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Dr John Rea III


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Dr  John Rea III Obituary
Dr. John Edward Rea III
1945-2016
John Edward Rea III, M.D. died December 8, 2016, from complications of a rare lymphoma.
He was born May 30, 1945, in Las Vegas, New Mexico, to John E. Rea Jr. and Reva L. Rea. He grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physiology in 1967. He was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. He married Rayma Sue Marshall on June 10, 1967, and then attended Tulane University School of Medicine, graduating in 1971 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Dr. Rea moved to Houston in 1971 and completed his residency in General Surgery in 1976. In 1978 he trained under Michael Debakey, M.D. in Cardiovascular/Thoracic surgery at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals, as well as under Denton Cooley, M.D. He joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1978 serving as acting head of Cardiovascular Surgery at the VA hospital.
Dr. Rea served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a part of the 4005th Army Hospital in Houston, Texas until his honorable discharge in 1982.
He went into private practice in Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in 1979.
Dr. Rea was board certified in General Surgery as well as Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He was a member of the Michael E. Debakey Society, Denton Cooley Society, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Surgical Society, American Medical Association, and the American Care Management Association.
He is survived by his wife Sue Rea, son Travis and his wife Ana, son Austin and his wife Amanda, grandchildren John Edward, Travis Lee, and Reva Jean; his brother Tom Rea and sister Nancy Jacobs, nieces Sharen Steindorff and her husband Clint, LeAnne Jacobs and Emili Broyles and nephews Randy Jacobs and Forrest Broyles.
Dr. Rea served in multiple leadership roles at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Methodist Sugarland Hospital and was elected Physician of the Year at both institutions. He retired from active practice in October 2014 and immediately became Medical Director of Case Management at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Dr. Rea loved teaching and valued each of the assistants in the ICU, operating room, floor nurses, and case management team, treating all with kindness, dignity, and respect.
He was a fearless adventurer and daredevil. He liked fast cars and firearms his entire life. He hunted ducks and alligators, and enjoyed rock climbing and whitewater rafting. He never lost his wild streak, even into his later years. He began riding motorcycles in his fifties and sky diving in his sixties. He loved rock concerts, heli-skiing with his friends, and was always the first (and last) man on the dance floor at weddings and parties.
He also enjoyed sailing, hiking, bicycle riding, traveling, and his annual ski trip with the Calcium Conference group of physicians. He was a father figure to many and encouraged his children, nieces, nephews, and coworkers to work hard, follow their dreams, have fun and not be afraid to "sail into the wind."
Dr. Rea dedicated his life to helping others. His family, friends, colleagues, and patients adored him for his calm, gentle demeanor, and will remember him for his grace, dignity, kindness, and selfless generosity. He will be greatly missed.
The family thanks Madeleine Duvic, M.D. and Yasuhiro Oki, M.D. of M.D. Anderson for their dedicated care of John for 10 years. We also thank our friends Obiageli Obijiofor, M.D. and Ana Leech, M.D. for their excellent, always available care and love.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 4:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 3816 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77025, Saintly Stitchers of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, at 717 Sage Road Houston, Texas, 77056, and Memorial Hermann Home Hospice Care, at 920 Frostwood Houston, Texas 77024.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 15 to Dec. 18, 2016
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