LYNDON ANTHONY In Memoriam: Lyndon Ulysses Anthony May 8, 1933 - September 25, 2016 A year ago we mourned the passing of Lyndon Ulysses Anthony. He died on September 25, 2016 in Washington, D.C. due to complications related to cardiac surgery, with his children at his bedside. He was 83 years old. A graduate of Greensboro High School and the University of North Carolina Medical School, he acquired the nickname "Punch" after knocking out his college boxing instructor with a single blow. After his internship and residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Missouri, he practiced medicine in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1966 to 1971, and in Wilmington, North Carolina from 1971 to 1986. He finished his career as a teaching and practicing neurosurgeon at St. Louis University Hospital from 1986 to 1990. While in Wilmington, he played the played the French horn and trombone in the local symphony, and reveled in his hobby of sailing and blasting Mahler, the Kingston Trio, and Tom Jones the HeathKit hi-fi set he built himself. His children can attest to a memorable moment when he was stopped for a minor traffic infraction in 1976 while driving his VW Rabbit with the bumper stickers "Horn Players Have Terrific Lips" and "Sailors Have More Fun" adorning his bumper. Dad was a thinker and also a man of action. Fond of espousing logic and pragmatism like the Star Trek character Mr. Spock, he was an avid reader of science fiction, Greek classics, and Shakespeare; yet he built a trimaran sailboat in his den and backyard, he created algorithms to monitor the stock market on all of his computers, and he engaged in travels across the United States in his "Big Red" van to visit family, friends and to drive along the AL-Can highway, a childhood dream. In his retirement, the stress of the job he described as "boring, except when it was dangerous" melted and gave way to a man who giggled with the best of them. Lyndon was married twice: to Agnes Miller from 1955 until her death in 2000 and to Judith Keltner from 2002 until her death in 2013. He is survived by his children Jennifer Chastain of Roseville, California, and Sam Anthony of Falls Church, Virginia; step children Aintre Antonoff, Raymond, Klever, Dieter, and Gisela Keltner; and grand-children Maddy, Alyssa, Whitney, and Taylor. Dad did not want a service, or flowers sent, or donations made to a particular cause. The family asks those who knew him to correspond with the children and share stories of his early life, career in medicine, interactions outside of the family home to [email protected]
To borrow from Dad's favorite author: "...Good night, sweet prince...He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again."
Published by Wilmington Star-News on Sep. 24, 2017.