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Dr. William R. Updegraff


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Dr. William R. Updegraff

Venice, FL - Dr. William R. Updegraff, age 97, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed into eternal life on May 13, 2018 in Venice, Florida. A long time resident of Poughkeepsie NY, he was an Otolaryngologist, a head and neck surgeon and Neuro-Otologist, specializing in problems pertaining to the ear, nose and throat. He was born August 22, 1920 in Boone, Iowa, one of five sons of a physician. Each one of the five brothers became a physician specialist like their father. He married the total love of his life, Teresa Castaldi Updegraff, on December 30, 1945. She took care of both home and family, and he took care of his patients. Never in the world would his practice of medicine been successful without her love and support at home. "Terry" Updegraff survives him as well as his three children, Joyce Lenore Garrity, William R. Updegraff, Jr., and Linda Theresa Updegraff. Also surviving are numerous grand children and great grandchildren. Dr. Updegraff was honored by both of the hospitals in Poughkeepsie, NY receiving the Franciscan Award in 2004, and Vassar Brothers Annual Diamond Gala in 1998. He was past President of the Dutchess County Medical Society. He loved the game of golf and always enjoyed caddying for his brother Ed, who became Captain of the United States Walker Cup team. Dr. Updegraff retired at the age of 78 to give him a chance to spend the rest of his life with Terry.

There will be no visitation. A memorial mass, to be held at Saint Columba Roman Catholic Church in Hopewell Junction NY, will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 15 to May 17, 2018
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