Sayers Martin Peter Sayers, M.D., died June 17, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio after 91 full and productive years of life. "Pete" to his many friends grew up in the early years of Upper Arlington, Ohio, which had been founded and developed by his uncles, King and Ben Thompson, and laid out by his father, Delbert Bancroft Sayers, as civil engineer. Peter graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1939, where he was class vice-president and captain of the football team. During his first two years at The Ohio State University, he played football and was president of the sophomore class. In the middle of his sophomore year, the United States entered WWII and needed doctors. Pete enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and matriculated in a condensed college/medical school program at OSU. Upon graduation he continued on active duty at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. After the war, Peter interned at Philadelphia General Hospital, where he participated in the development of and pioneered the surgical insertion of a "shunt" to relieve water pressure on the brain for patients with hydrocephalus. Returning to Columbus following his naval service, Peter established The OSU College of Medicine Department of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, which he headed until his retirement in 1987. He was elected President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1961, and the Neurosurgical Society of America in 1983. He is credited with the introduction of several important procedures in Neurosurgery, especially in the Pediatric field. Peter married childhood sweetheart Marjorie Garvin in 1943. They enjoyed 70 years of a wonderful marriage, and are survived by sons, Daniel Garvin Sayers, M.D. (Linda), Stephen Putnam Sayers (Carina); daughters, Julia Sayers Bolton (Charles) and Elaine Sayers Buck (David); 11 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. There will be a memorial service this Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UAPL Development Fund of the Upper Arlington Public Library System, The Education Fund at Nationwide Children's Hospital, or the First Community Foundation.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 21, 2013