In Memoriam - May 2009 - The DO by lmv20934


									        IN MEMORIAM

Richard H. Bracken, DO
Dr Bracken, 67, of Powell, Ohio, died at
                                                       The following deaths were reported to the AOA between April 1 and April 30. Unless otherwise
home on March 8, 2008.                                 indicated, obituaries will appear in upcoming issues for those DOs who were AOA members and
    Born in Ashland, Ohio, Dr Bracken                  whose families notified the AOA within six months of the physicians’ deaths.
earned a bachelor of science degree in edu-
cation in 1962 from Kent (Ohio) State Uni-             Brownstein, Morton; PCOM 1947; Greenville, RI; March 25
versity and a doctor of osteopathic medi-              Capuson, Carlton G.; MWU/CCOM 1959; Midland, Mich; March 31
cine degree six years later from the Kirksville        Edelman, Robert J.; KCOM-ATSU 1976; Sewickley, Pa; April 20
(Mo) College of Osteopathic Medicine-A.T.              Fasano, Charles P.; PCOM 1972; Mifflinburg, Pa; March 28
Still University (KCOM). He interned and               Hardinger, James A.; DMU-COM 1975; Boone, Iowa; April 4
served a general surgery residency at Doc-             Hoyum, Allen S.; KCOM-ATSU 1943; Wausau, Wis; April 8
                                                       Miller, Walter J.; MWU/CCOM 1997; Riverside, Ill; April 10
tors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In 1973,
                                                       Rector, Noma D.; KCUMB-COM 1943; Wilson, Okla; Feb 27
Dr Bracken served a vascular surgery fel-              Spagnuolo, Louis J.; MWU/CCOM 1949; West Bloomfield, Mich; Jan 15
lowship at Methodist Hospital in Houston.              Yasso, Joseph M.; KCUMB-COM 1946; Lee‘s Summit, Mo; April 19
    AOA board certified in general surgery
and in vascular surgery, Dr Bracken prac-              Those wishing to honor a colleague, patient or family member with a memorial contribution to
ticed in Columbus from the mid-1970s until             the American Osteopathic Foundation may do so by writing to the foundation at 142 E Ontario
retiring in 2006. He was affiliated with Doc-          St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864; by calling (800) 621-1773, ext 8234, or (312) 202-8234; or by sending
tors Hospital, which he served as the 1986-            e-mail to
87 staff president, as the director of the sur-
gical intensive care unit from 1988 to 1999,        and in Arkansas, where he was affiliated             Robert K. Stirling, DO
and as the surgery chairman from 1986 to            with North Arkansas Regional. He was                 Dr Stirling, 78, of Indianapolis died Sept
1994 and from 1998 to 2000.                         still in practice at the time of his death.          7, 2008, at his vacation home in Vero
    Dr Bracken also served as a clinical instruc-        An AOA life member, Dr Chesnut was              Beach, Fla.
tor at KCOM and an assistant professor of           a fellow of the American College of Osteo-               A Detroit native, Dr Stirling earned
thoracic surgery at the Ohio University Col-        pathic Family Physicians. He belonged to the         a bachelor’s degree in 1951 from Wayne
lege of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens.             Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine,            State University in Detroit and a doc-
    An AOA member, Dr Bracken belonged              which named him its outstanding family               tor of osteopathic medicine degree four
to the American College of Osteopathic              physician in 1993 and in 1999. A former              years later from the Midwestern Uni-
Surgeons, which presented him its Orel F.           trustee of the Colorado society, Dr Chesnut          versity/Chicago College of Osteopath-
Martin Medal posthumously in 2008.                  also served a term as president.                     ic Medicine. He interned at the former
    Dr Bracken is survived by his wife,                  Dr Chesnut is survived by his wife, Cheryl;     Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Tren-
Sheila, four sons, one daughter, one sister         two sons, including Jeffrey A. Chesnut, DO,          ton, Mich.
and five grandchildren.                             of Ada, Mich; and 10 grandchildren.                      AOA board certified in family medi-
                                                                                                         cine, Dr Stirling practiced with his wife
Myrlen E. Chesnut, DO                               Rolland E. Herron, DO                                and former classmate, Marie H. Strakis
Dr Chesnut, 74, of Swink, Colo, died Aug            Dr Herron, 74, of Henderson, Nev, died               Stirling, DO, in the same location in Indi-
26, 2008, at North Arkansas Regional                April 11, 2008, in Las Vegas.                        anapolis for 50 years. The couple were
Medical Center in Harrison.                             Born in Salem, Ohio, Dr Herron earned            later joined by their daughter Nancy
    Born in Elkhart, Kan, Dr Chesnut earned         a bachelor’s of arts degree in 1955 from             Strakis Stirling, DO. Dr Stirling retired
a bachelor’s degree in 1956 and a master of         Ohio State University in Columbus and                in 2006.
divinity degree in 1958 from Anderson (Ind)         a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree                  Dr Stirling was among the founding
University. In 1964, he graduated from the          in 1962 from the Kirksville (Mo) College             physicians of Westview Hospital in Indi-
Kansas City (Mo) University of Medicine             of Osteopathic Medicine-A.T. Still Uni-              anapolis when it opened in the mid-1970s,
and Biosciences College of Osteopathic              versity. He interned at Doctors Hospital             and he chaired the hospital’s building com-
Medicine. Dr Chesnut interned at the for-           in Columbus.                                         mittee for 10 years. Dr Stirling was also
mer Rocky Mountain Hospital in Denver.                  Dr Herron practiced family medicine              affiliated with Community Hospital South
    AOA board certified in family medicine          in Columbus and Unionville, Mo, before               in Indianapolis.
and osteopathic manipulative treatment,             practicing in Salem for 25 years, where he               An AOA life member, Dr Stirling
Dr Chesnut’s career spanned more than               was affiliated with Salem Community Hos-             belonged to the American College of Osteo-
four decades. He practiced in Holyoke,              pital. He retired in 1991.                           pathic Family Physicians and the Indiana
Colo, for 28 years and was often the only               An AOA life member, Dr Herron                    Osteopathic Association.
physician in town. During this time, he also        belonged to the Nevada Osteopathic Med-                  Dr Stirling is survived by his wife; two
served as the coroner for Phillips County,          ical Association, which he served as a trustee.      daughters, including Mary S. Baker, DO, of
Colo. Dr Chesnut also practiced in Craig,               Dr Herron is survived by his wife, Joanne,       Vero Beach, Fla; seven grandchildren; and
Colo; Tucumcari, NM; Centennial, Colo;              one daughter and two grandchildren.                  six great-grandchildren.

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