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In Memoriam

This section is dedicated to help preserve the memory and the legacy of those Physician Assistants who are no longer with us.

If anyone knows of others who need to be included in this Memorial, or if you wish to add additional information on the deceased, please contact us.

Below are listed those Florida physician assistants who are deceased and have had articles submitted for inclusion in this section of the website. Click on the In Memoriam link below their name and you will be taken to the memorial article about them.



  • JAN SIMMONS: 1955 - 2019
  • R. JEFFREY HULLEY, MS, DFAAPA, PA-C: 1951-2017
  • JEFFREY NEEF: 1953 - 2016 
  • PHILLIP C. NEAL: 1934 - 2016
  • HARRY C. GOODE: 1938 - 2013
  • JAMES RON PACE, PA-C, DFAAPA: 1949-2013
  • JAMES M. "JIM" KEYES, PA-C: ? - 2013
  • BRIAN MCALLISTER, PA-C: 1957 - 2009
  • KENNETH H. SHREVE, Sr. PA-C: 1954 - 2009
  • DEAN BLIETZ, PA-C: 1947 - 2008
  • RICHARD E. "DICK" WILKES, PA-C: ? - 2008
  • SKIP MAJKA, PA: 1948 - 2007
  • ALICIA HAMM, PA-C: 1960 - 2007
  • CHRISTOPHER M. POWELL, PA-C: 1961 - 2006
  • MARK H. SHIFFNER, PA-C: 1959 - 2006
  • REBECCA BORLAND, PA-C: 1960 - 2006
  • RICHARD E. CHERRY, III, PA-C: 1955 - 2006
  • EUGENE ANSON STEAD, JR., M.D., "Father of the PA Profession": 1908 - 2005
  • JOHN L. SHANKLIN, PA-C, CWO4 USN (Ret): 1942 - 2005
  • THOMAS J. KENNEDY, JR., PA-C, CWO4 USN (Ret): 1941 - 2005
  • RONALD E. "R.E." LUNDY, II, PA-C: 1944 - 2004
  • EWENET BELAINEH, PA-C: 1966 - 2004
  • JAMES "JIM" WRIGHT, PA-C: 1958 - 2004
  • JOHN MONACELLI, PA-C: ? - 2003
  • GARY R. SCHUETZ, PA-C CWO3 USN (Ret): 1949 - 2002
  • MICHAEL J. TURLEY, PA-C, CWO4 USCG (Ret): 1947 - 2002
  • EVAN DENT MCGOUGH, PA-C: 1969 - 2001
  • GARY LOUIS CONRAD, M.P.A.S., PA-C: 1958 - 2000
  • ALFRED D. THORMAN, PA-C: 1948 - 2000
  • BENJAMIN JEROME PARVIN, M.Ed., PA-C, MAJ USAF (Ret): 1953 - 1999
  • SANDRA L. LARSEN, PA-C: 1946 - 1999
  • JAKE E. HASTY, JR., PA-C: 1944 - 1996
  • JAMES "JIM" RPBERT BOGSTAD, PA-C, CWO4 USN (Ret): 1946 - 1992
  • ROBERT SCULLY, PA-C: 1935 - 1983



JAN SIMMONS: 1955 - 2019

In Memoriam





FAPA Pioneer Jan Simmons Passes

Jan Simmons passed away on Monday, January 7, at the age of 64. Jan was a key member of FAPA for many years. She was the first female to graduate from the Medical College of Georgia with a Physician Assistant Degree and the first Chair of the Florida Physician Assistant Council within the Board of Medicine. She was licensed in Florida and practiced in Tallahassee for many years. She retired from Capital Health Plan and moved to Cairo, GA.

Jan is survived by her husband, Doug Simmons of Cairo, GA; daughters, Dr. Ansley Simmons of Cairo, GA, Jana Simmons of Los Angeles, CA, Alea Simmons of Cairo, GA; and a sister, Fay Burnett (Brock) of Winder, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Simmons' memory to: The Methodist Children's 
Home, 304 Pierce Ave, Macon, GA 31203.

Services are today at the First United Methodist Church in Cairo, GA.  FAPA has sent flowers.


R. JEFFREY HULLEY: 1951-2017


In Memoriam





R. Jeffrey Hulley, MS, DFAAPA, PA-C, 65, of Jensen Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife Barb; their two children, Jon and Becky; his siblings Greg, Barbara, Nancy and Glen and their families; and a wide circle of close friends.

Born November 12, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Roland and Joy Hulley, Jeff went on to become a groundbreaking physician assistant with more than 40 years of experience in emergency and primary care medicine. 

He was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a Past President of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and a member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. In addition, he served as the chair of the Florida Board of Medicine's Council on Physician Assistants.

Jeff was recognized as a pioneer in the field of home care medicine. Together with a colleague he founded 
House HouseCalls Express in Stuart 17 years ago. Today the practice serves residents in four counties. 

He was also a tireless volunteer devoted to supporting the profession of physician assistants. The American Academy of Home Care Medicine named him their 2014 House Call Clinician of the Year. And the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants awarded him the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. 




JEFFREY NEEF: 1953 - 2016


In Memoriam




Jeffrey obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Wright University in Dayton Ohio and his Associate of Science, Physician Assistant degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, Ohio.

Jeffrey was an Instructor of Clinical Dermatology at Kettering College of Medical Arts for over 10 years and was honored as Distinguished Fellow by The American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Jeffrey has over 30 years Dermatology experience

Obituary for Jeffrey Allen Neef

 Jeffrey Allen Neef, 63, of Estero, FL, died Saturday, September 10, 2016. Formerly of Kettering, OH, he had been an Estero resident since 2007. He was born June 14, 1953 in Kettering, the son of Herbert Carl and Anne Elizabeth (née Sakal) Neef.

Jeffrey was a board certified physician assistant and a Distinguished Fellow. He practiced dermatology for 34 years, taught dermatology at his alma mater, Kettering College of Medical Arts, was well published and a national speaker. He had a variety of interests, including photographing his vacation trips with his wife. He was honored with a request for one of his Egyptian photographs to be on display along side the Egyptian artifacts from the Cairo museum for the yearlong exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute. Jeffrey was an avid musician, composing pieces and playing in several bands since his teenage years and was a collector of antique automobiles and grower of over 300 orchids. However, most important to Jeffrey was his love for his wife, family, friends and beloved pets (cats aka lions).

Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Dr. Phyllis A. (née Slusher) Neef; his brother, Douglas Neef; brother-in-law, William (Luann) Slusher; and his nephews and niece, Matthew, Brian, Andrew and Julia Slusher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Tonia Neef; and niece, Sarah Neef.

Funeral services and burial will take place in Kettering, OH. A memorial service will be held in Florida at a later date and will be announced.


Jeffrey was a supporter of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants during his 9 years of practice in Florida.  His enthusiasm for PA practice and professionalism will be missed.   


PHILLIP C. NEAL: 1934 - 2016

In Memoriam



Phillip C. Neal, 81, of Leesburg, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016. He was born in Gorham, Maine, in 1934. He was a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School of NH and also a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force. Phillip was the first Physician Assistant in Lake County. He was one of the founding fathers of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and later Treasurer, on the Board of Directors, and President of FAPA in 1987-88. He was awarded P.A. of the year for the State of Florida, with many more accomplishments. He was a life member of VFW Post 8087 Golden Triangle. Phillip is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lottie M. Neal of Leesburg; son Charles Neal of Saco, ME; 2 granddaughters of Biddeford, ME and 3 great grandchildren. He was loved, honored and cherished by all who knew him.

HARRY C. GOODE: 1938 - 2013

IN MEMORIAM: Harry C. Goode

Harry C. Goode, Jr. (born March 6, 1938) was a former six-term mayor of Melbourne, Florida from 1979 to 1986 and 2004 to 2012. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives for 14 years. He represented the 33rd district from 1986 to 1992, and the 31st district from 1992 to 2000. While serving in the Florida House of Representatives, Harry Goode, Jr. co-sponsored the Prescriptive Practice Bill for Florida Physician Assistants which was passed in 1992. Harry C. Goode, Jr. passed away on December 28, 2013.


In Memoriam


1949 - 2013

Pace, James Ron Pace, James R. (Ron), age 64, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on December 19, 2013. Ron Pace was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 18, 1949. He was a retired naval officer and resided in the Orlando area since 1985. He was a 1967 graduate of Antioch High School in Nashville, TN and received a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1976. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1968 until his retirement in 1988 after a highly distinguished career as a Physician Assistant. He was most proud of the time he spent teaching in the Navy's Advanced Hospital Corps School and Physician Assistant Program, 1981-1984. He developed the Navy's first AIDS Education Program in Orlando in 1986. He was twice awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his efforts in these areas. He was NCCPA certified continuously from 1976.

