Carlton L. Shmock
M.D., FACP, FACC
August 1, 1923 – October 17, 2011
The hope of every physician is to provide excellent service and do no harm to his patients during his lifetime. Carlton lived that hope every day of his life.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio and raised in Rocky River, Ohio, he was the oldest son of Beatrice Bailey Shmock and Carlton Louis Shmock, Sr. He was preceded in death by his sister, Suzanne Shmock Germain and both his parents.
He graduated from University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1941. He attended Cornell University until being drafted into the US Army in April 1943. After basic training he entered the ASTP Medical Program at Indiana University and was then assigned to Nichols General Hospital until August 1945. He then attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, graduating in June 1949. He interned at Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan and took his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
After starting private practice in La Jolla, California he was drafted into the Air Force as a physician and chief of medicine at Travis Air Force Base, California in 1954 until 1956. He returned to his practice with two other internists in 1956 and went into solo practice until his cardiology fellowship at University of Colorado Medical Center from 1963 until 1965. After this fellowship he was appointed as chief of staff at the Denver VA Hospital for three years. Then he was appointed as Assistant Professor to University of Colorado Medical Center Academic Staff to teach, do research and see patients in the private practice clinic. He was Assistant Dean for Veterans Affairs and head of Denver VA Cardiology section, then Associate Dean as Medical Director of the University of Colorado Hospitals. From 1972 until 1975 Dr. Shmock was on loan to University of Missouri at Kansas City as Professor of Medicine and Senior Docent in a new concept of taking certain high school graduates into a six-year program for a BS and MD degree.
Dr. Shmock left University Colorado Medical Center in 1983 to pursue Cardiology/Internal Medicine in Dallas, Texas with The Kaiser Permanente Association of Texas as Chief of Medicine until 1989 when he retired.
Retirement was great in Rockport, Texas where he enjoyed tennis, birding, photography and stained glass. He volunteered as President of AARP, Aransas County Medical Services, Inc. as Vice President of the Board of Directors, Texas Department of Health Planned Parenthood Clinic, Rockport Council on Aging as President of the Board of Directors and The Rockport Center for the Arts.
Dr. Shmock is survived by his best friend and wife, Polly. Other survivors include two sons, Peter Shmock and Andrew Davis (Tiffany). Three daughters, Sara Winter, Catherine McBride (Greg), and Amy Stewart (Richard). Five grandchildren, Josh Cunningham (Anna), Jesslyn Cunningham, Jennifer Bernert Anderson (J.P.), Finlay Davis and Grayson Davis. One great grandchild, Sebastian Anderson. A devoted niece, Susie Maahs (Wayne) and one cousin, Donna Paulin. Also surviving is his inherited Grubbs family who has brought him many years of laughter and pleasure.
Dr. Shmock’s body will be donated to medical science. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, Temple, Texas on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels at Grace Presbyterian Church, Scott and White Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.
A special thank you is extended to his Vista Care Hospice Team and Visiting Angels Team.
Please view his Book of Memories™ at CallawayJones.com