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Thomas James "Dr. Tom" McNaughton D.O., M.D.

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McNaughton, Thomas James D.O., M.D.
Thomas James McNaughton, D.O., M.D., passed away peacefully on March 12, 2015 after a long illness. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1928, "Dr. Tom" received a D.O. from The Chicago College of Osteopathy (now Midwestern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine). He went on to receive his M.D. degree from Marquette University School of Medicine (now The Medical College of Wisconsin). After completing a Surgical Internship at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinic, he completed a Neurosurgery Residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He received the great honor of being chosen for a Fellowship in Surgical Neurology at the University of Edinburgh Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident, Honorary Lecturer and Senior Registrar of Professor John Gillingham. That was a very memorable year for Dr.Tom, and one that he spoke of often. After residency completion, he was a Research Fellow and part-time teaching faculty at The Barrow Neurological Institute, and also established a private practice of Neurosurgery in Sun City, Arizona. He served the people of Arizona in a tireless and devoted manner at The Maricopa County Medical Center where he held the position of Chief of Neurosurgery from 1971-1987. A touching and memorable occasion occurred in 2014 when Dr.Tom was honored during Grand Rounds at Maricopa County Medical Center. As a tribute to his academic brilliance and commitment to lifelong learning, Dr. Tom completed a Psychiatric Residency at The University of California, San Diego and practiced Psychiatry until he retired from the practice of medicine. He was honored to be selected as one of the "Top Doctors" in Psychiatry by Phoenix Magazine. After retirement, he continued to help many people. He would travel long distances and spend many hours if anyone reached out to him for help. He did this all with nothing to gain but the joy he received from sharing his vast medical knowledge and comforting those who were suffering. Dr. Tom loved life and was well-known in the community for his commitment to nutrition, wellness and physical fitness. Perhaps the one story that everyone will remember is when he drank so much carrot juice that he turned bright orange for many days. He loved hiking, working out at the gym, animals, reading voraciously, and listening to classical music. He was a true gentleman, kind and assertive, with strong opinions that he was not afraid to express. Everyone that knew him says that he was "one of a kind." He was predeceased by his parents Howard and Mary McNaughton, his beloved sister Muriel and his brother-in-law Merlyn, formerly of Wisconsin. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Janice, his son Jamison, granddaughter Marjorie, cousin Robert Gorske and other relatives in the Wisconsin area. The family is grateful for the large outpouring of love and deep respect for Dr. Tom from friends and former patients and requests that any donations be made in Dr. Tom's name to the .


Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 13, 2015
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