 35 years and was one of the last doctors to make house calls.
He was active with Congregation Beth Moses and helped manage and operate the Beth Moses Cemetery. He gave lectures to Meer residents, helped rewrite their by-laws, and at the age of 83, had a second bar mitzvah. He loved being involved with all of his family and their outings and especially loved going to Michigania.
Dr. Feldman was the beloved father of Robert Feldman, Lawrence (Lori) Feldman, Elyse (Barry) Weinstein, and Janet (Andy) Loesberg. He was the loving grandfather of Brooke, Jason, Madison, Jack, and Josh Feldman; Becca Weinstein; Michael Weinstein; Lauren Loesberg; and Sophie Loesberg. He was the cherished brother of the late Irving (Ceil) Feldman, the late Manuel (the late Doris) Feldman, the late Beatrice (late Sam) Leaderman, and late Rose (the late Sidney) Silver. He is also survived by ex-wife, Sylvia Feldman, and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
John A. Fetzer, DO, ’43, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died Dec. 9, 2015, at age 95. Dr. Fetzer was born Dec. 4, 1920, to Albert and Mary Belle (Hurry) Fetzer of Salisbury, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Central Methodist College in Fayette and his doctor of osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM. He completed his post graduate training at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, where he completed an internship, fellowship in anesthesiology, and residency in surgery. He later practiced in general surgery in Detroit and became board certified in thoracic-cardiovascular and general surgery. After completing a fellowship to study cardiovascular surgery in Rome, Italy, Dr. Fetzer returned to Detroit and pioneered the first cardiac surgical program at an osteopathic hospital. In May 1965, he performed the first open-heart surgery in the osteopathic profession. Today, he is recognized as the first osteopathic physician to become a specialist in cardiac surgery.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Fetzer became professor of surgery at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) and started the profession’s second cardiac surgical program. In 1976, “the John Fetzer Course of Cardiac Assistance” was offered at CCOM. He later went into private practice in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was chair of the surgical department and then chief of staff at Palm Beaches Medical Center.
Dr. Fetzer has received many professional honors during his career. In 1972, he was awarded the first Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) and was a past president (1978-79) of that organization. He received the 1983 ACOS Orel F. Martin Medal for distinguished service to ACOS and the osteopathic profession. In 1994 he was conferred the honorary degree of doctor of science by ATSU-KCOM. In addition, he served as a member of the certifying Board of Surgery for 15 years, received a citation for distinguished service from the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, and served as a hospital inspector for the American Osteopathic Association Board of Hospital. During his retirement, he served as chair of the Senior Surgeons Committee of the ACOS.
Dr. Fetzer was married to Dorothy Jean Lucier on Sept. 14, 1946. They were married for 57 years. Dorothy preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2003. Church work and service to others became a high priority in their lives. They were long time members of the former Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Lake Park and Gardens Presbyterian Church (GPC) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dr. Fetzer served as clerk of session at GPC from February 2002 until January 2007. He participated at the 204 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in June 1992. He was active in his church choir up until 2015. Dr. Fetzer and Dorothy became very involved with the REACH homeless shelter program of the Center for Family Services in Palm Beach County beginning in 1998. They began volunteering there, answering the phone, and generally assisting the clients. By 2000, they had become instrumental in keeping REACH’s new pantry’s shelves stocked with food. Through their church, they put together and provided generous holiday baskets of food for the holidays, complete with turkeys for Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. And if there were children in the client families, they made sure that all children received toys for Christmas. Today, a bronze plaque at REACH commemorates “Dorothy’s Pantry” for all their generous support.
Dr. Fetzer is survived by five daughters, Judyth Meloy, Janice McMillan, Barbara Nail, Carol Kunkel, and Nancy Kimball; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Jon D. Finch, DO, ’60, Long Beach, Mississippi, died May 5, 2016, at age 52. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Finch. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Andrea L. Finch; his mother, Joan Finch; his siblings, James P. Finch, DO, ’94 (Victoria), and Joseph Finch; and his six pets, Will, Annie, Ginger, Fezzik, Jet, and Momma.
Dr. Finch graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1990. He was employed at South Central Regional Medical Center in the emergency room and enjoyed his work in the Wound Care Center as well. He was dearly loved by his patients and peers.
He was a considerate and gentle man and a great husband. He enjoyed vacations to Disney World with his wife. He loved hockey and served as the physician for the Mississippi Sea Wolves on the Gulf Coast.
Victor A. Francis, DO, ’80, Amherst, New York, died Dec. 16, 2015, at age 63. He is survived by his parents, Francis X. Francis, DO, ’59, and Georgia Francis; sisters, Linda Hilbert and Helen (Neal) Mazur; and brother, Mark Francis. He was the father of Amanda and David, grandfather of William, and dear uncle of Robin Hilbert and James and Melissa Mazur.
Dr. Francis lived many years in Erie, Pennsylvania, and also briefly in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and ATSU-KCOM. He worked as a clinical psychiatrist in Florida and Arkansas. He was a life member of the American Radio Relay League.
John C. Fredericks, DO, ’60, Schulenburg, Texas, died Jan. 6, 2016, at age 85. He was born Dec. 23, 1930. His survivors include wife, Sue Fredericks; daughters, Michele Brown and husband, Rick, and Marcia Mica and husband, Todd; sister, Marsha Schell; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and five brothers.
Julie T. Frisk, DO, ’41, Toledo, Ohio, died Jan. 29, 2016, at age 98. She was born on July 15, 1917, to William Charles Palm and Madge (Young) Palm. She attended DeVilbiss High School and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo before ATSU-KCOM. After graduating, she established her general practice first in Adrian, Michigan, and later in Toledo, Ohio. In 1945, she became a founding staff member of Parkview Hospital supporting charity and fundraising efforts, often donating large portions of her income to do so.
Dr. Frisk married Norman E. Frisk on June 5, 1948. She was a member of Gesu and subsequently Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parishes.
Dr. Frisk enjoyed traveling and bird watching with her husband Norman. She believed in the importance of being a lifelong learner, read avidly, and encouraged everyone around her to continue learning new things. She liked collecting paper weights and antiques. She fondly exchanged family stories dating back to the nineteenth century, often featuring the antics of family pets.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Norman E. Frisk; children, William C. Frisk, Robert N. (Wendy) Frisk, Ann M. Frisk, John H. Frisk, Thomas J. (Jackie) Frisk Sr., and Mary F. (John) Coffman; grandchildren, Sarah Frisk, James Frisk, Thomas Frisk Jr., Claire Frisk, and Joseph Frisk; other living relatives, Charles Terbille and Barbra Pietrykowski; and former daughters-in-law, Linda Heineman and Janis Sankowski.
Viola M. Frymann, DO, San Diego, California, died Jan. 23, 2016, at age 94. In single-minded service to humanity, Dr. Frymann spent her professional life as an osteopathic physician. She was a renowned steward of the osteopathic profession, practical researcher, and trusted educator.
She is nationally recognized for her vision and determination to see osteopathic licensure restored successfully in California and for the founding and establishment of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, as well as her many contributions to the field of osteopathy.
Dr. Frymann studied with William Garner Sutherland, DO, the founder of osteopathy in the cranial field, and became a specialist in cranial osteopathy. In 1982, she established the Osteopathic Center for Children (OCC), focused on the treatment of children including those for whom the primary consideration is prevention of suboptimal health, as well as those with deep and complex problems who seek to reach the optimum of their potential. This became her undying passion and the culmination of her life’s work. She later founded Osteopathy’s Promise to Children in 1992, which provides facilities for OCC and in partnership, offers continuing education courses for MD, DO, and DDS, and is a clinical training site for physicians and medical students interested in learning the unique approach to osteopathy as developed by Dr. Frymann.
“Dr. Frymann was our leader, our mentor, our teacher, and our friend. Her determination, wisdom, and leadership will go on far beyond the time that she spent with us. She was our direct connection to light the osteopathy spoken about by the early osteopaths. We have lost a giant in osteopathy, but her light and knowledge lives on in every patient she treated and every student she touched around the world,” says Dr. Shawn K. Centers, DO, MH, FACOP, medical director, OCC.
