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Dr. Rufus P. (Mac) McCormick

1915-2017

Published: March 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Dr. Rufus P. (Mac) McCormick, 101, of Pinehurst passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 24th 1915 in Manchester, Ohio, a small Ohio River Town. From the time Mac was 12 years old he wanted to be a doctor. Along with his scholarship, he worked numerous jobs, even on a steamboat, during the Great Depression to fund his education at Hiram College for pre-med and medical school at what is now called Case Western Reserve University. He married his beloved wife, Florence Olsavsky, on Christmas Day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were married for 75 years. He served as a Major in the United States Army. He practiced medicine as a General Surgeon for 40 years in Cleveland and Ravenna Ohio. He was a board-certified surgeon and received his Fellow of American College of Surgeons in 1969. While at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio, Mac was instrumental in establishing a Tumor Board, initiating a surgical Residency program with Fairview General Hospital and further developing the services of the Emergency Department. After Dr. Mac retired from private practice at the age of 71, he accepted the position as Physician Advisor for the RMH Utilization Review Department until 1995. Dr. Mac was the kind of doctor who still made house calls and forgave debts for those patients struggling to pay for unforeseen surgical emergencies.

Dr. Rufus P. (Mac) McCormick

He and his wife Florence moved to Pinehurst North Carolina at the age of 90 to be close to one of their five children, where he lived out the remainder of his life. He was an active member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ravenna, Ohio and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Southern Pines. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a great, great grandfather. Mac is survived by his beloved wife, Florence, his daughters, Judith Claterbos of Astoria, Oregon, Jane Postlethwaite and Molly Fischer of Pinehurst North Carolina, Mary Lou Thomas of Carthage North Carolina, his daughter-in-law, Kathie McCormick Seattle, Washington, his grandchildren, Crystal Carla, Jane, Susie, Christina, Logan and Brooks, his 11 great grandchildren and 5 great, great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his only beloved Son, David, his parents, his brother Ben and sister Betty Lou. There will be a private memorial service at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

(RC 3-21-17)


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