McCrory, M.D., Tom M. On July 26, 2012, Tom M. McCrory, "Daddy Tom," went home to be with the Lord. He passed peacefully from complications of West Nile Virus while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dalhart, TX October 9, 1919 to Lon and Ethel C. McCrory. He attended Wentworth Military Academy, Baylor University and was in the 1st graduating class of UT Southwestern Medical School. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Rene Jarrett, of Dallas. After serving as an anesthesiologist in several military hospitals during WWII, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Parkland Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. In 1952 he joined the Baylor Hospital Staff. He later became Chief of Staff of the Ophthalmology Department at both Baylor and Children's Medical. He was also in private practice specializing in ophthalmology, where he was dedicated to the health and well being of his patients. Tom loved traveling, dancing, making people laugh, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. His humility was ever present regarding his accomplishments except when he spoke about the pride and love for his family, which he considered to be his greatest accomplishment. He was truly one of God's special creations spreading, love, warmth and joy wherever he went. Daddy Tom will be forever missed but always in our hearts. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Rene McCrory, his 2 children Tom M. McCrory III, wife Susan, and Marsha McCrory Kashata, his 2 grandsons Thomas M. McCrory IV, wife Michele, and Kristopher Kashata, wife Anne, and his 5 joyful great grandsons Quint (Thomas V), Harrison, Alex, Walker and Hunter. A Celebration of Tom's life will be held in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31 followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to a children's
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Published in Dallas Morning News from July 29 to July 30, 2012