In memoriamPosted: May 21, 2019
Spencer L. Ballard, DO, ’71, Southfield, Michigan, died Aug. 23, 2018, at age 73.
Millard Bass, DO, ’57, Brooklyn, New York, died July 24, 2018, at age 86. He was a pathologist and retired as deputy medical examiner for the State of New York. Born in Newport, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late William M. and Betty (Heafitz) Bass and brother of the late Rita Bass. He is survived by his brother, Gilbert Bass, and his wife, Naomi; a nephew, Michael Bass, and his wife, Lori; a niece, Suzanne Rich, and her husband, David.
Seth L. Beebe, DO, ’06, Alexandria, Louisiana, died Nov. 2, 2018, at age 40. Dr. Beebe was born Dec. 18, 1977. He is survived by his parents, Tamara Wheatley and William Beebe; his brothers, Dane McBaine (Katherine Neufeld) and Liam Flood; aunts; uncles; and several cousins.
He earned his high school degree from Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, received a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan, and graduated from ATSU-KCOM. He was an avid Wolverine fan and had multiple interests, including American culture, history, and travel.
Darryl A. Beehler, DO, ’75, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died March 29, 2019, at age 72. Dr. Beehler was born Nov. 6, 1946, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on his mother’s birthday, which he often said was the best birthday present she ever received. He grew up in Fairhaven, Minnesota, and graduated high school in nearby Kimball. He attended St. Cloud State University for seven years, where he excelled playing bass guitar at many rock ’n’ roll shows. After all his schooling, he wanted even more knowledge. He then graduated medical school in Kirksville, Missouri, as a doctor of osteopathic medicine. He went on to become an amazing family physician, delivering most the babies in his new hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He later became a dedicated and well-respected emergency medicine physician.
Dr. Beehler met Mary, his wife, while working in Sauk Centre, and they spent 37 years with each other. They enjoyed numerous activities together including stained glass and Costco shopping, and he even became her meticulous sous chef. He prided himself in his vegetable slicing skills. Together they raised four kids, Jessica, Jay, Amanda, and Elise, and their journey brought them to Arizona and eventually back to Detroit Lakes. Three of his four kids remain in Detroit Lakes and that was always a big point of pride for him. Their fourth child lives in sunny Arizona, which they gladly visited several times a year. He became president of the American Osteopathic Association in 2003 and was able to travel the world fulfilling his duties in places such as Ireland, Hawaii, and Switzerland. He continued to work as an emergency medicine physician in Park Rapids before eventually moving to Detroit Lakes.
His profession as a physician touched many lives, not only his patients, but co-workers as well, as he loved to teach and mentor to those around him. One of his greatest joys, besides Fox News, was his cabin on Buffalo Lake, and when he wasn’t working or doing any sort of home improvement project, he loved spending time at the cabin watching the sun rise over the lake. He created such a fun, loving environment that his family also loved to congregate up at the lake all summer long, despite the limited space. Everyone enjoyed his hospitality and vitality for life, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Jessica (Jon); son, Jay (Leah); daughter, Amanda (Mike); and daughter, Elise, as well as eight grandchildren (Adam, Zach, Macey, Griffin, Bennett, Addisyn, Asher, and Lauren), two brothers (Bryant R. Beehler, DO, ’81, and Louis), and three sisters (Jaynie, Cherry, Reyne). Dr. Beehler joins his father and mother and daughter, Tara.
Alexander Benson, DO, ’97, Beverly Hills, California, died July 15, 2012.
Louis W. Berta, DO, ’51, Bay City, Michigan, died Feb. 12, 2019, at age 93. He was born in New Haven, Michigan, on March 3, 1925, to the late Louis and Catherine (Toth) Berta. He was a graduate of New Haven High School and served his country during World War II as a B-25 tail gunner. After his discharge from the military, he continued his education at ATSU-KCOM. Following his graduation from medical school in 1952, he moved to Bay City, Michigan, where he practiced medicine for 55 years until his retirement in 2007. During his half century of work as a physician, he also served as medical director for not only Bay Osteopathic Hospital, but also several nursing homes, Heartland Hospice, and the Freeland Prison. His compassion, caring, and generosity were not just a part of his medical practice, but also the foundation of his life. After meeting Nancy, the love of his life, they were married in 1987. Together for 31 happy years, they worked, traveled, hunted, fished, and camped together.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy; sons, Michael (Daniell) Berta and Stephen (Alyce) Berta; daughters, Beatrice Berta, Catherine (Patrick) Taylor, Lisa (Paul) Kilvington, and Jennifer Berta; daughter-in-law, Sherry Berta; stepchildren, Daniel and Terri Schermerhorn; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Al; sons, Louis Berta and James Berta; and great-grandson, Jameson Finlan.
William K. Church, DO, ’52, Victoria, British Columbia, died Feb. 25, 2019, at age 92. He was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Spokane, Washington, and was raised in Calgary, Alberta, and Windsor, Ontario. He was the son of Dr. Marshall and Rhoda Church. He is survived by beloved wife Rosemary of 71 years; sons Robert (Elaine), Steven (Susan), and James B. Church, DO, ’84 (Cheryl); and daughter Carol (Howard). His grandchildren include Cody Church (Ingrid), Christa Irvine (Adrian), Micah Church (Larissa), Joshua Church, Nicholas Church (Larysa), Jena Church, and Madeline and Meghan Lamb, and his great-grandchildren include Everett, Milo, and Farrah Irvine and Arlin Church.
After serving in the U.S. Army in Yokohama (1946), Dr. Church went on to graduate from Northeast Missouri State University and ATSU-KCOM in 1952. Married in 1947, he and Rosemary moved to Orillia, Ontario, where Dr. Church practiced for 44 years. He was a very active member of St. Paul’s United Church as well as the Y’s Men’s Club, Big Brother’s Association, and Ontario Osteopathic Association. He liked to camp, fish, waterski, sail, and engage in a rigorous game of bridge or euchre. He and Rosemary moved to Victoria in 2006 where they have been active members of the Cordova Bay United Church and the 55+ Club. Always a true gentleman in all aspects of his life, he would never think of passing a stranger on the street and not give them a friendly smile and say hello. He lived a full and blessed life and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
John V. Coupland, DO, ’66, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, died Nov. 7, 2016, at age 76. Dr. Coupland was born April 7, 1940, in Warren, Ohio, a son of Jack and Margaret (Van Wye) Coupland. He was a 1958 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and a 1962 alumnus of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, where he earned a degree in anatomy and biology. He received his osteopathic degree in medicine from ATSU-KCOM. He did a rotating internship at the Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital, Farrell, from 1966-67 and served in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1967-69. Dr. Coupland had a private medical practice from 1969 until 1994 when he became a family practical doctor for UPMC. He retired in 2003.
