John P. Ferguson, Jr.
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Dr. John P. Ferguson, Jr. died quietly at rest on June 30th, 2012 after 97 years of a wonderful life. He was born April 19, 1915 to Dr. John P. and Mary Virginia (Birdie) Ferguson at 604 E. Elm St. in Springfield. He was a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and practiced at the Woman's Clinic from 1946 until 1992 when he retired.
John attended Greenwood, Springfield Senior High School and Drury College before transferring to Yale University in his junior year. He then attended Yale University Medical School and graduated in 1939. He subsequently returned to Missouri to St. Louis University Hospitals for internship and residency completing the program in 1943. During this time, John and Helen Louise Flint were married in 1941 in St. Louis, having met at Drury in 1933 and were inseparable until her death in 1978.
Following Helen's death, John married Patricia Cikanek in 1981 and they spent the subsequent years in Springfield, traveling frequently and spending the winters at their home in Palm Springs, Ca.
John is survived by his wife, Pat; son, John and his wife, Jeris; son, Jim and his wife Anna; stepson, Harry Cikanek and his wife Kathy, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Immediately following his residency, John entered the U. S. Army and was stationed at the 74th general Hospital near Bristol, England and ultimately was the chief of surgery at the 239th General Hospital in Paris, France. Following the war, he returned to Springfield where he joined Dr. Joe D. James and Dr. Joe Johnston at the Woman's Clinic. He remained in this position until his retirement 46 years later.
During his career he was a member and president of the Greene County Medical Society, a member of the Missouri State Medical Society and also served as a member of the Missouri State Board of the Healing Arts. He was a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. He was a member of Kings Way Methodist Church and was a member and past president of Hickory Hills Country Club (John's parents joined Hickory Hills in 1929 so he could play golf and he was the longest tenured member of the club by far!).
John loved OB/GYN and his patients for the duration. At one time he estimated that he delivered 12,000 babies and cared for double that number of women (all of whom love him dearly) during his 46 years at the Woman's Clinic. He served both St. John's Hospital and Burge/Cox Hospitals. Even when he could no longer remember their names, he fondly remembered his patient's faces whenever they stopped to say "hello" and wish him well. And no matter where he was, there always seemed to be another patient who loved him and wanted to say "hi". In his last ten years of practice his primary concern became the care and management of abused children for whom he cared with unequaled compassion and understanding. His work contributed significantly to the formation of the Springfield Chapter of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) which continues to grow in importance today. Because of his work with the CAC, he was awarded the David B. Woodruff Memorial Justice Award for service to Greene County in 1992 and received the Child Advocacy Center's first annual Child Advocacy Award (named in his honor, the "Dr. John P. Ferguson Award for Child Advocacy") in 2006.
In addition to his family and OB/GYN, John loved golf and played throughout his life. He won many tournaments including multiple Springfield City Amateur tournaments, the Yale University Championship, Hickory Hills Country Club Championship and many additional events around the Ozarks especially in the 1930's. He was the last surviving participant of the Springfield-Joplin Horton Smith Cup match which was played in Joplin in 1930. John was 15 years old at the time and the youngest member of the Springfield team. Related to his golfing prowess, he was elected to the Ozarks Golf Hall of Fame, the Drury University Sports Hall of Fame (also for Lifetime Achievement) and will be inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame this coming September. Most of all, he never tired of the game and the friendships he made along the way with many golfing companions in locations across the country and even in the British Isles.
Memorial services will be held at Kings Way United, Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. Private burial will be held at Maple Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Child Advocacy Center, 1033 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65803 or the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, 1545 E. Pythian St. #B, Sprinfield, MO, 65802. Arrangements are under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from July 1 to July 3, 2012