He was a Distinguished Fellow Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 1976 and a Fellow Member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants since 1985. He was very active professionally in both organizations for many years. He served in the AAPA House of Delegates for a number of years. He was dedicated to the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and served in multiple positions for many, many years including Area Representative, Region Director, Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee, Financial Affairs Committee, Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, Communications Committee, Webmaster, Vice President and President. He was instrumental in the development of the Florida Academy website, and spent many hours writing numerous articles for the website and the FAPA newsletter as well. He was selected as the AAPA National Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006. He was honored by the Florida Academy as PA of the Year in 1999, and given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and in 2007 was given the Honorary Lifetime Membership in FAPA. He was affectionately known as "Mr. FAPA" within the Florida Academy for his years of dedication, his knowledge of the FAPA and his expertise on PA matters in Florida.

He will be greatly missed by his many personal friends in the Orlando area, his physician assistant colleagues in Florida and across the United States, and his family in Tennessee. He is survived by his life partner John Londono of Orlando; Pat Sanderson, sister of Nashville, TN and Donna Bolden, sister of Atlanta, GA and nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and especially his beloved cat Samson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cathryn and Homer Pace of Nashville, TN, Jerry Pace, brother of Nashville, TN and his beloved cat Jezebel.

Cremation arrangements will be through CONRAD & THOMPSON Funeral Home 511 Emmett St. Kissimmee, FL 34741; graveside services and burial of the ashes will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, Ron specifically requested donations to be made to the Florida Academy Physician Assistant Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization in which Ron was a very strong supporter for a number of years. Send these donations to FAPAF 222 S. Westmonte Ste. 101, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.

JAMES M. "JIM" KEYES, PA-C: ? - 2013

In Memoriam



James M. "Jim" Keyes, 54, died July 5, 2013, at his home. He was born in Scotch Plains, N.J., and lived in Stuart for more than 25 years, coming from Connecticut. He received his medical degree from Yale Medical School. He was a surgical physician assistant at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, for more than 20 years, and also worked at St. Lucie Medical Center. Survivors includes his daughter, Libby Keyes; sons, James and Christopher Keyes; and sister, Ellen Keyes, all of Stuart


In Memoriam


Michael Bryan Higginbotham, PA-C
1963-May 3, 2010

HIGGINBOTHAM Michael Bryan Higginbotham, age 47, passed away peacefully Monday, May 3, surrounded by family and friends after a long courageous battle with ALS. Born in Georgia, he was son of the late Herman Bryan Higginbotham and Kathryn M. Higginbotham. Mike served as a Lieutenant in The Army National Guard. He received a Bachelor of Science from Georgia College; a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from The Medical College of Georgia; a Master of Education from Valdosta State College, and a Master of Physicians Assistant Studies from The University of Florida. Mike leaves behind his children, Katie and Jacob, brother, Matt, sisters Martha Sorenson (Randy), and Patty Blythe (Tom), nieces, Kristy Bland (Reid), Laura Ann, Madison, and nephews, Zachary, Thomas and great nephew and niece, Gavin and Kathryn Sophia. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Reception to follow at his home, 1267 South Fletcher Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Northeast Florida Community Hospice in memory of Mike. Arrangements are by Hardage- Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 6, 2010


IN MEMORIAM: Brian McCallister, PA-C

Brian McAllister died suddenly at his home in Gainesville on July 12,2009 at the age of 52. A graduate of the University of Florida PA Program in 1987, he was employed as a PA at the VA in the Renal Divison since 1991. Brian was a valued member of the medical staff.

He was married to Mary McAllister and was the proud parent of Miles and Laurel. He had long been active with a local group called Friends of San Felasco helping build and maintain horse and mountain biking trails in a local nature preserve.

The community honors his memory at a service Saturday July 18 in Gainesville.

-Courtesy Joan McTigue, PA-C

The following is from the Gainesville Sun Online Obituary Section.

Brian Z. McAllister, a Physician Assistant, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at his home in Gainesville, FL. He was the son of Bard and Olga McAllister of Carrollton, GA. Brian grew up in Visalia, CA and lived in Zambia for 4 years. He was a dialysis technician having graduated from Sonoma State University in 1983 with a BA, then the Physician's Assistant program at UF in 1987. Brian worked for a time at Tacachale, then at the VA Medical Center Renal Department since 1991. He has been active many years with Friends of San Felasco helping build and maintain horse and mountain biking trails.

Brian is survived by his wife, Mary McAllister; children, Laurel and Miles McAllister of Gainesville; mother, Olga McAllister of Visalia, CA; brothers, Keith (Mary) McAllister of Oakland, CA, Carl (Jonelle) McAllister of New Orleans, LA and Bruce (Maggie) McAllister of Forestville, CA; nephews, John B. and Tyrrell McAllister; nieces, Mindy Young, Rachel Hecht, Molly McAllister, Caitlan McAllister, Rebecca Hacke; and 7 great nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to "Friends of San Felasco" or charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, 725 NW 23rd Avenue.

Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Cemeteries and Crematory. 352-378-2528.

KENNETH H. SHREVE, Sr. PA-C: 1954 - 2009

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Shreve
contributed by Dan Prentice, PA-C
written by Angie Schiavone

On January 23, 2009 Ken joined God in Heaven and moved on to his eternity to be spent with Jesus. He is now in the company of his loved ones who passed before him, fully healed and more alive than any of us who still are bound to our earthly existence. Ken’s life journey began in Union City, PA and was a collection of amazing and diverse accomplishments in both his personal and professional life. As a surgical physician assistant for over thirty years, he was an avid supporter of his fellow PA’s, he served as president of multiple organizations and improved and saved the lives of more individuals than can be counted. Ken’s professional life began with his graduation from Hahnemann University in Pennsylania, included opening the first satellite health care facility for the University of Florida in Mayo, and ended with him first assisting in multiple sub-specialties, in seven hospitals within the Pinellas/Pasco/Hernando County Region. Ken’s professional accomplishments were outstanding and he rose to the top of his profession; however, much more defined him as a person than his vocation. Ken’s energies in his personal life were focused on helping others through his kindness. Included in Ken’s defining beliefs were two phrases he was often overhead repeating, “You never stand so tall as when you stoop to help a child, “ and “Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday existence.” He devoted his time, energy and financial resources to help the Shriners Hospitals provide pediatric medical care, to rescue lost animals and feed those who were hungry and through the use of his musical talents, to entertain terminally ill children through the Washington-Dulles Airport North Pole event annually, through his two-man band "White Rose".

Ken was a true American Patriot, a Master Mason, a Shriner, an Eisenhower Commission Honoree and ensured that all those he knew proudly flew the American Flag, providing those less fortunate with one himself. He was a patron of the arts, a lover of classical music, an enthusiastic nature photographer and a supporter of NPR and WUSF. Ken was a larger than life personality who left an unforgettable impact on the lives of all who loved him and all whose paths he crossed through his unique ability to make every individual feel special. He encouraged his children and everyone around him to reach for the stars and to accomplish more than they thought possible through his adherence to Roosevelt’s ideal that it is “far better to dare mighty things and win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

There will always be a hole in the lives of those left behind but we find comfort in the knowledge that God has welcomed him with open arms, given him his ruby-laden crown and that he has received his greatest commendation as he was welcomed into Heaven as God said, “Well done, my good and faithful one.” Those closest to Ken , loved and will miss him more than he will ever know. To those he worked with , Ken’s “shreving” and his “shrevisms” will be a part of their lives forever. To his children he will always be their “Daddy D" and to his love and long time partner, Angie, he will always be her “Kenneth”. He will remain alive in our hearts and his presence will be felt daily through the seeds of love and unconditional support he planted in all of us. The knowledge that we will meet again in Heaven will carry us through. In lieu of flowers, all those wishing to honor him are asked to make a donation in his name to any organization doing the work he so admired, i.e. the Humane Society, Hernando/Pasco Hospice, Shriners Hospitals ,NPR, WUSF, or your local church. He is survived by Angie Schiavone, Crystal Shreve, Kenny Shreve, Julian McClain, Cathy Schweigert, Dave Schweigert, Cole Schweigert, Blake Schweigert, Mike Gregor, all the friends in his life who knew how very special they were to him, and his many furry friends: Malaya, Bobetto, Sheba, Jonah, Boris, and Rocky.


DEAN BLIETZ, PA-C: 1947 - 2008

In Memoriam


October 24, 1947 - July 2nd, 2008

FAPA recently learned of the untimely loss of one of its members, a Community Activist and Ft. Myers Physician Assistant, Dean Blietz. Blietz was only 60 years old, found murdered in his home Wednesday, July 2nd. Authorities apprehended the criminal who confessed to the crime, a man who sadly was one of the many that Blietz was trying to help.

