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Dr. James "Red" Duke Obituary

11/16/1928 - 8/25/2015| Visit Guest Book
Dr. James Duke (Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle)
Dr. James Duke (Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle)
HOUSTON (AP) – Dr. James “Red” Duke, a trauma surgeon who attended to Texas Gov. John Connally on the day of the Kennedy assassination, has died in Houston. He was 86.

After the Kennedy assassination, Duke went on to become a prominent Houston trauma surgeon and familiar television doctor.

In a statement, Dr. Richard Andrassy, surgery department chairman at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, said Duke died Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston of natural causes.

During the 1980s, Duke became familiar for his thick Texas drawl and bushy red moustache featured in his nationally syndicated medical segment.

Duke, a native of Ennis, earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and a divinity degree at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, before reconsidering his career choice and earning his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.


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