Dr. Ronald Garvey (1928 - 2012)

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Garvey, Dr. Ronald Francis (Skip) 83, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School died quietly March 15, 2012 in Denton, Texas in the company of his wife, Liz, and his family. Born May 4, 1928 in Olean, New York to Dr. Ronald Francis Garvey Sr. and Frances Fox Garvey, he went on to attend Harvard College, where he played football and received an A.B. He then attended The University of Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo New York and received his M.D. Skip served his country as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force and achieved the rank of Captain as a base flight surgeon at Brooks Air Force Base. He also did air evac-uation work in Korea. He complet-ed his Air Force sponsored intern-ship and then his residency at Park-land Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX. Upon completion of his fellowship at the National Institute of Health, he joined University of Texas Southwestern as an instructor of surgery before entering private practice on the active staff of both St. Paul and Parkland Hospitals. He was chief of surgery at St. Paul from 1975-1983, and served as the governor of the American College of Surgeons 1976-1982. In 1983 he returned to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as a professor of clinical surgery. He served as Dallas Cowboys team physician for a number of years after general manager Tex Schramm decided it was a good idea to have a traveling physician that could serve the team both on the road and at home. He became a consultant after deciding the travel meant too much time away from his family. He remained a season ticket holder at Texas Stadium even after his front row seats, sadly, became row 1 behind the teams new Platinum Club Row A. Realizing this country was headed for a health care crisis, he enrolled at the University Of Dallas Graduate School Of Manage-ment in 1983, where he received his MBA in Health Care Admin-istration. He was the first physician to attain that degree from UD. He became Medical director of Zale Lipshy University Hospital then later was named CEO, serving 1987 through 1991. From 1997 to 2002 Dr. Garvey served as the director and chief administrative officer, then as President of University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. He was later named as President Emeritus by The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Over the years Skip served in many leadership capacities with numerous organizations, including the Dallas County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the St. Paul Hospital Foundation, the Texas Women's University Board of Regents, BRIT Systems and his beloved Harvard. In 1991 he was awarded the Industry Pioneer Award from the Health Level Seven Commission. He followed that up with the Ralph Rogers Award for Outstanding Board Volunteer from Zale Lipshy University Hospital. In 1998 he received the Medical Alumni Achievement Award from University of Buffalo School of Medicine and the University of Dallas Distinguished Alumnus. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Jim, with whom he was very close. He is survived by his loving wife of 4 years, Liz Peveto Garvey and his children Leslie Hansen (Bob), Ronald F. Garvey Jr., James T. (Tim) Garvey, Tracey Dunham, Liz's children Scott Peveto and Kim Williams (Steve) and former wife, Betsy L. Garvey. The grandchildren of whom he was so proud include Jennifer Garvey Lee (Tommy), James T. Garvey, Jr. (Nancy), John L. Garvey (Kelly), Dr. Robert "Trey" Hansen (Portia), Tristan Hansen, Laura Garvey Fosson (Mark), Frank Garvey, Michael J. Dunham, Brandy Dunham, Grace Williams, Faith Williams, and Jack Allen Peveto. He was a loving "Boppa" to his great-grandchildren as well. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm, there will be a rosary at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75244. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 2pm in the Robson Ranch Clubhouse, 9400 Ed Robson Rd., Bldg. E, Denton, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials, if you desire, be made to the , P.O. Box 96011, Wash-ington, DC 20090-6011 or the Southwestern Medical Foundation, 3963 Maple Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75219. On line condolences may be left at www. mulkeymasondenton.com Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home Denton, Texas 940-382-6622



Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2012
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