Dean Blietz worked as a PA in surgery in Michigan from 1976-1987, and in Ft. Myers, Florida from 1987 to 1996. From 1996-2001, he provided health care to migrant workers and the underprivileged in a Venice, Florida community. He continued his humanitarian work for the underserved by offering volunteer services to the Southwest Florida community, supporting and donating his time to multiple organizations, including the Resource Network for Offenders, Neighborhood Accountability Board, Restorative Accountability Board, HIV/AIDS Leadership Commission for the National Black Catholic Congress, Cultural Competency for VISTA, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Homeless Coalition, Board of Directors for Family Health Centers, Executive Committee of the Lee County Branch of the NAACP, Shady Rest Care Pavilion, the Guardian Ad Litem Program, Voices for Kids, St. Peter Claver Catholic Mission, and his own organization, CHAINS, Inc. Up to the time of his death, he also served as the Director of Evangelization at St. Peter Claver Catholic Mission, and worked for Vista Behavioral Crisis Services and Health Services of Central Florida.

CHAINS, Inc (Caring Has Always Initiated Necessary Services) was founded by Blietz in 2004 and provided services for ex-offenders and recently released inmates. His obituary remarked, “Dean's dream in life was to create a network of resources that would help ex-offenders re-enter the community and become productive members of society. Dean received daily letters and phone calls from friends and strangers who were incarcerated throughout the United States. He provided these individuals with spiritual and emotional support by answering every letter he received. He also spent much of his time writing letters to and on behalf of death row inmates throughout the country.” As part of his program to help recently released inmates, Blietz often offered them room and board in his own home. Tragically, one of these criminals that Blietz had offered his home to was the man who took this hero’s life.

Many folks in FAPA leadership were unaware of Blietz. That is because he was a very humble man who never drew attention to himself in a way that would allow others to give him the kind of recognition he deserved. His passion for helping others in need and giving everyone he met compassion and forgiveness far outweighed any desire to be recognized for his good deeds. For that reason, many of us never knew of this great man. Dean Blietz will be deeply missed by all who knew him and whose lives were forever touched by him, and several folks, including myself, feel deep remorse that we didn’t have the privilege to know him personally. On behalf of the entire FAPA leadership, I extend our condolences on the loss of this exceptional human being.


The following is Dean's obituary from the Fort Myers News Press:

Dean Blietz was born on October 24, 1947 to Giles and Dorothy Blietz of Monona, Iowa. Dean is survived by his daughter, Tara Blietz, three brothers, Roger (Helen) Blietz, Rickey (Laurie) Blietz, and Kevin Blietz, and one sister, Marleen (Gary) Moritz. He is also survived by several nieces and nephew, great-nieces and nephew, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gary Blietz, and one sister, Elaine Blietz.

Dean joined the Navy in 1968, and he was honorably discharged in 1974. That same year he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa. Prior to receiving his degree from the University of Iowa, he was a Brother of the Holy Cross at Notre Dame. In 1976, he earned a second Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dean received his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from the Blessed Edmund Rice School (Barry University) in 2000. At the time of his death, he was working on a Masters Degree in Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Doctorate in Ministry from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Dean worked as a Surgeon's Assistant in cardiac surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1976 to 1987 and in Fort Myers, Florida from 1987 to 1996. From 1996 to 2001, he worked for Bon Secours in Venice, Florida as a physician's assistant for their Care-A-Van program, which provided much needed health care services to migrant workers and the underprivileged in the communities. At the time of his death, he served as the Director of Evangelization at St. Peter Claver Catholic Mission, and worked for Vista Behavioral Crisis Services and Health Services of Central Florida.

Over the past several years, Dean tirelessly served the community through his volunteer work. He supported and donated his time to several organization, including the Resource Network for Offenders, Neighborhood Accountability Board, Restorative Accountability Board, HIV/AIDS Leadership Commission for the National Black Catholic Congress, Cultural Competency for VISTA, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Homeless Coalition, Board of Directors for Family Health Centers, Executive Committee of the Lee County Branch of the NAACP, Shady Rest Care Pavilion, the Guardian Ad Litem Program, Voices for Kids, St. Peter Claver Catholic Mission, and his own organization, CHAINS, Inc.

In 2004, Dean established CHAINS, Inc., (Caring Has Always Initiated Necessary Services) to provide services for ex-offenders. Dean's dream in life was to create a network of resources that would help ex-offenders re-enter the community and become productive members of society. Dean received daily letters and phone calls from friends and strangers who were incarcerated throughout the United States. He provided these individuals with spiritual and emotional support by answering every letter he received. He also spent much of his time writing letters to and on behalf of death row inmates throughout the country.

Out of all of his accomplishments, Dean was proudest of his work with the children in his church community and through the guardian program. The youth of his community who were so briefly touched by him will now be counted on to carry on his legacy.

Dean will be deeply missed by his family and friends who will carry him in their hearts until the time when they will be together again.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Peter Claver Catholic Mission, c/o Father Ed Galvin, 3681 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916.


In Memoriam


February 29, 2008

Richard E. "Dick" Wilkes died under the care of hospice in Tampa on February 29, 2008. He was living with his son Jeff at the time of his death. There was no public service per Dick's wishes, no public obituary and he was cremated. He had developed leukemia, was initially being considered for a bone marrow transplant at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center but became too anemic requiring mulitple transfusions weekly. He was alert and active until the day he died.

Dick taught in the PA program from its inception at Sante Fe Community College and moved with it to UF. In 1982 He became interim director of the PA program until Wayne Bottoms was selected as permanent director in 1984. After leaving the PA program he went to work at the Gainesville VAMC in Urology until his retirement. Although I don't believe he ever held office in FAPA he was a regular attendee at one of the conferences while he was practicing. Dick was a New Englander from New Hamshire who never lost his accent or dialect, especially if excited or agitated. To those PAs who knew him he was a friend and mentor who was always quick with a comment or story. To others a "piece of work", but not easily forgotten. In the true sense he was never a "good ole boy", too much sophistication and education. Regardless, at the next PA function I will have a drink in his honor and memory because there are a few of us who, are where we are partly due to his contribution during our formal and post graduate education. A PA can only hope to make half the contribution to the profession as Dick. I regret not spending more time with him and will be more attentive to my older buddies as they retire or leave the profession.

More information will be posted at a later date. No photo available as yet for publication.

Contributed by 
R. Keith Bailey, PA-C, MPAS
FAPA Vice President 2008

SKIP MAJKA, PA: 1948 - 2007

In Memoriam


January 19, 1948 - April 15, 2007

Skip Majka, a physician assistant who worked in Jacksonville, Florida passed away on Sunday, April 15th, 2007. His death was due to pancreatic cancer. He was 59 years of age.

The following obituary appeared in the Jacksonville Union Times on April 22, 2007:

Lee “R” Majka, known to those who love him as Skip, passed away April 15, 2007. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, January 19, 1948, he lived a full and wonderful 59 years. He touched so many lives and brought laughter and smiles to all that he met. He is survived by his devoted friends, Grayson, Jordon, and Bonson; and his legacy of 7 hole in ones. Skip we love you and you will be so missed. It's tee time my friend.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Avenue.

A memorial mass will be held honoring Skip at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Jacksonville at 1030 a.m. on Saturday, April 28th, 2007.

Guest book for Skip online at the Jacksonville Union Times includes the following:

"What a loss to all that knew him. I feel part of my soul has been ripped out. I knew Skip for 25 years. Through thick and thin. No matter what Skip was there to help. Whether it was in moral support, laughter, or just being there. He was an angel sent from a higher being to help make people happy and feel wanted. Not a second goes by that I do not think of him. I miss him calling me with his laughter and I miss him saying "it is hard to be me." I love you skip. You left way too soon. I will be talking to you everyday in your new life." 
Love forever, Feye Hudson

"We worked together for nearly ten years at the Family Care Center. It was a wonderful experience for I do not believe that I ever saw Skip "down" except maybe when Tiger won a tournament. Thanks Skip for the good times."
Gene Kinnaly, PA-C

ALICIA HAMM, PA-C: 1960 - 2007

In Memoriam


1960 - 2007

Alicia Hamm, PA-C, of Holiday, Florida passed away on Friday, January 19th after a short illness. Alicia was a long time FAPA member. She is survived by her loving husband, Terrell, and children, Gabriel and Jordan.

The wake was held Friday evening, January 26th, from 6-8 p.m. at the church, and the funeral was held at the church on Saturday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m. with a graveside ceremony following. The name of the church is At the Church of the Living Christ, located at 13415 Johnson Street, Dade City, Florida. The phone number is 352-567-5770.

The following eulogy was provided by her supervising physician, Dr. Lynne Carr Columbus:

I have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful and caring Physicians Assistant. She was truly loved by the office staff and patients, as evidenced by the tremendous outpouring of concern and sympathy during her illness. Her peers, fellow Physicians Assistants, hold the highest respect for her and honor her for being such a wonderful representative of their profession.

As an employee, she was a charming gift. Alicia was loyal to authority and her elders. She always believed in the best. She warmly accepted everyone. Her basic instinct was to take life very seriously but she openly shared her thoughts and ideas.

She easily overcame doubt and confusion and was a rock for her family and friends. Mentally, she stayed calm, even in the face of danger, allowing her to be trusted and relied upon. Her goal in life was to make people smile all of the time. Those who knew her well, knew that she loved to give very personal and meaningful gifts, gifts that we will always treasure.

