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Thomas Vyn Reese M.D.


1924 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Vyn Reese M.D. Obituary
Thomas Vyn Reese, Sr. M.D. April 19, 1924 - November 19, 2012 Tom was born on April 19, 1924, to Florence Vyn and Max Jacob Reese in Lima, Ohio. He moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, as an infant and lived there for 25 years. Tom earned his Eagle Scout at age 13, graduated from Indiana University with an M.D. degree at the age of 21, and served in the Army Air Corps as a flight surgeon. Tom married Clyde Holder and moved to Bakersfield in 1949, where he started his practice of family medicine and raised three children with Clyde. Tom was active in many community and professional associations, especially with Bakersfield North Rotary, of which he was a past president, a Paul Harris Fellow, and had 59 years of perfect attendance, including attending Rotary meetings in many different countries. He also served as president of the Kern County Medical Society and as Chief of Staff at Memorial Hospital. He was also an avid bridge player for more than 60 years. He loved to play tennis, write, and enjoyed international travel. In his semiretirement, he moved to Maui, Hawaii, where he practiced medicine in Hana and Kihei, and farmed bananas. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Max; his mother, Florence; his sister, Virginia Bowles; and brother-in-law, John Malone. Tom is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marjorie; his son, Thomas Vyn Reese, Jr., M.D. (Janice) of Seattle; son, William Maxwell Reese (Susan); daughter, Jennifer Keller (Eric); stepdaughters, Brenda Reed (JT Sr.) of Sacramento and Benita Chase (Michael Sr.); and brothers-in-law, Robert Bowles and Richard M. Holder, M.D.; grandchildren, Megan and William Reese, Travis, Trevor, and Zach Keller, Rebekah Atkinson, Rachel Keys, J Thomas and Jonathan Reed, Michael Jr., Matthew and Melissa Chase; and many nephews and nieces. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. A chapel service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation in Tom's name at 14280 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693, or to . For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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