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A memorial service for Dr. James P. Cole, 94, a retired orthopedic surgeon, was held today in Trinity Episcopal Church.

Cole died Saturday (Feb. 24, 2001) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness.

A native of Bath, he graduated from Colgate University and earned a medical degree from Columbia University. After serving residencies in New York City hospitals, he moved to Buffalo with his wife, Margaret.

He established an orthopedic residency-training program at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital.

During World War II, Cole served in the Navy as a lieutenant commander on the hospital ship USS Solace in the Pacific. In the fighting on Iwo Jima, he treated one of the Marines who was involved in the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi, one of the most famous photo images of the war.

Upon returning to Buffalo, he established the first hospital floor devoted exclusively to orthopedic patients, in Deaconess Hospital.

Cole continued to practice and serve as a consultant until he was 80 and was an emeritus consulting surgeon at numerous area hospitals. He was an emeritus clinical professor at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine from 1953 to 1976.

His professional memberships included the American Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society, the Erie County Medical Society, the Buffalo Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons and the International Society of Orthopedic and Traumatic Surgeons. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He published numerous articles in medical journals.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 65 years, are a daughter, Sara C. Tague of Cohasset, Mass.; a son, James R. of Englewood, N.J.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Burial will be in June in Hammondsport.


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