Kenneth Joseph Faust, MD, 85, of Leesburg, FL, passed away Wednesday, October 31 in Tavares, FL. Born in Shamokin, PA in 1933, Dr. Faust graduated from Shamokin High School in 1951. While in high school, he was a two-time Pennsylvania State Wrestling Champion, Middle Atlantic States AAU Champion, co-captain of the wrestling and football teams and a class officer. Dr. Faust attended Lehigh University from 1951-1955, serving as a class officer three years. He was captain of the Lehigh varsity wrestling team, where he wrestled for four years. He was a 4-year EIWA medalist. Following Lehigh, he earned his doctorate degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1959. In 1962, he married his loving wife, Bettie Landers. Upon graduating medical school, Dr. Faust served in the US Navy. After serving his internship at Los Angeles County Hospital, he completed the Submarine Medical Officers Course and the Diving Medical Officers Course at the Deep Sea Diving School in Washington, D.C. Dr. Faust completed Airborne School at Fort Bragg, NC, and was subsequently assigned as the medical officer for UDT 21 and 22 and the Seal Team 2. His Navy assignments included S.O.G. MACV (Vietnam), Environmental Research (Bethesda, MD), Ophthalmology Residency and Lancaster Course (San Diego, CA), Naval Hospital Ophthalmology Department and Chief of Ophthalmology Department (Pensacola, FL). Dr. Faust resigned from the Navy as a Commander, and began his civilian ophthalmology practice in 1971. Dr. Faust developed the Hydrodissection Technique, published in the American Intraocular Implant Society Journal in the winter of 1984. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997. Dr. Faust is survived by his Daughter, Karen English (Rob), of Okahumpka, Son Michael Faust (Tiffaney), of Charleston, SC, grandchildren Kathryn Walling, Caroline Walling, Ashley Faust and Michael Hunter Faust. A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, November 15 at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions made in Dr. Faust's memory to either St. James Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.
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Published in Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 4, 2018.