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’49 John Grant “Jack” Bolen, MD (1924-2015) 


John Grant ""Jack"" Bolen, died at the ripe old age of 90. He was born Dec. 5, 1924, to Charles and Bernice Bolen in Wilmington, Ohio. He married theDr. Bolen.jpg love of his life, Eleanor Gillespie, on Jan. 6, 1950, and together they had three wonderful children, two daughters and one son. Jack grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High School, in 1942. In 1943, he entered the army as an enlisted service man during World War II. Then in 1946, he graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in History. In 1949, he graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. From 1949 to1951, he completed his internship at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He served his country during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 as a medical officer. He then completed his radiology residency in Battle Creek, Michigan from 1953 to 1955, where he became board certified in both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology in 1956.After completing his residency, Jack and his family moved back to Fort Worth and practiced Radiology. Soon after, the family moved to San Angelo, where Jack joined Dr. John E. Ballard. Jack practiced at Shannon Hospital, St. Johns Hospital, The Clinic Hospital and McKnight Sanatorium. He completed two terms in the 1960's as Chief of Staff at the old Shannon Hospital and Chief of Radiology at the Clinic Hospital, and later at Angelo Community Hospital until 1990. He retired four different times, and would return to work as needed by the hospital, finally retiring in 1995.Some of his hobbies were traveling with Eleanor and friends to several different states and countries, including Alaska, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Egypt, New Zealand, Scotland and Italy. He also enjoyed playing golf with his many friends at SACC and once shot a hole in one on #10! Jack enjoyed restoring a 1941 Lincoln Convertible and drove it in several parades. He also loved playing practical jokes on people along with his friends Bill McCaw, Maury Voity and best friend, Chick Eakman.After his final retirement, he and Eleanor became the balloon crew for their son-in-law, Joe Heartsill and their daughter, Nancy. They traveled all over Europe and the U.S. to several Hot Air Balloon National and World Championships. Jack and Eleanor's home away from home was their house in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. They spent many years traveling with several friends and family to the ""Cabin"".Jack never met a stranger and cherished all that worked with him in the Radiology Departments. He was a member of the American Medical Association, The American College of Radiology, and The American Roentgen Ray Society.Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Eleanor Bolen; his son, John Richard Bolen; and his parents, Charles and Bernice Bolen.Jack is survived by his daughters, Jane Bolen March and Nancy Bolen Heartsill and husband Joe; his daughter-in-law, Helen Bolen; his grandchildren, Jennifer March Herrera and husband Dusty, Zach March and wife, Adrianne, Dr. Lucas Heartsill and wife, Colleen, Kate Heartsill, Rhett Heartsill and wife, Jobi, Derek Bolen and wife, Kendra, Hunter Bolen and Grant Bolen: and great-grandchildren Lula March, William March, Shannon Duarte, Zachariah Herrera, Danica Herrera, Mychael Herrera, Elizabeth Heartsill, Caroline Heartsill, Alexandra Heartsill, Everly Heartsill, and Reiya Bolen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals for the Elderly, Hospice of San Angelo, or a favorite charity of one's choosing. The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Graham and the nursing staff and caregivers of San Angelo Community Hospital and Senior Care of Meadow Creek Nursing Center



Posted on 12-Feb-15 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Class of 1940 - 1949, Obituaries
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