Edward M. Voke M.D. (1933 - 2015)

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Edward Morton Voke, M.D., of Anchorage, Alaska, died on July 14, 2015, at his home in Tucson, Ariz., after a heroic battle with cancer. Voke, an orthopedic surgeon, was 82. Raised in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Voke lived in Anchorage for the past 49 years. After graduating from The Choate School, he obtained his Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in cellular biology from The Ohio State University. He then obtained his Medical Degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. After medical school, he practiced for two years with the U.S. Public Health Service in Anchorage. He went on to complete his orthopedic residency at the University of Iowa, Department of Orthopaedics. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Voke moved back to Anchorage permanently in 1966, and founded his practice, becoming one of three orthopedic surgeons in Anchorage. Alongside his associate and golf partner Paul Dittrich, M.D., his practice specialized in the surgical management of spinal, hip and knee disorders. While helping tens of thousands of Alaskans over his 46-year practice, his career was shaped mostly by his commitment to the best interests of his patients. As a 3rd-generation physician, he often stated and firmly believed that, "practicing medicine is a privilege." In 2001, Dr. Voke founded Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA), the predominant orthopedic surgery group in Alaska, which now has 13 board-certified orthopedic surgeons. In 2012, he retired at the age of 79, ending the most cherished part of his career, assisting his colleague and beloved friend, James Eule, M.D., in surgery, usually over long hours into the late night or early morning. Outside of work, he enjoyed sailing Prince William Sound on his boat, "Sweet Chloe." Since his father played football for Ohio State, he was an avid Buckeye fan. Go Bucks! He also had a love for animals, evidenced by the many stray cats and dogs who found a place in his home and heart. Dr. Voke is survived by his wife, Susan Voke; daughter, Katie Voke; daughter and son-in-law, Julia Voke and Martin Nowka; daughter, Jennifer Voke, DDS; grandchildren, Chloe Voke and Edward Voke; and mother-in-law, Sammye Seawell. A celebration of his life will take place at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Pets, P.O. Box 240981, Anchorage, AK 99524-0981; or Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on July 22, 2015
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