Jack Wendell Pou

Jack Wendell Pou

Shreveport, LA - Dr. Jack Wendell Pou died on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 10th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 204 Patton Ave. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. Father Peter Mangum, and Father Thomas Elayunkal, will concelebrate. Burial will immediately follow at Forest Park Cemetery on St. Vincent Ave.

Dr. Pou retired in 2002 after 51½ years of medical practice in Otorhinolaryngology. An endowed Chair for the Department of Otorhinolaryngology was awarded in his name by the Board of Regents at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in 2004.

Dr. Pou was born September 30, 1923 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Byrd High School in 1940, attended Tulane University and graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1946. His years as captain of the Tulane baseball team were very special for him. He interned at Shreveport Charity Hospital 1946-47. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, as a medical officer aboard the USS Helena, serving in Japan and China 1947-49. He completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology at Tulane in 1951 and a fellowship in Ear Surgery for deafness at the University of Southern California in 1951 under Dr. Howard House. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society, American Medical Society and La/Miss O&O Society.

He was president of the Confederate Memorial Medical Staff, Schumpert Hospital Medical Staff, LSU Medical Staff, La/Miss O&O Society and Vice-President of the Southern Section of the National Triological Society. He was one of the first doctors to serve on the Board of Directors at Schumpert Medical Center.

Dr. Pou was truly one of the "pioneer" physicians in this area, providing services to Children's Special Health Services patients in Louisiana. For 30 years beginning in1968, Dr. Pou took time from his practice to serve as medical consultant to Children's Special Health Services otology and audiology clinics. He was the first physician to provide otology care to CSHS patients in the Shreveport area and was instrumental in development of programs for the hearing impaired. Dr. Pou cared for literally thousands of CSHS children through the years. He was an advocate who was interested in treating the "total child" long before that concept became recognized as a vital part of public health.

Dr. Pou started the Ear, Nose, & Throat residency program at Confederate Memorial Hospital and when LSU Medical School was opened in Shreveport, he became the first professor and Head of the Ear, Nose & Throat Department. He was Head of the ENT program from 1963-1983, and he continued to teach surgery to the residents through 1998. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, presented for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Medicine in Shreveport by the Shreveport Medical Society in 1997.

Dr. Pou had the first operating microscope in Shreveport and published a number of articles in National ENT Journals. He introduced several techniques in Ear Surgery, which are still used today. He performed the first Fenestration Surgery for deafness in Shreveport and was the first ear surgeon to perform an implantable hearing aid. He was the Director of Regional Speech and Hearing and advisor to the Caddo Foundation for Exceptional Children for 30 years.

Dr. Pou was the Senior and Founding partner of the Ear, Nose & Throat Center of Drs. Pou, Quinn, Watkins, Thornton, Pou, Hollier & Watkins. He was a member of The Shreveport Club, Shreveport Country Club, Southern Trace Country Club, East Ridge Country Club, Rotary Club, and numerous other Civic organizations.

Predeceasing Dr. Pou were his parents, Dr. John Gray Pou and Gertrude Moreland Pou; his sister Johnette Pou Young, and his first wife Patricia Grehan Pou. His survivors include his loving wife of 27 ½ years Margaret Anne Pou; his children and their spouses - John and Missy Pou, Anne and Knox Ridley, Jr., Dr. David and Janin Pou, Robert and Barbara Pou, Bill and Angel Pou, Margaret Anne and Steve Bird, Kathryn Abney, Edmond, Jr. and Lynn Salassi; together with 19 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; his sisters Helen Turner, Mildred Pou; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack will be remembered for his charm, wit, wisdom and his faithful love of God, family, practicing medicine, friends and golf, in that order. His travels around the world were also joyful experiences. He will be terribly missed, but never forgotten by those who knew him.

The family would like to extend very special thanks to care-givers James Sneed, Angela Sneed, Alma Blue and Charles Woods for their loving care of Dr. Pou. The family also offers much appreciation to Dr. Anthony Stuart for his excellent professional care.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jeffrey Pou, Knox Ridley III, John Gray Pou, Jason Pou, Gray Pou, Rex Pou, John Peyton Pou, Carter Bird, Jordan Bird, Hal Abney, Grant Abney and Jackson Abney.

Honorary Pallbearers, Glen Flournoy, Pierce Graham, Dr. Henry Hollier, Dr. Harold Quinn, Jr., Dr. Eugene St. Martin, Dr. Robert Thornton, Dr. Juan Watkins, Dr. Will Watkins, Nick Wheless, Dr. Paul Winder, and Dr. James ZumBrunnen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to St. Joseph's Church, to Catholic Charities of Shreveport, or donor's .

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, 2013