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January 26, 2014

Hendrik (Hank) DeKruif, M.D.

MEADVILLE — Hendrik (Hank) DeKruif, M.D., 96, of Meadville, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Meadville Medical Center.

He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Aug. 2, 1917, a son of Paul and Mary Fisher DeKruif. He married Cecille King and subsequently married Dagmar Carter North on April 2, 1972; and she preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2009.

He was a 1934 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, a 1938 graduate of Harvard University, a 1942 graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, served his residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. in 1943, then was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1944-1946. Following the war, he was an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1947-1950, then a practicing physician in Fergus Falls, Minn. and consultant to the Fergus Falls State Hospital from 1950-1958. He then moved to Meadville and was in private practice in internal medicine until his retirement in 1984. He continued as an EKG consultant, director of the Tuberculosis Clinic and as physician in sports medicine for Meadville Senior and Junior High schools.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and former Vestryman and choir member. He was a member of the Crawford County and Pennsylvania Medical Societies, the American Medical Association, Round Table and the Meadville Country Club. He was an avid golfer and tennis player with a rapier backhand.

He is survived by three daughters, Susan DeKruif Joyce and her husband, Allen, of Atlanta, Ga., Mary DeKruif of Denver, Colo. and Katherine DeKruif Walsh and her husband, David, of Brussels, Belgium; and three grandchildren, Edward Hendrik Fulton, Thomas Alan Joyce and Meghan DeKruif Joyce.

In addition to his wives and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David DeKruif, MD.

The memorial service will be July 5 at Christ Episcopal Church, 870 Diamond Park, Meadville.

Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorials be made to Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main Street, Exeter, N.H. 03833.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc., 581 Chestnut Street, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net

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