In memoriamPosted: September 23, 2020
Bruce E. Adams, DO, ’57, Warren, Michigan, died March 30, 2020, at age 93. Dr. Adams was born April 29, 1926, in Stafford, Kansas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force in World War II. Beloved husband of Charlotte. Dear father of Denice (James) Jackson, Daryl (Rose) Adams, David (Stacy) Adams, the late Dwight (Rachel) Adams. Loving grandfather of 13, great-grandfather of eight, great-great-grandfather of one, and one on the way. Brother of Ruth (Gene) Spear, the late Roy Adams, the late Lois Graham, and the late Mary Marion McMillian.
Michael V. Altamura Sr., DO, ’61, Peoria, Arizona, died Feb. 15, 2020, at age 96. Dr. Altamura was born Sept. 28, 1923, to Francesco and Theresa Altamura in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Dumont High School in Dumont, New Jersey. It was there he met his future wife and mother of his two sons, Emily Wadell.
Shortly after graduation, he answered the national call to service and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a tank mechanic for the 750th Tank Battalion during World War II. He fought in the European Theater, which included the liberation of Paris, Battle of the Bulge, and most notably the Liberation of Nordhausen concentration camp, freeing thousands of Jewish, Slovakian, and military prisoners. He took part in the single most important humanitarian task of the war, if not the 20th century.
Upon return from the war, like other veterans, Dr. Altamura took full advantage of the GI Bill, earning a master’s degree from Columbia University. He became a science teacher at his alma mater Dumont High School. He subsequently earned a medical degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1961. He practiced as a general family practice physician in Sunnyvale, California, until his retirement at age 70. He was among the first physicians to be certified in family medicine. After retiring he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to be near his family. Dr. Mike found his happiest moments spending time with his family and volunteering at the medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Emily; son, Robert (Anne), DO, ’78; grandson, Matthew; granddaughter, Stephanie (Rebecca); great-grandson, Charles; and sister, Mary Ale. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, and son, Michael, DO, ’80.
Margaret L. Bartlett, DPT, ’18, Corvallis, Oregon, died Sept. 19, 2019, at age 64. She was born Aug. 30, 1955, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to Thomas M. Davis and Ann B. Davis. The family moved to Mexico City, where she grew up immersed in Latino culture, learned English and Spanish simultaneously, and enjoyed the simple pleasures Mexico had to offer.
Dr. Bartlett graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1978 with a BA in biology. She earned her master’s degree at University of Washington in physical therapy in 1983. Her passion for learning propelled her to earn her doctorate of physical therapy in June 2018 from ATSU.
She started practicing physical therapy full time in 1983. Her career brought her to the Linn-Benton area where she worked various places. From 2000-19, she had a private practice in Corvallis. She built up such a reputation for diagnosing and healing, her patients began calling her “Magic Margaret.”
She met her husband of 40 years, Bruce R. Bartlett, PhD, in 1976. In her own words: “He was standing at the end of the Friday Harbor ferry landing. There were others around him, but their presence did not register: from my vantage point on the ferry deck, all I noticed was the handsome man with a mustache and olive complexion. I was smitten.” It took a year and a little nudge from their friends before they started dating; in 1979 they married. In 1987 (Byron) and 1990 (Sydney) two of her biggest joys in life were born.
Dr. Barlett loved outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking and backpacking, running marathons, scuba diving, canoeing, and kayaking. She never tired of solving puzzles, reading mysteries, writing stories, international travel, hot lattes, and Friday night movies with Bruce. As she approached retirement, she looked forward to learning the cello, writing mysteries, and much more traveling. She was optimistic, curious, and quick-witted. Volunteering her time to the community brought her much joy. One of her many gifts was being able to see the positive qualities in others before they saw it themselves. She was faced with a diagnosis of gastric cancer, and for her last six months met this challenge in the way she tackled her life: with resolve, strength, and candor.
Her parents and sister, Robin Davis, preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, Richard Davis, Bruce, Byron, Sydney, and Abby, their four-year-old Australian puppy.
Richard A. Berjian, DO, ’55, Stuart, Florida, died Dec. 9, 2019, at age 90. He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 59 years, Sally; his three daughters, Janice, Leslie, and Stephanie; his eight grandchildren; three sons-in-law; surviving extended family; and many great friends. Dr. Berjian was predeceased by his father, Parker Berjian; mother, Elizabeth Berjian; and sister, Gladys Aslanian. A dedicated physician and surgical oncologist, enthusiastic and devoted medical researcher, compelling storyteller and novelist, and talented musician, Dr. Berjian lived a life with pristine integrity, optimism, and passion in all his endeavors. His unique and enduring perspective on life touched family and friends alike! He was and shall always be remembered forever young.
Perry D. Bramhall, DO, ’84, Farmington, Missouri, died Sept. 24, 2019, at age 74. He was born March 15, 1945, in Unionville, Missouri, to the late Perry L. and Wilma (Westfall) Bramhall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lavern Bramhall and Howard Bramhall.
Dr. Bramhall proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy veteran in the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He attended Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) and ATSU-KCOM. He practiced as a physician in the Farmington area for 36 years, and his passion was taking care of his nursing home patients. Prior to working as a physician, he taught biology and botany at Kirksville High School. He enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, entertaining his friends, and traveling with Steve. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dr. Bramhall is survived by his life partner of 26 years, Steven Hibbits; his children, Perry W. (and wife, Nealy) Bramhall and Tracey Bramhall Schmidt; his grandchildren, Jessica (and husband, Johnny) Pulliam, Ashley Schmidt, Alyssa Bramhall, Kyle Bramhall, Howard Bramhall, and Cullen Bramhall; his special canine companion, Brodie; along with nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Richard P. Bruce, DO, ’70, Phoenix, Arizona, died June 4, 2020. Husband to Beth; father to Denise, David, and Doug; grandfather to Adam, Miranda, Alyssa, Cayden, Madeleine, and Christopher; and beloved family physician of too many to count.
Benjamin R. Bryan, DMD, ’10, Bend, Oregon, died Jan. 15, 2020, at age 44. Dr. Bryan was born a “firecracker baby” on July 4, 1975, in Tucson, Arizona, the third of four brothers, to Sandra Whiting and Bruce Bryan. He always had plenty of energy, even when a hip disease kept him in crutches for three years as a child. While attending college, he met his future wife, Shawna. Two children, Theron and Sydney, and a couple of dogs completed their family. He finished a bachelor’s degree and graduated from ATSU-ASDOH in 2010. From there, he embarked on a fulfilling career in community health dentistry. The family moved to Wenatchee, Washington, where Dr. Bryan worked at Columbia Valley Community Health until 2014. Hawaii called next, where he joined Hana Health in Hana, Maui. They moved back to the mainland in 2016, when he became the first dental director at Mosaic Medical Clinic in Bend, Oregon. There, he established the first Mosaic dental clinics and was influential in expanding their pediatric dental services to the children of central Oregon.
Dr. Bryan was grateful to have lived in some of the most beautiful places on earth, which led to a love of outdoor activities. Each place gave him the opportunity for the hobbies he loved: kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, snorkeling, and especially tennis. Oregon was a great setting for his love of the outdoors, as well as a place to plant family roots.
Dr. Bryan leaves an extensive sphere of influence that will not be forgotten. He was active in tennis clubs in both Hawaii and Oregon. He treated countless people, many of them ignored by our healthcare system. His sense of fairness and compassion shaped not only his career, but also his outlook on life. He cherished spending simple time with his family and friends. He loved playing video games with Theron and watching Sydney play sports. Nights spent on a deck listening to waves or in a hammock was good for his soul.
Laurence J. Burns, DO, ’69, Grand Rapids, Michigan, died Aug. 19, 2019, at age 77. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Florence Burns; brothers, Gerry and John Burns; and his son, Thomas Burns. He is survived by his wife, Marion Dougherty Burns; his children, Brian Burns, Laura (Ned) Gaffney, Bridget (Dan) Tietema, Megan (Darren) Ward, Sean (Kristie) Burns, and Michael Burns; 14 grandchildren; his siblings, Bill (Pam) Burns, Don (Maureen) Burns, Joe (Pat) Burns, Matt (Judy) Burns, Mary Lou (Joel) Black, Julie (Mike) Devereaux, Rosalyn (John) Horrigan, Luann (Bob) Potts, and sister-in-law, Jeanne; and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Burns was born and raised in Carson City, Michigan, on a farm with his 10 siblings and both sets of grandparents and other family nearby. He grew up with a strong Catholic faith and a love and appreciation for his Irish heritage, horses, and baking. He attended Aquinas College and then went on to ATSU-KCOM for his medical degree. His internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology was completed at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, followed by an endocrinology fellowship at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 42 years, 37 of those were through Mercy Health St. Mary’s. When he saw the need, he helped to found Clinica Santa Maria, a healthcare clinic for Spanish-speaking patients, and was the first OB-GYN to volunteer his time on his days off for many years. He headed the local Right to Life Chapter from 1974-89 and sat on the state board of directors. He was active in the Irish Heritage Society and served as the president for a period of time. He has been a very active member of St. Stephen Parish for 45 years. He is a current board member of the Emmanuel Hospice Board, an interfaith collaboration created by St. Ann’s, Clark, Porter Hills, and Sunset.
Nathan E. Byam, DO, ’76, Jefferson City, Missouri, died Aug. 9, 2019, at age 72. He was born on Oct. 30, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Edward and Virginia (Schlichting) Byam. He was married on Aug. 11, 1977, in West Plains, Missouri, to Judith Baker, who survives. Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Byam graduated from West High School in Davenport in 1964. He served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Great Falls, Montana, as a radar weapons specialist. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville and his doctorate from ATSU-KCOM. A year later, Dr. Byam completed an internship in family medicine with the Charles E. Still Hospital in Jefferson City. In 1982, Dr. Byam and his wife, Judy, opened the Family Care Clinic in Linn, Missouri, which they operated together. He expanded in 1987 with the purchase of Dr. Klebba’s Jefferson City practice, and in 1995, he merged his Linn and Jefferson City practices with the Jefferson City Medical Group, until his retirement in 2017.
Dr. Byam was a member of Capital City Christian Church and attended services at Capital West Christian Church as well. He enjoyed family road trips to national parks and ski vacations in Colorado, as well as ocean cruises with his wife and family. A generous spirit who loved spending time with his many grandchildren, Dr. Byam was also an avid reader – always eager to soak up knowledge or a good story. He loved John Wayne westerns, the music of the Beach Boys, and a vast range of comedy from Mel Brooks to The Three Stooges. Humor may well have been his defining trait; he had an incomparable bedside manner and a gift for bringing laughter and comfort to his family, patients, and colleagues.
Survivors include his loving wife, Judy; his children, Cory Byam and his wife, Katie, Sarah Dickinson and her husband, Michael, Doug Glick and his wife, Maggie, and Amy Gansmann and her husband, John; his siblings, Patti Byam and her wife, Laura Taylor, A.J. Byam, and Mary “Peg” Byam; and his nine grandchildren, Dominic Byam, Natalie Dickinson, Lexi Dickinson, Julie Dickinson, Ryan Dickinson, Chase Glick, Evan Glick, Mariah Singer and her husband, Chris, and Malena Gansmann. Dr. Byam was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Virginia Byam, and his brother, Steve Byam.
Gordon M. Byrom, DO, ’90, Cameron, Missouri, died July 20, 2019, at age 66. He was born Sept. 10, 1952, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, the oldest child of Wayne and Evelyn (Stuthiet) Byrom. He attended Worth County High School in Grant City, Missouri, graduating in 1970. After graduation, he spent a short time in Colorado to attend a trade school, then returned to the family farm. In 1972, he met the love of his life, Margaret Porter. They married on April 6, 1973, in Clarksville, Texas. Early in the marriage, while Margaret was a full-time student, Dr. Byrom worked as a tractor machinist to support them. During this time, they lived in Nebraska but only to return to Grant City in October of 1973. From 1973-76, Dr. Byrom worked as a mechanic for Hall and Scott in Maryville, the Snow Implement in Grant City. As they began their family in 1977, they welcomed Wayne G. Byrom followed by Matthew R. Byrom in 1980. During this period of Dr. Byrom’s life, he worked hard at starting a farm of his own.
