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John Theodore Luros

Renowned physician and pioneer in neurological surgery John Theodore "Ted" Luros, a loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather and friend of many, died at his home in Zionsville on June 26, 2013. He was 92. His death followed from injuries in a tragic automobile accident twelve days earlier.

Dr. Luros was a dedicated neurosurgeon who held clinical privileges at the major hospitals in central Indiana for over fifty years. He was an active neurosurgeon until his retirement in 2003 at age 82. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1944. After medical school, he proudly served as a Lieutenant (junior grade) and Chief Medical Officer in the United States Navy. Ted was appointed to the U.S.S. Monrovia and was stationed in the South Pacific, Okinawa and the Philippines during World War II.

Dr. Luros received medical degrees in both Neurology and Neurosurgery. His residency in neurology and fellowship in neurosurgery were completed at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He came to Indianapolis in 1952 to complete his neurosurgical residency at Methodist Hospital.

He served as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He published several articles on neurosurgical medicine. He had the greatest satisfaction during his career working in private practice and training many neurosurgeons now practicing in area hospitals. During his long and distinguished medical career, Dr. Luros had at one time served as Chief of Neurosurgery at both Methodist and St. Vincent hospitals in Indianapolis.

Ted was a sixty-one year member of The Indianapolis Medical Society, as well as a member of The American Medical Society, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and The Harvey Cushing Society.

Ted had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good poker game, loved to travel and drove fast cars. A favorite summer getaway for Bonnie and Ted was a day filled with horse racing at River Downs, dinner at La Maisonette followed by the Cincinnati Opera. They traveled the world but always returned to Paris, Venice and St. Martin. Ted was held in high regard by his patients, colleagues, family and friends. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

Dr. Luros was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 21,1921, the second child of Gretchen Oeschger Luros and Floyd Theodore Luros. He was active in Boy Scouts where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at age 12. He attended Albion College and graduated from Wayne State University. He was happily married to his devoted wife Bonnie Gutchess Luros for 65 years until her death in 2009. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Luros Knorr. He is survived by his children John Theodore Luros, Jr., Julia Luros Failey, Marc DeVilbiss Luros, and Gretchen Ann Luros. Grandchildren Julia Sumner Failey, Elisabeth Failey Wagner, John Theodore Luros, III, Madison Luros, Olivia DeVilbiss Luros, Steven Luros Holliday, Bonnie Luros Holliday and Shannon Baun.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 13, 2013 at Holcomb Chapel at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, 5500 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis with a reception to follow. The Luros family invites friends and associates to share their memories of Ted at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 10, 2013
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