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Editorial: Prayer Vigil Service Tonight for Dr. F. Joseph Whelan, 1938-2006

Posted by kinchendavid on December 16, 2006

By Staff
In the HNN obituary of Dr. F. Joseph Whelan, we said he was an Iowa native. Actually, he was born Feb. 21, 1938 in Ft. Warren, Wyoming, the son of the late Joseph Francis Xavier Whelan and Helen Sankot Whelan.

Iowa was where Joe Whelan grew up and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids as an undergraduate and the University of Iowa medical school for his M.D. He also earned an M.S. degree from the University of Iowa for his internship and he was board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Boston, MA.

A Roman Catholic and a resident of Corrine, WV, Doc in later years worshiped at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, WV; a vigil prayer service will be conducted tonight, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Rd., Beckley, by Father Paul Younger of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Doc, as we at HNN fondly remember him, was named a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002; a Distinguished Life Fellowship was bestowed on him on Jan. 1, 2003 by the APA. He founded the Whelan Medical Clinic in Beckley, which he closed this year; his last position was as a psychiatrist with Mari Sullivan Walker Inc. in Pineville, WV. He was licensed to practice medicine in Iowa, West Virginia, Hawaii, Alaska and Virginia.

Doc Whelan was active in the Disabled American Veterans of America and the Civil Air Patrol and was a founding member of the Wyoming County Vietnam Veterans of America.

He is survived by Joseph Floyd Whelan of Corrine, WV; Benjamin Neal Whelan and his wife Melanie, of Oak Hill, WV; and David Alexander Whelan of Beckley. Also, many other relatives, patients and friends.


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