If a life can be measured, we would measure it in love. Not in the way that we died or the things that we accomplished, but by the love that we leave with each other. Alicia has left us with much love. Please celebrate her life and her love as a very special gift of life.

Love always,
Dr. Lynne Carr Columbus

More information will be posted at a later date. Alicia's husband, Terrell Hamm, wishes to express his thanks to the FAPA community for their support and prayers during his wife's recent illness.


In Memoriam


1961 - 2006


Christopher Mark Powell, 45, died unexpectedly Monday July 24, 2006 of complications from a recent injury. Christopher was a dynamic personality with many talents. He was a Physician Assistant, enjoyed gourmet cooking, Bonsai and Orchid gardening, was an avid magic collector and Magician, and an award winning dancer. This southern gentleman was a loyal friend, generous of heart and spirit. He always put others first and brought joy into the lives of all he touched. He approached life with extreme enthusiasm and possessed a contagious sense of humor. Christopher was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and harbored a deep faith in God. 

Christopher is survived by his long term partner, Stuart Hall; his sister, Phyllis Crooke; and brother-in-law, George Crooke of Pensacola; nieces, Caron Crooke of Birmingham and Melissa Crooke of New York. He is also survived by three brothers and their spouses, Bobby & Shirley Powell, Michael & Anne Powell and Charles & Karen Powell; along with numerous other family and friends. 

Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 29th, 2006, at 9:30am, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3716 Garden Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Attn: Steve Wilson. Arrangements by the Cofer-Kolski-Combs Funeral Home. Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 7/28/2006. 

More information to be posted later by members of the family.

MARK H. SHIFFNER, PA-C: 1959 - 2006

In Memoriam


February 10, 1959 - July 15, 2006

Mark H. Shiffner, 47, Sarasota, died July 15, 2006.

He was born Feb. 10, 1959, in Scotch Plains, N.J., and came to Sarasota in 1972 from Flemington, N.J. He had been a physician assistant at Kennedy-White Orthopedic Center since 1996. He graduated in 1977 from Sarasota High School and in 1996 from the University of Florida. He was a member of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rocky; his father, Donald of North Port; daughters Kayli of Bradenton, and Jessica and Hannah, both of Sarasota; sisters Doni Ward of New York and Beth Allison of Sarasota; and a brother, Troy of Sarasota.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road. Packer Funeral Home is in charge.

Memorial donations may be made to Mark Shiffner Memorial Fund for Jessica and Hannah Shiffner, c/o Sarasota Coastal Credit Union, 3000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233, or any branch office.

Obituary from the Sarasota Herald Tribune, July 19th, 2006.

Mark was an active FAPA member and was the Area Representative for Sarasota County. More information on Mark will be posted at a later date.

REBECCA BORLAND, PA-C: 1960 - 2006

In Memoriam


1960 - 2006

Rebecca Borland, 46, died June 30, 2006.

She was born in Bel Air, Maryland, and lived in Palm Beach county since 1994.

She was a physician assistant at John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore.

She was a volunteer health care provider at area clinics and a member of the American Cancer society. She coached soccer and lacrosse in Jupiter.

Survivors include her daughter, Emily Rebecca Borland of Jupiter; father, Robert Cassilly of Bel Air, MD; mother, Nancy Casilly of Bel Air, MD; brothers, Joseph Cassilly and Robert Cassilly, both of Bel Air, MD and Andrew Cassilly of Havre de Grace, MD; sisters, Jane Knapp and Mary Cassilly, both of Bel Air, MD, Martha Parkman of Philadelphia,PA, Lucy Godfrey of Stewartstown, PA and Veronica Cassilly and Ruth Carlson, both of Darlington, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare Catholic School, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, Fl 33406.

Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon, July 3rd at St. Patrick Catholic church, Palm beach Gardens. Arrangement are by Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services, West Palm Beach.

Obituary from the Fort Pierce Tribune, July 2nd, 2006.

RICHARD E. CHERRY, III, PA-C: 1955 - 2006

In Memoriam


July 15, 1955 - February 20, 2006

Richard E. Cherry, III, PA-C, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Ocala, Florida on Monday evening, February 20th, 2006. Rick was an active member of the Florida Academy and will be missed greatly by his family, many friends, colleagues, and his patients.

Rick was the President of Florida Academy from 1988-1989. During his tenure as President, FAPA made their first attempt at getting prescriptive authority. Although not successful in this effort, key legislation was passed where PAs in Public Health could order medications. The Medical Practice Act was amended regarding state certification of PAs, and clinical hospital privileges and permission for reimbursement to PAs by third party payers was put in place. During his tenure we also saw continued growth of the Academy.

In 1994 Rick served as a Member of the Physician Assistant Committee of the Board of Medicine, which was the predecessor to the current PA Council. After leaving office Rick continued to remain active in the Academy and was helpful numerous times over the years in legislative and political issues.

Rick’s main focus however was always on people and providing care to those who needed it, and his family. From 1978 and for many years thereafter Rick was involved in many humanitarian medical missions to Haiti, Honduras, and remote regions of the Amazon in Ecuador. Rick and his family lived in the middle of the Ecuadorian rain forest in the jungles where he helped establish a medical clinic that had never before been available to the Acua Indians of the region. Rick’s strong Christian faith and involvement with his church was a major part of his life.

In 1995 he gave up a lucrative position with a large cardiac practice to open the Forest Family Health Clinic as a rural health clinic in a medically underserved area of the Ocala National Forest. Rick practiced “cradle to grave” medicine as he phrased it. Rick was the on-site manager for Forest Family Health in Silver Springs, Florida from 1995 till his death.

For his years of humanitarian service and devotion to his patients he was awarded the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants 1997 Humanitarian PA of the Year Award on February 7, 1997 during the Annual Winter Conference. This was an award well deserved by this great gentleman, Christian, devoted family man and professional. In his acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award Rick closed by saying, “Remember our roots. Do not feel guilty about enjoying the benefits of the successes achieved by your predecessors. But do not forget that our profession was born out of the need to send healthcare to those forgotten by the system. They needed us then, and their heirs need us today.”

In subsequent years Rick continued to provide humanitarian service when possible, and continued to be a voice for the PA profession in Florida. He was helpful in the area of rural health clinics and testified numerous times before government hearings and meetings in the Academy’s behalf. Two weeks prior to his death Rick accepted an appointment to the FAPA Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was looking forward to being a part of this vital organization.

The family had an open casket and viewing at Hiers Funeral Home in Ocala, Florida on Friday evening, February 24th. The family then held a party on Saturday, February 25th to celebrate Rick's wonderful life. This was held at the Church at the Springs, 3233 Southeast Maricamp Road, suite 107, Ocala, FL 34471. The family has requested that donations be made in Rick’s honor to the church at that address.

Editors’ Note:

It was my privilege to consider Rick Cherry as a cherished friend and colleague for many years. He was President of the Academy the year I became involved in FAPA. We shared many good times over the years and I valued his input and judgment in Academy affairs and learned a great deal from him. I can honestly say he was one of the most honest and trustworthy men I have ever met. In all my years of dealing with him I noted him to be fair, nonjudgmental, and diplomatic at all times. I never heard him utter an ill word about anyone, and likewise I never heard any unfavorable comments about him from anyone as well. Less than two weeks before his death, Rick and I had a long lunch together at the 2006 Winter Conference. He was truly happy in his life and felt satisfied, and was pleased over his appointment to the Foundation Board of Trustees. I will cherish the memories of that last luncheon with Rick for the rest of my life. He was a true gentlemen in every respect, and had the respect and admiration of all. He will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Ron Pace, PA-C
Chair, FAPA Foundation Board of Trustees

EUGENE ANSON STEAD, JR., M.D., "Father of the PA Profession": 1908 - 2005

In Memoriam


"Father of the PA Profession"
October 6, 1908 - June 12, 2005

Dr Eugene Anson Stead, Jr., visionary medical educator whose pioneering studies in the 1940's with cardiac catheterization formed the basis for much of what is now used in the treatment of heart failure, died peacefully Sunday June 12, 2005 at his home on Kerr Lake in Bullock, NC. He was in his 97th year.

Eugene Stead was born in Atlanta in 1908 as one of six children to Eugene Anson and Emily White Stead. He received his BS and MD degrees from Emory University and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Cincinnati General Hospital and Boston City Hospital. After serving on the faculty of Harvard University under the tutelage of Soma Weiss, he returned to Emory University as Chairman of the Department of Medicine (1942-46) and Dean of the School of Medicine (1945-46). In 1947 he came to Duke University as Chairman of Medicine. He served in that capacity until 1967 when he stepped down to spend the next 24 years helping younger faculty start innovative programs.

Thereafter, faculty and medical students often went to Kerr Lake to visit him and seek his wisdom on matters medical and non-medical. No other single individual had more impact on how medicine was taught and practiced in the mid 20th century America than Dr. Eugene Stead. At Emory and Duke, his research teams described the physiologic basis of shock and congestive heart failure. Later, he was one of the first to see the potential for computers to change the practice of medicine. He coached the team that developed the Duke Cardiovascular Disease Research Databank, a successful experiment using the computer as a time-lapse camera to tie clinical outcome of individual patients to their initial findings and using this process to figure out which treatment might be best for new patients.

