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In memoriam

December 8, 2017
Posted In: Connections, In memoriam

Marodin Aghassi, D3, Turlock, California, died May 8, 2017, at age 32. He was a member of the ATSU-ASDOH class of 2018, and he planned a career dedicated to serving those in need.

 

Wendy Davis Dar, AuD, ’09, Minnetonka, Minnesota, died July 19, 2017, at age 56. The daughter of Carl D. Davis Sr. and Joan Anderson Davis, Dr. Davis Dar was born June 8, 1961, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Indiana Area High School, and she received a bachelor of science in education in speech pathology and audiology from IUP. She worked as a speech therapist in Halifax County, Virginia, before pursuing a master’s in audiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in audiology from ATSU-ASHS. In her 28-year career, she worked as a clinical, educational, and research audiologist, owning her own audiology practice the last 10 years.

Dr. Davis Dar is survived by her parents; her wonderful husband, Barak Dar; three children, Talia, Lisa Dar, and Maya Dar; three stepchildren, Daniel Dar and wife, Nina, Alexander Dar, and Yasmine Dar; and three grandchildren, all in Israel. She is also survived by her brothers, Carl Davis Jr. and wife, Stephanie, and Eric Davis and wife, Brenda; an uncle, Reginald Davis and wife, Nadine (Nadar); an aunt, Betty (Bowman) Anderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Reginald and Mary Etta (Murray) Davis, and Herbert and Margaret (Rudolph) Anderson; two uncles, Gerald Anderson and Ross Davis; and beloved sister, Lisa Davis Howell. Special thanks to her Indiana High School 1979 classmates, Lori Campbell Stern, Don Sherry, Mike Boswell, Anne Dale Cornwall, Marilyn Stahura Sullivan, Connie Tucker, Dr. Wonsuck Kim, and Rebecca DeVinney Tittering.

 

Albert S. Evans, DO, ’55, Middlefield, Ohio, died June 6, 2017, at age 87. He was born on Aug. 24, 1929, in Lackawanna, New York, son of the late Stephen A. and Rose (Bartus) Evans. He received his bachelor’s and master’s in biology at University of Buffalo, New York, and his doctorate at ATSU-KCOM.

He was a prominent board-certified family physician in Middlefield, practicing there from 1956-2004. He spearheaded a movement to build an Amish birthing center, and donated the land in 1988. Dr. Evans was also the Geauga County coroner for 33 years, elected in 1972 and served until June 2005, and named to the Geauga County Republican Party Hall of Fame. He also served on the Geauga County Board of Health for 20 years from 1974-94. He was a clinical assistant professor of medicine for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine 1996-99 and was recognized for clinical teaching and education of medical students. Dr. Evans was an active staff member of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center for 31 years. He delivered more than 3,000 babies during the course of his career. He was also Geauga County representative to the Cuyahoga Board of Mental Health. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2015 from the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine for his dedication to the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Evans was a dedicated physician who was passionate in his service to the community and was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was a fan of all of Cleveland sports teams and on retirement, he enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He especially loved being with his family and going to the grandchildren’s activities. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Dr. Evans is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Marie (Theobald) Evans of 62 years; his five loving children, Eileen (Stephen) Seliskar, Steve (Sue) Evans, Patty (John) Tumbush, Jean (John) Hastings, and Marty Evans; eight grandchildren, Katelyn, Stephen, Steve (Janelle), Eric, John (Alana), Michael, Courtney, and Greg; his brother, Robert (Janet) Evans, DO, ’61; and exchange student, Arax Nazarian. His parents and his sister, Helen Kujawa, who died in 2004, preceded him in death.

 

Dale R. Feister, DO, ’62, Rawson, Ohio, died May 17, 2016, at age 87. He was born on Aug. 21, 1928, in Dola, Ohio, to the late Irvin and Inice (Dewey) Feister. On Aug. 21, 1955, he married Elsie A. LaRoche, and she survives. He is also survived by a son, Dr. Wayne (Dawn) Feister; grandchildren, Clinton Feister and Laren Brooks; great-grandson, Draper Brooks; and sisters, Jean Mason and Shirley (John) Hindall. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Hartman.

Dr. Feister served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1947-53. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University and then graduated in 1962 from ATSU-KCOM. He practiced medicine for 41 years from 1974-2015 and delivered approximately 10,000 babies in his career. He loved to fly and had his instrument rating. He enjoyed magic and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for 42 years and the Society of American Magicians for 33 years. He loved building magic-making tricks that were sold worldwide. He attended Gospel Fellowship Church in Rawson.

 

Leonard C. “Chris” Franklin, DO, ’81, Camdenton, Missouri, died Aug. 22, 2017, at age 62. He was born in Lebanon, Missouri, on Feb. 12, 1955. Dr. Franklin was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Ann Price; father, J.C. Franklin, and grandparents, Swede and Ruby Franklin and Floy and Elvira Roofener. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Franklin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher K. Franklin and his wife, Danielle, and Andrew L. Franklin and wife, Karen; three sisters, Deanna McArthur and fiancée, Michael Donahue, Dawn Jeffries and husband, Lonnie, and Terri Heintz and husband, Brett; and five grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Dr. Franklin and his wife, Diane Marie Clos, were united in marriage on June 18, 1978.

Dr. Franklin, better known to most as “Dr. Chris,” graduated Camdenton High School in 1973. During his high school years, not only was he an outstanding student, but was also a dedicated and competitive athlete excelling in basketball and track. From high school, he went on to Northeast Missouri State University on a track scholarship and was named an All-American in track and field in 1975. Upon graduation from college, he decided helping others was his calling at which time he entered medical school at ATSU-KCOM. Dr. Franklin and Diane returned to their hometown of Camdenton where he established the Lake Area Clinic. He served his community caring for patients at the clinic as well as the hospital, nursing home, and at times, house calls. One of Dr. Franklin’s favorite ways to give back to the community was by offering bus driver and student athlete physicals. He always enjoyed seeing students involved in athletics and hearing about their accomplishments. Over his years of practice, Dr. Franklin helped thousands of patients, giving each one the same care, respect, and dedication as the other and was never satisfied until he could find the answer to their ailment. Dr. Franklin was a beloved and respected doctor who touched many lives. During his career and into retirement, he would constantly be stopped by patients or their families reminiscing about their time under his care.

