Lawrence Keith Monahan
1941 - 2020
Lawrence Keith Monahan, M.D. FACP

July 8, 1941 - November 23, 2020

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" K. Monahan, 79, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020.

He was born on July 8, 1941, to Ashley Latane Monahan and Susanna Beeson Monahan. He was raised and educated in Manhattan, Kansas. He received his B.A. Degree from Kansas State University and M.D. Degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He adopted Virginia as his home beginning with his Internship in Roanoke.

Since 1974, he had been practicing General Internal Medicine in a private medical practice, dedicated to the finest traditions of the patient-physician relationship. He was known as a careful, caring and kindly physician, and an excellent teacher and role model for medical students, interns, and residents, whom he taught in his position of Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at both the University of Virginia School of Medicine (MD, Roanoke program), and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg). A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, he had received the American Medical Association's Continuing Medical Education Award every year of his practice and had published in state and national medical journals.

Dr. Monahan was an active member of the United States Navy Reserves for 30 years until his Navy retirement in 1999, serving on active duty in Vietnam and stateside from 1970 to 1972. Having attained the rank of Captain in the Medical Corps, he was again called to active duty for ten months during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 to 1991.

Dr. Monahan participated in medical politics at all levels. He held virtually all offices in his local component society, the Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine, including Chairmanship of the Board of Directors. He was a past President of the Virginia Society of Internal Medicine. He was a member of the Medical Society of Virginia, and served as a Delegate to the annual meeting of the House of

Delegates of the MSV for 43 years. He progressed through many leadership positions in the MSV [including Vice Speaker (three years), Speaker (five years), First Vice President, President-Elect, and President (1999 to 2000)]. In the American Medical Association, he attended each annual and interim meeting for 30 years, participated actively in the Organized Medical Staff Section for 22 years, and served as a Delegate from Virginia to the AMA House of Delegates.

Dr. Monahan's life-long avocation was the study and performance of music. He enjoyed the outdoors through canoeing and hiking. He also enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Davida Faye Monahan of Roanoke, Va.; his grown children, Ashley Mikell Fulghum of Roanoke, Va., and Evan Christopher Monahan and wife, Brooke, of Glade Spring, Va.; three grandchildren, Payton Emily Monahan, Alex Morgan Fulghum and Aidan Jackson Monahan; brother-in-law, Dr. Richard Goldner and wife, Carrick, of Durham, N.C.; nephew, Jonathan Goldner and wife, Kari, of The Hague, Netherlands; cousin, Virginia Clevenger of Yakima, Wash.; and beloved friend, Don Hasler of Roanoke, Va.

The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Keeley and the nurses on 8 Mountain ICU at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care.

We will celebrate Larry's life and Christian witness at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020. The memorial service will be live streamed for public attendance on the Second Presbyterian Church YouTube channel (

