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John W. Cashman, MD, MPH (age 90) formerly of Prairie Village, Kansas, died Friday, October 18 in Tacoma, WA. He lived a long and virtuous life as a public health physician and servant leader to his family, friends, church, and work community. Memorial Services will be held November 2, at 10:30 AM, at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line RD., Kansas City, MO. with burial commitment service at 3:00 PM, November 2, at Powhattan Cemetery, Powhattan, KS. Dr. Cashman was born April 26, 1923 in St Joseph, MO, the only son of John A. and Marguerite R. Cashman; the family moving to Kansas City in 1925. John attended the A. Louis Ruhl School through grade 7 and the formerly named Pembroke Country Day School, grades 8-12, graduating in 1940. Following studies at the universities of Rochester (NY) and Kansas, John entered the University of Chicago School of Medicine, graduating in 1946. He returned to Kansas City for an internship at Kansas City General Hospital, where he was honored as the outstanding intern of his class. Dr. Cashman's active medical career spanned 46 years: 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, 9 years in the practice of Internal Medicine in Kansas City, 4 years as Director of Health for the State of Ohio, 4 years as Professor of Medicine and Senior Docent at UMKC, and 9 years as a clinician/medical director of AT&T at Lee's Summit, MO. While in the Public Health Service, Dr. Cashman served as a clinician at Marine Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and Seattle, and as Acting Chief of Medicine at the U.S. Public Health Service/Federal Prison facility in Ft. Worth, TX. Other assignments included duty with the US Coast & Geodetic Survey and the US Coast Guard as Ships Surgeon, the Montgomery County (MD) Health Dept., and to the Peace Corps where he served as Deputy Medical Director. Following a year at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, he was granted the Master of Public Health degree in 1964. His subsequent assignments were in Washington, DC, in various administrative posts. In 1967 he was granted the Meritorious Service Medal of the USPHS and was promoted to Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and to the rank of Real Admiral. Dr. Cashman served in leadership roles in the federal government's efforts to make people aware of the hazards of smoking, creating nursing home care and mine health safety regulations, and establishing Medicare. Dr. Cashman was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene since 1935. Together with his wife, the Cashman's mission activities included service in Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, Albania, and Dominica. Dr. Cashman was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2008. He is survived by son John Jr., (Cyndy), of Norman OK, and son Tom (Rosemary), of Fox Island, WA; and by grandchildren Jessica (Matt Allen) and their sons Kyle and Beckham, and grandson Zachary (Desiree) and their daughter Brynlee. Dr. Cashman and the family have requested no flowers, but that Memorial contributions can be made to the Kansas City Rescue Mission at kcrm.org. For the latest schedule information, guest comments, and family contact links see obituary listings at havenrest.com.
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 24, 2013
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