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DEATHS
HENRY S. WENTZ, MD
Dr. Henry Stauffer Wentz died on Sunday,
January 5, 2020 at Arbor View at Willow
Valley Retirement Community at the age
of 98. He was born on March 14, 1921 to
Joseph and Arline Stauffer Wentz and named
after his grandfather, Henry M. Stauffer. He
graduated from Upper Leacock High School
in 1937, Duke University in 1941, and Jefferson Medical College in September 1944,
where he was a member of Alpha Omega
Alpha, an honorary medical fraternity. After
an internship and residency at the Lancaster
General Hospital, he was stationed at Fort
Sill, Oklahoma in the Medical Corps of the
Army of the United States.
Dr. Wentz married his college sweetheart,
Mary, in 1943 and returned to Lancaster
County in May 1948, when he began his
solo practice of general (family) medicine in
Strasburg. Dr. Wentz was assistant physician in
the poliomyelitis unit at the Lancaster General
Hospital from 1950 until it closed in 1957
with the advent of the Salk & Sabin vaccines.
He helped Dr. Nikitas Zervanos begin the
Family Practice Residency Program at the
Lancaster General Hospital. He developed
the model family practice unit in Quarryville
in 1972 and worked with the program from
1971-74. He returned to help establish a group
practice at Eastbrook Family Health Center
on Route 30 East and retired in 1988 after
40 years of medical practice.

He was chairman of the Department of
Family Medicine at the Lancaster General
Hospital from 1974-78. He had several articles
published in medical journals and was a member of the Lancaster City & County Medical
Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and
the American Medical Association. He was
president of the Lancaster City & County
Medical Society in 1982. He was secretary/
treasurer for the Medical and Dental Staff of
LGH from 1967-69. He became a pioneer
of the American Academy of Family Practice
in 1955 and became a charter member of the
American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. Wentz and his wife served in short term
service with Care/Medico in Honduras and the
Christian Medical Society in the Dominican
Republic. Henry worked at Standing Rock and
Fort Belknap Indian Reservations in North
Dakota and Montana, respectively.
He wrote Patients Are A Virtue: Practicing
Medicine in Pennsylvania Amish Country-a
collection of his experiences in the practice of
medicine in Strasburg-which was published
in 1997. Dr. Wentz served on the 100th
Anniversary Committee of the Lancaster
General Hospital in 1993 and was chairman
of the 150th Anniversary Committee of the
Lancaster City & County Medical Society
in 1994.
Dr. Wentz was a member of the Peter
Wentz Farmstead Society Board of Directors
and President of the Edward Hand Medical
Heritage Foundation, which collected medical
artifacts for future display. The Foundation
helped the Lancaster General Hospital develop
some of its historic displays.
Dr. Wentz is survived by his two children,
William H. (Anne) of Cincinnati, OH and
Louise W. (Thomas) Aument of Lancaster.
He is also survived by four grandchildren,
Jennifer (Tim), Janine (Dan), Brandon
(Michelle), and Cameron (Amanda), three
great-grandchildren, and several nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his wife,
Mary, with whom he celebrated 75 years
of marriage.

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PHYSICIAN

PAUL H. RIPPLE, MD
Paul H. Ripple, M.D., passed away on
January 23, 2020 at his home in Lancaster,
Pa. Born in Lancaster on July 31, 1922, he
was the son of the late Harold G. and Anna
(Harnish) Ripple of Lancaster. He was the
husband of Carolyn Louise Wohlsen, daughter
of Albert and Kathryn Wohlsen.
He graduated from the University of PA
School of Medicine in 1946. He served his
internship at Lancaster General Hospital.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force
Medical Corps. Upon his discharge he took
a residency in Ophthalmology at Washington University, MO and completed studies
in 1953.
He practiced ophthalmology in Lancaster
for 40 years (1953-1993). He was a member
and president of the Lancaster City & County
Medical Societies, State Medical Society, and
a member of the American Medical Society.
Dr. Ripple received the following awards
over his life time: The Edwin Eshleman
Humanitarian Award from the Lancaster
Cancer Society in 1999; Community service
award by the Rotary Club, 2001; Lancaster
Association for the Blind service award, 1992;
distinguished service award for Lancaster City
& County Medical, 1974; hall of fame of
F&M, 2001; volunteer of the year, F&M,
1992; and Nevonian Society award, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his spouse
Carolyn Wohlsen and son David H. Ripple.
He is survived by his son Edward A. Ripple
(Christie); his daughter, Carol R. Ricks
(Daniel); his grandchildren, Jessica Mueller,
Jennifer Livingood, Ashley Masog, Andrew
Ricks, Rylee Coleman, and Ted Ripple; and
six great-grandchildren.



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