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Dr. George Patrick Pettit

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Dr. George Patrick Pettit passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his daughter, Katherine Pettit Hawkins (Darren) of Lexington, Ky, and his son, David of Columbus. He was a surrogate father to Lejla Bilal Maley (Brett) of Columbus. He was a loving and fun brother-in-law and uncle to his Berryville family. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, George and Eleanor Pettit of Piketon, and his brother, Thomas Pettit (Susie). He was blessed with wonderful caregivers throughout his illness and thankful for the care he received from SOMC Hospice.
George grew up in Piketon, Ohio, and was Valedictorian of his high school class. Music was always an important part of his life, and he played piano at various churches in Pike County. In high school, he founded the band, "George Pettit and the Glitters". He played the trumpet in the Piketon HS band and was a member of the Men's Glee Club at The Ohio State University.
During his early high school years, he thought he would become a television repairman until his family doctor encouraged him to consider medicine as a career. He attended The Ohio State University and earned a degree in pathogenic bacteriology. During his undergraduate years, in addition to being in the Men's Glee Club, he was a member of ROTC and the Rifle Team. He was accepted into The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He served as class president his fourth year and graduated Cum Laude.
George completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was appointed Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Emergency Medical Services at the West Point Military Academy, where he worked for four years before returning to Portsmouth to begin his private practice. He served as the West Point Liaison Officer for Southern Ohio for many years and retired with the rank of Colonel from the US Army.
Always thankful for his opportunity to attend public schools, he was an advocate for public education. He served on the school board of the Portsmouth City Schools for 15 years, retiring in 2014.
He was humbled to receive The Ohio State University Alumni Citizenship Award in 2004 and The Ohio State University College of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in 1994. He was inducted into The Ohio State University ROTC Hall of Fame in 2002.
George was a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for both The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received The Master Faculty Award from Ohio University in 2006. He loved mentoring and teaching students.
An active member of Franklin Avenue United Methodist Church and later, Cornerstone UMC, he served on many committees throughout the years. His favorite ministry was "Coat of Many Colors", a painting ministry that later evolved into building ramps for handicapped individuals. He spent many Saturdays helping build ramps for those who found themselves unable to safely or easily get in and out of their homes.
George was committed to providing care to those most in need, especially low-income women, in Southern Ohio and around the world. He went on multiple medical mission trips, traveling to Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Mexico, Haiti, the Philippines and Savannah, Georgia. After becoming ill, he said his only regret was that he hadn't gone on more mission trips.
George had boundless energy and a contagious joyfulness. He loved delivering babies, performing surgeries, teaching students and telling jokes. He delivered over 15,000 babies in his career, but would often say he never worked a day in his life. He gave generously. He often reminded his family and friends, "To whom much is given, much is required", paraphrasing Luke 12:48. Many of his good deeds and acts of love were done anonymously. He genuinely loved his neighbor, and the world was his neighborhood. He had a special place in his heart for "the least of these."
He was proud of his children and would tell anyone with time to listen about their accomplishments. He loved life and lived every day to the fullest. His life was a gift and a beautiful testament to his family, his community and his world. He will be dearly missed.
A celebration of George's life will be held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 12th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. We ask that you do not send flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to Cornerstone United Methodist Church Music Ministry (808 Offnere Street Portsmouth, Ohio), the International Rescue Committee, (www.rescue.org), Cure PSP, (www.psp.org) or the George E. and Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund through Scioto Foundation (http://www.sciotofoundation.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of McKinley Funeral Home.
Published in Pike County News Watchman on Nov. 8, 2017
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