Dr. Franklin was an avid golfer and trapshooter. He put as much drive to excel into his leisure sports career as he did his high school and college career. He won many competitions in trapshooting and golf. He was proud to be awarded 100 Targets in a row at a trap shoot and served as the Missouri Trap Shooting President. Along with shooting sports, he also loved his golf and enjoyed many rounds with his friends. He was a part of the Champion Flight in the Men’s League at Dogwood Hills from 1994-2000. He and Diane also loved to spend time working on their century family farm. He enjoyed checking the cattle, seeing newborn calves born, and caring for them. He was raised on the farm, so it was important to him to carry on his family traditions and share those with his boys. There they learned hard work and the value of life. One of his proudest moments was when he saw his wife, Diane, elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. He was her biggest supporter. He was delighted when his son, Andrew, joined the medical profession and his son, Christopher, took over the family farm. Dr. Franklin loved his family and his community. He will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of crossing paths with him during his time on earth.

 

David R. Gayle, DO, ’69, Piedmont, Missouri, died June 14, 2017, at age 73. He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Mary (Ladd) Gayle and Roy Gayle. He is survived by his wife, Peggy (McGhee) Gayle; his brother, Richard (Kathie) Gayle, DO, ’67; his daughter, Julie (Jim) Gronski; his son, Andy (Shelly) Gayle; his grandchildren, Darrian Gayle, Elizabeth Gronski, John Gronski, Drew Gayle, and Emily Gayle; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Dr. Gayle moved to Piedmont in 1946, at age 3. That same year, his parents opened Gayle Mercantile on Main Street in Piedmont. He worked in the store with his parents and brother from age 8 until he went college. There, he learned the value of hard work and caring for the community. He began high school as a Piedmont Bobcat and graduated as a Clearwater Tiger in 1961. He attended the University of Missouri, graduating in 1965, and was a proud alum his entire life. Following college, he enrolled in ATSU-KCOM, graduating in 1969. He was equally proud to be a D.O.

After an internship in Fort Worth, Texas, he returned to his hometown and established a family practice clinic with his brother. From 1970 until late last year, he cared for generations of area residents, practicing with both his brother and his son. He cherished the relationships he had with his patients and enjoyed going to work every day.

Dr. Gayle was an excellent cook and avid gardener. He took pleasure in feeding friends and family for many years. He valued knowledge and was a lifelong learner and a natural teacher. He enjoyed sports and outdoors and was always very proud of his little league baseball and high school basketball teams. He was an animated storyteller and always had a good joke in his pocket.

He traveled to Florida and fell in love with the gulf coast. He was fortunate to spend many winter months in the warm Florida sun where he made many friends. As a 65-year-old, he took up tennis and found a new past time that he and Peggy enjoyed together. He found a new home in Lexington, Kentucky, with Peggy and valued the many friends he found there. He loved a brisk walk, a good book, and a tough crossword and made all a part of his daily ritual. He was a dog lover and a Cardinals fan, and he rooted for the Cardinals with almost as much fervor as he had in cheering on his grandkids. He loved life, enjoyed it to the fullest, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

 

Douglas M. Goldsmith, DO, ’56, Boynton Beach, Florida, died June 4, 2017, at age 86. Dr. Goldsmith was born, May 6, 1931, in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, to Annette and H. Marshall Goldsmith. Dr. Goldsmith is survived by his loving wife, Carol Goldsmith; sons, Doug Goldsmith and Ted Goldsmith; daughter, Nancy Osborn; sisters, Carole Cromer and Virginia Munster; and grandsons, Scott Osborn and Joshua Goldsmith. He made a profound impact on family, friends, and colleagues. He lived each day with purpose, celebrating the gift of life and praising God from whom all blessings flow.

 

Richard P. “Patrick” Greenwood, AuD, ’08, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, died Nov. 8, 2016, at age 65. Dr. Greenwood was born in Abbotsford when the hospital was but a large house called, “The Cottage.” His parents, Dick and Mickey Greenwood, made Abbotsford and the farming community their home, where they raised their family of four children. Dr. Greenwood was the son, surrounded by three wonderful sisters, Lynne, Betsy, and Susan. A year after high school, he met and married his beloved wife, Ida. Together they enjoyed travelling throughout Europe and then worked together to put each other through university, each to their respective careers: Ida as a teacher and Dr. Greenwood as an audiologist.

Dr. Greenwood worked at Shaughnessy Hospital for several years and then came an opportunity to open his own clinic in Abbotsford. He stepped out in faith to work in his own hometown and to serve his patients as the best audiologist he could be. He loved his profession and always thought it was a perfect fit for his grounding in science, technology, music, and sound.

In the midst and center of this was his devotion to his growing family, a daughter Stephanie and a son Andrew. He loved to listen to every choir performance and watch every hockey match that he could attend. His love for his wife and children spilled over to his extended family with many family celebrations with his delightful nieces and nephews. The recent centerpiece of his family life was the marriage of daughter Stephanie to Jeff Wilson and son Andrew to Chelsey Hemminger. He became the beloved “Saba” to granddaughters Aislinn and Harper. They brought many hours of joy and delight.