In 1983, Dr. Byrom returned to college. He attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, where he got a degree in psychology and biology. With a great amount of encouragement from professors and other medical professionals, he headed off to Kirksville with family in tow to attend medical school at ATSU-KCOM in 1986. Dr. Byrom graduated in 1990, followed with a three-year internship and residency in internal medicine. During this time, he was chief intern. In 1993, Dr. Byrom and family moved to Cameron, Missouri, where he started a private practice, which he continued to take care of until two weeks before his death. Dr. Byrom was so in love with helping people, practicing medicine, and all the lives he touched, not only during his medical practice but during his entire life. The one thing everyone should know, many of his patients helped him through many tough times – he loved his patients and his practice. He truly took good care of his patients. He made home visits, spending time with patients and families when needed. If you did not have any way to pay, he took care of you anyway. Dr. Byrom served as chief of staff at Cameron Regional Medical Center. He was involved in many things, whether it was Amish auctions, football games, car racing, working cattle, bulldozing, working the land, building a pond, taking care of the livestock, but most of all being your doctor, you could never take the farm boy out of his heart.
In 1996, Dr. Byrom and Margaret were blessed with their third son into their loving family, Jonathan M. Byrom. He was a very proud and supportive father. He admired how his sons took the reins when they knew it needed to be done because of the progression of his illness. Dr. Byrom will be missed by so many. He was preceded in death by his parents; a cousin, Sid Byrom (he loved like a brother); and many other family members. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret; three sons, Wayne (Amy), Matthew, and Jonathan Byrom; sister, Ann (David) Fletchall; brother, John W. Byrom; grandchildren, Marrissa, Matana, Garett, Makayla, Aubree, and Raven; aunt, Gus Oldfield; dogs, Roxy, Brodie, and Stevie; his church family at the River of Life Baptist Church; and two boys he helped raise as his own, Wyatt and Jeremy Dancer.
Lyle P. Christopherson, DO, ’88, Huron, South Dakota, died July 9, 2019, at age 63. He was born July 12, 1955, to loving parents Mary “Vi” and Orten Christopherson “Doc,” in Madison, South Dakota. He is lovingly survived by five children, Sarah Christopherson, Jessica Christopherson, Melissa Christopherson, Joshua Christopherson, and Amanda Christopherson, in addition to four brothers, Mark Christopherson, Gary Christopherson, Lynn Christopherson, and Craig Christopherson, along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, a grandchild, and extended family.
Dr. Christopherson grew up in Howard, South Dakota, and upon graduation from high school, he briefly attended Dakota State University. In 1978, he joined the U.S. Army where served as a medical corpsman and psychiatric technician. After the military whipped him into shape, he went on to study biology, chemistry, and psych at the University of South Dakota, followed by medical school at ATSU-KCOM. Following medical school, he completed a four-year psychiatric residency at the University of California in Fresno where he treated infamous political assassins, including Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan at Atascadero State Prison. Fueled by his fascination and intrigue from these experiences, he went on to obtain a board certification in forensic psychiatry in addition to a certification in psychiatry and neurology. He liked to say he was proud of few things, with his most prideful accomplishment being his intelligence.
Dr. Christopherson had an unfathomable passion for knowledge, travel, and adventure. In unconventional Doc fashion, he completed his clinicals in different locations around the country: Portland, Maine; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Flandreau, South Dakota; Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and South Bend, Indiana. Following his residency, he landed his first psychiatry job in Astoria, Oregon, at Clatsop Community Behavioral Health where he also established a home for several years. During that time, he also worked at Willapa Counseling Center and Wahkiakum County Human Resources in Washington state. Following his desire to be closer to home in the Midwest, he moved to Sibley, Iowa. While in Sibley, he worked for Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center at various facilities, including Worthington Regional Hospital and Southwestern Mental Health Center located in Worthington, Minnesota. He also worked at Western Human Development Center in Marshall, Minnesota, and Riverview Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota. In 2004, Dr. Christopherson moved closer to his family and friends in Huron where he worked with Community Counseling Services in Madison and Huron, South Dakota. During his years in psychiatry, he focused nearly all of his energy toward improving the lives of an incredible number of people who were ill and suffering.
There was always an undeniable allure about Dr. Christopherson, and he cultivated many great friendships throughout his lifetime. He was always very considerate when it came to nurturing his relationships, whether it be friends from school, the military, neighbors, the workplace, or his patients. Those who knew him loved him. He was a very giving person. His passion was his family. His passion was his work. His passion was the remarkable world around him. He was an adventurer who loved to travel, to have a good time, who loved to delve into the curiosities of life with a rare and avid inquisitiveness. He loved to read everything from history and politics, to information about different worldly locations and the human mind. He was a gentleman farmer, an occasional hunter, a lover of birds and nature, an asparagus and mushroom forager, and a woodworker, among many other things. He was a man with an exceptional sense of humor and light-heartedness, who tended to show a touch of stubborn, strong-willed, sternness from time to time. He was always courageous and up for a good challenge. Life, indeed, challenged him until his very last breath here on earth.
Roger F. Classen, DO, ’72, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2019, at age 74. Born to the late Mary and Theodore Classen, DO, he followed his father’s footsteps and graduated from ATSU-KCOM. His vocation was to be a healer in all aspects of his life, caring for his patients as if they were his own family. He radiated love, compassion, and gentleness toward everyone he met and was relentless in his pursuit of helping others. He will be remembered as a kind-hearted man, respected and adored by patients, family, and countless friends. He leaves a loving and caring legacy to all and to the medical community of the South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
Dr. Classen will be deeply missed as a beloved husband of almost 40 years to Debra (nee Schweitzer); father to Travis, Tegan Zima (husband Will), and Tiffany O’Donnell (husband Sean). His greatest joy was spending time together with his family, sailing and fishing with his grandchildren, Dylan, Rowan, River, and Elleyna. In addition, he was a loving brother to Janice Copeland; Gregory, DO (wife Daria); Gary Classen, DO, ’75 (wife Marybeth); Gail Claris (husband Sylvan); and Brent (wife Katherine), and a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Ralph B. Coffman, DO, ’68, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, died June 3, 2019, at age 83. Dr. Coffman was born in Slaughters, Kentucky, on Aug. 11, 1935, to Justice Montgomery and Mary Lee “Dowden” Coffman. Ralph and his wife, Midge, who preceded him in death in December 2018, have resided in Tulsa for the past 15 years after their residence in Enid, Oklahoma, since the late 1970s.
Dr. Coffman grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana. He enlisted in the Navy following high school, serving for four years as a medical corpsman. He attended Indiana University achieving a degree in physical education, then received his degree from ATSU-KCOM, completing his general surgery residence in Tulsa. Eventually he became the chief of staff at Enid Memorial Hospital. This profession allowed him to be active locally and nationally in his field. Dr. Coffman was president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association from 1983-84 after serving on this board for the previous 11 years. He practiced as a general surgeon in Enid for over 25 years, finishing his career serving in active duty in the Navy and later at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His medical/surgical skills proved to be beneficial serving on various medical mission trips, Mercy ships, and the Neighbor for Neighbor Clinic, providing care in this capacity and sharing his expertise in this way as well. He was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church, and he and Midge enjoyed serving the church and others as needed and when called upon. He and Midge were devoted Oklahoma Sooner fans and attended numerous sporting events associated with their love of Oklahoma University.
He is survived by sons, Frank Coffman and wife, Joy Coffman, and Dr. Joseph Coffman and wife, Dr. Darci Coffman; sister, Jean Fore; and brothers, David, Roger, and Jerry Coffman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicholas Coffman, Jacob Coffman, Anna Coffman, Samuel Coffman, and Tess Coffman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, many other relatives, and longtime friends. He was preceded in death by Midge whom he married on June 20, 1959, in Osceola, Indiana, and his parents and brothers, Jack and Harold.
Frank V. Colton, EdD, Leawood, Kansas, died Dec. 23, 2019, at age 84. The son of Frank and Lorraine (Lacy) Colton, he was born on Nov. 15, 1935, in St. Louis, Missouri. On Aug. 13, 1960, he was united in marriage to Linda Kay (Elam) Colton. He is survived by wife, Linda; two daughters, Cathy Allie and husband, David, and Caryn Brewer and husband, Harry; one son, Matthew Van Colton; four grandchildren, Colton Brewer, Ellie Brewer, Barrett Brewer, and Harper Allie; one sister, Virginia (Ginny) Schneider and husband, Gene; one sister-in-law, Barbara Rauer and husband, Dean; three nieces, Paula Melander and husband, Ev, Julie Henderson and husband, John, and Tracy Ockenfels and husband, Mike; two nephews, Greg Rauer and wife, Marie, and Rob Schneider and wife, Jen; nine great-nieces and nephews; three great-great-nieces and nephews; and multiple fraternal and maternal cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Barrett and Frances Elam.
Dr. Colton attended Kirksville schools and graduated in 1953. He served in the Army Reserves beginning in 1955 and served as a clerk in the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, being honorably discharged Aug. 13, 1957. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kirksville State Teachers College in 1957 and 1959 respectively, and while there, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma. He received his doctorate from Wayne State University in 1969. He began his teaching career in Centerville, Iowa, worked in the Alumni and Business Offices at Kirksville State Teachers College for six years, was a professor at the University of Kentucky for 10 years, and worked in varying capacities at ATSU for 21 years before his retirement in 1998. ATSU awarded Dr. Colton an honorary doctor of osteopathic medicine in June 2008. He was active in civic and professional organizations, which included the Kirksville and South Kansas City Rotary Clubs, serving as president and in various officer capacities; Kirksville United Way board for multiple years; Kirksville Country Club board, serving as president; Phi Delta Kappa; a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served as an altar boy and later an usher; a member of First United Methodist Church in Kirksville; and after moving to Kansas, a member of Christ Church Anglican; a member of Masonic Lodge #366 and the El Kadir Shrine Club.
Dr. Colton was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who particularly enjoyed his grandchildren’s successes in school and activities. He loved sports and rarely missed a Truman Bulldogs basketball game while living in Kirksville. He religiously watched any Missouri Tigers contest, heading to Columbia in the wee hours of the morning to tailgate before the football games. He attended baseball games at the old Sportsman Park as a child and spent decades watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife saw games at over 30 major league ballparks across the U.S. and even Montreal, Canada. He was also an avid, lifelong golfer, visited some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, including St. Andrews in Scotland, and attended the Masters and the British Open. He authored a book about his favorite club of all time, the Kirksville Country Club. In his earlier days, he enjoyed hunting quail and ducks and spent countless hours traipsing around farmland in Ethel, Missouri, and shoring up his duck blind in Elmer.
George H. Coupe, DO, ’57, Palm Harbor, Florida, died May 26, 2020, at age 95. He is a loving father, grandfather, World War II veteran, pilot, and longtime family physician and FAA examiner. Born in Falls City, Nebraska, 1924, he joined the Army/Air Force during WWII and later earned a pharmaceutical degree, University of Nebraska. He later attended ATSU-KCOM and became an osteopathic physician. His 57-year practice was based in Clearwater, Florida, also practicing in Cedar Key and Crystal River, Florida. He was instrumental in advancing osteopathic physicians through lobbying in Florida and was a past president of the American Osteopathic Association. He is survived by two daughters, Anne Latsko (Matthew) and Patricia Solano (Daniel); wife, Janice Coupe; eight grandchildren; brother-in-law, Robert Gangel (Marilyn); two nieces, Alice Ward (Charles), Mary Sue Sommers (Matthew). He is predeceased by son, Eugene Coupe; brother, Eugene Coupe; and sister, Marilyn Gangel (Robert).
Eugene R. DeLucia, DO, ’53, Tampa, Florida, died Aug. 15, 2019, at age 98. He was born May 25, 1921, in
Dennison, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Camillo and Gilda DeLucia; and three younger sisters, Ann Ochsendorf, Edna Michetti, and Martha Di Maria.