She was instrumental in establishing the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1975 and was the first chair of the department and professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Science (1978-99). Over the years, Dr. Frymann taught osteopathic principles and practice at many of the U.S. osteopathic medical schools. She also taught throughout the world, with emphasis on osteopathy in the cranial field, teaching courses regularly in France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, England, China, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Australia, and Denmark.
Dr. Frymann served in leadership positions with state and national osteopathic societies and associations and was one of the leaders in re-establishing the osteopathic medical licensing board in California in 1974, for which she received life membership in Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC) for “the sacrifices and labor of love in bringing the osteopathic profession back from extinction.” She was a fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA), a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), and a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s charter class of Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine. She served as past president of OPSC, past president of OCA, a Sutherland Memorial Lecturer, an Honorary Life Member, and a recipient of the Exceptional Service Award. She also served on the advisory board of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation.
“Dr. Frymann touched the lives of thousands of children and their families in her osteopathic clinical practice. In addition, her teaching and training of students, osteopaths, and physicians extended her influence to countless thousands more in the osteopathic profession. She was often referred to as a ‘living legend’ and will remain a legend in the history of osteopathy,” says Dr. Hollis King, DO, PhD, FAAO, program director, Osteopathy’s Promise to Children.
Dr. Frymann also authored many journal articles. AAO has published her collected works in a book (1998). Most noteworthy were her seminal research on evaluation and treatment of newborns, treatment of special needs children, and the nature of cranial bone motion.
Her many awards include the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the William G. Sutherland Award of the Cranial Academy. International recognition includes being named Docteur Honoris Causa by the L’Universite Europeenne D’Osteopathie, Paris, France; honored as the first Professeure Emerite by the Faculty of the College D’Etudes Osteopathiques, Montreal, Canada; and Professeure Emerite by the Centre d’Osteopathie Atman.
Peter H. Gaggos, DO, ’57, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, died Nov. 10, 2012, at age 81. Dr. Gaggos was born in Detroit on March 24, 1931, to Harry and Chryssa Gaggos. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1949, Wayne State University in 1953, and ATSU-KCOM in 1957.
A son of Greek immigrants, Dr. Gaggos took the lessons taught by his parents and lived a humble life dedicated to serving others. From a young age, he and his brothers supported his family by operating newsstands from adolescence to early adulthood in downtown Detroit. After graduating from college and medical school, he returned home in 1957 and began a successful career as a surgeon. He later became a general practitioner, operating a clinic in northwest Detroit for more than 35 years.
During his 53-year career, Dr. Gaggos served more than 15,000 patients. He lived a quiet life dedicated to his practice and family. He was always present in the lives and milestones of his beloved siblings and their families. He had a great interest in history, art, industry, and world events. His lessons in generosity and humility will always be remembered and practiced by his family.
Dr. Gaggos is survived by his siblings James (Mary), Angelo (Sophia deceased), George (Anna), and Mary; six nieces and nephews, William (Carol), Ernest (Eaman), Kristina (Yianni), David (Amy), Christina (Costandinos), and Harry (Irene); and 11 great-nieces and nephews.
Everett W. Gibson, DO, ’55, Tucson, Arizona, died Aug. 7, 2016, at age 85. He was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Unionville, Missouri. He attended Truman University and ATSU-KCOM. He began a family practice in Tucson in 1956 and delivered hundreds of babies, made house calls, and cared for many. He later became a full time emergency room physician. During his tenure at Tucson General Hospital, he served as president of staff, emergency room director, director of medical education, and president of the state osteopathic association. For many years, he served as a mentor and clinical instructor, training interns and residents. He retired from Kino Hospital in 1998.
Dr. Gibson was well admired and respected by the people he worked with. Active in the community, he served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and for more than 30 years on the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board. In addition to his Eagle Scout award, Dr. Gibson received numerous awards as an adult for his Boy Scout and community service, including the BSA Silver Beaver Award. He served youth directly as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and many other volunteer positions. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling, cooking, watching University of Arizona basketball; playing with his pet cockatoo, Lucy; and learning the art of bonsai. He was also well loved by the gourd art community through his wife’s interests.
Dr. Gibson is survived and loved by his wife of 40 years, Bonnie Gibson; his sons, Greg, Scott, Bart, and Paul Gibson; his daughter, Erin Creekmur (Rex); and four grandchildren.
Robert W. Graham Jr., DO, MPH, ’77, Ithaca, Michigan, died Sept. 3, 2016, at age 66. He was born Oct. 20, 1949, and raised in Pentwater, Michigan. Dr. Graham graduated from Central Michigan University and ATSU-KCOM. He and his wife, Mary, moved to her hometown of Ithaca in 1979, where they lived until her passing in 2011. Dr. Graham was a much-loved family doctor for 13 years at the Ithaca Clinic. He then proudly served as the medical director at the Mid, Central, and District 10 Health Departments until his retirement in 2015. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Graham is preceded in death by his parents, Sally and Bob Graham, and his wife of 39 years, Mary Graham. He is survived by his wife, Michele Graham; daughter, Elizabeth (Barry) Palmer; son, Matthew (Melanie) Graham; son, Robert (Danielle) Graham; daughter, Kathleen (Aaron) Draper; his grandchildren, Madeline, Keira, Charley, Davis, Eli, and Maxwell; his brothers, Jon, Mike, Gary, and Jay; his sisters, Mary, Sally, Kay, and Becky; stepdaughter, Cetara Kench; grandson, Braylon; stepson, Corbin (Jordyn) Kench; and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Janet E. Hardie, DO, ’60, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, died Aug. 11, 2011, at age 76. She was born Dec. 26, 1934, and was the dear aunt of Alexander S. Hardie, Fraser B. Hardie, and Heather Alexandra Hardie-Lowe.
Hugh E. Jones, DO, ’44, Findlay, Ohio, died June 8, 2016, at age 94. He was born on Feb. 16, 1922, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Walter K. and Emma Estella (Barber) Jones. On Jan. 7, 1944, he married Betty Jo Mesmer, and she died on Oct. 19, 2013. Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Cooper; grandchildren, Kelly (Bill) Koons and Aaron Cooper; and great-grandchildren, Chad Koons, Savannah Koons, Olivia Koons, and Seth Koons.
Dr. Jones had formerly been a member of the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green and was a member at Findlay Evangelical Free Church in Findlay.
He graduated from Lima South High School, received his bachelor’s degree at Bluffton College, and then graduated from ATSU-KCOM. He practiced in Bowling Green for exactly 45 years to the day, April 7, 1947, to April 7, 1992.
Victor N. Kassicieh, DO, ’67, Dublin, Ohio, died Feb. 9, 2016, at age 85. He was born on Oct. 19, 1930, in Jerusalem, Israel, to the late Nasri and Katina Kassicieh. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1967. He then had his own family practice in Nelsonville, Ohio, for the majority of his career and retired in 1995. He was a member of the Living Water Ministries in Pickerington, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Dalal Kassicieh; sons, V. Daniel Kassicieh, DO, ’83, and Charles V. Kassicieh, DO, ’86; and granddaughters, Sara Kassicieh, Erika Kassicieh, Jennifer Kassicieh, and Nicole Kassicieh.
George L. Kelso, DO, ’62, Arlington, Texas, died Dec. 5, 2015, at age 86. He was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Ethel, Missouri, and was the third of four sons of Leslie and Olive Kelso. During his early years, Dr. Kelso enjoyed life on the family farm in northern Missouri, hunting and other outdoor activities. He attended Brush Creek Rural School 1934-42 and Ethel High School 1942-46, playing basketball and graduating as valedictorian.
He attended Northeast State Teachers College from 1946-51, after which he was a teacher at Brush Creek Rural School for two years. He then returned to Northeast State Teachers College to complete a BS degree in education in 1951. He taught at Ethel High School for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army at the rank of sergeant first class. After he ended his military service in 1955, he returned to Northeast State Teachers College where he obtained an MA degree in 1956 and continued graduate training at the University of Missouri. He taught at Bucklin High School in Missouri 1957-1958.