In addition to his innovations as a researcher, Dr. Stead was widely recognized as an outstanding medical educator. He attracted students from many other universities who then went on to leading posts in other schools. Thirty-three Stead trainees became Chairs of departments of medicine. Secondly, he changed the structure of medical education itself by spearheading the 1966 revision of the Duke Medical School curriculum that cut in half the required basic sciences and thereby provided room for a full year of research without extending the overall duration of time spent as a student. This change reflected his belief that most facts need not be memorized because they are quickly forgotten. Instead he argued that students need to learn how to learn what they need when they need it. And finally, he established the Duke Physician Assistant Program and is recognized nationally as the "father" of the PAs. The PA profession itself is a reflection of his belief that it is possible to meet many patient needs without all the time and cost overhead of a traditional medical education.

Eugene Stead served as President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He was editor-in-chief of Medical Times, Circulation, and the North Carolina Medical Journal. He received many awards including the American College of Physicians Distinguished Teacher Award, The Association of American Medical Colleges' Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education, the Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians, Durham North Carolinas' City of Medicine Award and the William G. Anlyan, MD Lifetime Achievement Award from Duke University. Eugene Stead and his late wife Evelyn raised three children. He protected time for the family from his busy professional life.

He turned building the house at Kerr Lake into a family project that took twenty-five years of weekends and summer vacations. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, William Wallace and Janet Stead, daughters and sons-in-laws, Nancy and Alan Atwood, and Lucy and Curt Barnhill; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Stead, Christina Auch and family, and Patrick LaVarre and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Vanderbilt University for the Evelyn Selby Stead Fund for Innovation, at Gift Records, Vanderbilt University, VU Station B 35772, Nashville, TN 37235-7727. The Florida Academy extends our heart felt sympathy to Dr. Steads' family and friends.

Article from via David Mittman at the American College of Clinicians. The picture was taken from the website of the Society for Preservation of PA History,

JOHN L. SHANKLIN, PA-C, CWO4 USN (Ret): 1942 - 2005

In Memoriam


August 20, 1942 - December 24, 2005

John L. Shanklin, PA-C passed away on December 24th, 2005, after a lengthy illness. John was a long time member of the Florida Academy and we just learned of his death in June 2006.

John was a retired naval service physician assistant who had a very distinguished career. He completed his naval service at Naval Regional Medical Center Orlando and retired to the Orlando area where he practiced until illness forced him to retire from active clinical practice. He is sadly missed by his many friends and patients, and his loving family. His wife preceded him in death, and he has two surviving daughters.

It was my pleasure to serve with John in the Navy, and again later we worked together in clinical practice in Orange City till our careers parted. He was a great clinician and his patients loved him. He was good to work with and always willing to help out. He was a great Navy man and loved his career in the service. He was well respected by his peers and was one of those quiet types who just got the job done, and did it well every time. He was an avid supporter of the Florida Academy and frequently attended local dinner meetings, and the FAPA CME conferences.

But the thing I remember most about John was how strong a family man he was, and how much he loved his wife and kids. He was so proud of his daughters and their accomplishments. You could see his face light up when he talked about them, and he always put them first above anyone and everything else. I remember thinking when we worked together in Orange City that I knew of very few men who were so genuinely committed to his family as this man was. I last spoke with him about four or five months before his death while he was in the nursing home and he was still committed to getting back on his feet and back to work. He never gave up hope but to those of us who knew him, that was part hope and part of a stubborn streak he was known to have also.

John was laid to rest with full military honors here in Orlando. He had spent some of his last months at the VA Nursing Home here in Florida, before moving back to his home to spend his remaining days there.

Written by:
Ron Pace, PA-C
CWO4 USN (Ret)


On July 13, 2007, the Novasoutheastern University Program, Orlando Campus, held its' inaugural White Coat Ceremony for the fifty students of Class 2009. As part of this ceremony, the Student Society was introduced and named the "John Shanklin Student Society" in honor of John L. Shanklin, PA-C. His daughters were present for this ceremony. Ron Pace, PA-C delivered the dedication address for the Student Society, and presented the PA Program with a framed photograph of John to be permanently displayed at the school. Below are the comments presented in this address:

White Coat Ceremony
Nova Southeastern University PA Program
Orlando Campus
July 13, 2007


A few months ago Professor Kotun called me to discuss the possibility of naming the Student Society here in honor of a Florida physician assistant. We discussed a couple of possibilities. It was with great pleasure that I later learned that my friend and colleague John Shanklin was chosen for this honor. John would be proud of this honor I know. It is most appropriate that an honor like this affiliated with a PA training program is being accorded to John.

John was a retired naval service physician assistant who had a very distinguished PA career. He completed his naval service at Naval Regional Medical Center Orlando and retired to the Orlando area where he practiced until illness forced him to retire from active clinical practice. In a Letter of Commendation presented earlier in his career to John upon his transfer from Naval Hospital Orlando to Naval Hospital Rota Spain, his commanding officer made note of his medical expertise, his empathy, and the quality health care he provided to all his patients.

But he also made note of John’s willingness to give to others in teaching, counseling, and encouraging the enlisted Clinical Screeners to enhance their abilities to do their job. His efforts contributed to maintaining high staff morale and job satisfaction among the enlisted staff.

It was my pleasure to serve with John in the Navy, and again later we worked together in clinical practice in Orange City till our careers parted. He was a great clinician and his patients loved him. He was good to work with and always willing to help out. He was a great Navy man and loved his career in the service. He was well respected by his peers and was one of those quiet types who just got the job done, and did it well every time. He was an avid supporter of the Florida Academy and frequently attended local dinner meetings, and seldom missed the FAPA CME state conferences. And he actually went to the lectures I noted.

But the thing I remember most about John was how strong a family man he was, and how much he loved his wife and kids. He was so proud of his daughters and their accomplishments. You could see his face light up when he talked about them, and he always put them first above anyone and everything else. I remember thinking when we worked together in Orange City that I knew of very few men who were so genuinely committed to his family as this man was. His daughters, Erma Maribi, and Dr. Ilka Fahey are here with us today to witness this honor.

His daughter, Ilka, who is a physician and I am honored to say, now my primary supervising physician. I won’t say she makes me feel old, but I had been seeing patients for two years before she was born. Every time I think of that another joint starts to hurt. And an interesting side note here is that Ilka was born four hours before John began the first day of PA school in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ilka wrote an essay many years ago entitled “Portrait of a Father”. She stated the greatest teacher that she ever learned from was not encountered in high school or college, but was her father who taught her much more in lifelong values and standards. Through out her life he gave her a template of honesty, integrity, loyalty and dedication from which to grow. He taught her to apply the utmost ethical standards to everyday life situations.

John was committed to education of himself and others. He was a Hospital Corpsman, a registered x-ray technician, a licensed vocational nurse, and then he became a Physician Assistant. And later he earned his Masters Degree. All this while in the Navy, raising a family, and fulfilling his military career obligations. That shows true dedication and commitment.

Ilka noted one other thing about John when she visited him in his work place – his patients had the utmost respect and admiration for him as well. And I can verify that as well. Many times patients would come in and if he was not there, they did not want to see any one else, just John and they would make an appointment to see him later. And they were all the time bringing gifts to say thank you, especially baked goods knowing the sweet tooth that he had. And as you can see from me, he enjoyed sharing those gifts dammit.

John also had a great sense of humor. I recall one specific incident when we were working together in Orange City. It was late one afternoon and we were all sitting at the nursing station finishing up our charts and reviewing labs and all that fun paperwork that has to be done each and everyday. I had purchased a technological wonder gadget which could be technically referred to as, shall we say, a “Flatulence Acoustical Simulator”, complete with remote control that would work from 40-50 feet away. I had left this “Flatulence Acoustical Simulator” in the office that John and I shared. He went back to the office to hang up his coat and get his briefcase and I just happened to have the remote in my pocket for some reason. I quickly told all the nurses to be quiet and listen. I gave him time to get back to the office and pressed the button on the remote control. The simulator did its job extremely well and very loudly in a quiet office. Five seconds later John was back at the desk mad as a hornet. He looked at me and said, “Damn you Pace, you son of a biscuit eater. That damn thing went off and I thought I farted and didn’t know it.” Of course we were all cracking up by now, and John just walked away shaking his head and talking under his breath about revenge. Navy guys are known for getting revenge, see we don’t get mad, we get even and when necessary we get ahead.

I last spoke with John about four or five months before his death while he was in the nursing home. He was still committed to getting back on his feet and back to work, and getting his CME to keep up his license and certification. He never gave up hope. But to those of us who knew him, that was part hope and part of a stubborn streak he was known to have also.

