Donald Ray Tucker, 82, of Spring Hill, Kan. passed away April 5, 2014 at Aberdeen Village, Olathe, Kan.
Don was born in Emporia, Kan. to Marion Kinney Tucker and Magdalene Grace Wolfe Tucker on April 24, 1931. Don led a life of service, largely influenced by losing his mother at the time of his birth. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Emporia in 1949, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 to become a Corpsman, Surgical Technician.
He then attended Kansas State Teacher’s College (now Emporia State) through Operation Bootstrap, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1952. He received his Doctor of Medicine at KU Medical School in 1957.
Don and Virginia Lee England met while both attended medical school. They married on Sept. 1, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Kan. They interned at the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Don continued specialty study under the National Institute of Health Fellowship until he was appointed to the KU School of Medicine faculty from 1962 – 1974. He was also Director of Dialysis and Transplantation Division, Nephrology Section from 1969 thru 1974.
Don and Virginia spent four years living on the Cherokee Indian Reservation at Cherokee, N.C. Don was a part-time instructor for the North Carolina EMT and Nurse Practitioner Program. He also worked at the Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center at Black Mountain, N.C. while Virginia was a doctor on the reservation. The bulk of his medical practice was at Memorial Hospital in Topeka, Kan. as a staff physician, chief of Medical Services and acting chair of the Chemical Dependency Unit at Osawatomie State Hospital. He retired in December 2011.
He belonged to the Diplomat American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow American College of Physicians, Alpha Omega Alpha, American Society of Nephrology, Kansas Medical Society, Shawnee County Medical Society, American Medical Assoc, and KMS Committee for Care of Impaired Physicians. He also co-authored numerous medical publications.
He enjoyed sailing, biking across Kansas, playing with their Welsh Corgis, mentoring, and supporting continued education. He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts Winifred and Eunice Wolf, step-mother Edith Ingersoll Tucker, and his brother Jerald “Jerry” Tucker.
Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, of the home; sister Velma Dickson and husband Bill, of Council Grove, Kan.; brother, Lee Tucker and wife Nancy, of Emporia, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don’s body has been donated to the Willed Body Program at KU Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen Village in Olathe; Compassionate Care Hospice; or your favorite charity. Donations may be sent to Bruce Funeral Home, PO Box 192, Gardner, KS 66030. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.