August Raymond Remmers, Jr., M.D., age 78, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2007 at UTMB Hospital. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 5, 1929.
He graduated in 1951 from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and then attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated in 1955. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, Texas, he worked at the U.S. Army Hospital, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma for 2 years. After returning to Galveston, he served as Co-Director of the Division Nephrology. He was promoted to Professor of Medicine in 1972. He was instrumental in the development of Kidney Transplantation. In 1987 he went into private practice in Tyler, TX with Tyler Nephrology Associates.
He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Fraternity, and was Texas Chapter President in 1985. He was appointed Fellow in the American College of Physicians in 1968.
Dr. Remmers was honored with numerous awards. The James Powers Memorial Award as Outstanding Clinical Professor in 1966, 1969 and 1980. The Mu Delta Honorary Medical Society -- Outstanding Faculty Award in 1982. He was awarded the prestigious Laureate Award by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine --, Texas Chapter in 2000. And he was given the McGovern Award in Oslerian Medicine at UTMB in 2001. He wrote or contributed to over 79 medical research articles while at UTMB.
He is survived by his wife Mary; children Elizabeth Lynn Kurscwski and husband Jerry, Dr. Paul August Remmers and wife Clara; John Raymond Remmers Sr. and wife Kristina, and Nancy Blanche Remmers; sisters Nancy Cook and husband Marlow, Caroline Havel and husband Bob, and Mary Miller and husband Jim; brother John E. Remmers; and grandchildren Katie Maroni and husband Adam, Daniel A. Noah, James A. Remmers, Michael P. Remmers, Kelly D. Remmers, Jenna C. Remmers, John R. Remmers, Jr., and Abbygayle M. Remmers; great-granddaughter Khloe Maroni; and favorite Dog, Mary II.
He was beloved by all students, residents, fellows and faculty at UTMB. His greatest joys in life were his wife and family, teaching medicine and providing care and kindness to all his patients for over 50 years. He will be dearly missed by all of his friends, his children, and his wife, Mary, of 52 years.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at UTMB William C. Levin Hall in the main auditorium beginning at 4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.