|Birth: ||May 6, 1906|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1991|
Panola County residents lost a dedicated and caring physician Thursday night when Dr. Carl W. Gerardy, 84, died at Panola General Hospital. Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church of Carthage. The Rev. Earl Cantrelle will officiate, and interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Dr. Gerardy died of a lengthy illness.
Born in Norton, Kan. on May 6, 1906, he was the son of Harry H. and Myrtle Howe Gerardy. He attended high school in Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to earn his medical degree from Baylor Medical School.
Dr. Gerardy moved to Carthage from Seagraves, Texas, 43 years ago and married Marie Gray. During World War II, he served in the European Theater as a major in the U.S. Army. Returning to Carthage after the war, he set up a medical practice that continued until 1979, when a stroke forced him to retire.
Bob Gerardy said being a doctor was his father's whole life; he loved the work, and stopped only when his health forced him to do so. Offers to practice in cities other than Carthage did not tempt him because he loved the people and working in a small town. He would even make house calls from one end of the county to another, his son said, because he enjoyed providing personal service to his patients.
"His life was dedicated to his patients," Mae Nichols, a nurse who knew Dr. Gerardy for many years, said Friday. "He always had time to listen to his patients. Lots of times he wouldn't prescribe anything, just listen."
Nichols said little details of working with Dr. Gerardy immediately come to mind: his dry humor, and his teasing of the nurses; his affection for long-time patients and their families, and the nicknames he would give them; the friendship he had with the nurses and doctors he worked with; his pride and love for his family.
Dr. W.C. Smith said Dr. Gerardy was "an excellent physician, well-trained and well-liked by is patients." Both Smith and Nichols said he treated all his patients alike, regardless of race or income level.
"He gave the best care at every occasion," Dr. Smith noted.
A member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Gerardy also served on the Carthage Independent School District Board for many years.
Dr. Gerardy was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, on Feb. 18, 1979. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Becky Gerardy of Shreveport and Bob and Lou Gerardy of Carthage; one sister, Mrs. Joan Heiler of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Lori, Scott, and Shea Gerardy of Shreveport and Raine and Camille Gerardy of Carthage.
Bob Gerardy said that his father spent his last moments in the hospital he loved. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Panola General Hospital.
Published in The Panola Watchman, April 21, 1991
From The Pierre Gerardy Family in America, by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979, pp. 63 & 65:
Carl William Gerardy was born May 6, 1906 at Norton, Kansas, the son of Herman and Myrtie (Howe) Gerardy. He was married September 25, 1938 at Carthage, Texas to Marie Gray. Marie died Feb. 18, 1979 at Carthage, Texas.
Carl was eight years old when the family moved to Dallas, Texas, so most of his education was in the Dallas schools. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he was a member of Phi Alpha Sigma. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He was then admitted to the medical school of Baylor University where he graduated June 1, 1936. He interned at Shreveport Charity Hospital, Shreveport, Louisiana. Carl established his first medical practice at Lamesa, Texas and then moved to Seagraves.
Following the death of his father Dr. Herman Gerardy, his mother Myrtie, brother Loren, and sister Herma Jone moved to California, where his sister Nelia was already living. Carl, who had already established a medical practice at Seagraves, Texas, remained in Texas.
He was living at Seagraves when he was called into service during World War II. He entered service from Carlisle Barracks, Pa. in June, 1943, as a Captain in the Medical Corps. He was in France during the entire year of 1944. On March 13, 1945, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in connection with military operations from Jan. 1, 1944, through Dec. 31, 1944. The award states "The devotion to duty, professional skill and superior achievement of Captain Gerardy as a Team Surgeon have been a material contribution to the service efficiency of his unit." He was promoted to Major before his discharge.
After his discharge Carl returned to Seagraves, Texas, where he had previously established a medical practice. About 1950 he moved to Carthage, Texas, which was Marie's home town. There he established a very heavy practice which continued until his retirement in 1979. Carl was active in civic affairs which lead to his being chosen several times as the county's most outstanding citizen. Carl and Marie had two sons, Carl Jr and Robert, both of whom grew up at Carthage.
Herman Henry Gerardy (1869 - 1941)
Myrtie Belle Howe Gerardy (1876 - 1964)
Virginia Marie Gray Gerardy (1917 - 1979)
Nelia Carolena Gerardy Sherwood (1899 - 1979)*
Carl William Gerardy (1906 - 1991)
Herma Jone Gerardy Heiler (1918 - 2003)*
MAJ US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
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