James A Schroer


James A. Schroer M.D., 93, of Fort Thomas, KY, passed away on January 10, 2017 at his home in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. Dr. Schroer was a 1941 graduate of McKinley Technical High School in Washington D.C., and he earned his B.S. (1946) and M.D. (1947) degrees from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He served in the U. S. Navy, Medical Corps, during the Korean War, and he continued his service with the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1967, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Dr. Schroer practiced as a family physician and in Internal Medicine in Newport, Kentucky for 56 years, and was a devoted servant to both Newport and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was one of the twelve Founding Physicians of St. Luke Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas).

He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical School from 1968 to 1974 and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Schroer was President of the St. Luke Hospital Medical Staff in 1964, the President of the Speers Memorial Hospital Medical Staff in 1972, and the President of the Campbell- Kenton Medical Society in 1970. He served on the Campbell County Health Department from 1963 to 1965, the Northern Kentucky Health Department from 1986 to 1987, and he was the Founder and Curator of the Speers Hospital Medical Museum at St. Luke Hospital.

He was also the co-author of The History of Medicine in Campbell-Kenton Counties Kentucky. He was a great lover of nature, as evidenced by his stewardship of the family farm, El's Acres, in Grants Lick, Kentucky. He followed the Hippocratic Oath, was ProLife, was a civil rights advocate and community leader, touching the lives of countless individuals. Dr. Schroer was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor (Barasha) Schroer.

Dr. Schroer is survived by his sons, James A. Schroer, Charles E. (Rebecca) Schroer, and Mark A. (Theresa) Schroer M.D., a brother, David Schroer, and a sister, Majorie DeSimone. Dr. Schroer is also survived by his grandchildren, Julia Schroer, Sarah (Joseph) Lewis, Katherine Schroer, Matthew Schroer, Anna Schroer, Rebecca Schroer, Wilson Schroer, and Amanda (Christopher) Trutschel. Visitation will be Friday January 13, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Dobbling Funeral Home at 106 S. Ft. Thomas Ave. in Ft. Thomas, KY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Thomas Church, in Fort Thomas, KY. Burial will take place in St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas, KY. Memorials are suggested to the Eleanor and James Schroer Family Scholarship c/o St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224 or to St. Thomas Education Fund, 428 South Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075.


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