Dr. James C. Hambidge
Dr. James Hambidge of Newburgh, IN, passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on June 4, 2014, following the sudden and unexpected return of mantle cell lymphoma. He was sixty-three years old.
Dr. Hambidge's passion in life was taking care of his nearly 2,800 patients, whom he loved dearly. For his years of service and dedication, he was honored as St. Mary's Medical Center's 2014 Physician of the Year.
He leaves behind his wife of forty-two years and college sweetheart, Sherie; their daughter, Elizabeth Hambidge Seitz, her husband, Jeremy, and their sons, Tyler and Ethan; and their son, Todd Ryan Hambidge, his wife, Cristin, and their son, Amos. Additional survivors include his siblings and their spouses, Dr. William Hambidge and his wife, Bert; Mary and her husband, John Haggard; Jeanne and her husband, Dr. James Malone; Timothy Hambidge and his wife, Kathleen; SSGT Richard Hambidge Ret., and his wife, Kandie; as well as eight nephews and five nieces.
Dr. Hambidge was a graduate of Wabash College and Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University Medical Center. While at Wabash, he was a four-year letterman in swimming, as well as its captain in his senior year. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Vanderburgh County Medical Society, as well as a member of the staff of St. Mary's Medical Center for nearly 35 years.
The family thanks his sister, Jeanne, who donated her stem cells on December 6, 2013, so that her brother could have the transplant that offered him his only chance of survival. The family also expresses its gratitude to Dr. Anthony Stephens of Evansville, IN, and Drs. Madan Jagasia, Bipin Savani, and Adetola Kassim and the entire Stem Cell Transplant Department at Vanderbilt University for their wonderful and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vanderburgh County CASA, Inc.; Eastminster Presbyterian Church, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, or Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5501 Washington Avenue, Evansville, with Reverend Dr. Dennis Davenport and Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger officiating.
Visitation will be held from 3 until 8 pm, Friday, June 6, 2014, at Boone Funeral Home - East Chapel, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, and again from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net.
Published in Courier Press on June 5, 2014