Douglas Thane Romney Cody (1932 - 2014)

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Douglas Thane Romney Cody, M.D., Ph.D., 82, passed away at his Jacksonville home after a long illness on July 17.

Dr. Cody, an ENT physician and specialist in microsurgery of the ear, spent over 30 years with Mayo Clinic, rising to the position of chairman, Department of Otolaryngology and professor of otolaryngology at the Mayo Medical School.

In 1986, he moved from Rochester to Jacksonville, Fla., where as the first chairman for Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, he played a major role in establishing Mayo's first satellite facility.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Cody attended Dalhousie Medical School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed his residency at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. He attained his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1966. During a distinguished career with Mayo, he served on the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees and was instrumental in creating Mayo Medical School. He also held notable positions such as chairman of the American Triological Society and Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Otological Society and the Deafness Research Foundation. His long exemplary career is highlighted with multiple honors, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology's Award for Merit and Award for Research and Distinguished Public Service Award for the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. He served on the Board of Trustees and was named Distinguished Professor of Medical Science at Jacksonville University.

Cody also was a prolific writer of articles published in medical journals and authored several books, including the internationally published "Your Child's Ears, Nose and Throat."

After retiring in 1988, he remained active in a number of medical societies and boards, serving as medical director of the Deafness Research Foundation and president of the American Otological Society. Cody also was involved in the community as an elected trustee to the Municipal Service District of Ponte Vedra Beach, on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for Vicar's Landing and as a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. 

An avid golfer, Dr. Cody particularly enjoyed spending time on the greens with good friends; he was proud to shoot his age during his 80th year, witnessed by his golf-loving son-in-law. During his lifetime, he cared for many beloved pets, most recently Roxie, a rescue dog. Whether caring for pets or patients, he always had an infinite amount of love and compassion. As a loving and caring husband and father, Dr. Cody will be incredibly missed by his best friend and wife of 51 years, Joanne Dae Cody (Gerow); son, Douglas Thane Romney Cody, II, M.D., of Illinois; daughter, Romney Cody Haas, of Texas; daughter-in-law, Theresa Cody; son-in-law, Chris Haas; and grandchildren, Hanna Cody, Thane Cody III, Natasha Cody, James Haas and William Haas; as well as his sister, Suzanne Humphrey, of Canada; nephew, Cameron MacKeen; and niece, Alison MacKeen-Shapiro. He was predeceased by his parents, Douglas Flewellyn Cody and Eleanore Romney Cody, of New Brunswick, Canada.

A great debt of gratitude to C.J. for her care and support.

A memorial service with reception to follow will be held at Hardage-Giddens Beaches Chapel 904-249-2374 located 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Community Hospice of NE Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society or "Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville for cancer research."

You are gone, but never forgotten. In loving memory.


Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 26, 2014
Douglas Thane Romney Cody
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