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John McNaugher Stang

STANG John McNaugher Stang, beloved husband, father, physician, teacher and friend, died Tuesday at the age of 61. Born in Elwood City, Pa., Dr. Stang's career of serving patients, medical students and their families spanned more than 30 years. He was the son of a Presbyterian pastor, Dr. Oliver R. Stang, and a teacher, Mildred R. Stang. Dr. Stang received his B.S. in Chemistry from Muskingum College in 1968 before going on to attend Ohio State University College of Medicine. He graduated cum laude in 1972 and received the prestigious Rusoff Award for Excellence in Medicine both his third and fourth years at Ohio State. After pursuing his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Stang returned to Ohio State as a fellow in the Division of Cardiology where he was involved as a research associate in the Preventive Medicine's Mobile Coronary Care Unit Project. Following his fellowship, Dr. Stang served as chief medical resident at Ohio State from 1977 to 1978, becoming an assistant professor of medicine and the director of the Coronary Care Unit at The Ohio State University Hospitals in 1978, an appointment which he held until 1984. A longtime friend of local firefighters and medics, Dr. Stang served as acting director of the continuing medical education program of Columbus' Emergency Medical Services from 1979 to 1980 and as medical director from 1980 to 1984. Columbus EMS presented Dr. Stang its First Annual John M. Stang M.D. Award for Advancement of Excellence in 1994. Dr. Stang also directed the College of Medicine's Physical Diagnosis program from 1980 to 1988 and was director of the Ambulatory Dysrhythmia Laboratory from 1981 to 1988. In 1989, Dr. Stang shifted his focus toward educating medical students, in 1999 becoming assistant dean for student counseling and tutoring. He also was the Harry C. and Mary Elizabeth Powelson Professor of Medicine. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, the Ohio State College of Medicine Class of 1985 named Dr. Stang Professor of the Year. Dr. Stang is survived by his wife, Janice M. Stang of Reynoldsburg; his daughter, Alyson M. (Joseph) Palmer of Decatur, Ga.; his son, John W. Stang of Rochester Hills, Mich.; his sister, Malinda S. (Steve) Amerson of Roswell, Ga.; his brother, James R. (Idonna) Stang of Morehead City, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements are being handled by SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 614-861-6268. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road, Columbus. A private burial is planned. The family would welcome memorial donations to the Gesundheit! Institute, P.O. Box 50104, Arlington, VA 22205, or Columbus' Emergency Medical Services, Business Office c/o EMS Donations, 3675 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43207. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com. Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries
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