Eugene L. Bigelow, M.D.

Born on March 22, 1928

VICTORIA - Dr. Eugene L. Bigelow died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. He was born in Whitley County, Indiana on March 22, 1928 to Dr. Oliver Perry Bigelow, a ninth-generation American, and Emma Kathryn Wright Bigelow. He attended primary school in Roanoke, Indiana and high school in Ft. Wayne. He attended Indiana University for 2 ½ years and transferred to the Colegio Civil of the University of Nuevo Leòn in Monterrey, Mexico where he received his bachelor of Science Degree in 1950. After serving as a medic in the Army during the Korean War, he returned to Monterrey where he attended the State University and obtained his Medical Degree. In 1957 he served a rotating internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital-Chicago Medical School. In early 1958 he married Gladys Marie Miller, a nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and together they served a period as a Nurse and General Practitioner in a rural village in Mexico, where he established a clinic. There was no electricity, plumbing nor other infrastructure. On occasions he was required to ride a horse to attend deliveries in isolated mountain ranches. Later he entered a General Practice residency in Waco, Texas. In 1959 he entered a Pathology residency in Baylor University College of Medicine where he trained at Texas Children's, Jefferson Davis and Methodist Hospitals He also served a year at the University of Cincinnati, where he had a Fellowship in Cardiology. After completion of his residency he became a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and Associate Director of Laboratories at Methodist Hospital and later St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. He was Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at Baylor School of Medicine. At the same time he was in a partnership which operated a reference laboratory and the laboratories at the Pavilion, Rosewood, Bellaire General, Sam Houston Memorial, Sharpstown and Westbury Hospitals in Houston. In 1967 he was incoming president of the Houston society of Clinical Pathologists when he moved to Victoria, where he entered into a partnership with the late Dr. Paul M. Obert as Associate Director of Laboratories Citizens' Memorial Hospital and the operation of a regional reference laboratory. For several years he was Director of Laboratories of Park North Hospital in San Antonio and was a past or present member of the staffs of Hospitals in Cuero, Yoakum, Eagle Lake, Hallettsville, Columbus, El Campo, Port Lavaca, Yorktown, Kenedy, Karnes City, Palacios, Wharton, Goliad, Bay City, Kingsville, Shiner, and others. He served as President of the Victoria County Medical Society and was a delegate to the Texas Medical Association, where he served on the Legislative Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, the Southwest Blood Bank in San Antonio, the Victoria Symphony Society, the Hear Foundation, Victoria Youth Home, Hospice of South Texas and the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church where he was Senior Warden. He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of numerous American and foreign medical societies. For 20 years he volunteered as unofficial Medical Examiner for Victoria and all surrounding counties.
A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners. He was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 160 in Roanoke, Indiana. At the time of his death, he was a member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, his parents, his brothers, Oliver P. Bigelow Jr., of Hopkinsville, KY., John Forrest Bigelow of Conroe, TX. William Roy Bigelow, of Millbrae, CA., Millard H. Bigelow, of Huntington, IN.
He is survived by his son, Maj. Eugene L. Bigelow, Jr. of Colorado Springs, Co.; daughters, Katheryn Abdo, of Houston, TX., Susan M. James, of Dallas, his daughter-in-law, Lisa Bigelow, sons-in-law, Zaher Abdo and David G. James, and six grandchildren, Stephanie Bigelow, Eugene L. Bigelow, III, Zuhdi E. Abdo, Nadia Abdo, and Emily and Duncan James.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangement under the care of Grace Funeral Home.



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