Memorial service set for former UofL family practice chair
Kenneth Holtzapple, M.D., will be remembered Nov. 8
The University of Louisville will remember its former chair of the Department of Family Practice in a memorial service set for Nov. 8.
The service for Kenneth Eugene Holtzapple, M.D., will be held at the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center, 410 E. Chestnut St., from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8. The service will take place in center’s first-floor conference room, suite 120.
Holtzapple died surrounded by family members at age 81 on Sept. 23 in Steilacoom, Wash.
“His lifelong interest was the teaching of good and compassionate medical care,” said James O’Brien, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, as the department is known today. “He loved life, the outdoors, learning, laughter, all his medical associates, his patients, his friends and his family. Above all, he was a good man who worked very hard at being a good physician, teacher and father.”
Born Aug. 30, 1931, in Dallastown, Penn., Holtzapple was the son of Curvin and Olive R. Flinchbaugh Holtzapple. He was a graduate of Gettysburg College and Temple University Medical School. After his medical internship at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, he entered the United States Army Medical Corps and completed his internal medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. He earned board certification in internal medicine, family medicine and geriatrics.
As a member of the Army Medical Corps from 1960-1980, he served in the states of Washington, Virginia and Georgia; Germany; and in Washington, D.C., where he served in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. He was instrumental in starting the Army Medical Corps’ Department of Family Medicine and was chief of the first Family Medicine Residency at Fort Benning, Ga. His last Army Medical Corps assignment was as chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Holtzapple continued his teaching and medical career at the University of Louisville School of Medicine from 1980-2011. At UofL, he served as chair of the Department of Family Practice from 1983-1994, when he was named the William Ray Moore Endowed Chair Professor and later Professor Emeritus. He continued teaching, seeing patients and precepting – supervising medical students, residents and fellows – at UofL until age 79. He also took part in interviewing prospective medical students for admission to the school.
An award at UofL bearing his name, the Kenneth E. Holtzapple Award for Excellence in Humanistic Medicine, is presented annually to a family medicine resident who exhibits excellence in providing patient-centered care with open communication, mutual respect and emotional connection between the physician and patient.
Holtzapple is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia DeHoff Holtzapple; by his sisters, Yvonne R. Holtzapple, Mary E. Holtzapple, and Betty Amick (Allen); by his children, Ann Bender (Mark), Sue Bender (Matthew) and Samuel Holtzapple; and by his grandchildren, Grace E. and Matthew A Bender.
The family has expressed that if desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Kenneth E. Holtzapple Award for Excellence in Humanistic Medicine, University of Louisville, Health Sciences Center Development Office, 132 East Gray St., Louisville, KY 40202.