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Andrew Kemper Diehl, MD, MSc, MACP, died peacefully at home on December 24, 2013, as the result of a brain tumor.
Born September 14, 1946, in San Antonio, Andy graduated from Alamo Heights High School, Yale University, Harvard Medical School, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He completed his internship at LA County/Harbor General Hospital; served for two years in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ; and completed an internal medicine residency in San Antonio. A member of the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio since 1977, he was for many years chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and O. Roger Hollan Professor of Internal Medicine. He retired on his birthday in 2012.
In his professional life, Andy was an active participant and officer of the Society of General Internal Medicine; of the American College of Physicians, which he served as governor of the southern Texas region and a member of the ACP PAC, as well as the Texas chapter; and of several test-writing committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Andy was for many years a member of the San Antonio Zoo board, and, since his retirement, had joined the board of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas and volunteered with the Headwaters Conservancy and the San Antonio Area Foundation. He supported many local cultural organizations through both donations and attendance.
A lifelong competitive and then recreational swimmer, Andy also greatly enjoyed talking his dogs for long walks, reading the Express-News thoroughly, drinking coffee, attending the San Antonio Symphony and other local musical performances, cheering for the Spurs, researching family history, and spending time with his family. He loved San Antonio and knew a tremendous amount about its history, both distant and recent. Although extremely serious about his profession, he was also delightfully silly with his family and friends.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, Kemper Wilson Diehl and Mary Suzanne Farnum Diehl, and his youngest brother, Stephen Kemper Diehl.
Survivors include his wife and best friend of 43 years, Nancy Salling Diehl; daughters Marley Suzanne Diehl of San Antonio and Audrey Aline Diehl and husband Dakota Witzenburg, and grandson Miles Kemper Diehl Witzenburg, of Los Angeles; brother Jackson Diehl and wife Jean, and nephew Sandy Diehl and niece Caroline Diehl; sister-in-law Lindsay Porter Diehl and nephews Kemper Diehl and wife Hanna, and Porter Diehl; brother-in-law John Salling and wife Condy, and nephews Matthew Salling and wife Mandy and son Jackson, and Mark Salling.
Private burial. A memorial event will be held at a later date. Check caringbridge.org/visit/andydiehl for information.
If you wish to honor Andy, please consider contributions to these non-profit organizations: Bat Conservation International batcon.org; The Cannoli Fund for Dogs and Cats thecannolifund.org; Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas, 104 Babcock Rd. 78201; The Diehl/McCrory Scholarship Fund at Trinity University, trinity.edu; or donorschoose.org to support San Antonio teachers.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 29, 2013