Edward William Jenkins Age: 90 • Tulsa, OK Edward William Jenkins, M.D. formerly of Burlington, Vt. was born in Springfield, Massachusetts March 1926 and died peacefully at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma in September, 2016. He was 90 years old. Dr. Jenkins graduated from Burlington High School (1943) where he participated in sports (football, skiing and baseball). He served in the Navy in World War II in the V-12 Program and, as the war ended, as an officer in the South Pacific. He then served in the Naval Reserve program in Burlington. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1948 and the University of Vermont Medical School in 1951. He interned at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington and then completed his residency in surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H., and became certified in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began his medical practice thereafter in Tulsa, Ok. where he performed the first open heart surgery in the Tulsa area. He continued his surgical practice in Tulsa and states adjourning Oklahoma until 1981. He then became certified in Family Practice primarily to continue world- wide journeys to do Christian missionary medical work from time to time. Dr. Jenkins was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane Durfee Jenkins, formerly of Burlington, Vt., his sisters Ruth Elizabeth (Betty Jenkins) Maley and Joan (Jenkins) Zwick. He is survived by his children Rev. Christopher Durfee Jenkins, M.D., Rebecca Ann Jenkins, Nancy Lee Jenkins Heidarian D.P.M. (Asa), Margaret Elizabeth Jenkins and Patricia Gail Lawson (William), 5 grandchildren and his brother, David A. Jenkins of Burlington. Dr. Jenkins was a leader of many charitable and medical associations from time to time including the Oklahoma Surgical Association, Vice-President of the International College of Surgeons (United States Section), a delegate of the International College of Surgeons House of Delegates and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Branch and Oral Roberts Medical School. In 1987 he won the American Medical Associations Physician's Award. Dr. Jenkins was a longtime member of Rotary. At UVM he was a member of the football team and ski team. He volunteered on the Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol while in Vermont. The focus of his life included his family, faith, fitness and service to his patients.. A Memorial Service was held on Sept. 30, 2016 at the Kirk of the Hills Presbytarian Church of which he was an elder. Visit burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries to Express condolences and sign the guest book.
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