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Irving Laurent Colvin M.D.

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Irving Laurent Colvin M.D. Notice
COLVIN MD, IRVING LAURENT, passed away at his Longwood home due to a severe brain injury that occurred two years ago. He was born in Oak Forest, Illinois on June 30, 1924 to Louise and Walter Colvin and spent his youth on a farm near Culver Indiana. Upon graduating from high school he received a scholarship to Indiana University and while pursuing his MD degree he met and married Roberta Wright, a fellow student. Upon completing an internship he located in Edon, a small northwestern Ohio town and with financial help from the mayor purchased a large house which contained an office. He had just turned twenty-four years old and was the only Doctor in this village. Townspeople were not accustomed to observing office hours and patients came at all hours both day and night. He made house calls in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and delivered babies in the homes. His fee - $2.00 for office visits and $3.00 plus mileage for house calls. The winters were severe with frequent ice storms. In very hazardous weather his next door neighbor, the undertaker would take him on house calls in his hearse. On viewing the hearse one shocked farmer sputtered, "I knew I was sick, but I didn't know I was that sick!" After five years in Edon, and with the doctor draft during the Korean War, Dr. Colvin enlisted in the United States Air Force as a captain. He was trained as a flight surgeon and assigned to European Air Force Headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany where his family joined him. He flew on photo reconnaissance missions to observe the pilots and also accompanied visiting high ranking officers to Africa, Middle East and European countries. Upon completing his military assignment he accepted a residency in general surgery in Dayton, Ohio and in 1958 came to Orlando and took over the practice of Dr. Horace Day who was retiring. His first office was in the American Building, the tallest in Orlando with five stories. Two years later he built an office in the suburbs which was equipped so he could perform both medical and surgical procedures-his patients appreciated having a Doctor skilled in general surgery who could also treat some of their medical problems. He belonged to numerous medical societies including the American Board of Surgery and was an active staff member of several hospitals. Dr. Colvin was actively involved to the Christian community in many ways including being a Bible Teacher, a Deacon, and choir member. He was also the helpful confidant of several Pastors. His hobbies included golf, traveling extensively with his family and flying his airplane. In fact after his first solo flight the first person to greet him was Ronald Reagan who was in Orlando campaigning. He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years Roberta; daughter
Constance; son Robert; and three grandchildren, Ashley, Alexandra and Andrew Colvin of Lake Mary; and his brother Everett of Plymouth, Indiana, the last of five siblings; and several nieces and nephews. His son Richard preceded him in death in 2008. A private service was held by the immediate family to honor his memory. The Rev. Richard Milham, his close friend officiated. Dr. Colvin had requested no funeral saying, "I won't be there. I'll be with my Lord." Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Comforter, 450 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 29, 2012
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