April 17, 2014

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Otis Gene Austin, M.D.

Otis Gene Austin, M.D., died Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the age of 96, after a long life of serving his community. He was born in Marlboro, Ohio, in Stark County, September 12, 1917, to Mary Frances Walker Austin and John Sherwood Austin.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Mount Union College and his Doctor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he was elected to the AOA Honorary Medical Society. He served his surgical internship at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia.

During WWII, Dr. Austin was a Captain in the U.S. Army. He provided medical care in the U.S. Army hospitals and the 97th General Hospital in Germany. After the war, he completed his residency in Ob-Gyn at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, and Timken Mercy in Canton. He was Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. For 25 years, he served on the Ohio State Medical Society Maternal Health Committee. He was in practice for over 36 years in Medina, and served as Chief of Staff of Medina Community Hospital. From 1983 until 1987, he was the Medical Director of Medina General Hospital, during which time he also served on the Board of the Medina Chamber of Commerce. After retirement, he volunteered for 11 years as gynecologist for Friendship Clinic in the Public Health Building of Fort, Myers.

Dr. Austin was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the President of the Akron Ob-Gyn Society. He also was the President of the Mount Union College Alumni Association.

His wife, Ruth Burruss Austin of Albemarle County, Virginia, preceded him in death in 1983.

He is survived by his three children, John Sherwood Austin II and wife, Ruth Reyer Austin; Frances Ann Austin Hensley and her husband, Donald Beachler Hensley; and William Burruss Austin and his wife, Lynne Kahr Austin; his wife, Betty Perrine Austin; eight grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held.