James H Tisdel, M.D.

July 8th, 1922 to September 29th, 2012
James H. Tisdel, M.D., age 90, of Bloomington, MN, formerly of Port Huron, MI, passed away on Saturday morning, September 29, due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born on July 8, 1922 in Larksville, PA, and was preceded in death by his parents Simon James and Janet Hodder Tisdel; his beloved Aunt Myrtle; his twin brother John; and sisters Eleanor and Leona.

He is survived his wife of 66 years Muriel McCairns Tisdel; daughter Rebecca (Philip) Rapport; sons James (Sara); John (Debbie); Mark (Susan) and Christopher (Debbie); 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and by his sisters Elizabeth and Janet

Dr. Tisdel received his B.S. degree from Dickinson College and his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Harper Hospital in Detroit, MI, he went into private practice in Port Huron, MI, where he delivered over 6,000 babies during his long career. He served as chief of staff at Port Huron Mercy Hospital from 1962-64 where he also served as chief of Ob Gyn; he was also chief of Ob Gyn at Port Huron Hospital. He was Assistant Chief and Acting Chief of OB Gyn at the William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, TX from 1953-1955, receiving a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement for his service. After serving as a long- time delegate to the Michigan State Medical Society and as the award-winning editor of the MSMS journal Michigan Medicine,

Dr. Tisdel was elected president of the Michigan State Medical Society in 1981. During his term as president, he visited every county medical society in the state. An amateur historian, he was a Civil War buff and a Lincoln scholar. After he retired, Dr. Tisdel spent many happy years in Tucson, AZ. He came to love the desert, spending a great deal of time exploring remote areas with his friend Granger Weil. He became an avid gardener, and especially loved it when his visiting grandchildren helped him pick lemons, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit from his carefully cultivated citrus trees.

As anyone he ever met was soon to discover, he was very proud of the achievements of each of his children and grandchildren. He was devoted to his family, his many patients and his profession, and accomplished a great deal during his life. He will long be remembered as an honorable man who shared his many talents in full measure.

Visiting hours will be from 5 PM to 9 PM, Friday, October 5th, Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, 1720 Elk Street, Port Huron MI, with a brief Prayer Service at 7 PM.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of James H. Tisdel, M.D. will be held on Saturday, October 6th, 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 811 Wall Street, Port Huron MI with visiting beginning at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Tisdel’s honor to Port Huron Hospital, Port Huron, MI or to Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

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