Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Obituary: Dr. John Edward Merriman

Obituary: Dr. John Edward MerrimanDr. John Edward Merriman born August 12, 1924, in Hamilton, Canada to Horace and Helen Merriman. John passed away peacefully, with family by his side, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on February 7, 2011. He will be missed by his beloved wife Emily Hope Merriman (nee Sully) and children Jeffrey (Jo Ann), Waterloo, Ontario; Helen Baker (Hugh), Toronto, Ontario; Peter (Patti), Ottawa, Ontario; and Heather Dandridge (Chuck), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren, Robert, Jennifer, Suzanne, Michael, Katherine, Jeffrey, Patrick, Scott, Brett, Jaclyn, Sarah, Eric; sixteen great-grandchildren; and a sister Catharine Helen Prinsep. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Ramsay Owen Merriman. John led an amazing life. He was devoted to God, his family and his work as a physician. Ever seeking the Lord, he and Hope found their final church "home" at St. Antony's Orthodox Christian church in Tulsa. John was granted his MD from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1947. In 1954, he took his young family west to Saskatoon, to the University of Saskatchewan where he was a professor of medicine. Always an innovator, he took a sabbatical leave in 1963 to London, England to research computer applications in medicine. He helped pave the way for modern cardiac rehabilitation techniques, when he established the first cardiac rehabilitation program in North America at the U of S in 1968. In 1977 John, Hope and Heather moved to Tulsa where he established a medical practice where he worked until his retirement in 2010, at the age of 85. John was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine in 2005. Trisagion prayers and visitation will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday February 10 and Funeral service at 10:30 am Friday, February 11, both at St. Antony's Orthodox Christian Church. Family suggests contributions to the Medical Mission Fund at St. Antony's Orthodox Christian Church, 2645 E. 6th St, Tulsa, Ok. 74104. Services Entrusted to Stanleys Funeral Service (743-6271). This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 2/9/2011

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