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Charles R. Mathews

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Mathews, Charles R
Jan. 31, 1923 - May 23, 2011

Dr. Charles R Mathews, of Tallahassee, formerly of Sarasota died May 23, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. June 9, 2011 at Florida State University College of Medicine Auditorium in Tallahassee.
Survivors include his loving wife, Frances Dwyer; five daughters, Margaret, Carolyn, Monica, Angela and Mary; three stepsons, Michael, Matthew, and Mark Sylvester; as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In 1972, he moved from Rochester, N.Y. to Sarasota, where he founded Pulmonary Associates, one of the outstanding leading medical groups in SW Florida. He was elected Chief of the Medical Staff sequentially at Doctors Hospital and Sarasota Memorial. In 1984, he left his pulmonary group to set up the first office of Vice President for Medical Affairs at Sarasota Memorial. From 1989-1998, he was the chief medical officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.
Dr. Mathews was an avid bicyclist and organized the Sarasota Bicycle Club in 1974. He studied voice at the Eastman School of Music, singing in various choruses much of his adult life. His last vocalization was in Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
He was a frequent lecturer and past President of the American Lung Association of SW Florida, was on the faculty of the U of Rochester School of Medicine, clinical faculty of the USF School of Medicine in Tampa, received the Humanitarian Award - Capital Medical Society, as well as many other awards and honors for his service to patients.
Memorial donations may be made to the Florida State University College of Medicine Geriatrics Studies or to the We Care Program of the Capital Medical Society in Tallahassee.

Published in Herald Tribune from June 5 to June 6, 2011
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