Charles W. Prochera(1949 - 2014)

Charles W. Prochera, M.D., passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Memorial service: for family and friends will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Fullness in Christ Church, 8895 Random Rd., Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , Charles was born June 10, 1949, in Queens, N.Y., to Helen Frances and Walter Prochera. Chuck earned his BA degree cum laude from SUNY, New Paltz, N.Y., and graduate work from Illinois State University. He graduated medical school from University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. Chuck served his internship and residency at the University of Michigan, where he was honored chief resident, and also Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his fellowship from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in pulmonary disease and critical care in 1983. Chuck is board certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Pulmonary Disease, and Special Certificate Critical Care. He served as clinical assistant professor and clinical associate of Internal Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 1983 to present. Chuck began private practice at Harris Methodist Hospital in 1981, practicing respectively in the Irving Healthcare System; North Richland Hills Medical Center; Baylor Grapevine Medical Center; Wise Regional Medical Center, Decatur; and Keller up to retirement. As a physician, Chuck selflessly served in many roles as emergency room physician, staff physician, and clinic physician, chief of staff, medical director, Chief Respiratory and Critical Care, Medical and Advisory Boards, and numerous committees his entire career. Dr. Prochera was known to his colleagues, residents, nurses and patients as a compassionate, caring physician. He received numerous awards including the Resident Teaching Award-Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Director of the Year-Horizon Healthcare, and Distinguished Community Service Award from the . He selflessly served others, cherished people, and took great joy in helping his patients. He was a member of the Fullness in Christ Church and was an avid fisherman. Survivors: Wife, Joy Prochera; daughters, Paige Prochera and Taylor Prochera; several nieces, nephews and cousins; along with many friends.

Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 16, 2014