Donald R. Stephens (1933 - 2013)

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Dr. Don R. Stephens, 79
Dr. Don R. Stephens, 79, Cynthiana, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.
He was born Aug. 28, 1933 in Williamsburg, Ky. to the late Albert and Stella Prewitt Stephens.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Albert Stephens and a sister, Jean Stephens.
He is survived by his wife, Sonia Stephens; three sons, Don (Kathryn) Stephens, Louisville and Doug Stephens and Dennis Stephens, both of Cynthiana; two daughters, Jane Stephens, Cincinnati, Ohio and Susan Stephens (Michael) Grieff, Liberty Township, Ohio; a brother, Hobert Stephens, Kissimmee, Fla.; a sister, Sue Stephens (Jim) Jones, Cincinnati; nine grandchildren, Jarrod Douglas, Jacob Donald, Joanna Duncan Stephens, Donald Ray Stephens III, Henry Mercer Stephens, William Patrick Stephens, Joshua Dennis Stephens, Abigail Mackenzie Grieff and Madeline Elizabeth Grieff; and two great-grandchildren, Kaylee Brook Mirabito and Payton Stephens.
Dr. Stephens graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1960 and started his practice in Berry, Ky. in 1961 and later opened a practice in Cynthiana, Ky. After six years in practice, he was called into active military duty and served in Vietnam, leaving behind his practice and family in Cynthiana. Returning from service in Vietnam, Dr. Stephens reestablished his practice and celebrated his 50 year anniversary in 2011. He was grandfathered into the charter membership of the specialty of Family Medicine in 1970. He practiced medicine, surgery and obstetrics in his Family Medicine practice and delivered many babies during his time in practice.
Apart from Dr. Stephens' dedication to his medical practice and his family, he was deeply involved in organized medicine, was a member of the Academy of Family Physicians, of the Kentucky Medical Association and of the American Medical Association. He was longtime chair of the Rural Kentucky Medical Scholarship Fund (RKMSF) which provides loans and grants to medical students who agree to practice medicine in underserved rural areas of Kentucky. He also served as chairman of the KMA Board of Trustees and as KMA President 1998-1999. He was an Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association.
His life was marked by dedication and service to his patients, to his practice and to organized medicine. The school system and community at large benefitted from his 31 years of dedicated service on the Harrison County Board of Education. He was an elder of the Covenant Presbyterian Church for 42 years, served in the 7th Armored Calvary Medical Hospital and Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. by Pastor Mike Bowen at the Harrison County High School Auditorium with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. Ware Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Rural Kentucky Medical Scholarship Fund, 4965 US Hwy 42, Suite 2000, Louisville, KY 40222 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 836 Euclid Ave., Suite 316 & 317, Lexington, KY 40502.
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846 U.S. Highway 27 North
Cynthiana, KY 41031
(859) 234-4000
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Aug. 8, 2013