After his death in December 2005 John was laid to rest with full military honors here in Orlando. He had spent some of his last months at the VA Nursing Home here in Florida, before moving back to his home to spend his remaining days there. He is greatly missed by his family, friends, and patients. In his behalf and that of the family, I would like to thank the school for remembering this great man, father, and clinician with this honor.

I would like to close with a couple of words of advice from my thirty five years of clinical and academic practice that I know John would share with you all as well as you embark upon your career as a PA.

Never be afraid to say “I don’t know.” No one can know it all, and if you find someone who thinks they do, run from them as fast as you can.

Don’t fake it. It will show thru and damage your credibility and reputation with your colleagues, staff and patients. Just say, “I don’t know that, but I will find out and get back to you.” That is why we have books, the internet, and supervising physicians.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Only you can make it a good one.

Know your personal limitations and never be afraid to ask for help or refer to someone else more knowledgeable on the subject matter. This will earn you the respect of your colleagues, staff and your patients. And it may very well save your career and your license, as well as that of your supervising physician.

I have followed these simple rules for my entire career and it has saved me on many occasions. But the one that keeps me on track most and one I very frequently share with patients is this, I always treat my patients as if they were members of my family, taking into account there are a couple of folks in my family I don’t like. Remember your patients are people and not a disease. Treat them with respect, courtesy, and kindness and you cannot go wrong.

And lastly, I got this saying from a course in ethics I took many years ago at the beginning of my career as a PA.

“…that one should attain the right to minister of healing gifts to his fellow man, is a most honorable undertaking; yet never be so singly proud to think that you have healed uniquely; indeed, you are but a tool of healing in the loving hands of your Creator..”

A copy of this saying is being presented to you today with your white coat.

Thank you.

THOMAS J. KENNEDY, JR., PA-C, CWO4 USN (Ret): 1941 - 2005

In Memoriam


1941 - 2005

Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr., 64, beloved husband, father, son, and brother died on April 2, 2005 while at home with his family. He is survived by wife Dolores; son, Thomas III; daughter Maria Victoria; cherished granddaughter, Cassie; mother, Anna; three brothers, Stephen, Paul, and John; two sisters, Marianne and Lisa; and nephews and nieces.

Thomas was blessed with a life full of accomplishment and giving. During his life hed earned three master degrees in the areas of medicine, accounting, and education. He is an honored veteran who spent over thirty years in service to his country in the U. S. Navy.

After his naval career Thomas had a successful accounting business and worked as a physician assistant with the Veterans Administration. He will be greatly missed because of the companionship that he provided others and his giving nature. He will be remembered as a good husband, father, son, brother and citizen.

Thomas was fond of saying, "Everything that I have flows through me to my family." After his family, Thomas' two favorite passions were working and playing poker.

A non-denominational service celebrating his life will be held Monday, April llth, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3377 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to Shepherd's Hope Clinic, 407-876-6699 and Vitas Hospice Foundation, 407-875-0028.

The above article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel, Friday, April 8, 2005.

RONALD E. "R.E." LUNDY, II, PA-C: 1944 - 2004

In Memoriam


1944 - 2004

Ronald Earl "R.E." Lundy II was always concerned about the welfare of others, either through his church or his work as a physician assistant. He was the second physician assistant certified in Florida without a college degree, said son Fred Lundy of Baton Rouge, La.

A fifth-generation Lake County resident, R.E. Lundy studied and worked under the late Dr. Fred Andrews of Mount Dora for 11 years. He started training in 1971 and was certified in 1976. Lundy's wife of 35 years, Naomi, recalled when he was studying for his license.

She said he would work all day, come home about 5:30 p.m. for dinner and time with the family, then go back to work for several more hours. "Though at times difficult, he would spend the time it took to be the professional he wanted to be, while also being the husband and father he desired to be," she said.

Lundy was 60 when he died Nov. 12 of a heart attack.

For the last 22 years of his life, he worked at Lakeview Terrace Retirement Community in Altoona -- first as a physician assistant and eventually as the nursing-home administrator. He was the director of health-care services. Barbara Weatherman, who worked alongside Lundy for nearly 15 years, said he was "so good with all these residents. They would come to him with every kind of little problem that they could think of." He would talk with the residents about concerns they had with medications they were taking, said Weatherman, assistant director of health-care services.

When the hurricanes were threatening Central Florida, he made sure the buildings were secure and went door-to-door to make sure the residents were OK. "The personal attention that he gave to the residents is really going to be a loss," Weatherman said. "There just wasn't any job that was too big or too menial for him."

When he wasn't at work, he could be found volunteering for many organizations, including Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties, where he served on the board of directors, and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.

For more than 25 years, he was active at the Bay Street Baptist Church in Eustis. The Rev. Mark Douglas said he had known Lundy for six of those years. He said Lundy served as a deacon, taught adult Sunday school and was chairman of a planning group that studied the possible relocation of the church. Douglas said Lundy "worked very hard to devise a plan where we could sell off portions of the land, so we could enter into our property debt-free. "He was a man of great faith," he said. "When others would doubt, he was always in the forefront. "He would say, `I know this is going to happen.' "

Douglas said Lundy offered to help other church members and at times visited members in the hospital. His generosity reached to outsiders as well. Douglas said that one night, several members were working late at the church when a stranger knocked on the door. The man had come to town for a job that didn't work out. He wanted to go back home but didn't have enough money. Douglas said Lundy was the first to say, "Let's give him a bus ticket and food for the road to get him back home."

"R.E. was a person who always wanted to help others," Douglas said. Lundy also is survived by son Earl Lundy III of DeLeon Springs and sisters Gail Norris of Eustis, Marcia Haliday of Leesburg and Lee Lundy of Eustis.

Arrangements were by Harden-Pauli Funeral Home and Crematory.

The above article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel, Lake County Edition, Sunday, November 21, 2004.

R.E. Lundy was a Charter Member of the Florida Academy and served on the Board of Directors from 1981-1991, and as Treasurer from 1981 - 1989. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Academy.

EWENET BELAINEH, PA-C: 1966 - 2004

In Memoriam


January 20, 1966 - March 21, 2004

Tribute by Glenn Arbery - Senior Editor
People Newspapers

Ewenet came to Thomas More College in New Hampshire, where my wife and I used to teach, during the years when the Communist regime ruled Ethiopia. Of the many memories I have of her--our conversations about literature, her great archetypal dreams of Ethiopia, her tales out of a world that was both modern and as ancient as Homer-- one particular memory stands out from the spring of 1989.

Thomas More College has a Rome program, and in those days the students stayed for a semester in a 17th century convent in Trastevere. She was able to go to Rome that year-- the first time I had ever been myself. One day that spring, Ewenet came up full of mysterious excitement to invite me and Dr. Paul Connell and several of her classmates to the Janiculum, the hill above the Trastevere district that overlooks the whole of Rome. Her father, flying for Ethiopian Airlines, had managed to smuggle a meal prepared by Ewenet's grandmother out of Addis Ababa and into Rome's Fiumicino Airport. I'm not sure how it got from the airport to the convent, but Ewenet was moved by the daring of it and very grateful for this meal.

We all climbed the hill to a park with a lawn that slopes down to the road that goes around it in a semi-circle. Across the road was San Pietro in Montorio, an ancient church, and beyond it -- visible through the trees -- the domes and roofs of Rome, all the churches and monuments, and the hills in the distance. We sat near a low stone wall that she used as a table. I remember a domed bowl, elaborately decorated. We sat on the grass and she took some of the food in the Injera--a piece of chicken, a hard-boiled egg (I can still remember the taste) and fed us each the first bite. I know it's an Ethiopian custom, but it felt as though she had invented it. I remember it as one of the most beautiful and sacramental occasions of my life. Somehow, I have never felt so honored as on that day, during that meal, eating the food from her home, drinking Italian wine out of small white plastic cups we had bought somewhere. At the end of the meal, we looked up to see three cavalieri -- three horsemen gorgeously uniformed in red and black, with white plumes and epaulets -- riding by on that long semi-circle below us, as if in homage.

Most of the joy of it, of course, was what it meant to her -- this young woman in exile from her beloved home. Home -- the reality and meaning of it -- came to her in that meal. But what most struck me was the generosity she showed in having her home only by giving it away to us. I can't name how many times Ewenet began a sentence with the words "In my culture" and I think that she felt almost like a missionary to us. She was trying to give us a sense of the deep bonds of love and communion that she had known. She could be home in spirit only by being the hostess to us and sharing with us what the meal meant. That day she gave us her family, she gave us Ethiopia, and she also gave us Rome. I call it sacramental because it was the most striking instance I've ever had in my life of what the Eucharist really means in its natural symbolism: what it means truly to feed others -- what gifts really are.

Perhaps it's so memorable to me because it characterizes her whole life. She poured herself out; she turned what was hers into what remains ours and became the benefactor instead of the one in need. Instead of trying to have, she gave herself away.

In her final illness, that quality became even more apparent. She discovered how to make even her suffering into a gift. Back in November when she called us, my son spoke to her, not knowing quite what to say. He distinctly remembers her the exact quality of her voice, the exuberance of spirit, the word"magical" that she used. For two days after she talked to him, he felt a kind of glow. He still speaks of it with awe. I think that anybody who knows the vividness of Ewenet's soul and spirit knows exactly what he means. She was always giving life.

