The Woodward News

January 25, 2013

Walter Henry Whitcomb

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Walter Henry Whitcomb, MD, passed away January 22, 2013 with his loving family by his side.  

    He was born January 26, 1928 in Enid, Oklahoma to Walter and Ollie (Henson) Whitcomb. 

    He is survived by his wife, Juanetta; son, Walter Phillip Whitcomb and wife Kristina Bush; son, James Mark Whitcomb; daughter, Katheryn Whitcomb Potts and husband Steven Jeffrey; eight grandchildren, Michael John Potts, Christopher Joseph Potts, Andrew Whitcomb, Hayley Whitcomb Lester, David Andrew Potts, Jessica Whitcomb Johnson, Walter Price Whitcomb, and Conner Horan Whitcomb and one great-grandchild.  

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Phyllis Figley Whitcomb of Woodward, OK.  Dr. Whitcomb was an Eagle Scout and proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Philmont Scout Ranch.  During his seven years as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Dr. Whitcomb focused on research pertaining to the U.S. space program in Austin and San Antonio, TX.  During his 35 year career at the OUHSC, Dr. Whitcomb conducted vital research in the study of Nuclear Medicine and Erythropoietic Kinetics.  He was instrumental in the growth of programs and facilities for the Oklahoma City VA Med Center including the first VA outpatient clinic in the US and the first hospital in the US to have electronic medical records.  

    He served as Chief Resident at OU Medical School, Chief of Radiological Laboratory at University of Texas and USAF in Austin, Assistant Professor of Medicine at OU Medical School, Chief of Staff OKCVAMC, Director of OKCVAMC, Director Computerized Medical Systems, Washington, DC, and Director of Rehab Medicine of OKCVAMC.  

    Dr. Whitcomb has been published over 40 times in Medical journals and text books.  Besides medicine, Dr. Whitcomb has a passion for his children, sailing and metal sculpture – not necessarily in that order.  For further information and accomplishments please visit his memorial through  

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of the Friends of Byrd Library, checks can be made payable to: OU Foundation, PO Box 26901, LIB 162, OKC, OK 73126. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2013 at Quail Springs Baptist Church with a reception to follow.