Sept. 1, 1917 – Nov. 9, 2016
Dr. Courtland “Corky” Van Deusen III, who operated the radiology department at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, died Nov. 9 at Tryon Estates in Columbus, N.C., where he was a resident. He was 99.
Born in Tsingtao, China, where his parents were missionaries, he came to the U.S. in 1928 to attend Mount Hermon School for Boys in Gill, Mass., where he graduated in 1935. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Serving in the Army under Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, during World War II, he was director of a prisoner of war hospital in France. He attained the rank of captain.
Dr. Van Deusen moved to Lewiston in 1948 and maintained a private radiology practice for 30 years. He also was a member of a partnership that ran the radiology department in the Niagara Falls hospital until the mid-1980s.
After he retired, he lived on Jekyll Island, Ga., then became a resident of Tryon Estates in 1990.
Widely respected in his field, he was a fellow emeritus of the American College of Radiology and was a longtime active member of the Niagara County and New York State Radiological Societies.
He was honored by Tops Markets as a Man of the Year in the 1970s.
He was a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston and in the Presbyterian churches in Jekyll Island and Columbus.
He also was active in the Rotary Clubs in Lewiston, Jekyll Island and Tryon, N.C., as well as the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army and the Red Feather Agency, predecessor to the United Way.
His wife of almost 60 years, the former Dorothy G. “Dottie” Smith, died in 2000.
Survivors include a daughter, Christina; three sons, Courtland IV, Edward and Lawrence; a brother, Rev. Richard; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lewiston Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.