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Second Presbyterian Church music department. In remembrance of one so dear to us, the family respectfully suggests that you cherish your freedom and thank a Veteran and that you share your blessings with someone in need. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published by Roanoke Times from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2020.
Celebration of Life
The memorial service will be live streamed for public attendance
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39 Entries
So sad to hear of Larry´s passing. He was a very kind and caring friend
Pat Quarles
January 14, 2021
I was his patient for 42 years ,he was the best. Irreplaceable in my opinion. Only just found out, condolences to the family.
Raymond Hill
January 12, 2021
Larry was a good-humored man in a rather humorless era. His presence always brightened up any room. I will remember him as a respected colleague and a well-rounded man with many interests.
Hans A. Brings, MD
December 17, 2020
He was a fine doctor and I will miss him very much. He saw to my medical needs for many years.
Dr. Paul E. Pentecost
December 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathies. A good man will truly be missed.
Kenneth R Luckay, D.O. & staff
December 9, 2020
Dr. Monahan was my doctor for over thirty years. I can´t tell you how saddened I was to learn of his passing when I called his office today. He was such a kind and caring person and doctor. I extend my condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing him with us all of these years. He will be missed.
Janet Mills
December 7, 2020
Dr. Monahan was my late husband's physician for many years. In addition to providing excellent medical treatment, he took time to really know and truly care about his patients. He even came to the funeral home to pay his respects when my husband passed. He will be greatly missed.
Sandy Albright Wachholz
December 5, 2020
Dear Davida and family, I have known Larry for many years, our kids went to North Cross together and I've tuned his piano(s) since the 80's. I will miss our annual visits. I'm so sorry he's no longer with us. I'll keep you and family in thoughts and prayers. It was a lovely service yesterday. Wishing you love, peace, and joy. Sherrie
sherrie boone
December 4, 2020
He was a very sweet and gentle person. He was my physician for thirty plus years I will miss he dearly. You are in my prayers.
Melissa Hall
December 3, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of our beloved Doctor's passing. We were new to his practice, but soon learned how compassionate and caring he was. He worked so hard to find what medical issues Bill had. We will always be grateful.
Bill and Nettie Short
December 3, 2020
Our condolences to His wife and family. So shocked and sorry to learn of his passing. He was a wonderful and caring doctor. He cared for my Grandmother, Mother, sister as well as both of us. We developed a close relationship over more than forty years. He listened and gave us as much time as we needed. He referred Gary to a great Doctor at Duke who was his friend and received updates on his health. His expertise and advise helped us through a very difficult time. We will miss his kind heart, big smile and his wealth of knowledge.
Anna & Gary Craddock
December 2, 2020
Both of us appreciate all the compassionate care you gave. Will always remember your smile and your helpful and encouraging attitude in furthering our careers. It won´t be the same without you. You will be missed. Godspeed to your soul in your future journey. God bless.
Jitu and Varsha Desai
December 2, 2020
Kindness, integrity, skill and knowledge and a commitment to a deeply personal, loving and caring manner of medical practice. This was the Dr. Monahan that we were privileged to know. We we received his remarkable care over thirty years. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Davida and the family and our prayer that you would know the peace of God that truly passes understanding. Gordon and Carolyn Philippians 4:7 Gordon and Carolyn Burch
Gordon and Carolyn Burch
December 1, 2020
Doc Monahan was my mentor, protector and friend during our mutual tour of duty in Vietnam. I am so glad I got to visit with him several times over the years, even though life took us in different directions.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Lee Oly
December 1, 2020
Davida, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. It was truly a pleasure to have been friends with Larry. I´ll always remember him when I think of dancing days! I´ll always remember his laugh - he was so smart, so kind and so fun!! And I loved to hear him sing! People like him are rare and will never be forgotten. I was so sad to hear of his passing. Please don´t hesitate to reach out if I could help in any way. God´s Love and Peace to you and family, Sandy and Rosie John 14:27
Sandy and Rosie
December 1, 2020
Dr. Monahan one of the most skilled internist will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. He was our Doctor and friend. Our condolences to his family and the community on the loss of such a fine man. John & Sara
John & Sara Brooks
December 1, 2020
Davida, So sorry for you loss. I'll always remember Dr. Monahan as a smart, nice and refined man.
Vugar Gasimov
December 1, 2020
The medical community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Dr. Monahan. A legend. Rest in peace.
Melinda Short
November 30, 2020
Davida and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dr Monahan taking care of his patients. He was a very caring person and always professional. He will be missed.
Nancy Setliff
November 30, 2020
I worked in Dr Monahan's office for several years in the 90's. He was always laid back and some one one would always remember. Prayers for the family and friends.