The heartbeat of Dr. Greenwood’s spiritual life began by being baptized as an infant at Saint Matthew’s Church in Abbotsford. Thirty years later, he found himself renewed in his faith and returned to his roots of worship. The talent of music that was earlier encouraged (and endured) by loving parents and a special aunt was offered as a gift of worship to his Lord Jesus Christ. Until only several weeks before his passing, he led songs of worship at home with friends and in small prayer groups at church. His unwavering and strong assurance of his savior’s love sustained him until the end. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Ida; children, Stephanie (Jeff) Wilson and Andrew (Chelsey) Greenwood; and two grandchildren, Aislinn and Harper Wilson; as well as sisters, Lynne (Ron) Bartsch, Betsy (Trevor) Norton, and Susan (Bruce) TenHoeve, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

 

Richard L. Griffin, DO, ’95, Fenton, Michigan, died June 25, 2017, at age 65. Born on Jan. 13, 1952, and raised in Flint, he was the younger son of Ernest P. and Marie S. Griffin. His early years were spent playing outside with the neighborhood kids who, like him, went to school at Freeman Elementary, followed by school through eighth grade at McKinley Junior High. As soon as he was old enough, he joined the Cub Scouts, and he so enjoyed everything scouting had to offer that he ultimately attained the rank of Eagle Scout, one of his proudest accomplishments. Like his older brother, Dr. Griffin decided to attend a military academy for his high school education, enrolling in Culver Military Academy in Indiana in the ninth grade and graduating in 1970 as an officer with the rank of lieutenant, another proud accomplishment. Subsequently, he graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in science. Always intellectually curious, he then obtained a law degree from Tulane, and for a number of years worked as a trust officer in banks in Flint and Phoenix, Arizona. Later in life, he returned to an early interest in medicine and willingly took on the preparatory work necessary to enroll in ATSU-KCOM. He obtained his DO degree in 1995.

An avid reader, Dr. Griffin read widely; he especially enjoyed non-fiction accounts of military battles and biographies of military leaders and U.S. presidents. When not found with a book in his hand, he could often be located walking in his neighborhood or hiking in local parks with one or more dogs in tow, his own as well as those of friends. He also took great delight in children, especially his nephews when they were little, and then his great-nephews, as well as the small children of good friends. When Dr. Griffin came into view, they would all clamor for him to swing them up and high overhead to the magic words “up to the sky!”

Dr. Griffin was predeceased by his parents. He leaves behind, and will be greatly missed by, his sister, Patricia Griffin; his brother, Walter (Beth) Griffin; his nephews, Adam (Swathi) Griffin and Grant Griffin; great-nephews, Kosh and Niam Griffin; several cousins; and a host of friends. The family would especially like to thank his good friends, David Goldstein and Denise Rothley and the Dennis Younger family, for their special friendships.

 

Lawrence A. Hennessey, DO, ’63, Madison, Ohio, died July 10, 2017, at age 83. Born in Independence, Iowa, on Oct. 21, 1933, he was the son of the late Anna (Killias) and Maurice Hennessey. He was a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and ATSU-KCOM. He received a fellowship in Chicago in 1991. He served his internship at Warren General Hospital in Warren, Ohio, and residency at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a general surgeon.

Dr. Hennessey came to Madison in 1968 to become the chief of surgery at a northeast Ohio general hospital from 1968 until it closure in 1988. He also worked at Lake County Hospital, Geneva Memorial Hospital, and Richmond Heights General Hospital. Being a physician was very important to him. He had a wonderful bedside manner and was a caring and compassionate healer.

Dr. Hennessey enjoyed working on and collecting classic cars. He also enjoyed skiing, sailing, and golfing. He loved people, telling a good joke, and always a good bargain. Most of all, he dedicated his life to God. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Madison for 49 years and served as an usher for many years. He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Donna (Polombo); children, Lauren (Michael) Gattuso, Marisa Hennessey, Kevin (Sonia) Hennessey, Gwendolyn Hennessey, Patrick (Sally) Hennessey, Damian (Terri) Hennessey, Lawrence Hennessey Jr., and James Hennessey; grandchildren, Amanda, Kevin, Morgan, Monica, Owen, Mariah, Taylor; great-granddaughter, Abby; sisters, Catherine (Eugene R., DO, ’53) DeLucia, Marilyn (Bob) McElligott Sr., Gwen Hennessey O.S.F.; and brother, Maurice Hennessey. He was preceded in death by infant brother, James; brothers, Tom, Jack (Jo Lynn), Dave (LaVera), and Fr. Ron Hennessey M.M.; and sisters, Sr. Dorothy O.S.F., Monica (Jerome) Krebsbach, Geraldine (Donald) Welter, Sr. Miriam O.S.F., and Mary June (Jim) McDonald.

 

Laverne Korecky Hoehn, Chesterfield, Missouri, died Sept. 30, 2017, at age 86. She was the beloved wife for 63 years of William G. Hoehn, DO, ’57; devoted mother of William E. (Margaret) Hoehn and Robert S. (Jean) Hoehn; adoring grandmother of five and great-grandmother of three; and dear aunt, great-aunt, sister-in-law, and friend of many.

Laverne was born Aug. 27, 1931. She was a Life Master in Duplicate Bridge, a classical pianist, and also the author of four family books. She delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years and volunteered at the front desk at Des Peres Hospital when it was first built. Laverne was loved by many at the St. Louis County Correctional Center where she volunteered for more than 20 years. She deeply enjoyed volunteering at St. Louis City Visitors Center.

 

Joseph J. Holmes Jr., AuD, ’09, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, died Nov. 24, 2016, at age 58. He was a doctor of audiology and provided intimate personalized care to his patients through private practice for more than 30 years. He was a talented singer and guitarist who shared his gifts through music ministry in a variety of parishes over the years, including St. Cecilia in Fort Myers, Florida, and St. Augustine in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He was a member of the Red Bank Lions Club and the St. Augustine Chapter of Knights of Columbus.

Dr. Holmes was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Sr. He is survived by his wife, Paula; children, Nathaniel, his wife, Ashlee, and their three daughters, Evelyn, Madelyn and Felicity, and Megan, her husband, Chris, and Sarah, Luke, Michael, and Teresa; his mother, Patricia; his brother, Charles; and sisters, Colleen and Maureen.

