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Rear Admiral, US Public Health  

John W. Cashman, M.D., M.P.H., age 90, Rear Admiral US Public Health Service, died October 18, 2013 in Tacoma, WA. Memorial Services will be held November 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Rd.., Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Cashman's medical career spanned 46 years. His service in the Washington D. C. area included assignments in the Montgomery County Health Department, the Peace Corps where he served as Deputy Medical Director and as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Cashman served in leadership roles in the federal government's efforts to make people aware of the hazards of smoking, creating nursing home care and mine health safety regulations, and establishing Medicare.
Dr. Cashman was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene since 1935. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 2008. He is survived by son John Jr., (Cyndy), of Norman OK, and son Tom (Rosemary), of Fox Island, WA; and by two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Dr. Cashman and the family have requested no flowers, but memorial contributions can be made to the Kansas City Rescue Mission at For more information, an extended obituary, guest book comments, and family contact links, see obituary listings at

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 27, 2013
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