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'46 Victor C. Whitacre, MD (1923-2015) 

 

​Victor Calvin Whitacre, M.D., age 91, died at home in Beverly on October 1, 2015 with his wife and family at his side. He was born December 3, 1923, at home in Jacksonville, Ohio, a son of the late Dr. Asia Harold anWhiteacre.jpgd Lena Mae (Sams) Whitacre. He graduated from Chesterhill High School at age 16, received his B.S. degree from Ohio University at age 19, and his M.D. from The Ohio State University at the age of 22. He interned at Washington Hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he delivered about 1500 babies. After that he was in the Army for 2 years stationed in Hawaii, Guadalcanal, and Bougainville. He ran the half mile and mile as a track runner in high school and never lost a race until he placed 5th in the mile race at the State Meet at OSU as a high school senior. He also played baseball and basketball in high school. At Ohio University he played freshman basketball and then was on the varsity wrestling team and the track team. He played basketball for the Army in the World Wide Tournament under the coaching of “Hank” Emerson who later became a famous three star Lieutenant General. In 1950 he brought his family to Beverly, Ohio where he practiced general medicine until 1999 and continued as company doctor for Interlake Steel until 2005. He delivered 2000 babies in his office, over 500 at home and over 500 at the hospital. He was a team physician for 55 years and was recognized as  an Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio State Trainers Association, and Ohio Athletic Association. He was on the Beverly Town Council and Fort Frye School Board. He was the Morgan Co. Health Commissioner for 18 years and County Coroner for both Washington and Morgan Counties. Besides playing basketball, his other recreation was technical rock and mountain climbing. He taught climbing to FFHS students for over 20 years and took over 300 individuals to climb at Rock Mountain, and Seneca Rocks, WV, from 1960-2002, developing about 25 climbing leaders. He personally climbed Sir Donald Mt. in Canada, Mt. Rainer in Washington and the Grand Teton Mt. in Wyoming, twice, leading his daughter and son up the Grand in 1970. Doc, as he was known to most, knew his patients well. Many times he saved their life, because he knew when they were sick. He loved to travel, particularly to Seneca Rocks, WV, and the Grand Teton area in Wyoming. His last several years were most happily spent with his wife, Lahoma in his red truck traveling the country roads of Washington County looking for deer.  He is survived by his wife, Lahoma Williamson, of the home whom he married November 13, 2013; his daughter Vicki Ann Whitacre, M.D. (Arthur) Moose of Zanesville; five sons, Ricki Asia (Susan Witten) Whitacre of Zanesville, David Victor (Kiristi Geiger) Whitacre of Hilliard, Randall Scott (Sharon Kettlewell) Whitacre of Bethesda, Rush Warren Whitacre and fiancé Lori Neff of Beverly, and Clark Calvin Whitacre of Akron; 2 step daughters, Donna Williamson of Torch and Penny Lee Wolfe of Beverly; two step sons, John Alden Goold of Akron and Eddie Williamson of Cleveland, North Carolina. He is the proud grandfather of Dustin Asia (Jeana  Leigh ) Whitacre of West Point, Mississippi, Benjamin Witten Whitacre of Zanesville and his girlfriend Nicole McClain of Cleveland. Natina (John) Howe of Zanesville, David A (Laurie) Moose of Reynoldsburg, Natasia Helene Moose of Minneapolis, MN, James Victor ( Allyson) Whitacre of Champaign, IL, Kara Ruth (John) Krueger of Sacramento, CA, Jonathan Noble ( Katie ) Whitacre of Noblesville, IN, Russel Douglas Whitacre and fiancé Laurel Ama of Tucson, AZ, Robert Forrest Dougan Whitacre and fiancé Shawna Modesitt of Hillsboro, Matthew Geordan Gaitaen Whitacre and girlfriend Brittany Meetz of Dayton. He is the proud great-grandfather of Kendryn Asia, and Colt Ralph Whitacre, Trey and Jaren Howe, Wren and Amos Whitacre, and Audrey Moose. There are numerous step-grandchildren. He is survived by two brothers, Wendell Whitacre, M.D. (Theresa Cisler D.O.) of Tucson, AZ and Gary (Gayla) Whitacre, M.D. of Westerville. He is also survived by a close family friend, Blake McCurdy. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Helene Dougan Whitacre, and his sister Mary Lois Whitacre M.D. and her husband, Kenneth Owen, M.D.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Beverly-Waterford Rescue Squad.



 

Posted on 10-May-16 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Class of 1940 - 1949, Obituaries, Alumni Notes
 
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