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James Sturges Petty, M. D.
Obituary for
James Sturges Petty, M. D.
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Sunday, February 2, 2003

No services are planned for James Sturges Petty, M. D., 93, of Guthrie, Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Petty was born Aug. 20, 1909 to Dr. Clarence Sibley (C.S.) Petty and Florence Sturges Petty of Guthrie. He passed away Thursday Morning, Jan. 30, 2003 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Guthrie.
Dr. Petty grew up in Guthrie, graduated from Guthrie High School in 1927 and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1931. He graduaterd from the OU School of Medicine in 1935 with his degree in medicine. He served a one-year internship at the Washington University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. before returning to Guthrie to enter medical practice with his father. During his internship, he returned briefly to Guthrie to marry Germaine Hallenbeck (whom he called "Suzy"), the love of his life, on Sept. 9, 1935. Prior to World War II, Petty was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and during the war served as a medical officer in the China-Burma-India Theater. He returned home in Nov. 1945 and resumed his medical practice in Guthrie. He helped train new doctors in family practice and was a member of the American Medical Association and president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. He served on the board of regents for the Oklahoma state teachers colleges, was a railroad doctor for the Santa Fe and a medical examiner for the Logan County Selective Service Board. He was also a member of the planning council for the Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Petty retired from his medical practice in Guthrie in 1976, and he and Germaine moved to Oklahoma City, where he worked part-time as a doctor at the Bone and Joint Hospital and at the Dayton Tire Plant.
From youth, Petty was always keenly interested in the world around him, especially things scientific and technical. As a young man, he worked for a time on a surveying team in southern Oklahoma and as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. He was interested in photography and enjoyed astronomy, fishing, sailing and listening to classical music. He was widely read and had a large library of books on all subjects. In 1954, he bought an airplane and learned to fly. He loved flying, and flew until 1963, when surgery forced him to stop. He built and installed the first remote heart monitor at Guthrie's Alverno Heights Hospital, and was a founder of the Oklahoma City Computer Club. In 2002, he and Dr. Robert Ringrose of Guthrie served as grand marshals for the '89ers Day parade in Guthrie.
In his years of medical practice, Dr. Petty touched countless lives, brought thousands of babies into the world, healed the sick and injured and comforted the dying. He and his wife loved children, and their door was always open to neighborhood kids.
Dr. Petty's family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the Golden Age Nursing Home for the loving care he recived.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Germaine Elizabeth Hallenback Petty; and three sisters, Mary Claire Hardwick of Los Angeles, Calif, Peggy Joyner of Wichita, Kan. and Helen Johnson of Edmond.
Survivors include two sons, James Sibley and Patricia Petty of Edmond and William Dooley and Nancy Petty of Littleton Colo.; a daugher, Germaine Louise Bohlman of Oklahoma City, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity.


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