John H. Updegrove
John H. Updegrove, MD, 87, of Easton, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 in VNA Hospice House of St. Lukes. Born July 13, 1923 in Easton, he was a son of the late Harvey C., MD and Gladys (Collins) Updegrove. He and his wife, the former Ruby Hunsberger were married 60 years last December. Dr. Updegrove had been Chief of Surgery at Easton Hospital. He started his medical career with his father and continued in private practice as a surgeon in the Easton community until retiring in 1988. He attended Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He was a Captain in the Army during the Korean War and served as a surgeon. In 1968 he went to Vietnam as a volunteer civilian physician. He was a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, deacon and elder. He was a past-president of the Easton Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a past-president of the Board of Directors of ProJeCt of Easton, the Lehigh Valley Health Foundation and the Northampton County Medical Society. He was a Governor in the American College of Surgeons, chaired several campaigns for Easton Hospital and the Weller Center, served on the Board of ENBT and Merchants Bank and was a member of Easton Anglers and Northampton Country Club. Survivors: wife, Ruby; two sons, Stephen C. Updegrove, MD and his wife, Kathleen Hayes, of Hamden, CT, and Andrew S. Updegrove, Esq. and his wife, Katherine, of Marblehead, MA; a daughter, Anne L. Updegrove, PhD and her husband, Grayson Holmbeck, of Oak Park, IL; a brother, David Updegrove, of Forks Township; and five grandchildren. A sister, Elizabeth Maguire died earlier this year. Services: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead St., Easton. Visitation on Wednesday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. Contributions: College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead St., Easton, PA 18042 or ProJeCt of Easton, 320 Ferry St., Easton, PA 18042.
Published in Morning Call on Aug. 23, 2010.