In 1954, Dr. Kelso met the love of his life, Carolyn Wierichs of Macon, Missouri, on a blind date, and the couple wed in 1958. He studied medicine at ATSU-KCOM while Carolyn taught at Macon High School. While he was a medical student, the couple had two children, Mark and Leslie. After obtaining his medical degree in 1962, he moved his family to Arlington and maintained a thriving family practice in Grand Prairie until his retirement in 2000.
Dr. Kelso was a dedicated physician and family man. His gregarious personality and genuine concern for others made him beloved by everyone he encountered – patients, co-workers, friends, and family members. Among his many talents were an ability to put people at ease instantly and a remarkable memory for people’s names and life circumstances. The man truly never met a stranger. Dr. Kelso was devoted to his patients but especially to his family with whom he enjoyed many memorable gatherings and excursions. He also was devoted to his church and was an elder emeritus of First Christian Church in Arlington. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, following the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, playing Rook, reading, and traveling with family. Although he was a big-city doctor, his roots in rural Missouri ran deep, and he enjoyed telling stories about his youth on the farm.
Dr. Kelso was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Kelso, and brothers, Dr. Paul Kelso and John Kelso. Survivors include his brother, Elmer L. Kelso, DO, ’57, and sister-in-law, Heidi Kelso; son, Dr. Mark Kelso, daughter-in-law, Julie Kelso, grandson, Ethan Kelso, and granddaughter, Katie Kelso; daughter, Dr. Leslie Winemiller and son-in-law, Dr. Kirk Winemiller, granddaughter, Megan Winemiller, and grandson, Brent Winemiller; sister-in-law, Dorothy Kelso; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kelso; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Anne Kempf, DO, ’73, Albuquerque, New Mexico, died March 11, 2016, at age 69. Dr. Kempf was formerly of Washington, Indiana. She was the great-granddaughter of A.T. Still, DO, founder of osteopathic medicine. She was a graduate of ATSU-KCOM and enjoyed helping her patients, promoting traditional osteopathy, advancing medicine, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.
The daughter of George A. Laughlin, DO, ’42, and Elizabeth Laughlin, Dr. Kempf was born on Dec. 16, 1946, in Kirksville, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Carrold J. Kempf, DO, ’72, in 1971 in Grinnell, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband; her brother, Patrick Laughlin, DO, ’69, and wife, Sue; her sister, Susan Laughlin; her three sons, Nathan Kempf and wife, Renea, Dr. Joshua Kempf and wife, Libby, and Aaron Kempf; one daughter, Rachel Gschwend and husband, Chris; and six grandchildren, Lilly and Daisy Kempf, Elle and Emmett Kempf, and Eli and Rosalie Gschwend.
Harold W. Kent, DO, ’59, Bluffton, South Carolina, died Dec. 31, 2013, at age 82. He was born in Benton, Maine, on March 23, 1931, to the late Bryant A. and Doris Cooley Kent. He was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel medical doctor who served in the Gulf War. He was in private practice in Portland, Maine, for many years. He was a member of the Clinton Sebasticook Masonic Lodge in Clinton, Maine. He attended St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Bluffton.
Dr. Kent is survived by his daughter, Sandra Kent (Kelly Hayes); his son, Thomas Kent (Esther); and grandsons, Michael and David Kent. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Kent.
William J. Knowles, DO, ’50, St. Louis, Mich., died April 3, 2016, at age 99. He was born in Fullerton, North Dakota, on April 8, 1916, to Roy Otis and Sarah Leora (Canedy) Knowles. He married Helen Anita Coffin on May 15, 1942, and was heartbroken when she passed away on Nov. 27, 2015.
Dr. Knowles graduated from Springfield College, attended Purdue University, and graduated from ATSU-KCOM. He was a retired physician, having practiced for more than 32 years. He interned at Carson City Hospital and was the team physician for St. Louis, Michigan, High School for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 receiving a Purple Heart. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, former St. Louis School Board president, and founder of the St. Louis Boys Club and started the wrestling team. He was also a member of the American Legion and former Rotarian and Lions Club member. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since he was 12, attending many National and World Jamborees and receiving the Silver Beaver Award given to adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. He helped more than 50 young men reach the rank of Eagle Scout.
Dr. Knowles is survived by six children – two daughters, Barbara (Ken) Hagen and Gail Knowles; four sons, William (Elizabeth) Knowles, Frederick (Ann) Knowles, David Knowles, Steven (Ruthie) Knowles; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Knowles; one sister; and two brothers.
William A. Larrick Jr., DO, ’60, Chesterland, Ohio, died June 17, 2016, at age 82. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jane (nee Anderson); his sons, Wm. David (Debra) and Scott (Polly); grandchildren, William, Allison, Sean, and Kaitlyn; and his sister, Juene (Robert) Tingle. He was predeceased by his parents, William A. Larrick Sr., DO, ’33, and Margaret, and his sister, Darryl.
Dr. Larrick graduated from Muskingum College and ATSU-KCOM. He served as the president of the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, was named a clinical associate professor of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Medicine in family medicine. Dr. Larrick was recognized as a founder of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced medicine for 40 years in Chesterland, Ohio, where he loved being the “family doctor.” Locally, he was a founding member of the Wolverine Gridiron Club and a past member of the West Geauga Kiwanis and the West Geauga Boosters.
Saverio N. Laudadio, DO, ’67, Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, died July 10, 2016, at age 75. He was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Lama dei Peligni, Italy, the son of Nicola Laudadio and Elena (Baronci). He came to America when he was 6 years old and grew up in New York City with relatives. He received a scholarship to Manhattan College and then graduated from ATSU-KCOM. He built his psychiatric practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and later practiced in Pottsville and other cities in northeast Pennsylvania. In his almost 50 years of practicing medicine, he helped many people and was beloved by many.
His passions included traveling with his wife, Tanya, visiting many global destinations. He especially enjoyed returning to his home town “Lama” as often as possible, where he spent much time with his father (until he passed); his sister, Lina; her husband, Pepe; their children, Roselena and Daniella; and other family members. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle. He loved all animals, and he especially loved his little Shih Tzu, Ladybug, that went everywhere with him. He loved cooking. He loved going to auctions, where he often made purchases for the sole intention of giving the items to those he loved. His generosity was profound.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tanya; his son, David and wife, Donna; daughter, Regina Soldan and husband, Jeff; daughter, Elena; son, Paolo; grandchildren, Veronica, Duncan, and 11 others; his sisters, Lina and Marie; his niece, Roselena and her husband, Massimo, and their children, Oscar and Alice; and his niece, Daniela and her husband, Franco, and their daughters, Lucrezia and Ludovica.
John C. Lesniewski, DO, ’58, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, died May 3, 2016, at age 89. Dr. Lesniewski was born March 3, 1927, in Buffalo, New York, to the late Joseph and Victoria (Zawadzki) Lesniewski. He was a retired pediatrician with Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Lower Paxton Township. He enjoyed playing sports, watching football, fishing with his sons, gardening, traveling, boating, and snowmobiling, but his greatest love in life was his family.
Dr. Lesniewski is survived by his wife, Donna J. (Dubray) Lesniewski; daughter, Cathy L. Hiebert; four sons, John L. Lesniewski, Jack G. Bannister, J. Tuhl Bannister, and J. Clayton Bannister; a sister, Mary Ann Medwid; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Frederick K. Lewerenz, DO, ’71, West Bloomfield, Michigan, died March 19, 2016, at age 74. He was born on Sept. 12, 1941, in Detroit, to the late Frederick Karl August and Alice (Bentley) Lewerenz. He is the loving husband of Kristine Lewerenz, proud father of Frederick K. Lewerenz II, DO, ’93 (Kelly), James S. Lewerenz, DO, ’97, Greg Lewerenz, and Sasha Mueller (Christopher), Tanya and Oksana. He is the beloved grandfather of Freddie, Logan, Kilia, Keegan, Keilani, Ross, and baby Shea. He is also survived by his friend and former wife, Betty Lewerenz, and his sister, Dona. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia.
