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Walter E. "Terry" Ogilvie M.D. III

1920 - 2015
Walter E. "Terry" Ogilvie M.D. III Obituary
Walter E. Ogilvie, III, MD "Terry"

Asheville - In loving memory of....

Walter E. Ogilvie, III, MD "Terry", died peacefully on November 29th. Terry, the oldest son of the late Walter E., Jr. and Marie Spaulding Ogilvie was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 12, 1920. He lived his first 7 years in Havana, Cuba then his family moved to New Jersey. He graduated from Hackensack (NJ) High School in 1938; from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) in 1942; from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York City) in May, 1945 and was commissioned in the Navy as Assistant Surgeon, Lt. (jg).

After two years of internship at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, he spent time at the US Naval Hospital in Bainbridge, MD. He was then sent to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Swannanoa, NC for three years. Terry completed medical residency training at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn following his military service. Terry next moved to Asheville where he practiced as an internist on the staffs of the Mission and St. Josephs Hospitals. He opened an office for the practice of internal medicine at 394 Merrimon Avenue in February, 1952. He retired after 30 years of practice.

In retirement Terry was active at UNCA where he was instrumental in the establishment of the College for Seniors initially as an instructor and in his later years as a student. He established the Ogilvie Scholarship Fund for UNCA students studying art and music. He loved classical music and worked to bring chamber music to the Asheville area.

As an avid photographer, Terry had a strong concern for the art of photography versus the mechanics. He maintained his own darkroom and produced some outstanding images from his travels in Cuba, India, Mexico, and Guatemala.

In the early to mid-sixties Terry established the f/32 Gallery located at 32 Biltmore Ave. where a small group of photographers would meet periodically to hang their work, discuss their merits and promote their sale. Terry recalled that while he never sold any of his works, he was pleased that someone did like one of his pictures enough to steal it from the gallery!

Despite his impaired sight Terry faithfully attended the f/32 meetings, sitting in the front row to view the projected images and offer his opinions.

A lifelong bridge enthusiast, Terry took bridge lessons as child and played continuously (with the exception of his medical residency) throughout his life. Earning the distinction of Life Master, he was a member of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and served as president of the Asheville Bridge Group. He played every other Thursday evening for 30 years with a small group of friends. His failing eyesight caused active retirement from the game although he enthusiastically served as a mentor for beginning players.

Terry is survived by three nieces, Dionne Elinor Butt of Florida and her daughters, Lindsey, Amanda and Ashley; Jennifer Ogilvie Johnson of North Carolina and her sons Colin and Brandon; and Melissa Spaulding Polier of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his sister Dionne Ogilvie Butt and brother Douglas Spaulding Ogilvie.

Memorial donations may be made to the UNCA Ogilvie Scholarship Fund or a similar fund promoting education.

A Memorial Reception is planned for Sunday afternoon, January 3, 2016. Details of the time and location will be available at the Morris Funeral Home website in late December.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., is assisting with arrangements.


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 9, 2015
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