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October 31, 1963 - September 30, 2015 Dr. D. Scott McMeekin (M.D., FACOG, FACS), age 51, of Newport Beach, CA, died September 30th, 2015 at his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Scott McMeekin was born October 31st, 1963, in Denver, Colorado to Donald and Charlene McMeekin, the eldest of four children. He was raised in San Marino and Laguna Beach, CA and graduated from Laguna Beach High School, in 1981. Scott earned his B.A. from Occidental College in 1985 and his M.D. from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in 1990. He was valedictorian of his medical school class and subsequently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical society. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Irvine, California, where he also served his Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship from 1994-1998. After marrying Cathy Gazzaniga, Scott and his family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he served as the Deputy Director of Clinical Research at the Stephenson Cancer Center, Professor and Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Section of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Oklahoma University, and the Virginia Kerley Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics at the Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center. Scott was internationally renowned for his work in gynecologic oncology. He published over 100 scholarly articles on cancer research, won numerous grants to further his work, and was an invited speaker to over 50 national and international professional conventions. In recognition of his contributions to research, Scott was named the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Cancer Research Award at the Stephenson Cancer Center. This annual award has subsequently been named in his honor. Scott was known to his colleagues, residents, fellows, nurses, and patients as a compassionate, caring physician and teacher, and his work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Gold Pillar for Outstanding Patient Service by Oklahoma University, Oklahoma Magazine's "Top Doctor in Oklahoma", and a four time recipient of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Teaching Award. Scott was a dedicated father and husband. He loved to cook and entertain family and friends with his gourmet feasts. He also loved to take his family to Crystal Cove Beach in Laguna, California every summer to explore the tide pools, grab a shake at the Shake Shack, and go body surfing. Scott's wit and humor always kept us laughing, and his generosity to all people was unparalleled. Scott is survived by his wife, Cathy Gazzaniga M.D., his eldest daughter Charlotte, who is attending Princeton University, his son Jackson, who aspires to be a filmmaker, and his youngest daughter Remy, who rows for Oklahoma City Riversport crew team. He is also survived by his sister Kelly A. McMeekin, brother John Parker McMeekin, his sister Danielle J. McMeekin and his father Donald R. McMeekin and stepmother Judith Louise Boyce. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlene Ann McMeekin. A memorial service celebrating Scott's life will be 11 a.m., Friday, October 9th, 2015 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, at the intersection of N.W. 13th and Shartel, Oklahoma City 73106. The family has requested that memorial donations be directed to the McMeekin Excellence in Cancer Research Award at the OU Foundation. Go to www.stephensoncancercenter.org and click on McMeekin Excellence in Cancer Research Fund, or Stephenson Cancer Center | Development Office, 800 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 6, 2015
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