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Dr. Victor N. Tompkins

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Tompkins, Dr. Victor N. ALBANY Dr. Victor N. Tompkins died August 22, 2008 at his home in Albany, N.Y. He was born to Macy Dales Tompkins and Ruth Raeder Tompkins on May 30, 1913 in Millbrook, N.Y. He graduated from Cornell University in 1934 and Albany Medical College in 1938. He married his classmate, Dr. Ethel Cermak in 1938 with whom he spent 70 happy years. He completed an assistant residency in pathology at New England Deaconess Hospital Harvard Services in Boston and residency at Albany Medical Center. He enlisted in the military in 1942 and was a major in the medical corps. He served as pathologist with the 33rd General Hospital stationed in the Mediterranean until 1946. After the war, he was a pathologist in the division of laboratories and research at the New York State Department of Health from 1946-1956. From 1956-1968, he served as the director of the same. He was a professor of pathology at Albany Medical College, attending pathologist for the Albany Medical Center Hospital, chief of clinical pathology for the Veteran's Administration Hospital, as well as a consultant for the World Health Organization. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Albany Medical College. He was the author of 38 publications appearing in prominent medical journals. For 25 years, he was an editor of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. He was a member of several medical societies, Sigma Xi, and a member of Grace and Holy Innocents Church, Albany, N.Y. He was a lifelong gardener, fisherman, and scholar. He retired with his wife to Tarpon Springs, Fla. in 1987. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Lucina Kathmann (late Charles Kuschinski) of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Ruth Bridgham (Willard) of Albany, Rachel Tompkins (Cartney James) of Edwardsville, Ill. and Amy Kroll (John) of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Willard Bridgham IV, Josie Madison, Nicolas Kuschinski, Tadeusz Kroll, Daniel Kuschinski, Emma James, and Anna Kroll; and two great-grandsons, Asher Macy Madison, and Willard Tompkins Bridgham. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of All Saints, Swan Street, Albany, N.Y. Immurement will follow in the Cathedral Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Albany Medical College Alumni Association, 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208 toward the Ethel Cermak-Victor Tompkins Medical Student Scholarship Fund endowed by the couple in 1995.
Published in Albany Times Union from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2008
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