Former two-year graduate of the School of Medicine and founding ENT department chair, Carl H. Cather Jr., M.D., age 88, from Morgantown, W.Va., passed away on July 3, 2017, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He completed the first two years of his medical education at WVU and then finished his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital and then joined the U.S. Navy to become a flight surgeon. After a residency in Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in Pittsburgh, Carl returned to his hometown to establish a private practice in Morgantown. He established the Morgantown ENT clinic that included three physicians, and the clinic later joined WVU. Carl served on the Board of the Monongalia General Hospital. He established and served as the first chairman of the ENT Department at the WVU School of Medicine while still maintaining a private practice. Carl was instrumental in getting the state of WV to perform hearing screenings for pre-school children as well as for adults in the work force. He furthered ENT education on a national level by teaching ENT courses yearly in Texas.
Carl will be cremated as per his wishes. Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce Street, Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, July 6 from 4 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 7 p.m.