An active member of the community, Dr. Coupland was a Hermitage Commissioner from 1993-99 and was on the Hermitage Planning Committee from 1999 to 2015. He was a member of the Hermitage Rotary and was a Paul Harris fellow. He was a 32nd degree mason and a member of Lodge 810, Hermitage. He was also very active in the Zem Zem Shrine and loved to drive his tin lizzie. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, target shooting, and boating and cherished his dogs. He was of the protestant faith and a member of the Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage.
Dr. Coupland married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, on Aug. 3, 1963. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara Coupland; two daughters, DeLin Hoffman and her husband, Mike, and Heather Kelley and her husband, Brian; and five grandchildren, Amanda and Wesley Hoffman; Zachary and Abigail Coupland; and Amber Kelley. He also leaves his three dogs, Hannah, Gracie, and Lezzie. Dr. Coupland was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffery Coupland in 2013.
Norman J. Dubiel, DO, ’68, Bradenton, Florida, died Aug. 24, 2018. He is survived by Mary Louise, his beloved wife of 63 years, and his three children, Dr. William and wife, Kalista; Susan; and Michael and wife, Kami. He was tremendously proud of his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved very much. His brother, Edward, and eight nieces and nephews are in New York state.
Dr. Dubiel was also proud of his Polish heritage. His parents, Therese and Stephan, who immigrated to this country as teenagers, raised five children in New York Mills, a small town in central New York state. He was able to take his 86-year-old mother back to her “old country” in 1972 and visit there again with family in 2016. His zest for life showed in his patience, compassion, kindness, generosity, faith, and love toward his family, friends, and co-workers.
Education was always a goal for Dr. Dubiel and his children. After graduation from high school at 19, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard ship as a damage controlman for more than three years, during which time he actually sailed around the world – a much-told story with pictures and souvenirs. His formal education began with the GI Bill enabling him to receive a BS degree in physical education from Cortland State, followed by a March of Dimes scholarship to receive a certification in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. After working for several years in a hospital, then as a sports medicine therapist, he once again attended school, this time graduating as an osteopathic physician and surgeon from ATSU-KCOM.
After an internship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he became a “country doc” in Grove City/Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, where he lived and worked for more than 20 years. When it was time for a change, he became an emergency medicine physician, and he and Mary Lou sold the farm and traveled the country in an RV, living and working in a number of places in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, and Idaho. They eventually settled in Kellogg, Idaho, where they built a lovely house on the side of a mountain and lived another 20 years until retiring to Florida in 2016. Dr. Dubiel still enjoyed his creative endeavors, including building, ironwork, and landscaping. He was always a longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a highlight event was volunteering his medical services after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Donald A. Evans, DO, ’62, Jensen Beach, Florida, died Sept. 6, 2018, at age 85. Born Dec. 12, 1932, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, he had been snowbird to South Hutchinson Island for many years, until permanently moving to Jensen Beach in 1991, coming from Alma, Michigan. Dr. Evans was in general practice from 1963 until retiring in 1991.
Dr. Evans is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara; his son, Tim Evans; his daughter, Tamara Hamilton and her husband, Scott; two grandchildren, Ashlie and Andy; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Rhys; one brother; and two sisters.
Adam Frent, DO, ’61, Tamarac, Florida, died Oct. 19, 2018, at age 86. He was born April 6, 1931. He was the beloved husband of Jo-An, dear father of Mark and Susan Carter (Dinesh Bhushan), grandfather of John Carter, Jesse Carter, and Marcella Frent, and brother of the late Marie Nada. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Barry W. Galbraith, DO, ’86, Brooksville, Florida, died Aug. 8, 2016, at age 75. He is survived by his mother, Aleen, and his wife, Patricia.
Cathy L. Goforth, MS, PA-C, ’08, Howard, Ohio, died Oct. 22, 2017, at age 52. She was born in Wooster, Ohio, on May 1, 1965. She dedicated her life to caring for others. She first was a nurse and later an emergency department physician’s assistant at Fairfield Medical Center. To those that worked with her, she cherished every moment she had with you.
Goforth was a member of the River Valley Life Center and loved Jesus, the outdoors, fishing, and her pets. She is survived by husband, Odean Goforth; stepdaughter, Stacy (Fiancé Anthony White) Goforth; mother and father, Terry and Gladys “Gabby” Linch; brothers, Terry Linch and Scott Linch; and nephews, Brad, Andy, and Tyler.
Lawrence B. Harker, DO, ’60, Dayton, Ohio, died Jan. 18, 2019, at age 84. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1934, to the late Nathan and Sylvia Harker. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his studies at ATSU-KCOM. After finishing his training in anesthesia, he went on to practice medicine at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton for over 40 years. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Anesthesia department and started the Pain Management Program. He also served as president of the Dayton Academy of Osteopathic Medicine from 1975-76. He loved traveling, fishing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed being a member of the Spring Run Farms Fishing Club.
Dr. Harker is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda; children, Ken (Cathy), Cindy (Mike), Randy (Lynda), and Jennifer (Jim); grandchildren, Ryan, Chance, Kayla, Ali, Nick, Sydney, and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Ian and Isaiah; brother, Stephen (Linda); sister, Sherri (Ken); and a multitude of friends and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris.
Max E. Helman, DO, ’65, Granger, Indiana, died Jan. 30, 2019, at age 83. Dr. Helman was born on Sept. 22, 1935, in Huntington, New York, to the late Max and Rose (Boccia) Helman. Dr. Helman married his wife, Sharon Wozny, on Dec. 1, 1982. For 40 years, they shared a life of love, family, and travel.
He leaves behind his children, Scott Helman, Deborah (Jeff) Ammerman, Brian (Richelle) Helman, Tony (Heather) Traxler, and Laura Helman, DO; his five grandchildren, Matthew Ammerman, Alyssa Helman, Seth Helman, Olivia Traxler, and Brooklyn Henderson; brother, Ronald Helman; sister-in-law, Charlotte Helman; brother-in-law, Bob (Kathy) Wozny; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Dr. Helman in death along with his parents is a brother, Donald Helman; his father and mother-in-law, Eugene and Bernice Wozny; nephew, Justin Wozny; and niece, Rochelle Helman.
Dr. Helman served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60. He was a New York University undergraduate and received his doctorate from ATSU-KCOM. He was a board member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians from 1989 to 2001 and had the honor to serve as president from 1998-99. Dr. Helman also served on the board of the Indiana Osteopathic Association of Physicians and Surgeons. He was a family physician in Mishawaka for 48 years. Dr. Helman was a longtime member of Knollwood Country Club.
