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John M. Berry, M.D.

September 21, 1947 ~ August 22, 2018 (age 70)

John M. Berry, M.D., 70, of Mission Hills, KS, loving husband and father and lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, passed away on August 22, 2018.

John graduated from the Pembroke-Country Day School, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an Internship in Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO, followed by a Registrarship in Dermatology and a Clinical Assistantship in Dermatology at the Royal Infirmary, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He then completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Earlier in his career, John held a faculty appointment as Clinical Instructor in Dermatology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

A board-certified dermatologist, he maintained a private medical practice in the Kansas City area for over 30 years. While retired, he remained a part of the medical community by volunteering in several capacities, including as a stakeholder reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he assisted educators in developing curriculum to promote a team approach to geriatric care.

John had a reverence for the outdoors and nature. Golf and fly-fishing were some of his favorite pastimes. He could spend nearly all day casting and catching trout on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. John enjoyed sharing his interests with those he loved. He taught his wife and daughters to fly-fish and golf, and memories of Sunday night putting contests will remain with them always. John had a gift with words, language, and verse. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends for the poems and the song lyrics he wrote for special occasions.

John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan, two daughters Anne Schell (John) and Katherine Grace (Oliver), a granddaughter, Anne, who called her grandfather “Doc,” his brother William (Caroline), sister Barbara Emerson, four nephews and two nieces.

John was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Kansas City Country Club, and a lifetime member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

A family memorial service to celebrate his life was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on August 26, 2018. John’s kindness, curiosity, sense of humor, and whistle will be dearly missed. His family hopes that everyone takes time to appreciate the beauty of nature and to say a kind word to those you encounter, just as John did each day.

Those who wish, may make a donation in John’s memory to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or to KU Endowment to support the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine and the Clendening History of Medicine Library.

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