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DEATH: ROBERT W. METCALF, M.D.

Published: Tuesday, June 4 1991 12:00 a.m. MDT

Robert W. Metcalf, M.D., age 54, died Sunday, June 2, 1991, in Salt Lake City, of complications following surgery.

He was born September 12, 1936, in Salt Lake City, to Jack W. and Isabel Edgington Metcalf. A member of the LDS Church, he served a full-time mission in California, 1956-1958. He married Joyce Hawkes on October 24, 1958, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He received a commission as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. He was a member of the Country Club in Salt Lake City.Dr. Metcalf graduated from the University of Utah with a Bacelor of Science degree in 1958. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University in 1962 and subsequently completed orthopedic residencies in various area hospitals. He received the Outstanding Intern Award in 1962 and was Ford Foundation Scholar from 1953 to 1956. He began his private practice in 1969, in Provo, Utah, where he also served as Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Utah Valley Hospital until 1979. He was Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon for Brigham Young University from 1969 through 1975 and served as Team Orthopedic Surgeon at BYU from 1969 to 1979. He served as Chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Utah Valley Hosptial from 1975 to 1977. He became associated with the University of Utah School of Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery in 1972, and was subsequently appointed as Associate Clinical Professor and then full Professor in 1983, a position which he held at his death.

Dr. Metcalf is regarded by his professional colleagues as one of the pioneers in the field of arthroscopy. He became involved in the early 1970's in the development of arthroscopy, testing new instrumentaion which was being introduced gradually into the market, and incorporating the techniques himself in his professional practice. As arthroscopy received more interest in the medical field, he began teaching other orthopedic surgeons this new and innovative technique. Eventually he started conducting small seminars at the Salt Lake Surgical Center several times a year along with his private practise. Because of health reasons, Dr. Metcalf retired from clinical practice in 1985, but continued conducting seminars in arthroscopy which attracted orthopedic surgeons from all over the world. His seminars were regarded by his professional colleagues as the finest medical post-graduate seminars in the country. His 26th seminar was held in January 1991 in Scottsdale, Arizona, with over 700 doctors in attendance, several hundred spouses, and 250 medical product representatives. During his teaching career, he has reached over 9,000 doctors who have attended his seminars, many of whom attend annually.

He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1971. He was a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and served on various regional and national committees from 1978 to the present. He was instrumental in the founding of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and served as its president from 1984-1985 along with various other positions and has most recently served as chairman of the Board of Editors for their Video Supplement. He received the "Mr. Sports Medicine Award" from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in 1983.

He was associated locally with the Western Orthopedic Association and served as President in 1976-1977. He was also President of the Utah County Medical Society from 1975-1976, and a member of the Utah State Medical Association. Other associations included the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies, the International Arthroscopy Association, the American Sports Medicine Institute, the International Knee Society, and the Salt Lake County Medical ASsociaition.

Dr. Metcalf was highly respected for his consummate teaching abilities and was a guest speaker at over 125 national and international meetings since 1976. His publications included numerous articles and collaboration on nine textbooks with his latest in progress at the time of his death. In recent years he produced a series of Video Transcripts of his own seminars in arthroscopy which were sold nationally and internationally.

He was active in the LDS Church, and served numerous postiions, including Bishop of the Provo Edgmont Sixth Ward, High Counselor, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, and was currently serving in the High Priests Group Leadership of the Big Cottonwood 14th Ward.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela, a brother, Stephen, and his father.

He is survived by: His wife, Joyce, and children, R. Bradley, David (and Karalee) of Chandler, Arizona; Shauna (and Brent) Watts, of Arcadia, California; Richard (and Cindy), Jon (and Dawn), Michael (and Jane), Susan, Katherine, and Matthew Metcalf, of Salt Lake City; his mother, two brothers, Jack and Stan Metcalf, both of Salt Lake City, sisters, Carol Romney of British Columbia, Canada; Barbara Clarke, Salt Lake City; and ten grandchildren.

Fuenral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at the Big Cottonwood 14th Ward, 5165 South Highland Drive. Friends may greet the family Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the McKay-Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive, or on Wednesday, from 11 to 12:30 prior to services at the church. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Utah Arthritis Foundation.

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