Dr. Earle Travis, 83, of East Greenwich, R.I., formerly of Bradford, passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at Rhode Island Hospital.
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Born in Westerly, he was the son of the late Charles Lea Travis and Rose (Terranova) Travis.
A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Travis graduated from University of Rhode Island in 1954 and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1958. Earle proudly served the United States Army in the 705th, AAA Gun Battalion, BTRY D from 1950 to 1952 in the Korean Conflict. Dr. Travis completed an internship at Cranston General Hospital, Cranston, R.I., in 1959 and radiology residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1966.
He was a member of the Medical Staff at Cranston General, Notre Dame, Fuller Memorial and Kent County Hospitals.
Dr. Travis served in the capacity of Radiology Department Chairman and Chief of Staff and Board of Trustees at Cranston General Hospital. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association and past president and secretary of the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons.
Dr. Travis was a faculty member of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as Clinical Professor of Radiology, and was a member of the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee and Deans Advisory Board.
Earle had an incredible work ethic, loved and lived for his family. Earle was an avid outdoorsman. His loves and hobbies included genealogy, fishing, and hunting. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8955 and remained very active. He met weekly with fellow surviving members of 705th AAA Gun Battalion BTRY D. He also was a member of the Hopkinton Historical Association and the Franklin Lodge of Masons Number 20.
Earle is survived by his loving wife Carolyn (Spencer) Travis, brother; Kenneth L. Travis of Springfield, Virginia, four children; Doreen Kells, Dr. Earle Travis Jr., Diane Goppold, Dean Travis and six grandchildren.
Calling hours will be at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, R.I., on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, from 2-5 p.m. The funeral will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m., at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow with full military honors in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the 705th AAA Gun Battalion BTRY D c/o Santander Bank, 765 Main St., East Greenwich, R.I. 02818.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St. Westerly, RI 02891
Published in The Westerly Sun from Feb. 22 to Mar. 15, 2014