Dr. John Emmert

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Emmert, Dr. John Alfred A well-loved Dallas physician, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 26, 2012 due to complications of chronic demyelinating inflammatory polyneuropathy. We will miss his brilliant intelligence, humor and charm. He was 89 years old. John was born March 7, 1922 in Paris, Texas, the second child of Alfred Burleson Emmert and Jennie Scales Record Emmert. A year later the family moved to Houston where John spent his early childhood. They briefly returned to Paris in 1932, then moved to Dallas in 1935. John graduated from Highland Park High School in 1939. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943 with a degree in biochemistry and English literature. John then took postgraduate courses at the University of Virginia in 1943-44. He fondly recalled long inspiring walks from the UVA campus at Charlottesville to Thomas Jefferson's nearby home, Monticello. After attending Baylor College of Medicine, he became an MD in 1947. He did his rotating internship and residency in internal medicine at the Jersey City Medical Center where he became Co-Chief of Medicine. He also was involved in research in the areas of cortisone and congestive heart failure. At the onset of the Korean War, Dr. Emmert enlisted in the US Air Force. He was appointed Chief of Internal Medicine at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina, served his country in this capacity throughout the war, and was discharged as a Captain. In 1953, Dr. Emmert and his young family moved to Dallas, where he began his internal medicine practice. He was a founding physician at Presbyterian Hospital and was frequently called into consultation for his superior abilities as a diagnostician. He was also on the staff at St. Paul and Baylor University hospitals, and he enjoyed teaching as an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and numerous other professional organizations. After 43 years, he closed his office. As a fellow physician said, "He was a true gentleman physician, one of a kind". He remained active as a consultant for several years. In 1968, John married Maxine Donovan, and gained a third daughter, Jean. John and Maxine worked together in his medical practice until he retired. They had 40 wonderful years together. They spent most of their time at their ranch and dairy farm in Wise County, where they raised cattle and other farm animals. He enjoyed bragging about the tomatoes in his vegetable garden. His many interests included hunting, fishing, photography, support of wildlife, astronomy, archeology, music, and writing poetry. He was an ardent fan of the Dallas Cowboys. John loved, and taught his children to love the outdoors. He had a lifelong thirst for learning. Instead of reading bedtime stories to his children, he recited long, classic poems, hundreds that he knew from memory, and sang songs from his own childhood. Even at 89, he amazed other doctors with his current and broad knowledge of medicine. He was a charismatic, unique, remarkable man who will be greatly missed. John was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Jennie; his sister, Virginia; and his wife, Maxine. He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Cynthia Emmert and Arthur Roberts, Barbara Emmert-Schiller and Alden Schiller, Jr., and Jean Morris and James Morris; his four grandchildren, Victoria Schiller Givens, Alden Schiller III, Suzanne Morris Raymond, and Eric Morris; his nine great-grandchildren; his devoted assistants, Elvira Villa and Delania Teems and Donnie, his beloved cat. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 o'clock in the afternoon at Restland Wildwood Chapel in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dr. John Emmert to the Humane Society of Dallas County (214-350-7387). Thoughts and memories of his life would be appreciated at the funeral, and may also be offered online at www.restlandfuneralhome.com

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2012
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