In memoriamPosted: April 20, 2022
Larry A. Adolph, DPT, ’10, Findlay, Ohio, died Aug. 17, 2021, at age 54. Dr. Adolph is survived by his parents, Delbert and Linda; wife, Coreen; children: Rachel (Alex Albright), Ryan (Olivia), Ross (Carly Townsend), and Riley; and grandchild, Remi. Preceding him in death is his brother, Brian. He was born on April 19, 1967 to Delbert and Linda Adolph in Youngstown, Ohio.
Dr. Adolph was a 1985 graduate of Maysville High School in Zanesville. He then attended Ashland University, where he played football and was an All-American candidate, as well as the league’s Most Outstanding Student-Athlete in all sports. He then attended Medical College of Ohio and received his degree of physical therapy. He later went on to earn his doctorate of physical therapy in 2010. He was a managing partner at Northwest Ohio Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Opti-Health.
Dr. Adolph met the love of his life, Coreen (Erickson) Adolph, in 1986. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage together. Together they have four children: Rachel, Ryan, Ross, and Riley.
Dr. Adolph’s pride and joy was his family. He created and led a family culture of perseverance and resilience. He went above and beyond for his children and instilled values of respect, hard work, and grit. He loved spending time with his family and friends. His sense of humor was contagious, and he could often be heard jokingly encouraging others to hit the gym.
Dr. Adolph has impacted so many lives in his 54 short years. From family, friends, colleagues, players he coached, and many more; all who’ve known him and spent time with him are better off for it. His legacy will be carried on proudly by his family.
Alan A. Allmon, DO, ’72, Sedalia, Missouri, died Aug. 29, 2021, at age 75. He was born January 26, 1946 in Canton, Ohio to the late Dr. Edward and Juanita Allmon. Dr. Allmon graduated from Glenwood High School in Canton, Ohio and Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, he met the love of his life, Linda Lee Leidy. They were married on Sept. 9, 1967, and the “plan” was for Linda to teach while he attended ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri. However, God’s plan was to bless them with three children before he finished his internship! Dr. Allmon graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1972 and enlisted in the Army where he would complete his internship at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, Texas. In 1973, he became a General Medical Officer at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division. In 1975, he moved his family to Sedalia where he opened his Family Practice and cared for his patients for 37 years until his retirement in 2012. In 2013, he became a Wound Care Doctor at the Bothwell Wound Center and continued there until his death.
Dr. Allmon had a great love for Christ and for people, which led him to medical missions. He traveled to Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and Belarus for a total of 15 medical mission trips. Throughout his life, he passionately pursued various interests: hunting, golfing, tennis, snow skiing, dog training, playing piano and guitar, coaching, running the sound board for his church, exercising, and spending time on his farm. He put 100% into whatever he did and loved friendly competition.
Dr. Allmon will be remembered for his generous, loving and helpful nature. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda; his children Annette Jones (Brent), Andy Allmon (Ana), Allison Kempton (Brody), Adam Allmon (Michelle); 8 grandchildren: Grant and Jake Jones, Alec and Andrea Allmon, Meredith and Lydia Tester, and Zane and Lyndon Allmon; his sister Anita Thomas (Richard).
Larry W. Bader, DO, ’65, Columbia, Missouri, died Nov. 1, 2021, at age 83. He was born February 1, 1938, to Wilma Alice (Honaker) and Hilburn Wilton Bader of Canton, MO. He graduated from Canton High School in 1956 and Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. In 1965 he graduated from ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, MO. His osteopathic career spanned 50 years. He interned in Carson City, MI, was in family practice for four years in St. Johns, MI, and for 7-1/2 years the night emergency room physician in Carson City, MI. He then returned to KCOM in Kirksville to teach in the OTM (osteopathic theory and methods) department for 12 years. For the following four years he worked at the Spine Rehab Center in Columbia, MO and then went into private practice, Columbia Osteopathic Clinic for 23 years at Doctor’s Park in Columbia, retiring in 2015. He often remarked upon how much his patients meant to him – they truly were his friends.
Dr. Bader loved music, especially jazz, having played alto/baritone saxophone in several bands over the years. He was an avid reader and in his later years shared jokes with everyone he encountered. He loved his home surrounded by woods and wildlife and adored a lifetime of pets including his beloved dogs Jazz and Lola.
Most of all he loved Carole, his wife and soulmate, together since they were 16 years of age and their very special family: Daughter Alyce Cooley (Jim), granddaughter Jordan Ferguson (Carter), great-granddaughter Laine Ferguson and granddaughter Brooke Cooley, son Eric J.W. Bader, DO, ’90, grandson Davis W. Bader (Abbie Price), great-grandson Llewyn W. Bader and grandson Jesse Bader. Larry is survived by two sisters: Vicki Leftwich and Jan Moncrief (Aubrey).
Robert F. Barnes, DO, ’63, Alva, Florida, died Jan. 8, 2022, at age 84. Dr. Barnes was born December 29, 1937, the son of Dr. Edmund and Alice Barnes. He graduated from Silver Creek Central School, Syracuse University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For 26 years, he practiced general surgery and family medicine in Silver Creek. In July 1994, Dr. Barnes opened his first Preventive Medicine and Wellness Clinic in Fredonia, NY, followed by offices in Hamburg and Cheektowaga. He was an incredible physician, caring deeply for his patients and their families. He married the love of his life, Frieda Muhs Barnes, on August 30, 1985. Together, they have five daughters, Becky Barnes Shepherd (John), Kate Barnes Komara (John), Nicole Strickland Myers (Steve), Melissa Strickland and Karen Barnes Dean (Brenda). He was blessed with 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson, Luca Waters; beloved grandchildren include Drew, Grace and Mary Bonasera, Alex and Elizabeth Komara, Sarah Myers, Matt and Nick Waters, Desiree Morris, and Blake Waller. Dr. Barnes was predeceased by his parents, sister Dorothy, brother Edmund and grandson J’Shaun Morris. He is survived by his brother, Dr. James Barnes and several nieces and nephews.
Jan M. Bennett, DO, ’76, Wellington, Florida, died Sept. 26, 2020.
Shawn L. Berkin, DO, ’77, St. Louis, Missouri, died Nov. 15, 2021, at age 73. Born Oct. 7, 1948, he was the loving husband of Carol Berkin, devoted father to Heather, Bradley, and Brian, and doting grandfather to Asher, Remi, Owen, and Miles. He was the cherished brother to Drucie and Craig, and committed uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Berkin attended Ladue High School, the University of Missouri, and ATSU-KCOM. After medical school, he spent 16 years serving in the U.S. Army, including time spent as a flight surgeon, while living in Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA with his young family.
Dr. Berkin would go on to establish his own practice in St. Louis, where he tirelessly served as a family physician for over 40 years. He loved his patients and took immense pride in caring for them. He found pleasure in simple things: collecting t-shirts from local establishments, jogging the neighborhood, and watching 1970s cinema. His greatest treasure though was his family. He loved nothing more than singing and dancing with Heather, discussing the finer points of life with Bradley, and attending St. Louis Cardinals baseball games with Brian. He and Carol were devoted best friends, married for 46 years. They lived a privately full life of inside jokes, family gatherings, and an indulgence in frozen custard and Law and Order re-runs. His life was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed and forever loved.
Stephen D. Blood, DO, ’68, Alexandria, Virginia, died Sept. 25, 2021, at age 79. He was born July 9, 1942. A lifelong resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Blood was born on July 9, 1942, the eldest of three children of Dr. Harold and Laura (Locke) Blood. He attended the University of Richmond and ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri, and held a residency in Portland, Maine, before returning to Alexandria to join his father’s medical practice in 1973.
Dr. Blood’s greatest passions were treating patients, training new doctors, participating in Kiwanis and professional organizations, and worshipping at Trinity United Methodist Church. When not working he enjoyed the water most, sailing the Chesapeake Bay or swimming in the Atlantic with his family. Proximity to water signaled some of the few times he could be seen without his ever-present bow-tie.
Dr. Blood is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Laura (Scott) Kaplan, son Christian (David Elkins) Blood, brother Fred (Michele) Blood, sister Susan Wilson, two loving grandsons, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen, Jr.
Steven Brinen, DO, ’76, Palm Springs, California, died Dec. 23, 2021.
Dale R. Browning, DO, ’55, Ridgefield, Washington, died Aug. 24, 2021, at age 91. He was born May 16, 1930, to Wayne and Gladys Browning. He was a well-known physician in southeast Portland for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Portland establishing a precedent followed by one daughter and a granddaughter, both choosing careers in the medical field.
Dr. Browning spent his early years with his sister Marchi (Rice) on a farm in the Midwest. The family eventually settled in The Dalles where he graduated from high school along with his sweetheart, Nevelle Bode. They married and set off on a life adventure that included five children: Daphne (Lee), Karren (Craig), Stephen, Linda (Al), and Allen (Denise). He enjoyed retirement at a cabin on the Lewis River near his favorite steelhead fishing spot. There he and Nevelle raised Tennessee Walker horses and tended to a huge perennial and vegetable garden for several years. It was a favorite gathering spot for large family functions. Theirs was a truly remarkable love story that survived the trials of medical school, internship, and establishing a practice while raising young children. They celebrated 73 years of marriage this year.
Dr. Browning had quite a competitive nature. One of the highlights of his life was winning the state football championship while at The Dalles High School in 1947. At one point he debated whether he wanted to be a physician or a football coach. Fortunately, for the community he served, he came up with a plan to enjoy both. He volunteered as team physician for the David Douglas Scots in southeast Portland, never missing a home or away game, for 23 years. The wrestling team also benefited from his expertise as cauliflower ears got tended to as participants sought him out from other parts of the state. In more recent years, he took up sporting clays shooting. True to form, he earned national ranking in his division and enjoyed the camaraderie it provided. Dr. Browning had a soft spot for the Oregon State Beavers, and was a Trailblazers season ticket holder for many years. All of that competitiveness rubbed off on his offspring who all pursued athletic endeavors of their own.
Professionally, Dr. Browning demonstrated leadership by serving as president of the Oregon Osteopathic Association and a term as Chief of Staff at Eastmoreland General Hospital. He was recognized as general practitioner of the year for the Oregon Osteopathic Association and was chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee before it was established as a specialty. Colleagues recognized his legacy of devotion to medicine by awarding him a Founders’ Emeritus award in 2005.
Dr. Browning and Nevelle thoroughly enjoyed their large and boisterous family at gatherings for Christmas, 4th of July, and endless birthday celebrations. The extended family now includes 11 grandchildren: Lisa (Bob), Amy, Sarah, Emily (Travis), Ehren, Evan (Kelli), Chad (Stephenie), Adam (Allison), Preston, Tristin (Nick), Trevor (Mikayla). In addition, there are 12 great-grandchildren: Will, Brooke, Grace, Harper, Bode, Nevellie, Allegra, Brynn, Isaac, Jeffrey, Davis, and Evelyn.
Mary Lou K. Bruns, DO, ’66, Rolla, Missouri, died Oct. 7, 2021, at age 79. She was born September 14, 1942 in her family farm home near Gibbs, Missouri. She died on October 7, 2021 in Rolla, Missouri of natural causes. After high school, she was graduated from Kirksville State Teachers College and then received her medical degree from ATSU. While an undergraduate, she met and married her husband, Edward Bruns, DO, ’68. Their marriage of 60 years enjoyed three daughters: Dr. Cynthia Bruns and her husband Dr. Phil Traino, Dr. Cathy Gaffney and her husband Dr. Frank Gaffney and Dr. Cris Bruns and her husband Dr. Matt Meyer. Dr. Mary “Granny” loved her six grandchildren; Katie and Tyler Traino, Montana Gaffney, Maddy Gaffney Gaskins, Grace Gaffney and Sam Meyer and they loved her. While most of the Kelley family preceded her in death, two cousins survive. Dr. Mary Bruns and her husband moved to Rolla to join Drs. Joe and Cathy Bond in practice and formed the Bond Clinic in 1990. Dr. Mary Bruns loved her patients and her practice, so she chose not to retire until September 1, 2020, just two weeks before her 78th birthday. After retirement, she expanded her 15 year ministry of community service through feeding the needy by saving food. She was a Board member of the Rolla area Salvation Army, The ABLE Commission and the PCS Senior Center Board. She was especially proud of her Spirit of Rolla award from the Chamber. She kept fit by exercise at The Centre several times a week and encouraged others to do the same. Her interest in Oenology led to her being received as a member of the Daughters of the Revolution. She was proud of her patriot heritage.
George G. Carothers, DO, ’67, Ada, Michigan, died Aug. 9, 2021, at age 82. He was preceded in death by his brother, Allen Carothers, DO, ’71. Dr. Carothers is survived by his wife, Melissa Carothers; special friend, Dawn Burns; children, Dan Carothers, James (Joanna) Carothers, DO, ’04, Gretchen (Jon) Swedin, Mary Kathleen Carothers, Emma Burns and daughter Carter, Payton Burns; grandchildren, Amelia, Finn, Poppy and Tate Carothers, Aggie and Archie Swedin; sisters, Kay Kampfschulte, Ann Robbins; and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Carothers graduated from Michigan State University and ATSU-KCOM. He was an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Medicine and founder of Michigan Urological Clinic. He was an avid sports fan, golfer, and runner.
