NORD, Dr. Heinz Juergen
of Tampa, died Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 82, surrounded by his family and in the compassionate care of Life Path Hospice at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Nord was born in Arolsen, Germany, October 25, 1936 to Rudolf and Elisabeth (Homeyer) Nord. He graduated with his Medical Doctorate from J.W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany in 1964, Magna Cum Laude. He was awarded a Full- bright Scholarship in 1964 to further his training in the United States. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Linda McAllister who became his wife in 1967. After he completed his Gastroenterology fellowship, Linda and Juergen returned briefly to Germany. In 1973, they returned to the United States where Juergen began his long career as a professor of Gastroenterology at the University of South Florida (USF) and as a Tampa General Hospital (TGH) physician in Gastroenterology. He was the Chief of the USF Gastroenterology Service at TGH from 1977-2010 when he retired. He was the director of the USF Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, and program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship from 1990-2000. Dr. Nord served on numerous hospital, USF and GI society committees. He served as president of both the Florida Gastroenterologic Society and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). In 2005 he was awarded the title of Master of the American College of Gastroenterolgy. Dr. Nord had a passion for teaching and lectured on gastroenterology and GI endoscopy locally, nationally and internationally. Upon his retirement, he established a GI nursing lecture series at TGH. Dr. Nord's extensive contributions to the field of Gastroenterology are ones of service, leadership and education. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, patients, residents and GI fellows.
As much as he accomplished professionally, he was most proud of his family. Both of his children remember that he never missed a birthday party or other special event while they were growing up. His priority was his family. He loved to cook and was happiest when everyone was around the table sharing a meal. He especially loved when all six grandchildren were together laughing and having fun. He and Linda loved to travel and they saw much of the world together.
Juergen was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his two children, Libby (Randy McClellan), and Christoph (Janelle); and his six grandchildren, Andrew, Anna and Adeline McClellan and Caylyn, Alyssa, and Avery Nord. In Germany, he is survived by his brother, Dieter Nord (Ines); nephews, Michael (Tina) Nord and Thomas (Kirsten) Nord; and niece, Kathrin Nord.
A celebration of the life and legacy of Juergen Nord will be held at Armani's restaurant, Sunday, January 6 from 4-7 pm. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Florida. Those who desire may make memorial donations in Dr. Nord's honor to Life Path Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive Suite 300, Temple Terrace, Florida 33637 or the charity of your choice
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Published by Tampa Bay Times from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2018.