William Moncrief

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William Henry Moncrief, Jr, M.D.
Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Major General William Henry Moncrief, Jr. MD, U.S. Army (Ret.), the elder of two sons of Colonel and Mrs. William H. Moncrief, was born 16 August 1921 in Denver, CO. At the time, Colonel Moncrief was serving as the first commander of Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Colorado. He had one younger brother, Colonel John A. Moncrief, MD, who preceded him in death in 1977 following a 29 year career in burn surgery and research. MG Moncrief transitioned from this life in peace, at The Fairfax, Fort Belvoir, VA on 10 April 2012. He was the beloved father to Jeff, Laura, Candace, Stephen (preceded him in death in 1960), and Scott and father-in-law to Kathy, David, Malcolm, and Tamaris and dear grandfather to Callie, Jordan, Will, Wyatt, Stephanie and Halston. MG Moncrief attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1944. His post-graduate medical education took place at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO Fitzsimmons General Hospital and Walter Reed General Hospital. MG Moncrief is board certified in general surgery and thoracic/cardiovascular surgery. MG Moncrief's 31 years of military service spanned the three wars of his generation, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and included both professional and administrative assignments. Following graduation from the National War College in 1966, MG Moncrief was detailed to the State Department where he oversaw the civilian health program in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) for USAID and was the senior advisor to the RVN Ministry of Health. Prior service in Vietnam included serving as Surgeon, MAC-V, from 1962 to 1963. MG Moncrief's military service ended with a succession of command assignments as commander at Brooke General Hospital, Letterman Army Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Military awards included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters. He particularly enjoyed qualifying and receiving his parachutist's badge following Jump School in 1960 during his assignment as Chief, Department of Surgery, at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC. To commemorate his service, the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg presented him with a Special Honor on the occasion of his 90th birthday in August 2012-Airborne! All The Way! While commander at Walter Reed in 1972, MG Moncrief had the honor of witnessing the dedication of Moncrief Army Community Hospital, at Fort Jackson, SC, a premier medical facility named in honor of his father for his years of exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service. Following retirement from the Army in 1973 MG Moncrief entered private practice of general and thoracic/vascular surgery in San Francisco, CA. His practice included service as Chief of Staff, French Hospital in San Francisco. During his time in private practice, MG Moncrief remained a strong patient advocate and sponsor of external oversight of quality of care rendered to the patient. In this role, MG Moncrief served as President of a number of state and national review organizations including San Francisco Professional Standards Review Organization, California Medical Review from 1984 to 1987, and American Medical Peer Review Association from 1988 to 1991. He remained in private practice in San Francisco until 1995 when he retired to Colorado following more than 50 years of medical practice. He was active in retirement enjoying hunting, fishing and mountain biking and was an avid reader of history, political science, health policy and anything on Scotland where he traveled frequently. An interment with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on May 15, 2012 at 3 pm. Arrangements are by Demaine Funeral Home and flowers may be directed there. In lieu of flowers, please help support Planned Parenthood's work at the local or national level where Planned Parenthood works to ensure equal access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 29, 2012
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