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'59 James Cruse Zemer, MD (1933-2014) 


​James Cruse James Cruse Zemer, M.D., age 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2014, with Dr. Zemer.jpgfamily by his side. Jim was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1933 and raised in Fostoria, Ohio. He attended both undergraduate and medical school at the Ohio State University. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Phi Chi medical fraternity. Jim was an Ohio State Buckeye to the core - go Bucks! At Ohio State, Jim met a redheaded nurse named Rachel. They married in 1959, moved to Phoenix in 1962 and had an adventure-filled, devoted and loving life together. Jim joined practice with Harvey Brown, M.D. to create Phoenix Anesthesiology Group and enjoyed a 44 year career as one of the leading anesthesiologists in the Valley. He was in private practice during most of his career and was a staff member at numerous Valley hospitals, including St Joseph's Hospital, Good Samaritan, and St. Luke's. Later in his career he joined Valley Anesthesia, and was a contractor and consultant to the VA Medical Center's Surgical Department before retiring in 2006. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology. Jim was also active in many professional medical societies. He was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Medical Association, and he served as President of both the Arizona and the Maricopa County Societies of Anesthesiology. He was particularly devoted to the Sisters of Mercy and St. Joseph's Hospital, beginning first as an Intern, and later serving in various leadership roles including Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology; Vice President of the Medical Staff; Medical Director of the Outpatient Surgery Department; Member of the St. Joseph's Board of Directors; and Member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Services Corporation. He also served as Chairman of St. Joseph's Board of Directors, being the first non-Catholic and first layperson to hold this position. Jim's infectious zest for life impacted family, friends and co-workers. He loved organizing numerous adventures to all corners of the globe; snow skiing, river rafting, water skiing (on the Co-Zee II), camping (in a Winnebago, of course), sailing, fishing, and sightseeing. Jim loved to learn the history of the areas he traveled and always managed to find the out-of- the-way restaurants or places of local flavor. If there was an event, Jim and Rachel found a way to be there - no matter how near or far. Jim's love of family included frequent trips to his home state of Ohio. Jim and his brother Jack also joined for family vacations in Carlsbad, CA which included their famous Corn-and-Crab Beach Party (with great margaritas). As a part of this, Jim and his brother took the art of vegetable shopping to new heights and developed finely honed strategies in beach games such as Jarts and Bocce Ball. This gathering of family and friends has been going strong for 45 years. You could always hear Jim in a crowd as he was either whistling, singing or letting loose his hearty laugh. He was an avid Ohio State alumnus following his team throughout the years. He and Rachel travelled to a number of Rose Bowl games to see the Buckeyes play. He was just as excited to see the Buckeye Band, as he was the football game. Jim is survived by his wife, Rachel; his two children, Jeff (Tracey) and Sara (Jeremy); five grandchildren, Mollie, Zack and Jake Zemer; Ben and Sophie Young; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members - all brought into the fold and loved by Jim. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Hudson and Bernice; his brother, Jack; sister-in-law, Pat; his sister, Janice, and brother-in-law, Lou. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Dr. James C. Zemer to: Orangewood Presbyterian Church; St. Joseph's Foundation-Cancer Program, Attn: Sister Madonna Marie, 350 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, 85013; or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 13600, Phoenix, 85002-3600.


Posted on 30-May-14 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Class of 1950 - 1959, Obituaries
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