G. Richard Hershberger, DO, ’61, Middleton, Wisconsin, died Oct. 19, 2018, at age 83. He is survived by his wife, Jo; children, Karl (Theresa), Paul (Vrinda), Katie Neuser (David), and Laurie Pascual (Mark); and grandchildren, Brooke and Matt Hershberger; Uma Hershberger; Kyra, Kyle, and Noel Neuser; and Scarlett, Caleb, and Quinn Pascual. He also is survived by sisters, Shirley (Merle) Schaunaman and Jan (Jack) Berrier; sister-in-law, Georgia Walmoth; and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Hershberger was born at home in Walkerton on July 31, 1935, to George and Irene Hershberger, who preceded him in death. He was a 1953 graduate of Walkerton High School and 1957 graduate of DePauw University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. In 1994, he was inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame for his achievements in men’s cross-country and men’s track and field as a distance runner. He entered DePauw in 1953 with no experience in cross-country but decided to join the team to stay in shape for track season. Four years later, he graduated as a three-year letterman in the sport and a co-captain his senior year. He took the two-mile championship at the conference meet his junior and senior seasons and set the ICC record in 1956 in the event. As a senior, he also captured the conference championship in the one-mile run.
It was at DePauw where he went on a double date that changed his life. In spring 1956, Dr. Hershberger and Jo Petry were on a double date but not with each other. It didn’t take long for him to discover that the love of his life was actually sitting diagonally from him rather than across the table. From there, he and Jo went on to marry, raise four children, share far more laughter than tears, and travel through all 50 states and several countries in Europe. Last June, they celebrated their 60th anniversary.
In 1961, he graduated from ATSU-KCOM. Following a year of internship at Saginaw (Michigan) Osteopathic Hospital, Dr. Hershberger returned to his hometown and, in July 1962, began his practice as a family physician in Walkerton. “Doc,” as his patients called him, was loved for his genuine care, gentle humor, and ability to listen. He used to say, “If you listen to a patient long enough, he’ll tell you what’s wrong.’” He made countless house calls over the years and frequently welcomed a patient who rang the doorbell at his home during off hours. He had staff membership at Michiana Community Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend. A member of several professional organizations, he was active in his community and the Walkerton United Methodist Church.
Dr. Hershberger was never happier than when he was spending time with his family, especially at Lake Wawasee. He enjoyed sharing the bounty from the raspberry patch in his Walkerton garden with many friends and neighbors. He also managed to find the time to play golf at several area courses and scored his hole-in-one in 2006. In July 2015, Dick he and Jo moved to Middleton to be closer to family members.
Richard G. Huff, DO, ’70, Spring Lake, Michigan, died Jan. 28, 2019, at age 75. He was born on May 7, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Oliver Richard “O.R.” and Helen Louise (Hull) Huff. On July 14, 1967, he married Patricia Rose Howell; the couple celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2018. While in Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. Huff graduated in 1965 from Truman State University and went on to earn his medical degree in 1970 from ATSU-KCOM, where he also completed a postgraduate year teaching as a neuroanatomy and neurology fellow. He completed his training as an intern at Muskegon General Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan.
Dr. Huff grew up in Kirksville and lived for a time with his maternal grandparents, Ted and Nellie Hull, until his father, a soldier stationed in the Philippines during World War II, and his mother, a leader on the ration board in St. Louis completed their war service. While a student at Kirksville public schools, Dr. Huff served as a captain of the school crossing guards, was awarded the Willam H. Danforth “I Dare You” award for leadership and service, and served as student council president.
Dr. Huff loved his role as a physician, helping patients find health and optimal function. He was an enthusiastic and devoted leader of the osteopathic community in western Michigan during his 49-year tenure as a physician from 1970 to present. He was also an innovator in manipulative practice and over the years developed techniques that will be collected in a soon-to-be-published book.
During his time as a physician, he was an emergency room doctor for six years, was in private practice for over 30 years, and was the western Michigan regional medical director for the Office of Healthcare at the Michigan Department of Corrections, overseeing healthcare for 4,500 prisoners during his tenure of more than 25 years. In November 2016, the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan announced a gift to the Richard G. and Patricia R. Huff Children’s Support Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The gift was made in honor of Dr. Huff and his nearly 50-year career as a master practitioner and teacher of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Throughout his career, he treated thousands of western Michigan patients and trained many osteopathic residents who now treat patients nationwide. His leadership was instrumental in forming the Mercy Health Physician Partners Manipulative Medicine Clinic, which serves a dual purpose of treating patients and advancing the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency program at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon.
When he wasn’t helping patients, Dr. Huff enjoyed playing golf and socializing with friends at the Spring Lake Country Club; pursued a lifelong interest in commodity trading; read avidly espionage and crime fiction; studied continuously medical and osteopathic literature; enjoyed listening to music; and appreciated great wines and memorable meals. Over the past decade, Dr. Huff and Pat also found time to vacation during the winter months in Bonita Spring, Florida, where they enjoyed the love and support of many dear friends. He especially cherished and took great pride in his family.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Huff; son, Brett Richard Huff (Katheryn Althoff Huff); and grandchildren, Carter Burke Huff and Vivian Hughes Huff. He was preceded in death by his parents, O.R. and Helen Huff, and parents-in-law, Billie Burke and Wava Lea Howell.
David W. Humphrey, DO, ’55, Clarion, Pennsylvania, died Sept. 15, 2018, at age 89. He was the husband for 57 years of the love of his life, Dixie Ann (Walker) Humphrey, who preceded him in death in 2013, and the proud father of three sons, David Walker Humphrey (deceased), James A. Humphrey, DO, ’85, and Dr. Mitchell Humphrey. He was the adoring grandfather of seven: Rachel, Laura, Jimmy, David, and Mary (Jim and Mary’s children) and Walker and William (Mitch and Becky’s sons).
Born on June 8, 1929, in Harrisville, he was the son of the late Arthur and Aletha (Critchlow) Humphrey. He graduated from Harrisville High School in 1946, Grove City College in 1950, and ATSU-KCOM in 1955. Following an internship at Bashline Hospital in Grove City, he practiced family medicine in Mercer, Pennsylvania, for five years. He then completed a three-year radiology residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his family moved to Clarion, where he served as chief radiologist for nearly 40 years.
A loved and respected citizen of Clarion for nearly 60 years, Dr. Humphrey was involved in many organizations, including Rotary International (past president), Visiting Nurses Association (past president), and Clarion Free Library. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarion, where he served as the church council chair. In 2010, he and his wife, Dixie, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Clarion Chamber of Commerce. He was a golf enthusiast to the very end; he was proud of his hole-in-one at Foxburg Country Club many years ago. He was an avid reader and crossword puzzler. He loved playing board games with his grandchildren and cards with his poker club.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Humphrey was preceded in death by his eldest son, David, as well as his sister, Joyce and her husband, Ben Hoffman. He is also survived by his sister, Jan and her husband, Bob Geisler; Dixie’s three sisters, Mary Lou Dickson (husband Frank, deceased), Linda Storey (husband Bill), and Jane Walker; and a multitude of adoring nieces and nephews.
