George P. Pettit, M.D. retired from medical practice for health reasons in July 2014. Following graduation from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, he completed his residency in OB-GYN at Madigan Army Medical Center. He was then assigned as Chief of OB-GYN at the US Military Academy, West Point, New York.
He was on active duty with the US Army for 10 years, and completed another 18 years in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel.
He returned to Portsmouth, Ohio after his time at West Point and had a busy OB-GYN practice for many years. He was Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University Department of OB-GYN and received the College of Medicine’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1994. He also was the recipient of the Alumni Citizenship Award in 2004 presented by the OSU Alumni Society.
He was Clinical Professor at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and received the Distinguished Clinical Faculty Award. He was director of the Portsmouth site of the Ohio University’s OB-GYN residency program for many years.
He enjoyed traveling to all parts of the world, including Pakistan, India, Haiti, the Phillipines, and Rwanda on numerous medical volunteer trips.
He has long been an advocate of low-income women and worked diligently for many years to make certain that they had access to quality care.