James R. Carroll Jr., AuD, ’00, Lenoir City, Tennessee, died Oct. 11, 2021, at age 69. He was a longtime member of Church Street United Methodist Church where he attended the Parables class and held positions on multiple church committees. Also known affectionately as “Robby” to his classmates, he was graduate of West High School Class of 1970 and was an active participant in class reunion activities and planning. After graduating high school, Dr. Carroll attended the University of Tennessee where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field of Audiology. He began his audiology practice in Knoxville after graduation and became the first hearing aid dispensing audiologist in the area at that time. He went on to hold the role of President of the American Doctors of Audiology, Audiological Resource Association, Tennessee Hearing Society, and Audiological Foundation of America (AFA) where he was also elected to the Board. On August 19, 2000, he graduated from the Arizona School of Health Services where he was in the first graduating class for the degree of Doctorate of Audiology (AuD). In addition to growing his practice, Dr. Carroll had many community and civic passions. Early on, he represented District 3 Seat B in Knox County as a county commissioner. He served two consecutive terms in office from 1982 to 1990. Later, “Brother Jim” was a Master Mason of the Oriental Lodge #453 where he became a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason with the Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also a member of Kerbella Shriners, Order of Quetzalcoatl, and director of the Royal Order of Jesters.
He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Carroll Sr. He is survived by his loving mother, Mary B. Carroll; his devoted wife, Mary R. Carroll; brother Richard (Audrey) E. Carroll; son James (Christina) Carroll, grandkids Gavin and Garrett Carroll, Clayton Purdun, and Kade Steenwyk; daughter Sherry (Samuel) Lamers, grandkids Abigail and Emma Lamers; and many other family, friends, and Brothers. Dr. Carroll was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Charles W. Cunningham, DO, ’71, Salem, Missouri, died Oct. 13, 2021, at age 79. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 19, 1942. Dr. Cunningham was raised by his uncle and aunt, Dr. Don and Marcie Cunningham along with his brother Ira “Howard” and sister Kay.
In 1960, he graduated from Holden High School in Holden, Missouri. Prior to attending medical school at ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps. After graduation and completing an internship in Lansing, Michigan, he began his medical practice as a family physician in Salem in 1972 with his dear friend, Dr. Bob Carnett. He proudly served Salem and Dent County for more than 40 years. Dr. Cunningham was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, a Shriner, Lodge #225, and Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. He enjoyed bass fishing, reading, collecting gadgets, and traveling until his health no longer permitted. But his greatest pleasure and most enjoyable moments were spent with his family.
Dr. Cunningham is survived by his wife, Jan Bay Cunningham; children Lisa and husband Steven Street, Chuck and wife Shelly Cunningham; Dr. Cristie Cunningham; grandchildren Christopher, Justin, and Johnny Seber, Sarah and husband Ronny Sherwood, Skylar Cunningham and Riley Cunningham; great-grandchildren Blake Sherwood and Sophia Sherwood; nephews Dr. Chris Billings and wife Jill, Josh Cunningham and wife Shana, Matt Dillon, Dr. Tyler Dillon and wife Judy; great nieces Grace Dillon, Faith Dillon, Brook Billings, Hailey Billings, McKinley Billings and Maddyn Billings; great nephews Gus Dillon, Grant Cunningham, Jackson Cunningham, Zach Billings, Michael Billings and wife Leslie, Bryson Billings, Nick Billings and Cole Billings; sisters-in-law Senna Cunningham and Jeanne Dillon; brothers-in-law Tom Dillon and Jim Billings; many family, friends, former colleagues, and patients. Dr. Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents, uncle and aunt, Dr. Don and Marcie Cunningham, brother Ira “Howard” Cunningham, sister Kay Billings, and in-laws Gene and Marie Bay; nephew Dr. Scott Billings and niece Marcie Marie Billings.
Lynette Enoch-Hill, AuD, ’14, Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 18, 2021, at age 67. The Minister Doctor Lynette Enoch-Hill was born September 6, 1953 in Wheeling, West Virginia. She was raised in Cadiz, Ohio with her sister Elizabeth (Dandridge) Wilson and brother Steven Dandridge to parents Maurice Dandridge and Ethel (Doubt) Dandridge.
Minister Hill attended Cadiz Elementary School with her siblings, graduated with honors from Cadiz High School and attended Kent State University with her son Aaron Dandridge. She received a bachelor’s degree in June of 1975. The day after she received her Bachelor’s degree, she was baptized in Jesus’ name, and on November 19, 1975, she received the gift of the Holy Ghost during a revival. While attending Kent State University’s Audiology Graduate Program, she attended the Livingston Apostolic Church in Akron, Ohio, which was near Kent State. She graduated from Kent State University with a Master’s degree in Audiology in August 1980. After receiving her degree, Minister Hill with her son Aaron Dandridge moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, so that she could work as an audiologist and neurologist for Dr. Gale Miller. Sometime in the 1980’s, Minister Hill and her son Aaron Dandridge became faithful members of Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple church in Cincinnati, Ohio. They both sang in the choirs, for which she met her first husband Jermane Enoch. She was married in June 1982 and from that union two children were born; Andrea and Joshua Enoch.
In 1994, she visited a bible study on a Tuesday at the House of Prayer Pentecostal church in Lockland, Ohio, under Pastor Doctor Deborah A. Brown (Lampkin). The Bible study was so good that she attended Wednesday bible class and Sunday service for the next three weeks and became a member of the House of Prayer. From the 1980s to 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Minister Hill was an audiologist, who was employed at E.N.T Associates, Group Health-Trihealth and Audiology Group. She was greatly loved by her patients as she loved them.
After being single since 2001, she met the love of her life Pastor Anthony W. Hill in Washington D.C., in February 2015. In July of 2015, Pastor Anthony Hill asked for her hand in marriage. On October 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio they were happily joined in marriage in Jesus’ name. From this union, Minister Hill gladly accepted her step daughter Pia Hill Foard as her own. They loved ministering and serving the people of God. When you seen one you seen the other! Minister Hill preached the true word of God, yet her style of preaching was unique. She had a way of making you cry and laugh at the same time! She often stated these lines; “We are soldiers in the army of the Lord,” “We are on the battlefield of the Lord,” “We got to fight,” “Be strong,” “Come on saints,” “Keep the faith,” “Giving Honor to the Lord,” “Be holy and saved!” Minister Hill will be greatly missed for her loving words and giving character. She would give the shirt off her back, the last change in her pocket, and a room in her house to family, friends and strangers! She was truly the Proverbs 31 woman that served as a good child, loving wife, dear sister, caring aunt, nurturing mother to her children, and helper to many.
Minister Hill was preceded in death by her parents; Maurice and Ethel Dandridge, and her brother Steven Dandridge. She leaves behind to honor her memory: her husband-Anthony Hill; her children-Aaron Dandridge (Maria), Andrea Enoch, and Joshua Enoch, her stepdaughter-Pia Hill Foard (Howard), her sister-Elizabeth Wilson; niece-Angela Gary; nephew-Scott Gary; her grandchildren: Montez Roberts, Zoe Enoch, and god-daughter Donna Bivens; her god-grandson Nehemiah Bivens; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles cousins and relatives.
Jay J. Frazier, DO, ’77, Joplin, Missouri, died Feb. 3, 2022, at age 70. Dr. Frazier was born October 12, 1951 in Kirksville, MO to Martha Ann (Reynolds) and James Bernard Frazier and grew up in Moberly, MO. Having attended High School and Junior College there. He went on to graduate from ATSU-KCOM, becoming a physician in 1977. He practiced in the Moberly area and then moved to Portland, Oregon where he and a partner established one of the first walk in convenience clinics in the United States. He then returned to Missouri and he and Dr. Glen Cooper opened the first convenience clinic in Columbia, MO, initially meeting opposition from the local physician groups. During this time, he and Dr. Cooper were approached by Sam Walton with a proposition for expanding their concept to a national level, but they declined, choosing direct patient contact over administrative occupations. Dr. Frazier was dedicated to Family Medicine throughout his career. In the early 90’s he moved to Joplin to establish practice locally and served the Joplin, Carthage, and Carl Junction area. He was recruited by the VA Clinic in Parsons, KS and completed his career there in the Veterans Clinic from 2003 to 2018, serving his patients for 41 years.
In his younger years he enjoyed playing music and was a prominent guitarist and founding member of the local rock and roll band “Savage Rose” based in Moberly and Kirksville in the mid 1970’s. He collected music and enjoyed a wide variety of music. He loved antiques and the roaming through flea markets and antique stores for unique objects and beautiful things. He was very creative and loved to create beautiful spaces with the things he bought.
He also loved art and photographs and spent many hours in Cleo’s Frame Shop choosing the perfect matting and frames for his finds. He was a supporter and collector of works of art especially local artists. He was a voracious reader and loved to frequent “Always Buying Books” and “Changing Hands Book Store”.
Dr. Frazier was a long-standing member of the Carl Junction Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, and York Rite Lodges. He was especially grateful for the long-time friendship and physician care from Dr. Michael Knapp with whom he consulted regarding difficult cases and general camaraderie; his staff Theresa and Judy, and his best friends Dennis and Vickie Hudson of Joplin and Rob MacLeod of Columbia. He loved many special people and they surely know who they are.
Dr. Frazier is survived by his father, J.B. Frazier and brother Paul Frazier, his wife LuAnn Donovan Frazier, and his God-daughter Amber M. Jones. He was so proud of Amber and loved her so very much.
Maurice E. Fuchs, DO, ’55, Hawesville, Kentucky, died Oct. 24, 2020, at age 91. He was born in Hancock County on December 18, 1928 to the late Wroe and Zula Morris Fuchs. Dr. Fuchs was a longtime member of Blackford Baptist Church and a member of Whitesville Lion’s Club. Dr. Fuchs operated his medical practice in Whitesville for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Virginia Brandle Fuchs in 2018 and a sister Shirlene Rice.
He is survived by his son, Gary (Sandee) Fuchs; 2 grandsons; 8 great grandchildren; sister in laws, Mary Boling, Sadie (Sherman) Fuchs and Doris (Anthony) Taylor; a brother in law, Clyde Brandle along with several nieces and nephews.
John E. Galewaler, DO, ’66, Whitesboro, Texas, died Oct. 5, 2021, at age 82. He was born July 24, 1939 in Binghamton, New York to Edward Galewaler and Camilla (Sullivan) Galewaler. Dr. Galewaler had a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. He practiced medicine in Whitesboro, Texas since 1973 before his retirement in 2020. Active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Whitesboro, a Founder and devoted member of St. Francis Catholic church in Whitesboro, taught at Kansas City College in Osteopathic Medicine and the Heads of all Clinics there also. Dr. Galewaler also taught at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His office was among the first to be approved for acupuncture treatment in Texas. He was a devoted Physician who was a mentor to many and participated in the training of Nurse Practitioners and many future doctors. Dr. Galewaler loved medicine, learning, his patients and most of all his family.
Dr. Galewaler is survived by his ex-wife and mother of his six children, Susan Terry Galewaler; children, Rose Galewaler Carter and husband, Larry, Cammie Meador, Jeff Galewaler and wife, Brooke, Susie Galewaler and fiancé, Hunter McBee; grandchildren, Karli Montgomery, Ryder Meador, Bailey Galewaler, Laythe Montgomery, Kammarie Garland, Josylyn McBee, Melissa Cole, James Carter, Wesley Carter, Judi Hunt, Jasmin Rose, Hunter Rose, Trinity Laing, bonus grand daughter, De’Laynee Schneider; great-grandchildren, Karrington Montgomery, Paislee Meador, Madison Hunt, Jessica Carter, Callie Carter, Kaden Rozelle, Lisa Cole, Haley Cole; brother in law, Philip Terry; family friend and caregiver, Carol Kershaw. Preceded in death: parents, Edward and Camilla Galewaler; sons, Sean and Ian Galewaler.
Clay W. Gilbert, DO, ’63, Irving, Texas, died Feb. 5, 2021, at age 87. Dr. Gilbert was born in Methodist Hospital, Dallas, Texas, exactly at midnight to Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert and Dorothy (Brandon) Gilbert. Due to the timing of his birth, his birthday could have been either May 7 or May 8, but his parents chose May 8, 1933, as his official date of birth. Dr. Gilbert had a wonderful childhood, as Irving was a very small town of perhaps 700 to 800 residents. Everyone knew him, his mother, dad, and brother, F.M., and they knew most of the Irving residents. In 1939, the family moved from their small cottage, which was then located just south of the corner of Irving Boulevard and O’Connor, to 309 South O’Connor (Iowa Street then). Dr. Gilbert’s father had purchased the home from his brother, W.B. Gilbert, who had lived in the home with his family from 1936 to 1939. W.B. had purchased the “Airplane Bungalow” house from Louise Joffre Baker who had lived there since 1919, the year that it was built.