Nancye Dellinger
November 30, 2020
Dr. Monahan was a wonderful doctor to work for. He truly cared for his patients and gave them as much time as they needed. They all knew that and didn't mind waiting as they knew they would get the same treatment. He was a true gentleman and compassionate man. He will be missed.
Debbie McPherson
November 30, 2020
Whatever will his family, we, or the city of Roanoke do without this kind, compassionate, and caring physician? He was my family´s doctor for more than twenty years. I will always appreciate his patience as well as his keen diagnostic skills. Dr. Monahan was, as my husband referred to him, a diplomat who practiced medicine in a way often lost to the younger generation. To his family, please know that I hold you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dr. Glenda F. Camp
November 30, 2020
Working with Dr. Monahan the last 19 years, I have learned so much. I will miss his stories, his laugh, his silliness, and his friendship. He was a wonderful man, a wonderful doctor and a wonderful mentor. He will truly be missed by all.
Sondra McCray
November 30, 2020
May God bless Larry's family. It is an honor for me to have practiced medicine and be on medical staff at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for years with Larry. One could depend on Larry to stand fast for physicians' role in hospital manament, ethics, and high medical standards. He wore a smiling face and a "can do" positive attitude in all our experiences together.
Arthur Slaughter, M.D.
November 30, 2020
I was shocked to find out of the death of Dr. Monahan while I was in the Roanoke hospital. He was a very personal doctor to me and kept me on track. I will miss him!
Dr. Paul E. Pentecost
November 30, 2020
Davida, I can´t tell you how sorry I am to hear about Dr. Monahan´s passing. It was an honor to work with him and call him a friend. He was a wonderful physician and an exceptional person. Prayers for you and the family. God Bless
Bonna Keeley
November 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of Larry´s passing. Such a remarkable man.
Cheri and David Hartman
November 29, 2020
The doctor of doctors, it's hard to know that he's gone.
glenn ayers
November 29, 2020
I want to share a memory that always brings a smile to my face and something he taught me. While working as a pharmaceutical rep, I would often visit his office. One day I walked around the corner and he had his leg up on the counter stretching his hamstring. He never broke his form as he continued to give me his signature and tell me the importance of stretching, both for dancing and overall health! He was always a gentleman and so gracious to me. He made this world a better place and he will be missed.
Gary Bradshaw
November 29, 2020
Dr. Monahan has been our doctor since Dr Peterson retired. He was a great doctor. He was so kind, caring and compassionate. He never made you feel he was rushing. Wrote notes on his little yellow legal pad and then gave them to you at the end of the visit. We have lost a great doctor and a wonderful gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will truly miss him. He was one in a million
Mike and Pam Cromer
November 29, 2020
My dear friend, I will miss you. I will always feel your kind and gentle soul. Your compassion and empathy for all made our world a better place.
Dr. Bud Conklin
November 29, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Monahan's family on his passing. He was a fine doctor and a superb human being. May he rest in peace.
Barry Key
November 29, 2020
Davida and all, was very sorry to read about your husband. Susan Goode has let me know Sincere condolences . Take care
Debbbie Cline
November 29, 2020
Dr. Monahan was an exceptional physician, a consummate professional, and an exemplary role model. I truly appreciated his being my personal primary medical advisor.
Gene Bowles
November 29, 2020
Dear Davila Monahan, I was shocked when I learned of Larry´s passing. I am so sorry to hear this. He was such a wonderful person. My memories go back to the many evening we all spent at the Shanadoah club. I always thought the two of you were such beautiful dancing partners. In fact I mentioned to Dr Larry that you and he reminded me of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, he got a kick about that. What a tragic loss for you and the family not to mention the entire medical community here and around Virginia. He was a good man and and Doctor
Ronald Roth And Teri Thompson
November 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful man and doctor. He was so kind to my mother and sister . He gave them both wonderful patient care and we had formed a special bond with him. He will be greatly missed by our family and the community at large.
Susan Nixon
November 28, 2020
Truly a Renaissance man that I had the pleasure to call on professionally over the years. Dr Monaghan always had the time to share his knowledge and friendship. I always so enjoyed our lunches, his funny stories and great demeanor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Barry Mobley
November 28, 2020
I send my sincere thoughts and prayers in the Memory of Dr. Monahan. He was my doctor for over 20 some years and we had a close doctor/friend relationship. I even called him Larry. I certainly will miss him I don´t know who I will go to now. I never thought I would have this problem.
Jack Lawson
November 28, 2020
Sending love, prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Davida and the rest of the family. Larry was a true gentleman and a wonderful friend to Rick and to me over many years. This world will be a little dimmer without that wonderful smile and big heart but heaven is certainly brighter.
Lynda Castle
November 28, 2020