 

William E. Hough, DO, ’73, Erie, Pennsylvania, died Aug. 13, 2017, at age 69. Dr. Hough was born Oct. 6, 1947, in Enid, Oklahoma, the third son of Guthrie Wayne “G.W.” Hough and Naomi Colene (Spaulding) Hough. He married Karole E. Stierwalt on July 27, 1969, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was sealed to her for time and all eternity in the Ogden Utah Temple on Oct. 3, 1974. On July 27, 2017, they observed their 48th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Hough is survived by his wife, Karole; sons, Dr. Kevin A. Hough and Jared A. Hough; daughter, Nicole E. Hough; two brothers, Michael L. Hough and Dr. David B. Hough; sister, Deborah K. Mitchell; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. Hough graduated from ATSU-KCOM in June 1973 and began practicing as a family medicine physician in July 1974 and continued for the next 43 years. He began his medical career in Medford, Oklahoma, and Caldwell, Kansas. He then spent a short time in South Bend, Indiana, before arriving in Pontiac, Illinois, where he practiced and served that community for the next 28 years beginning in a partnership with Dr. Robert Heins, then private practice, and finally with OSF Healthcare Systems. He left Pontiac in September 2010 to be closer to family and became medical director of Utah Valley Urgent Care in Lehi. He retired from medical practice in June 2017. Dr. Hough loved serving and spending time with his patients wherever he was, whether it was in his office, rounding in the hospital or nursing homes, or on the local high school football field. He was also a dedicated mentor and teacher to many medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students.

As much as he loved medicine, he loved his family and friends more and was a dedicated husband, father, grandpa, and friend. When not serving the community where he was, he could be found spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and gardening, and serving in his church callings. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and Utah Osteopathic Medical Association.

 

Larry Hunter, Kirksville, Missouri, died April 17, 2017, at age 77. The son of Melvin and Ruby (McKay) Hunter, Larry was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Ravanna, Missouri. On June 17, 1960, in Princeton, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Jerri Thogmartin who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kory Hunter and wife, Tonia; two daughters, Robin Groff and husband, Kevin, and Chandra Pierson and Don Miller; and six grandchildren, Schuyler Groff, Colton Groff, Nicholas Pierson, Tori Pierson, Anna Hunter, and Audrey Hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry was reared in Mercer County, Missouri, where he attended school, graduating from the Ravanna High School. He moved to Kirksville in 1967 and had also lived in La Plata, M. Larry was a Route Salesman for Kitty Clover Potato Chips and Sunbeam Bread. He also worked for Truman State University and was presently employed at ATSU. Larry was an avid Royals and Cubs baseball fan and also a Kansas City Chiefs fan. He was also a lifelong supporter of the Truman Bulldogs. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included working in the yard and caring for his two dogs.

 

Richard Brown Irvin, DO, ’42, Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, died in 2017 at age 104. He was born in 1912. He was an osteopathic physician, poet, athlete, scholar, gentleman, and father. Special thanks to his friends and neighbors in Fonthill, especially Keith Rae who shouldered responsibilities for him as he aged and who helped him realize his book of poetry, “You Were There.” Also, special thanks to the staff and residents of Shorthills Retirement Villa and Welland Hospital and the Extended Care Unit for their support and care. Holstein, Kirksville, Port Dalhousie, St. Catharine’s, and Galt Cambridge provided the setting for the development of Dr. Irvin’s character, career, and family.

Dr. Irvin was predeceased by his wife, Marie (nee Aitken); his parents, Richard Irvin and Annie (nee Kilner); and his siblings, Lindsay Irvin, Doris Hare, Arthur Irvin, Daisy Peacock, Jack Irvin, and Margaret King. He is survived by his four children, Valerie Ross (late Alex), Susan Brown (Don), Lois Cleland (Richard), and Bill Irvin (Ingrid); his grandchildren, Craig Ross (Lillian), Brian Ross (Ione), Chris Stockdale (Kelly), and Ian Magwood (Caroline); his great-grandchildren, Brittany Redpath, Quinn Stockdale, Owen Stockdale, Paul Magwood, Brandon Ross, Bryce Ross, Shaliyah Ross, and Atticus Ross; and his great-great-grandchildren, Avery and Alice Redpath. A special hug to his niece, Peggy Jackson, and his nephew, George Irvin.

 

Robert V. Jarrett, DO, ’78, Amory, Mississippi, died July 3, 2017, at age 67. Dr. Jarrett, a retired colonel for the U.S Army, was born on Feb. 12, 1950, in Independence, Kansas, to Robert P. and Betty J. (Johnson) Jarrett. He was the grandson of the late Bill and Thelma Barker and the nephew of Joe and Mecy Barker. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1999, and as vice president of medical affairs, Mednax Services Inc. in 2015.

Dr. Jarrett graduated from Duluth, Minnesota, East High School, but has always been considered a member of the Independence, Kansas, High School class of 1968. He worked on the USS Great Lakes Ore Boats (John G. Munson and Phillip R. Clarke) during college summer breaks. He graduated with a BA in zoology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His medical training and experience consisted of graduation with honors as the highest scholastic average from ATSU-KCOM (on a health professions scholarship from the U.S. Army); pediatric internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, where he later served as chief of medicine, pediatrics, and neonatology; and a neonatology fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where he served as chief of the Department of Pediatrics. He served on numerous hospital staffs in Boise, Idaho, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Jarrett also served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, the University of Washington School of Medicine, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. From 1996-99, he was the pediatric consultant to the Office of the Army Surgeon General. He was board certified in pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics and in neonatology/perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He was a member of several professional societies, the recipient of many medical honors, and the author or co-author of numerous manuscripts, abstracts, and national lectures and presentations.

Dr. Jarrett served honorably and with distinction for more than 22 years in the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany during Operation Desert Storm. His last duty station was at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. His many awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, 2nd Award; Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon, 2nd Award. His uniform is on display at the Tupelo Veteran’s Museum, Tupelo, Mississippi.

He loved the game of baseball, which he played on scholarship at Carleton College (Minnesota) and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He played in the senior men’s hardball league from 1997 to present. During his tenure as right fielder for the famous Washington Titans, he won seven gold medals, seven silvers, and eight bronzes in the Roy Hobbs Baseball World Series. Most years, he led his team in extra base hits due to his fast base running. He had a lifetime batting average over .350. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and an accomplished still photographer.

