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Edward E. Etheredge, MD, 1939-2019

Edward Ezekiel Etheredge was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 22, 1939. After graduation from the Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Florida, he attended Yale University and Yale University Medical School (graduating as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha). Ed served his surgical residency at the University of Minnesota and also received his Ph.D. in immunology. From 1973-1975, Dr. Etheredge worked as a staff surgeon on the Transplant Service at the Walter Reed U. S. Army Medical Center. He attained the rank of Lt. Col. and received an Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Dr. Etheredge’s first academic position was as a transplant surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine, where we first worked together and became friends. After working in St. Louis for ten years, in 1985, Ed moved to Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans as Chief of Transplantation, where our paths crossed again. During his academic career, Ed was universally respected and admired as an incredible teacher, productive scientist, and superb (renal transplant) surgeon. Dr. Etheredge was particularly interested in the effects of the mixed leukocyte reactivity in renal transplantation and aggressively pursued systems for more effective recruitment of kidneys for cadaver and living-related grafting. He always derived enormous satisfaction from the life-changing effects of transplantation in his patients.

Ed met his wonderful life mate, Beverly, between his second and third years at Yale and they were married two years later. The Etheredge’s had two children, Edward Jr. and William G. Etheredge, both of Lakeland, Florida, and two grandchildren, Claire and Jake. Ed retired for health reasons in 1997 and moved back to Barstow. He quietly passed away at his home in Florida on October 8, 2019.

Dr. Etheredge was a renaissance man, a historian and environmentalist, with multiple interests. He was a fine painter, cook, and fisherman. He collected and categorized esoteric objects such as African art and Florida arrowheads. Ed loved opera, an abiding interest he shared with his wife, Beverly. During the time he was still working he could often be heard singing arias while he was making rounds at the hospital. In his later years, despite his medical problems, he and Beverly never missed an opera in Sarasota. Dr. Etheredge was very devoted to the United Methodist Church in each of the cities in which he lived and was active and served in leadership position in many community activities.

Surgeon, scientist, teacher, community leader, family man, and friend, Ed Etheredge will be sorely missed.