Dr. Joseph W. Begley Jr.
Joseph Walter Begley, Jr., M.D., age 92, died at his home in Evansville, IN, on May 5. He was the only child of Joseph W. and Carolyn Begley.
Dr. Begley was born on March 5, 1922, in Evansville, IN. He attended Central High School in Evansville, where he was a cartoonist for the school's newspaper. The experience he had working as an orderly at Deaconess Hospital while in high school led him decide to become a physician. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington from 1939 to 1942 and then medical school at Northwestern University where he received his M.D. degree in 1945.
After an internship, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years. He served as ship's doctor under Admiral Richard Byrd on the U.S.S. Burton Island, an icebreaker, on expeditions to Antarctica and the North Pole.
After naval service, Dr. Begley trained as an Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) resident for four years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and earned a Master's degree from the University of Minnesota during the same time period. He then returned to Evansville to practice, specializing in Otolaryngology. He retired from medical practice in 1992.
During his career, Dr. Begley served on the Board of Directors of Sagamore Mutual Funds and Anthem Capital Mutual Funds in Indianapolis.
In 1962, at the age of 40, Dr. Begley decided to learn to paint and took classes at the University of Evansville from Bob Osborne and Fred Eilers. Dr. Begley's paintings were exhibited at three art shows at the Evansville Museum. Dr. Begley's interest in art led him and his wife to establish the Begley Art Source in association with the Evansville Museum.
Dr. Begley taught a class in head and neck anatomy at the Indiana University School of Medicine Evansville on a volunteer basis for many years. In 2013 the IU School of Medicine Evansville honored his service by establishing the Joseph W. Begley Award given each year to the second year medical student with the best academic performance in anatomy.
He is survived by his wife Gayle, daughters Carolyn Begley (Jiri Dadok), Diane (David) Goss, four grandchildren, Clare (Eric) Norton, Daniel (Meredith) Harrison, Jennifer Harrison, and Joseph Diefenbach, and two great grandchildren, Mara Norton and Eliot Norton.
Services will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 9, 2014, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 301 SE 1st St., Evansville, IN 47713, officiated by Father Richard Godbold, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Alexander East Chapel. Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Homes.
Alexander Funeral Home-East Chapel
2115 Lincoln Avenue Evansville, IN 47714
Published in Courier Press on May 7, 2014