Kirschvink, Joseph F. MD
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87, peacefully and unexpectedly passed Dec. 26, 2012. He was born and raised in Lampasas, TX. Between the ages of 4 to 9, he lived with his younger brother Paul in St. Mary's Orphanage, Galveston, Texas, while his widowed mother attended nursing school. He finished his last year of High School in Prescott, AZ. At 17 he joined the Navy serving as an Electrician's mate in New Guinea during WWII. He received his BS in Chemistry from NAU, his MD from the University of Utah, and then specialized in pediatrics. Joseph did genetic and endocrinology research for three years at the University of Washington, before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1961. He practiced pediatrics for 30 years and then became a consultant for the Department of Economic Security for the next 22 years until his death. Joseph was an avid golfer and enjoyed taking his family camping, fishing, and boating at Lake Powell. He was preceded in death by his two younger brothers Paul and John, survived by his wife Dolores of 65 years, and his children Lily, Mary, Joe, Jim, Steve, Cathy, Carol, and 13 grandchildren. Services will be at Saint Jerome's Catholic Church Monday Dec. 31 at 9:30 AM.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012