Ralph Keating Jr., DO, ’59, Centerville, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2019, at age 92. He was born March 1, 1926, to Ralph and Carolyn (Kirwin) Keating. A devoted husband and father, Dr. Keating was married for 56 years to the late Philidina Brown Keating. He graduated early from Scarsdale High School in New York to serve in the Merchant Marines during World War II. After discharge, he graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and ATSU-KCOM.
Dr. Keating practiced family medicine and was the owner of the Bellbrook Clinic until 1987. He then worked at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Dayton and proudly served as a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio National Guard. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. His service to the community included membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Optimist Club, and the Keenagers Group at St. Francis. He was also the founder and first chair for the Sugar Maple Festival in Bellbrook. He was an avid coin and stamp collector and a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Philidina, and siblings, James, Barbara, Carolyn, and Thomas. He is survived by his three sons, Michael Keating (Lori), James Keating (Jane), and Daniel Keating (Carol); nine grandchildren, Michael Jr. (Sara), Carolyn, Patrick, Andrew, Brady, Hannah, Matthew, Joseph, and Nicholas; and one great-grandchild, Laney.
Arthur Levy, DMD, Mesa, Arizona, died Feb. 1, 2019.
Adam F. Ley, MPH, ’09, St. Paul, Minnesota, died July 29, 2016, at age 45. The son of Robert and Dale Ley, Adam was born in New York City on May 25, 1971. The family moved to Bemidji in 1977. As a boy, Adam developed interests in photography, painting, cycling, and weight lifting. These interests stayed with him throughout his life. He found inspiration for his artwork in his love of nature, animals, family, and friends.
After graduating from BSU, he moved to the Twin Cities, where he earned an RN and a master’s degree in public health. At the time of his death, he was employed as the director of nursing at an assisted living facility in Anoka. Adam was intense and hardworking. These traits, combined with an ethic of service, which grew out of his strong faith, made him an incredibly effective nurse, whose skill was matched by his care and compassion for patients and their families. Those who knew him will miss his sense of humor and gift of laughter that he possessed.
Barbara J. “Bobbie” Madsen, Kirksville, Missouri, died Nov. 7, 2018, at age 91. Bobbie was born Jan. 15, 1927, to Ruth and Everett Given in Paxton, Illinois. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Madsen, emeritus professor, ATSU-KCOM; brother, Everett (Gig); five children, Molly, Julie, Kurt, James, and Jennifer; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her brother, Doug, and beloved grandson, Colin.
Bobbie was a much-loved elementary school teacher by vocation and active public servant by volition for much of her life. She was deeply committed to public service and volunteered in the community life before her. Serving as president or vice president of countless organizations, the Kirksville School Board, Missouri Community Betterment Program, Girls Club of Missouri, the Nutrition Site Board, Church Women United, and the Missouri Federation of Women’s Clubs knew her influence especially well. Bobbie received the Governor’s Leadership Award as an outstanding civic leader in 1980 and was a candidate for state representative.
Bobbie was an accomplished instrumental musician and beautiful soprano. She was delighted to perform for organizations, readily joined church choirs, and participated in other vocal venues for much of her life. She had leading roles in musicals from Broadway and the Civic Light Opera. Bobbie was a gifted performer on stage, and her ease in presenting showed as she presided over community groups and committees, as well as when she was the hostess of KIRX’s radio program, Area Scene. Bobbie was vivacious and engaging, an intelligent, kind, and ever-gracious lady, making all with whom she interacted feel cared for and encouraged.
Michael J. Martin, DO, ’83, St. Petersburg, Florida, died March 21, 2016.
Robert G. Maul, DO, ’69, Lubbock, Texas, died Feb. 25, 2019, at age 92. He was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Wendel, West Virginia, to Raymond and Gay Maul. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Fort Mandan as a radioman third class from 1944-46. He married Jeanne (Rickard) Maul on Nov. 24, 1948, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Dr. Maul graduated from DT Watson School of Physical Therapy and in 1952 they moved to Port Arthur, Texas, so he could work with children with polio. They moved to Lubbock in 1956 where he started the Physical Therapy department at Methodist Hospital and served as chief physical therapist. In 1965, he went back to medical school at age 38, graduated from ATSU-KCOM, and did a family practice internship before the family moved back to Lubbock. Several years after moving back, he became a partner of Drs. Mann, Wright Maul and Tyler. He later sold his practice and had the opportunity to go to Rowlett, Texas, and practice with his son until retiring in 2015 at age 89.
He loved life and loved helping people. He was member of Second Baptist Church and a member of the Covenant Sunday School class. He was active in the medical community and held multiple positions: president of the Texas Osteopathic Association, president of the Texas American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and national president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He also received the Physician of the Year award, Distinguished Service award, and Lifetime Achievement award. He was a mentor to many and was well respected and loved by patients and colleagues.
Survivors include son, R. Greg Maul, DO, ’76, and fiancée, Cheryl Martin; daughter, Debbie Campbell and husband, Ken; grandchildren, Brittany Campbell, Kendra Jalbert, and Michael Maul; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Beverly; parents; brother, Paul; and sister, Geraldine.
Larry T. McPherson, AuD, ’04, Lancaster, California, died March 14, 2016, at age 64. He was born Sept. 24, 1951. For 40 years, Dr. McPherson served the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities as an audiologist who deeply cared about his patients. He also served on the deacon board at First Baptist Church (now Grace Chapel) and supported many through the hardships of life. He was a faithful husband, devoted father, and loved by many.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Lalla Elizabeth Crossland; father, Loren Evan McPherson; sister, Penny Susan Whitfield; and brother, Don Allen McPherson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43.5 years, Laurie Kay Whitehead; daughter, Rebecca and her husband, Mark Holmes; grandson, Joseph; daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, James “Jim” Matteri; and grandson, Azariah.
Sandra L. Melbye, MS, PA-C, ’97, Scottsdale, Arizona, died Oct. 19, 2018, at age 68. She was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she met and married her husband of 46 years, Kenneth. Sandra was preceded in death by her father, Jack Schermerhorn Sr., and survived by her mother, Florence Schermerhorn; brother, Jack Schermerhorn Jr.; sister, Sheila Schermerhorn; dedicated husband, Kenneth Melbye; two lovely daughters, Amy Melbye and Kristin Melbye; son, Erik Melbye; and grandson, who she was so proud of, Christian Melbye.
She lived her life as a kind, thoughtful, and generous person; she enjoyed traveling, including many destinations such as Italy, Spain, and Costa Rica. Sandra loved collectibles, such as ceramic bunnies, collectible tins, and bobble heads. She was highly educated with a bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from ATSU. Her career as a physician’s assistant spanned from 1996 to 2004, working for Concentra Medical Centers in Mesa, Arizona.