Dr. Lewerenz enjoyed being a father and even more so being a grandfather. He was privileged to have been a friend and sports doctor to Elvis Presley as well as numerous sports figures and entertainers. He later was the team physician for the Kronk Boxing Team. He was a world-class swimmer, racquetball player, and snow skier and especially loved Boyne Highlands.
Paula Livingston, DO, ’77, Towanda, Kansas, died Jan. 17, 2016, at age 69. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Thomas, and sister, Judy Hemstock. She is survived by her husband, Douglas R. Livingston, DO, ’77; children, Kathryn Jane Shughart (Max) and Capt. Alexander Thomas Livingston; and sister, Mary Strickler.
Bart E. Maggio, DO, ’61, West Long Branch, New Jersey, died Jan. 16, 2016, at age 79. Born on Nov. 1, 1936, to Frank P. Maggio and Mary Stefanacci Maggio, Dr. Maggio attended Georgetown University, Seton Hall University, and ATSU-KCOM. He went on to dedicate his life to medicine and general surgery, establishing a medical practice and faithfully working for 50 years, also serving as police surgeon for Elmwood Park. A dedicated surgeon, Dr. Maggio received the honor of fellow in general surgery from the American Association of Physician Specialists and served as president of the association from 1991-92.
A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Dr. Maggio had a unique ability to make anyone who knew him feel special. He had a love for travel and enjoyed several trips to Europe with his wife and family, Malta and Sicily among his favorites. An avid reader, Dr. Maggio was passionate about world history and current events. He was a member of Deal Golf and Country Club and lifelong member of the New York Athletic Club.
Dr. Maggio leaves his devoted wife and constant companion of 51 years, Beverly (Fattell) Maggio; his daughters, Monique Maggio Koribanics and her husband, Michael P. Koribanics, Michele Maggio Agresti and her husband, Robert J. Agresti, DO, ’83, Nicole Maggio Knable and her husband, Christopher Knable, Simone Maggio Poveromo and her husband, Nicholas Poveromo; nine grandchildren, Carly Agresti, Christen Koribanics, Lindsay Agresti, John Koribanics, Stephanie Agresti , Nathaniel Knable, Zoe Knable, Ava Poveromo, and Nicholas Poveromo; his sister, Marilyn Chapman and her husband, David Chapman; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends who mourn his passing.
David E. Maglio Jr., DO, ’63, Providence, Rhode Island, died Sept. 29, 2015, at age 77. He was the husband of Alice T. (Ash) Maglio. They had been married for 55 years. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late David and Angela (Guarcello) Maglio.
Dr. Maglio graduated in 1959 from Providence College and received his degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1963. He and his wife came to Rhode Island in 1964 where he practiced family medicine in East Greenwich for 25 years. In 1989, he began a ministry providing medical and spiritual care for the needy at St. Vincent dePaul Ministry on Dexter Street in Providence until retiring in 2013.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, David Maglio and his wife, Jane Maglio, and Joseph Maglio, MD, and his wife, Nancy Maglio; three daughters, Gia Maglio, Elise Maglio, and Laura Sullivan and her husband, Keith Sullivan; a sister, Ursula Lyons and her husband, Frank Lyons; and eight grandchildren.
Kenneth J. Mahoney, DO, ’53, Rochester Hills, Michigan, died Aug. 7, 2015, at age 89. Dr. Mahoney was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Union City, New Jersey, to the late John and Lillian (Tonne) Mahoney. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army-Air Force. Dr. Mahoney, a pediatrician, practiced many years at both Osteopathic Hospital and Crittenton Hospital. In 1977, he became professor of pediatrics at Michigan State School of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bloomfield Hills, a former member of Peoples Church of East Lansing, and a volunteer at the Muscular Dystrophy Camp.
He is survived by his children, James (Mary Ann) Mahoney, Thomas (Leslie) Mahoney, Timothy (Valerie) Mahoney, and Mary Ellen (Ron) Leithiser. He is also survived by six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and best friends, Bob and Millie Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, in 2009 and sister, Marilyn Mannell.
John F. Mannix Jr., DO, ’67, Tallahassee, Florida, died Feb. 14, 2016.
Robert N. May, Kirksville, Missouri, died July 24, 2016, at age 85. He was born Jan. 8, 1931, the son of Thomas W. and Lulah K. (Sevits) May. His wife Sherry survives in their Kirksville home. He is also survived by their children, Deborah Schreiber; Denise Clark (Nathan); and David May (Paula). Additionally, he is survived by six grandchildren, Erin Clark; Ryan Clark (Jenny); Bethany Clark; Dustin Schreiber; Gretchen May; and Matthew May. Two surviving great-grandchildren include Abraham Clark and Benjamin Clark. He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and two sisters.
May served in the army during the Korean War. After the army, he worked as an illustrator for Boeing in Wichita, until moving to Kirksville in 1968 where he served as director of the audio-visual department for ATSU-KCOM until retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kirksville where he served as head usher for many years. Additionally, he was a member of the Lions Club and the Optimist Club.
His gift was drawing and painting. He enjoyed his dog, Bonnie; raising pigeons; working on cars; gunsmithing; and making people laugh. He enjoyed music, movies, and theatre. Above all else, he dearly loved his family.
Lester W. McDonald Jr., DO, ’67, Cameron, Missouri, died Jan. 25, 2016, at age 73. Dr. McDonald was born on March 22, 1942, in Unionville, Missouri, to Dr. L.W. and Valta Irene (Brown) McDonald. He was a 1960 graduate of Unionville High School, 1963 graduate of Northeast Missouri State University, and a 1967 graduate of ATSU-KCOM. Dr. McDonald was a captain in the U.S. Army and served as a flight surgeon.
Dr. McDonald moved to Cameron in December of 1970 and was on staff at the Cameron Regional Medical Center from Jan. 1, 1971, until retiring Sept. 29, 2014, while serving as chief of staff for many years. He was the founder and chair of the Cameron Regional Medical Center Golf Tournament. He was a member and on the Board of Trustees of MAOPS and member of AOA, Northwest District Society, Cameron Regional Foundation Board, and the Cameron High School Team Doctor for many years. On Feb. 1, 2003, Dr. McDonald married Sue Rhoad in Liberty, Missouri.
He is survived of his wife, Sue; step-daughter, Shelby (Kory) Bakken; daughter, Leigh (Mark) Goucher; son, Steve (Amy) McDonald; daughter, Amy (Kevin) Sprouse; 10 grandchildren; sister, Beverly Gibson; three nephews, and many friends.
Wallace J. Miller, DO, ’54, Sebring, Ohio, died March 26, 2016, at age 91. He was born on March 22, 1925, to Findley and Florence Miller in Kenmore, Ohio. Following graduation from Kenmore High School in 1943, he immediately entered into the service of his country. Three years later, he was honorably discharged from the army, having earned a Purple Heart. He attended The University of Akron, graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois), and received his medical training at ATSU-KCOM. He interned at Green Cross Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. He practiced medicine in Uniontown, Ohio, for 33 years.
Dr. Miller was an active member of Gideons International, served on the boards of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Stony Glen Camp for many years, and enjoyed membership in the Airstream Club. He was a member of Goss Memorial Church, then joined The Chapel in Akron, and transferred to The Chapel in Marlboro when he moved to Copeland Oaks Retirement Community in Sebring, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by Clarann, his loving wife of 62 years, and grandson, Luke. He is survived by his children, Charlotte (Jerry) Robinson, Stephen (Nancy), and J. Dawson (Dayna); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn Anderson.
Nelson E. Mohler, DO, ’64, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, died Sept. 21, 2015, at age 78. Dr. Mohler was born to the late Carl and Nellie Mohler on June 30, 1937, in Columbus. He was the beloved father of Scott (Becky), Seth (Annie), and Stan (Katie) and loving grandfather of Nicole, Regan, Claire, Ava, Reese, Henry, and Jack.
William F. Morris, DO, Buies Creek, North Carolina, died Nov. 4, 2015, at age 75. Dr. Morris was born in New York City to William Morris and Jane Frazer Morris, on Oct. 1, 1940. He is survived by his wife, Carol Anne Selover Morris; his stepfather, Carl “Doc” Severinsen; and his siblings, Elizabeth, Susan, Evan, and Mary Elizabeth “Mimi” Morris and Nancy, Cynthia, and (Carl) Allen Severinsen. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Mary Davis Morris, and his brother, John Morris.
