Debra Frei-Lahr

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FREI-LAHR, Debra Dr. Debra Frei-Lahr, beloved wife of Dr. Christopher J. Lahr, entered into eternal rest on the evening of August 6, 2008, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Cottonwood, Idaho, on November 20, 1953. Dr. Frei-Lahr and her husband, Dr. Christopher Lahr, were long-time physicians and residents of the Charleston area. In 1989, they came to Charleston. Dr. Frei-Lahr accepted a position in the Medical University of South Carolina, as Associate Professor in Hematology and Oncology where she served until 2007. She was also the Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Service at the University from 2003-2007. Her husband began his practice of Complete Colon Care in Charleston, where he practiced until December 2007, when they moved to Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Frei-Lahr graduated from Prairie High School in Idaho, as valedictorian of her class in 1971. She was voted Most Outstanding Scholar as she graduated from Carroll College in 1975. Dr. Frei-Lahr met her future husband, Chris Lahr while at Carroll College. They were married on June 21, 1975, and went on to continue their medical studies together. They received their medical degrees from the University of Chicago in 1979. Dr. Frei-Lahr completed her Fellowship in Internal Medicine and an Oncology Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1986, she received a Bone Marrow Transplant Fellowship Barnes Hospital, Washington University 1985-1989. She is survived by her husband Dr. Christopher John Lahr, of Jackson, MS, daughter Kelley Frei-Lahr Waldrop (and her spouse Matthew Waldrop) of Raleigh, NC, son Derek Frei-Lahr, of Virginia Teck, Blacksburg, VA, her parents Wilfred Jerome Frei and Emelia Catherine Frei of Ferdinand, Idaho, brothers Allen Clemens Frei of Craigmont, Idaho, Dr. Gary John Frei of Bend, Oregon, Patrick Raymond Frei and Virgil Lee Frei, of Ferdinand, Idaho and sisters, Dr. Virginia Lynn Frei, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Susan Kay MacPherson, Deary, Idaho. Dr. Debbie Frei-Lahr will be greatly missed by not only her family, friends, patients and co-workers, but the community and profession for which she was dedicated. Friends and patients are invited to attend a memorial service and reception on Tuesday, August 12, at 5:15 p.m., at the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, HCC-Room 120. Parking will be available across from the Hollings Cancer Center. Flowers may be sent to the Hollings Cancer Center or donations to the ICAN Foundation. Funeral arrangements are being handled by RIVERWOOD FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE OF BROOKHAVEN, MISS. Burial will be in Ferdinand, Idaho. Visit our guestbook at
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