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James Woodford Weatherholt, MD
A Founder of Good Samaritan Hospital
Resident of Santa Cruz
August 27, 1920 - September 20, 2013
On a beautiful summer morning late in the season, James entered the heavens to join his beloved parents, brother and grandson. James was born in Jay County, Indiana to James Carey and Christine Ford Weatherholt. James attended North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana,
in Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, California Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in Santa Jose, California. James served as a Captain in the U.S.
Medical Corps from 1943 to 1949 as a Transport Surgeon.
Professionally, James was an Associate Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Service. James practiced Obstetrics-Gynecology from 1952-1982 in San Jose, California and delivered over 5,000 babies. James was a senior staff member at the San Jose, O'Connor, and Good Samaritan Hospitals. He was one of the founding members of Good Samaritan and was on the Board of Trustees for 22 years.
James and Bernice traveled extensively upon his retirement with visits to over 30 countries worldwide. Several of these visits were to countries and medical organizations with which he was associated. With a permanent move to Palm Desert in 1990, James quickly became associated with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and the Marrakesh Country Club. He was one of the founders and first chairman of the Senior League of the Desert. In 2005, James and Bernice moved back to Northern California to be closer to their three children and grandchildren.
James was predeceased by his parents, James and Christine, his brother, Howard, and his grandson, James Weatherholt II. He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of nearly 69 years, Bernice, his son, Stephen (Connie) of El Dorado Hills, his daughter, Kathleen (Paul) of Ben Lomond, his daughter, Diana of Watsonville, and granddaughters, Jamie and Cassandra.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of James to The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury, Aptos, California 95003-4367.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Oaks Room of Dominican Oaks Retirement Community, 3400 Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz on Sunday, October 20th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. A private family memorial service will be held at a later time.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 13, 2013
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"May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
- Art Zwierlein
"My heartfelt condolences are with you at this time - I was blessed to have had Dr. Weatherholt deliver..."
"Mr. Weatherholt's life was nothing less than inspiring. Im very sorry for your loss and sending you all..."
- Audrey Sakae
"Dear Dad; I am so lucky to have you as my dad. I will miss all of our talks when you had just the right..."
- Diana Weatherholt
"Rest in Peace my sweet Grumpa Jim. You are truley missed. Bis wir uns wieder treffen.. Love, Jamers"
- Jamie Ueberrhein
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