Dr. Morris earned his DO degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota. He was board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromuscular Medicine & OMM, American Osteopathic Board of Rehabilitation Medicine, and American Board of Holistic Medicine. Treating patients was one of his great joys; his other great joy was teaching in osteopathic medical education. He served as course director at ATSU-SOMA from 2011-12. He was the founding chair of OMM at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
He was a Quaker, student of Sufism, and member of the Association for Research & Enlightenment (ARE) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was actively involved with ARE’s prayer group and built many of the original buildings at ARE’s Camp in Rural Retreat, Virginia; he also planted the camp’s first organic garden.
Edward C. Murray, DO, ’53, Grand Blanc, Michigan, died Nov. 25, 2015, at age 89. Dr. Murray was born in Lakewood, Ohio, on July 11, 1926, to the late Edward and Margaret Murray. He graduated from St. Ignatius Catholic High School and from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM.
Dr. Murray served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Iowa during World War II. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of Warwick Hills for 43 years. Medical education was very important to him and he trained many residents in his specialty for many years. He retired as a professor emeritus from Michigan State University. He practiced in Flint as an ear, nose, and throat specialist for 45 years.
Surviving are wife, Marie; seven children, Patrick J. Murray (Jim Edwards), Michael E. Murray, DO, ’83 (Marge), Maryanne Lane, Katie (George) Paraschos, Colleen (Tim) Day, Tim Murray, and Shawn Laursen; 10 grandchildren, Melissa and Melanie Lewis, Chris (Callen) Lane, Casey (Jill) Lane, Alexandria, Donavan, Riley, and Delaney Day, and Cole and Luke Laursen; and his beloved dog, Mulligan. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florance; infant sister, Coletta; brother, Dr. Patrick J. Murray; sister, Kathleen M. Murray; in-laws, Howard and Veronica Christiansen; and his furry foursome, Putter, Ruff (In the ruff), Maxx (Max Fli).
Harmon L. Myers, DO, ’54, Tucson, Arizona, died April 4, 2016, at age 87. Born Oct. 17, 1928, in Dallas City, Illinois, Dr. Myers and his family moved to Tucson in 1935. After completing his education in Arizona schools, he graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1954. He practiced in Tucson with a special emphasis on osteopathic manipulation for 41 years. During this time, he was actively involved in local, regional, and national leadership in osteopathic medicine. In 2004, he received the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the American Academy of Osteopathy. In “retirement,” he was a preceptor for the Integrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona and authored two definitive texts on osteopathic techniques in 2006 and 2012.
Dr. Myers was known for his wry sense of humor, healing hands, and love of teaching. Throughout his life, he volunteered his time and service to his church, to his community, and to people too numerous to count. It was a common sight to see him haul out his battered old treatment table when someone was in pain, to work one of his small miracles with those hands.
Dr. Myers was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Edith. Surviving are his second wife, Betty Zimmerman; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Gene Moffett; children, David P. Myers, DO, ’77, Mark (Tamra Whiteley), and Barbara Miller; grandchildren, Kristen Myers, Cassandra (Jason) Dombrose, Christopher (Regina) Myers, Lauren Myers, Thomas Myers, Dan (Staci) Miller, and Jessica Miller; three great-grandchildren; a bonus family of Zimmerman children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild; and a large, close extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews and their families.
Thomas G. Noll, DO, ’68, Crossville, Tennessee, died April 29, 2016, at age 77. He was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Garden City, Kansas, to the late Carlton M. Noll, DO, ’31, and Mary Francis Noll. His grandfather was George L. Noll, DO, ’15. He graduated from Evergreen High School in Colorado in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1956-59 and then attended Northern Arizona University. After graduation in 1964, he attended ATSU-KCOM graduating in 1968. After completing his residency training at Riverside Hospital in Trenton, Michigan, he set up his private practice in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Dr. Noll was board certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and medical acupuncture. He was a fellow and certified diplomat of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He won numerous awards, yet had little concern for status. He was active in the community and served as exalted ruler in Elks Club from 1989-90. He was on staff at Hillsdale Community Hospital from 1969-2001 and served as chief of staff from 1980-82. He was medical director of Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility from 1989-2000 and was medical examiner for Hillsdale County from 1989-2001. He was also medical director of Myrtle House Drug & Alcohol Detox Center. He was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Michigan State University and Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Dr. Noll retired from clinical practice in 2001 and moved to Crossville, Tennessee, and began an osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture clinic. He was known as a compassionate, generous, and caring physician. He made a difference in the lives of many. His greatest passion was helping others. He was a constant encourager, and his wish for everyone was they would find the same unconditional love that he discovered during the last years of his life’s journey.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Katherine Dunaway Noll; son, Christopher and wife, Taryn Noll; daughters, Lisa and husband, Al Maxwell, and Angelina and husband, Damion Arthur; sister, Kay Ferry; brother, Richard and wife, Lin Noll; brother-in-law, William and wife, Ann Dunaway; brother-in-law, Johnny and wife, Margo Dunaway; brother-in-law, David and wife, Susan Dunaway; sister-in-law, Marie and husband, Larry Meders; brother-in-law, Robert and wife, Jean Dunaway; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Scott A. Norton, MS, PA-C, ’15, Mesa, Arizona, died Feb. 3, 2016, at age 34. He was born on Jan. 18, 1982, and passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. He was a resident of Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from ATSU-ASHS in 2015.
Coley P. O’Doherty, DO, ’00, Omaha, Nebraska, died May 29, 2016, at age 46. Dr. O’Doherty was born June 8, 1969. He is survived by wife, Laura; children, Gabriel and Rhiannon; parents, Michael and Nancy O’Doherty; sister, Shannon (Matt) Brown; brother, Jerry (Jennifer) O’Doherty; sister, Colleen O’Doherty; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Robert A. Parsonson, DO, ’95, Brookfield, Missouri, died Dec. 14, 2015, at age 62.
Retired Lt. Col. Michael H. Pengelly, AuD, ’07, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, died Feb. 16, 2016, at age 67. He was the husband of MaryEllen McHugh-Pengelly. The couple celebrated 42 years of marriage Aug. 3, 2015. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Albert and Dorothy (Myers) Pengelly. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Emmaus.
Dr. Pengelly was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, earned his master’s degree from Bloomsburg University in audiology, and received his doctorate in audiology from ATSU. He was a naval veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and continued his military service in the Army after graduating from college, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He was the owner and operator of Dr. Michael H. Pengelly Audiology in Allentown, previously known as Acousticare in Center Valley. Dr. Pengelly enjoyed hunting and biking and was an avid traveler and history buff.
Survivors include his wife; son, Brian McHugh Pengelly; brother, David Pengelly; and two sisters.
Lewis C. Perry, DO, ’67, Tucson, Arizona, died April 24, 2016, at age 85. He was born April 22, 1931, in Kirksville, Missouri. He was the only child of Lewis C. Perry and Emily Edwards Perry of La Plata, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sheryl; son, David Perry (Carie); daughter, Susan Lesprón (Tony); son, Stephen Perry (Paula); son, John Perry (Julie); and grandchildren, Gray Lewis, Samantha Lesprón, Raquel Lesprón, Sophia Lesprón, Elijah Perry, Molly Perry, Jacqueline Perry, Jessica Perry, and Jillian Perry.
From his youth, Dr. Perry loved scouting and earned his designation as an Eagle Scout. In 1952, He went into the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training program and was awarded his wings in 1953, the year he married his childhood sweetheart, Sheryl Gupton. He graduated from the University of Missouri and KCOM. He also worked for the Presbyterian Board of National Missions for three years, serving in Appalachia. He started private practice in 1967 in Ingleside, Texas, moving to sunny Tucson with his young family in 1972 at the invitation of schoolmate, Dr. Fred Heiserman. Amongst his many accomplishments, he served as president of staff at Tucson General Hospital. He was in private practice and emergency medicine for 16 years in Tucson. In 1988, he chose to specialize in emergency medicine and moved to Lufkin, Texas. While there, he often served as TV spokesman for Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Dr. Perry took great joy in volunteering after retirement and volunteered at Oracle State Park and Interfaith Community Services in Tucson. He also enjoyed helping to host his 53-Fox pilot training class reunions every three to five years in Tucson. Dr. Perry had a tremendous wit and was a wonderful, loving, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, physician, and friend.
