Dr. Jo Ann Margaret CORNET
CORNET, Dr. Jo Ann Margaret Dr. Jo Ann Margaret Cornet, a long-time resident of Lake Way, Texas, passed away on October 9 at age 86. Hers was a fulfilling life that took her to every continent and created a network of personal and professional friends, young and old, in health care, sports, business, and charitable endeavors. A friend to people, cats, golfers, Ronald McDonald House, and all things Texas-especially UT women's basketball-she is already much missed. "Doc" Cornet was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the date of the Great Stock Market Crash. The daughter of Dr. A.L. and Margaret (Lennertz) Cornet, Jo Ann was the youngest of four children. Brother Al went into the hardware business. Her sister Dr. Peg Solum followed the family patriarch into medicine. Sister Kathleen "Kotch" Luecke married a local banker. The Cornets were a fun-loving clan, always eager for travel and new adventures. Jo Ann, the baby of the family, was given substantial independence. So at age 14, she rode her bicycle to the local airfield and, with her father's permission, enrolled in flying lessons. He had just one stipulation: "Don't tell your mother." Following high school graduation, Doc went on to Stanford University, and then to medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Residency and several years of clinical practice followed. In 1968 she joined the staff of the hospital ship Hope, treating patients at ports-of-call in the developing nations of Southeast Asia. Later (1972) she joined an AMA-sponsored project in Saigon, where she trained Vietnamese physicians and nurses in the latest pediatric practices. Following the fall of Saigon to the communist north, she helped several South Vietnamese doctors and their families to establish productive careers in the United States. Her final career venture was teaching and research in pediatric hematology at the University of Texas Medical School, Dallas (1974-1981). While there, she took a great interest in the families of children with cancer. That led to her involvement with the Ronald McDonald House, a project that engaged her support for the rest of her life. Jo Ann Cornet was the recipient of many recognitions and awards. She is survived by several nephews and nieces and their many children. Please direct remembrances to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, 4707 Bengal Street, Dallas, TX 75235.
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