|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 2007|
Dr. Thomas J. Carroll, 87, of Sibley died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. Dr. Carroll was born Feb. 26, 1919, to John T. and Anna Marie (Murphy) Carroll in Lowell, Mass. He graduated from high school in Lowell. He attended Iowa State University, completed his pre-med course work at Cornell University and later graduated from Iowa State. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1948 and interned at St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City.
Services were February 19, 2007, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sibley, with the Revs. Clair Boes and Timothy Hogan officiating. Burial was at St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion George E. Mudge Post 324 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars William F. Allard Post 7373.
In 1941, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves and in 1943 was activated into a field artillery unit, later transferring to a medical unit. He was recalled to service with the U.S. Air Force as a medical officer during the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, serving in Japan.
In 1945, he married Helen Horton in Sibley. Eight children were born to this union. After returning to Sibley, he practiced medicine in a solo practice in Sibley until his retirement in 1984.
He was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a charter diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. In 2001, he was awarded a life time achievement award by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. In 1976, the couple were honored by Iowa State University as Parents of the Year.
He was active in community affairs, serving as president and lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club, board member, president and later chairman of the Osceola Community Hospital Foundation board and was a board member and president of the McCallum Museum in Sibley. He also co-chaired a committee which raised the funds for a memorial for the veterans of Osceola County. He was an active member of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a lay minister, CCD teacher and lector, and the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight.
He volunteered daily for 18 years at Franklin Elementary School and also helped middle school students needing additional assistance with assignments. He authored "From Saddle Bags to Helicopters", a short history of medical care in Osceola County 1871 to 1996. More recently, he researched and wrote a current history of the Osceola Community Hospital and of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. In 2004, he was awarded the Tradition of Caring Jefferson Award for public service by KELOLAND TV and Toshiba America Business Solutions. He was recognized as an "unsung hero" in the senior category for his extraordinary citizen service to his community.
Survivors include his eight children, Dr. Kathryn G. Carroll of Wilmington, Del., Mary Pat and her husband, Mike David of Dunwoody, Ga., Dr. Thomas J. Carroll and his wife, Jean of Sioux City, Barbara A. and her husband, Chris Nelson of Stanton, Iowa, Dr. John R. Carroll and his wife, Nicole of Carroll, Iowa, Theresa J. Carroll, Esq. of Signal Hill, Calif., James K. Carroll of Coralville, Iowa, and Stephen C. Carroll, Esq. and his significant other, Jennifer Luce of Los Angeles, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; a great-grandson; his special friend, Mary Jane Jobes of Sibley; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Horton of Green Valley, Ariz., and Keith Horton of Topeka, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 1999; his parents; and a brother, John.
W. Helen Horton Carroll (1921 - 1999)*
Saint Andrews Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Feb 17, 2007
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