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Dr. Donald W. Lyddon Jr.


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Dr.  Donald W. Lyddon Jr. Obituary
Dr. Donald W. Lyddon, Jr. 1937—2018
Dr. Donald W. Lyddon, Jr., 80, died after a skiing accident in Sölden, Austria on February 1, 2018. He was born December 28, 1937, in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived in many other places before his family settled in Rockford, IL in 1952. His love of education began while attending Punahou School in Hawaii and he went on to graduate from West High School in Rockford in 1955. He studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and received his M. D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, in 1962. He received his Hand Surgery Fellowship in 1969 from Passavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In the same year, he joined his father, Dr. Donald W. Lyddon, Sr., at Lundholm Surgical Group in Rockford, IL, as a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. He was an active staff member of Swedish American Hospital from 1969-2007, became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons from 1973, and was recertified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Surgery of the Hand through 2017. Don's military career with United States Air Force began in 1963, where he was first a Flight Medical Officer and then a Flight Surgeon. He served on active duty as a Captain from 1963-1965, and was in the Illinois National Guard from 1965-1970, where he was promoted to Major. Don volunteered his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Blood Bank (now Rock River Valley Blood Center) in Rockford since 1971, and served as President from 1976-1978, 1994-1996, 2008-2010 and Nov. 2012-2014. Don served in the following positions in his professional associations: President of the Illinois Orthopaedic Society From 1981-1982; Oral Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1983-1984; Member of the Swedish American Hospital Board of Directors from 1984-1989; and, as a member of the Swedish American Foundation Board of Directors, from 1989-1995. During his medical career, Don published 39 medical publications, professional papers and presentations. Don's academic appointments included: Instructor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine; Clinical Associate and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine; and Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Don had many hobbies, including flying, scuba diving, racing cars, shooting sports and skiing. He was a commercial pilot, held an instrument rating and was a certified flight instructor. He raced cars for over 15 years and won the Regional Championship in the Formula Ford class of the Sports Car Club of America in 1990, as well as many other awards. Don was an avid shooting sports enthusiast and master level competition shooter. He also held instruction certifications in several disciplines and was particularly enthusiastic about introducing people to the sport of Skeet and coaching them to success. In 1961, Don met and married the love of his life, Virginia (Ginny) Hoyt. Don and Ginny were happily married for 56 years. He was forever grateful to her for humoring him throughout all of his various phases and interests. They loved traveling the world together. Don is survived by his wife, Ginny; son, Steve (Amy) Lyddon; grandchildren, Caitlin and Carter of Springfield, IL; and daughter, Diane Lyddon of Reedsport, OR. Predeceased by parents, Donald W. Lyddon, Sr. and Ruth Karr Lyddon; and by his brother, James Lyddon.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018, in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Swedish American Foundation, Rock River Valley Blood Center or charity of donor's choice. To share a memory or condolence visit olsonfh.com
Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2018
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