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Dr. Louis H. Guernsey, Sr., of Audubon, Pa. (resident of Shannondell), an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec. 6, 2012, at the age of 89.
Beloved husband of 67 years to his wife, Isabelle Margaret (nee Napoli), he is also survived by his four children and their spouses, including John (Jack) and Sylvia Guernsey (Bryn Mawr, PA), Nancy and Bill Coelho (Manchester, Maryland), Paula and Gerry Lefever (Morristown, New Jersey) and Louis H., Jr (Tod) and Jeanne Guernsey (Chester Springs, Pennsylvania). He is also survived by his grandchildren, including Brian and Allison Guernsey, Megan and Brian Buckley, Kristen Guernsey, Kaitlin Guernsey, Andy and Hilda Lefever, Matt and Laura Lefever, Jeremy Lefever, Chris Lefever, Lindsay Lefever, Rick and Crystal Coelho, Sara Coelho, Tracy Coelho, Danielle Guernsey, Justin and Lucie Guernsey, Cara Guernsey and by eight great grandchildren.
Dr. Guernsey was born in Port Chester, New York, spending his early years in Algiers, North Africa, and then returning to the United States to attend undergraduate studies at
New York University
. An internationally renowned oral surgeon, author, educator, and pioneer of new treatments, Dr. Guernsey graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1947, where he also received his MSD in 1956.
After his graduation from dental school, he began private dental practice in Gooding, Idaho, and shortly thereafter entered the
as a Captain to support the
. After his initial tour, Dr. Guernsey became a career officer and did tours of duty across the United States and in Europe. Upon his retirement from the Army as Chief of Dental Services at Walter Reed General Hospital, Col. (Dr.) Guernsey became Professor and Chairman, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine as well as visiting Professor, Oral Surgery, at Baylor University and Visiting Lecturer at Georgetown University. He was also Professor Emeritus at University of Pennsylvania until his death. He taught both graduate and postgraduate courses and took special pride in mentoring students, many of whom who went on to distinguished careers.
Dr. Guernsey was also a well-known lecturer and researcher. He was a guest lecturer in Europe, and North and South America. He pioneered the use of hyperbaric therapy in the field of dental medicine while at the University of Pennsylvania, working with medical colleagues who were studying the use of the hyperbaric chamber with deep sea divers. He was honored with the American Cancer Society's Harold Krough Award for outstanding contributions to oral cancer control. He was a founding member of the Delaware Valley Dental Implant Study Club, and a Fellow in: the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He was a member of numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Guernsey was also a prolific author, writing major chapters in the Textbook of Oral Surgery, Current Concepts in Oral Surgery, and Transplantation of Tissues in Dentistry and Reconstructive Implantology. He also edited several books and published research findings in numerous professional publications.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, he was happiest when skiing down any slope, which he did into his mid 70's, or taking out his boat with the grandkids in tow or traveling the byways with Isabelle at his side in his antique cars. Dr. Guernsey was a true renaissance man whose imprint on life will be remembered personally and professionally by all who knew him.
A viewing for Dr. Guernsey will be held At Szpindor-Meyers Funeral Home, 101 North Park Avenue (Route 363), Trooper, Pa. 19403 on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 from 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1260 S. Trooper Road, Norristown, Pa. 19403 with viewing at the church from 10 – 11 a.m. preceding mass. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to the
and the Wounded Warrior Project
Published in www.timesherald.com on Dec. 10, 2012
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"When I was a small child, Dr. Guernsey reconstructed my face after a terrible bike accident. His..."
"Dear Jack and Kaitlyn: I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and Grandpop. May he rest in..."
- Joan Paulukas
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- Lynne Kosher
"Dad, you will be in our hearts forever. You are whole again and leading the way for us all to heaven."
- Nancy Corlho
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- Nancy Shearn
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