Dearest Family of Dr. Jack Hough,
I join with so many others who knew Dr. Hough in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life.
Dr. Hough saved my life twice during the first 11 months here on earth. Most of the following information came from parents, Bruce and Billye Howard, who have since passed. It is possible that their spirits have visited with Dr. Hough's spirit this past week.
Following Bruce and Billye's four-year-old son's (Kent) death from croup in 1949, I was born. From the beginning, I also had croup problems just as my brother, the only 2 of 7 children who had croup. Because of Kent's early death, Bruce and Billye insisted on getting good doctors for me. They hired Dr. Neil Lysaught, an accomplished doctor, who arranged help from Dr. Jack Hough, another highly skilled doctor.
Dr. Hough performed two tracheostomies on me in December 1950 and April 1951. Following one of the tracheostomies, Dr. Hough approached my mother as he left the operating room. My mother said that Dr. Hough was perspiring from head to toe due to the hours spent saving my life. My mother thanked Dr. Hough for saving my life. Dr. Hough would not acknowledge that he saved my life. Instead, he told my mother that God had saved my life. Dr. Hough's statement, along with my healing, certainly strengthened my mother's faith throughout her entire lifetime.
I thank God every day for Dr. Hough's belief and faith in God. I feel that God saved my life through Dr. Hough's skilled tracheostomies. I am thankful for all those, including Dr. Hough, who gave me the faith to believe in a God that is well aware of my needs.
Reading the other comments shows that Dr. Hough shared his faith in God with others throughout his lifetime. What wonderful accomplishments!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linda Beth Howard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(nick-named "Princess" by Dr. Hough)
What an amazing husband, father, grandfather, boss, friend Dr. Hough was to all who knew him. He truly leaves behind a blessed legacy. I was privileged and honored to work for him and I send my heartfelt prayers for comfort to the family. Donna Schoenfelder (Yukon, OK)
Dear Dr. Hough Family,
Son, Ted probably doesn't remember me but I was a student aid for him at NWC High School in 1969. I mispronounced his name the first time, bad on me. Dr. Hough was my Dad's ear doctor and was always very kind & patient. He was a truly great man.
Sincerely, Shari Morris Colt, OKC
Jack Hough's obituary brought back so many memories of an old friend we knew so many years ago. We remember him as a Christian friend and honor him as an outstanding Oklahoma ear surgeon. In recent years, our daughter Janet Galloway has become good friends with Jack and Jodie's daughter-in-law Donna Hough (married to Jack Jr.(Van), as they are both into Arabian horses. When our daughter Susie Wheeler (now Eubanks) was in high school, she was a member of a Christian singing group called "Opening Hours" with Tim Hough, another son, made up of young people from different churches.
It's been so long ago, but I (Mercedes) am associating Jack Hough with the first Billy Graham Crusade held in Oklahoma City, also with friends Minnie Lou and Bob Jessup, who were Republicans and a "Belle for Bellmon" but also worked for Democrat Cleeta John Rogers when he won his Senate seat. I think we met Jack and Jodie through Minnie Lou and Bible Studies and other activities we were invited to, such as a Dinner-Dance once. Al felt a special bond as he too is a graduate Chemist.
When Janet was a teenager, we agreed to buy her a riding horse and I took her out to Jack Hough's ranch near Yukon where he had a herd of beautiful Arabian horses. Jack and Janet and I walked down into the pasture and he sold us Janet's first horse, Farwa Lane, a brood mare with a colt at her side Tamarzon and bred back to a pure bred registered Arabian stallion Ferzon from an old English blood line. I've forgotten how much we paid, but Jack told us we could pay her out in payments however we wanted over a period of time.
When I first started having trouble with my hearing, I went to Jack Hough for my first hearing test and fitting with hearing aids. When he retired, I still went to his clinic Hough Ear Institute with Dr. Dyer as my doctor. Dr. Dyer is the one who noticed my misaligned septum (caused by car accident) and operated to repair it, the best corrective surgery I ever had.
Jack Hough was one of the most amazing men we have known as a friend in our lifetime. His obituary tells the incredible story of his contribution to so many whose lives he touched. He is another of our generation who has left this world a better place because he lived. He was a deep thinker and great Christian. We still have a copy of his booklet "Science, Philosophy, and Religion" he passed out to patients and friends. It was from an address he gave as speaker at a Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity gathering.
I'm quoting the first few paragraphs:
"From a scientific standpoint, it is inconceivable to me that a thinking person would not believe in God. As a man, I look up and I wonder why the tremendous forces of the universe are held together in such perfect harmony: earths, planets, moons, stars, suns all balanced, rotating and moving in prescribed arcs in split-second timing in an order that has continued for an eternity. Furthermore, there seems to be perfection and power down to the smallest atom with its electrons and neutrons. The microscopic world is as perfect as the gross astronomical world. I think of the millions of blood cells now rushing through my body. They are carrying nutrition from my stomach and from my lungs to the uttermost parts of my anatomy, supplying each body cell precisely with exactly what it needs and removing its by-products and keeping it healthy so that it may perform its own individual purposeful activity.
"I say to you that there is not one chance in multiple billions that this world and you and I were put here and maintained by chance. To believe all this exists without a guiding creating hand of a supreme intelligence would require a fantastically blind and illogical mind.
"Let us read how the Bible leads us to the truth concerning the origin and purpose of life. Let us read the thesis statements in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Verses 1 through 5.
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
"May I pause here just a moment to state the "Word" translated into Greek is O'Logos. Now I shall reread the first verse here in the Gospel of John refers to the person of the man Jesus Christ. "In the beginning was O'Logos and O'Logos was with God and O'Logos was God" . . . The word O'Logos familiar in all Greek philosophy refers to the whole realm of thought. Now John said then, "In the beginning was the whole realm of thought and the whole realm of thought was with God and the whole realm of thought was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made." Al and Mercedes Wheeler, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jodie and Family - I celebrate Jack's life and thank God for all of the gifts he brought to this world. He was a wonderful example to to many people and a remarkable servant of Christ. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days.