John Charles Doerr

Published 3:20 pm Thursday, October 28, 2010

John Charles Doerr, 92, of Columbus died Monday, October 25, 2010 at Tryon Estates. He was born Aug. 8, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of the late Colonel Charles Edward Doerr and Elizabeth Bessie Allison Doerr.

He graduated from the University of Kentucky and then from the University of Louisville College of Medicine. He began general medical practice in Covington, Ky., and then served as a U.S. Army Medical Corps Transport Surgeon on the S.S. Stetson Victory in the North Pacific, achieving the rank of captain. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and practiced general medicine in Owenton, Ky., followed by residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. During his 44 years of practice, he served as director of anesthesiology at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C.; assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of South Carolina; director of anesthesiology at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.; and as a partner in Anesthesiology Group Practice at the Bethesda Hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Following retirement, he and his wife, Sylvia, moved to Moss Lake in Kings Mountain, N.C., and later to Tryon Estates Retirement Community in Columbus. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. His professional memberships included: the American Medical Association, the Medical Societies and Anesthesiologist Societies of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Ohio. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology, and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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His wife of 66 years, Sylvia K. Doerr, survives. Also surviving: one son, Dr. John A. Doerr of Gettysburg, Pa., and wife Joan; two daughters, Dr. Susan E. Leary of Coronado, Calif., and husband, Terry, and Dr. Janet A. Doerr of Staunton, Va., and husband, David McCaskey. Also, four grandchildren:&bsp; Dr. Elizabeth Koutsos and husband, Gene, and Patrick Doerr and wife, Michelle Partridge-Doerr, all in North Carolina, and Christopher and Timothy Leary in California; one great-grandson, John Koutsos; one niece, Jean Ballantyne Miller, and one nephew, Bruce Ballantyne, and their families. He was recently visited by a distant cousin, Hugh Allison, of Nairn, Scotland. His sister and brother-in-law, Allison and Robert Ballantyne, preceded him in death.

Memorial service: First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mtn., N.C., Friday, October 29, 2010, 2 p.m., Rev. Lee Thomas, Rev. Ralph Keuther, and Rev. Betsy Zeek officiating.

Visitation: 1 2 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Patrick House of First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mtn. N.C.

Interment will be held at a later date at Highland Cemetery, Florence, Ky.

Memorials: Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, c/o Diane Nelson, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722 or charity of donors choice. &bsp;

Guest register available at

Arrangements: Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, N.C.