ROBERT KING

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Sep 27, 1921 - Jan 3, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Robert Wallace King, M.D. (Bob) passed away Jan. 3, 2013, at the St. Anthony Hospital following a short illness. Born in OKC Sep. 27, 1921, to Olga Wykert King and Arthur King, Bob graduated from Classen High School in 1939, and then OU in 1943 with a degree in engineering. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He married Evalyn Lou Lowry (Lou) in 1942. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in New York City during World War II. Following the war, they returned to OKC, where Bob attended Medical School at OU. This was followed by a one-year internship at St. Anthony Hospital and a three-year residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. In 1953, he opened a practice in ophthalmology in OKC and practiced until he and Lou moved to Bella Vista, AR in 1988. During his years of practice, he was an active member of the downtown Rotary Club and was a founding director of Guaranty Bank in 1963. Bob continued as an active member of the Board of Directors of Coppermark Bank until 2011. He introduced the first laser machine for diabetic eye disease to Oklahoma in 1969. He volunteered much of his time to services for the blind. He was an avid sportsman and a devoted family man. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evalyn Lou Lowry King (Lou); and his daughter, Jean Elizabeth (Lisa) Brashear. He is survived by his three children: daughter, Sheryl L. Jacobs, and husband, Robert W. Jacobs, of Lawrence, KS; son, Robert W. (Rusty) King, Jr., MD, and wife, Jeanne Ann King, MD, of OKC; daughter, Rebecca K. Schneider, and husband, Kevin Gilliland, of OKC; and son-in-law, Herb Brashear, of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving him are nine grandchildren: Robert King Jacobs, of Wichita, KS; Jennifer Elizabeth Jacobs Higdon, of Denver, CO; David Andrew Jacobs, of Denver, CO; Anna Christina King, of OKC; Betsy Lowry King, of OKC; Emily Margaret King, of Malibu, CA; Alicin Elizabeth Reavis, of Los Angeles, CA; Rachel Dawn Howell, of Wichita, KS; and Kristen Ann Schneider, of OKC; and eleven great-grandchildren: Raen Coleman Reavis and Ian Greigh Baggett, both of OKC; Ashton Jordan Howell and Trinity Abigail Howell, Peyton Blake Lill, all of Wichita, KS; Ariana Bailey White, of OKC; Riley Elliott Higdon and Haddon Bennett Higdon, both of Denver, CO; Kingston Elena Jacobs and Pierson Robert Jacobs, both of Wichita, KS; and Gabe Mutchler, of Tucson, AZ. Bob was respected for both his professional skills and his business sense. He was loved and admired by his family and will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service will be held on January 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner. Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony Hospital Foundation.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2013
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