Julian MarDock
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Julian MarDock M.D. Julian MarDock M.D., 88, died on December 18, 2006 at home in Dallas, a dignified end to an adventurous life. Born July 22, 1918, in Tyler, TX, to Sam MarDock (aka Mar Yum Eh) and Wong Shee (immigrants from the Toi Shan area of south China), preceded in death by his beloved wife of sixty-two years Ruth, Julian recalled fondly all phases of his life. In Tyler his father ran the Cotton Belt Restaurant and Julian went to public schools (Bonner Elementary, Hogg Jr High, Tyler HS), became an Eagle Scout, and played on the so-called League of Nations baseball team. After graduating he probably would not have gone to college if not for the urging of a teacher (Miss Lucia Douglas) who also (he believed) paid the tuition at Tyler Jr College. He went on to the University of Texas in Austin and fulfilled a dream of trying out for the baseball team coached by Billy Disch. "I took six swings and missed six times- I did not need to be told that my baseball career was over." He graduated from U.T. just as the US was entering WWII and signed up for the Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was one of the first Chinese-American pilots and pushed to go into combat rather than transporting supplies and VIP's. He got assigned to the 33rd Photo Recon Squad in Europe, flying P-47s and P-38s in 100 combat missions, including one on Christmas Day during the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated twelve times (Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 9 O.L.C., E.T.O. Ribbon, six battle stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, and Belgian Fourragere). During the war years he met J. Frank Dobie and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and toured Stonehenge with Morse Peckham who went on to become president of the University of Pennsylvania. On Jan 9, 1943 he married Ruth Wilhelm, whom he had met at U.T. For their honeymoon they stayed at the Commodore Hotel and saw Cab Calloway at the Diamond Horseshoe. With the GI bill Julian attended Cornell Medical School in NYC, earning his M.D. in 1949. He returned to Texas to pursue post-grad training in surgery at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Baylor Hospital in Dallas, and San Angelo Hospital. He and Ruth had five children in a span of seven years and eventually settled in Oak Cliff where they designed and built a unique house without halls. Julian obtained staff privileges at Baylor Hospital and St. Paul Hospital, and opened an office on Beckley near SOC High School where he saw patients on a walk-in basis for thirty years while Ruth handled the paperwork. He was working as Asst County Health Officer (jail doctor) during the Kennedy assassination and so treated Jack Ruby during his incarceration. Julian loved being a doctor and encouraged all his children to pursue this profession, promising to pay all the expenses. The family took yearly summer vacations by station wagon, driving large loops, hitting as many states and national parks as they could in two weeks, until they had been to all but one of the contiguous states. He was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, where he presided over an informal gathering in the coffee room while his wife taught Sunday School. He was active in his children's schools, becoming PTA president of Mark Twain Elementary School. All five children graduated from Kimball High School and attended U.T.-Austin. For decades Julian and Ruth had season tickets to U.T. football games and were members of Texas Exes, UT Dads Club, and the Chancellor's Club. After retiring in 1990 Julian wrote The First of Many , a book about his father coming to Texas from China at age 14 to work on the railroad. Julian and Ruth loved living in Dallas, and had many great friends, several of whom are already deceased. They enjoyed going to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theatre Center and the Dallas Cowboys games. In later years they liked traveling in Europe to see WWII sites and visit their daughter Jeanne's family in Italy, to China to try to find the house Julian's father built before deciding to live permanently in the U.S., to Pittsfield MA where Julian had crashed his plane during flight training in 1942, and wherever the 33rd Recon Group Reunion was being held. Julian was a member of several organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Smith County Historical Society, Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association. In 1990 they moved to University Park and lived across the street from their daughter Ruth Anne and her husband Joe, until Ruth's death in 2005 when Julian moved in with his daughter. Julian never got used to Ruth being gone and continued to ask for her until his own death. He will be sorely missed by his family, for whom he was always willing to do anything he could, and especially by his children who were raised to believe there were no external limits to their achievements. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Lucille MarDock, and brother Samuel MarDock Jr and wife Lily. He is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren, and six step-grandchildren. They are Julian K. MarDock of McKinney, TX and his daughters Mary Anne and husband Kelly Huckman, Katheryne, and Sarah; Jeanne MarDock and husband Alessandro Ciarlo of Grottaferrata, Italy and their son Robert; Ruth Anne MarDock and husband Joe Dishner of University Park, TX and their children George and Emma; Samuel MarDock of Mart, TX; and John MarDock and wife Sue of Arlington, TX and their children Lance, Chelsea, Kyle, Taryn, Adam, Zack, Aaron, and Angela. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, December 26, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. Memorial Service will be Wednesday, December 27, 11:00 a.m. at Cox Chapel of Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX, followed by a reception at the home, and then burial at 3:30 p.m. at the Dallas-Ft Worth National Cemetery, Lane B. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church (HPUMC) or Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NY, NY. To leave a personal tribute, please visit www.mem.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 24, 2006.
