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Dr. Thomas J. Tinsley

Dr. Thomas J. Tinsley

Dr. Thomas J. Tinsley, 85, passed away peacefully at home in Medford on November 3, 2007. Tom was born and raised in Illinois.

In high school, he was in the National Honor Society, president of his sophomore and senior class; played football, baseball, and was on the swim team. He attended Carlton College, and graduated from Northwestern University as well as Northwestern Medical School.

Tom met his wife, Marguerite, while both were attending Northwestern University; they were married in 1945.

Tom enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was on active duty as Physician Lt. JG in U.S. Naval Medical Corp Reserve at the U.S. Naval Hospital, in Long Beach, Calif., and served aboard the heavy cruiser Columbus.

After his military service, Tom, Marge, and daughters, Carole and Susan, returned to Illinois where he was in general medical practice and their third daughter, Beverly, was born.

Tom decided to specialize in Pathology, and, after Pathology Residency, the family moved to Medford. He was in pathology practice with Dr. Robert Buck. Tom was on active staff at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Ashland Community Hospital, Siskiyou General Hospital, and Josephine General Hospital. He retired in 1986.

Tom loved ice cream; he enjoyed science, astronomy, photography, electronics, bird hunting, music, carpentry, and was an all-around handyman.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Robert Jr.; and his sister, Marjorie Oliver.

He is survived by his adored wife, Marge; daughters, Carole (J. Dana) Pinney, of Vancouver, Wash., Susan White, of Medford, and Beverly (Neill) Smith, of Jacksonville; by sisters, Mary Ann (Gunnar) Johnson, of Central Point, and Nancy Field, of St. Paul, Minn.; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Colin) Robertson, of Wilsonville, and Leah Pinney, of Portland; two great-grandsons, Tyler and Thomas Robertson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 426 West 6th Street, Medford, on Saturday, November 17th, at 2:00 p.m.

The family requests that contributions be made in his name to Providence Hospice & Home Care, P.O. Box 4548, Medford, OR 97501-0180, in appreciation for their care of him.