Dr. William F. Denny
Bring's Broadway Chapel - Tucson
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
Dr. William F. Denny 84, passed away peacefully at home on September 10, 2011, after a long illness bravely borne. Bill was born in Tryon, Oklahoma on August 15, 1927, the son of William and Edna Denny. He graduated from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1949 and from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1953, later interning at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He continued his residency at the University of Oklahoma between 1954 and 1957 and served as Chief Medical Resident, with a faculty appointment as an instructor in the Department of Medicine. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was appointed Chief of the Medical Service at both the Itazuki Air Force Hospital in Japan, and also at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Later he was awarded a position as Research Clinical Investigator with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1967 he was appointed as the Associate Professor of Medicine and Founding Faculty Member of the newly formed medical school here at the University of Arizona. He started the first Medical Residency program, based at the Veterans Administration Hospital, where he was also Chief of Medicine. He continued as the program director for 24 years and served the University in various settings as a teacher, mentor and consultant until his retirement in 1990 as a full professor of medicine. After retiring from the U of A Medical School, he served as Chairman of the Institutional Review Board in Human Subjects at the University from 1990 to 1998. He was awarded the title Emeritus Professor of Medicine in 1994. Bill became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1965 and served as the American College Governor from 1984 to 1990. He was appointed a Master of the College in 2004 and continued his active involvement until the end of his life. Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Rosemary Knoblock, and two daughters, Celia Olson of Pueblo, Colorado, her husband, Daniel (one of Bill's former medical students) and their three children, Melanie, Bryan and Jennifer and Karen Brereton of Tucson and her children, Nick and Elinor. He is also survived by a brother, Manford Denny of Denver; brother-in-law, Richard (Betty) Knoblock of Bartlesville, OK and four nieces and their families. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, doctor, teacher and friend; a lover of literature who bound his own books and a scholar who wrote Latin poetry to his grandchildren; an idealist, whose life was fulfilled by serving his family, church and community. The Memorial Service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors without Borders. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on Sep. 14, 2011.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
Bring's Broadway Chapel - Tucson
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

6 Entries
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Denny, it was a pleasure to kown him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family,
Ruth Rayos
September 23, 2011
Dr. Denny will always be fondly remembered as one of the faculty members who took a personal interest in teaching and mentoring medical students. Classes were small enough that events could be held at the homes of many of the faculty at the VAMC. I also was part of the small group of residents funded by the VAMC
Janie Hicks-Vaughan
September 19, 2011
Dr. Denny was a founding member and Chair of The University of Arizona Institutional Review Board. His legacy with regard to the ethical treatment of human subjects in research lives on. The staff of the Human Subjects Protection Program, at The University of Arizona, sends their deepest sympathy to Dr. Denny’s family.
Leslie Lee
September 16, 2011
Bill was my first attending on the wards during my internship July,1979. During my years of practice a day has not gone by that something has come up that I was taught by Bill. I remember him as a stellar mentor but more important an exemplary human being.He epitomized what being a physican is actually about.
Lenny fieber
September 15, 2011
Dr. Denny served as a mentor to physicians and nurses alike. He was always a gentleman and gentle with the patirents at the VA. His clear expectation was that patients would always be treated with kindness and respect. My condolences to his family
September 14, 2011
Bill hired me as chief of Rheumatology at the Tucson VA in 1973. He has been a mentor, fiend, colleague, supporter, confidant and leader for all the years since. I could always count on him for sage counsel and for sharing thoughts and feelings. He has been a role model as a physician educator and an excellent administrator.. He was a physician in every good sense of the word. Bill will continue to be an influence oon me the rest of my life and will be remembered with great honor as my friend.
Eric Gall
September 14, 2011
Showing 1 - 6 of 6 results