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Dr. John E. Deitrick, Jr.

September 30, 2015

Dr. John E. Deitrick, Jr., 75, of Danville, PA passed away Friday morning, September 25, 2015 at Nottingham Village Nursing Center in Northumberland PA.  He was born April 3, 1940 in New York City, New York the son of the late Dr. John E. Deitrick, Sr. and Dr. Dorothy (Geib) Deitrick. 

John graduated from The Haverford School in 1958.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Princeton University in 1962 and Medical Degree from (Weil) Cornell University Medical College in 1966.  He completed his internship and residency at The New York Hospital in New York City in 1974. John served as a Captain in the Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas from 1968-70. 

Dr. John E. Deitrick was employed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA from 1975 to 2005 as a Board Certified Surgeon.  He was the Director of the Department of General Surgery for 22 years. His specialties included Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Minimal Access Surgery. He was the Director of the Surgical Residency Program and Chairman of Research. He was a FACS Member, Fellow, American College of Surgeons. During the nearly three decades, Dr. Deitrick vigorously recruited surgical specialists, expanding the Department of General surgery to include plastic, surgical oncology, transplant, trauma, critical care, pediatric surgery, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  Dr. Deitrick was the first to perform laparoscopic general surgery at GMC in 1990. He helped develop the multidisciplinary critical care department and he led numerous research projects. His portrait is prominently displayed at Geisinger and a conference room has been dedicated to him.

John was an accomplished high school athlete, including varsity football, track (shot put), and wrestling (Heavyweight wrestling championship for 3 years of the Inter-Academic Conference in Philadelphia. His wrestling team was a recognized powerhouse and was written up in Sports Illustrated his Senior year), and played varsity football at Princeton University. He was thought of as a confident, gentle athlete with a quiet sense of humor that many found so engaging.  John was an avid reader and truly enjoyed music, politics, nature, fishing, photography, gardening, boating, cars, and hunting (18 year member of the Sandy Run Hunting Camp in Renovo, PA). He was particularly proud of his children and grandchildren. John was one of those lucky people able to draw pleasure from simply being in the moment no matter what challenges he may have been facing. He loved to tease and be teased. He was known for his generosity, always opening his heart and home to family and friends.  He had a very compassionate demeanor for people and animals.  John loved his life's work of being a surgeon and helping patients. He was extremely dedicated to the continued education of his surgical residents, providing them with leading edge tools in what became standard care in surgical procedures.   

Dr. John E. Deitrick is survived by and much loved by son John Daniel Deitrick of Millville, PA and daughter Kristina Sterling of Denver, CO; step-son John Aten, of Montandon, PA and step-daughter Alexa (& Edward) Aten Lockcuff, of Shamokin Dam, PA.  He has six grandchildren that he doted on and who adore him. He is also survived by a sister, Dr. Sarah (& George)D. Blumenschein  of Arlington, Texas and a brother, William (& Emily)E. Deitrick  of Chicago, Illinois and many nieces and nephews that love him dearly. 

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Nottingham Village Nursing Center for their excellent care of John during his final days. 

A private memorial service celebrating Johnís life will be held at the convenience of the family at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville, PA.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the:  John E. Deitrick Jr., M.D. Surgical Endowment Fund, Geisinger Foundation, 100 N. Academy Avenue, M.C. 25-76, Danville, PA 17822. https://donate.geisinger.org/ In support of residents, research and education. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com

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