Ruth A. Mennom, DHSc, ’14, Lancaster, Ohio, died Sept. 24, 2018, at age 61. She was born Jan. 24, 1957, in Wheeling, West Virginia, daughter of the late Dale L. and Charlotte A. (Gregg) Lude Jr. She worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina as a registered nurse. She attended the Lithopolis United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and loved painting.
She is survived by her siblings, Linda Caggiano, Pat (Bruce) DeLong, Becky (Jeff) Leyser, and John (Crystal) Lude, and several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David Lude.
Kay Morlan, Kirksville, Missouri, died March 6, 2019, at age 77. The daughter of Louis K. and Dorothy (Pickering) Mathews, she was born March 5, 1942, in Eldora, Iowa. On Nov. 26, 1960, in Eldora, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Fred L. Morlan.
Kay is survived by her daughter, Lisa Shockey and husband, Jeff; two grandchildren, Cara Curtis and Cohen Shockey; two sisters, Alberta Myers and Cynthia Hansen; one brother-in-law, Donald Morlan and wife, Anita; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Robert and Richard Mathews, and one sister, Janet Shaver.
Kay grew up in Eldora, Iowa, and graduated from Eldora High School with the class of 1960. She worked for ATSU in the Multimedia department for many years until she retired in 2011.
She enjoyed dancing, karaoke, watching the grandkids’ ball games, and spending time with her family.
John E. Murphy Jr., DO, ’52, Dayton, Ohio, died Dec. 18, 2018, at age 94. He is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and his son, Kevin A. Murphy, DO, ’78. He is survived by four children, John E. Murphy III, DO, ’77 (Susan), Bradford J. Murphy, DO, ’79 (Tricia), Terrence, and Genna (Shauna); nine grandchildren, Megan, John E. Murphy IV, DO, ’05, Justin, Shawn, Shannon, Katie, Stephen, Brendan, and Molly; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dr. Murphy was born to John and Louise (Schutzler) Murphy on July 17, 1924, in Beavertown (Kettering), Ohio. He graduated from Fairmont High School where he played tennis and football. At 17 years of age, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served as a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II and flew 54 missions over Germany and Italy. He received many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and a Presidential Citation.
After the war, he attended The Ohio State University and ATSU-KCOM. He was married to Charlotte Ann Wilkening for 69 years until her death in 2016. He opened Kettering Family Practice where he was a busy family physician for more than 45 years. As a longtime resident of Bellbrook, Ohio, he served 20 years as a Sugarcreek Township trustee, 30 years on the zoning board, and a few years as a Greene County Republican Committee member. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. His interests included cattle and sheep farming, hunting, and fishing on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather whose wit and charm will be greatly missed.
John J. Nicklas, DO, ’67, Fort Myers, Florida, died Jan. 26, 2019, at age 77. Dr. Nicklas was a graduate of Geneva College with a BS in pre-med and a 1967 graduate of ATSU-KCOM. He was the medical director at Passavant Health Center and the preceptor through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for the Nurse Practitioner program at Edinboro University from 1970-84. He held his own private practice in Evans City and subsequently at Meadville Medical Center. He was a member of the American and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Associations and Harmony Masonic Lodge 429.
Dr. Nicklas was born May 7, 1941, in Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Joseph Carl and Bernice Heberling Nicklas. He is survived by his loving wife, Susie; son, Scott Nicklas (Summer); and six grandchildren, Luke Nicklas, Kendall, Kaylie, Kaitlyn, and Brendan Chavarria, and Easton Pufahl.
Stanley L. Painter Jr., DO, ’66, Winthrop, Maine, died Dec. 19, 2018, at age 81. He was born Sept. 30, 1937, in Auburn, Maine, the son of Stanley L. Painter Sr. and Erma Patty (Barton) Painter. Dr. Painter graduated from Cony High School class of 1955. In 1959, he received his AB in biology from Colby College in Waterville. His postgraduate study was at University of Maine in Orono from 1960-62. Then he graduated from ATSU-KCOM class of 1966. Dr. Painter did his internship at Waterville Osteopathic Hospital from 1966-67. Dr. Painter proudly served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1954-62. He started his private family practice in 1967 and retired from his practice in 2011.
Dr. Painter was a member of the Monmouth Masonic Lodge #110 A.F. & A.M. for more than 55 years, Winthrop Royal Arch Mason, 37 Past High Priest; a former member of Maine Lodge of Research; a member of Valley of Augusta Scottish Rite, Portland Maine Consistory; and a member of the Kora Shriners. He also served more than 60 years in the Maine Gladiolus Society and was a former member of North American Gladiolus Council.
He enjoyed being a former member of Maine Iris Society, American Iris Society, and American Orchid Society. He was also a former member of American Guild of Organists, American Osteopathic Association, and National American Medical Examiners and a former state of Maine medical examiner. He was a ringside doctor for boxing in the state of Maine.
Keith D. Peterson, DO, ’60, Lacey,
Washington, died Sept. 30, 2018, at age 85. He was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Kelly, Iowa, to Evelyn Berhow and Glen Peterson. The Berhow family moved to Seattle in 1944 when he was 11. Evelyn met and married Karl Movall, who was a pivotal influence in Dr. Peterson’s life, a source of strength, character, and many talents. Dr. Peterson attended Lincoln High School, where he was Boy of the Month; Centralia Junior College, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame; and the University of Montana, where he lettered in football and baseball and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
Dr. Peterson met Marilyn Shope in 1953, both students at the University of Montana. They married in 1958 and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, where he was attending ATSU-KCOM. Following his internship in Dallas, Texas, they moved to Seattle, where they established The Sports Medicine Clinic in Ballard, the largest privately owned clinic for sports injuries in the U.S., providing medical care to athletes at Seattle Pacific University and more than 20 high schools throughout the Northwest region. He also established the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Camp in Seeley Lake, Montana, the American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine, the International Council of Motorsport Sciences, and Rodeo Sports Medicine. In addition, he served as the medical director of the Unlimited Hydroplane Commission and was the assistant team physician for the Seattle Mariners and the attending physician for the Pro Rodeo Circuit in four states. His love of sport had him volunteering as an associate physician for all of Seattle’s professional sports teams, including the Supersonics, Seahawks, and Sounders.
Dr. Peterson was a pioneer in sports medicine and a constant fixture on the sideline and at the gym, rodeo arena, and hydro pits. He opened his life and his heart to all who needed a hand, a lift, a wrap, an ice bag, a conversation, a story, or just a smile. His presence amongst those who loved and knew him will be greatly missed, and his family was the anchor of his life.
He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 60 years, and his children, Jon and Kara (Brenna and Karl), Erik (Erik Jr. and Karly), Chris Peterson, DO, ’92, and Patty (Jack and Christian), Julie, and Aude.