Dr. Jarrett is survived by his wife, Margaret N. Watkins, MD; two sons, Michael and Brian; three daughters, Sarah, Denver, Hiliary (Kristan) Godbeer, and Jessica Watkins; sister, Alexis Jarrett (Victor O’Yek, MD; brother Les (Kathy) Jarrett; parents, Robert P. (Pat) and Betty J. Jarrett; brother-in-law, Richard (Butch) and Judy Newton; grandchildren, Jeremy and Rachael Horvat; and many dear friends and relatives around the country.

 

Thomas E. Jarrett, DO, ’44, Dayton, Ohio, died Dec. 16, 2016, at age 95. He was born on April 19, 1921, to the late Jerome and Edna (Elsworth) Jarrett in Middletown, Ohio. He resided in Centerville, Ohio.

Dr. Jarrett is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Heloise (Shelton) Jarrett.

 

David A. Koch, DO, ’59, Sun Lakes, Arizona, died Feb. 1, 2017, at age 86. Dr. Koch, a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Orchard Park, New York, to parents Dr. Caryl and Hazel Koch.

After school in Orchard Park, Dr. Koch attended the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Before entering medical school in Missouri, he met and married Joan, the love of his life, on a snowy January day in New York. He went on to practice in Dearborn, Michigan, for seven years. There, he was a team doctor for the Catholic high schools’ football teams.

After vacationing in Arizona, Dr. Koch and Joan decided to make it permanent. He then entered government service through the Air Force, but his great love was the U.S. Public Health Services where he cared for American Indians of the Southwest, including Supai, Hualapai, Navajo, and Pima tribes. His last duty was at the hospital in Sacaton. He volunteered with the children at St. Peter’s Mission. But retirement was not in the picture for him, so he worked for Enterprise Cars, and that he loved.

Dr. Koch and Joan celebrated 62 years of marriage in January. They are parents of David II, Carolyn Hartnig, Nancy Duel, and Sandra (deceased). They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Arnold D. Kolman, DHSc, ’11, MS, PA-C, ’08, Shenandoah, Texas, died Dec. 5, 2014, at age 65. Dr. Kolman was born on July 10, 1949, and passed away on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

 

Orren J. Lawrance, DO, ’50, Hendersonville, North Carolina, died April 9, 2017, at age 92.

 

Samuel J. Manin, DO, ’53, Arden, North Carolina, died June 17, 2017, at age 92. He was born April 24, 1925.

 

Robert G. Maxfield, DO, ’66, Tucson, Arizona, died Feb. 8, 2017. He was born on Sept. 16, 1939, in Maplewood, New Jersey. He grew up alongside his two brothers, enjoying his family and close high school friends. On the weekends, he spent time working with his father on their family farm. He followed in his father’s footsteps and headed to medical school in 1961. Between medical school and residency, he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the U.S. Marine Corp as a physician.

During his surgical residency in Michigan, Dr. Maxfield met his wife, Sandy. Together they moved to Tucson, in 1974, to join a surgical practice and raise a family. He cared deeply about his family and friends and serving the Tucson community. He enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, supporting the University of Arizona Wildcats, spending his summers in Pinetop, Arizona, and then later, their cottage on Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sandy; his daughter, Marla and her husband, Charlie; his son, Robert and his wife, Renee; and his eight grandchildren, Amy, Hayden, Julia, Kate, Andrew, Olivia, Ellie, and Xander.

 

Thomas J. Miller, DO, ’41, Castine, Maine, died Feb. 23, 2017.

 

Lloyd L. Mrstik, DO, ’52, Boyne City, Michigan, died April 23, 2017, at age 92. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Aug. 6, 1924, to Louis William Mrstik and Beatrice Fern (Lloyd) Mrstik. He was a true Hawkeye. He attended the University of Iowa and then finished his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University after returning from his service in World War II. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM, class of 1952. Dr. Mrstik was the chief of orthopedics at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital, Garden City, Michigan. He founded the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Garden City Hospital, retiring from an honorable career in medicine in 1987.

He was a rare soul, one full of devotion and amity. He defined strength of character and leadership, but underneath, he had a heart of gold. He is greatly noted for an unwavering and generous dedication to his family and friends. He instilled the spirit of connection with everyone he loved, and was an inspiration to those close to him. Dr. Mrstik had a passion for gardening and the preservation of nature. His family is left with the cherished memories of working in his gardens on “The Hill” each summer in Boyne City, Michigan. He ensured his love for nature was not only passed down to the generations to come in his own family, but also to the world when he donated his treasured land overlooking Lake Charlevoix to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 2011, now known as “The Hill Nature Preserve.”

He is survived by his sister, Mae Hartman; his devoted daughters, Deborah (A. James) Potter, Jacquelyn (C. Michael) Malloy, and Pamela (Terrance) Manning; his adoring grandchildren, Daniel (Chelsey) Potter, Sara (Andrey) Budzinskiy, Laura (Timothy) Thompson, Joseph Potter, Morgan Malloy, and Tyler, Michelle, and Alexander Manning; great-grandchildren, Roman and Matviy Budzinskiy, Halina Grace Potter, and Willa Thompson; close companion, Gustine Graham; nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Majorie Annie June “Tip” Tippin; three sisters, Marlys Craig, Betty Watts, and Gail LeMay; and dear nephew, Stirling Stewart.

 

Ann B. Newman, AuD, ’02, Lake Worth, Florida, died Sept. 30, 2017, at age 71. Dr. Newman was born May 16, 1946. She ran a thriving audiology practice along Central Park in New York City for more than 20 years, before retiring to Lake Worth, Florida, with her husband of 25 years, Arnold Rosenholtz.

Dr. Newman is survived by her husband, her sons, her grandsons, and numerous additional friends and family members.

 

Lucille C. O’Brien, DHSc, ’12, Leander, Texas, died Sept. 13, 2017.

 

Candy Phillips, LaPlata, Missouri, died May 18, 2017, at age 63. She was a records coordinator in the Registrar’s Office at ATSU since 2011, and prior to that, she worked at ATSU-CGHS beginning in 2008.

 

Gwendolyn G. Roberts, DO, ’64, Bosque Farms, New Mexico, died April 8, 2017. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her family. Dr. Roberts leaves behind three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She also leaves behind husband, Gene, of 54 years. She is preceded in death by her infant son.