Dr. Gilbert attended the Irving Public Schools, and his first grade teacher was Mrs. Elise Walker from 1939-40 and his secondgrade teacher was Mrs. Gela F. Harkey from 1940-41. Mrs. Harkey taught the second grade in Irving from 1923-47, and during those years “she taught every Gilbert in Irving.” The family recalls how she taught his brother as well as cousins and many close relatives. In high school, some of the teachers Dr. Gilbert held dear to his heart were Mrs. Fannie Louise Sharp (English), Mrs. Clara Gibbs (English), Mr. F.N. Wilson (Math). Irving remained a rather small town and he knew most of the teachers in grade school and high school. He graduated from Irving High School in May 1950. At age 17, he entered the freshman class at Southern Methodist University and began pre-medical studies. As a little boy people would ask, “Clay, do you want to become a doctor like your father?” And later he would immediately reply that he did! That was all he knew; his mother was a nurse and dad was a physician. Dr. Gilbert recalled how patients would come by the house frequently for his dad to treat them. He grew up around medicine. Notably, his grandfather, D.W. Gilbert, MD, was the first physician to practice medicine in Irving (1880-1930), and his father, Franklin Monroe Gilbert, MD, practiced medicine in Irving 59 years (1920-1979). Dr. Gilbert graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor of science degree on June 1, 1954, with a major in biology and minors in chemistry, psychology and religion. Following graduation from SMU, he entered graduate school and began to work on his master’s degree in biology in addition to taking other courses, such as histology, that would help him in medical school.
In the summer of 1959, Dr. Gilbert applied and was accepted to the freshman class at ATSU-KCOM, Kirksville, Missouri, that began in September of that year. Days passed into months, and months into years and he graduated with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree on May 27, 1963, finishing a four-year course leading to his degree. On Oct. 22, 2003, ATSU endowed The Clay W. Gilbert, DO, Chair for the Department of Family Medicine at ATSU-KCOM.
Dr. Gilbert interned at Stevens Park Hospital, Dallas, Texas from 1963-64. On June 1, 1964, he entered into the practice of family medicine with two other doctors in Athens, Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed his practice there, delivering babies, making house calls and conducting an office practice. These were wonderful happy years for him, and he continued to practice in Athens until February 1967. During his years of practice in Athens, Dr. Gilbert became interested in anesthesiology. At the Wolfe-Duphorne Hospital, he had given general anesthesia and had learned in great detail the art of ether anesthesia and its administration. Dr. Gilbert applied to Dallas Osteopathic Hospital (now Dallas Memorial Hospital) for a residency in anesthesiology and was accepted and began his residency on Feb. 1, 1967, where he continued until July 1, 1967. The chief of anesthesiology recommended that Dr. Gilbert complete his residency at Cherry Hill Hospital Medical Center, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, due to its excellent reputation as a training hospital in anesthesiology. On July 11, 1967 he entered the Anesthesiology residency as suggested and completed it on Feb. 10, 1969. Dr. Gilbert accepted a position after the residency as a staff anesthesiologist at Cherry Hill Hospital Medical Center, remaining on the staff there for one year (1969-70). He then returned to Dallas, Texas, and became a staff anesthesiologist at the Stevens Park Hospital (now Dallas Family Hospital) for two years (1970-72), before accepting a position at the North East Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas, from 1972-76 as of chief of anesthesiology. Next on his medical journey, Dr. Gilbert accepted a position as staff anesthesiologist at East Town Osteopathic Hospital (now Tri-City Hospital) between the years of 1976-78. A position of chief of Anesthesiology Department at Pioneer Park Hospital, Irving, Texas, was offered to Dr. Gilbert in 1978 and he accepted working there until 1986, at which time he chose to retire from the anesthesiology practice.
After his retirement from this particular area of practice, Dr. Gilbert entered the practice of family medicine in Irving, Texas, which he successfully ran between 1986 through 1988; at which time Dr. Gilbert transferred his practice to the Stevens Park Clinic, Dallas, Texas treating patients until 1989. He then fully retired from the practice of medicine and had traveled many times, including extensive travel in Israel. Dr. Gilbert maintained his membership with the following professional societies: The American Osteopathic Association (retired member); Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (retired member); Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (retired member); and American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (retired member).
Dr. Gilbert attended Bible School in Dallas for several years and between the years of 1990 and 1992 he was president of the Ministerial Elders at the Eagle’s Nest Family Church, Dallas, Texas. On April 10, 1990, Dr. Gilbert was ordained into the ministry under the International Deliverance Churches of which Eagle’s Nest is affiliated. Then, on April 29, 1991, he received his “Certificate of Ordination” under the United Christian Church and Ministerial Association, Cleveland, Tennessee. Dr. Gilbert attended the First United Methodist Church, Irving, and until his death was a member and elder of the Calvary Temple Church, Irving.
Dr. Gilbert was a charter member of the Irving Heritage Society and had served on the society’s board of directors. Mary Higbie recalls her memories having lived next door to the Schulze family home (Heritage House) as a youth as well as an adult. She stated “Clay was a wonderful docent for visitor tours of the Heritage House. He would share stories of his personal interaction with C.P. and Virginia Schulze. He was a wonderful musician as well and often played the piano for guests as the music room was a favorite area for his assignment during the tours. No Heritage Society Valentine Tea would be complete without Clay at the piano. Tea guests would find a spot to be nearby to listen or perhaps share a verse or two of a favorite song. He was chosen as the Heritage Society Sweetheart in 2003 for his dedication as a volunteer on behalf of the Heritage Society. Until the last couple of years, he regularly attended the board meetings. He always seemed to especially enjoy the desserts and sometimes went home with an extra serving. His service on the museum advisory board was important to him. His memory and attention to detail served him well in many areas. He, like many others, worked hard over the years for a history style museum for Irving. Perhaps a major accomplishment was getting the house at 309 South O’Connor on the National Register of Historic Places. No small task, Clay was diligent in every detail in getting this accomplished. It was awarded August 1, 2014. The day he shared the information with the Heritage Society board was indeed exciting. The Heritage Society helped him host a public dedication and reception on a beautiful December day in 2014. It was the very first such designation on the National Register of Historic Places in Irving. I am sure that those of us who have been involved with the Heritage Society for any length of time each have a story about Clay. The memory of him will be one that we will cherish for many years to come.” Dr. Gilbert also sat on several of the City of Irving’s Centennial Task Force Committees planning the celebration of the 100th birthday of the city. In 1995, Dr. Gilbert received a Community Service Award given by the Irving Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. When he was a part of the city’s centennial celebration planning, Dr. Gilbert donated a piece of land to the city toward the development of a new park commemorating the city’s centennial. The Board of Directors of the Irving Independent School District named the Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert Elementary School, located at 5100 East Pioneer, in honor of his father. The Dr. D.W. Gilbert School, at 707 Edmonson, was named in honor of his grandfather, Dr. D.W. Gilbert. “Gilbert Road” in West Irving Bear Creek area was also named in honor of Dr. D.W. Gilbert many years ago.
On Dec. 8, 1994, Dr. Clay W. Gilbert gave the City of Irving, Texas, the original copy of the “Irving Index Newspaper”, Vol. 1 No. 1, dated December 19, 1903, R. M. Hudson Editor. Joe Rice writes in “Irving, a Texas Odyssey”, p. 37, the following: “The Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railroad provided a special train out of Dallas to the auction (of town lots) which had been advertised in the newspaper. Spence Dilworth cooked barbeque, which was available with fixings. An unusual circumstance was that editor R.M. Hudson passed through the crowd distributing the first issue of his newspaper, the “Irving Index”. About 150 people gathered for the sale (of lots).” This piece of history, as well as the legacy and memories that Dr. Gilbert leaves behind, will forever now be held in the hearts and minds of past, current, and future residents of Irving, Texas.
Dr. Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert and Dorothy (Brandon) Gilbert. Left to cherish his memory are his brother Dr. Frances Monroe Gilbert and his Nephews and their wives, Jere (Cindy) Gilbert, Mark (Gail) Gilbert and Greg (Leslie) Gilbert and as well as many grand nephews and nieces. A special thanks to his caregiver, Dalia Garces, for her dedicated and loving care of Dr. Gilbert the last several years. His family will miss him; his storytelling, his strong faith, his love of good food and all the wonderful times spent together at family gatherings.
William L. Graham, DO, ’66, Knoxville, Tennessee, died Dec. 17, 2021, at age 83. Dr. Graham was born on August 3, 1938 in Ten Mile, MO to John A. and Nora Elgetha (Cox) Graham. He was raised in and around Canton, MO by his mother, stepfather Ray Bally, and several aunts and uncles. He and his brothers, John K. Graham, DO, ’63, and Jim, required a village, based on the stories they told of their childhood antics.
After high school, Dr. Graham spent three years in the navy before beginning his studies at ATSU-KCOM. During his studies, he married the love of his life, Ann Sue Noble, and had three children: Elizabeth (Bruce) Wilson, William (Missy) Graham, and Joseph (Dawn) Graham. After his internship, he settled into family practice, serving for 18 years as the only doctor in a small town called Beaverton, MI. In addition to career, friends, and family, he loved many things. He was an avid golfer, even making his own clubs; he produced many pieces of beautiful woodwork; he amassed 18 aquariums, tied his own flies, fished, bowled, hunted, played cards, and traveled extensively. Through his activities and his charm he made many friends in the places he and his wife lived, including Rushville, IN and retirement parks in AZ and FL, before settling in Knoxville shortly before the pandemic arrived.
Dr. Graham’s deep love and ready wit will be missed and remembered by his friends and family. These include, among many others, his brother Jim Graham and family, his brother-in-law Steve Noble and family, sisters-in-law Sharon Graham and Eleanor Noble and their families, and his grandchildren Kat & Ben (Lindsay) Wilson, Maggie (Taylor) Marr & Carmen Graham, and RaeAnna & Ambrie Graham.
Michael R. Harshfield, MHEd, ’11, Spring, Texas, died Dec. 8, 2020, at age 69. Mike lived life as a caring soul who made a difference in the lives of others. He had a big heart, showing others kindness. When he laughed, he meant it. A smile often partnered with a tell-tale twinkle in his eye. He thought of others rather than himself. No wonder he worked in the healthcare field and became Director of Clinical Education in Respiratory Care at a Houston-area college. He loved teaching, devoting his life to imparting to his students at Lone Star College-Kingwood the life-saving skills of respiratory therapy. His legacy lives on in the students he instructed and in those patients who benefited from his teaching prowess and hands-on care. After helping to extend the lives of others, Mike’s passing completes the circle of life. Mike loved family most of all, not only as a husband and father where it matters most, but also as a son, a brother, a grandfather, an uncle, and a nephew. Family gatherings, large or small, made him the happiest. He dearly loved the annual reunions hosted by Uncles Charles Lee Dildine and his wife Mary, and James “Sonny” Dildine and his wife, Carol. His legacy lives on in the great memories those close to him will always cherish. Mike loved home, learning at an early age in a military family that the hearth follows the heart. After growing up all over the world, Mike put down roots in Houston to raise a family and lived in the same house for almost 30 years. His legacy lives on by giving truth to the adage that home is where the heart is. Mike loved learning. While not surprising for a college professor, his thirst for knowledge never flagged or ceased. A prolific reader and Student of Life, Mike could bore you to tears with obscure factoids about the Civil War or excite you with some unexpected insight on a topic you thought you had mastered. His legacy lives on in the eternal quest for knowledge that mankind can put to good use. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, and his Masters in Health Education. His career as a respiratory therapist and educator in the medical field spanned forty-two years. At Lone Star College-Kingwood, Mike served as an Instructor and Professor in the Respiratory Care program, specializing in Clinical Education, Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. He served as Director of Clinical Education in Respiratory Care, returning to faculty member status in 2013 for health reasons, and retiring December 31, 2016. Mike’s life-long interest in and passion for the sciences dates back to childhood when he received a microscope in third grade as a Christmas gift. His first patient was his brother Pat. Mike always stood ready to bandage a scraped knee or elbow, so he could view the “tissue samples” on a slide and his passion for the sciences and intellectual curiosity was born. Last, Mike loved life, living it to the fullest. Remarkably, he did so despite facing personal tragedy all his life that would have crushed lesser folks. His legacy lives on in the example he set for others about how to accept and overcome life’s vicissitudes. A quote from Nelson Mandela aptly defines Mike’s attitude: “Do not judge me by my success. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Mike leaves behind his courageous, devoted and loving wife, Katherine Broussard Harshfield; his daughter, Katheryn Guro Harshfield Mendoza, also an RRT and a Neonatal Pediatric Specialist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, ICU, Houston Medical Center; his son, Timothy Charles Harshfield, SSgt., U.S. Marine Corps.; and his grandson, Ian Patrick Mendoza, first in his class in kindergarten (of course) who can’t decide if he wants to be an airline pilot, King of the Tyrant Lizards (a/k/a Tyrannosaurus Rex), or a doctor. Other survivors include Mike’s brother Patrick Lee Harshfield, his sister Brenda Kaye Gorman and her husband John, his sister Terrie Harshfield Edgar and her husband Perry, his niece Nicole Treese and her husband Bryan along with their three children Garrett, Hayden, and Davis, and his nephew Michael Layton Evans. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Jo Helen and Charles Layton Harshfield, and wife, Patricia Ann Harshfield. In the final measure, Michael Ray Harshfield, November 23, 1951-December 8, 2020 made the world a better place. In death, he continues to live on. All who knew Mike will miss him.
David C. Hogarty, DO, ’99, Goldsboro, North Carolina, died Dec. 31, 2021, at age 55. Born in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 1966, Dr. Hogarty was the son of Margaret McCluskey Hogarty and the late Thomas Felix Hogarty of Reston. He graduated in 1985 from South Lakes High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and an MS from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He, along with his wife Suneya, were graduates of ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri. His medical practice brought great joy to his life. He treated his patients as an extension of his family, and he loved them all. He was community oriented. As scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troup 7, he was extremely proud to see his sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He also served on the Military Affairs Committee through the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce to support Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. He relished the beauty of nature; he spent countless hours birdwatching, one of his favorite pastimes. In addition to his mother, Dr. Hogarty is survived by his wife of twenty-two years, Suneya Gupta Hogarty, DO, ’99; his children Sahil, 19; Meher, 17; and Kirina, 14; his brother, Mark Hogarty and wife Djenaba of Reston; and his inlaws, J.D. Gupta, M.D. and Gool K. Gupta, M.D.
