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Neal, R Wayne1954

D.O.D 12/05/2011 - Dr. R. Wayne Neal went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 5, 2011. Surrounded by family, Dr. Neal received his ultimate healing from his challenges with cancer as he entered heaven. He was born in Oklahoma City on March 28, 1932, the son of Oliver E. Neal and Viola Ruth (Jones) Neal. He graduated from high school in Adair, Oklahoma, where he was valedictorian. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Phillips University in 1954, and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Internal Medicine training at the University of Chicago where he was Chief Resident of Medicine. He had a three year fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Chicago Hospitals where he became Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. He and Joanne Ruth Nettleton were married in Topeka, Kansas, in 1957.Dr. Neal served for three years as a medical officer in the United States Navy where he reached the rank of Lieutenant.
Wayne came to Tulsa in 1968 as Director of Cardiovascular Services at which time he established a new cardiac catheterization laboratory at St. John’s Hospital He practiced cardiology in Tulsa for 31 years, beginning in 1968. He was a partner of Tulsa Cardiovascular Associates and later Heart Center of Tulsa. During those years of practice, he served in various capacities including President of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Heart Association, President of the Oklahoma Heart Association, Governor for the State of Oklahoma of the American College of Cardiology, President of the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology during which time he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, Chief of the Department of Medicine at St. John Medical Center, and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. John Medical Center for many years. He served as President of the Tulsa Internists’ Society. He was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Neal was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tulsa where he served on the Finance Committee, the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Carpenters Sunday School Class. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Neal was a humble example to all who knew him. He has left a tremendous legacy of godly perseverance and a dedication to always “doing the right thing.” We are blessed to have had him in our lives. Dr. Neal enjoyed his family and friends, his church, his work, mentoring children, boating, fishing, working on his farm and developing a 30 acre park, fronting on the Rock Creek arm of Lake Hudson.

Wayne had a son, David Neal and a daughter, Carole Jeanne Runnels. He died December 5, 2011.