My Grandpa passed away last week. I’m really going to miss him. He was an awesome Grandpa.

He wrote his own obituary, and I’ve copied it below.


Lieutenant General Hal B. Jennings, Jr., M.D., US Army (Retired) passed away on Feb. 12, 2008 at the age of 92. He is survived by wife Flora Gene (Dixie); son Ronald; and daughter Cathy Hampton. Cathy and Ronald with their spouses live in Plano, TX. Also, there remain 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Hal graduated from DeVilbiss High School (1933) in Toledo, Ohio; University of Toledo with BS degree (1937); and from the University of Michigan with an MD degree and a temporary commission of 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserve Medical Corps (1941). He took competitive examinations for a Regular Army Commission while overseas in World War II. He received his Regular Army Commission in the Medical Corps in December 1944. After World War II, having spent 32 months overseas in the South Pacific, he was trained in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery by Dr. James Barrett Brown at Washington University (Barnes Hospital) in St. Louis, MO. He became a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in 1953. Hal made a career of surgery in the Regular Army and while overseas in Vietnam was appointed Surgeon General of the Army (1969-1973). After Army Retirement he spent two years (1973-1974) as CEO of the American Urological Association in Baltimore, MD. He completely retired, in Dec. 1975 and Hal & Dixie moved to Beaufort, SC. In February 1987 Hal and Dixie made a final move to the Army Residence Community in San Antonio, TX. Volunteer service in the Executive Service Corps of San Antonio and the Army Medical Museum Foundation occupied his retirement time in San Antonio. His greatest pleasures in surgery were the repair of cleft lips and palates, and other congenital deformities. In lieu of flowers please send all donations to the Army Residence Community, 7400 Crestway, San Antonio, TX 78239 in the name of LTG Hal B. Jennings, Jr.

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