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Dr. John P. (Jack) Pfeiffer, Jr, MD, of Castroville, passed away at home April 5, 2013. He was born July 29, 1927 in San Antonio to John P. Pfeiffer, Sr. and Amelia Wagner Pfeiffer. San Antonio of the 1930s formed his upbringing. He was raised in the Monte Vista area and attended Central Catholic High School during WWII, He decided to follow a career which would serve humanity, applied and was accepted at the St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1947 after three years at St. Mary's University, San Antonio. After his graduation from medical school, he served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War as a flight surgeon at Gary Air Force Base in San Marcos, TX. He became an obstetrician and gynecologist, training at the Robert B. Green Hospital in downtown San Antonio. In his years of practice he delivered more than 6,000 children into the world and treated thousands of women from south Texas and Mexico. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Bexar County Medical Society and Methodist Hospital. He was appointed chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Methodist Hospital, Head of Obstetrics at Saint Rose Hospital and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at UTHSCSA. Dr. Pfeiffer was also elected president of the San Antonio Surgical Society. He was a pioneer in the use of cryosurgery in its early years, and later helped establish the laser surgery department at Saint Rose hospital. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jack was a loving father and husband. He will be greatly missed by his wife, surviving children, grand and great-grandchildren. Jack had a wide variety of interests outside of his professional and personal life developing avocations as a rock-hound, creative chef, gemologist, hunter, gardener, rancher and furniture maker. He took his family on vacation trips lasting two-three weeks each year all over the United States, happy times which they will never forget. Through his example, his children gained a wide variety of life skills and learned to succeed in any endeavor through hard work and attention to detail. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marie Yvonne Sanford Pfeiffer, and his sons Paul Jerome Pfeiffer and Joseph Thomas Pfeiffer. Survivors include his wife Susan Peery Pfeiffer; brother Carl Pfeiffer; sisters Rita Moulder and Marjorie Mascioli; children and spouses, Pete Pfeiffer and Alice Diamant; Gina de Miranda, Peggi and Bill Akerson, Mary Bage, Rose Samsel, James and Susan Dimler Pfeiffer, Yvonne and Mike Hamilton, Edward and Jane Pfeiffer, Stephanie Thomas; Anne Elizabeth Pfeiffer Pearson, Catherine Susanne Pfeiffer, sister-in-law Angela Pfeiffer; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home will be open for visitation on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Castroville. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to St. Louis Catholic School Endowment, 610 Madrid in Castroville 78009. Arrangements with Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, Castroville. Visit www.tondre-guinn.com
Published in Express-News on Apr. 8, 2013