Harold K. Poff, DO, ’66, Ashley, Michigan, died Nov. 17, 2018, at age 86. Dr. Poff was born in Enola, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 30, 1931, the son of Harry Lee and Bertha Anna (Light) Poff. He graduated from Enola High School with the class of 1949 in Enola. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Myers, on April 20, 1952, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He went on to attend Shippensburg State Teachers College, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and then ATSU-KCOM, graduating in 1966.
Dr. Poff served the Ashley and Elsie communities for 50 years. He was affiliated with Carson City Hospital where he also served his internship. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, flying, and woodworking. Time spent with his family and friends was very special to him. He was proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the American Legion in Carson City.
He is survived by wife, Lois Poff, and children, Cynthia Butler; Douglas W. Poff, DO, ’82, and Nancy Poff; and Mark K. Poff, DO, ’86, and Tammy Poff. He is also survived by grandchildren, David and Erin, Danny and Abbey, Matt and Monica, Nick and Vanessa, Casey and Karolynn, and Joey and Kristie Poff; Jenny and Brad Pruett; and Ashley Milhizer, and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Sarah, Violet, Helen, and Ruth; brother, Harry Jr.; and son-in-law, Shirley Butler.
Charles L. Pritchard, DO, ’70, Kirksville, Missouri, died March 27, 2019, at age 76. He was born Jan. 11, 1943.
He is survived by Sharon, his wife and best friend of more than 50 years; Corey, his son and favorite hunting and fishing partner; and Brandy, his daughter, medical confidant, and loving nurse. Add to this cherished group his daughter-in-law, Karen, and two wonderful grandsons, Lukas and Trevor, who continually brought him joy and affection.
After medical school in Kirksville, he completed an internship and residency in Columbus, Ohio, and a cardiology fellowship in St. Louis. He would return to Kirksville in 1976 where he was a practicing cardiologist until 2011 and taught cardiology at the medical school for approximately 25 years.
Deborah A. Raines, PhD, EdS, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Getzville, New York, died Feb. 15, 2019.
Loyd H. Riley, DO, ’53, Plainfield, Indiana, died Dec. 4, 2018, at age 91. He was born April 22, 1927, to Loyd B. and Lora J. (Hart) Riley in Kirksville, Missouri. In 1930, his parents moved to Chicago, Illinois, where his father worked in the stock yards. During World War II, he and both of his parents worked in a war plant. Dr. Riley graduated from high school in 1945. The day after graduation, he and several high school friends went to be inducted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, he was assigned to work as a medical/surgical technician on the hospital ship USS Marigold, which sailed from San Francisco. His service was to treat and assist with the American wounded being transported back from the Philippines to the U.S. It was during this period of service that he decided to become a physician.
While Dr. Riley was in the service, his parents moved back to Kirksville. After his discharge in fall 1946, he went to Kirksville State College (now known as Truman State University) on the GI Bill. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he then attended and graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1953. While attending college, he met Beverly Nan Cragg. They were married in Kirksville on June 18, 1950. After finishing his residency, they moved to Odon, Indiana, in June 1954, having heard of a shortage of physicians in that area of the state. It was there he began his general practice that spanned from June 1954 to summer 1994. He delivered two generations of babies that numbered more than 2,000. Dr. Riley served his community well. He also was the handy man at home who could fix, build, or repair just about anything.
Dr. Riley and Beverly were longtime members of Odon First Christian Church. They had many friends and through the years enjoyed boating, horse camping, and RV traveling. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. From 1994 to 2004, they were “snow birds” in Winterhaven, Florida. In 1998, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, to be closer to family. They were members of Indian Creek Christian Church.
Dr. Riley is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Beverly. He is survived by his brother, Arthur Riley, and three children, Brad Riley, DO, Pamela Riley-Smith, and Bruce Riley. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Matthew Riley, Megan (Riley) Diewart, Adam Christman, Andrea (Christman) Seib, Jarod Christman, Andrew Riley, Jordan Riley, and Jessica Riley. In recent years, he was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
Michael B. Schnapp, DO, ’81, Atlanta, Georgia, died July 28, 2018, at age 63. He was born April 11, 1955, the son of parents, J.B. (Jerry) and JoAnn Schnapp of Fredericktown. Dr. Schnapp was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sally Jo Bekebrede. He is survived by cousins, Doug Phillips and Marcia Kaplan (Dave and Chandler); brother-in-law, Paul Bekebrede; longtime family friends, Maurice and Edna Mae Graham; godsons, Jordon and Tony Voss; longtime friends, David and Sherry Voss, Scott Mooney, Jean Sasson, Junior Kemp, Pamela Hess Huttsell, Patty Baker Finch, Allison Bryson, and Kathy DeSpain Cooper; and a host of many others.
Dr. Schnapp attended Fredericktown High School and graduated in 1973. He then attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, majoring in pre-med, graduating in 1977. He then attended ATSU-KCOM. After doing clinicals in Ohio, California, and Georgia, he graduated in 1981 with his DO degree. Dr. Schnapp accepted a position in Atlanta and later became partner in the practice. He eventually opened his own office. He took an early retirement in approximately 2002.
David G. Siehl, DO, ’43, Scottsdale, Arizona, died Jan. 13, 2019, at age 100. Dr. Siehl was born on Sept. 8, 1918, to Walter H. Siehl, DO, ’15, and Flora (Sontag) Siehl. He was the second of the famous “Siehl Boys,” who grew up playing baseball and rooting for the Reds in the Western Hills area of Cincinnati. He graduated from Western Hills High School in 1936 and Miami University, in Oxford, in 1940.
He followed in the footsteps of his father, Walter, and his aunt, Elizabeth Siehl, to earn his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in December 1943. He married Betty Carol Beckner on May 27, 1944, in St. Louis, Missouri.
After his internship and residency at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, the couple moved to Dalton, where Dr. Siehl served at the behest of the Ohio Medical Board as a physician in medically underserved communities, as did many physicians at the close of World War II. The couple settled in Sidney in 1946, where Dr. Siehl opened a family medical practice, and they raised three children. Dr. Siehl retired in 1987, when he married Lee Meyer, formerly of Sidney. They resided in Phoenix.
Dr. Siehl lived a long and fulfilling life of 100 years. He celebrated this milestone birthday in Scottsdale, Arizona, in September with his family. During this celebration, he loved to recount his many stories, including seeing Babe Ruth play baseball in 1926, watching the first baseball game under the lights in 1935, and his famous trip to California in 1940. He played saxophone in the Miami University Band at the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500 in 1939. Dr. Siehl was a 37-year member of the Kiwanis Club and a trustee and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney. He served as president of the Miami University Alumni of Shelby County and was a founding member of the Sidney Junior Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed boating and golf with his family and friends. A lifelong sports fan, baseball was his favorite – the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dr. Siehl is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Carol; and six brothers, Donald C. Siehl, DO, ’43, Paul W. Siehl, DO, ’44, Thomas J. Siehl, DO, ’52, and Richard F. Siehl, DO, ’52, all osteopathic physicians, Jim, a successful teacher and coach, and Phillip, who died in infancy. Dr. Siehl is survived by his second wife, Lee Meyer Siehl, and his children, Dave (Edna Mae Boroski-Siehl), Sandy, and Sally (Clark Elwood). Sister-in-law, Patricia Siehl-Dowell, survives. Also surviving are stepson, Mike Meyer; sister-in-law, Shirley (Jay Gardella); and cousin, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey.
