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Dr.  Charles W. Raker Sr. Obituary
Dr. Charles W. Raker Sr., formerly of Media Dr. Charles W. Raker, Sr., 93, passed away at the Tel Hai Retirement Community of Honey Brook, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. He was the husband of the late Mazie Green Raker who passed away May of 1948 and the late Sara Kirk Raker who passed away on March 24, 1994. He was born in Daylesford, Pa., son of the late Charles William and Grace Elizabeth Mader Raker. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1942. Charles was a private veterinarian in Norristown from 1942 - 1950, Director of Clinics and Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Philadelphia, from 1950 - 1964, then Chief of Large Animal Surgery at the veterinary school's New Bolton Center Kennett Square, from 1964 - 1985, when he retired. Charles held the appointment of the Lawrence Baker Sheppard Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine from 1967 to his passing. He was a member of the American and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and a Charter Member and Founder Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Surviving are two sons, Charles W. Raker, Jr. of Houston, Texas and Edward G. Raker of Evans, Ga.; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie E. Whitacre and Gladys A. Stevenson. A memorial service will be held to honor his life at New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, date and time pending. Memorial donations may be made to either the Charles Raker Endowed Opportunity Schlorship Fund or The Tamworth Fund: c/o Jane Simone, Penn Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Rd., Kennnett Square, PA 19348. Arrangements by the Shivery Funeral Home, Inc., Christiana & Paradise. shiveryfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 20, 2014
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