’44 Francis J.
Owens, Jr., MD,
95, died Nov. 17,
2016. After earning
his MD at The Ohio
he interned at
and completed his residency in internal
medicine and gastroenterology at
Henry Ford Hospital. He served as
a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from
1944-1948 and afterward joined the
Cleveland Clinic Foundation until his
retirement in 1987. He was a fellow in
the American College of Physicians and
a member of the American Board of
’48 Abby Franklin,
MD, 92, died Jan.
19, 2017. He earned
degree and MD
from The Ohio
State University. He
enlisted in the U.S.
Navy during World War II and served at
the Great Lakes Naval Hospital. During
the Korean War, he served as a medical
officer in Kobe, Japan. He established a
private practice in internal medicine in
Seattle, WA, that continued for 41 years.
’48 James B.
93, died Nov. 11,
2016. Dr. Overmier
OH, for many
years as the town’s
general practitioner in the U.S. Air Force
during the Korean War, Dr. Overmier
was active in many civic organizations
in Putnam County, including many
years as health commissioner and
president of the Putnam County
’52 Edwin Bray Hamilton, MD, 90,
died Nov. 10, 2016. Prior to earning
his MD at The Ohio State University,
he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was
assigned to the U.S. Army of Occupation
in Japan. After completing his surgical
residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New
York City and serving as chief surgical
resident at Chicago Wesley Memorial
Hospital, he joined his father and brother
in practice in Columbus.
’54 Jean Higgy Smelker, MD, MPH,
age 87, of Falcon Heights, MN, died
Sept. 15, 2016. Dr. Smelker began her
medical career as a pediatrician in
Topeka, KS, and held public health
positions in Kansas, Minnesota and
Ohio. She was also an assistant
professor at the University of
Minnesota and completed a fellowship
in pediatric behavioral medicine
at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.
A lifelong fiber artist, Dr. Smelker
completed liturgical commissions for
churches and seminaries in the United
States and Canada.
Kritzer, MD, 86,
died Nov. 21, 2016.
He earned his
MD at Ohio State
and residency at
Mount Sinai Hospital of Cleveland.
Dr. Kritzer then served his country
as captain in the U.S. Air Force. He
practiced as an Ob/Gyn physician from
1964-1991 at Good Samaritan Hospital
in Dayton, where he also served as
chief of staff. He was a faculty member
of Wright State University School of
Medicine in Dayton and a teaching
physician at Miami Valley Hospital.
He held professional memberships
in the American Medical Association,
the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists and the American
College of Surgeons. After retirement, he
began his second career as a volunteer
physician at the Senior Friendship Center
in Sarasota, FL.
’56 Thomas Kelley Oakley, MD,
85, died Oct. 22, 2016. He earned a
bachelor’s degree from the College
of Wooster and his MD from The
Ohio State University. He served in
the U.S. Air Force and was honorably
discharged with the rank of captain. Dr.
Oakley entered into private practice in
radiology then accepted a position in
diagnostic radiology at Metro Health
Medical Center in Cleveland as chief of
ambulatory radiology. He also served
as assistant professor of radiology at
Case Western Reserve University. He
lived in Berea, OH, with his wife, Ellen.
’57 Bill (William) C. Rigsby, MD, 86,
died Jan. 23, 2017. After earning his MD
from Ohio State, he partnered with Dr.
William Copeland Sr. and established
the Kingsdale Gynecologic Associates.
He practiced Ob/Gyn medicine and
taught hundreds of Ohio State medical
students before retiring to Florida and
northwest Wyoming, then eventually
returning to Columbus.