Dr. Donald W. Dewald

December 25, 1914 ‒ January 13, 2001

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Donald W. Dewald, M.D., age 86, of Mansfield, died Saturday evening January 13, 2001 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

He was born December 25, 1914 in Crestline to Chance E. and Rae Wyndham Dewald, both now deceased.

He was graduated from Crestline High School and was graduated summa cum laude from The College of Wooster, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was graduated from Western Reserve Medical School, where he received the Hoover Scholarship as Valedictorian. While there, he earned membership in Alpha Xi fraternity for his research work on coronary circulation.

Dr. Dewald trained for two years as an Intern and Resident at Yale University. He served as a Resident and Teaching Fellow at Western Reserve University Hospital for two years before serving in the Medical Corps of the US Army during World War II. At the time of his discharge, he was a Major, and chief of the Medical Service at Pasadena (CA) Regional Hospital, a 4000-bed facility.

He had actively practiced medicine in Mansfield since 1946 and enjoyed practicing medicine with his son for the past 21 years. He was on the staff of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital and Peoples Hospital. Dr. Dewald was a past President of the Richland County Medical Society, as well as a member of the Ohio State and American Medical Societies for the past 54 years.

He was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society, the Free Order of Masonry Arcana Lodge #272, Mansfield Kiwanis Club, Westbrook Country Club, and Catawba Island Club.

A 55-year member of First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield, he served the congregation as an elder and trustee.

He served on the Board of Directors of Friendly House for many years.

While medicine was Dr. Dewald’s primary vocation, he was also President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Crestline Building and Loan Association, which his father had headed since 1908; President of Norwalk Thermostat Company and Vice-President of Mansfield Culligan.

For the past 17 years, he spent winters in Punta Gorda, FL, where he was a member of the Burnt Store Country Club, Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, the Punta Gorda Boat Club and an affiliate member of the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Dewald is survived by his wife Eleanore Iman Dewald, to whom he was married 58 years; their three children and their spouses Diane & Larry Thomas of Pickerington, Dr. Donald L. & Jennie Dewald of Mansfield, Debra & Gary Kirkham of League City, TX; and 8 grandchildren Jeff, Julie and Jim Thomas, Nick, Jason and Jon Dewald and Chris and Greg Kirkham.

The Dewalds were very pleased that they were able to be the major donor for the building of a new Christian Seminary Library in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the donor of a Chapel building for Mount Union College, Eleanore Dewald’s alma mater.

In addition to his parents, an infant brother Kenneth preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 10:30 am in First Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road, Mansfield. The Rev. Dennis R. Allison will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline. Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the parlor of the church building. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army or the International Myeloma Foundation.