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Dr Robert F. Kimbrough
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Birth: Nov. 9, 1919
Cass County
Indiana, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 2005
Fort Wayne
Allen County
Indiana, USA

Dr. Robert F. Kimbrough: One of city's orthopedic pioneers dies at 85

Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - Friday, February 11, 2005

Dr. Robert F. Kimbrough, one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Fort Wayne and widely known for his gentle generosity, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital. He was 85. Kimbrough began practicing in Fort Wayne in 1951 and became a guiding force in orthopedic surgery, working at various clinics and hospitals and serving in leadership positions on numerous local, regional and national boards and organizations. Among the organizations he helmed were the American Academy of Medicine and Surgery, Indiana Orthopaedic Society, Fort Wayne Orthopaedic Society and Parkview Memorial Hospital Foundation.

"He was involved in the forefront of bringing orthopedics to Fort Wayne," said Dr. Michael McArdle of Fort Wayne Orthopaedics, which Kimbrough founded in 1984. "Before, a lot of (orthopedic work) was done by general surgeons and family doctors. He introduced it as a true specialty."

McArdle said Kimbrough was extraordinarily innovative in developing new ideas and techniques in orthopedics.

But McArdle and others said he might be best remembered for his kindness in dealing with patients and families, and for his propensity to waive fees when people couldn't afford treatment - especially when the treatment involved children. For more than 50 years, Kimbrough aligned himself with the Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults, conducting clinics, performing surgeries and serving on the Turnstone board until his death.

"He was just a very dignified, warm and generous and classy man," said Nancy Louraine, Turnstone executive director. "Of all the people I have met at Turnstone, he was at the top of my list.

"He always had a passion for these little kids. And one thing he would do, he would do surgical procedures and not charge people because he knew the parents couldn't afford it."

One of those parents was Karen Tyner, whose son Jeff was born prematurely, developed cerebral palsy and was unable to walk.
Tyner, now director of children's services at Turnstone, said Kimbrough performed several surgeries on her son's legs when he was 4.
Today, her 34-year-old son walks.

"He doesn't walk like you and I," she said, "but I'm certain he never would have walked if it hadn't been for those surgeries."
And one of the surgeries was done for free. Insurance companies refused to pay for the operation, and Tyner later received a bill from Kimbrough's office. When Tyner mentioned the bill to Kimbrough, he said, "Oh Karen, don't worry about it."
"He was always a very gentle, caring, compassionate person," Tyner said. "You could just feel it and see it in his face when he was working with those little babies."

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Journal Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - Friday, February 11, 2005

ROBERT F. KIMBROUGH, M.D., 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Nov. 9, 1919, in Logansport, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.

He retired from Orthopaedic Surgery, in 1997, and was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association, Fort Wayne Allen County Medical Association, Fort Wayne Orthopaedic Society-Past President, Tri-Sate Orthopaedic Society, Orthopaedic Letters Club, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Medicine & Surgery-Past President, Indiana Orthopaedic Society-Past President, Mid-America Orthopaedic Society, Clinical Orthopaedic Society, Instructor in Orthopaedics-Fort Wayne, Orthopaedic Residency Program, Rehabilitation Engineering Committee-I.U.P.U., Fort Wayne-Past President, Parkview Memorial Hospital Foundation-Past President, Medical Staff of Parkview Memorial Hospital-Past President, Church Council, Trinity English Lutheran Church-Past President, National Society for Crippled Children & Adults-Past National Delegate, Indiana Society for Crippled Children & Adults-Past President, Fort Wayne Country Club-Past President and Board Member, member of the Quest Club, Board Member-Turnstone Society for Crippled Children & Adults, Mizpah Shrine and Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan M. Kimbrough; sons, Stephen M. (Barbara) Kimbrough of Johnson City, Tenn., William R. Kimbrough of Asheville, N.C. and Thomas M. (Debbie) Kimbrough of Fort Wayne; daughter, Barbara Kimbrough (Jim) Laura of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Erik Kimbrough, Erin Kimbrough, Robbie Kimbrough, Kelly Kimbrough, Adam Kimbrough, Stefanie Kimbrough, Anna-Marie Laura and James T. Laura Jr.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Wagenhals Hall. Calling also from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. The preferred memorials are the Kimbrough-Stauffer Foundation or Turnstone Society for Crippled Children & Adults.

KIMBROUGH, Robert F., M.D.
3L News~Sentinel 02/11/2005
KIMBROUGH, Robert F., M.D.
3C Journal~Gazette 02/11/2005

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