John W. Cashman

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Cashman John W. Cashman, M.D., M.P.H. (age 90), director of the Ohio Department of Health, 1971-1975, and Rear Admiral US Public Health Service, died October 18, 2013 in Tacoma, WA. Memorial Service will be held November 2 in Kansas City. Dr. Cashman's medical career spanned 46 years. His career included assignments in the Peace Corps where he served as Deputy Medical Director and as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Cashman served in leadership roles in the federal government's efforts to make people aware of the hazards of smoking, creating nursing home care and mine health safety regulations, and establishing Medicare. Dr. Cashman was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2008. He is survived by son, John Jr., (Cyndy) of Norman, OK; and son, Tom (Rosemary) of Fox Island, WA; and by two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family has requested no flowers, but that memorial contributions can be made to the Kansas City Rescue Mission at For more information, an extended obituaryguest book comments, and family contact links, see obituary listings at

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 27, 2013
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