• Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home
    Dallas, TX
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Harold Clifton Urschel MD 1930 - 2012
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
To Betsey and all your family, Carole and I extend sincere condolences to you on Hal's passing. He was a great mentor, teacher, thoracic surgical colleague and genuine friend to us both. We shall always have fond memories of him.
Sincere regards,
Maurice and Carole Pockey.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I am saddened in knowing this news 3 months late but I still want to convey our condolences . I have worked with Dr. Urschel and his team in Baylor a while back . I have great respect for him as a physician but more so as a family man and father through his son's eye. He was a remarkably unique person, prayers went up for the whole family.Telly and Emelda Valcarcel ( Grand Prairie , TX)
Monday, December 10, 2012
Dr Urschel was my surgeon 4 years ago. I suffered an injury to my thoracic outlet waterskiing. The injury threatened my career as an otolaryngology facial plastic surgeon. After much research and prayers I decided to fly down to Dallas from Detroit, Michigan to be treated by the world expert for this serious condition. Dr Urschel spent many hours on the phone calming my fears and trepidations relating to my condition without formally examining my arm and vasculature. He made all the arrangements for my family to fly in for the surgery. He made reservations for us at his favorite restaurant, Steven Pyles. They treated us like royalty at Pyles restaurant when they found out Dr Urschel Sent us over. The operation was a complete success. Dr Urschel was a gifted surgeon, researcher, teacher and role model. He was also a kind and compassionate soul. When I entered his waiting room the only reading material on the coffee table was the Holy Bible. I knew then that God had sent me to the right doctor. You will be missed by me and my family will be forever grateful for your heart-felt care. Sincerely and with deepest sympathy, Douglas C Kubek DO FAOCO Henry Ford Hospital
Monday, December 03, 2012
To the Urschel Family: My heart physically aches for your loss. But at the same time my heart smiles for Dr. Urschel only brought joy, laughter and smiles to those around him. I became immediately attached to Dr. Urschel as my "stand in Pop" having met him soon after losing my own - Dr. Urschel will forever live in my memories and in my heart. He was one of the most humble, loving, generous and kindest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet and call my friend. Hugs to you all.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Ever gracious and generous with this time, Hal stayed intellectually curious and professionally relevant up until the end of his life. That is but one testament to a life well lived.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Dear Mrs. Urschel,
I am Bernice Sheffields youngest daughter. Our family is very saddened to hear of Dr. Urschel's passing. Your family was always very special to all of our family. May he rest in Gods perfect peace.
Friday, November 23, 2012
I have fond memories while working for Dr Uschel,Dr Paulson,and Dr Razzuk for 20 years in the private office as their radiology tech. My thoughts and prayers to Betsey and family.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
What a remarkable individual,my deepest condolences and best wishes for all of you,Elizabeth Weidmer-Mikhail,M.D
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Dear Betsy and family,
Hal was much admired by my late husband, Ervin R. Miller, M.D. I remember the early days they worked together to save lives and how exciting their progress was. Hal was such a warm, friendly and enthusiastic person, you could not help but like him. You two were such a handsome couple. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Justine Miller (Allen, TX)
Monday, November 19, 2012
It was truly an honor and privilege to work with and assist Dr. Urschel in surgery. Through my many years at Baylor it would be hard to think of another surgeon that commanded more respect. He had such a significant impact on the cardio thoracic community. I think I learned something new every time I worked with him. Dr. Urschel was definitely one of a kind. He was both feared and loved at the same time. He was an excellent teacher, and will missed by all.
Monday, November 19, 2012
A great soul-- always encouraging, proceeding forward and giving --
Monday, November 19, 2012
Dr. Urschel, was a very kind and loving person and I count it a honor to have crossed his path!! My prayers go out to his family!!!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Dear Betsy and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Hal's death. Please know I have you in my thoughts and prayers. I called Brewster and Barbara in Memphis and they also send their condolences. I will see you tomorrow.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Dr Urschel you are going to be missed .I remember the times we shared in the operating room and after cases he always gave the whole operating room a grade .I know you in a better place, you were a good friend in and out the operating room. My condolences to the family and may God Bless You.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Dear Betsy,

After so many years, I still remember the two of us as innocent Wellesley freshmen in 1950. Now, 6 decades later, we are facing the sadness of decline and loss. My heart goes out to you at this time of tragedy and grief. With fond good wishes to you and your family, Marilyn Yalom
Sunday, November 18, 2012
During the time I worked with Dr. Urschel and Dr. Razzuk at BUMC, and later with Dr Urschel and the residents, I found out through conversation that he was very good friends with my family doctor back in New Mexico, Dr. Ron Hoffman. We had many great conversations about many things during the time I worked with him. I have great memories of the surgeries,the conversations, and the fun times. I left BUMC 5 years ago, but never failed to ask about him when I saw or talked to someone that worked there. I will miss hearing about him, but will hold onto my memories forever. I know that he, Dr. Razzuk, and Dr. Hoffman did a "high five" when he got to Heaven! God Bless YOUR FAMILY. And, my condolences to you.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It was my pleasure and honor to know and work with Dr.Urschel over 25 years. We often did research before 5:00 a.m. before doing heart surgery. He was one of the most knowledgible persons I've ever known and had seemingly endless stores of energy. I will miss his presence in my life.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Betsey and Hal Urschel were my youth group sponsors at Highland Park United Methodist Church. They challenged me to think, to reason and to grow. Their influence will be with me all my life.
My God be with you, Betsey and your entire family.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I knew your Father & Grandfather since we started grade school at Ridge St Elementary school, Bowling Green, Ohio 1st grade to Graduation from BGHS in 1947. He was left tackle and I was left Guard on the Bobcat Football Team. We went to the same Church and I spent a lot of time at his home. WE WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS. We went to Church camp and football camp together.I loved "Tubby" as a brother and will miss him. I offer my deep sympathy to his children and grandchildren. I would love to hear from any of his family. My name is Leland "Banny" Bandeen. My E-Mail address is lbandeen424@verizon.net.
May GOD Bless you all.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
To the Urschel family:

Dr. Harold Urschel will be remembered as loving gentleman that brought out the best in everyone. I used to work in Physical Medicine/Baylor Dallas & he was never without a smile and a kind word for the patient/those caring for his client. Whenever my eyes would come upon him, he made me SMILE proudly because his presence shined a great light. May God bless you in the days ahead & know that we are a better simply by his existence in our lives.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Dr.Urschel performed By-Pass surgery on my husband twice at Baylor many years ago and I shall always remember his kindness,his smiles and those big, powerful hugs following each surgery. He was a wonderful man and will live on in the hearts of many!
May his soul rest in peace.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
i retired from Baylor an i remember dr.harold urschel jr.he was a very nice person.he was a great Doctor.my prayers to his family and many friends.rest in peace DR.URSCHEL.you will be missed.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Dear family,
I have many fond memories of gatherings we went to with my dad, Hollie Donan. The nearest was the celebration of Dad's 80th Birthday. Hal had wonderful words to say.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time,
Katie Donan Kelly,
Detroit, Mi
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