The reading from Mass on the morning of her death still strikes me with particular force because it's about eating and home. It comes from the Book of Joshua, when the Israelites have just crossed through the Jordan River into Canaan after their forty years in the wilderness. They have come to a place they have never seen, but that has been promised to them as their home. No longer now do they eat the manna that sustained them in their long exile, but for the first time they eat the food of the Promised Land.

While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth of the month. On the day after the Passover, they ate of the produce of the land in the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain. On that same day after the Passover, on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased. No longer was there manna for the Israelites, who that year ate of the yield of the land of Canaan. Crossing the Jordan --like crossing the Red Sea -- has long been interpreted spiritually as symbolic of Baptism and the passage from this life into the spiritual kingdom. Ewenet now stands among those who have passed through and stand on the other side. I sense as I write this that, even now, she shares her new blessings and makes them ours.

Glenn Arbery
Senior Editor
People Newspapers

The above article was taken from with permission from her husband. To read more about this wonderful lady who was taken from us much to soon please visit the website set up by family and friends. Remember Ewenet

To make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Ewenet Belaineh,PA-C, click below.

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JAMES "JIM" WRIGHT, PA-C: 1958 - 2004

In Memoriam


June 20, 1958 - February 24, 2004

Mr. James "Jim" Wright died Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at the age of 45 from heart failure resulting from a virus.

He was born on June 20, 1958 in Hammond, Indiana. Jim is survived by his wife, Laura of Ocoee; mother, Carolyn of The Villages, FL; brother, Curt of Homewood, IL; sisters, Paula Eller of Momence, IL, Sandra (Wesley) Calhoun of Medford, WI, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his father, Richard, of Chicago Heights, IL.

He was educated at Saint Louis University and Northern Illinois University. Jim loved his work as a Physician Assistant with the Orlando Orthopedic Center for the past eight years, preceded by his career as an athletic trainer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

The above obituary was published in the Orlando Sentinel on 2/26/2004.


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I sincerely apologize for the limited content of this In Memoriam article.

John Monacelli, PA-C, a long time FAPA member died sometime in 2003 or 2004. We have never received any further information on his death from friends or family members. I recall receiving an email shortly after his death informing me that he had died in a motor vehicle accident. We have not received any other information.

I knew John from the FAPA meetings in the early 90's when I was involved with the Conference Planning committee. We were acquaintances then thru these meetings. I know he was a brave soul as he was one of the five of us who participated in as party at a summer conference in Daytona Beach which was billed as "The World's Most Unforgettable Beauty Pageant". The five of us did a hilarious spoof beauty pageant in drag in swimsuit and evening dress competition. I remember it was hilarious watching him trying to put on panty hose.

We saw each other at conferences after that but since we did not live close to each other that was the extent of our contact. I am hopeful that someone who reads this wholely inadequate memorial will be able to contact family or close friends and let them know we need more correct information and an appropriate memorial to remember this colleague.

Contact me at 407-761-4554 if you have any information, or email me at

GARY R. SCHUETZ, PA-C CWO3 USN (Ret): 1949 - 2002

In Memoriam


CWO3 USN (Ret)
1949 - 2002

Gary R.Schuetz, PA-C, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 in Pensacola, Florida,after suffering from liver cancer.

Born on August 18, 1949 in Hoxie, Kansas, he retired in 1990 from the U.S. Navy as a Warrant Officer and worked as a Physician's Assistant with the Navy in active duty and with the civil service at Corry Branch Medical Clinic, Corry Station. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant Gary was a highly decorated Hospital Corpsman serving in combat with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. He was a very active parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a Knights of Columbus officer. Gary was loved by so many people and will be missed very much. He gave selflessly and served God, and His children humbly and faithfully. "Till we meet again in Paradise, Our Love".

Survivors include his wife, Ruby; 17 year old son, Nathaniel Ryan; 13 year old daughter, Krystle Marie. Also, his father & mother, Raymond &Edna Schuetz; two brothers, Dan & Tom Schuetz; three sisters, Anita Dunlap, Pam Gottschall and Erica Beeson, all from Kansas except his brother, Dan from England.

The above was taken from the Pensacola News Journal, Thursday, September 26, 2002.

Webmaster's Note: Gary was a student of mine when I taught in the Navy's PA program. What I remember of Gary as a student was that he was a quiet man, sincere, honest and one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to know. He never spoke an unkind word of anyone and always had a smile and a word of encouragement for you. He always had a positive attitude now matter what was going on around him. I am sure that he was an excellent clinician and his patients had to trust him and respect him. I ran into him a few times at conferences after we retired from the Navy and he was one of those folks from your past that it was always a pleasure to see again and renew your friendship. He will be missed. We wish him "Fair winds and following seas."

Addendum, December 17, 2004:
From the AAPA News, November 30, 2004. In late October 2004, Naval Hospital Pensacola renamed the Branch Medical Clinic at Corry Station, Florida, the "Gary R. Schuetz Memorial Clinic". Gary had served as a civilian at the clinic for twelve years prior to his death. The ceremony was attended by more than 120 of Gary's friends, coworkers, and family. CAPT Tom McCoy, Director of Branch Medical Clinics for Naval Hospital Pensacola said, "It is that spirit and dedication that Gary Schuetz instilled in others that lives here today."

MICHAEL J. TURLEY, PA-C, CWO4 USCG (Ret): 1947 - 2002

In Memoriam


1947 - 2002

Michael J. Turley, PA-C, CWO4 USCG (Ret), aged 55, passed away surrounded by friends and family on Tuesday evening, July 30, 2002 from complications of a lengthy illness in Orange Park, Florida.

Born in Staten Island, New York, Mike served as a highly decorated combat Hospital Corpsman with the first Marine Division in Viet Nam. Utilizing his specialized training, Mike became one of the first in a newly created field of health care practitioners, a Physician Assistant. After graduating from PA School in Staten Island, New York, Mike relocated to Orange Park in 1974 where he spent his professional career providing health care to his patients initially in private practice in Orange Park and then in several Jacksonville area Emergency Departments.

Mike served as a clinical instructor for PAs and medical students training at the University of Florida. Until his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1998, he served as the Senior Medical Officer for the local reserve unit.

Love and respected by his students, patients, colleagues and friends, Mike touched many lives. He worked tirelessly on behalf of other Viet Nam veterans and was a spokesman for their cause.

A father, son, comrade, colleague, friend and teacher, Mike was many things to many people. His mother Ann Turley and a devoted son, Brian Turley, survive him. "Together Then, Together Again."

Services were held August 2nd, 2002 in Orange Park, Florida. Donations in his memory can be made to Cease Fire House, 824 McIntoch Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407.

Information for this article obtained from Jacksonville Times-Union, Friday Aug. 2, 2002 issue.

EVAN DENT MCGOUGH, PA-C: 1969 - 2001

In Memoriam


February 28, 1969 - December 18, 2001

Evan Dent McGough, 32, of Ocala died Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in Gainesville of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Mr. McGough was born in Panama City and moved to Ocala from Gainesville in 1996. He graduated from P.K.Yonge and the PA Program at the University of Florida. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves, and enjoyed soccer, volleyball, snowboarding and mountain biking. He worked as a physicians assistant in the Emergency Department at Shands and at Alachua General Hospital (AGH).

Survivors include his wife, Cheri McGough of Ocala; his mother and stepfather, Jeannie and Jim McDonald of Gainesville; his father, Dent McGough of Hallandale; a daughter, Morgan Elizabeth McGough of Ocala;a half-brother, Matt McGough of Hallandale; stepbrothers David Tepley of Gainesville and Phil McDonald of Fort Hood, Texas; a half-sister, Melissa McGough of Hallandale; stepsisters Leslie McDonald and Michelle Uhrbom, both of Seattle; and his grandmother, Ann Riedel of Spring Hill.

GARY LOUIS CONRAD, M.P.A.S., PA-C: 1958 - 2000

In Memoriam


August 3, 1958 - November 4, 2000

A 1983 graduate of the University of Florida, Physician Assistant Program, Gary was a diligent and thoroughly amiable PA. His death of a MI was both sudden and unexpected. It occurred while giving wave runner rides to children at his home on Lake Tarpon. He was devoted to his wife, Suzy, and their young son, Colton.

Gary is missed profoundly by his family, those who worked with him, and his patients. His warm smile and easygoing manner were consistent characteristics of his pleasant personality. It is notable that his stature enhanced the credibility of the PA profession.

From 1983 to 1984 Gary worked in Family Practice in Melbourne, FL. He moved to Pinellas County in 1984 working in the subspecialty of Ophthalmology until 1991. He remained a surgical PA but changed specialties when he became part of the Urology section at Bay Pines VAMC in 1991.