 

Todd C. Ruiter, DO, ’02, Plantation, Florida, died April 10, 2017, at age 41. Dr. Ruiter is survived by his parents, Dale and Cindy; his wife, Hyacinth Liu; his children, Sterling Liu and Robert Cornelius; and his sister, Johanna Goolsby and her family.

He was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on Nov. 19, 1975. He grew up in Midland, Michigan, and graduated from Alma College with aspirations of becoming a doctor. He completed his medical schooling at ATSU-KCOM with further ambitions of becoming a surgeon. Dr. Ruiter joined the U.S. Army after medical school and became an active duty airman with the 82nd Airborne Division working as a flight surgeon. After serving his country, Dr. Ruiter moved to New York City where he met his lovely wife and finished his surgery residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. On June 5, 2010, he married Hyacinth, an anesthesiologist, and then went on to complete a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville/Christine M. Kleinert Institute. Working on a lifelong dream of helping people, he became board certified and began practicing in 2012.

Dr. Ruiter enjoyed his career as a hand surgeon and touched the lives of many in his short time on this earth. He was a devoted father and loving husband. His close family was the most important part of his life, and he cherished quiet time with his children. Todd had many passions in his life, including family, close friends, and entrepreneurial pursuits. He started two companies: XY Scrubs during residency and, more recently, he turned his interest in precious metals into a company called Great Lakes Bullion. Dr. Ruiter was a thoughtful and spiritual man, who will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

 

Neil Sargentini, PhD, Kirksville, Missouri, died Sept. 28, 2017. He was born Aug. 30, 1947, in San Francisco, California. His family moved to the Central Valley in California where he later attended Fresno State College. While in school, he met his wife, Jennifer Cox, whom he later married. After graduating, he took a research position at Stanford Medical School and completed his PhD. Dr. Sargentini and his family later moved to Kirksville in 1991 where he was a faculty member at ATSU-KCOM. During his 26 years of service at ATSU, he not only enjoyed doing research, but also enjoyed teaching and mentoring his students. The past several years, he served as chair of the Microbiology/Immunology department.

Dr. Sargentini was preceded in death by his father and mother, Nilo and Rita Sargentini; one brother, Bob; and his son, Paul. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; one son, Michael; and three sisters, Anne, Susan, and Jeanne. He is also survived by his loving aunt, Vanda; two sisters-in-law, Rochelle and Cheryl; and three brothers-in-law, Brian, Jeff, and Frank.

 

Jodie A. Schlepphorst, DO, ’58, Kirksville, Missouri, died Oct. 24, 2017, at age 88. He was born in Memphis, Missouri, on Oct. 24, 1929, the oldest son of John and Gertrude Schlepphorst. On Nov. 26, 1953 in Edina, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Isabella Louise “Sis” Schlepphorst.

Surviving are his seven children, Katheryn L. Williams and her husband, Richard Williams, Douglas A. Schlepphorst and his wife, Jeannie, J. Michael Schlepphorst and his wife, De Lyce Schlepphorst, Susan M. Troester and her husband, Steve, Judy A. Troester and her husband, Scott Troester, John H. Schlepphorst, DO, ’91, and his wife, Tracy, and Ann L. Burrows and her husband, Christopher; sixteen grandchildren, Courtney Williams, Morgan Williams Parker, Drake Schlepphorst, Emily Schlepphorst, Will Schlepphorst, Joe Troester, Max Troester, Anne Troester, Brock Troester, Taylor Troester, Alyssa Schlepphorst, Melanie Schlepphorst, Emma Schlepphorst, Ella Burrows, Katelyn Burrows, and Matthew Burrows; three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Reagan, and Jack Parker; two brothers and a sister, John “Jack” Schlepphorst and wife, Mary, Tom Schlepphorst, Ginger Cahalan and husband, Don. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents, John H. Schlepphorst and Gertrude S. Delaney Schlepphorst.

He attended school in Memphis and Edina, and upon graduation joined the Merchant Marines. He served in the Navy, then attended Kirksville State Teachers College, followed by ATSU-KCOM. He continued his affiliation with ATSU-KCOM and sharing his passion for medicine by providing externships for medical students. He had practices in Frederickstown, Canton, and Kirksville, where he was beloved by his patients for 40 years. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren everything from baiting a hook to playing golf, as well as inspiring a love of learning and instilling a strong work ethic. He was a lifelong learner and perseverance was his mantra.

 

Guy K. Skelly, DO, ’75, West Newton, Pennsylvania, died July 4, 2017, at age 68. He was born Feb. 10, 1949, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, son of Julia Ann Slivensky Skelly and the late Floyd Skelly. He was a graduate of South Huntingdon High School, class of 1967, received his BA from St. Vincent College, and then graduated from ATSU-KCOM.

Dr. Skelly was board certified in family practice and was a certified physician executive. He had a family practice in Greensburg for 25 years, was assistant medical director at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, from 2001-05, and was serving as physician adviser of medical affairs at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 2005 to present. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, and American Association for Physician Leadership. He was also a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, in Herminie, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his mother, Julia Slivensky Skelly, he is survived by his wife, Mary Bazzo Skelly; two sisters, Lois Robinson and Jane Keeports and her husband, Darryl; two brothers, Robert Skelly and his wife, Karen, and Thomas Skelly; nieces and nephews, Susan Marchezak, Thomas E. Skelly, Sara Deno, Caitlyn Skelly, Allison Keeports, Aaron Keeports, Kevin Heasley, Matthew Ebner, Daniel Ebner, J. D. Bazzo, and Nicholas Bazzo; and five great-nephews and one great-niece.

 

Charles A. Slagle, DO, ’63, Charlevoix, Michigan, died June 3, 2017. He was the fourth-generation physician in his family; his grandson is about to become the sixth generation physician. He was a graduate of Oakwood (Dayton) High School, the University of Dayton, and ATSU-KCOM. He served patients in Ashland from 1968-2008, and before that, patients in New London and Bailey Lakes from 1964-69. He was on the staff of Samaritan Hospital from 1968-2008 and served as chief of staff. He derived great joy from the patients he served over several decades. He served as the medical director of Brethren Care and as the plant physician for Faultless Rubber, Abbott Labs, Hedstrom Corp., and Bosch Braking Systems in Ashland and Wooster. He served as the health commissioner for Ashland County. He particularly enjoyed his work as an aviation medical examiner for the FAA for 25 years. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and American Bonanza Society.