Morton J. Stanley, DO, ’57, Flint, Michigan, died Jan. 14, 2019, at age 87. Dr. Stanley was born July 14, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Carl and Anne (Snyder) Stanley. He married Lois Mednick on Aug. 5, 1956. He graduated from Temple University and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM. Dr. Stanley interned at Flint Osteopathic Hospital where he remained his entire career. Dr. Stanley was instrumental in the formation of Genesys Health Systems. He was a former member of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association board.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Stanley; son, David and wife, Cathy Stanley; daughter, Merrilee Stanley and partner, Adam Lewis; daughter-in-law, Amy Stanley; and three grandsons, Aaron, Samuel, and Maxwell Stanley. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael Stanley, on Dec. 14, 2012.
John J. Swienckowski, DO, ’65, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, died Nov. 7, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carol Lee, in 2016. He is survived by his son, Scott Swienckowski and wife, Cindy; daughter, Suzanne (Swienckowski) Smith and husband, Justin; and grandchildren, Annelise (Erb) and Holden.
After spending a year at Temple, he graduated from Albright College, before finishing his education at ATSU-KCOM. Following graduation, he did his residency and internship at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He then co-founded Tri-County Orthopedics with Edward Loniewski and Robert Mandell, working there until his retirement in 2012. He was also a professor at Michigan State University.
While studying at Kirksville, he met the love of his life, Carol, on a blind date at the conclusion of which he told her he was going to marry her. Throughout their 53 years together, they traveled extensively and visited 36 countries around the world. While in Northville, he was active in the community, including serving with the Jaycees and finishing a long run in township politics as a member of the board of trustees buoyed by his famous “Think Swienck” slogan. Despite being incredibly busy, he was always active in his children’s lives including coaching Scott’s baseball teams and supporting Sue’s competitive horseback riding while becoming the owner of Wolverine Morgans. Upon moving to Pennsylvania, Dr. Swienckowski immersed himself in his granddaughter’s swimming and grandson’s lacrosse, who gave him the greatest joy. Loved by his family and many friends, he will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Rolland W. Taylor, DO, ’70, St. Louis, Missouri, died Aug. 4, 2018, at age 74. Dr. Taylor was born on Nov. 5, 1943, in Monticello, Wisconsin, to Forrest and Mildred (Gould) Taylor. He had an unquenchable thirst for adventure and travel. A father, friend, mentor, and colleague, he will be truly missed by many. He is survived by his son, David, and daughter, Suzanne.
Brandy S. Tiger, MS, PA-C, ’04, Muskogee, Oklahoma, died April 17, 2016, at age 43. She was born on April 29, 1972, in Claremore, Oklahoma, to John and Saundra (Logan) Tiger. she graduated from Oktaha High School with academic honors. She furthered her education by getting an associate’s degree in radiology from Bacone; degrees in radiology and nuclear medicine from the University of Oklahoma and a master of science in physician assistant studies at ATSU.
She was a proud citizen of Muscogee Nation and was the Creek Nation Rodeo Queen for two years. Brandy was a founding member of the Muscogee Community Center. She held many medical licensures and certificates. Brandy cared for everyone she had as a co-worker or patient. Brandy began and licensed the first mammography unit for Alaska natives in Juneau, Alaska, working for the Navajo Nation at Sage Memorial Hospital. She helped write the Infection Control Manuals and obtain grants for their diabetes programs. Brandy wanted to work for her own tribe, and it was her deep desire to give good care to the Creek people she had as patients at the Eufaula Indian Health Center and Okemah Hospital. Brandy was beloved by her family.
Brandy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Susan and John Logan Sr., and grandmother, Billie Williams. She is survived by her mother, Saundra Tiger; father, John Tiger; aunts and uncles, Linda and Paul Williams, John Jr. and Sue Logan, Leona Rossbach, Diana Martin, Edith Morgan, Lucille Squirrell, Gabe Logan, Noel Logan, Etta Newton, Nicki Thomas, and Nick Webster; and numerous cousins and very close friends.
Janet Tinning, Lansing, Michigan, died Feb. 23, 2019, at age 80. Janet was born March 6, 1938, to Olen and Lucy (Lancaster) Marshall in Monroe, Michigan. She grew up there in the shadow of her parent’s hardware store and airport and was a 1955 graduate and valedictorian of Monroe High School. Janet earned her BA and BS in mathematics in June 1959 from Michigan State University (MSU) and was the first female graduate of the MSU Honor’s College. While attending college there, Janet met her future husband and love of her life, Fred Tinning, and they were later married on March 9, 1963.
Janet taught mathematics and worked for Ford Motor Credit Corporation before deciding to focus on her greatest joy of being a mother. One of the most important and significant dates in Janet’s life was Jan. 24, 1971, when she decided to commit her life to the Lord by asking Him to come into her heart and be her Lord and Savior. This wonderful decision would define her life as she served Him and became a beautiful example of His unconditional love. Janet was incredibly smart and tutored countless students over the years in all disciplines of mathematics. She loved Michigan State athletics. She joined her husband and family at football, basketball, baseball and hockey games but would enjoy attending any and every sport from wrestling to fencing. She was as true and devoted a fan as there was. Janet and Fred started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at MSU and held a weekly Bible study at their home for many years, allowing them to mentor and disciple hundreds of students seeking to know Christ. Janet was always kind, patient and oh so resourceful, always managing to find a solution to any problem in a precise and efficient manner. She loved fiercely and fully her Lord, her husband and family, and her friends, in that order.
Janet is survived by her husband of nearly 56 years, Fred C. Tinning, PhD, ATSU president emeritus; her daughters, Marie (Curtis) Ebeling, Jean (Michael) Virkus, and Laura (Wade) Tinning Reister, DO, ’00; friend who is like a son, Gregory (Amy) Bode; grandchildren, Christina, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Rebekah Duzan and Matthew Ebeling, Benjamin, Jacob, and Marlowe Virkus, Alec, Zachary, Maximus, and Mason Bode; step-grandchildren, Josh, Emily, and Andrew Ebeling; godson, Tristan Buckner; sisters, Virginia Johnson and Arlene (Doug) Turner; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, she is survived by so many others who called her “Mom” and “Grammy,” and she loved and enjoyed those relationships as if they were her own children and grandchildren.