Robb E. Imonen, DO, ’67, Honokaa, Hawaii, died March 3, 2021, at age 79. Dr. Imonen was born on March 18, 1941 in Highland Park, Michigan of proud Finnish American heritage.
Dr. Imonen was a survivor of polio as a child and went on to live a life full of love, adventure and family. He served 21 years Active Duty in the United States Army Medical Corps as Chief of both Radiation Therapy and later of Psychiatry, following a second residency. He retired from the military in 1994 as a Colonel. He completed his career of public service as the Director of Behavioral Health for Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Having raised four children in Hawaii, the Islands were home for him and Elodie S. Imonen, his wife of 55 Years. They devoted themselves to each other, their children, (sons Brent and wife Sarie, Mark, Lee and wife Kate, and daughter Kai) their six grandchildren (Brock, Maile, Zane, Mason, Brodie, and Samia) and to the farm that they dreamed up together, on the Hamakua Coast.
Ever curious, Dr. Imonen was a life-long reader and learner; able to absorb and share lifetimes of knowledge with whomever would join him to talk story. He could debate almost any topic from many angles, but was always quick to leave differences behind, and to get on with the real joy of friendship he found with others. He loved people and to see the world through travel. Many a time were the day’s adventures shared between Elodie and Dr. Imonen over a fine meal, in a new place with a beautiful view. They covered a lot of ground together.
Dr. Imonen touched the lives of many; as a doctor, a mentor of young physicians, a friend, neighbor, father, grandfather and husband. He enjoyed his spiritual life and sense of community that he shared as an active member of Honokaa United Methodist Church-his other Ohana.
Bruce C. Johnson, DO, ’53, Chelsea, Michigan, died Sept. 17, 2021, at age 93. Dr. Johnson was born on March 11, 1928 in Moline, Illinois, to Clarence Cal and Lenore (Brutus) Johnson. He spent his childhood in Moline and Richmond, Indiana. Then he attended Augustana College, where he completed a 4-year pre-med program in just 3 years. He became a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) at ATSU-KCOM. While performing his physician’s residency at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Trenton, Michigan, he met the love of his life, Mary June Campoy Eastman, who had been recently widowed with two sons. Dr. Johnson and June were married July 10, 1954 and he adopted his new sons, John and Barry. In 1955, the couple was blessed with the arrival of baby Victoria June and then baby Mary Lenore in 1956. Between their arrivals, Dr. Johnson opened his own medical practice in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He visited hospitalized patients and performed surgeries at Ridgewood Osteopathic Hospital in Ypsilanti. His med-school friend, Bud Young, then joined him as his partner. Sadly, Bud died just a few years later. However, Bud’s wife, Phyllis, his son and three daughters remained close to the Johnsons, sharing many summer holiday cook-outs and winter ski trips. During Dr. Johnson’s final years, Phyllis lived just a 5-minute walk away and watched out for him, for which he was very grateful. He retired in the 1970s when he and June moved to Key Biscayne, Florida, where they could play tennis all year ’round. Dr. Johnson and June’s tennis and social buddies Garver and Isabelle Wilson, soon followed them to Key Biscayne. In 2009, he and June moved back to Michigan, where they took up residence at Silver Maples of Chelsea. Because the two couples were inseparable, Garver and “Izzie” also moved from Key Biscayne to Silver Maples soon afterwards. Dr. Johnson was predeceased by his beloved wife, June, in 2014 after nearly 60 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara, and by Vickie’s children and his grandchildren Amy Larson and Matt Larson. Dr. Johnson is survived by his four children, John (Mary Cronin) Johnson, Barry (Kathy) Johnson, Vickie (Jeff Holoweiko) Chevoor, and Mary (Lou) Pomerville. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Ryan (Amanda) Patterson, Kyle (Ashlee Brennan) Patterson, Erik (Karen Ziemianski) Johnson, Christine “C.J.” Johnson, Jennifer Larson, Alex Chevoor, and Katie Chevoor. He was blessed with three great-grandchildren: Fiona Patterson, Maeve Patterson, and Quinn Johnson.
Jeffrey M. Koerner, DO, ’74, Lakeland, Florida, died Aug. 12, 2021.
Robert S. Lawson, DO, ’64, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Aug. 25, 2021, at age 82. He was born on February 11, 1939 in Joplin, MO, the only child of Frieda Louise (Gebhardt) Lawson and Sidney Lawson, DO. He pursued his undergraduate education at St Beneditcts College in Atchison, KS and Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, KS from 1957 to 1960. On May 14, 1959 he married Jacquelyn Marie Landoll, the woman he loved from the moment he first saw her to the moment of his death.
He and Jackie moved to Kirksville, MO in the fall of 1960 for him to attend ATSU-KCOM, where he received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in May of 1964. While pursuing his doctorate, he met Joseph E Wolf, D.O. who was his fraternity brother at the IT Sigma House. Dr. Wolf became the brother he never had with an enduring friendship of 61 years.
He moved to Tulsa, OK in 1964 to complete his Internship and Residency at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital (OK State University Medical Center). He joined the staff of the Benien Clinic and Department of Surgery staff at OOH in 1968 until retiring from surgery in1995. He then practiced family medicine and was the medical director at the Indian Health Care Resource Center until his retirement in 2007. He has received numerous awards and honors including Outstanding Physician Award TRMC in 1995 and TRMC “People Caring for People” Award. Academic appointments included Adjunct Professor of Surgery OK State College of Osteopathic Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Surgery, ATSU-KCOM.
Dr. Lawson was a lifelong student and educator. His passion outside of medicine was the study of history. He also enjoyed sailing with friends and family, whether on an Oklahoma lake or navigating the waters of the Caribbean.
He was preceded in death by his beloved “Jack” in July of 2003. He is survived by his children Bryan Lawson and wife Carla, Kevin Lawson and wife Shelly, Karen Lewis, Jeff Lawson, and Steve Lawson, his grandchildren Emily Lawson, Allison Lawson, Jacob Lawson, Danielle Lewis, and Matthew Lewis and his two great-granddaughters Rowan and Norah Billy.
Timothy L. Lukavsky, DDS, Mesa, Arizona, died Dec. 24, 2021. Dr. Timothy, known by many across the world as Dr. Tim, was a husband and father of four children. He was a practicing dentist and director of the Department of Special Care Dentistry at ATSU-ASDOH, which is cutting edge in training dental students to care for special needs patients. Dr. Tim passed away peacefully in the presence of his family in his home at 1:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021. He was diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease one and a half years ago, continued to work at ATSU as his abilities to walk, use his hands, speak, swallow, and finally breathe were ravished. But his ability to love, joke, and make his will known were somehow maintained till his final acknowledgment of his daughter, Andrea’s love by squeezing her hand before going home in peace. He leaves behind his wife of thirty-four years, Catalina, his son, Paul, (wife, Leigha, and their two children, Ezra and Micaiah), his son and dentist who often headed up Dr. Tim’s mission trips, Dr. Michael (dentist wife, Dr. Erika and their child, Isaiah), his daughter, Sabrina and her two children, Elijah and yet unborn baby, and his daughter, Andrea. Dr. Tim headed up Medical/Dental mission trips taking with him many dental and some medical students that are now practicing these skills all over the world to Mexico, Honduras, and Central America several times a year for the past 30 years. His energy, skill, faith, and quick, somewhat irreverent signature humor and famous sayings or “Dr. Tim isms” have affected or drastically changed untold numbers of lives of patients, dental students, friends, family, and faculty members all over the country and the world. He literally touched and transformed lives of the people he encountered by his skill and ability to teach this skill to treat patients that often are considered undesirable because of their mental, psychological, or physical disabilities or just complicated nature of their medical needs. Because of this, their gratitude is only matched by Dr. Tim’s contagious ‘attitude of gratitude’ that has driven his passion to step out in faith that God wants to comfort, to heal, to bring miracles and victory. Dr. Tim would say, “If you want to see a miracle, BE the miracle!” Anyone that knows Dr. Tim has seen the miracles! Dr. Tim has said that when you work on the mouth of one of the socalled ‘least of these’ you know that you are touching the ‘Face of God’! These are just a few of “Dr. Tim isms:” “Life is better than I could ever imagine but more painful than I could ever guess.“ “Only from a humble heart comes true gratitude.” “Gratitude is the one emotion that cannot coexist with any other bad emotions.” “Gratitude is the antidote to all that ails you. But without humility, you are doomed to a life of no gratitude. “ “The definition of the word Joy is Sorrow overcome by Love. Joy always stays, though happiness comes and goes. So when you meet joyful people you know they are going through a lot of sorrow.” ….and finally, “Love conquers all” This mantra was Brother Tim’s very breath cadence… what he breathed in and out… In….”Love!”….Out….”conquers all!” Dr. Tim’s favorite prayer: The Memorare. More of Dr. Tim isms…“Another Day in Paradise” “Kumbaya” “Ya Old Goat!” “God Help us!” Dr. Tim isms while Pulling Teeth: – That’s a Bearcat! – That’s Momma’s milk – Dear Jesus Guide my hands – Dear Baby Jesus… “I can’t do what you can do, you can’t do what I can do but together we can accomplish great things!” Forty years ago, Tim experienced a miracle of being the first person in history to survive a ‘Hangman’s Fracture of his neck… not only surviving, but actually recovering from initially being a quadriplegic to walking out of the hospital with no deficit. This occurred when Tim went on his first date with his (now) wife, Catalina, when he was celebrating getting accepted into Creighton Dental School with a group of his friends, some of whom continued to pray with him daily by group phone from around the country because of how this miracle had changed their lives, spawning faith and more miracles. Tim was born December 21, 1955 in Newton, Iowa. He was the sixth in a family of 13 children, half of which had a congenital bone breaking syndrome called OI, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and they sustained hundreds of bone fractures. This curtailed the very sports oriented activities which included martial arts, boxing, and military marching taught and led by their father, Luke Lukavsky. Instead they gravitated to singing and playing instruments and acting out their American and European folk music and musicals with choreography. First they sang in their hospital beds with the injured child, then for the doctors and staff, then medical conventions, pediatrics, nursing homes, churches, civic organizations, and pro-life conventions. Tim was one of the 10 children that went on to perform professionally as the “Lukavsky Family Singers” often known as The “American Von Trapps”. Tim sang with a beautiful, unique, heartfelt wide baritone range. He also played bass viol, guitar, and performed dance and choreography. They produced syndicated television holiday specials that played all over the country. In their performing, they sang for and encountered, many times, legends for the unborn and pro-life movement like Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first black female to graduate from Harvard Medical School and became the second President of National Right to Life. And Dr. (and Mrs) Willke, who was a physician, author, and the first President of the National Right to Life organization. They sang for Ronald Reagan when he was yet making a run for President of the United States. And they heckled then antilife Senators Ed Kennedy and Birch Bye during their failed attempts to run for President of the United States. They also visited and stayed with Maria Von Trapp (from the Sound of Music) at her Chalet in Stowe, Vermont… Christmas caroled in a horse drawn sleigh over mountains for neighboring chalets, sang for her guests, and prayed with Maria. Dr. Tim was honored for his mission work by the AADMD, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, an organization of dentists and doctors for the disabled. It was cofounded by Dr. Steve Pearlman and Eunice Kennedy Shriver who was credited with starting Special Olympics. Dr. Tim was asked to be speaker (which I got to join him as speaker and as singer) at their conventions in Princeton, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, CA, for their National meetings occurring with the World Special Olympics. Dr. Tim was preceded in death by parents, Luke and Mary Lukavsky. Also joining are his brothers in heaven, Chris and Tom Lukavsky, and sisters, Nancy Dodds and the youngest, Kathleen Lukavsky, who excelled with “Ups Syndrome”. Siblings left behind are sister, Joanie Lukavsky, late brother, Chris’s four children, John Sherman, Rose Kerns and her four children Alex, Anna, Cameron, and Owen, and late sister, Nancy’s husband, Bob Dodds and their two children, Emily and William in Des Moines, IA, sister Mary Jane Nydegger, her two children, daughter Kristinna Young (husband Eric and children Nick and Rowan in Portland, Oregon), and Jessyca MacDonald (husband Ryan), myself, Dr. James Lukavsky (Dr. Luke), wife Angela with our five children, Mary Watson (husband Josh, four children, Ava, Jude, Noah, and Sophie, son Chris (wife Trista, children, Addilyn, Lincoln, and Lila, son David (wife Meghan, children, Kathleen and yet unborn baby, daughter Michelle (husband Police Officer, Sergeant Steve Purdy, children, Lauren, Lawrence, and Leia, and our daughter Anna Underwood (husband Carson and yet unborn baby in Nixa MO area. Dr. Tim’s other living siblings: sister, Terry Wiese in Omaha, NE, and their six children, Aaron, Amanda Riskowski (husband Anthony), Joseph, John Paul, Daniel, and Timmy all in Omaha, NE, sister Patty Schwanebeck (husband Cris) in Knoxville, IA, and their Five Children, Sarah Neary (husband, Andy, children Rowen and Albae in Tiffin, IA, Katie Keller (husband Keith, child Sonora in New Jersey), Elizabeth Kingery (husband Kyle in Knoxville, IA), and daughter Aubrey Moats (husband Jacob, child Nora in Knoxville, IA), son Cris Patrick in San Diego, CA, sister, Julie Mow (Arly Richau) in Scottsdale, AZ, sister Paula Wilson (children, Meaghan, Josh, and Seth in West Des Moines, IA, sister, Caroline Meade (husband Russ, daughter, Mary Kate in Tiffin, IA). It should be noted that Dr. Tim, having been seen for his ALS by Mayo clinic in Scottsdale and the Barrow Neurological Institute, he and I, supported by our daily prayer warriors all across the country, attempted other alternative treatments for his ALS. Dr. Pearlman, who is cofounder of the AADMD, also prayed for us and wanted to offer any help he could. Drs. Betty Ann and Jay Schmidt helped guide a plan of IV therapies that Dr. Tim’s family and Dr. Rick Feldtake went to the mat to provide. Son, Dr. Michael Lukavsky and Dr. Tom Mattern helped Dr. Tim get alternative IV infusions and Laser therapy. Dr. Steven Harkins, suffering from ALS, himself, never stopped helping Dr. Tim with new ideas and ways of mitigating the effects of the disease. And many, many friends, family, faculty, and prior students raised much money utilizing Go Fund Me and other avenues so that Dr. Tim could afford these expensive alternative measures. Dr. Jay Lombard, neurologist and world renown ALS guru in New York City, has tirelessly continued to strive and work for a reasonable treatment or cure for ALS in spite of the lack of hope amongst the medical establishment. With the help of his friend, Rabbi Noson Gurary, introduced us to Dr. Marc Abreu from Yale University who pioneered Heat Shock Therapy and gallantly treated Dr. Tim with this in Miami, Florida last July, resulting in some improvement of his swallowing, speech, and strength, which is considered scientifically impossible. Though it was not a cure, I believe it extended Dr. Tim’s quantity and quality of life. Dr. Lombard then introduced us to Dr. Scott Rosa, of Connecticut, who introduced us to neurosurgeon, Dr. Kornell, of NYC. They consulted and were willing to attempt to fix Dr. Tim’s spinal drainage problem related to his old neck damage from the Hangman’s Fracture. The theory was given to Dr. Lombard when he drove out to discuss it with its brilliant author, the 86-year-old inventor of the MRI, Dr. Raymond Damadian, living on Long Island, just a few miles from where Dr. Lombard’s mother was buried. And he, unexpectedly, was able to stop to pray and cry a tear for her before he and I agreed with this simple theory that no ALS treatment could work and maintain success until Dr. Tim’s spinal fluid toilet (Spinal Glymphatics) could be fixed and flushing again. I still have hopes that this theory will work and help ALS patients in the future! We were just scheduling the necessary diagnostic testing when Dr. Tim suffered a severe aspiration and choking on 12/16/21, and was saved from hypoxia and death by the valiant deep suctioning intervention of Catalina’s ICU RN sister, Gloria Kisicki. After the resulting aspiration pneumonia and hospitalization, Dr. Tim then made a definitive decision to stop all testing and attempts for cure. I had to accept and agree with his dignity to change gears and goals. His goal changed to just be at home around family and literally to go home in God’s timing. Dr. Tim must have known something none of us did, because just hours after getting home from Banner Hospital under the diligent, wise, and loving care of beautiful Hospice of the Valley professionals, Dr. Tim’s beautiful heart beat it’s last. And he went home to live with the Heavenly Father.
