Dr. Ronald Jack Donaldson
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Services for Dr. Ronald Jack Donaldson, 78, of Tyler, and Hound Ears Club, North Carolina, will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Tyler with the Rev. Stuart Baskin and the Rev. Pamela Leach officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Ron passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Twin Rivers Park, Boone, North Carolina, while fishing.

He was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Springfield, Missouri, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Henry Donaldson.

Ron was a member, trustee and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, founder of Tyler Neurosurgical Associates, board member of ETMC Regional Healthcare Systems, board member of Willow Brook Country Club, member of Order of the Rose - Texas Rose Festival, and past board member of People's National Bank. In 2010 The Ronald J. Donaldson, MD Neuroscience Symposium was established in his honor at East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare Systems.

Ron graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and the ROTC. Ron had a distinguished military career and served as a captain in the United States Army. While serving, in the Army, he was an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and served his country while stationed in Tehran, Iran. He was honorably discharged from the service after completing his tenure at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Ron attended the University of Oklahoma Medical School and Residency Program where he was chief resident. Upon completion, Ron and his wife, Susan, and their four children moved to Tyler in 1972 and started Tyler Neurosurgical Associates. Ron was chief of staff of East Texas Medical Center 1978-1979 and was president of Smith County Medical Society in 1985. Ron also established the East Texas Neurological Institute.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Jack Henry Donaldson, and his mother, Ruby Marsh Donaldson.

He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Susan Whitney Donaldson and their four children, Sarah Donaldson Jacobi, Jack Whitney Donaldson, Sandra Donaldson Hipps and Julie Donaldson Moore; his grandchildren, Jack Dixon VanDeventer and wife Nixon Powell VanDeventer, Hutton Whitney Hipps and fianc? Ian Christopher Beckcom, Christopher Marion Hipps Jr., Olivia Whitney Jacobi, John Roger Moore V, Susanna Elizabeth Jacobi, Hamilton Gates Moore, Jack Bennett Moore and Grant Whitney Donaldson; and his two sons-in- law, John David Jacobi and Christopher Marion Hipps.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Joe Bill Belue, Dr. James T. Clark, Mr. John E. Deibel Sr., Mr. Jack Whitney Donaldson, Dr. S. Edwin Duncan, Mr. Elmer G. Ellis, Mr. George T. Hall, Mr. Doane F. Harrison, Mr. Christopher M. Hipps, Mr. John D. Jacobi, Dr. Jon T. Ledlie, Mr. John W. Noble, Dr. Ronald F. Vrnak, Dr. John F. Walker and Mr. H. Andy Wall.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jan H. Garrett, Dr. Mark Greenberg, Mr. Eddie L. Howard, Mr. H.T. Hyde, Mr. Tommy Hyde, Dr. James Holton, Mr. Harley D. Hooper, Mr. George Oge Jr., Mr. Scott Myers and Mr. J.B. Smith.

Ron loved the great outdoors. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, traveler, a voracious reader and a lover of all things Scottish. There was rarely a sporting event he missed, including his grandchildren's. He was a loyal friend, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His wife Susan was the love of his life and they were to celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23, 2015.

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Tyler, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler, 75701; East Texas Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 6400, Tyler, 75711; East Texas Food Bank, 3201 Robertson Road, Tyler, 75701; or Tyler Meals On Wheels, 3001 Robertson Road, Tyler, 75701.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jun. 10, 2015.
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June 17, 2015
Ron was a loving gentle soul that was liked by all who knew him. Susan, please accept our condolences from his highschool friends.
Olen Hurst, stroud ok class of 55
June 17, 2015
I am so to hear about the loss of Dr. Donaldson. I worked for him years ago and he was the best. Prayers to Susan, his wife and family during this time of grief. He will be greatly missed.~Brenda Collins
June 11, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was a patient of Dr. Donaldson. He told me in December 2002 that I would be his last surgery. No matter if I was his first,last,or one of the other thousands he did, he was exceptional. A professional with a witty, funny,and awesome bedside manner. Fortunate to have known him and grateful for my relationship with his son Whitney. May God comfort you in this huge loss.
Kyle Hardy
June 11, 2015
A Great Neurosurgeon I had the pleasure to assist and work with in surgery in the '90's. We all pass the same way on our way to eternity. RIP. God bless the family left behind. Prayers, Whitney.
meredithe nix
June 10, 2015
He will be missed so much.
ana soto
June 10, 2015
One of the nicest Physicians I ever worked with. Very kind down to earth person. You'll be missed dearly. Godspeed Dr Donaldson and God Bless.
James Hickey
June 10, 2015
My thoughts and prayers for the Donaldson family. I worked for Tyler Neuro years ago and Dr Donaldson was a wonderful nice man. Very sorry to hear this.
Kim Riddle
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