Ross Gutknecht, MD, 66, of Danville, entered into the Lord's presence on
Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Geisinger Medical Center, surrounded by his
David was born on August 16, 1945, in Plainfield, New Jersey, to
the late Henry and Helen (Ross) Gutknecht. He graduated as valedictorian of
his class at Nutley Senior High School, Nutley, NJ, in 1963. In 1967, David
received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Cornell University, where
he was a brother in Psi chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He received
his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1971.
David completed a Residency in Medicine and was Chief Resident
in Ambulatory Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He also
served his country as a Major in the United States Air Force, Medical Corps,
at Loring Air Force Base, ME, from 1973 to 1975.
For the past 35 years, he was an Associate in the Department of
General Internal Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, and served as Director
of that department from 1987 to 1994. Professional organizations of which
he was a member include the American College of Physicians (Fellow), Society
of General Internal Medicine, and the Association of Program Directors in
Internal Medicine. From 1989 to 1995, he served as Editor of the Geisinger
Bulletin. David wrote a number of papers and chapters published in national
journals and other media.
He had an ongoing passion for teaching and educating beginning
physicians. During his career, David served as Clinical Professor of
Medicine for The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Jefferson Medical
College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He received the Golden
Apple Award as Teacher of the Year in 1998 and was currently serving as
Grand Rounds Coordinator and Director of the General Internal Medicine
He attended First Baptist Church, and for 20 years was a member
of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and a frequent soloist. He served two
terms on the Chorale's Board of Directors.
David had a lifelong love of history with a special interest in
the Civil War, specifically Gettysburg. He was a member of Friends of the
National Parks at Gettysburg and of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He
was most proud of his accomplishment in becoming a Licensed Battlefield
Guide and enjoyed conducting tours at Gettysburg since 2006. David was an
associate member of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.
David is survived by his beloved wife Donna (Sacks), with whom
he celebrated 43 years of marriage in December, and three children, Kristin
O'Rourke, Andrew Gutknecht, and Liesl Lewis. He was blessed with three
granddaughters, Chelsea, Olivia, and Lily, and was expecting another
grandchild later this year.
Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd
at First Baptist Church, 20 Brookside Drive, Danville. A funeral service
will then be held at the church on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m with the Reverend
Dr. Harry H. Wonderland officiating. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows
Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Air Force
Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
P.O. Box 4629
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Susquehanna Valley Chorale
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W
Mahoning Street Danville PA.