He graduated from Big Red High School in Steubenville, Ohio, and enlisted in the National Guard in 1938. During World War ll, he was stationed in Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, where he met Catherine Hennessey, from Iowa. Both were World War II veteran officers. They married in 1946. He later graduated from Ohio State University and ATSU-KCOM. Dr. DeLucia started his family practice in Vienna, Ohio, where he treated generations of families, delivered babies, made house calls, and visited patients in the hospital. He helped found Warren General Hospital. He was the past president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association in 1969 and Outstanding Physician of the Year in 1993. He was among the first physicians to practice acupuncture in St. Petersburg (1973). In 1973, his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. DeLucia is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Catherine; their children, Camille Matthews (Charlie), Eugene R. (Maristela) DeLucia III, DO, ’76, Paul DeLucia (Molly), and Ann Rae (Don); grandchildren, Anthony C. DeLucia, DO, ’08, Michael, Gina, Nico, Aria, Christopher, Paul, Nicholas, Jeremy; and great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Olivia, Wilde, and Emory. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Elks. He was an avid golfer.
Joseph F. DePetris, DO, ’45, Dallas, Texas, died April 10, 2019, at age 96. He was born in 1922 in Mattituck, Long Island, New York, to Italian immigrants Henry and Vincenza DePetris. He is survived by his wife, Maria; son, Joe Jr. and wife, Gloria; son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Gaye; grandchildren, Monica Houle, Marc DePetris, Lisa DePetris, Sarah DePetris, and Kate DePetris; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard.
He graduated from ATSU-KCOM and eventually moved to Texas where he interned at Dallas Osteopathic Hospital and ultimately was certified for practice of internal medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He was a doctor’s doctor. His passionate dedication to giving the best patient care, teaching interns, residents, nurses, and students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine set him above his peers. His awards and major achievements are too numerous to list. Aside from being a dedicated doctor, he was a dedicated and expert fisherman from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Tiffany H. Diamond, MS, ’14, Grayslake, Illinois, died June 10, 2019, at age 30. She was born on Oct. 22, 1988, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She is survived by her loving family, her parents, Charles “Chuck” and Eileen (nee O’Connor) Diamond; maternal grandmother, Catherine O’Connor; two sisters, Colleen (Kenny) Dallmeyer and Shana (Jonathon) Napiorkowski; two nieces and one nephew, Catherine, KC, and Adaline “Addy;” and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John O’Connor; paternal grandparents, Hyman “Hy” and Geraldine “Gerry” Diamond; and her loving companion, her dog, Magic.
E. Lee Foster, DO, ’61, Warren, Ohio, died Feb. 25, 2020, at age 83. Dr. Foster was born May 8, 1936, in Massillon, Ohio, to the late E.L. and Mary Foster. He married his beloved Sandra Sue Waddill in 1960 in Park Baptist Church in Brookfield, Missouri, starting a 59-year love story.
Dr. Foster was a 1954 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and attended Bowling Green State University. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1961, interned at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital, and completed the Director of Medical Education program administered by the Ohio Regional Medical Program and Ohio State University. He received his certification by the American Board of General Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and his fellowship award with the College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. Dr. Foster started his career in family practice in Tucson, Arizona, in 1962, relocating to Warren in 1965, where he opened a solo practice until 1972. He served as director of medical education in Warren General Hospital from 1973-76. That year, he became one of the three original clinicians to start the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, where he was promoted to full professor. In 1979, he returned to private practice in Cortland and retired in 2018. He devoted 55 years to the practice of medicine. He was devoted to his patients and the osteopathic profession, mentoring many young physicians. Dr. Foster was very active in professional and civic organizations, serving in many elected offices of the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), including president of OOA in 1998. He was a member of the House of Delegates representing the OOA to the American Osteopathic Association for over 25 years. He served as chief of staff of Warren General Hospital and was on the Board of Trustees. He also served as president of the Western Reserve Academy of Osteopathic Medicine. His community activities included President of Warren Jaycees, past president of the Trumbull County, Eastern Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association, and member of the boards of the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, and Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a deacon and an elder of Second Christian Church. His honors include Ohio’s Family Practitioner of the Year in 1994, Outstanding Local President, District 18 of the Ohio Jaycees, Junior Chamber International Senator, and Warren’s Young Man of the Year Award. In 2012, he was awarded the Ohio Trustees Award from OOA. And in 2016, he received the prestigious Trillium Award from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, recognizing those who have provided significant support for the college, helping it to thrive and grow.
Dr. Foster loved nature. He never wanted to cut a tree or kill a bug, although, Japanese beetles on his rose bushes were another story. An avid gardener, he grew beautiful flowers, and liked to golf to feel the sun on his face. He was a good listener and had a wonderful sense of humor, believing that laughter is the best medicine. He knew a joke for every occasion, delighted in telling shaggy dog stories, and could recite anything by Spike Jones and the City Slickers. He loved classical music and opera, lightning storms, the funny papers, puzzles, roller coasters, and Arizona sunsets. He was well known for his unquenchable sweet tooth and never met a donut or chocolate chip cookie too stale to eat. But his favorite pastime was being with family. He cared about and supported all their endeavors. He was unfailingly kind, honest, respectful, and beloved. He was a true gentleman.
He is survived by his wife, Sandi; son, Allan (Gloria) Foster; daughter, Susan (Gary Lehman) Foster; two granddaughters, Caitlin and Emily Foster; great-grandson, Zedikiah Walker; his brother, George (Peggy) Foster; sister, Evelyn (Richard) Fierer; sister-in-law, Linda (David) Herhold; five nephews; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian; and brother-in-law, Earl Waddill.
Donald W. Fox, DO, ’72, Arlington, Texas, died Feb. 15, 2020, at age 75. He was born Aug. 14, 1944, to Opal and Thomas Fox in Grand Prairie, Texas. He had confidence in God’s plan and purpose for his life and steadfastly pursued the goal of becoming a doctor. He worked energetically with a boyish enthusiasm in his chosen profession as a pediatrician/neonatologist until medical license was Retired Emeritus from the Texas Medical Board on Jan. 17, 2020. Whatever he did, in word or deed, at home, at church, or in the community, he did out of love for Christ and the people, especially the littlest he had been entrusted with.
Family members remaining in the comfort of Christ are his wife of 43 years, Judy; his children, Aaron, John, Harmony, Honesty and husband, JD Clement; his grandchildren, Daisy, Shea, Winston, Freddie, Ian, Jude, Eliska, John, Isaak, and Evka; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Blaise, and Graysin. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Whitman; nieces, Tracy, Kristi, and Telean and husband, Paul Novelli, Judy’s family who he loved, and a host of family in the Lord.
John M. Fry, DO, ’65, Springfield, Missouri, died Jan. 30, 2020. He was born in San Saba, Texas, on July 22, 1940, to George and Dorace Fry. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, in 1958 and ATSU-KCOM in 1965. He practiced general surgery and emergency and family medicine in Mt. Vernon for 26 years before relocating his practice to Springfield, Missouri, for an additional 16 years before his retirement in 2008.
Dr. Fry was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Helen Fry; and his brother, Winfield (June) Fry. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah Fry. He is also survived by his son, James “Jay” Fry (wife Jeanie); daughter, Becky Gertzen (husband Jason); daughter, Micky Burton (husband Matt); son, Alex Fry; son, Devin Fry; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Ari J. Gershman, DO, ’04, Danville, California, died July 3, 2020.
Carolyn S. Glaubensklee, PhD, Mesa, Arizona, died Sept. 18, 2019. Dr. Glaubensklee worked as an associate professor in the Basic Medical Science department at ATSU-SOMA.
John K. Graham, DO, ’63, Mishawaka, Indiana, died June 24, 2020, at age 83. He was born March 20, 1937, in Lewis County, Missouri, and lovingly raised by his parents, (the late) Ray Bally and Nora (Cox) Graham-Bally. He received his undergraduate degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and his doctorate degree from ATSU-KCOM. He served his internship at South Bend Osteopathic Hospital and later established The Osceola Clinic, serving the community there for the next 42 years. Dr. Graham proudly assisted in the training of many interns and medical students over the years. Dr. Graham was a member of the Indiana Osteopathic Association, having served twice as their president. He married Sharon (Maitland) Graham in La Plata, Missouri, on June 12, 1960, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Dr. Graham was devoted to his family, his church, and his community. He was a member of the Osceola United Methodist Church, served as choir director there for 20 years, and served on several mission trips to Honduras and Haiti. He rarely missed attending his grandchildren’s activities, events, and games and also served 4-H as their horse and pony leader for many years. Dr. Graham was a talented artist and musician; he sang in the Baugo Bay Singers group and was one of the co-founders of The Osceola Community Players theatre group, appearing in over 30 productions, most recently as “Scrooge” in “A Christmas Carol.” Dr. Graham was also an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, as well as a private pilot. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy Rosso, in 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Graham; their daughter, Dana (James) Hoffman, DO, ’89; son, John (Andrea) Graham, DO, ’92; son-in-law, Dale Rosso; grandchildren, James (Kim) Rosso, Jessica (John) Allen, Skye (R.J. Connors) Hoffman, Tyler (Erica Beltre) Graham, Holly (Devin) Reagan, Mitchell Graham, Theodore Hoffman, and Ian Graham; great-grandchildren, Autumn Burnett, Connor Rosso, John Murphy Reagan, ZiaDonna Graham, Molly Reagan, and Quinnten Webb; his brothers, William L. (Sue) Graham, DO, ’66, and James (Roma) Graham; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Maitland.
Rex G. Hardman, DO, ’64, Jefferson City, Missouri, died Nov. 20, 2019, at age 81. He was born on Nov. 14, 1938, in Glenwood, Iowa, the son of Carl Rufus and Nella (Swan) Hardman. He was married on May 9, 1981, in Kirksville, Missouri, to Jodi Kay Hopkins, who survives in the home. Dr. Hardman was a 1957 graduate of Princeton High School in Princeton, Missouri, and a 1960 graduate of the Kirksville State Teachers College, currently known as Truman State University. In 1964, he earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the world’s first osteopathic medical school, ATSU-KCOM. He completed his internship and residency at Laughlin Hospital and Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital. He practiced as a general surgeon for 28 of his total 42 years in the field of medicine. He owned Hardman Medical Services and performed countless surgeries through Grim-Smith Hospital in Kirksville, which was purchased in 1973 by him and four other osteopathic physicians. Dr. Hardman retired in 1996 and endured nine years of retirement in Colorado and Florida. After failing retirement, in 2005, he accepted a position as medical director with Correctional Medical Services now known as Corizon Medical Services in Jefferson City, Missouri, providing medical care at Jefferson City Correctional Center, Algoa Correctional Center, and Tipton Correctional Center. He was a thorough, trustworthy, and dependable surgeon and was well known for his outstanding surgical abilities. He held high standards and was well received and respected among his colleagues and associates. He left a lasting impression with all whom he interacted.
