Harold Belknap Jr.

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Harold Raymond Belknap, Jr, M.D. (Hal) passed away Sunday, April 20, 2008. He was born December 13, 1934, in Norman, Okla. to Harold Raymond and Helen Lucille Belknap, and was raised in Norman, along with his constant companion, little sister, Kay. Hal graduated from Norman High School in 1952, married Ann Boyle in 1955, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1956, with a Bachelor's of Science degree. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1960, and was awarded the Geiger Award for the best senior thesis on public health, following on-site research within a Leper colony in Louisiana. After an internship in Nashville, Tennessee, he joined the army, completed his basic training, and began his 3-year residency with the U.S. Army Medical Service at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado, in 1961. While in Denver, he achieved the rank of Captain in Medical Corps and was the Chief Resident for the last year of his Internal Medicine residency. During this time, he and Ann had two children together, a daughter, Jamie Lucille in 1961 and a son, Harold Raymond, in 1962. Seeking an opportunity to see the world, Hal petitioned and received an active duty position at the U.S. Army Hospital, 224th Station, in Munich, Germany. He served until 1967, after being promoted to the rank of Major, Medical Officer, with a Commendation Medal in October, 1967. While living in Munich, Hal was able to fulfill his original travel desires and have many new and exciting experiences in Europe, including visiting Italy, Greece, Austria, and Switzerland, where he discovered snow-skiing (in knickers!). In the fall of 1967, Hal and his young family returned to Norman, where Hal became Norman's first Internal Medicine Specialist, setting up a small practice on Alameda. A few years later, he and his partners broke ground on a new doctor's office building across from what is now Norman Regional Hospital. Over the past four decades, Dr. Belknap's medical practice has evolved from Internal Medicine Associates with three partners to what is now Norman Clinic, a multi-specialty medical group with 16 physicians and 2 Nurse Practitioners. During his professional career, Dr. Belknap served as President of Norman Municipal Hospital Staff and was a member of the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine Board Of Admissions since 1985. Hal also was the chairman of the professional education committee for the American Cancer Society, 1986-1989. Hal created Medical Explorer Post 901, sponsored by Norman Regional Hospital, to the benefit of many area youth interested in a career in medicine, some of whom are now serving Norman. Seeing the need for on-site emergency coronary care services, he established the Gomer Jones Coronary Care Unit within Owen Stadium at the University of Oklahoma in 1971, and continued as Acting Chief until 2003. When Hal and JoAnn McCauley Evans married in 1984, they began a new life together, combining Hal's great passion for the Boy Scouts of America and JoAnn's devotion to Alameda Church of Christ. Sponsored by the church, they founded Boy Scout Pack and Troop 777, based on their philosophy, "It is easier to bend a boy than to mend a man", and together they built the pack and troop into one of our community's most valuable organizations. "Doc and Mrs. Bn as they are affectionately known loved the work of guiding young boys into becoming responsible men. Throughout the years Doc B was recognized with many awards and honors including Volunteer of the Year Award (Junior League and United Way of Norman) 1987 Sooner District Explorer Advisor of the Year 1991 State of Oklahoma DHS Outstanding Volunteer 1991 Sooner District Scoutmaster of the Year 1997 and Scoutmaster Award of Merit from the President of the Boy Scouts of America 2001. The troop has graduated 68 Eagle Scouts to date and will continue to be a strong and vital asset to the region with the leadership and guidance of the men and women of the Troop and Pack. Dr. Belknap firmly believed in serving others and his community. He said, "Regardless of what is going on in your life, there are others around you in need - reach out to them and you will grow. Helping others is helping yourself!" Dr. Belknap is survived by his beloved wife, JoAnn his kid sister, Kay Sharp of Houston, Texas his children, Jamie and Hal Belknap JoAnn's children, Tracy Bottom, Dana Bottom and his wife Joyce, Scott Bottom and his wife Penny, and Kirby Evans and his wife Jacque his co-worker and close friend, Nurse Vicki Felton and his sister's children. Gigi Sharp, Tina McMackin, and Lucy Meyer cousins, Jim Robinson and Jane Hutchins grandchildren, Jeremy and Gordon Foor, Emilia and Leila Belknap Seth, Sadie, Randall, Billy, and Samantha Bottom and Jim and Allie Evans and great-grandchildren, Rylee and Jayce Bottom Honorary Pallbearers will be the physicians of the Norman Clinic Family visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. A memorial celebration will be held Thurs., April 24 ,2008, 10:30 am at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman. Interment will follow at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are sent to: Boy Scout Troop 777, c/o Don and Audre Carter, 400 Sandpiper, Norman, 73071. Send condolences online at: www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.htm Havenbrook Funeral Home 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman405-329-0101

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Havenbrook Funeral Home
3401 Havenbrook Street Norman, OK 73072
(405) 329-0101
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 23, 2008
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