Irvin A. Rothrock, MD, died April 15, 2013, at the Denali Center. He was aware that his sons had traveled to be with him and the final days were spent reminiscing and surrounded by love. His daughter was able to join the family in mourning.
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Irv was born in Springdale, Ark., on June 16, 1926. He was the oldest son of Ola and Thomas Rothrock. His family business was an apple and grape growing farm. Summers were spent working on the farm, probably the reason he was never interested in anything that involved heavy physical labor.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1952. Having never been out of Arkansas very much, he showed a bit of wanderlust by interning at Queen's Hospital in Honolulu. After internship, the Navy told him to await orders some time in the future. While he waited, he practiced in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1953 and 1954. He then was on active duty in the U. S. Navy (medical corps) in Japan for three years. He loved his experiences in Japan.
After active duty, he decided to pursue a residency in psychiatry at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kan. After his residency, he did a two-year fellowship in Brooklyn, N.Y. He then joined the faculty at University of Kansas Medical Center and taught there for more than 12 years.
After a short stint in private practice in Lawrence, Kan., wanderlust took over again (he said he could not endure another Kansas summer) and he came to Fairbanks to practice in 1977. He was board certified in adult and child psychiatry. In Alaska, he achieved board certification in forensic psychiatry. Aside from his private practice, he traveled all over Alaska performing forensic evaluations and testifying as an expert witness.
Offices held included president of the Alaska Psychiatric Association; chief of staff, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital; president of the Fairbanks Medical Association; president of the Alaska State Medical Association; member of the Alaska State Mental Health Board; and member of the Alaska State Medical Board.
He gradually retired and fully retired in 2008. At that point, he went on hemodialysis, which he and his wife were able to do at home. He and his wife spent life quietly, playing an occasional game of bridge and reading, reading, reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Rothrock; and his son, Thomas "Teb" Rothrock. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and his children, Irvin "Rocky" A. Rothrock Jr., James "Kimo" T. Rothrock, William "Bill" R. Rothrock and Michelanne Rothrock; stepchildren, Laura W. Morton, Nancy E. Winford and G. Mark Winford; six grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren. His brother, Steve Rothrock, also survives.
Irv always felt he was the luckiest man in the world to have been born an American. He loved his country, his children and his wife. He was a good man.
Memorial donations can be made to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund or Rescue Mission.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 24, 2013