Dr. Hardman was a lifetime member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, certified in the 70s and becoming a fellow in 1987. He was a member of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care since 2008, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. He also was very proud to have received his certification in correctional health professionals through their national organization, Academy of Correctional Health Professionals. Dr. Hardman was a man of faith, and his life was lived to help others. In addition to his career in the U.S., his medical knowledge and skill was utilized on mission trips to India and Honduras. He enjoyed learning new things and even learned to snow ski with his son, Karl, in the 70s, an activity he enjoyed as recently as February of this year. He and Jodi learned to fly in 1984, owning planes until 1987 but never losing the desire to fly. He also loved to play cards – gin was the game of choice, but bridge was a close second – and you never wanted to play Monopoly with him, just ask Jodi. To Dr. Hardman, a day on the golf course was a social event and a lesson in perseverance. He was happy as long as he didn’t have idle hands. Whether it was gardening, manicuring his lawn, hunting, or fishing, he found something to occupy his time. Though he maintained a busy lifestyle, he was always able to slow down long enough to appreciate things like the beauty of the leaves changing in the fall, the tulips and the daffodils in the spring, feeding his birds, and the importance of the love of family and friends. He cherished his family. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and did his very best to be in attendance for a lot of events in which they participated. He will be remembered for being a loving, supportive and encouraging husband, father, grandfather, surgeon, and friend.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Jodi Hardman; two sons, Karl (Debbie) Hardman and Luke (Jaimie) Hardman; daughter-in-law, Anita Hardman Herman; one sister, Phyllis Moore; five grandchildren, Kathi (Garon) Drake, Alex Hardman, Kara (Michael McPherson) Hardman, Meghan Hardman, and Andrew (Molli) Hardman; great-grandchildren, Alexis Drake, Ava Drake, Garon Bradlee Drake, and Ace McPherson; nephew, Dr. David (Nichole) Moore and Kate; niece, Dr. Angela (Russ) Clay, Austin, and Addyson; father and mother-in-law, Russell and Dorothy Hopkins; brothers-in-law, Dave (Becky) Hopkins and Chris (Lindsay) Hopkins; nieces and nephews-in-law; and his fur babies, Kassie, Otis, and Tess. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Brad Hardman and Tim Hardman; two brothers, Wayne Hardman and Wendel Hardman; one grandson, Kevin Hardman; and one brother-in-law, King Moore.
Wendell T. Henderson, DO, ’67, Hardin, Kentucky, died March 12, 2020, at age 79. He was a retired doctor of radiology for Texas County Memorial Hospital in Missouri. He was a 1958 graduate of South Marshall High School, Murray State University, and ATSU-KCOM. He was a member of Olive Baptist Church and held the title of Kentucky Colonel. Born Friday, Nov. 15, 1940, in Hardin, KY, he was the son of the late David Henderson and the late Evelyn (Barnett) Henderson. Surviving are sons, Scott Henderson, Grant Henderson, and Timothy Henderson; daughter, Stephanie Henderson; and three grandchildren, Chandler Andrews, Grace Henderson, and Ethan Henderson.
Gerald M. Hoffman, DO, ’60, Hollywood, Florida, died Jan. 24, 2020, at age 85. He was born July 3, 1934. Beloved husband of Diane Hoffman; loving father of Jeffrey (Robin) Morganstein, Jody Schultz, Mara Hoffman, Nedra Hoffman, and Alanna Kirkpatrick; cherished grandfather of Abby, Joshua, Jordyn, and Jenna.
H. Rex Holloway Jr., DO, ’54, Savannah, Georgia, died May 29, 2019, at age 89. He was a loving husband and is survived by his wife, Jackie. He is also survived by his six children, Susan, Steven (JoEllen), Margan (Kurt), Elizabeth (Mike), John, and Jacob (Tracy); 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides being an avid golfer, Dr. Holloway was quite the athlete. In golf, he had numerous aces and was a club champion at Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club in Michigan. Professionally, he was an accomplished family practice physician and practiced south of Detroit. He retired his career as medical director at both Riverside Osteopathic and Seaway Hospitals and moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he enjoyed retirement, playing golf, tennis, making new friends, and spending time with the only thing that meant more to him than golf, and that was his wife and family.
Donald G. Hunter, La Plata, Missouri, died April 8, 2019, at age 81. He was born Jan. 18, 1938, in rural La Plata, Missouri, the son of Thomas Cleo and Ruth Lorene (Gudehus) Hunter. On May 20, 1956, in La Plata, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Joyce Rimer who preceded him in death on June 25, 2003. Also preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Richard Hunter; and one sister, Suzy Hunter. Survivors include one son, Jason Hunter; one daughter, Denise (Neal) Kisner; three grandchildren, Shari Kisner, Natasha (Rich) Lewerke, and Shawn Kisner; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; companion, Joy Seggerman; and a number of nephews.
Don was a 1956 graduate of La Plata High School. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1956 and returned to La Plata in 1960. He owned and operated Hunter’s Sundries in La Plata before accepting a position at ATSU in Kirksville, Missouri. Don was on staff from 1967-2003 and was treasurer at the time of his retirement. Don was a member of the La Plata United Methodist Church, La Plata Masonic Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose of Kirksville, and El Kadir Shrine Club of Kirksville. Don enjoyed going to Rutledge and other flea markets.
James R. Johnson, DO, ’70, Ocala, Florida, died July 17, 2019, at age 75. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Helen and J.B. Johnson. The oldest of three boys, he enjoyed riding his bike and learning to build and fix things. He was on the school track team, played clarinet in the band, and played handbells at the Methodist Church in Tulsa.
Dr. Johnson graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and received his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. After his medical internship in Tulsa, he was drafted into the Army where he became a flight surgeon based at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon discharge from the Army, he moved to Mount Clemens, Michigan, to complete a general surgery residency and met Kathy, a nurse, who would become his wife in 1996. He opened a surgical practice in Traverse City, Michigan, with a close friend and classmate. Following his 18 years in Traverse City, he moved to Reed City, Michigan, to practice with his son, Dr. Christopher Johnson. In 1999, he retired to Florida and enjoyed traveling, family activities, and spending the summers on his boat fishing on Lake Michigan. In 2005, he and Kathy joined the Indian Health Service and together practiced in Fort Defiance, Arizona, working with the Navajo for two and a half amazing years. He survived pancreatic cancer, diagnosed in 2008, and went on to enjoy his retirement for another 10 years making him one lucky survivor!
Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Christopher (Anita); daughter, Wendy (Mojo); five grandchildren, Clayton, Cara, Connor, Kiah, and Milo; brother, Steve; and nephew, Kyle. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger.
Perry Kohan, DO, ’60, San Clemente, California, died April 3, 2019, at age 88. Dr. Kohan was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. at age 19. He then worked his way through college in New York City and medical school at UC Irvine and started his practice in W. Covina in 1967. Dr. Kohan was an emeritus clinical professor of urology at the University of Southern California. He bought his home in San Clemente in 1982 and then moved full time to the area in 1994. He helped many and will be missed.
Dr. Kohan leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Roberta Kohan; daughters, Evelyn and Leslie; stepdaughter, Devra; and stepson, Jim, along with his grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica, Brendan, and Becky.
Gerald H. Kursar, DO, ’65, Naples, Florida, died June 12, 2019.
Martin S. Landis, DO, ’53, Grand Rapids, Michigan, died July 26, 2019, at age 90. He was born on Oct. 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Elmer and Violet Martin. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of seven years, Alice Porter; daughter, Emily Dennis; son, Gregory (Debra) Landis, DO, ’84; step-children, Martha Porter, Margaret Porter, David Porter; grandchildren, Drew (Chrissa) Landis, Christopher Landis, Jacob Dennis, Aaron Dennis; step-grandchildren, Anna and Maggie Porter; and two great-grandchildren, Matilda and Bryson Landis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Landis; son, Jeffrey Landis; son-in-law, David Dennis; and stepson, Charles Porter.
Dr. Landis grew up in Gary, Indiana, graduating from Emerson High School and attended Northwestern University, Iowa Wesleyan College, and ATSU-KCOM. He was an osteopathic physician in general practice for 10 years and radiology for 42 years. He was a past Rotary president in Flat Rock, emeritus member of the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, and long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church.
Fred C. LeMaster, DO, ’57, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Nov. 17, 2019, at age 88. He was born on March 5, 1931, in Clay Center, Kansas, to Frederick Earl LeMaster, DO, and Marvel Aura (Potter) LeMaster. He was raised in Washington, Kansas, and met the love of his life, Doris Lorraine Neu, in summer 1945 in the dime store where he worked for Carl and Vera Fay Rosenkranz. Dr. LeMaster and Doris married July 5, 1953, after he graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. That fall, they moved to Kirksville, Missouri, so he could attend ATSU-KCOM, following in his father’s footsteps. He graduated in spring 1957; moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma; and interned at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital (OOH). He opened his practice in north Tulsa in 1958, then moved it to 12th and Peoria in 1977. Around 1983, he took a leave of absence from his practice after accepting the position of director of medical education at OOH, which he held until the late 1980s. He returned to his practice and continued until retirement in 2001.
About the same time that Dr. LeMaster opened his osteopathic practice, he joined the Suburban Acres Lions Club. He served in all positions, including president several times, as it went through various name changes including North Tulsa, Tulsa Metro, and finally Tulsa Metro-McCullough Lions Club. He was instrumental in supporting the Lions concession trailer for several decades at the Tulsa State Fair, the original Great Raft Race, and other events around the Tulsa area. He was District 3-O governor in 1969 and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 1991. He was a third generation Lion and continued his membership until his death.
Dr. LeMaster is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Frederick K. LeMaster, Lorraine L. LeMaster, and C. Douglas LeMaster and his wife, Raquel Tilghman-LeMaster; and granddaughter, Olivia LeMaster.
Otto T. Lorenz II, DO, ’67, Bangor, Michigan, died Oct. 16, 2019, at age 80. Dr. Lorenz is survived by his wife, Julaine; his children, Otto Thomas III and William Andrew Lorenz; grandchildren, Andromeda, Andy, Bella, Willow, Luke, Pike, and Sophia Lorenz; and Julaine’s sons, Tristen and Jason. He is also survived by his two sisters, Lilli Lorenz Johnson and Suzanne Lorenz Brennan, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Lorenz; his sister, Rosalyn Lorenz; and his parents, Otto Thomas and Lillian Zatopa Lorenz.
Dr. Lorenz was born in Urbana, Ohio, and attended St. Mary School and Urbana High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and received his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. Dr. Lorenz spent his medical career in South Haven, Michigan, where he dedicated his life to his patients for over 40 years.
He enjoyed and spent many hours trout fishing on the Au Sable and Manistee rivers in Grayling, Michigan, and lake fishing on Lake Michigan. He loved to read, play golf, and walk through the woods. He was much beloved by all who knew him, his family, and his many patients who experienced his healing care.
Russell F. Mahoney, DO, ’54, Warren, Michigan, died Nov. 7, 2019. Loving husband of the late Filomena for 61 years. Beloved father of Philip and Mary Mahoney. Caring brother of Pauline Reid.
Caleb Marting, OMS III, St. Louis, Missouri, died April 17, 2019.
John P. Methner, DO, Fort Worth, Texas, died July 20, 2020, at age 84. Dr. Methner was born on March 8, 1936, in Terra Haute, Indiana, to Jack C. Methner and Elizabeth A. O’Rourke. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William J. Methner; his sister, Mary E. Methner; his brother-in-law, Donald G. Shockley; and his grandson, Michael J. Methner Jr.
Dr. Methner was a lifelong Catholic. Dr. Methner grew up in southeast Texas, a graduate of St Mary’s. He received his bachelor of science degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at KCCOM (now UHSCOMKC) in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Methner returned to southeast Texas to general practice for three years, and then followed his passion to psychiatry. He studied psychiatry in Nevada, Missouri, from ’67 to ’70, he then realized that psychiatry was his calling. Dr. Methner moved his family to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas and was an integral part in establishing TCOM medical school’s psychiatric education area while building a private psychiatric practice and his work with MHMR. Dr. Methner was proud of his service to his country, joining the Navy in 1978, as a commander through 1983, then leaving the Navy to join the USAF as a lieutenant colonel flight surgeon, in 1983, traveling the world, leaving service in 1988. Dr. Methner returned home to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1988 to private practice, various mental health institutes including MHMR, Texas courts system, to finally retire in 2002 with Terrell State Hospital. Dr. Methner contributed to the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and had the Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Medallion Program set up for travel by award recipients.
Dr. Methner leaves behind the mother of his children, Jane E. Tywater and her husband, Kenneth P. Tywater; his sister, Judith A. Shockley; and his sister-in-law, Barbara G. Methner. Included are his children Patricia L. Methner, John P. Methner II, Dr. Michael J. Methner and wife, Lisa, Stephanie A. Seegar, and Kevin M. Methner. His grandchildren, J. Chase Marney, Kendra M. Marney, Melody A. Methner and Kennedy A. Methner, and Noah and Bailey Lindley; great-grandchildren, Easton C. Marney and Hunter R. Kettler; and many nieces and nephews. With special mention of his dear friend, Loretta G. Burrow, we are grateful.
Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L, Portland, Oregon, died July 27, 2020, at age 61. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alberta (Tesser) Mineo and Joseph Mineo, and her beloved husband, Louis Filosa of 30 years, whom she stood beside as he lost his battle with cancer in February 2020. She leaves behind her artistically gifted daughter, Samantha Filosa; her sister, Thais Mineo-Bollmann; and a niece, Ariana, and nephew, Matthew.
Dr. Mineo grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended South Shore High School. She attended New York University’s Occupational Therapy program, where she was able to combine her love for both science and art. While completing her degree in occupational therapy in 1980, she created a 28-minute video documentary titled “Jenine” that received several awards and is part of the Donnell Film Library, NYC Public Library. She went on to receive a master’s degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research. She was able to combine her passions for art, culture, and education as she received a doctorate from New York University’s Department of Culture and Communication program in media ecology. There, she studied under Dr. Neil Postman, writing a dissertation titled “Computer Conferencing and Online Education: Uncovering the Assumptions.”
As a pediatric occupational therapist, Dr. Mineo worked with young children with developmental and emotional issues and their families. She was able to weave in an academic path that included faculty appointments as adjunct instructor and adjunct associate professor at NYU School of Education and as academic fieldwork coordinator at Touro College, New York. In 2005, she became chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at ATSU. There, she became a tenured full professor and developed post-professional online programs. In 2014, she stepped down as department chair and continued on as program director of online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy programs. Dr. Mineo worked as a consultant for academic and community program development. She has been instrumental in launching the careers of many students and mentoring others in their professional development.
Her passion for wellness, social justice, and philanthropic work, in conjunction with her belief in the potential of all humans, shaped and structured the way she approached education, her interests, and her activities. She was a mentor to all who knew her. She supported her students, her colleagues, and her friends in their personal and professional growth. Building upon her skills and passion for mentoring, she was launching a program as a coach for individuals pursuing their doctoral degrees and the establishment of her own dissertation coaching private practice.
Dr. Mineo was also an artist, favoring the visual arts through mixed media, painting, and printing. She was an active member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, was part of the editorial board of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy since its inception, and participated in many other academic or community committees. Consequently, she developed a wide network of friends and colleagues who will miss her creative and visionary spirit.
Joseph H. Morrow Jr., DO, ’55, Dallas, Texas, died May 25, 2019, at age 89. Left to remember Dr. Morrow are his children, Stephen Morrow and Cinda Koch (James); grandchildren, Andrea Eberle, David Eberle (Tamara), Ryan Koch (Jamie), and Kyle Koch; great-grandchildren, Mya and Grace Eberle and Mattison and James Koch. In passing, Dr. Morrow joins his precious and beloved daughter, Pamela Eberle Lammert.
Fun and good humored. Sweet and caring for others. Devilish grin and sparkling eyes. These are words that best describe Doc. Even as his memory limited him, Dr. Morrow’s broad smile, humor, and kind nature continued to shine. He was an exceedingly bright man. He loved studying all things – stocks and the market, complex medical journals, horseracing, and the mathematical formulas of picking a winner. He loved music of the 1930s and 40s – jazz, swing, and big band. Having played trumpet in his own jazz band, “The Swingsters,” he made sure his children were properly schooled in all the musical greats of that generation. He also had a passion for classic movies and musicals of the 40s and 50s. His favorites were anything featuring Judy Garland, Doris Day, or Audrey Hepburn. A fond memory will always be his excitement in laying out candy bars, peanuts, and snacks, setting the stage for an evening of old movies with his children/grandchildren.
Born Sept. 3, 1929, in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, Dr. Morrow knew from an early age he would pursue a medical career. He later recalled he spent many days of his youth at the knee of the family friend and neighbor, Dr. Newhart, learning about medicine, patient care, and the practice of healing. In 1955, Dr. Morrow graduated from ATSU-KCOM, married Sharon Lee Cleeton the next day, and then began his medical internship in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The following year, he opened his medical practice in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Morrow and Sharon raised three children together, Stephen, Pamela and Cinda. The children were their pride and joy. Dr. Morrow practiced medicine for nearly 50 years from his office in St. Louis, and held many prestigious positions in the medical community there. While much of his practice was in family medicine, he later became known as an expert in the field of medical testimony and developed a large and successful practice in this specialty. He was a desired expert by both sides of a litigation due to his unflappable and astute deposition abilities.
Dr. Morrow was a hard worker and taught his children most anything could be accomplished with discipline, study, and pressing forward toward the goal. While he had many successes in life, he never let a setback dampen his enthusiasm about what could be accomplished next. He was an optimist and an encourager, in his words and in his actions. His children benefited greatly from his example of positive attitude, fortitude, and encouragement.
Upon retirement at age 75, Dr. Morrow and his then wife, Kim Siebe Morrow, moved to Cypress, Texas, where he enjoyed several years in their beautiful home with his shelties – Shelby, Toby, and Kipling. He adored these dogs and spoiled them generously. His life in Cypress was relaxing – he spent time with good friends at Sam Houston racetrack, he enjoyed running and exercising, and he loved caring for the birds and wildlife in his large backyard. In 2016, he moved to Dallas to be closer to family, and Silverado-Plano turned out to be the right place for him. He was a bright light in this community. He touched the lives of many residents, family members, and the staff with his joyful and kind nature. The Silverado dogs and cats were wonderful for him. It was beautiful to see his sweet and special bond with these animals. He was happy. The past three years spent in Dallas near family have been a gift for all. He had the opportunity to spend time with his four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Those moments are treasured, and they will be remembered forever.
Paul R. Munson, DO, ’67, Salem, Oregon, died March 31, 2020, at age 80. He was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on April 3, 1939. He lived most of his life in Oregon. He was born to Caroline (née Sjödin) and Sverre Munson (née Hundeide) in Klamath Falls where he was raised with his sister, Mary Ann. He graduated from Klamath Union High School, Central Washington University, and ATSU-KCOM. Following graduation, he practiced family medicine in Oregon – Estacada, Monmouth, and Dallas. He married Patricia Graham of Moses Lake, Washington, in 1959, and they divorced in 1997. He married Rosalie Smith of Salem, Oregon, in May 2005.
Dr. Munson was active in the Monmouth-Independence community for 35 years. He was a member of Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Elks Club, and several professional organizations. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church. He loved sports and music. He skied, bowled, and golfed. He followed local, regional, and professional sports teams. He liked to dance. Dr. Munson enjoyed music and played several instruments. He joined Morningside United Methodist Church where he and Rosie sang in the choir. After retirement, they spent winter months in Arizona. He joined a bowling team, sang with a men’s group and choir at the resort.
Dr. Munson is survived by his loving wife, Rosie; his five children, Diane (and James) Langdon; Tracey (and Martin) Schnabel; Brent Munson; Tana (and Anthony) Foster; and Travis (and Sarah) Munson; his sister, Mary Ann (and Kenneth) Ellis; and his seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Cheryl S. Nadeau, AuD, ’14, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died Feb. 4, 2020, at age 61. She was born Feb. 20, 1958, in Kern County, California, the daughter of Clarence and Fern Bassham Bartell. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia and received her doctorate of audiology from ATSU. Dr. Nadeau was employed by Workplace Integra as a senior occupational audiologist. She was a member of Pinedale Christian Church, where she participated in the Pinedale Christian Singles Group. She loved quilting, dogs, bird watching, and traveling the world. People knew her by her infectious laugh and positive attitude that brought smiles to all whom she encountered.
Dr. Nadeau was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Alan Nadeau; and her grandchild, Serena Kelley-Ornelas. Survivors include her daughter, Ceara Crowder and husband, Torri; two grandchildren, Ana Jones and Amayah Hayes; a sister, Linda Funk and husband, Karl; two brothers, Randy Bartell and wife, Ida, and Brad Bartell and wife, Cathy; many nieces, nephews, friends, and a special friend, Susan Clark.
David E. Nuss, AuD, ’06, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died Dec. 7, 2019, at age 58. He was born Dec. 15, 1960, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School, University of Texas, and University of North Texas, and he earned a doctoral degree in audiology from ATSU. He served a long career as a highly respected audiologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was known as an extraordinarily kind and generous man who was a friend to all.
Dr. Nuss was the son of the late Warren Philip Nuss and Celina Seghers Nuss. He was predeceased by his sister, Christine Nuss Guillot. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Elgiar Nuss; his daughter, Jodi Nuss Schexnaydre (Alex); brothers, Philip Warren Nuss (Lucia), Michael Seghers Nuss, Daniel Wehrmann Nuss (Wilma), and Mark Matthew Nuss (Sandra); and sisters, Alice Nuss Bourgeois (Valry), Debbie Nuss Sudduth, and Victoria Nuss Piconi (Alan); and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Dennis Orland, DO, ’64, Boynton Beach, Florida, died July 21, 2019, at age 82. Born in Paterson, Dr. Orland grew up in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM and Fordham University’s College of Pharmacy. He was in family practice for 50 years in Wayne, New Jersey, and served on the staffs of Chilton, St. Joseph’s (Wayne General), and Saddle Brook hospitals. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Avia Ludsin Orland; his sons, Jeff and Ron; his daughter-in-law, Lisa; and his grandchildren, Ariel, Joanna, Emma, and Jordan. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Ari.
Francis M. Osher, DO, ’64, Flint, Michigan, died Dec. 22, 2019, at age 82. Dr. Osher was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 27, 1937, the son of the late Harry S. and Christina (Porcaro) Osher. He resided in the Flint area since 1965. He was married to Betty Percy on Nov. 26, 1965. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Assembly 524 of Mt. Morris, Ducks Unlimited, American Osteopathic Association of Genesee and Saginaw Counties, Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force, and St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Morris. Dr. Osher practiced family medicine in both Birch Run and Mt. Morris for over 31 years until his retirement.
He leaves his wife, Betty, and children, Mark (Thresa) Cook, April (Patrick) Mannor, and Michael (Deanna) Osher. He also leaves grandchildren, Brett, Mitch (Kirsten), Zachary, Tiffany, William, Matthew, Megan, David, Joseph, and Haley, and his numerous great-grandchildren and extended family. He was preceded in death by sister, Helen Masterson. The family would like to thank friends and fellow Knights, David Slough, Robert Swales, and Carl Haliver.
Herbert Pardell, DO, ’58, Port St. Lucie, Florida, died May 26, 2020, at age 88. Dr. Pardell was born on Dec. 16, 1931, in Passaic, New Jersey. Survived by Janette Pardell (wife).
Stephen D. Parker, DO, ’67, Union, New Jersey, died March 17, 2020, at age 79. He was a family practice and sports medicine physician in Roselle Park, New Jersey, for many years. During this time, he was associated with the police in Roselle Park, Kenilworth, and Mountainside, as well as the county sheriff’s department. He was honored for his work with the FBI. Dr. Parker was a team doctor for high school and college athletics, and worked with some semi-pro and pro teams.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zucker Parker; his children, Craig (Jill) Parker, Lisa Parker (Steve Weber), and Michele (Walter) Schweikardt; and his grandchildren, Samantha, Zachary, and Isabel Parker, and Tyler Weber. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Judy and Burton W. Schwartz; his sister-in-law, Susan Zucker; and his four nieces and nephews.
Lt. Col. Fred D. Price, DO, ’70, Spokane Valley, Washington, died May 22, 2020, at age 77. Dr. Price was born Oct. 27, 1942, in Paso Robles, California. He had a happy childhood playing sports, hunting, and fishing with his family. He was a good athlete and wanted to be a basketball coach, but a knee injury deterred him. He instead applied to medical school. He was accepted to ATSU-KCOM.
