William Frederick Pharr

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William Frederick Pharr

July 30, 2018

William Frederick Pharr passed away in his home in Danville, on Monday, July 30, 2018, after a long and productive life. He and his family have resided for greater than 40 years in the area.

Born in Bramwell, West Virginia in 1940 in Coal Country, the youngest of four children, William "Fred" Pharr began under humble circumstances, yet this didn't deter his eventual participation in the healthcare profession, allowing him to lead a life filled with intellectual challenge and public service.

He graduated as valedictorian of Bramwell High School and then supported himself through Davidson College in North Carolina and medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, beginning his long surgical career in 1965.

Prior to this time he met his long-standing love Suzann Morton, of Slab Fork, West Virginia, and they wed in 1964.

He came to the Geisinger Clinic in 1965 to begin his surgical training, he then served his country with distinction in Vietnam in a surgical capacity, earning a Bronze Star, prior to eventually returning stateside where he pursued Cardiac and Thoracic training in Chicago, Illinois. Fred and his family then eventually returned to Danville where he spent the majority of his professional career working at the Geisinger Clinic as a surgeon in the Cardiovascular and Thoracic division, eventually serving as head of this division for many years prior to retiring from practice at Geisinger. This allowed him numerous opportunities to help others in this capacity.

In addition to medicine, which was an all-consuming passion for him, he enjoyed aviation, travel, woodworking, the peace of his farm, and his extended family. He had an insatiable curiosity and was committed to a lifetime of learning. Questions were always his trade, and direct ones at that. This is familiar to all who knew him. When not participating in the above, one would find him with a book, newspaper, puzzle, or on the computer, with an easy smile when engaged.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Suzann Morton Pharr; his three sons, Thorr of Danville, Tarkten of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Nathan of Malvern; three grandsons; and numerous members of the extended family on both sides, in whose company he took immense pleasure.

The Pharr family wishes to thank those in the community who have been so helpful, caring, supportive, and respectful in this trying time.

A private family service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation to the Danville Area Community Center, P.O. Box125, Danville, PA 17821.
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Jim Martin
Aug 09, 2018
I send my condolences to the entire Pharr family. I am sure many fond memories to look back on.
Scott Gibson
Aug 09, 2018
My deepest thoughts of comfort and peace are in prayer for you all at this time. I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Remember all the good memories.
Ron Borick
Aug 09, 2018
Rest in Peace Fred !! My condolences to Suzanne and the kids !! Great memories !!
Alice Kuznicki
Aug 06, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Mrs Pharr and family. As a nurse in CCU I had the privilege of working with Dr Pharr for many years. I had the utmost respect for him and will always remember him for his kind gentlemen ways.
Robert M. Umbriac
Aug 05, 2018
It was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Pharr. From the perspective of peering over the screen as an anesthesia provider l had great confidence in his surgical skill. He was always willing to take on even the most difficult cases. Seeing him after retirement, I was always greeted with smile and a “Hi Bob.” He truely lived a rewarding and worthwhile life.
Betty Goins
Aug 04, 2018
It was with sadness that we in Bramwell learned of "Freddie's" passing. Many years ago as services began at the Bramwell Presbyterian one Sunday morning, I heard the front door creak...it always did and still does. When I turned to see what was making the noise, I saw Fred seated on the back pew...all smiles. It is a nice memory.
This Sunday we will hold your family in prayer. Love and condolences from Bramwell. Betty Goins, Church Secretary
Tom and Jane Royer
Aug 03, 2018
We send our sincere sympathy to all the family. We loved working with Fred, socializing with the family, and sharing many wonderful memories of our times together in the Danville Community. May Fred rest in peace!
Virginia Bopp Springer
Aug 03, 2018
Suzann, My thoughts are with you as you grieve for the loss of your life mate. What a full life Fred and you have led for many years. Love, Ginny, Class of 1962, Queens College
Carl and Sue Konvolinka
Aug 03, 2018
Suzann, Thor, Tarkten and Nathan we share in your loss with much sorrow. Our friendship spans 50 years and will remember most, his smile, and our lively conversations. 💙
Doug Bastian
Aug 02, 2018
Fred's wonderful family is a true testament to him. I will always treasure my 35+ year friendship with Fred and trust and pray that his family will forever treasure fond memories of Fred as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We will all miss him!
Primo Molinari, Greensboro, NC
Aug 02, 2018
Fred was an interesting man. I admired his work in the medical field acquiring so much from meager beginnings. He married a good friend whose family was very influential in our little town of Slab Fork, WV. He will be greatly missed by everyone he met.