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JOHN ROGER KELSEY, JR., M.D. was born in Deport, Texas on May 20, 1922 to J. Roger and Bonita Parrott Kelsey. John graduated from Deport High School and attended the University of Texas. He received his M.D. degree from Baylor Medical School in 1945, graduating first in his class at the age of 22. John served his internship at Baltimore City Hospital, the teaching hospital of John Hopkin's University. From 1948 to 1951, John was a Fellow in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic where he also earned his Master of Science Degree in Medicine from the University of Minnesota.In 1953, Dr. John, as he became known, moved to Houston to enter private practice with his brother, Dr. Mavis Kelsey, and Dr. William Leary. As additional physicians were added, the practice grew into the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. During John's 34 year tenure with the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, he also served as Chief of Gastroenterological Services at Methodist Hospital and as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor Medical School where he authored 51 medical research publications. During his career, John received numerous honors and awards developing an international reputation, lecturing at medical conventions across the U.S. and abroad. One of his fondest memories was serving as the President of the Mayo Alumni Association. John was a founder of the Kelsey Research Foundation in 1956, an organization dedicated to medical and clinical research.As a Baylor medical student, John met Mary Margaret Wier who, on March 2, 1945, became his loving wife for 65 years. He is survived by his wife and four children, Virginia W. Kelsey, Robert W. Kelsey and wife, Heidi Hover Kelsey, Ann Kelsey Naber, and husband Gary A. Naber, all of Houston and John R. Kelsey, III, and wife Mary Lou Sansone Kelsey of Lebanon, PA. John and Mickey's five grandchildren are Roger R. Kelsey, R. Gage Kelsey, Lindsay V. Naber, Lauren E. Kelsey and Benson W. Kelsey.Playing golf with friends at the Houston Country Club was one of John's passions. The 16th hole was his favorite where he had 3 of his 6 hole-in-ones. After his retirement in 1987, John took up oil painting, traveling and fly fishing. He would spend hours painting landscapes of his travels. John treasured his decades of membership in "The Junto", a politically diverse group of scholars whose sole purpose was to argue all matters political.The family would like to thank the caregivers that have ensured John's comfort after the onset of his illness. More importantly, not enough thanks can be expressed for the tireless dedication by John's daughter, Virginia Kelsey, to all the family matters.The memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted at half-past eleven o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 26th of July, in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Hines Baker Room. Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private interment ceremony at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.The family requests with gratitude that memorials in John's memory be directed to the charity of one's choice.

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Published in Houston Chronicle from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2010.
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August 5, 2010
I was honored to be a part of Kelsey Seybold Foundation for Medical Research and Education when Terri Litchfield and Dr. George Ferry put many exciting things into place.

Dr Kelsey and his visonary skills will be missed. My condolences to the Kesley Family and his many co-workers.

Donna Hubbard
July 29, 2010
Condolences to the Kelsey family, from Karen and Byron Hood.
Byron Hood
July 28, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Kesley Family, I was lucky enough to meet Dr, John with Dr Rainey,(my sons opthamologist)I have just left after 6 yrs employed with ksc, That man kept my faith in the true way his beliefs were and his mission for KSC. I believe that hopefuly more of the love that this family has and values can somehow be applied to the south east KSC clinics, I saw mr lyle and it breaks my heart to see A GREAT man pass as this. i wish we could have talked sooner but im sure u will hear my prayers for u!
July 26, 2010
My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Kelsey Family. May the peace and love of Christ comfort you at this time.
Tammie Anderson
July 25, 2010
I (Ruth Grogan Palmer)grew up on a farm in Rugby, TX about 3 miles from Deport. My father, Earl Grogan, bought his cars from Roger Kelsey and bought his lumber and hardware from Joe Kelsey. I moved to Houston in 1951 after graduating from University of North Texas. It was a delight for me to acknowledge that founders of the Kelsey Seybold Clinic were from my hometown. I enjoyed Dr. Mavis Kelsey's book on Courthouses of Texas and got his autograph at a book signing when it was published. I am grateful for the Kelsey Seybold Clinic and the contribution it has made to medical care in Houston. My sympathy to all the family. Ruth Grogan Palmer
Ruth Grogan Palmer
July 25, 2010
I was a single, 22-year-old girl, new to Houston with no family here, when I met Dr. Kelsey. I had been sewing late at night and thought it was possible that I had swallowed a straight pin.

He was the lucky doctor at the clinic that day and was just sure that I had appendicitis because my blood work was so off and I was having severe abdominal pain when I leaned over. To humor me he agreed to take an x-ray. When he came into the office and looked at x-ray, the look on his face was priceless. The pin was very obviously there, sitting at a nice 45 degree angle to my spine.

He put the med center on stand by and told me that he didn't really think it would work, but he might be able to retrieve it with a scope. It was a fairly unpleasant couple of minutes, but he grabbed it and pulled it out, a look of such satisfaction on his face that I can see it now. It was a glass-headed pin and he said that gave him enough to grab onto that he was able to extract it without having to do surgery. He gave me the pin which I still have, wrapped in the gauze, just as he handed it to me, but he did ask me to bring him one to add to his collection of things he had retrieved from other patients.

I thanked him, told him I was going back to work and he sat me down to explain to me just how lucky I was but that I was still very sick. Since I had no one to stay with me he gave me his home phone number and told me to call him if I felt that anything could be wrong. He called me at home that night to check on me.

This was such a wonderful, special, caring man. I will never forget my day with him and the special way he treated me. My condolences to the family, but thank you for sharing him with us.
Cindy Wylie
July 25, 2010
My Mother (Gladys Armelin 1910-2007) was one Dr. John Kelsey's first patients when Kelsey-Seybold opened. Her cardiologist before her passing in 2007 was Ali Mortazalvi.

I live in Sweden now with my wife and 2 sons, and send you my deepest condolences, as this man until his move upwards in his endeavours did much for my mother, and continues so through his Legacy to do for many others. Thank you for giving him to us, supporting him, as many counted on him.

The entire Kelsey family have my thoughts, and prayers!

John Armelin
Marieholmsvagen 2H
24135 Eslov Sweden
July 24, 2010
The weekend staff at Kelsey-Seybold want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
July 23, 2010
My sympathy to the entire Kelsey family. I know this has been a long journey...a slow goodbye. I loved the obituary, especially the loving note recognizing Virginia. I'm sure those political discussion parties are a hoot!
Melanie Marshall
July 23, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Kelsey family. Dr. John was a wonderful doctor, man, and friend.

I remember from the years that I worked at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic over 40 years ago how kind he was to everyone and what a wonderful sense of humor he had. He treated everyone---employees, patients, nurses, and other doctors in the same kind, considerate manner.

I know he will be missed by all who loved him.
LaVerne Sepulveda
July 23, 2010
Memories of Kelsey reunions in Paris and Deport will always be cherished. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
David Glover
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