James J. McCormick Jr., DO, ’65, Boca Raton, Florida, died Nov. 21, 2021, at age 83. He was a man of strong faith, honest, generous, loving and kind to everyone he met. He was known to most as “Jim” and “Doc” by others.
Dr. McCormick was born in Miami, Florida and was a talented opera singer throughout his school years. He graduated from the University of Miami and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. He attended ATSU-KCOM in Missouri and later became a resident at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He met Patricia Hanes while in residency and married her on August 5, 1966. Dr. McCormick and Pat moved to Miami, Florida so that they could begin their new life together.
He was a doctor of osteopathic medicine and specialized in family medicine. He served the citizens of Miami, as well as neighboring islands for 52 years. His love for his patients was known to all and unparalleled. He could be found going on “house calls” when a patient was unable to come into the office. He was more than just a doctor to his patients; he was a friend.
He was a wonderful husband and father. He loved his wife Pat and his children with all his heart. He left a legacy of four children: Jim, Tricia, Annmarie, and Margie; twelve grandchildren: Cassie, Alicia, Allie, Gabe, Josh, Ryan, Asher, Riley, Brady, Landon, Samantha, and Patrick; and one great-grandson Max.
Dr. McCormick was a truly blessed and talented man. He was an amazing singer, trusted physician, and known as “The Big Fix-it” around the house. There was nothing he could not do or create, including an actual, physical train, that children could ride in and was even displayed in parades. He loved working with wood and model trains. He lived a life of love, peace, and faith. His motto was “peace and love,” and he taught his family about forgiveness and love of God. He will be greatly missed by all who have known and loved him.
Joseph L. McTernan, DHSc, ’15, Orchard Park, New York, died Jan. 24, 2022, at age 44. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 8 years, Anna (Solveno) McTernan; and their children, Emmett, Ethan, Evan and Ella. Joe is survived by his mother, Theresa McTernan; and siblings, Brian (Edie) McTernan, Patti (Joe) McTernan Weber, Roy (Vicky) McTernan, Cathy DeLuca, and Colleen (George) Ryall; as well as his adored nieces and nephew. Dr. McTernan’s life was devoted to being a teacher and a leader, committed to the support of his community. A native of Rockland County, he began his life of service as a firefighter, then EMT, and paramedic in New York City; he spoke proudly and often of his first responder service and it was during that time he met his wife Anna. Dr. McTernan achieved a Doctorate in Business and Healthcare Administration and worked for NY Presbyterian Hospital and Trinitas Medical Center before joining Wyoming County Community Health System as their Chief Executive Officer in 2019.
Gregory J. McWilliams, DO, ’74, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died March 3, 2021, at age 72. He was preceded in death by his parents, E. Anne and Charles A. McWilliams; and his former wife Pamela Brewer McWilliams. He was born May 4, 1948 in Holdenville, Oklahoma and moved with his parents and younger brother, Chip, to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1952. Dr. McWilliams graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 1966. He then attended the University of Oklahoma as a pre-med student where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1970.
His interest in becoming a doctor took him to ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri where he graduated in 1974. After completing his course work, residency, and board certification, Dr. McWilliams was awarded a Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic where he trained in a relatively new subspecialty called Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine. His 44 years in medicine were anchored in Tulsa where he opened his Cardiology practice in 1980. Dr. McWilliams’ long and successful career was mainly at Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa; but, also at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and St. John’s, Broken Arrow. The last 5 years of his career he spent as a Cardiologist at Tahlequah City Hospital.
Survivors include his son, Zachary Brewer McWilliams (Sara Beard); his brothers Dr. Charles A. McWilliams (Cindy) and Mr. J. Scott McWilliams, J.D., his sister Jean Ann McWilliams Foley, Ph.D. (Gary Cole), and 5 nieces and nephews, Aaron McWilliams (Elizabeth), Meredith Bollinger (John), Molly Hey (Brandon), Heidi McWilliams, and Mykaila DeLesDerenier (Matt).
Besides being a treasured physician who took great pains to listen to his patients and provide excellent medical care, Dr. McWilliams had a ferocious love for life. He was constantly delving deep into classical history and searching for truth. This is notable in his faithful attendance and participation in a downtown Bible study over the past 2 years. His captivating stories, impressive escapades and travels, greathearted gatherings for family and friends will be sorely missed. His colorful and exuberant life was highlighted by a large loyal fan base who will continue to ride the crest of his wave retelling, re-living and embellishing Mac’s stories.
Barbara S. Murphey, AuD, ’04, Plano, Texas, died Dec. 30, 2020.
James P. Parshall, DO, ’56, Hendersonville, North Carolina, died Dec. 3, 2020, at age 95, four and a half years short of his goal of 100 years. At 95, he was still shopping, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, caretaking for his wife and driving – to everyone’s dismay. Dr. Parshall was resilient. Were it not for COVID-19, he might have met his goal. He was born on June 25, 1925 in Detroit, the only child of Raymond and Nica (Petchell) Parshall. He always said his birthday was the perfect day for gifts because it was exactly half-way to Christmas. They lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Detroit where he slept on a cot in the kitchen. He was a child during the Great Depression and he told the story of how he brought a friend home after school and together they smeared all the butter allotted for a week on saltines and ate them. His mother, when she returned from work, was furious. With both parents working, Dr. Parshall spent a lot of time on his own. He began to stutter at age 3 when his mother went back to work and he was left with an aunt. At age nine, his English teacher told him about Shady Trails camp in northern Michigan, a place dedicated to speech correction. He told her his parents couldn’t afford it. The next day, she let him know that an anonymous benefactor would pay the camp fee for him to go to Shady Trails. He always thought she, a single woman without children, was that benefactor. The family later moved to Clawson, where at 125 pounds, and with great energy and determination, he played on the high school football team. Many decades later, at age 88, he named himself Class Secretary and sent annual newsletters to his high school classmates which included obituaries, updates, health information and crossword puzzles. He’d photocopy, assemble and mail the tomes in large envelopes to each surviving classmate. Also in high school, Dr. Parshall began his life-long love affair with books. His pages-long Christmas letters, complete with book suggestions, were legendary.
He served as a lieutenant in the Air Force during World War II before attending Albion College where he joined and then quickly deactivated from a fraternity after learning they didn’t accept Blacks into membership. At Albion, he met Joanne Sluyter, his first wife, mother of the children he was so proud of and with whom he had a lifelong friendship. After marrying, they moved to Kirksville, Mo. where he attended medical school. Upon returning to Mich., he served his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital and later served there as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In Plymouth, Dr. Parshall and Joanne built their family: three sons, two daughters, and always a dog. Then in 1973, the family moved to Silver Lake in Traverse City, where he served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital. Additionally, he held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and between 1984 and 1986, he taught midwives at the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Kentucky. Babies come at all hours of the day, so he spent his career years sleep -deprived. Professionally, he was a physician, healer, counselor, educator, and life-long learner. Enthused by new ways of delivering healthcare, like the Leboyer Method of birthing and Lamaze, he was responsible for the birthing rooms at Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital where women could give birth in rooms with low lighting and warm colors that simulated a home environment. He always spent extra time with his patients to help them make healthcare choices, and this meant he always ran behind schedule. Most patients didn’t mind; they knew they’d also get extra time. He was also the neighbor hood go-to doctor and sometimes first responder; once helping a burn victim from a boat explosion, another time a young girl hit by a car. When last minute physicals were required in order to play school football, he offered them to the neighborhood kids for free. Dr. Parshall was an optimist, a believer that determination and goodwill could overcome most obstacles. More than once he launched the family boat into Silver Lake directly from the front yard. He’d back up further and further until the motor home he used to pull the boat trailer became stuck in the lake. At that point he’d phone Ward-Eaton Towing to come pull the flooded motor home out of the lake. It would take the whole summer for the lawn to recover from the churn of giant tow truck tires. The neighbors looked forward to Dr. Parshall’s boat launching day. One even made a cake for the event. However, front yard boat launching ended when Ward-Eaton told him they would no longer facilitate the annual rescue. He was warm and friendly. He loved his family and friends and children’s friends who considered him a favorite. He loved camping at Timber Shores, stamp collecting, bookstores and ice cream. Dr. Parshall adored Traverse City and was so looking forward to moving back to be close to his family. It was to happen later in December.
In 1994, he married Carole Maxwell in Livonia, who survives. Together they enjoyed travelling, cruises, and church activities. They spent their retirement years living in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Dr. Parshall is survived by his wife, Carole; his children David Parshall, Nancy (David Bedford) Parshall, Douglas (Paula) Parshall, Daniel Parshall, Susan Hooper; and Carole’s daughter Christy (Barry Waite) Maxwell; his brother-in-law, Michael (Elaine Foster) Loukinen. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Bryan, Corey, Dylan and Emily Parshall, and Jared, Logan, and Salle Waite; ten great-grandchildren; his beloved rescue dog, Lucy; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Joanne Kline; his son-in-law, Kevin Hooper; and Carole’s son, Marty Maxwell.
Robert L. Perry, DO, ’54, Redmond, Washington, died Jan. 11, 2021, at age 92. He was an only child and was born on July 4, 1928 to Leo and Dorothy Perry of Spokane. He married the love of his life, Burrita Gongwer, on August 26, 1952. They met in high school while skiing at Mt. Spokane. Burrita preceded him in death on September 25, 2019. He is survived by five children– Dr. Laura Perry, Jody Menenberg, Robin Hale, Scott Perry and Susie Paulsen as well as sixteen grandchildren.
Dr. Perry and Burrita raised their family on the shores of Lake Burien and resided there for 60 years. His birthday celebration coincided with the July 4 holiday and was the source of an annual family get together. He loved his house and the lawn he kept as meticulously manicured as the greens of Rainier Golf and Country Club, where he belonged for fifty years. He also enjoyed skiing and hiking with his family, planning many backpacking trips into Holden Village in the North Cascades.
