Frederick Pharr passed away in his home in Danville, Pennsylvania Monday
July 30, 2018 after a long and productive life. He and his family have
resided for greater than 40 years in the area.
in Bramwell, West Virginia in 1940 in Coal Country, the youngest of four
children, William “Fred” Pharr began under humble circumstances, yet this
didn't deter his eventual participation in the healthcare profession,
allowing him to lead a life filled with intellectual challenge and public
graduated as valedictorian of Bramwell HS and then supported himself through
Davidson College in North Carolina and medical school at Jefferson Medical
College in Philadelphia, beginning his long
surgical career in 1965.
to this time he met his long-standing love Suzann Morton, of Slab Fork, West
Virginia, and they wed in 1964.
to the Geisinger Clinic in 1965 to begin his surgical training, he then
served his country with distinction in Vietnam in a surgical capacity,
earning a Bronze Star, prior to eventually returning stateside where he
pursued Cardiac and Thoracic training in Chicago, Illinois. Fred and his
family then eventually returned to Danville where he spent the majority of
his professional career working at the Geisinger Clinic as a surgeon in the
Cardiovascular and Thoracic division, eventually serving as head of this
division for many years prior to retiring from practice at Geisinger. This
allowed him numerous opportunities to help others in this capacity.
addition to Medicine, which was an all-consuming passion for him, he enjoyed
aviation, travel, woodworking, the peace of his farm, and his extended
family. He had an insatiable curiosity and was committed to a lifetime of
learning. Questions were always his trade, and direct ones at that. This is
familiar to all who knew him. When not participating in the above, one would
find him with a book, newspaper, puzzle, or on the computer, with an easy
smile when engaged.
survived by his wife of 54 years, Suzann Morton Pharr, his three sons, Thorr
(Danville, Pennsylvania), Tarkten (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) and
Nathan (Malvern, Pennsylvania), as well as three grandsons. He is survived
as well by numerous members of the extended family on both sides, in whose
company he took immense pleasure.
Pharr family wishes to thank those in the community who have been so
helpful, caring, supportive, and respectful in this trying time.
A private family
service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation
to the Danville Area Community Center PO Box125 Danville PA 17821