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Dr. Eric Comstock M.D.


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Eric Comstock M.D. Obituary
Eric G. Comstock
1927-2016
Eric G. Comstock, M.D. passed away peacefully in the evening of Sept. 28, 2016 at his home in Houston, Texas. He was attended by his family and friends.
Born on February 25, 1927 to Eric Charles Comstock and Gladys Darnell Comstock in San Diego, California, he survived his three older siblings, Louise Rutherford, Paul Comstock, and Gladys Colston. He is survived by five children and six grandchildren of his marriage to Betsy Jo Smith Comstock: Kimberly Comstock (daughter, Hannah Karin), Carolyn Comstock Keelaghan (sons, Paul Joseph and Aidan Patrick and daughters, Aubrey Claire and Bridget Elizabeth), Clarinda Comstock, Eric Steven Comstock (son, Eric Anthony) and Charles Kevin Comstock.
After attending the University of California, Berkley and service in the Navy, Dr. Comstock moved to Houston in the 1950's to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he met and married Betsy Jo Smith. He went on to become a pioneer in the field of Clinical Toxicology. He was instrumental in founding the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, the Institute of Clinical Toxicology in Houston, as well as the establishment of the first poison control centers. He later became interested in the science of addiction and was a pioneer in the field of addiction treatment.
Later in his career he worked as an expert witness, providing testimony in court cases in which toxicology played a role, such as asbestos, silicosis and dram shop litigation. He was well known for the unusually high quality of his testimony. After one such case, Dr. Comstock's accomplishments were acknowledged by a federal district judge who, in rendering a verdict, stated in his opinion that Dr. Comstock "had given the most credible and best expert witness testimony he had ever heard for all the years he had served on the bench."
A memorial service will be held on October 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM, at the Houston Hospice Chapel, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houston Hospice.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 8, 2016
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