Dr. Perry graduated from Gonzaga University then received his DO degree from ATSU-KCOM, in 1954. He was on the staff of Highline and Riverton Hospitals, serving as chief of staff at Riverton. He practiced family medicine for 50 years. Dr. Laura Perry joined his practice in 1983 and they worked together for 25 years. With a blend of compassion and a wry sense of humor, Dr. Perry put his patients at ease and gained their lasting trust. His reward was to be woven into the fabric of so many lives, to share in the laughter and the tears of generations of families. He was an old school family doctor. He will be missed.
Hon. James R. Reinhard, Hannibal, Missouri, died Nov. 11, 2021, at age 92. He was born July 7, 1929, in Pollock, MO, the only child of Virgil and Meltha (Anspach) Reinhard. He attended grade school in Pollock and graduated from Milan High School in 1947. Judge Reinhard attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College in the summer of 1947. At that time Missouri did not require a college degree of teachers and he taught a one-room rural school in southern Sullivan County. At the end of that school term, he re-entered Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College and remained there until the end of the spring term in 1950. In the fall of 1950, he enrolled in the School of Law at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was dually enrolled, taking some courses in the School of Arts and Science. He received his BA degree from the University in the summer of 1951, and his LLB degree from the School of Law in spring of 1953. Judge Reinhard was admitted to the Missouri Bar on September 5, 1953. On August 10, 1953, he was inducted into the United States Army. He received an honorable discharge from the Army on June 10, 1955.
Judge Reinhard was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Sullivan County on the Democratic ticket in the general election of 1954. His Republican opponent had withdrawn after the primary. The rules and regulations of the United States Army permitted him to file for office while on active duty, but he was prohibited from active campaigning. He appointed M. E. Montgomery as assistant prosecuting attorney and he served until his term in the Army ended. While in the Army, Judge Reinhard served as a court administrator. Upon returning to Sullivan County after his discharge, he began the general practice of law, in addition to being prosecuting attorney. Judge Reinhard was re-elected to the prosecutor’s office in 1956 and 1958. At the 9th Congressional District caucus in 1956, Judge Reinhard was selected as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. There he met a member of the 9th District Congressional Committee who urged him to move to Monroe County, MO. In May 1957, he resigned as Prosecuting Attorney of Sullivan County and opened an office for the general practice of law in Paris, MO. In 1958, Judge Reinhard sought the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Monroe County and won a contested primary by a two to one margin. In 1960, he was selected as one of two Sergeant at Arms representing Missouri at the Democratic Convention in Los Angles.
In December 1958, Judge Reinhard married Shari L. Powell Horton. In 1962, he was joined in the law practice by Floyd E. Lawson. The firm continued until the end of December 1972, when Judge Reinhard became Circuit Judge. While in active practice, Judge Reinhard served as President of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and as a member and chairman of the Tenth Circuit Bar ethics committee. He served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar Association. He served as a special assistant attorney general on Attorney General Norman Anderson’s staff. As a member of the Paris Rotary Club, Judge Reinhard served two terms as President. In 1964, Judge Reinhard was selected by Senator Symington to serve as general chairman of his campaign opening which was to be held in Monroe County. The event was held at Mark Twain State Park and was attended by all of the state officials. It drew a crowd of about 5,000 people and was certainly the largest political gathering ever held in Monroe County. In 1965, Governor Hearnes appointed Judge Reinhard to the Board of Regents at Northeastern Missouri State Teacher’s College and re-appointed him in 1970. Judge Reinhard served as president of the Board of Regents from 1967 to 1973. He resigned as a member of the board in 1974. During Judge Reinhard’s board tenure he served on the advisory Committee to the Missouri Commission Higher Education. He was the only non-education professional on the committee and the only state board member to be on the committee. From 1982 to 1985, Judge Reinhard served on the Board of Trustees of ATSU-KCOM. In late 1972, Elgin Fuller resigned as judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit and Governor Warren E. Hearnes appointed Judge Reinhard to succeed him. He was sworn in on January 1, 1973, and the family moved to Hannibal in June, 1973. Judge Reinhard was elected to serve the unexpired term at the general election in November of 1974, and re-elected to a full six-year term in 1976. Judge Reinhard was unopposed in both elections. While circuit judge, he served on the legislative committee of the Missouri Trial Judges Association and the legislative committee of the Missouri Juvenile Judges Committee. On March 4, 1977, he was appointed by Governor Joe Teasdale as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. The office of the Court of Appeals at that time was in the Civil Courts building in St. Louis and initially Judge Reinhard’s office was in that building. He served as Chief Judge of the court in 1984 and 1985. Judge Reinhard was extremely proud of the fact that during his tenure on the court he authored more opinions than any other appellate judge in the history of the State. He sat as a special judge on the Missouri Supreme Court at several times and also on numerous occasions as a special judge on both the Western and Southern District Courts of Appeal. Judge Reinhard sat as a special judge on the Missouri Supreme Court in September, 1988, when the Nancy Cruzan case was decided. The case involved the removal of Ms. Cruzan’s feeding tube. Court historians rate this case as one of the most important cases in the history of the state. While on the Court of Appeals, in addition to his regular duties, Judge Reinhard was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve on two of its most important committees, serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Court Reporters (the committee charged with giving the tests to qualify court reporters); and, also as chairman of the Missouri Judicial Finance Commission. This seven-member commission settled financial disputes between the circuit courts of the state and the county Commission who finances the courts. In 1992, Judge Reinhard mediated a dispute between the circuit judges of the City of St. Louis and the city. In the mediation, the City Board of Adjustment, Mayor Vince Schoemehl, Board of Alderman President Tom Villa, and city Comptroller Jim Jones represented the city. The court had ordered the city to make $65,000,000.00 in repairs and improvements to the Civil Courts Building. On appeal to the Supreme Court, the City contested the jurisdiction of the finance committee over capital improvements. The Supreme Court disagreed and gave the commission fifteen days to settle the case. The mediation was held in Judge Reinhard’s office and resulted in a $35,000,000.00 settlement. He also served for several years on the National Committee of the Supreme Court and Appellate Judges whose purpose is to inform appellate courts across the country of the problems in juvenile cases that appellate courts review. Programs were given at appellate judges’ seminars and state judicial conferences. In 1997, Judge Reinhard retired from the court and became “of counsel” to the Law Firm of Briscoe and Mobley (later Briscoe, Rodenbaugh and Brannon). After leaving that firm he served as a “Senior Judge” on the courts of Appeals of the Eastern and Western Districts for a number of years. In 2000, the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis designated by resolution, in appreciation for his efforts in securing a fair and reasonable settlement between the city of St. Louis and the court in the matter of renovating the Civil Courts Building, “…this court does hereby designate the court ‘en banc room’ as the James R. Reinhard Room.” This room is on the 12th floor of the Civil Courts Building and was the courtroom of the Missouri Court of Appeals for many years. It is now used as the meeting room of the members of the entire circuit court.
Judge Reinhard was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shrine. He has served as a Trustee of the Missouri Historical Society and the Truman State University Foundation board.
Judge Reinhard is survived by his wife, Shari, and son, James K. (Pamela) Reinhard of Paris; two granddaughters, Kelsey (Steve) Rottger of Old Monroe, MO, and Mallory (Phillip) Dowell of Stoutsville, MO; two greatgrandchildren, James K. Rottger and Finley M. Dowell; a first cousin, Donnie (Pat) Reinhard and numerous second cousins.
Fred R.I. Rollins, DO, ’58, Muskegon, Michigan, died Oct. 1, 2021, at age 87. He was born on April 7, 1934, to Frank, DO, ’42, and Miriam (Rightmire) Rollins in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rollins attended ATSU-KCOM, the world’s first osteopathic medical school. He was known as a pioneer of DOs in Western Michigan when he began his private practice in 1958. He was an avid outdoorsman earlier in life growing up in the Upper Peninsula and later became an avid sailor. He spent much of his down time sailing and listening to Dixie Land. He was known to have a great sense of humor and lived a very fulfilling life.
Dr. Rollins is survived by his sons, Timothy Robert (Claudette) Rollins, and William F. (Cheryl) Rollins, DO, ’88; grandchildren, Tanner R. Rollins and Lauren L. Rollins; sister, Frankie Nabor. He was preceded in death by his parents and spouse, Ila Rose Rollins.
Corby D. Ropp, DO, ’01, Swansboro, North Carolina, died July 23, 2021, at age 48. Dr. Ropp served in the US Navy as a Captain and he was an Ophthalmologist Doctor for over 20 years. Dr. Ropp is survived by his wife, Kirsten Vanderlaan Ropp; daughter, Azariah Ropp; two sons, Nazareth Ropp and Psalter Ropp; his father and mother, Daniel and Nancy Dykes Ropp and his sister, Kosha Price and her husband Guy.
Jerry W. Scott, DO, ’59, Mishawaka, Indiana, died Sept. 9, 2021, at age 90. Dr. Scott was born on September 27, 1930, in Belmond, Iowa to the late Joseph W. and Ruth (Veeder) Scott. He married his wife, Birgit, in her hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark and together they raised 2 sons, Hans Scott and Peter Scott who all survive.
Dr. Scott graduated from Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, IA, in 1948. He was employed at Chappell Clinic as an x-ray and laboratory technician before embarking on his studies at ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, MO where he graduated in 1959. After a year’s internship at Charles E. Still Osteopathic Hospital in Jefferson City, MO, he returned to Kirksville for a 3-year residency in the Department of Radiology under George W. Rea, DO. After certification in roentgenology in 1963 and radiology in 1967, he moved with his family to South Bend, IN where he practiced radiology, ultrasound and nuclear medicine for over 25 years. During that time, he served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology. He was also a board member and eventually President of the Indiana Osteopathic Association. He became a fellow of the AOCR and was eventually a life member of the IOA and the AOA.
James R. Shelburne, DO, ’67, Land O’Lakes, Florida, died June 7, 2021, at age 84. Born on April 2, 1937, Dr. Shelburne grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. He went on to graduate from the Kirksville State Teachers College in 1962 and ATSU-KCOM in 1967. He and his wife Garnet raised four children: Son – Richard Lane Shelburne; Son – John David Shelburne; Daughter – Laurie Shelburne Bargfeldt; Son – Scot Michael Shelburne. Dr. Shelburne was preceded in death by his parents, John William Shelburne and Zelma Carter Shelburne, as well as a brother, John William Shelburne, Jr., and a sister, Virginia Shelburne Howe. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Shelburne Atkins and several nieces and nephews. Dr. Shelburne practiced medicine for forty-seven years with care and compassion and provided well for his family. He attended Hillsdale Baptist Church for many years before joining Idlewild Baptist. He was faithful to have his family in church and encouraged their involvement. He was active in his support of missions to spread the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also encouraged the use of his home for hospitality and enjoyed having large groups over. In his spare time, Dr. Shelburne enjoyed pursuing his many interests such as qualifying as an instrument-rated pilot, sailing, and singing in the church choir. His favorite activity was playing golf, and he played it well.
Jack L. Shepler, DO, ’54, Bow, Washington, died Feb. 3, 2022, at age 92. Dr. Shepler was born to Emmett and Madge (Callahan) Shepler on November 17, 1929 at their home in Burlington. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1947, studied pre-med at the ATSU-KCOM in Missouri. After graduating, he came back to Washington and began working with his father at their clinic in Mount Vernon. His passions included camping, gardening, fishing, carpentry, hunting, hiking, and boating. During all these activities and adventures, Dr. Shepler would bring along his five children – Jackie, Jeff, Jay, Joel, and Jim. He was a lifetime member of Allen Methodist Church where he loved to sing in the choir. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Judy and the mother of his children, and his wife Carol McCormick Houser. He is survived by his wife Theresa Shepler, his sister MerriLou and her husband Lyle Wesen, his five children – Jackie and Phil, Jeff and Helene, Jay and Tracy, Joel and Linda, and Jim and Anna, his 12 grandchildren, his 6 greatgrandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family.
Bobby G. Smith, DO, ’62, Pantego, Texas, died June 2, 2020, at age 85. Dr. Smith was born in Capshaw, Alabama on January 3, 1935 to Garland M. and Bell Spencer Smith. He was the youngest of six children of cotton farming parents. He did not graduate from high school, but enlisted in the USAF at age 17 and subsequently completed his GED. During his four year commitment, he was a medic, which led to his desire to become a physician. That is when he met the love of his life, Shirley Louise Lee of Iowa Park, TX. They eloped on December 29, 1953 while she was a senior in high school.
His desire to become a doctor led him to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX where he received his undergraduate degree in pre-med. That was followed by four years of med school at ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri. Jeanne, their first child, was born at Sheppard AFB while serving his country. Steve came along during his sophomore year of med school and Lisa joined the family 3 weeks before graduation. The family moved to Arlington, TX in May of 1962 where he was a resident at Plattner’s Hospital in Grand Prairie. He then opened his practice on N. Collins St. where Dr. Samuel Pearson joined him. A few years later, he would build a medical clinic on E. Pioneer Pkwy and practiced there with Dr. Richard Stratton. Recently, he relocated to W. Park Row where he retired after 56 years of caring for his patients and countless numbers of pilots and air traffic controllers. In 1971 he purchased 50 acres in Springtown, TX with a vision to plant a grape vineyard and eventually open a winery. He was instrumental in getting legislation passed, called the Texas Farm Winery Act, allowing grape growers to produce wine in a dry county. La Buena Vida Vineyards was one of only 3 wineries at that time in the state of Texas. His legacy continues through John and Debbie Wilson who purchased the winery in 2016. Dr. Smith had many life accomplishments, including past president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, past president of the Arlington Downtown Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, past president of Texas Grape Growers Association. He was appointed by Governor Preston Smith to the Texas Crime and Narcotics Commission. He was on the Board of Directors of several organizations, was team doctor for the Arlington High School football team. He volunteered as a doctor at Mission Arlington Clinic and he was instrumental in the the start of the Arlington YMCA. He also worked with finding the land where the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine campus is located today. He also taught a wine chemistry course at UTA for 9 years.