Lucien L. Trimble, DO, ’42, Lawrenceville, Georgia, died Sept. 12, 2017, at age 97. He was born Nov. 3, 1919. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of First Baptist Church of Duluth. He loved golf, traveling, entertaining, different types of card games, gardening, and having family and friends at his Ellijay mountain home.
Dr. Trimble is preceded in death by his wife, Sara Ruth Trimble. He is survived by his son, Jerry Trimble (Larissa); grandchildren, Lisa Trimble, Angela Trimble Hunter, and Kevin Trimble; and five great-grandchildren.
Peter L. Wickens, DO, ’69, Clinton Township, Michigan, died Oct. 7, 2018, at age 74. He was born in Toronto, Canada, on Oct. 23, 1943, son of the late Dr. Arthur and Phyllis (Gurney) Wickens. From the start, he was blessed with a curious mind, keen sense of adventure, and irreverent sense of humor. As a young boy, an experiment disassembling a clock led him to wondering how the human body worked. Encouraged by his father, an osteopathic pathologist and cofounder at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Dr. Wickens followed his curiosity to Truman State University, where he earned a BS. He continued his education at ATSU-KCOM, earning a doctorate degree in 1969.
Dr. Wickens returned to Mt. Clemens for his residency and became an attending physician at Mount Clemens General Hospital. In 1981, he was named the hospital’s chief of staff. He later became a member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee and Corporate and Foundation Board and served as chair of the Intern and Resident Training Committee. He was a trainer for the Des Moines and Michigan State Osteopathic Colleges and University of Detroit-Mercy PA program and was appointed to the Governor of Michigan’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.
In addition to his work at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Dr. Wickens held a private family practice as a general practitioner of osteopathic medicine in Macomb County for more than four decades. Throughout his lengthy career, he was affiliated with the Macomb County Osteopathic Society (1981 president), Michigan Osteopathic Physicians Association (state delegate for 20 years), and the American Osteopathic Association. He was board certified in family practice and by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. He was also the longtime attending physician at the Detroit Hydroplane Races. In his family practice, he was a true country doctor with a knack for being able to convey complex medical issues in layman terms. He delivered numerous children into the world and was always willing to offer counsel in times of need. He would often make house calls to his patients – stopping by just to check in, say hello, and share a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.
Through his distinguished medical career and beyond, Dr. Wickens was always looking to better understand the world around him. He was fascinated by nature, science, and history. He had a copy of the Warren Report that was full of tabs organizing the detailed notations he had made. He collected dozens of different versions of the Holy Bible to see how the texts might differ. In addition, he assembled binders full of clippings and notes on topics that he found to be important or interesting, covering just about every conceivable subject. He kept the most essential bits of information in his wallet – hand-written in near microscopic lettering. A selection of these notes includes highlights from the Detroit Tigers’ 1945 World Series victory; details of an acrostic poem written by Virginia Clemm Poe, wife of Edgar Allan – the only poem she was known to have written; a list of types of fish; a poem by Muhammad Ali written in anticipation of the legendary 1974 Rumble in the Jungle boxing match (“Imma show you, how great I am. Last night I cut the light off in my bedroom and was in bed before the room was dark…”); listings of executive orders by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gerald Ford; significant dates in American Revolutionary and Civil War history; the lyrics to “Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum”; beer tasting notes; phone numbers and addresses; and pictures of his children.
He often subjected his family to his thirst for discovery and spontaneity. To their frequent delight – and occasional terror – he would pile everyone into the car and take them on adventures. With no hints as to the destination, these were dubbed “mystery trips.” Wickens family mystery trips would lead to winding backcountry dead-end dirt roads, places of historical significance, museums and art exhibits, and, at least one time, the local water treatment facility. This incessant curiosity was also evident in his love for the earth; he was a devoted farmer. He kept a vegetable garden that included some 25 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. At the Wickens U Pick Peach Farm in Lexington, Michigan, he and his family maintained an orchard with more than 2,500 peach trees and 1.5 acres of grapes. Dr. Wickens made wine. He kept bees and harvested their honey. He was a member of the Southeastern Michigan Fruit Growers Association and the Winegrape Growers of America.
Dr. Wickens also loved working on tractors, cars, and boats. He and his wife, Leeann, were members of the Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). They traveled extensively to attend antique boat shows, entering his pride and joy, Nicodemus, into competitions throughout Michigan. A 35-foot John’s Bay lobster boat, Nicodemus won many awards, including the People’s Choice and Rear Commodore awards at the Detroit Yacht Club’s 30th Antique and Classic Boat Show, the President’s Cup, and first place in the replica/contemporary classic category at the Michigan chapter ACBS.
Although Dr. Wickens became a U.S. citizen in 1970, he always cherished his Canadian and Scottish heritage. He was a member of the Commonwealth Club, and he boldly professed love for mushy peas, butter tarts, canned fish, haggis and spam. Through it all, he was a down-to-earth, practical man who was never intimidated by what others might think of him. Behind a gruff and at-times cantankerous exterior was a boundless reservoir of empathy. Although he could be a tough critic, he was always honest and always willing to help people in need, whether neighbors, friends, or patients. He left lasting impressions on people from many walks of life. The legacy of his curious mind and warm heart glows brightly in the memories of all who knew him.
Dr. Wickens was the loving husband of 34 years to Leeann; cherished father of Kimberly (Heidi) Wickens, Katherine Wickens, and David (Laura) Wickens (with first wife, Jane), and Erin (Eliahu) Wickens Sussman (with Leeann); dear brother of Rebecca Wickens; and beloved grandfather of Andrew, Jessica, Jamie, and Lauren Westrick.
Bernard I. Zeliger, DO, ’61, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 15, 2018, at age 84. He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Sussex, New Jersey, and was the son of the late David Zeliger and Rifka Greenbaum Zeliger. He is also preceded in death by his twin sister, Leah Ruda. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sandra T. Zeliger, and his sons, Dr. Keith L. (Linda) Zeliger and Jefferey S. (Fan) Zeliger. He is also survived by his daughter, Sheryl Z. (Sam) Bashore, and his sister, Miriam (Marvin) Belsky. “Zayda” will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren, Arielle, Nikki, Mira, Remi, and Keith.
Dr. Zeliger was an osteopathic physician for 56 years. He received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in May 1961. Dr. Zeliger served as president of the College of Surgeons from 1983-84 in addition to being a founding member of the Sports Medicine Section, as well as the Spine and Hand Sections. In 1996, he was appointed the founding dean and chief academic officer of San Francisco College of Osteopathic Medicine, now known as Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1998, he was elevated to the title of provost, as well as dean and chief academic officer of Touro. Touro recognized Dr. Zeliger’s enormous achievement in medical education, and in particular, the stewardship of the university granted him the degree of doctor of humane letter honoris causa on June 8, 2003.