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Dave Weldon Kittrell M.D.

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Dave Weldon Kittrell, MD, was born on October 8, 1948 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. When asked about his place of birth, Dr. Dave always said, "Born in Tyler, raised in Dallas". He was an unabashed lover of his native state, an extraordinary historian and an ever-willing tour guide for family and friends who came to visit San Antonio. He was a true Texan with no bias. He represented Trinity University (BA), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (MD) and Texas A&M College of Medicine at Scott and White Memorial Hospital where he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a proud Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He began his private practice in San Antonio in 1979. The walls of his office are papered with the photos of the thousands of babies he helped bring into the world and in recent years, represent multiple generations of families. He was an unapologetic advocate of any woman's rights to excellent medical care, whatever her circumstances. Politics and especially the politics of medicine, was his avocation. He was a quiet man, but found his voice when he saw the threats to the future of medicine. He served at the local, county, state and national level across multiple boards and associations. He was a member of the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Bexar County Medical Society for ten years, he served the last two as Treasurer. He served on the Council on Legislation of the Texas Medical Association for nine years and as a consultant to the TMA Professional Liability Committee. As a past president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he served on the TAOG Executive Council and as Chairman of the Texas Section, District VII ACOG. He found a second home on the Texas Medical Liability Trust Board of Governors. He served on this board from 1989 to 1998, was reappointed in 2001 and served until his death. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board at different times for twelve of those years. More than all these titles, Dave loved "Dad" and "Grandpa" the most. His friends and family knew him as a compassionate, devoted, encouraging, generous man. Dave died unexpectedly on Friday, July 2, 2010. Left to grieve his passing but joyful in the knowledge of eternal life in Christ are his beloved wife, Pamela Jane Peden Kittrell; his precious daughters, Carrie Kittrell Carroll and her children, Blake and Rylee; Carla Kittrell Wilkins and her husband, Christopher Wilkins and their daughter, Ella; Catherine Kittrell Bridger and her husband, Brian and their son, Owen; youngest daughter Caroline Jane Kittrell and his only son, Daniel Weldon Kittrell. Dave's love and caring was cherished by his father and mother-in-law, Dr. Wendell and Carol Peden. He also leaves a brother, John Robert Kittrell and wife, Sandy and an extended family of many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws including all the "Aunties" who loved him so. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bailey Weldon and Evelyn Lambert Kittrell, and infant brother and his first wife, Jan Hensel Kittrell. Dave was always thankful for the friendships he made, the physicians he worked with, the nursing staff of the hospitals he worked in and the gifts he was afforded in this life.

JULY 6, 2010
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Published in Express-News on July 4, 2010
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