Before he even began classes, he was introduced to his wife by his next door neighbor and friend, and they were married six months later on March 14, 1966. Dr. Price completed his internship in Tucson, Arizona, and went into private practice. Unhappy with long hours that stole family time, he met an Air Force recruiter one day at the hospital and with the lure of travel to Japan, he enlisted. The family spent 20 years in the military, living in Japan, Germany, and on some stateside bases. Dr. Price did general practice, headed an asthma clinic, and then became a flight surgeon, working and flying with air crews, a job he truly loved. Dr. Price retired Jan. 1, 1996, and worked as the first medical director of CHAS, then as locum at various Veterans Affairs clinics. He touched many lives along the way and liked to give his patients time to talk. He liked to say that letting them talk was a great medicine.
Dr. Price is survived by his wife, Thea; his children, David (Jennifer), Christine (Tim), and Susan, plus his five grandchildren; his older brother, Samuel W. Price, DO, ’76; and many loved relatives.
Jack E. Quarters, DO, ’57, Saginaw, Michigan, died Dec. 5, 2019, at age 92. The son of the late Norman C. and Marguerite (Waite) Quarters, he was born on Aug. 30, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University in 1953. Following graduation, he attended ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1957. Jack served his internship at Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital. After his internship, he then went on to open a family practice with Dr. Arno Schury. Dr. Quarters served the Saginaw area from 1958 until his retirement in 2013. He served as a former medical director for Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital. He was a member of the Saginaw Valley Osteopathic Society, American Osteopathic Association, and Michigan Osteopathic Association. He enjoyed traveling and fishing, especially fishing excursions to Alaska.
Surviving are close friends, David Kennedy, Sharon Fielding, Sheryl and Paul Fielding, Gwen Winiecke, and Rebecca and Gary Simons; and all former patients. Dr. Quarters was predeceased by a close friend, Roy Simon.
Virgil J. Rose, DO, ’53, Louisville, Colorado, died July 5, 2019, at age 91. He was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Vincennes, Indiana, the youngest of eight children of Henry and Rosie K. Rose. He graduated Lincoln High School in 1946, the first in his family to do so. After leaving high school, he attended college and medical school in Kirksville, Missouri. He was a preceptor of anatomy at ATSU-KCOM where he graduated in 1953. After completing an Internship in Portland, Maine, he was accepted into Dr. J.O. Watson’s renowned Surgical Residency in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Watson tapped Dr. Rose for the position of chief resident during his first year of surgical residency. In 1958, he moved to Orrville, Ohio, with his wife, Peggy (Staley) Rose. They had three children, Mike, Jamie, and Rebecca. Dr. Rose was the chief of surgery and staff at the Osteopathic Hospital in Orrville, Ohio, where he practiced for 25 years. He would take his surgical practice to Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada, in over 50 years of caring for others. Doctors and nurses who assisted Dr. Rose in the operating room would always tell stories of how carefully, brilliantly, and quickly he would perform his operations as the “master surgeon.” Dr. Rose loved his patients and was humbled to be able to help so many. He will be remembered for his selfless care of others, quick sense of humor, intelligence, and gentle nature.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Connie; his three children, Michael (Angela) Rose, Jamie (Jon) Glaefke, and Rebecca (Jim Hranko) Rose; grandchildren, Angela, Justin, Jamon, and Kate; and great-grandchildren, Cash and Scarlett. Many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews who were a gift to him, and he loved deeply.
Stephen Scarbrough, DHSc, ’18, Sylvania, Ohio, died Jan. 28, 2020, at age 53. He was born March 28, 1966, to parents William J. and R. Joyce (McManus) Scarbrough. He was in the biotech industry for the last 15 years, with the past four years serving as the senior director of medical affairs for Sage Therapeutics of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As a graduate of Central Catholic High School (’84), he lived a life rooted in the Catholic tradition. He was motivated by a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, which led him to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and later, a degree in nursing from Mercy College. He went on to obtain his master’s in business administration from the University of Findlay and most recently earned his doctorate in health sciences in 2018 from ATSU.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 29 years, Carey (Carr) Scarbrough; his two daughters, Elena (David) Breininger and Olivia Scarbrough. He is also survived by his mother, Joyce Scarbrough, and his siblings, Maureen (Kevin) Intagliata, Kristen Scarbrough, and Martin (Jill) Scarbrough. He leaves behind his grandchild and best buddy, Noah Breininger. Dr. Scarbrough is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Dr. Scarbrough and Carey created a marriage and life that was full of adventure, one that was the pinnacle of love and companionship. They shared a love that was a beacon to many and an example to all. First and foremost, Dr. Scarbrough enjoyed his family, as well as traveling, learning, and teaching. He spent time with those he loved, all of whom loved him even more. He was a devoted husband, father, Papi, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, and a loyal Central Catholic High School, University of Toledo, and Michigan Wolverine fan and supporter. Go Irish! Go Rockets! Go Blue! His character, drive, and determination were unmatched in all that did. His love and presence had, and will continue to have, a resounding effect on the Toledo community. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege to know him.
Arno B. Schury, DO, ’57, Frankenmuth, Michigan, died Aug. 8, 2019, at age 87. He was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Flint, Michigan, to Selma Marie (Schiefer) Schury and Benjamin John Schury. He attended school at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Flint Northern High School, and Michigan State University. He attended ATSU-KCOM. He completed his internship at Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital in 1958. After his internship, he started a private family practice with his partner, Jack Quarters, DO, ’57, in Carrollton, Michigan. In 1973, he bought Dr. Roeper’s practice in Frankenmuth. His office was located at the old bank building, which is now part of Fenton Home Furnishings. In 1981, he moved his practice to a new office he built on West Genessee Street. In 1998, he joined the St. Mary’s Physicians team. After 43 years of practice, he retired on June 30, 2000. It was a tough decision for him to make. His patients were a large part of his life, and he missed them.
He was faithful member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and a past president of St. Lorenz Lutheran School Board of Education. He was a member of Frankenmuth Lions Club, Frankenmuth Conservation Club, and the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Schury was a member of many professional organizations: American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Osteopathic Association delegate for 30 years, the MOA OMT committee, Medicaid Liaison Committee, Osteopathic Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Imaging Liaison Committee, past president of the Saginaw County Osteopathic Society, past president Michigan Association of Family Practitioners, Wellspring (Frankenmuth Lutheran Home) medical director, Department of Social Service Medical Services Administration, past president of the Michigan Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He loved fly-fishing, photography, bridge, hunting, traveling, and not so much skiing, but loved the snow and the outdoors so he pursued it. He and Janice Helen (Trombley) were married in 1960. Oct. 29 would have been their 59th wedding anniversary.
Dr. Schury is survived by his wife and children, Lori (Herminio) Gonzalez, Kristi (Dr. Mark) Gugel, and Mark (Susan) Schury, DO, ’97. He has eight grandchildren, Justin Gonzalez, Allison (Evan) Davis, Maximilian Gugel, Benjamin Gugel, Sophia Gugel, Connor Schury, Keaton Schury, and Carter Schury. Also survived by his sister, Ruth (Charles) Meyka. Dr. Schury loved God, his family, his friends, colleagues, and will be truly missed by all who know him.
Walter E. Scott III, DO, ’79, Warren, Ohio, died May 10, 2019.
Elmer C. Shurlow, DO, ’55, Clare, Michigan, died Jan. 19, 2020, at age 90. On March 25, 1929, Dr. Shurlow was born, the son of Ray and Martha (Stier) Shurlow in Lapeer, Michigan. He was a graduate of Lapeer High School in 1947, a place where he excelled academically and in every athletic endeavor he sought. It was also at this time his work career began, as his first job was delivering poultry to Henry Ford Hospital and Eastern Market for his parent’s poultry processing company. After high school, he attended Albion College for his undergraduate degree. While there, he played football all four years until his graduation in 1951.
Missouri would be home for Dr. Shurlow from 1951 to 1955 while he attended ATSU-KCOM, where he earned his credentials as a DO and consequently started a family tradition. During this time, he met his first wife, Wilma Moine, a marriage that resulted in two sons, James and Charles, DO, ’89. After serving an externship in Flint and his surgical residency in Clare under Dr. Robert Krainik, Dr. Shurlow sought the opportunity to further his training as a surgeon, studying surgery in Austria and Ireland from ’59 to ’60. In 1961, Dr. Shurlow returned to Clare and accepted a position at the Clare Osteopathic Hospital as a general surgeon. He served the hospital until 1992. While at the hospital he also served as the chief physician in the ER and as a general practice physician.
More than just a DO, Dr. Shurlow also had a keen sense of business. During his medical career in Clare, Dr. Shurlow and Wilma founded the Clare Nursing Home and Clare County Ambulance Co. In 1978, he opened his own freestanding ER and surgery clinic known as the Clare Medical Building. He was instrumental in founding the BPS Laboratory and the Care More Foster Care Homes. He also served long tenures as the chief medical examiner in both Clare and Isabella counties. It was also at this time in his career that he met his life partner, Mary Ann David. The couple married in 1983, and enjoyed nearly 37 years together.
In the few hours that Dr. Shurlow wasn’t practicing medicine, he was sure to be at his 130-acre farm just outside of town where he would ride his tractor and put his imagination to work on ideas of all sorts, partnering with Bill Koch and Carl Stephenson to save the local theater from closing (Clare’s
Ideal Theater). In 2004, Dr. Shurlow and Mary Ann opened the Herrick House in Clare where he became the chief dishwasher. He was a lover of all animals, an avid reader, a veracious collector of junk and a
master prankster. He was kind, tenderhearted, and a consummate hard worker. In one way or another,
he has affected many in Clare, whether it was through routine house visits, life-saving surgery,
repairing a fracture, delivering 2,036 babies, trying to save injured animals, or getting stuck behind
him driving in or out of town! He sought to leave the world better than he found it. He succeeded.
Dr. Shurlow is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Shurlow, and his sons, James Shurlow, Dr. Charles (Krista) Shurlow, and Brian (Jenny) David. He is also survived by his grandchildren, James R. (Sara) Shurlow, DO, ’09, Sara (Wes) Lee, Ryan C. Shurlow, and Austin Shurlow, and his three
great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Martha Shurlow; his grandson, Ryan
Charles Shurlow, and his sister, Erma Kisser.
Carl O. Sites Jr., DO, ’52, Hillsboro, Ohio, died June 9, 2019, at age 94. He was born March 19, 1925, in Kirksville, Missouri, the son of the late Dr. C.O. and Blanche Hamilton Sites. Dr. Sites was a doctor of osteopathic medicine and also a doctor of ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Sites was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans; a life member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars; a life member of the American Legion; a life member of the professional honor society, Psi Sigma Alpha; and a life member of the National College of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. He was a founder, member, and past president of the Ohio State Society of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. He was a past president of the Society for Crippled Children and Adults, past exalted ruler of the BPOE Lodge 361 and had served as a special deputy for the Highland County Sheriff’s Department for 22 years. In 2000, Dr. Sites was honored with an Ohio Medical License Emeritus, one of the first such licenses bestowed. “Doc” Sites even had the first dollar he ever earned. He kept it because it was silver.
He is survived by his wife, Mickey Brandstetter Sites; one daughter, Kathleen (Hon. Stephen) Markman; three stepchildren, Isaac (Tina) Ackels, Erik (Brittany) Ackels, and Emma Suarez; seven grandchildren, Dr. James (Heather) Markman, Charles (Bethany) Markman, and Taryn, Tegan, Ella, Brady, and Olivia Ackels; and four great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Jack, Lillian, and Genevieve Markman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Kathleen Mikels Sites, on March 16, 2007.
James M. Slater, DO, ’75, Fayetteville, Tennessee, died June 8, 2019, at age 72. He was born on Jan. 18, 1947, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Fred Lyman and Vera Viola VanHouten Slater. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM, worked as a trauma surgeon for many years in mid-Michigan and was a college professor with Ivy Tech Community College. He enjoyed fly-fishing, astronomy, and spending time with his family. He was larger than life.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Dr. Misty Dawn Miller Slater; daughters, Jessica Sue (Rick) Carter, Emily Michael Slater, Breanna Elizabeth Jacobs, Kate Isabella Slater, Natalie Erin Slater, and Daisy Amelia Slater; son, Ian Stephen Slater and his wife, Nicole; granddaughters, Jane Victoria Carter, Rachel Emily Carter, Abigail Zoe Slater, and Caroline Janice Slater; and a brother, Stephen (Anne Jackson) Slater.