Annette A. Piper, JD, Waterford, Michigan, died March 14, 2016, at age 60. She was the beloved wife of Brad for 32 years, loving mother of Stephen (Susie) Piper and Catherine Piper, and dear sister of Walt (Wendy) Deacon, Charlie (Ann) Deacon, and Terri (Chuck) Spencer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Illa Deacon. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Piper was a 1973 graduate of Waterford Kettering. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan and her law degree from Wayne State. She was the dean of business at Baker College until 2014 and recently was an MHA/DHA adjunct faculty member at ATSU. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and gardening, and most importantly, she loved and enjoyed time spent with her family and loved Christ and her church, Mt. Zion.
Steven P. Radjenovich, DO, ’74, Alexandria, Minnesota, died Jan. 1, 2016, at age 74. He was born Dec. 3, 1941, in Washington, Iowa, to Steve and Wilma (Bales) Radjenovich. Through the years they lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; and Minneapolis, where he attended Washburn High School and graduated in 1959.
Dr. Radjenovich attended college at St. Cloud State and then worked as an orderly at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where he met Judy Frisk, a nursing student. They were married on Aug. 29, 1964. He attended graduate school at USD in Vermillion, South Dakota, followed by medical school at ATSU-KCOM. Medical school rotations in small rural towns convinced him that this was the type of medicine he wanted to practice. In 1975, he moved with Judy and three little girls to Wheaton, Minnesota, to become a family practice physician. A new baby boy soon followed.
Dr. Radjenovich practiced in Wheaton for 28 years. He cared deeply about his patients, often providing home visits, advocating for those who did not know how or could not advocate for themselves. He believed everyone deserved good and equal medical care no matter his or her situation. He practiced medicine with all his heart, often not telling his patients what they wanted to hear, but what was best for them. He was especially compassionate to his dying patients and their families. In 2000, they moved to Alexandria where he established a practice there, along with building a bed and breakfast on Lake L’Homme Dieu.
He was a Mason and Shriner. He was a member of the Minnesota Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and the American Osteopathic Association for 30 years. He served on the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Board from 1989-99. Over the years he often welcomed those without family to join ours for holidays or invited those passing through town to sit for a meal. In addition to medicine, some of his other passions included fishing, flying, and entertaining. He traveled to Alaska for salmon and halibut, many times bringing friends, patients, and family along. He hosted many lamb and pig roasts over the years and will be remembered for his daily naps, never being afraid to voice his opinion, lengthy storytelling, and his “colorful” language! His nature was not hidden in political correctness.
Dr. Radjenovich was preceded in death by his parents and two infant granddaughters, Amber and Elsie. He is survived by his wife, Judy; brother, Joel; daughters, Renee (Drew) Donnelly, Sarah (Jason) Miller, Anna (Adam) Holmes; son, Paul (Bonnie) Radjenovich; grandchildren, Sophie, Claire, Alec, and Max Donnelly, Andrea and Jaxson Miller, Hugo, Walter, and Dwight Holmes, Graham and Gabrielle Radjenovich; and his dog, Gus.
Jules L. Reinhardt, DO, ’59, Lapeer, Michigan, died July 23, 2016, at age 83. He was born Dec. 31, 1932, in Red Wing, Minnesota, to Helen (Werner) Reinhardt and Jules P. Reinhardt. He spent his youth on a farm situated on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hager City, Wisconsin. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1952. He received a BS degree from Truman State University and graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1959.
Dr. Reinhardt married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Greystock Dartt, in 1954. They attended medical school together. After medical school, he practiced medicine in Red Wing with Dr. Clifford F. Dartt. In 1963, he and Marilyn moved to Lapeer where he continued to practice medicine for more than half a century.
Dr. Reinhardt was the medical director of the Lapeer County Medical Care Facility and a clinical professor of medicine for Michigan State University for more than 45 years. He was the longest serving doctor with Lapeer Regional Hospital, having also acted as chief of staff. He was dedicated to his patients and the practice of medicine. Over the years, he provided free medical care to thousands. He never cared about money. He was dual board certified in family practice and sports medicine. He was attending physician for many amateur and professional athletic teams and events including the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
Dr. Reinhardt was a very talented athlete. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and all-state football player. He attended Minnesota State University-Mankato, on a full athletic scholarship where he also competed on the gymnastics team.
When not at work, Dr. Reinhardt was a true cowboy at heart who loved spending as much time as possible with his beloved horses. He was a member of the Lapeer County Mounted Posse for more than 50 years. He also enjoyed shooting, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, farming, and raising livestock. If not for the scholarship, he had planned for a career as a forest ranger.
Dr. Reinhardt was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard; and his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his five children and seven grandchildren.
James P. Riemer, DO, ’77, Pawnee, Oklahoma, died April 2, 2016, at age 65. Dr. Riemer was born on Jan. 14, 1951, to Verda G. (Cummins) Riemer and Percy R. Riemer, DO, ’34. Dr. Riemer grew up in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and attended Pawnee Public Schools where he graduated with honors in 1969. He played all sports offered at Pawnee High School and was a talented athlete. He was quarterback for the Black Bear football team from seventh grade through his senior year and held the Oklahoma state pole vault record for more than three decades.
After that, Dr. Riemer attended Oklahoma State University, graduating from the pre-med program with honors in 1973. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Nicewander, also a graduate of Pawnee High School and Oklahoma State University (OSU). While working on his undergraduate degree, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, as well as various other college organizations. After graduation, he was accepted to ATSU-KCOM where his father had received his doctorate. He made his father proud by doing the same and earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine in 1977.
In 1978, Dr. Riemer returned to Pawnee, Oklahoma, to join his dad in the family medical practice where he cared for the community for 38 years. He was a civic leader in the city of Pawnee where he was president of the Rotary Club, a Christian Church elder emeritus, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Pawnee Hospital board, and United Community Action Board of Directors. Dr. Riemer’s professional career was exemplary. He was on the Oklahoma Osteopathic Board of Trustees for many years and served as president in 1999-2000. He was an Oklahoma Educational Foundation of Osteopathic Medicine member and president. He served as a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association for many years. He was honored with the Oklahoma Doctor of the Year Award in 2009. He also served on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners and on the Advisory Council for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was an assistant clinical professor training future doctors. He was on the Oklahoma Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield at the time of his passing.
In his free time, Dr. Riemer enjoyed many hobbies. Among them were flying his Cessna 172, golfing, water and snow skiing, scuba diving, playing the drums with the Echos and Sweetwater bands, and most of all, spending time with his three handsome grandsons.
Dr. Riemer is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Donna Riemer; his son, Major Christopher Riemer and wife, Tara; grandsons, Adam, Grant, and Noah Riemer; sister, Dr. Jane Epperley and husband, Dr. Barry Epperley; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Riemer and Linda Stidham; and brothers-in-law, Van and Dean Nicewander. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews, and other relatives. Dr. Riemer was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Riemer; and niece, Rhonda Riemer.
Richard A. Robin, DO, ’64, Jamestown, Rhode Island, died July 4, 2015, at age 78. He is survived by the great love of his life, his wife Loretta, to whom he was married for 48 years; the children he adored, Seth I. Robin, Jeremy T. Robin, Allison S. Robin; his daughters-in-law, Michele Wisch Robin and Allison Simon Robin; and grandchildren, Alec, Hunter, Mia, and Grant Robin.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Ben and Lily Robin and raised alongside brothers Noel, David, and George, Dr. Robin forged a path as a self-made man, perpetual student, and lifelong learner and lover of life, and he did everything with his famous sense of humor. After putting himself through medical school, he spent the next 20 years building a private practice as a doctor of internal medicine. He completed a residency at Harvard University to become a psychiatrist and established a private practice in Westerly, Rhode Island. He possessed a deep love of learning and returned to school into his 60s to get an MPH degree from Boston University and an MBA from University of Tennessee. He was a clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School for 19 years.