Dr. Slagle had many passions: his family, friends, piloting his Bonanza airplane, his orchids, banjo music, woodworking, ice cream, and fixing all things mechanical himself. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He maintained friendships back to his school days in Dayton. He loved spending time by the lake in Michigan.

He is the beloved husband of Holly Slagle (ne Shaw); loving father of Dodge and Shirley Slagle and Anthony Slagle; loving stepfather to Troy and Julie Garver and Mitchell and Meghan Garver; dear grandfather to Amy, Amanda, and William; and stepgrandfather to Hayley, Taylor, Aaron, and Grayson. He was predeceased by his son, Guy; brother, Robert; and sister, Elizabeth. He was a loyal son of the late William and Jean Slagle and dear friend of the mother of his children, Tanya Slagle.

 

Billie Bob “B.B.” Slaughter, DO, ’51, Sun City Center, Florida, died Sept. 23, 2017, at age 88. Dr. Slaughter was predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Addie Slaughter; brothers, E.L. Slaughter, DO, and Henry L. Slaughter; and daughter, Sandra Kay Matthews. Dr. Slaughter is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carol; children, Mark Slaughter (Debi), Amy Lewis (James), and Gary Springer; grandchildren, Emily Roberts Squires (Kenny), Tyson Roberts (Katie), Sarah Slaughter, Brittany Chesnutt (A.J.), Thompson Chesnutt, Brian Springer, and Charlie Springer; four great-grandchildren; and his faithful canine companion, Lucy.

Dr. Slaughter received his undergraduate degree from Northeast Missouri State College (now Truman State University) and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM. He interned at Muskegon (Michigan) Osteopathic Hospital, and began his practice in Dade City, Florida, in 1952. In 1954, he opened his practice in St. Petersburg, Florida, retiring in 1998.

Dr. Slaughter was founder and chair of Metropolitan General Hospital (Pinellas Park). Upon his retirement from active practice, he was director of medical education at the hospital. He was also local director of Parkside Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program. He was an active member and past president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), where he served on the AOA House of Delegates in Washington, D.C., from 1961-63. Dr. Slaughter was FOMA Osteopathic Physician of the Year in 1984. He was chair of the Board of Trustees of ATSU for nine years and oversaw the addition of a new campus in Phoenix, Arizona. He was team physician for Northeast High School sports and was inducted into the NEHI Hall of Fame. He was a 50-year member of Kiwanis. He exemplified his belief that if you love what you do, it is never really work. Whether seeing patients, planting and harvesting his garden, playing golf, fishing, bowling, restoring antiques or building furniture, summering in Wolf Laurel, or spending time with his family, Dr. Slaughter did it all with great love and affection.

 

Henry F. Tyson Jr., DO, ’55, Coldwater, Michigan, died April 14, 2017, at age 87. He was born on March 13, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Henry F. and Annabelle (Mattox) Tyson. Dr. Tyson married Allison Lilly on Dec. 29, 1990, and she survives. He graduated from high school and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army until 1948. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1951. He then went on to ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1955 with his DO degree.

Dr. Tyson interned at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and then moved to Climax, Michigan, where he enjoyed a private practice until 1980. In 1980, he sold his practice, moved to the Cleveland area, and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1983, he returned to Michigan and worked for the Department of Corrections until retiring in 1993. Dr. Tyson was a charter member of Lions Club in Birmingham, Michigan, and a member of the Rotary Club in Climax, AOA, MOA, Masons Greenleaf Lodge #349 in Kinderhook, Elks Lodge #1023, and Lockwood Community Church.

In addition to his wife, Allison, Dr. Tyson is survived by daughters, Barbara (Frank) Gray and Patricia Tyson-Chinicci; stepsons, William (Pam) Frankhauser and Richard (Lynda) Frankhauser; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Robert B. Vance, DO, ’58, Las Vegas, Nevada, died Jan. 12, 2017, at age 83. Dr. Vance was born on March 20, 1933, in the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, as the third child of Ida Catherine Anderson and Bliss Vance. He spent his early years in Illinois, New York, and finally Indianapolis, Indiana, where he spent most of his childhood. As a child, he loved music, learned to play the piano, and was a soprano soloist for the choir at Christ’s Church on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis until he was 15.

School was easy for Dr. Vance, and he skipped a grade, graduating at age 17 from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in May 1950. He furthered his studies at Earlham College in Indiana for two years, then moving on to graduate Cum Laude from Beloit College in Wisconsin. Using the degree he earned with a double major in Chemistry and Pre-med, 21-year-old Dr. Vance chose to go to medical school at ATSU-KCOM. During his time in Missouri, he converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became a lifelong member. To earn money, and to seek adventure, he spent his medical school summers working in Grand Teton National Park at Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge. During summer 1956, he travelled to Salt Lake City to visit his uncle and met his future wife, Marian Walker. The young sweethearts would faithfully write letters while living apart for the next four years and fall in love through the mail.

In 1958, at age 25, Dr. Vance graduated from medical school and began working more than 80 hours per week at a hospital in Bay City, Michigan. He soon joined a practice in Dallas, Texas, and moved there in 1959. Devoted to Marian all this time, they were finally engaged to be married in 1960 with one hitch; they would have to wait until Marian served out her title as the reigning Miss Utah. After four long years, the young couple finally married for eternity on Nov. 4, 1960, in the Salt Lake Temple. Single-minded in their desire to start a family, their first child was born within a year, and nine siblings eventually followed. Dr. Vance was a hard-working, committed father dedicated to building his growing medical practice while providing for his growing family. Although outnumbered, he spent individual quality time with each of his kids as often as possible. He shared his love for adventure and the great outdoors, and instilled his passion for travel, road-trips, beautiful music, live theater, movies, positive thinking, and healthy living in each of his children. He taught them to love and serve the Lord and was an unabashed representative of his faith, serving as a host on Temple Square and as a church service missionary at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His 10 children and their families were his pride and joy, second only to his wife of 56 years.