Timothy L. Sprenkle, DO, ’88, Jasper, Missouri, died May 17, 2019, at age 56. He was born June 18, 1962, to Roy and Lorene Sprenkle. Survivors include his parents and four loving and caring children, Veronica H. Wells and husband, Ethan; Quentin R. Sprenkle; Oliver R. Sprenkle; and Angus R. Sprenkle. He was especially fond of his grandson, Cohen A. Wells, whom he often talked about and showed pictures of to anyone who showed an interest. Dr. Sprenkle is survived by two sisters, Tammy L. Motazedi and husband, Dr. Dean Motazedi, their two children, Tray and Alexander, and Tabby L. Compton and husband, Jeff Compton, their three children, Christopher, Kaleb, and Kelsey. He loved them all and especially liked to cut up and tease his family.
Dr. Sprenkle graduated from Jasper High School as valedictorian in 1980 and from Missouri Southern State University, with honors, in 1984. He then received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in June 1988. From 1988-89 he served his internship, and then his residency from 1989-1991 at Charles E. Still Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri (now Still Regional Medical Center).
Dr. Sprenkle moved to Lamar, Missouri, in 1991 and set up family practice working with Dr. Joustra, Dr. Wilson, and later with Dr. Eric Miller whom he grew to love and respect. He loved working in the ER because he said that is where the action is. Over the years, he spent a lot of his weekends at Barton County Memorial Hospital. He has delivered numerous children from this area and saved countless lives. In all, Dr. Sprenkle had 29 years of ER experience. When he left Freeman in 2018, he had many offers to work in ERs for various hospitals. He finally decided on Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi, Missouri, as director of the ER. He loved this hospital and staff. He was so impressed, he decided to move there.
Leslie V. Spriggs, DO, ’51, Naples, Florida, died July 6, 2019, at age 92. He was born Oct. 27, 1926, in Villa Grove, Illinois, a son of the late Leslie V. and Tonia (née Franklin) Spriggs. He had been a full-time resident of Naples since 2006 and a winter resident since the late 90s.
He served in the U.S. Army during the occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a member of the American Legion Post 303 in Bonita Springs, Florida. After his discharge from the Army, he took advantage of the GI bill, and became a physician – anesthesiologist. He loved his profession, and his patients loved him. He had three main passions in his life – medicine, his family and friends, and tennis. When Dr. Spriggs retired, he and his wife moved to Naples and enjoyed many happy years together. He was a true gentleman and a loyal friend, and he will be missed. Dr. Spriggs spent his entire career with the Carson City Hospital in Carson City, Michigan. He retired in 1998 as chief of anesthesiology.
Dr. Spriggs is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Karen M. Spriggs; four children, Dr. Kurt Spriggs (Chris), Eric Spriggs (Jane), Dr. Lecia Spriggs, and Stacey Spriggs (Ashley); six grandchildren; and his brother, Robert Spriggs.
Leon Stein, DO, ’54, Pompano Beach, Florida, died July 10, 2020, at age 92. He was born Jan. 11, 1928. He was a member of the Sharon High School class of 1946. Dr. Stein earned his bachelor of arts and science in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1954.
He was the outstanding husband of 64 years to Shirley Stein, father and mentor to Joel D. Stein, DO, FAAO, FAOASM, FACOFP, C-Pain Medicine, ’83, grandfather to Jessica Silvershein and her husband, Dan Silvershein, Alfred Stein and his wife, Amanda Stein, and Jakob Stein.
Dr. Stein was a Sharon community leader. He was one of the early founders of the Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital (SVOH) in the 1950s, now part of the UPMC system. He not only was chief of staff for SVOH, but also for Sharon General Hospital. He was an advocate for teaching family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Stein left his practice in Sharon in 2003 to advance his part-time teaching in osteopathic manipulative medicine at UPMC, circulating through several hospitals for weekly lecture and manual medicine workshops. He retired in 2007, and in 2019, moved to Pompano Beach.
William C. Stonecipher, DO, ’59, Camp Verde, Arizona, died June 29, 2020, at age 88. He was born Sept. 10, 1931. He was the husband to his loving wife, Helen, for 29 wonderful years. He leaves behind six children, Cindy, Rhonda, Lori, Lana, Jill, and Curtis; three stepchildren, Stacey, Shannon, and was preceded in death by Eric; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Terry, and sister, Judy, who have wonderful memories of their big brother.
Dr. Stonecipher was a family practice physician for over 50 years and was loved by all his patients. He practiced in Phoenix, Wickenburg, and the Verde Valley. He wore many different hats in his life. Among the many were U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, retiring as a full bird colonel. He was a Quick Draw Showman, member of the Dons Club, on the DPS Special Operations Unit where he was their “Doc.” In addition, he served as a member of the KOAA Board of Directors and ATSU Board of Trustees. He never met a stranger and helped more people than can be counted.
Elizabeth “Ashley” Strait, Columbia, Missouri, died April 7, 2020, at age 50. She was born May 13, 1969, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lived in the Joplin, Missouri, area most of her younger life. After marriage to Billy Strait, DO, ’91, on Aug. 8, 1993, she moved with him to Kirksville, Missouri, and lived there for 14 years. While there, she received her bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology at Truman State University. For the last 13 years, she has resided with her family in the Columbia, Missouri, area. Ashley was preceded in death by her mother, Dana (Thomas) Trahan.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughter, Hannah Strait; her father, Dr. Thomas Trahan; her brother, Joseph Trahan; and her brother, Christopher “Shane” Trahan.
Shirley Swofford, Sunnyside, Washington, died July 17, 2019, at age 89. She was born Oct. 19, 1929, to Frances (Straub) and Gordon S. Hollahan, in Yakima, Washington. She spent her early years in Selah and Yakima, and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Yakima. She then attended Seattle University, graduating with a major in English literature. In 1950, she and several friends visited France and Italy for the Jubilee Year. On Nov. 24, 1951, she married Peter J. Swofford, DO, ’57, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima. In 1953, the couple moved with their young son to Kirksville, Missouri, so Jay could pursue his medical training. While living in Kirksville, Shirley appreciated seeing thunderstorms and watching the antics of the neighborhood cardinals, as well as adding to her own brood. After Jay’s year of internship, the family settled in Sunnyside, Washington, where they had purchased a medical practice. In Sunnyside, Shirley cared for the growing family and enjoyed reading, gardening, and walking, in between mealtimes and loads of laundry. As time passed and the children grew up, Shirley took advantage of opportunities to ski on winter vacations and to wade (but not swim) on summer trips. Shirley also developed an interest in photography, and as the grandchildren began to appear, she especially loved taking pictures of them. Eventually she and Jay chose to spend time in Maui in the winter, and for their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001, they cruised through the Panama Canal. And of course there were children to visit, some close at hand and some scattered over the U.S.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband and by her oldest daughter, Susan Lunde, as well as her brother-in-law, Leonard Olson. She is greatly missed by her children, David (Patrice) Swofford, DO, ’78, Sharon (Clarence Benjert), Jennifer (Dale Beck), John (Mina) Swofford, DO, ’88, Mark (Lynette) Swofford, DO, ’90, and Michael (Rose) Swofford, DO, ’92; her son-in-law, Ross Lunde; and her grandchildren, Brenen (Taylor) Swofford, DO, ’16, Devon (Lauren) Swofford, DO, ’18, Travis and Malyssa (Nate Moore) Lunde, Jayson Benjert, DO, ’05, Erika (Greg Boutain) and Hank (Angela) Benjert, Jordan (Christi), Josh, and Taylor Beck, DO, ’18, Connor, Miya, and Mason Swofford, Evan and Adam Swofford, and Brandon Swofford, Stuart Lunde, and Elizabeth Lunde. Great-grandchildren include Gardner Max Swofford, Grace Moore, Rylie and Reese Boutain, and Evie and Fox Beck. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Hollahan, and her niece, Margaret Olson. Shirley was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. She will be especially remembered for her dry sense of humor, her abiding passion for solving crossword puzzles, and her fondness for chocolate.
Fred C. Tinning, PhD, Lansing, Michigan, died Nov. 30, 2019, at age 83. He was born Aug. 15, 1936, to James and Susan (Smith) Tinning, who were proud Scottish immigrants and lived in Detroit, Michigan. His father came to Detroit in 1927, working as a tool and die maker, and his mother made the journey from their beloved Scotland with his four older siblings in 1928. Dr. Tinning had many adventures in and around Detroit as a young boy and shared many wonderful stories of those simpler times. He attended Dixon Elementary School where he found friendships that he maintained to this day. He graduated from McKenzie High School in 1954 and went on to attend Michigan State University (MSU), where he earned three degrees. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business in 1959, followed by a master of arts in rehabilitation counseling in 1961. He became a graduate assistant for the dean of the MSU School of Osteopathic Medicine, and it rekindled an interest he had as a young man in the osteopathic profession. He continued and pursued his doctoral degree and wrote his thesis on “An Experimental Study Investigating the Effects of Real And Simulated Clinical Training on Psychomotor, Affective, and Cognitive Variables During Real Clinical Performance of First Year Osteopathic Medical Students.” He earned his PhD in medical education in 1973, and thereafter, he began his career in the world of osteopathic medical education.
During his time at MSU in 1958, he met the love of his life and eternal sweetheart, Janet Eileen Marshall. They married on March 9, 1963. Although this date was incredibly important and meaningful to them, perhaps the most significant date in their lives was on Jan. 24, 1971, when they both committed their lives to the Lord by asking him to come into their hearts and be their Lord and Savior. This wonderful decision would define their life of service to the Lord and enable them to be witnesses to so many about the saving grace of Jesus.
After earning his doctoral degree, Dr. Tinning was hired by MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM). He proudly served MSU-COM in the following capacities: 1972-73, instructor in the Department of Osteopathic Medicine and administrative assistant for clinical affairs, director of educational program implementation; 1973-74, director and associate professor, Office of Staff and Educational Resources; 1974-75, assistant dean for academic affairs and associate professor, Office of Academic Affairs; 1975-84 assistant dean for planning and program operations; professor, Department of Counseling, Personnel Services and Educational Psychology, College of Education, MSU; and professor, Department of Community Health Science.
In 1999, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the MSU Alumni Association for his outstanding community, state, and national service. His time at his beloved alma mater was not limited to academia, however. Dr. Tinning, or “Doc” as he was widely known, was incredibly involved on campus. Together, Doc and Janet started the MSU chapter of the Fellowship of Christians Athletes (FCA). Through FCA they held Bible studies at their home every Monday evening and had a house full of MSU student athletes who wanted to learn more about a relationship with the Lord. He was also the MSU Varsity “S” Club faculty advisor serving Spartan athletes in every sport on campus. Lastly, Doc was invited to become the chaplain/advisor for the MSU football team. He served as chaplain and traveled with the football team for more than eight years, conducting chapel services before games and mentoring hundreds of young men in their faith and life. He loved every minute spent with these wonderful students and supporting his Spartan family.
Following his years of service at MSU, Dr. Tinning became the eighth president of A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in 1984. At the time, the founding school of the osteopathic profession was struggling and in financial distress. When he arrived, he said he was committed to one goal: “To do what is right for the institution by preserving traditions and planning tomorrows.” And, he did just that. The time of “new beginnings” for the founding school had begun. His commitment served him well throughout his 12-year tenure. In 1994, the school dedicated a new education center named in his honor and began the allied health campus in Phoenix, Arizona, known as the ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences, now located in Mesa. Upon his retirement in 1996, Dr. Tinning was named president emeritus of ATSU-KCOM, and he was named an ATSU-KCOM doctor of osteopathic education honorary degree recipient at ATSU-KCOM’s May 2014 Commencement Ceremony. He was proud to have been bestowed this honor by the institution and profession he so dearly loved.