While at Bay Pines, Gary took on the added responsibilities of precepting Nurse Practitioner students and lecturing at both the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa, Colleges of Nursing. His article on early detection of prostate cancer, entitled, "Prostatic Evaluation: Benign VS Cancerous", was published in the Physician Assistant Journal, December 1994. He was also co-investigator in at least four clinical trials. Professional memberships included AAPA, FAPA, AASA, and AVAPA.

ALFRED D. THORMAN, PA-C: 1948 - 2000

In Memoriam


1948 - 2000

Alfred D. Thorman, PA-C, a two time past FAPA President, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 26, 2000, near his home in Texas while playing tennis. The apparent cause of death was a cardiac arrest. Al was 52 years old.

Al graduated from PA school at the Cleveland Clinic and then took his first position in Family Practice in Ocala , Florida. He then moved to Tennessee where he was employed at the VA Hospital in Mountain Home. In the early 80's, he transferred to the VA Hospital in Gainesville where he learned to love the Gators and also took up the FAPA as his personal cause.

Al was President of the FAPA in 1981-1982, and then again in 1986-1987. During his tenure as President, he served as the Chief Delegate to the AAPA conferences and also served as one of the members of the PA Committee to the Board of Medicine which drafted some important legislation affecting the profession of that day. Because of his tireless efforts to the PA cause and his many years of service to the FAPA, he was named as the recipient of the Bob Scully PA of the Year Award in 1988.

Al eventually transferred to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin, Texas, where he continued his PA career. Al was also in the military for about 25 years and he retired from the Texas National Guard in May 2000.

Mike Bucci, a past FAPA President, remembers the "lean" days of the FAPA and recalled Al's contributions to the organization. "For most of us, Al was instrumental in the development of the Academy into a true statewide organization." He helped draft the 1986 legislation which allowed Florida PAs to change jobs without having to negotiate the Board of Medicine application process. He led the Academy when the officers paid the postage to send out mail and literally passed a hat at an early meeting to fund FAPA operations. Al was a mainstay back in the days when we struggled to gain any kind of recognition for the profession. He spent his own money when the treasury went dry.

Of all the fond memories of Al, one of the ones that people remember most was when he met you, his greeting was "How are you doing, my friend?"

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and children. Al, we will miss that bright smile, the energy that seemed endless, that wonderful greeting, but most of all we will miss you....Our Friend.

Al is survived by his wife, Barbara Thorman, daughter Renee (a PA in Chicago); son Phillip; stepson, Aaron; and his mother, Helen Thorman, and a sister, Peggy Thorman of Florida.

Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.

(Reprinted from the FAPA PAPer, October 2000)


In Memoriam


August 20, 1953 - August 15, 1999


Ben Parvin was the 1999 President of FAPA. Ben was a truly gifted leader in the PA community. He retired from the Air Force after a long and distinguished career. Ben was a teacher, an excellent clinician, and an avid golfer, but above all he was a devoted husband and father.

Ben was dedicated to the PA profession and was active in association chapters in multiple roles as an elected officer, committee participation, House of Delegates to the AAPA, just to name a few.  He was well respected as a leader by those who knew him. The FAPA PA Foundation established an annual charity golf tournament in his name, the Parvin Memorial. He made a difference and is missed. He was loved by his patients for his clinical skills and the personal concern that was evident in his day to day practice.

Ben's family was his primary concern above all and those who knew him well, had no doubts about that.

SANDRA L. LARSEN, PA-C: 1946 - 1999

In Memoriam


1946 - 1999

On Wednesday, March 3, 1999, the physician assistant profession and the Gainesville community lost a highly skilled and respected colleague when Sandra Larsen, PA-C, accepted the final challenge of cholangiocarcinoma with dignity and grace.

Sandra was a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida Physician Assistant Program. Upon graduating she began her lifelong work in Family Medicine and Women's Health. After 15 years of working in private practice, Sandra accepted a position on the medical staff at the University of Florida's Student Health Care Center. There, she enhanced the center with her clinical expertise in women's health and her uncompromising dedication to excellence and the art of healing.

Her professional work included clinical research, lecturing, preceptoring physician assistant students, and mentoring candidates who were seeking entry into a physician assistant program. Throughout her career she was an avid supporter of our Academy and our profession. In 1992, she chaired FAPA's Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee which spearheaded the successful passage of our prescriptive practice law.

After learning of her diagnosis, members of FAPA made donations to a fund designed to defray her medical, travel, and home care expenses. She asked that the fund be used to renew her AAPA and FAPA membership, because it was especially meaningful for to continue being a member of her profession. She found a source of renewed strength knowing that she would continue to share in our vision of professional excellence and quality health care.

In addition to her busy professional life, Sandra was an active member of the Willis Bodine Chorale. To those of us who worked with Sandra or knew her as a colleague or friend, we miss her smiling face and quiet competence. She enriched our lives and the lives of her patients. Her spirit will always hold a special place in our hearts.

(Information for this Memorial on Sandra Larsen was taken from an article in the PAper, March 1999 issue, written by Anthony Mennella, PA-C.)

JAKE E. HASTY, JR., PA-C: 1944 - 1996

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In Memoriam


CWO4 USN (Ret)
December 12, 1946 - April 29, 1992

The obituary reads like most: Jim passed away at his residence after a long illness on Wednesday, 29 April 1992. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on 12 December 1946. Jim was a Physician Assistant, a retired naval officer and was Protestant by faith. He is survived by his wife Rosella, two sons, James Jr. and Brian; two daughters, Dawn and Kelly; his father Grant, two brothers Gary and Bobby, and three grandchildren. He was laid to rest with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

The above is all that is really necessary for the people who knew Jim. We can reflect at the way he touched our lives and can share the memories of the past. However, there are many people out there that vaguely remember his name, others that remember how his clinical skills had cured what ailed them and still others that remember how he literally saved their lives. I can honestly say that the latter category of people will range into the hundreds.

Those of you who remember him will recall that he looked older than his years. His early adult life was hard on him until he found a better way. He began his recovery over twelve years ago, but not only did he savor his own healing, he felt that he needed to help others. As both a PA and a Substance Abuse Treatment specialist, he helped many to deal with a weakness in their personalities and turned that weakness into their strength.

Jim did not stop there. He recognized that there were many in the healing professions that suffered as well. Maybe not from an addiction, but perhaps they came from dysfunctional families or had suffered from a personal tragedy. Because it was perceived that by their profession they were strong, they din not allow themselves to feel their own emotions.

Jim helped form the Twelve Step Caucus of the AAPA, represented the AAPA as a point of contact for PAs seeking help and was also the Impaired Physician Assistant Coordinator for FAPA. He was published in the PA Journal and was actively sought for his opinions in treatment, not only by his PA colleagues, but by other health care professionals nationwide.

In his illness, Jim suffered many setbacks. The complications he suffered after surgery left him in the hospital for many weeks that ran into months. When we last spoke, he told me that being a patient was very hard, yet he would make his "rounds" thru the hospital, talking with staff members at the nursing stations, giving a cheerful hello to his fellow patients and a comforting comment for family members who were anxiously awaiting the results of their loved ones' cardiac procedures. He had intended to write an article to share his experiences with others as to what it felt like being on the other side of the fence, but his higher power had other plans for him.

I am proud to say that Jim was a close personal friend. He sort of reminded me of Yoda, that loveable little character in Star Wars. Yoda was short, wise and would help Luke Skywalker recognize his own potential. Jim too was short, wise and helped others recognize their potential, but he was not a fictional character. He was a real as life itself. He gave of himself freely and hoped that those he touched would benefit from his wisdom, but he would never force his opinions on them. He was always there for a friend, no matter what day, time or who the individual might be. The friend could be a total stranger, but if he asked for help, Jim would be there for him.

I had the opportunity of coordinating his retirement from the Navy after 26 years of service to his country. I did not realize then that I would participate in honoring him at his passing. When he left the Navy, I reminded him that he was still part of the Navy and that he was just going to a form of independent duty. Now he was transferred again, this time on an unaccompanied tour with special assignment from the Supreme Commander. Knowing Jim as I do, I figure he is already setting up his office and getting ready for us to visit when our time comes.

As I said earlier, the obituary reads like most, but the surviving family was cut a little short. Had it listed all those who considered Jim family, it would have had to be a separate section the Tampa Tribune. In the nautical tradition, Jim, I wish you "Fair winds and a following sea", and I know our courses will cross again in time.

The above article is from the FAPA Journal, Summer 1992 and was written by Pat Ivory, PA-C

ROBERT SCULLY, PA-C: 1935 - 1983

In Memoriam


1935 - 1983

Bob Scully, PA-C was a retired Army officer who had been in Special Forces with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was one of the first PAs in the U.S. Army. After retirement Bob accepted a position with VA in Tampa, Florida. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Staff in 1980.

Bob was very active in FAPA after coming to Florida and was President of FAPA in 1982-1983. He passed away in 1983 from metastatic melanoma at the young age of forty-eight. In honor or Bob and his hard work for the Academy, the PA of the Year Award was renamed in his honor, The Bob Scully PA of the Year Award.


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