A lifelong lover of music and arts, Dr. Vance sang with a beautiful baritone and played many instruments, including piano, banjo, and ukulele, to his children’s delight. He loved singing with his wife, and they were members of many performing groups, including the Tall Fours, Jay Welch Chorale, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Saints Unified Voices directed by Gladys Knight. He loved being a doctor and knew at a young age that this is what he wanted to do professionally. He was blessed with a brilliant mind and the ability to understand the human body and how to correct disease and illness. He was a caring advocate for and great teacher to his patients, striving to learn more and searching for courageous ways to treat their illnesses. He was a forward thinker and maverick who used many innovative treatments and therapies in his practice. He had a continual thirst for knowledge, reading as many newspapers, books, and magazines as he had time for, even into the final months of his life.

Dr. Vance is preceded in death by his wife, Marian; his parents, Ida and Bliss Vance; and his sisters, Catherine and Virginia Vance. He is survived by his five daughters and five sons, Stephanie Thomas, Alison (Lee Allen), Robert (Linda), Jon, James (Krista), Paul (Anna), Catherine “Kitty” (Ian Carter), David (Kristen), Rebecca (Doug Anthony), and Rachel (Josh Munns); 42 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Sylvia Vance.

 

Roy L. Vomastek, DO, ’67, Marion, Michigan, died Sept. 4, 2017, at age 85. Dr. Vomastek was born Jan. 17, 1932. From a modest childhood, he grew up to lead a vibrant life, including his U.S. Army service in Japan during the Korean War, his love of family and friends, and his many travels for his passions, fishing and golf.

Dr. Vomastek touched countless lives through his passion, generosity, indomitable spirit, and love. He was a man who saw the best in others and a man who never failed to offer his help and support when asked. People across the country and around the globe called him friend. He spoke often of how blessed he felt to have these friendships.

He is survived by Shirley, his wife of nearly 63 years; his sons, Andrew, Edward C., DO, ’86, and Daniel; his daughter, Rebecca Vomastek-Hagerty, DO, ’97; his daughters-in-law, Holly and Tamara; and seven grandchildren whom he adored, Caity Rose, Madison, Abigale, Chloe, Sophia, Will, and Ella Kate.

Dr. Vomastek will be remembered as a kind, caring country doctor, an unorthodox farmer, a skilled pilot, a somewhat reckless fisherman, a singer of Japanese songs, a legend on the golf course where he appeared in four USGA Senior Amateurs, all after the age of 70, and most importantly as a good man. To his family, he will also be remembered as a loving and caring father and grandfather, committed to the success of his progenies.

 

Lewis H. Westmoreland III, DO, ’72, Milton, Florida, died June 19, 2017, at age 71. He was born July 7, 1945. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring a colonel. Aside from life as solider, he was a radiologist who took pride in his profession. He also had a passion for dogs, especially German Shepherds, life on the lake, and the Boy Scouts of America, as he obtained the level of Eagle Scout.

Dr. Westmoreland was preceded in death by his mother, father, and son, Gary. He is survived by his longtime wife, Mary; son, Clayton; daughter-in-law, Amy; two granddaughters; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Robert B. Willcutt, DO, ’61, Mesa, Arizona, died May 17, 2017, at age 85. He was born March 1, 1932. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathryn; his three children, Gunnar, Lora, and Lynn; two stepsons, Randy and Louis McKim; his 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and his beloved Scottish Terrier, Shortie. Dr. Willcutt was preceded in death by his father, Addison Claude; mother, Jeanette Marie; his sister, Barbara Hubbard, and brother, Ned Willcutt.

Dr. Willcutt was born in Kirksville, Missouri, while his father was a student at ATSU-KCOM. He grew up in both Hermiston and Ocean Lake, Oregon, and attended and graduated from Taft High School in 1950. In 1950, he entered college and attended Willamette University for two years until 1952. To continue to work his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952. While in the Marine Corps, he played in the Marine Corps band and won a sharp shooter medal. He reached the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1955. After being discharged from the Marines, he continued his college education and attended and graduated from Oregon State University in 1957. After graduating college, he followed in his father’s footsteps and attended ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1961. He met and married Kathryn Lewis, and they had three children and two stepsons together. They lived in Kirksville, Missouri, until 1975 when they moved to Mesa, Arizona.

He was a DO with a specialization in internal medicine. He practiced medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital, and he taught neurology at ATSU-KCOM until 1975. In 1975, he and his family moved to Mesa, where he practiced medicine at Mesa General Hospital and his private practice, Central Arizona Medical Associates, until 1987 when he retired. Dr. Willcutt was always the first doctor in the morning to make his rounds at Mesa General, and he had an excellent bedside manner. He cared very deeply for all of his patients. After retirement, he kept his medical license current, so he could help with medical advice for family and friends.

Dr. Willcutt had a love for sports cars, owning many different ones in his lifetime. He was also an avid sports fan, participating in many sports as a young man and continuing his love of sports well into his old age. He played basketball until he could not play any longer, and then took up playing tennis. He met and had many good friends with whom he played basketball. This is where he was given the nickname “Doc.” Everyone who played basketball at Chaparral Park in those days knew “Doc” and his red Pantera.

 

Terence S. Wilson, DO, ’81, Tarpon Springs, Florida, died March 24, 2017, at age 65. He was born Oct. 8, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Annapolis with a BS in systems engineering and was an F4 jet pilot in the Navy. He later attended medical school and became the head of the ER at the Orlando Naval Base until his honorable discharge from the Navy. He then began private practice and many community medical activities. He was a faithful member of the Pinecastle United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and Cornerstone and served on many boards. He was a wonderful example of a Godly man.

Dr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Grace Wilson, DO, ’81; his daughter, Ruth; two granddaughters, Guin and River Ellingson; brother, Brian; and friend and caregiver, Kathy Drick.

 

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