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Dr. George Forsyth
HARLINGEN, TX. - Dr. George Forsyth Diehl, 83, passed away on April 18, 2013 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX after a lengthy illness.
George was born August 20, 1929 in Harlingen, TX to George W. and Blanch Forsyth Diehl. He attended Harlingen Public Schools during elementary school, then he attended New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell, NM, graduating with honors. George furthered his education at Baylor in Waco, TX and Baylor Dental School in Dallas, TX where he graduated at the top of his class as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He was a member of Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity, and O.K.U Fraternity.
He was inducted into the Army and served as a Lieutenant from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict.
After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1955 he joined his father's dental practice in Harlingen. His father and his grandfather were also dentist. Thereafter he established his own office on S. 13th St. and Tyler, where he practiced until his retirement in 2000.
Dr. Diehl was a member of the American Dental Association, a past president of the RGV District Dental Society, and an invitational member of the Southwest Prosthodontic Society. He was a past president of the Harlingen Rotary Club, where he received the perfect attendance award. He also participated in the Harlingen Welfare Service.
In the early seventies he was one of the founders of the Harlingen Planned Parenthood. He also was past president of the Scottish Society of Harlingen, and was a member of the Clan Forsyth Society.
He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Harlingen for some thirty years.
Dr. Diehl played the bagpipes and he was asked to play them at many community and civic functions. He would be in full Scottish Bagpiper attire including his Kilt made of fabric from the Clan Forsyth.
Dr. Diehl loved to travel and always planned his trips in great detail. His travels took him to many countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Whales and France.
He had a great love of music; his favorite was Classical Music. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and was a member of the Emanon Dance Club.
Dr. Diehl is survived by his wife Elizabeth ``Betsy' and her two daughters of Denver, CO and her son, David Kercher of Harlingen. David became a very special friend and caregiver helping to make his lengthy illness brighter.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Blanch Forsyth and George W. Diehl.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home at 4:00 PM with Vance Greek officiating.
Burial will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
You are invited to sign the guestbook or leave memory at www.buckashcraft.com
Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Apr. 21, 2013
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