Dr. Calvin Reynolds Openshaw, 69, died February 14, 1991 in Hutchinson, Kansas after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born November 4, 1922, in Salt Lake City, the son of Dr. Clarence Roy Openshaw and Elna Dehlin Shipp. He married Blanche Hiley in 1948 but was later divorced. On December 19, 1973 he married Evelyn Chamberlain in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was graduated from the University of Utah with high honors in 1942. Because of World War II he entered an accelerated program at the University of Utah Medical School, graduating with honors in 1944. He served his internship at the Salt Lake County General Hospital and his residency in general surgery and thoracic surgery at the Mayo Clinic.Dr. Openshaw was the fourth generation of physicians in Salt Lake City, his great-great-grandmother being Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp, the second woman doctor in Utah. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II and served as the commanding officer of a First Marine Division field hospital during the Korean conflict. In 1957, Dr. Openshaw began his private practice of thoracic surgery in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Dr. Openshaw led a full life. He was an intellectual who cared deeply for his fellow beings and a consummate surgeon who took great honor and pride in his profession. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church where he previously held many high national positions. He was an accomplished musician who once toyed with the idea of being a concert pianist.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Chamberlain Openshaw, two sons, Calvin Jr., Jacksonville, North Carolina and Michael, Richardson, Texas; a daughter, Susan Renek, Phoenix, Arizona; a stepson, David Chamberlain, Boulder, Colorado; three step-daughters, Gay Lynn McKay, Christine Peterson, and Ronna Chamberlain of Hutchinson, Kansas; a sister, Danna Ostergaard, St. George, Utah; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and three step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 1991 at the Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson, Kansas. Burial was at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
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