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JAMES HAROLD HEROY III, M.D.

Born: June 14, 1940
Died: March 13, 2013

Jim Heroy was the son of James Harold Heroy, Jr., Yale Class of 1934, and Kate Leedy Young Heroy. He was born in New York City. He prepared for Yale at Sewickley (PA) Academy and Choate.

Jim was a member of Silliman (on the college soccer team and crew) and St. Elmo. He earned his numerals playing Freshman soccer. He majored in economics and then pursued a career in medicine.

Jim earned his M.D. degree at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and had his internship at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland from 1966 to 1968, first in pediatrics and then in general surgery.

Jim served two years in the Navy as medical officer aboard USS Austin, LPD-14 and then ashore at Naval Supply Center Norfolk.

During his service Jim became interested in Otolaryngology head and neck surgery. After his release from duty Jim entered a residency program in this field at John Hopkins University Hospital. He wrote in our 25th Reunion Book that when he ended his training at Hopkins, he liked Baltimore so much he decided to stay. He was Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at John Hopkins for 23 years while he also pursued his private practice in Maryland until 1997. During this time he served as President of the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and President of the Maryland Society of Otolaryngology.

In 1997 Jim and his wife Karen, whom he married September 1, 1984, decided to seek warmer winters without snow and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. There Karen established a travel agency and Jim continued his otolaryngology practice with Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants of Nevada until his unexpected death. His colleagues memorialized him as "a compassionate and committed doctor with an expansive wealth of knowledge, and a superb diagnostician. Jim's conversations were replete with interesting medical anecdotes based on his many years as a professor, surgeon and clinician."

Jim had many hobbies. He was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies. He made annual trips to Canada to fly fish. He also was an accomplished artist and enthusiastic photographer. He specialized, Karen reported, in sketches and watercolors of landscapes and views of nature. He enjoyed skeet and trap shooting and target shooting and was a dedicated birder.

He and Karen traveled frequently to enjoy new and different experiences all over the world.

In addition to Karen, Jim is survived by their three children, Karen Welsko of Baltimore;, David Heroy, Ph.D., a geology professor in Austin, Texas;, and Kristen Heroy of San Angelo, Texas, who has a Ph.D. in range management and animal sciences. He leaves four grandchildren: Cleo and Marion Heroy and Joseph and Anna Welsko.




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