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Carl Herman ALMOND M.D.

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ALMOND, Carl Herman MD 88, of Tampa, died, Tuesday April 1, 2014. Carl was born to the late Hugh Herman and Sylvia Almond on April 1, 1926, in Latour, MO. He was a graduate of Warrensburg High School, after which he enlisted in the Navy and served his country as a fighter pilot during WWII. Upon returning, he received both his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and his MD from Washington University, St Louis. He interned at the LA County USC Hospital in Baylor, Residency in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, and Cardiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his NIH Fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Brompton Hospital, London, England, under Lord Brock. Carl was the Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Columbia, MO, for many years and finished his career as Professor and Chairman, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC. While an avid sportsman, hunter and outdoorsman, his true passion was the art and science of surgery and his dedication to teaching and training developed some of the finest cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons in the world. One of his favorite assignments was serving on the Surgical Advisory Group to the Air Force as a member of the surgical team in Vietnam. Carl, a long time and passionate member of the Downtown Columbia SC Rotary Club, was also an active member of medical associations and societies, too numerous to mention.He served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Federal Aviation Authority for many years. Carl was the past Chairman of Republic National Bank's Advisory Board, Founder and Director, Commercial Bank of the South, Carolina Gold Resources, Director, Butler National, Lenexa, Kansas, Founder, Cylex Corp and Kingston Technologies, but he never managed to master frying chicken without catching the kitchen on fire; however, he could grill a steak, ham or roast better than the famous chefs of Europe. Carl is survived by his sister, Joanne Walters and husband Jim, of Bonner Springs, KS; four children, Carrie and husband Scott, Callie, Carl and wife Tamera, and Christopher and wife Dana, who will all miss his tenacious and meticulous guidance.He is also survived by four beautiful grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Bill Martin and wife Loretta of Arizona, two nephews; five nieces and numerous friends who will miss "the good Doctor." There will be a memorial service officiated by Reverend Denise Vaughn on May 3, 2014, promptly at 11 am at the "Almond" family plot in Sunset Hill City Cemetery, Warrensburg, MO, and a memorial service at the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia, SC on May 10, 2014, officiated by the Reverend Carrol McGee. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Rotary International, Downtown Columbia SC Rotary Club or WoundedWarriorProject.org.

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 18, 2014
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