Dr. Smith is survived by the wife of 66 years, Shirley Lee Smith of Pantego, TX, daughter Jeanne Hamilton and husband Lawrence of Pantego, son Steven Smith and wife Patricia of Kennedale, daughter Lisa Smith White of Pantego, grandchildren Aaron Hamilton (Tiffany) Adam Hamilton (Wendy) Laura Fitzwater (Dale) Jon Smith (Kelly) Jacob Smith (Rhea) Spencer White, and Jenna White. Greatgrandchildren Julianna, Hannah, Connor, Joshua, Benjamin, McKenna, Noah, Ian, Austen, Maddie and Jonah. He also leaves behind numerous patients whose lives were impacted by Dr. Smith.
David W. Smith, DO, ’62, Lakewood Ranch, Florida, died Nov. 19, 2021, at age 84. Dr. Smith was the son of Richard W. and Harriett R. Smith of Piqua, Ohio. Dr. Smith was born September 21, 1937 in Piqua, Ohio, Miami County, where he graduated from Piqua Central High School in 1955. He was very active in vocal and instrumental music as well as boy scouting where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with three palms. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University, completing his studies in 1958. He then moved on to ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating in 1962. This was followed by one year rotating internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a residency in orthopedic surgery completed in 1966. He practiced for one year in Columbus, Ohio before coming to Massillon, June 1, 1967 where he conducted the entirety of his professional career until his retirement in 2001.
Dr. Smith founded Tri-County Orthopedic Surgeons Inc. in 1971 when he came to Massillon. He formed the orthopedic surgery department at the former Doctors Hospital in Massillon. At that time, he was the first and only orthopedic surgeon in Stark County practicing as a DO. He then founded the orthopedic surgery residency training program at Doctors Hospital in 1979 where he ultimately graduated 25 orthopedic surgeons under his watch. This was and still is the only orthopedic surgery training program in Stark County, Ohio. Dr. Smith was very active in local, state, and national politics, serving as president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in 1982, President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 1996 where he was ultimately name Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon in 2006. He has also served on the board of the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery for certification, the Board of the Ohio Osteopathic Association, and eventually the president of the eighth district Academy of Osteopathic Medicine. Locally, he served on the board of the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and was a very active supporter of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as president of the board of Trustees at the former Doctors Hospital. He was president of the advisory board of Kent State University, Stark Campus, for six years and on the board for ten years. He was emeritized by Kent State University in 2008 for his role on the Stark County Campus.
In the community, he also served as president of Moonlight Bay Condominium Association where he lived for 15 years and was the founding president of Hamlets II Condominium Association in Glenmoor Community since turning over from the developer. He has also served as the founding president of Meyers Lake Preserve, a foundation that owns and operates Meyers Lake in Canton, Ohio dating back to 1994. He was a former member of Brookside Country Club for 31 years, Shady Hollow Country Club in Massillon for a few years as well as Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California dating back to 1996. He also served as elder of Christ United Presbyterian Church and is currently a member of the congregation of the Church of the Lakes in Canton. He was a member of the Canton Lodge 41 of free and accepted masons, Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio and a member of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association. Most recently, he co-authored a history of American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in 2009. He will be remembered as one of the pioneering orthopedic surgeons in the osteopathic profession for which he was recently recognized as the “Great Osteopathic Pioneer” by the American Osteopathic Association for contributions to his profession during his career.
Dr. Smith was preceded in death by his first wife, Tanzy J. Smith, in 1986, a marriage of 24 years which yielded two children, Douglas M. Smith of Palm Desert, California and Dyanna L. Smith of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He then remarried in 1987 to Lynn Burns Zimmer and became the stepfather of Jim, Mike, and Brian Zimmer, also of Canton-Massillon, Ohio. He is also survived by four wonderful grandchildren, Zachary, Tyler, Matthew, and Makayla. Dr. Smith is also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Smith of San Jose, California. Charles Smith’s wife is Margaret Jean Smith.
James A. Stapel, DO, ’75, Columbia City, Indiana, died Jan. 28, 2022, at age 73. Born on April 30, 1948, in Muskegon, Mich., he was a son of Carl and Jean (Jensen) Stapel. Dr. Stapel attended ReethsPuffer High School in Muskegon and graduated with the Class of 1966. He then attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 1970. He went on to ATSU-KCOM and graduated as the Valedictorian of Class of 1975. Dr. Stapel began his professional career with Whitley Medical Associates in 1976 and provided care to the community until his retirement. Dr. Stapel had a passion for teaching and encouraging young physicians from the start of his medical practice that continued throughout his life. He served as a mentor and role model for many physicians in all of Northeast Indiana. Dr. Stapel was instrumental in forming Parkview Medical Group, which later expanded to Parkview Physicians Group. He was the first Chief Medical Officer of PMG. He served on the PPG Board of Directors for its first five years and played a critical role in the primary care service line, helping to develop the culture and code of conduct that helped guide PPG providers. Dr. Stapel continued to care for patients during this time and was instrumental in the recruitment and growth of PPG to over 22 locations, bringing key specialties to Parkview Community Hospitals. Dr. Stapel served on the Parkview Health Board of Directors from 1998-2006, was currently serving a second term on the Parkview Board of Directors and was currently serving as chairperson for the Parkview Whitley Board of Directors. Dr. Stapel served nearly 25 years on various Parkview Health Boards. In addition, he served on many local Whitley County Boards, including Troy School, Passages, Inc., and Whitley County YMCA. Although he achieved many accomplishments, he remained a stalwart advocate for his patients. He loved all sports and served as team physician for Columbia City High School for over 30 years. As busy as Dr. Stapel was, he always had time for friends and family and offered medical as well as personal guidance to all who sought his wisdom and calming influence. Dr. Stapel was passionate in all his endeavors, but especially playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Susan, of Columbia City; daughters, Julie (David Kalat) Stapel and Amy (Brian) Lisek, both of Lagrange Park, Ill., Kelly Slavich of Fort Wayne, Cindy (Stephen) Baker and Jill (Derick) Schinbeckler, both of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren, Kylah (Brian Tun) Ewing, Jeffrey (Alexis) Ewing, Lucas Wright, Jessica (Zack) Geiger, Ann Stapel-Kalat, Nathan Baker, Maxwell Stapel-Kalat, Parker Baker, Haven Lisek, Hayden Baker, and Spencer Lisek; six great-grandchildren, Carson, Tyler, Tayler, Alex, Journey, and Layla; brother, Dennis (Jackie) Stapel of Muskegon, Mich.
Chester C. Suske, DO, ’68, Waterville, Maine, died Sept. 9, 2021, at age 79. Dr. Suske was born in Brooklyn N.Y. December 6, 1941,son of Chester and Clara (Krisinski) Suske. He graduated from Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1962. He attended ATSU-KCOM and graduated in 1968.
He enjoyed racing stockcars at local tracks and spending time with his grandchildren, he was a fan of Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
He was predeceased by his parents; his son, Stephen; and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife Pauline of 56 years; his son, Daniel (Tammy); his daughter, Kristen (Robert); five grandchildren, Joslyn, Michigan, Claire, Justice and Charlie Rose; and a great-granddaughter, Adelynn.
William N. Talley IV, DPT, ’13, Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Oct. 23, 2021, at age 51. He was born March 22, 1970, in Albuquerque, NM to his parents, William Nelson Talley III and Floy Jean Stevens Talley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Floy Jean Talley and his mother-in-law, Beatrice Wolf. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Laura Wolf Talley; sons, Brian Talley and Jason Talley; his father, William Nelson Talley III and partner, Betty Doxey; brother and sisters-in-law, Richard and Nancy Lewis; nephews, Andrew Lewis and Michael Lewis.
He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and went on to earn his Master’s in Physical Therapy. He completed his education at ATSU with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He was the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for 9 years and helped establish the Cardiac Rehab at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM. His interests and hobbies included hunting, fishing, ran San Diego Rock-n-Roll marathon, eBay entrepreneur, and was a grilling and smoking guru.
Joy M. Valeriano-Byrd, MS, ’11, Stillwater, Oklahoma, died Feb. 6, 2022, at age 56. Joy was born July 25, 1965 in New Britain, Connecticut where she spent her childhood. Joy moved to Rancho Mirage, California where she worked as a Respiratory Therapist. Joy received a Master of Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from ATSU. Joy later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where she worked as a Physician’s Assistant at Warren Clinic and then University Health Services at Oklahoma State University.
Joy married the love of her life Dan Byrd on January 1, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Joy loved her life, family, and the many friends that she had met along her life’s journey. She enjoyed every day with contagious laughter among her family and many friends. Joy was very beautiful, intelligent, dedicated to her family and friends, and had a special ability to reach out and say how beautiful life is. Joy always had a sparkle in her eyes and a very sweet smile on her face that drew people to her throughout her life.
Joy had a love and passion for her pet Golden Retrievers Buddy, Gabriel, Sunshine, Teddy, and Samson. She didn’t stop there. She would often see a stray dog while she was out driving, pick up the dog, take it to the veterinarian if needed, pay for any needed treatment, and make sure it’s owner was found and if not found see that it was placed in a proper shelter at her expense.
Joy excelled at playing tennis, beating her husband most times they played and enjoyed traveling with her husband to beautiful beaches in California and Florida for wonderful romantic vacations. Someone once said that we are put on this earth to paint a picture of the life we live. Well, Joy painted a picture superbly of a life of dedication to her faith, serving her Lord and Savior, love of family and her many friends and most of all the love of a devoted husband. Joy was predeceased by her father and mother, John and Kathleen Valeriano, uncle: Thomas Mancine, and aunts: Charlotte Mancine and Margie Reynolds. Members of Joy’s family include her husband: Dan Byrd, sister: Colleen Cummings and her husband George, nieces: Meghan Thacker and her husband Steven, Grace Cummings, uncle: Wally Reynolds, cousins: Kathy Muriana and her husband Peter and their son Chris, and Tim Reynolds, stepchildren: Brandon, Catherine and Rachel Byrd, step grandchild: Zephaniah Byrd.
Joy will be remembered for the love of her Lord and Savior, her giving and sharing heart, her beautiful, sweet smile, sparkling eyes, her sharp wit, her laughter, and positive attitude. She was loved and respected by her family and friends as a kind, loving, caring and thoughtful person, and most especially by her devoted husband who cannot wait to embrace her again in his arms on God’s celestial shore in paradise.
Arthur J. VanDerburgh, DO, ’60, Portland, Maine, died July 5, 2021, at age 90. He was born June 4, 1931 in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of Harold T. and Dorothy M. VanDerburgh. He graduated from Middlebury, High School in Middlebury, Vt. in 1949. He briefly attended Defiance College before entering the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving in Korea for 18 months as an army medic. After his discharge, he married the love of his life Judith J. Slocum, BSN of Middlebury, Vt., before returning to Springfield College in Massachusetts where he graduated in pre-med. He then attended ATSU-KCOM graduating in 1960. He obtained a rotating internship and practiced family medicine briefly in Beaver Dam, Wisc. and Bennington, Vt. then for five and a half years in Bangor. While in Bangor, he was medical director of the James A. Taylor Osteopathic Hospital and health officer for the city of Brewer. In September of 1966, Dr. VanDerburgh was commissioned as Medical Officer in the United States Naval Reserve with the rank of Lt. Commander, the first DO to be commissioned by the armed forces in New England. This was a position he served with great pride for 7 years. In July of 1969, Dr. VanDerburgh started a residency in Pathology at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. He was a practicing Pathologist at Doctors Hospital in Massilon, Ohio for two and a half years before coming to Portland, where he practiced for over 20 years as chairman of the pathology department at the former Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, subsequently known as Brighton Medical Center. While there he served as Director of Medical Education, served on many committees, and was a member of the Board of Trustee’s for 6 years. Dr. VanDerburgh served in various capacities during the early formative years of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was among a group of several physicians and administrative staff of the college who developed and help implement the curriculum of the college of Osteopathic Medicine. He developed the pathology curriculum and taught from 1978-2011. He considered his participation at the College of Osteopathic Medicine one of his proudest achievements. In 2019 he was given the honor of Professor Emeritus at UNECOM. Dr. VanDerburgh served as a member of the Maine Board of Registrations of Osteopathic Medicine from 1979-1993 having been Chair for two years. He became a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association in 1964 and served as President of the MOA in 1981. In 1985 he received the Roswell P. Bates Public Service Award. In 2014 he was honored with the award for 50 years of service to his profession in the Maine Osteopathic Association and in 1990 and again in 2019 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Osteopathic Profession and Society. Dr. VanDerburgh was certified in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Pathologists. He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the American Society of Cytology, the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Pathologists, and the state Osteopathic Associations of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont and Maine. Dr. VanDerburgh and his wife Judith were active in many functions of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in Portland and in the Maine Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. They were also active for many years in the Conference Camping Program at Camp Mechuwana where they served on the Division of Camping and Outdoor Ministries and were very committed to Youth Ministries as well. Once a summer in the early 1980’s, they deaned a week of camp in the Maine woods of Mechuwana for high school students, where Arthur was known for his reading of Yertle the Turtle. Arthur and Judy also sang in the choir at Clark Memorial UMC and in the choir at State Street United Church of Christ, where they later became members and equally as involved. Dr. VanDerburgh was also a former barber shop chorus member and served several community functions including Meals on Wheels. He was a golfing member of Purpoodock Country Club for nearly 40 years and served on its board of governors in 1987. Fortunately, golf was his passion for his game was abysmal.
