Christopher de Groot, 59, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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He lived his early life in California. As a young man, he discovered the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. There, he was mentored by founder Peter Paul Prier and eventually joined the faculty. Skillful, sensitive and creative, Christopher was deeply nourished by the enchantment of wood turning in his hands. A man who enjoyed his solitude, he spent many hours in his shop crafting wood into unique and beautiful instruments. The violins, violas and cellos he created are works of art from which flow the joy and beauty of exquisite sound. They are found in major symphonies throughout the world and will be enjoyed by generations to come. Christopher served as President of the Violin Making Society of America and is recognized as a major Master Luthier of the 20th century.
After graduating magna cum laude from Wright State University, Christopher completed his MD at The Ohio State University. While there, he served as Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Services. In Greenville, he held dual appointments as both the Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Service at Pitt Memorial Hospital and as a Psychiatrist in the ECU Department of Medicine. He also served as a candidate examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. With expertise in bipolar disorder, depression and Tourette syndrome, Christopher received numerous honors for outstanding teaching, research and patient care.
In his free time, Christopher expressed his love of music by dedicating hours of his time to practice the guitar. He passed that love of music onto his son and always enjoyed sharing and practicing with him.
Christopher touched the lives of those who sought his counsel. Many found healing through his deep listening, understanding of the mind, clear insight, far-reaching brilliance and gentle patient manner. He is beloved by those whose lives were transformed and by his family and friends.
Christopher is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Danielle Crawford; son, Hendrik; brother, Peter; and mother, Joan.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Doctors without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/), Tong Len (http://www.tong-len.org/) or the Four Seasons, ECU (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/fourseasons/support.cfm).
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Nov. 14, 2013