Marcia J. B. Pernoll, M.D.
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July 30, 1948
April 10, 2012
Dr. Marcia Pernoll died peacefully at home after more than a two-year battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She practiced her specialty of neonatology, taking care of sick newborn babies for 35 years, until she became too ill to work any longer.
Caring for endangered newborns during their most critical interval of life was Marcia's passion. She contributed to the well being of ill newborns every day in her practice, by publishing basic and clinical data to assist others in caring for babies, and by her administrative teaching others to provide the highest level of care for these most vulnerable beings.
Dr. Pernoll's excellence was publically recognized in many forums, but most recently: she was an American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter "Real Hero" in 2006 for her volunteer work in post-Katrina Louisiana; Renown Regional Medical Center awarded her the Patient Advocate Award in 2011 while she was still working full time; and Pediatrix Medical Group and Obstetric Medical Group awarded her the Terry Sweeney Distinguished Physician Award for 2012.
Marcia was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where her father was stationed with the US Air Force following WWII. She attended Michigan State University (MSU), graduating with high honors in 1969. While on MSU's swim team she was a highly ranked NCAA swimmer. Her M.D. degree was awarded in 1973 at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. After performing her internship and Pediatrics residency, she returned to the University of Michigan Medical School, completing her Neonatal Fellowship in 1978. She remained on the Michigan faculty until 1980, when she moved to New Orleans as Director of Neonatology at the Ochsner Clinic. Later, she practiced neonatology at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.
Marcia married Martin L. Pernoll, M.D. in Shalimar, Florida in 1990 after which they both took a sabbatical at the Pernoll Ranch in Summer Lake, Oregon. This time gave Marcia the opportunity to learn ranching and imbued her with a lasting love of the high desert, the Great Basin, and stewardship of the land. Over their marriage they increased the size of their ranch while making numerous improvements as well other investments in Lake County Oregon. While Marcia will be greatly missed at the Pernoll Ranch's centenary (2018), her numerous contributions will remain evident.
After the sabbatical Marcia and Martin moved to Houston, Texas where they practiced until Martin retired at the end of 1999. In 2000 they moved to Reno, NV for Marcia to practice neonatology at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, Col. George P. Brenner, Jr. (USAF retired). She is survived by her devoted husband of 21 years and the love of her life, Martin L. Pernoll, M.D., her mother, Beryl E. Brenner, four sisters, Joyce Penman, Nancy Tompkins (Ron), Beverly Borah (Jim), Elaine Rowley (Charlie), and her brother, Paul H. Brenner (Maureen) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Additionally, she is survived by two stepchildren, Martin W. Pernoll and Kristin Hinson (Jon), as well as seven grandchildren. Finally, Dr. Pernoll considered her Pediatrix practice partners as extended family and wished to recognize her regard and respect for Drs.: Gary Yup, Steve Missall, Michael Pokroy, Ali Monibi, Cheryl Robinson, and April Henry.
Funeral services will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Dr., in Reno on April 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Memorials will be held at the Summer Lake Christian Church in Summer Lake, Oregon on April 21 at 2:00 p.m. and at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, Florida on June 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
The family invites you share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 14, 2012