Dr. VanDerBurgh was predeceased by his parents, his one sister, Pam Dumas of Burlington, Vt. and his beloved wife Judith of 64 years, who passed away August 5, 2018. With all his achievements, he considered his family his proudest contribution to his life on earth. He and his beloved wife Judy were married June 20, 1954 and were best friends and soulmates. They leave behind their six children: Julia Anne and her husband Pete Bell of Dallas, Texas, Charles Arthur of Portland, Kristen Joanne and her husband Mark Tuk of Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Stewart of Leominster, Mass., Thomas Frederick and his wife Cheryl of Buxton and Jane Elizabeth and her partner David Marchand of Biddeford. They also leave 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren with another expected in December.
Barry S. Wagner, DO, ’81, Chattanooga, Tennessee, died Aug. 25, 2021, at age 68. He was born to Meryle and George Wagner on January 30, 1953, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A graduate of Sequatchie County High School, he received his BS degree from MTSU, followed by his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. Dr. Wagner, who dreamed of becoming a physician from a young age, practiced emergency medicine in the Chattanooga and Crossville area for forty years. At the time of his death he was still practicing full time at Restoration Recovery in Chattanooga, TN.
Dr. Wagner was a loving husband, proud father and a grandfather whose grandchildren adored him. To all four of them, he was “Papa Doc.” A rescuer of animals, he was a wonderful father to his beagle puppy Remy. He was known for compassion, generosity, selflessness, and a love of learning: particularly all things medical. Whether it was holding the hand of a patient at the end of her life in the ER, helping a single mom struggling with addiction, or stopping at the scene of an accident, he embodied the definition of a healer. He was a gifted teacher and mentor to both medical and PA students, often taking personal interest in helping young aspiring physicians navigate medical training. He was passionate about wellness and running outside. A man of strong faith, he was a student of the Bible. Dr. Wagner was a gifted guitar player and loved all things music. He always said his proudest accomplishment was raising his two children.
Dr. Wagner is survived by his wife of 33 years, Amy Wagner of Chattanooga, TN; his son, Dr. Seth (Amanda) Wagner of Chattanooga, TN, and his daughter, Dr. Lyndsay (Chris) Frankenberg of Chattanooga, TN. He is also survived by his sisters, Debbie Layne and Diane Beavers; his brother, Dr. Jimmy Wagner; and his four granddaughters: Laney Wagner and Betsey, Lily and Charlotte Frankenberg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Kimball Washburn, DMD, ’20, Queen Creek, Arizona, died Jan. 15. 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Alisa; his children, Jaxon, Kaden, and Sophia; their mother Jessica; his step-children, Adelle, Avery, Drey, and Gage; his parents, Bonnie and Dan; his brothers, Ethan, Greg, Neil, Colin, and Shane; and their families.
Dr. Washburn was born and grew up in the small-town of Royal City, Washington as the second son of Bonnie and Daniel Washburn. As the Washburn family shouldered many hardships during his upbringing—among them being the task of raising seven boys with a blind mother in lean circumstances—these challenges instilled the values of frugality, service, and hard work into his life from a young age. Alongside their cousins who lived nearby, the Washburn brothers were known to adventure, labor long hours for the local farmers, and engage in occasional boyhood mischief. This rural lifestyle also brought Dr. Washburn into sustained contact with members of the Latino community, who he drew close to at school, church, work, and other spaces. In his early schooling years, he was seen as popular and charismatic, with a contagious sense of humor. He was heavily involved in wrestling, football, and track, and competed as a star athlete for the Royal City Knights.
Upon graduating high school, Dr. Washburn left the state of Washington to be a delivery worker for Contractors HVAC Supply in Orem, Utah. It was there that he met and began to date Jessica Pierson. They wrote to each other during his two-year mission, where he faithfully labored in the New York, New York South Mission from 1995-1997 and preached the Gospel of Christ in the Spanish language. The cultural and language skills Dr. Washburn learned on his mission would be a benefit to him for the rest of his life as he employed and worked alongside many members of the Latino immigrant community. While in New York, he matured in his discipleship and came to better understand what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus Christ on a daily, practical level. Shortly after returning home, he became engaged to Jessica and the two were married six months later. They welcomed the birth of their first child, Jaxon James, later in the fall of 1998.
Looking to make a new life as a young couple, Dr. Washburn and Jessica moved to Mesa, Arizona in June of 2000. Though he initially made ends meet by working as a cell phone salesman, he eventually created and grew his own masonry contracting business. His uncle, Johnny Smith, served as an important mentor to him and taught him many technical skills which Dr. Washburn actively incorporated into his business. Essential to his early success were also Dan and Rachel Brooke, who provided immense assistance in the form of equipment, counsel, and friendship. It was during this time that the young Washburn family welcomed another child, Kaden Kimball, into their lives in the summer of 2002. In 2004, Dr. Washburn was blessed in entering into a close friendship with Adam Bevell. His experience in growing up with a blind mother proved to be a valuable asset to their friendship as Adam was confronted with the new challenge of becoming blind himself. They have remained close friends ever since. Over the years, Kimball’s Custom Masonry became increasingly recognized and well-respected. Never one to promote himself through any form of professional advertising, he grew the business solely by word-of-mouth, with his clients expressing their deep satisfaction with the quality of service, attention to detail, and character that he exhibited. This success allowed Dr. Washburn the means to comfortably provide for his growing family, into which he and Jessica welcomed another child through the adoption of their daughter, Sophia Isabella, in 2007.
Later in life, Dr. Washburn made the significant decision to return to school and pursue a career in dentistry. This represented a major change for both him and the Washburn family and for the first several years of his schooling at Arizona State University, he maintained his masonry business while studying as a full-time student. The family underwent further change when, after 18 years of marriage, he and Jessica decided to part ways and divorce in 2015. Though these new familial arrangements came with challenges for all involved, the two continued to live close to one another and shared equal time as co-parents. Juggling being a single father and a student, he worked hard to provide for his family during this time, studying harder as he attended ATSU in Gilbert, Arizona. He was beloved by his many classmates and was known to provide consistent cheer and comic relief to them during the course of their studies. During his time as a dental student, Dr. Washburn would also come to meet and fall in love with Alisa Harris. Though they both lived very busy lives, with Alisa as a full-time nurse and mother of four children, they were largely inseparable. He often demonstrated his love by taking on various household and backyard remodeling projects for her. They were married on April 8th, 2017, bringing their new family to a combined total of nine and residing in Queen Creek. Together, they embraced the opportunity of blending households with grace and compassion and enjoyed traveling and hiking in their free-time.
In May of 2020, Dr. Washburn graduated from his dental program, receiving a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree as well as the Nonsurgical Periodontal Excellence Award and Dental Lifeline Network Outstanding Student Award. He worked for a short time at the Queen Creek District Dental practice until he was unexpectedly hospitalized at the end of that year. On December 30th of 2020, he was tragically diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and began immediate chemotherapy treatments. Through a series of tender mercies made all the more precious given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was able to receive the majority of his treatments at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. In all of the unexpected hurdles, pandemic health constraints, and the physical toll of his illness and treatments, Dr. Washburn only ever exhibited strength, courage, and optimism in the face of adversity. In the hospital, he brought laughter to both the medical staff and his fellow patients alike. Miraculously, a perfect match donor was able to be quickly identified so that he could undergo a stem cell transplant, which he successfully received in April of 2021. This procedure brought him into a state of full remission and he was able to quietly continue his treatments and recovery at home with Alisa taking a leave of absence to care for him.
With Dr. Washburn’s recovery looking promising, he and Alisa looked forward to future days where his fight with leukemia would be mostly behind them. Unfortunately, he once more required hospitalization at the end of 2021, as some leukemia cells remaining in his spine metastasized into tumors, resulting in his partial paralysis. He immediately committed himself to further treatments, even as he quietly prepared for the chance that his time on earth might be drawing near. The cancer along his spine soon proved to be untreatable and he was brought home on hospice on January 13th, 2022. In her final act of love to him, Alisa served as his hospice nurse and tended to him as he prepared to return to his heavenly home. Dr. Washburn was able to be joined by all of his children as well, still imparting lessons, words of encouragement, and laughs even as speech became difficult for him. He faced death as he did life, demonstrating a care for others always before himself. He passed away peacefully on the morning of the 15th at 4:08 am, with Alisa beside him in his final moments.
A church-going man and active Latter-day Saint, Dr. Washburn exhibited a simple yet resilient faith throughout his life, demonstrating himself to be a follower of Jesus Christ through his constant service to others, his kind and gentle heart, and his constant propensity to put those around him first. He actively enjoyed his church attendance and felt strongly convicted that it helped him be a better man. In his local church community, his favorite callings were in serving the youth as a Young Men’s leader, a Boy Scout leader, and a Sunday school teacher to Primary children. Dr. Washburn felt a deep love towards all the youth he served, going above and beyond in his lessons, activities, and loving mentorship. He always looked to his mother, Bonnie, as a spiritual role-model when it came to the strength of his faith. He possessed a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and constantly exhibited its teaching that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) Always an optimist, no task was too formidable to him once he committed to accomplishing it. His was a “salt of the earth” discipleship through and through, with his most powerful expressions of faith always manifested in his quiet, often unannounced, acts of kindness to others.
Dr. Washburn’s greatest source of pride was always his children and he constantly strove to help them feel his unfading love, encouragement, and support in all their passions, hobbies, and interests. He always spoke warmly of their growth and accomplishments to his friends and peers. Nothing made him happier than seeing them flourish and gain confidence in their journey towards young adulthood. As a brother and a son, he was a source of comfort, assurance, and laughter who was always looking for ways to serve his family. He looked forward to any family reunions where he could embrace the role of the wise-cracking uncle. As a husband, Dr. Washburn’s marriage to Alisa transformed both their lives for the better. He has left numerous tangible expressions of his sustained love for her through the many home and backyard renovations he was able to complete. In sickness and in health, in living and dying, the two shared a pure and abiding love for one another that will continue even in his passing. Finally, as a friend, his surviving legacy may be best quantified through the countless number of people whose lives were brightened as a result of his presence. To Dr. Washburn, the easiest way to serve someone was in making them smile, laugh, or feel happier during their day. He will be remembered as a friend to all who had the fortune of crossing paths with him.
Howard Weinstock, DO, ’55, West Palm Beach, Florida, died Aug. 25, 2021, at age 91. Beloved husband of Janice Weinstock, loving father of Joni Weinstock and Richard (Cheryl) Weinstock, cherished grandfather of Erin and Allison.
Ralph V. Wimp, DO, ’59, Fulton, Missouri, died Aug. 14, 2021, at age 89. Born Nov. 14, 1931, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eugene and Gertie May (Starling) Wimp and the youngest of 12 with no surviving siblings. Both parents died when he was a young boy, and he was raised by his oldest brother Jack Wimp.
Dr. Wimp was a man of science and faith who loved his family, was dedicated to his career as a physician and devoted to his faith. He was a longtime member of the Court Street United Methodist Church of Fulton where he taught an adult Sunday school class for many years. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, sharing his produce, and telling stories about his childhood antics, his work as a doctor, and memories of how he met his future wife MaryBeth Davis while in college. Dr. Wimp and MaryBeth were married on June 6, 1959, in Kansas City North, Mo.
His gentle demeanor and quiet willpower, masked a sly sense of humor, which he’d often use to diffuse difficult situations with family, friends, colleagues, or patients. He recalls the day that lead to his decision to enter the medical field. He was inspired to join the US Navy hospital corps school after reading its motto: “It takes more skill to save a life than it does to take a life.” His original plan was to serve in the gunnery division but his choice that day turned into a lifelong career. He graduated at the top of his class in Great Lakes then served his country from 1951-54 during the Korean Conflict. Dr. Wimp started his private practice in LaBelle, Mo., and left to become the co-owner and chief of staff of Moundsville General Hospital in Moundsville, West Va., where he served the community for nine years. He returned to Missouri to join the staff of Fulton State Hospital (FSH) in 1972 where he gave more than 26 years of exemplary service. He was promoted to chief of staff and during his tenure he was in charge of the acute hospital at FSH. He also served as supervisor and mentor to fourth-year medical residents from the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. He retired in 1999 only to return to FSH as a consultant until 2013.
A hard worker and excellent student as a boy, he was selected to attend the College High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. where he graduated with honors in 1950. While in high school he earned his Eagle Scout and served as a lifesaving and swimming instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. He earned a BS in chemistry from Southeast Missouri College and his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1959. After graduating, he completed a medical internship at Laughlin Hospital in Kirksville, Mo. In addition to his medical achievements, he will be remembered for his generosity, compassion, integrity, amazing memory, and sharp wit. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and leaves behind his wife MaryBeth; his daughter Marilyn (Enrico Paolino); his son Jay (Stacy Bryant-Wimp); and grandchildren Adrik, Emily, and Evan.