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January 16, 2007
As a newly wed with more problems than I should have had at that age, I tried to take my life. Dr Mardock gave me another chance, he was by my side in the hospital and for days after. Dr. Mardock was wonderful, I will never forget him. He was a wonderful doctor and an even better human being.
Carolyn Carter
January 15, 2007
Dr. and Mrs. Mardock will always be remembered by me and my family. They provided medical care for my whole family in 1960's to latter '70's. I remember how they would always give us suckers and brightly colored pencils. Though we always got a shot, we knew we would get well quickly. Seems like right after we saw Dr. Mardock, we would soon be better. I will always appreciate the care they gave us and they did not charge alot of money. I knew they could have practiced anywhere, but what they did for lower income families will never be forgotten. I am 45 now and will never forget Dr. Mardock and Ruth. I loved their little office and remember that they were always packed. They have helped so many people. My prayers are with the family. I know they will be missed. They were phenomenal people and I will never forget them.
Lea Ann P.
January 15, 2007
Dr. Mardock and his wife treated my family back in the day. I remember his wife coming in the waiting room..."next". Mardock was a great man and a true gift from GOD. How many doctors would give you a needle to take home that was just used on you! He will be greatly missed but his memories will last a lifetime. I wish I still had one of those suckers and animal pencils!
Danny C.
January 7, 2007
So sorry for your/our loss of a great man and great physician. We were patients through the 1960s and I have fond memories of the care he and the Mrs. provided. They are probably the reason I'm in the medical field. I ran into him again in the early 1990's at DRI when his sister was a patient there. It was great to see him again. He remembered my brother well, Fred Brown, who had played every sport there was at Sunset. It seemed he hadn't aged at all and I recognized his voice before I ever looked up!
Sincerely,
Jeanne (Evans) Bryant
January 2, 2007
I'll always remember those annual visits to Dr. Mardock's office by our Boy Scout troop prior to going to summer camp. I hope the many warm memories of his friends comfort you in this difficult time. My prayers are with you.
Champ Lee
December 30, 2006
My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Dr. Julian and wife Ruth were quiet
helpful to my children and me when we lived in Oak Cliff. With a quick
shot we were well the next day.
Andre/Chandra and DeLaura Anderson.
DeLaura McClelland
December 29, 2006
Dr. MarDock was one of the LAST REAL Doctors to practice medicine.. He was my Doctor right up to the end of his pactice... Sorry I couldn't have known him earlier in my life... He was genuine and sincere person and you knew it the first time you was with him..
Merle Laubach
December 29, 2006
Julian was a fellow squadron member of the 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. We served together in the European Theater in 1944/1945. I remember him as a skilled pilot and squadron friend. He will be sadly missed by the few remaining squadron members.
Fred Miller
December 27, 2006
Our son was a good friend and fellow orchestra member with Ruth Ann and Sam Mardock in high school. He read the very nice tribute to Dr. Mardock while in Dallas recently. He is Mark W. Riggs and sends his condolences.
mark.riggs@acu.edu
Mark Riggs
December 27, 2006
We moved to Oak Cliff south Dallasin 1967, and we saw Dr MarDock many times from 1967 thru 1970,s. D r MarDock an his wife were great folks and helped me and my family when we starting out fresh in Texas. Our prayers go out to the family at this time of their loss, God bless and keep you in his will.
Donald E. Coffey & Family
December 26, 2006
Dr. Mardock was our family Doctor. I remember his loud footsteps walking through the doors. It was a bit scary when I was just a child, but I know he meant well. He was there to make us better. He will be missed. May God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow
Celia
December 26, 2006
Dr. Mardocktried to make a good scout master out of me back in the early sixties when his son was on the Eagle trail.
Ramon McKinney
December 26, 2006
I remember Dr. Mardock when I was a kid in his office waiting for him to walk through the door his footsteps where loud he scared me I knew he was there to make me feel much better also my sister's would vist him also if they were sick.
I remember his wife also he will be missed God bless I just can't believe Dr. Mardock is gone he is in a bette place.
Lucy Alvarado
December 24, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Jerry R. Moore
December 24, 2006
My father (Bill Turk) was a friend of Dr. Mardock's at TJC. He once wrote in the yearbook about my dad after going on some trip, "Why Turk don't flirt". Daddy haa carried his card in his billfold all these years and has it there today. He will be missed by many. Mary Gammell
Mary Turk Gammell
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