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Thomas James Worgul

8/8/1948- 8/30/2014

Shreveport, LA - Dr. Worgul died peacefully at his home, early Saturday morning, August 30th, 2014. The funeral will be held at St. Mark's Cathedral Saturday September 6th, at 5:00 pm. Officiating will be The Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson, Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter and The Rev. Dr. Rowena White. The family will receive guests in the church parlor following the service.

Dr. Worgul was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania August 8th, 1948, and was raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Worgul attended Penn State University, and earned a BA in math and physics, graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named Phi Beta Kappa in 1969 Lambda Chapter for math and physics as well as Phi Kappa Pi, and was selected to be Marshall of the College of Science at Penn State University. He later got a PhD in math and physics. Dr. Worgul then attended medical school in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1976. Tom did research in oncologic endocrinology at Hershey, where the team developed a protocol for treating metastatic breast cancer. At that time, he had 34 abstracts, chapters in two endocrine texts, and several publications in academic journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at Hershey, before leaving academic medicine to pursue a private practice in Shreveport, LA in 1982. He built an endocrine practice in Shreveport, working at the beginning with Schumpert Hospital, Physicians and Surgeons Hospital as well as Doctors Hospital, later to be affiliated with Willis-Knighton Hospital System.

In his personal life he was an Eagle Scout. He also held a position as Commander of the Shreveport Power Squadron. He enjoyed playing tennis, was an excellent chef, and he loved to do advanced math problems as a hobby. Dr. Worgul was a faithful member of St. Mark's Cathedral.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Addie and Clarence Longdon; paternal grandparents, Henrietta and Frederick Worgul; and parents, Dorothy and John Worgul.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Easton Worgul; brother, Jeffrey and wife, Susan, of East Lyme Connecticut; and nieces and nephews, Erin (Christopher), of New London, Connecticut, Jenna (Gregory), of New London, Connecticut, and Christopher Worgul, of Boston, Massachusetts; his daughters, Lisa Molbert, from Sausalito, California and Cayce Trudo and husband, Colin; as well as grandchildren, Isabelle Grace and Thomas Archer, of Ft. Worth Texas. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Terri Easton Schad, Kim Easton Ewasko, Craig Easton and wife, Margaret.

The Pallbearers will be Dr. Ken Booth, Dr. Alan Borne, Jim Elrod, Dr. John Gladney, Pat Hennessy, Dr. Thomas Reilly, Sean Ryan, Dr. Paul Schuler, and Dr. Warren West.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the William C. Teague, and Donald L. Smith Choir Scholarship at St. Mark's Cathedral, and the ASPCA.

Special thank you to Dr's. Alan Borne, Paul Schuler, Himanshu Desai, Richard Kamm, David Randolph, Jerome Danzell, Basel Kasabali, Trey Baucum, Frederick White, Erik Bicknell, Jack Farrell, Edward Morgan, Jeffrey Toups and Bryan Randolph, the nursing staff at Willis-Knighton Pierremont, Willis-Knighton North, and the staff of Life Care Pierremont. We also want to give a special thank you to our wonderful cul-de-sac family: Betty and Dr. Gary Mirts, Mindy and Vance Bailes, Jamie and Dale Olson, Lisa and Mark Cronin, and very special friend, Andrea Petrosh.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2014
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