Joseph T. Rogers, DO, ’43, Rockwood, Michigan, died Dec. 11, 2015, at age 95. Dr. Rogers was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Sheila M. Rogers, DO, ’39, who died earlier this year. He was born on Aug. 31, 1920, in Beckley, West Virginia. He attended the University of Kentucky on a music scholarship, majoring in trumpet. He later enrolled in ATSU-KCOM, where he met his future wife. Following graduation, he began an internship at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan.
Dr. Rogers was a pioneer in osteopathic medicine. He was active in the American College of Osteopathic Internists and served as its president in 1963. He established the first cardiology fellowship training program in the osteopathic profession and developed the open heart surgery program at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in the mid-1960s. In his later years, he practiced cardiology centered on environmental medicine, before he retired at age 91.
He had many interests outside of the world of medicine and established a program for the certification of organic foods in the early 1980s. He participated in Rotary and the downriver branch of the Salvation Army beginning in the 1950s. He loved gardening and beekeeping. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church on Grosse Ile since 1950, sang in its choir, served on its vestry, and oversaw the environmental committee.
His greatest legacy may have been to instill a sense of responsibility to serve others, whether through medicine or other humanitarian means. He is survived by Joseph C. Rogers, DO, ’70 (Rosemary), Felix J. Rogers, DO, ’73 (Caroline), Sheila Rogers DeMare (Frank), and Lisa R. Rogers, DO, ’76. He leaves eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
Sheila M. Rogers, DO, FACOI, ’39, Rockwood, Michigan, died Jan. 21, 2015, at age 96. She preceded her husband, Joseph T. Rogers, DO, ’43, in death. They shared a love affair that began more than 70 years ago. Together they brought four children into the world, Joseph C. Rogers, DO, ’70 (Rosemary), Felix J. Rogers, DO, ’73 (Caroline), Sheila DeMare (Frank), and Lisa R. Rogers, DO, ’76. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dr. Sheila Rogers was born on July 17, 1918 in Glasgow, Scotland. She and her husband met in Kirksville, Missouri, where they both attended osteopathic medical school. They moved to Grosse Ile in 1950 where they became active in local school programs and at St. James Church. She practiced cardiology and internal medicine in addition to being a full-time mom. She also volunteered at the alcoholic treatment center for the Salvation Army in Detroit. In spite of not understanding the “tough” part of tough love, she was named their Citizen of the Year. She loved music, gardening, and crafts, but her joy was her family.
Albert J. Rosman, DO, ’52, North Miami Beach, Florida, died July 1, 2016, at age 88. He was born in Bronx, New York, and was a longtime resident of south Florida. He was an Eagle Scout, member of MENSA, practicing physician for more than 50 years, and past president of AMA. A diehard sports fan, he was an original partner/team physician for the ABA’s Miami Floridians and Fight Doctor. He will be missed at all the south Florida sporting events and especially by his adoring family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Beverly Falk. He will be sorely missed by his three devoted daughters, Donna, Debra, and Deanna. He was the “greatest Papa” to Michael, Steven, Elana, and Jessica.
Donald E. Shoup, DO, ’62, Wellsville, Missouri, died July 2, 2016, at age 80.
Gerald J. Swiacki, DO, ’52, Farmington Hills, Michigan, died May 9, 2016, at age 93. He was born on April 26, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, to Walter and Agatha Swiacki. After serving in the Army Airforce in WWII, he finished medical school and practiced family medicine for 52 years. He was a beloved physician by his patients, community, and peers. Other than spending time with his family, he enjoyed many sports and activities, but was most passionate about golf, which he played until he was 92.
Dr. Swiacki is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of 73 years, and his children, Gerald R. (Linda) Swiacki, Neil (Susan Davitt) Swiacki, Cindy (Dave) Wiedemer, Sheila (Ken) Smith, and Melissa (Edward Jr.) Ewald. He was a proud grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 10.
Randall G. Tharp, DO, ’66, Warren, Ohio, died July 15, 2012, at age 73. Born Dec. 7, 1938, in Ashland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles and Nina (Scott) Tharp. He was a graduate of Ashland High School, Ashland College with a BS degree, and ATSU-KCOM. On Sept. 4, 1976, he married Elaine A. Mazzochi Tharp.
In 1966, Dr. Tharp started his family medicine practice in Andover, Ohio, and retired in 1990 from his family practice. From 1990 to 2011, he was a nursing home physician and medical director at area nursing homes. He was the team physician at Pymatuming Valley High School in Andover for more than 25 years and was the first president for American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He was the former chief of staff at Warren General Hospital and was the former president of Andover Chamber of Commerce and the Monday Music Club at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio. He was instrumental in building a satellite emergency room currently known as St. Joseph Emergency Room in Andover, Ohio. He was an avid sailor, enjoyed fly fishing and golfing, and loved to travel.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine A. Tharp; children, Lisa (Jim) Struna, Dr. Jeffery (Carol) Tharp, Robyn DiMauro, and Toni DiMauro; grandchildren, Greg Struna, Ashley (Ryan) Fertig, Jacob, Gabrielle, and Taylor Tharp, and Alexa DiMauro; three great-grandchildren; brother, James Tharp; and sister, Margery Brubaker. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Tharp; and three sisters, Evelyn Boyer, Helen Clark, and Rosemary Lynn.
Harold Thomas, DO, ’65, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died April 13, 2016, at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Clarke); children, Paul (Julia), Leila Grumbos (Mike), Marleina Davis (Dylan), and Eleina; and nine grandchildren, Gabrielle, Kiersten, Jillian, Courtney, Aiden, Madison, Elle, Ryan, and Brooke. He enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his brothers and sister and their wonderful spouses: Edward (deceased, wife Mary Ann), Chuck (wife Minerva, both deceased), Faye Assi (Ralph, deceased), William (Joyce), George (Ann), and James (Debbie). He was a devoted uncle to their children, his many nieces and nephews. He was a treasured son of the late Ghattas and Sameera Thomas.
Dr. Thomas was born Jan. 17, 1936. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. He went on to become a nationally known osteopathic physician who served his profession as president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), chair of the Board of Trustees of ATSU, chair of the board of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, chair of the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation, member of many national and local boards and committees, and vice president of medical affairs and director of graduate medical education of Richmond Heights Hospital. He received countless awards including the ACOFP’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ACOFP Physician of the Year Award, and the Ohio Osteopathic Association Distinguished Service Award. He practiced for almost 50 years in Euclid, Garfield Heights, and Mentor alongside his brothers, George Thomas, DO, ’72, and James R. Thomas, DO, ’77, and his son, Paul C. Thomas, DO, ’94. He will be remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, the hundreds of residents he trained, and the thousands of patients he treated who knew and loved him as a generous, caring, and thoughtful individual.
Donald E. Till, DO, ’58, Tucson, Arizona, died Jan. 31, 2016, at age 84. He was born Oct. 18, 1931, to Richard Till and Geraldine Till nee Weber in Buffalo, New York. He was an alumnus of South Park High School and graduate of ATSU-KCOM. For more than 50 years, Dr. Till practiced as an obstetrician, gynecologist, and surgeon in Tucson and at Tucson General Hospital. He passed away Jan. 31, 2016, and is survived by his wife, Ingrid Miller, PhD; son, Don Jr.; sister, Betty; and brother, Robert. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard.
Norbert W. Todd, DO, ’52, Madera, California, died Oct. 28, 2015, at age 88.
Sally R. Tor, DMD, MPH, MS, ’10, Tucson, Arizona, died Dec. 9, 2015, at age 32. Dr. Tor was born Aug. 17, 1983, in Tucson to David and Susan Rosenthal. After studying microbiology at the University of Arizona, she graduated from ATSU-ASDOH in 2010 with DMD and MPH degrees and then earned a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry from The Ohio State University in 2012. Her bright smile and sense of humor attracted Joshua Tor on a college trip to Israel in 2003. She and Josh married under the stars on New Year’s Eve 2008 in Tucson; with great joy they welcomed Josephine Tor into the world on May 20, 2012.
