Nov. 14, 1920 - May 11, 2012
GOSHEN — Dr. John Henry “Jack” Ivy, 91, died May 11, 2012, at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen.
Born in Chicago on Nov. 14, 1920, to Dr. Andrew Conway Ivy and Dr. Emma Kohman Ivy, Dr. Ivy was the oldest of five sons.
He was preceded by two brothers, Dr. William Ivy and Dr. Horace “Bud” Ivy, and survived by two other brothers, Dr. Andrew C. Ivy Jr. and Mr. Robert E. Ivy.
Dr. Ivy graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in chemistry and attended Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, receiving his M.D. and an M.S. in chemistry. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa for distinction in general scholarship and to Alpha Omega Alpha for excellence in his work at medical college. He served in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp while in medical school.
After graduation, Dr. Ivy was invited to join the Manhattan Project, but chose instead to serve as a captain in the School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, from 1946 to 1948, teaching pilots about the effects of high altitude. Subsequently, Dr. Ivy completed a residency as a Fellow in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While at the Mayo Clinic, he met Shirley Power, to whom he was married on Oct. 21, 1950. They settled in Elkhart, where, together with three medical school friends, Dr. Ivy co-founded the Elkhart Clinic. He practiced internal medicine there until his retirement in 1985. He then served as interim health officer for Elkhart County.
Together with his wife and several friends in Elkhart, Dr. Ivy was also one of the founders of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart. In 1962, he was instrumental in the design of the Fellowship Building on Garden Street.
Dr. Ivy is survived by his wife and four children, Susan (Jim) Enterkin of Southborough, Mass., John (Lisa) Ivy of College Station, Texas, Cynthia (Rick) Burdick of Danville and Carol (Joe) Ellingson of Vancouver, Wash. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jack was a tireless physician, making house calls and often running behind in his schedule because he gave his patients time to talk and he listened. His patients and staff all loved him and many called him “Doc.”
Jack was also an avid outdoorsman. He told many tales of adventures, from climbing the slopes in Utah in burlap-covered skis and boating and fishing in Michigan to climbing Mt. Rainier and rafting down the Green River. Also an avid tennis player, he lived by his own advice to remain physically active and eat a moderate diet. He was an enthusiastic gardener, amateur photographer and enjoyed singing, whether with his brothers in a barbershop quartet, at church, with neighbors or with his wife and family. In retirement, he and his wife Shirley enjoyed many travels through the United States and Europe. He was an extraordinary father and husband.
Dr. Ivy donated his body to the Indiana University School of Medicine for research. A memorial service will be held at a later date.