Dr. Tinning also served as president at Pacific Northwest University from 2006-07. Throughout his career, he has been an adviser and consultant to multiple osteopathic colleges, including the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, North Texas State University, New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Tinning had more than 45 years’ experience in educational administration, medical education, consulting, and rehabilitation counseling, and he made a lasting impact and extensive contribution to the osteopathic profession as a whole.
His professional career was remarkable; however, he would certainly have said that his most important roles in life were as a follower of Jesus, committed to sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible, a devoted husband, loving father, doting papa, and wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved fiercely, spoke boldly, and put Jesus first every day. For the last seven years, Doc had been sending a daily scripture message to hundreds of people from all walks of his life. These messages have certainly been passed to many thousands of people over time. The impact he has surely made is beyond comprehension this side of heaven.
Dr. Tinning was preceded in death by Janet, his beloved wife of nearly 56 years. He is survived by his daughters, Marie (Curtis) Ebeling, Jean (Michael) Virkus, and Laura (Wade) Reister; his “adopted” son, Gregory (Amy) Bode; grandchildren, Christina (fiancé Todd Fox), Elizabeth, Rachel, and Rebekah Duzan and Matthew Ebeling; Benjamin, Jacob, and Marlowe Virkus; Alec, Zachary, Maximus, and Mason Bode; step-grandchildren Josh (Kat), Emily, and Andrew Ebeling; godson, Tristan Buckner; sisters-in-law Virginia Johnson and Arlene (Doug) Turner, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, he is survived by so many others who called him dad, papa, and “Doc,” and he cherished those relationships more than words could express.
Jennifer Wallberg, AuD, ’03, Southington, Connecticut, died May 18, 2019, at age 50. Dr. Wallberg was born Nov. 20, 1968, in Hartford, the daughter of Alexandra (Duff) Dempsey and the late Paul L. Dempsey. She attended Berlin public schools and was a proud member of Berlin High School’s class of 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford before enrolling in the Communication Disorders program at Southern Connecticut State University; it was there she discovered her calling within the field of audiology. She earned her master’s degree in May 1995 and, shortly afterward, began her long association with The Hearing Center in Ansonia.
Beginning as a staff audiologist, she developed a reputation as a dedicated and caring practitioner, eventually becoming the owner and director of audiology in February 2003. Later that year, she earned her doctoral degree in audiology from ATSU-ASHS. She was a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association; a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Audiology; and a founding member of the Connecticut Academy of Audiology, for which she served as treasurer for many years. In addition, she held a certificate of clinical competence in audiology and earned several awards for continuing education. She furthered her professional ambitions when she acquired a second audiology practice – Comprehensive Hearing in Cheshire – in July 2015.
Dr. Wallberg effectively balanced her work life between the two offices, continuing her commitment to her patients’ well-being. It was her wish to make a positive impact within her profession; shortly before her passing, she said, “I hope I made a difference within the audiology community.” She accomplished this through her two offices, with her compassion for her patients, and through her advocacy for better hearing health practices.
In February 2002, she met the love of her life, William J. Wallberg, and they were married on May 10, 2003. The couple settled in Southington, where they built a home and raised two beautiful daughters, Caroline Dorothy and Emily Alexandra. Dr. Wallberg was a loving and caring mother, all while pursuing various activities outside of her profession. She was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain, where she served on the church vestry and the altar guild as well as teaching Sunday school classes. She became involved in the Derynoski Elementary School PTO as soon as her children began attending school. She was a vital and energetic PTO member, serving as a room mom and an activities coordinator; she organized Family Fun Nights and numerous fundraising activities as well as performing hearing screenings for students.
Dr. Wallberg is survived by her mother, her loving husband, and her two young daughters. In addition, she leaves two brothers, Jon Dempsey and his wife, Amy, and Jason Dempsey and his wife, Chandanee. She also leaves a large extended family of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, cousins, and a very large circle of professional colleagues and close friends – particularly the Friends of Alice – all of whom loved her deeply and will miss her dearly.
Karen Burris Whitfield, AuD, ’12, Marietta, Georgia, died June 7, 2020. She is survived by her husband, the Honorable James R. Whitfield; parents, Kenneth and Shirley Burris; siblings, Kenneth Burris Jr. (Vickie) and Susan Quint (John); daughters, Kaitlyn Burris Howland and Sherilyn Burris; stepsons, Grant Whitfield (Lauren) and Brad Whitfield; grandchildren, Emily Howland, Evan Howland, and Caroline Whitfield; great-grandson, Jack; and many beloved uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her son, Jacob Kenneth Davis, and her beloved dog, Heidi.
Dr. Burris Whitfield attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta and graduated from the University of Georgia where she taught American Sign Language while earning her master’s degree. She completed her doctorate in audiology from ATSU. She maintained a private audiology practice for many years and later joined Northwest ENT Associates in their Cartersville office before her retirement. She served on Georgia’s State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology for many years. She was an active member of numerous state and national professional organizations. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with friends. Her favorite memories are from her travels with her husband, James.
Carl W. Winans, DO, ’60, St. Petersburg, Florida, died July 19, 2019, at age 86. He was born March 19, 1933, in Cortland, Ohio, son of Aylmer and Marie (Daugherty) Winans. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Brobst); son, Bradford (Terri); daughter, Lynelle (Anthony) Sparacino; grandson, Preston Winans; and sister, Reta Mizner, plus many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death are his parents and brother, Harley.
Dr. Winans graduated Cortland High School, attended Kent State and Bowling Green State Universities, graduating from ATSU-KCOM. After internship at Columbus, Ohio, he opened a primary care office, Perrysburg, Ohio, where he practiced for four years. He then served a pathology residency in Columbus, Ohio, and Garden City, Michigan. He practiced pathology in Sandusky and Mentor, Ohio. Moving to Florida, 1989, as emergency room director for Metropolitan General Hospital, Pinellas Park, Florida, Dr. Winans was a member of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), Suncoast Jazz Society, and Treasure Island Club. He gladly shared with family and friends his love of piloting airplanes, boating, fishing, RVing, skiing, tennis, jazz, and world traveling.
Douglas L. Wood, DO, PhD, Annapolis, Maryland, died Oct. 6, 2019, at age 80.He was born on Nov. 20, 1938, in Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and attended medical school at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. After a lengthy tenure as a nephrologist and director of medicine at Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Dr. Wood developed, planned, and ultimately opened a dialysis unit at the hospital. He left his practice to pursue his true passion, medical education. He obtained a PhD from Wayne State University and became the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. From there, Dr. Wood became president of the American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. While in his position as president, he had the opportunity to foster the development of multiple medical schools throughout the country. He was a great innovator and changed the face of medical education. He was the founding dean of ATSU-SOMA. Dr. Wood touched the lives of many students and in truth, while he loved working to make changes in how to teach medical students, the thing he loved the most was spending time with his students.
Dr. Wood leaves behind his beloved wife, Janet; his four children; many grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He will always be remembered as an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, physician, and innovator.
Stephen R. Wood, DO, ’80, Seminole, Florida, died Feb. 21, 2020, at age 67. He was born Oct. 15, 1952, in Redfield, South Dakota. He was a resident of Doland, South Dakota; Creve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri; and currently, Seminole, Florida. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon with Suncoast Orthopedics, in Seminole. He specialized in sports medicine since 1985. His fellowship was in the College of Surgeons in 1995. He was a graduate of ATSU-KCOM and a fellow of the American Osteopathic Society. He was an excellent trumpet player, avid walker, book enthusiast, and enjoyed dancing to jazz music.
He is survived by his mother, Grace Eva Wood; children, Stephanie Moore and Christopher Wood; son-in-law, James Moore; granddaughters, Lillian, Zoe, and Marley Moore; ex-wife, Diane Wood; brother- and sister-in-law, Terry R. and Norma Wood; nephews and wives Jeremy and Rebekah Wood and Ryan and Abby Wood; along with one aunt and uncle, Onie and Robert Isenberg; and 17 cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Harry Raymond Wood; brother, Chris E. Wood; grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Jimmie L. Woolbright, DO, ’57, Atlantic Beach, Florida, died Nov. 2, 2019, at age 87. Along with his wife, Letha (Kuhler) Woolbright, he is survived by his six younger siblings, William Henry Woolbright, Nina Luann Frazier, Jane Louise Whitaker, Thomas Dalton Woolbright, Daniel Joe Woolbright, and Jackie Shane Woolbright. He had four children, Nancy Lynn Woolbright, who preceded him in passing, Mark Wesley Woolbright, Duane Nicholas Woolbright, and Athea Beth Woolbright. He also had three grandchildren, Evan Henry Woolbright, Hannah Nell Woolbright, and Emma Tobias Woolbright, and two great-grandchildren, Lana Bryce and Alaric Barnabus.
Born Feb. 25, 1932, during the height of the depression, Dr. Woolbright was raised in the home his parents, Henry and Nellie Woolbright, built by hand in rural Silom Springs, Arkansas. With no electricity, phone, or running water, he optimistically would say they were never in need. His mother Nellie, who lived until 2016, to age 104, tried to keep fresh food from the garden (and her small farm) on the table. A diligent student, Dr. Woolbright walked miles to and from the Jay Bird School. He worked as a soda jerk in the town’s drug store from age 14, forming his plan to become a pharmacist.
He attended Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, living on his grandparent’s sleeping porch for a time. There, he also joined the local National Guard for extra income and was soon called to the front lines of the Korean War in 1950. He served two years as a medic in the Army’s 45th Infantry Division (Thunderbirds). He was recommended for a Silver Star for his actions during the conflict.
After the war, he adjusted his career plans to physician and leveraged the GI Bill to attend ATSU-KCOM. There he met his wife, Letha, who was attending the nearby teacher’s college. A few years after marriage, he set up practice in the small northern Missouri town of Breckenridge, where he was one of only three doctors in the entire county. He quickly became a city father to its 605 residents, throwing himself not only into patient house calls but improving the town any way he could. He served as a councilman and city clerk and was appointed county coroner by the state’s governor. He did much to improve the town’s infrastructure through grants and civic projects. However, after almost 20 years, he made a drastic career change, stating “one should do something completely new at least once in their lives.” He gave up his small-town life and practice, which his youngest brother would later compare to that of George Baily, since he had selflessly helped his community at the expense of his own plans. But in 1976, he went after his dreams to see the world and do something new. He accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force at the age when most would be retiring from active duty. At age 45, he became a flight surgeon. He quickly rose to the rank of colonel and would spend seven years approving flights for the famed SR-71 and U2 pilots at Beale AFB in California. He later moved to duties at Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB, in San Antonio. When he retired from his last post at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama, after 18 years in his second career, it was noted in the Air Force Times that Col. Woolbright retired as the last active duty Korean War veteran remaining in any branch of the Armed Forces.
In 1994, he and his wife moved to the Fleet Landing community in Atlantic Beach, where they enjoyed the company of other military retirees. With an active life, Dr. Woolbright continued to keep a hand in medicine and was a sought-after speaker at medical conventions for his work in advancing osteopathic manipulation and wrote many journal articles on that topic. He also joined the Saint Andrews Society’s Scottish Military Honor Guard and was an avid gardener who would give the community’s landscape crew fits for planting his beloved azaleas in any bare patch of soil he could find. He was a voracious reader his entire life, but in retirement, also took to writing for pleasure as he researched and collected his family genealogy, penning more than five volumes of the history of his direct and extended families. He also wrote a 600-page book of his memories and opinions on a wide array of subjects that he continued to edit and perfect for a final edition well into his last year. His friendliness, musings, and larger-than-life laughter will be sorely missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.
Ronald Ziegler, DO, ’60, Wellington, Florida, died Jan. 31, 2020, at age 84. He was born June 12, 1935. Husband of Bobbi; father of Lane (Terri), DO, ’85, Brent (Felecia), and Tracey Ziegler (Scott Tripp); grandfather of Hannah (Brian) Herman, DO, ’16, Allison, Eli, Brian, Daniel, and Nicole; great-grandfather of Tahlia Herman; and brother of Gayle (Fred) Grinnell. Also survived by Myrna Ziegler.