Dr. Tor worked as a pediatric dentist for Tucson Smiles and Casa Grande Pediatric Dentistry, displaying a unique ability to care for and comfort kids. She lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed skiing, supporting University of Arizona sports, culinary adventures with friends, and above all spending time with her daughter, Josie. She is survived by her husband, Joshua; daughter, Josephine; parents, David and Susan; grandmother, Bianca; brothers, James and Robert; the entire Tor family, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, and aunts.
Martha “Marty” Denslow Van O’Linda Wadlin, Springfield, Missouri, died June 18, 2016, at age 79. Wadlin was born on Jan. 21, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Stedman “J.S.” Denslow, DO, ’28, and Jane Laughlin Denslow. She was united in marriage to Calvin Van O’Linda on June 5, 1956, in Kirksville, Missouri. She later married James Wadlin on June 19, 1977, in Kirksville, Missouri.
Wadlin was a 1955 graduate of Kirksville High School and attended Northeast Missouri Teachers College. She grew up on Thousand Hills Farm and was active in 4-H and showing registered Angus cattle. She worked in public service throughout her career including time as the director of the Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging and later ran her own insurance business. She was very active in the Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary Club, serving as president. She also was active in the Truman State Football Booster Club. She enjoyed travelling, gardening, bird watching (she dearly loved bluebirds and eagles), crafting, and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud to be the great-granddaughter of A.T. Still, DO, founder of osteopathic medicine, and spoke at his induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2014 at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.
She is survived by two children, Chris Van O’Linda and wife, Linda, and Cherié Seipel and husband, Michael. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Brittaney Sterling and husband, Jason; Calvin Van O’Linda and wife, Carmen; Kathryn Rich and husband Ben; Jesse Van O’Linda and fiancé, Brittany Dimitroff; Diane Frazier; Abigail, Rebekah, and Gregory Seipel; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Jackson Sterling, Cash Melo, and Cason and Cambryn Van O’Linda. She is also survived by her brother, Pete Denslow and wife, Sherrie, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, and a brother, Michael Denslow.
Patrick E. Walsh, DO, ’69, Rockford, Michigan, died May 5, 2016, at age 73. He was born on April 12, 1943, in Bay City, Michigan, to Donald and Marguerite (Rayhill) Walsh. On June 26, 1965, he married Judith Kathleen Schillinger, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage last summer. That same year he graduated from Wayne State University and went on to earn his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1969.
Dr. Walsh was utterly devoted to his career in medicine, and in his 41 years as a doctor, he touched the lives of countless patients, medical students, and colleagues. During his entire tenure as a physician, from 1969-2010, he practiced at Muskegon General Hospital (MGH), which later became Mercy Health Partners. He began his career in family practice and served as chair of the Department of Family Practice at MGH several times during his early years there. The bulk of his career, however, was spent passionately practicing emergency medicine at MGH from 1970-98. He was board certified in emergency medicine for 27 years, was a charter member and fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine for 20 years, and also served as chair of the Emergency Medicine department at MGH numerous times. In addition to being an “ER doc,” he also served as director of medical education at MGH from 1981-2003 and as director of continuing medical education from 1981-2010. He was a member of MGH’s Executive Committee for 18 consecutive years and twice was named chair. He was honored to serve as chief of staff at MGH in 1981. That same year, he co-founded Muskegon’s first urgent care center, the Norton Shores Medi-Center. In 1991, he became co-owner of the Holland Medi-Center and Occupational Medicine Clinic. Outside of clinical practice, he was a member of the Western Michigan Osteopathic Association (and its president in 1975), a member of the American Osteopathic Association, and a board member of the West Michigan Osteopathic Foundation. He finally – and somewhat reluctantly – retired in 2010.
When he wasn’t delivering care in the emergency room, Dr. Walsh could often be found playing his beloved game of golf at Spring Lake Country Club, where he and his wife Judy had belonged since 1976. They also became members of Gateway Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1998 when they began spending winters in that warmer climate. His interest in sports extended well beyond golf, and he was an avid fan of many Michigan-based sports teams. Outside of the sports arena, he was a voracious reader and a lifelong learner with an insatiable appetite for literature and knowledge. Though never musically trained, he came from a musical family and owned a vast and varied musical collection. He appreciated fine wine and great scotch. He also enjoyed tending to the yard of his “little house in the big woods” of Spring Lake, and his thumb was green enough to somehow manage to coax lovely flower beds and landscaping into full bloom despite being situated in the midst of a densely wooded lot. He was highly self-disciplined and possessed a real zest for life; “carpe diem” (seize the day) was one of his favorite sayings. Though he could be hard-driving and serious, he also liked to have fun and had huge soft spots in his heart for his many dear friends.
Dr. Walsh especially cherished and took great pride in his family. He is survived by his wife, Judy Walsh, and three children, Dr. Lisa K. Walsh (James Anderson); Linsey Walsh; and Ryan Walsh (Lauri). Dr. Walsh treasured his granddaughter, Maya Walsh Anderson. He also leaves behind a sister, Mary “Mimi” LaPorte (Tom), and two sisters-in-law, Virginia Watson (Allyn) and Mary Hunter (Dr. Alan). Additionally, he is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law.
Ransom D. Weatherford, DHA, ’16, Lexington, South Carolina, died April 24, 2016, at age 40. Born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Dr. Weatherford was the son of Jimmy Lex Weatherford and the late Laura Jean Weatherford. He graduated from Shepherd High School in 1994 and soon after joined the Navy, where he received his LVN license. While in the Navy, he completed Marine Corp boot camp, earning his classification as a field medic. He began working as a process engineer with Palmetto Health Hospital Systems in February 2014.
Dr. Weatherford was completing his DHA degree at ATSU-CGHS. He was awarded Student of the Year and presented with an honorary doctorate degree June 3, 2016, at the commencement ceremony in Arizona.
Dr. Weatherford was survived by his partner, John Bryant, and his longtime companion, Emily. He is survived by his father, Jimmy Lex Weatherford and step-mother, Hollie Weatherford. He is also survived by his siblings, James Weatherford, Laura Huff (Bubba), Melissa McSwain, and Sarah McSwain; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
James F. Weber, DO, ’90, Farmington, Missouri, died April 21, 2016, at age 54. He was born April 20, 1962, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Hon. Charles A. Weber and Janice (Chardin) Weber. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Travis Donze.
Dr. Weber was a 1980 graduate of Valle High School where he was a participant of cross-country and track. He completed his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University before going on to receive his DO degree from ATSU-KCOM. In 2008, he became a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI).
He began his residency at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis prior to beginning his practice at Mineral Area Hospital in Farmington, Missouri. It was there where he met the love of his life, Christi, who worked as an RN. They were married in 2004 at the Eagle Lake Country Club in Farmington. In 2008, he expanded his practice to Washington County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Weber was involved in various professional organizations to include ACOI, and the American Society of Echocardiography.
In his spare time, Dr. Weber enjoyed woodworking and being outdoors. Vacationing with his family was a favorite pastime. He was the ultimate family man and took any free time to spend time with them.
He is survived by his loving wife, Christi; his children, Zachary Weber, Ashlin Hodges, and Anthony Hodges; three sisters, Catherine Donze, Joan Krebel, and Anne Okenfuss; five brothers, Charles Jr., Bill, Dave, John, and Mark Weber; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He will also be sorely missed by the many friends, colleagues, and patients he knew and loved.
Allan K. Willingham, PhD, Omaha, Nebraska, died Sept. 7, 2016, at age 75. Dr. Willingham was born July 11, 1941. He was a faculty member at ATSU-KCOM from 1976-2006.
He is survived by wife, Virginia “Ginny” Willingham; brother, Frank Jr. (Linda); sisters-in-law, Mary “Doodle” Gall (Dave) and Ellen Buckley (Alan); brother-in-law, James Gonzales (Mary Jane); nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins; and beloved pets, Meggie and Tasha.