J. Edward Slankard, M.D., age 83, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO after a brief illness.
J. Edward Slankard, M.D., age 83, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO after a brief illness. Dr. Slankard was born in Pittsburg on October 11, 1928. He was the son of J. Alfred Slankard and Hazel Nimmo Slankard. He attended Pittsburg High School and graduated from the University of Kansas, then the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. His education was interrupted by three years of serving as Surgical Technician in the U.S. Army, most of which was spent in Tokyo, Japan. During his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal. After a year of internship and one year of general practice, he was awarded a Fellowship in General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Alton Ochsner Medical Clinic in New Orleans, LA. After completing his post-graduate training in 1964, he returned to Kansas City where he was engaged in private practice and teaching almost exclusively at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza until his retirement in 1994. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecology, the American College of Surgeons and many other local, state, and national medical organizations. Dr. Slankard had a passion for learning and teaching. He performed research and co-wrote scientific journal articles on cervical cancer. An avid reader, he loved to read everything from historical documents to suspense novels. He also enjoyed travelling and fly fishing with his wife. He was an enthusiast of opera and classical guitar music. In his earlier years, he was an accomplished equestrian, a member of the Saddle & Sirloin Club, riding dressage and foxhunting, and volunteering for the 1984 Olympic Committee in Los Angeles. He was a beloved husband and proud father. He is survived by Barbara Slankard, his wife of 18 years; sister Ruth Black and her husband Cliff Black of Pittsburg; son J. Andrew Slankard and his wife Jodi Slankard of South Lyons, MI.; daughter Myra Slankard of Kansas City, MO.; daughter Carrie Slankard and J. Reed of West Baldwin, ME. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 4225 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111. Condolences may be made at www.mtmoriah- freeman.com.