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Dr. Richard W. Hemphill

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Dr.  Richard W. Hemphill Obituary
Dr. Richard Wallace Hemphill, M.D., of O'Hara Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the age of 90 with his family at his side. Born Sept. 28, 1927, in Apollo, he was the son of the late Lynn and Helen (Sheplar) Hemphill. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Peggy Parris Hemphill, and a grandson, Kristopher Barkus. Surviving relatives include his son, Dr. Vito Hemphill, D.C., of Santa Fe, N.M.; and his daughter, Pamela (Robert) Barkus, R.N., of Butler. Dick and Peggy were the proud grandparents of six grandchildren, Robert (Stephanie) Barkus, of Cranberry Township; Alison (David) Roperti, of York; Marah (Justin) McMillen, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Victoria Hemphill, of DelMar, Calif.; Eden Hemphill, of Mokelumne, Calif.; and the late Kristopher "Kit" Barkus. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Anna, Nicholas, Hayden and Ensley; and his cherished caregiver, Georgie Torretti and family. Dr. Hemphill graduated from Apollo High School, Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University. After World War II, he served at the 97th Army Hospital as a corpsman. During that time, he taught intro psychology to soldiers at Frankfort University. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed graduate training at Magee Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh. He was elected to Sigma XI Research Society and became a member of AOA Honor Medical Society. Dick served as president of the Magee-Women's Hospital medical staff and president of the Pittsburgh OB-GYN society. In 1959, he was honored to deliver a report at the Second International Federation of OB-GYN. In 2001, Dr. Hemphill was the recipient of the Elizabeth McCullough Award for his work at the Magee-Women's Research Institute, where he became an honorary member. He was honored to deliver the granddaughter of one of our U.S. presidents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, with his dear friend, the Rev. Lee Nichols, presiding. Arrangements are by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kit Barkus Music Scholarship Fund, 134 September Drive, Butler, PA 16002. Info can also be found at Kitmusic.org.
Published in The Herald on Jan. 25, 2018
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