Obituary Thomas C. Iden, M.D.

Thomas C. Iden, M.D., 91, of Berryville, VA, died Saturday, April 2, 2011 in the Winchester Medical Center.

Tom Iden was born in Berryville, VA on September 21, 1919, the son of Jane and Dr. Carroll Iden.

Dr.   Tom received his early education through the Berryville school system and graduated Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA in 1937.   He graduated Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA in 1941, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in English.   In 1944, he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia as a Doctor of Medicine and was commissioned a lieutenant, J.G. in the United States Navy.   He completed his internship at the United States Naval Hospital in Oak Knoll, CA in 1945 and his residency at Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke, VA in 1947.   That same year, he returned home to Berryville, where he practiced family medicine until his retirement in 1999.   He was on the staff at the Winchester Medical Center from 1947 to 1999.   He was a Charter Fellow and Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Practice.

Dr.   Tom served in the Navy in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring as Commander (MC).   During World War II, he served as ship’s doctor aboard the U.S.S. Tappahanock in the Pacific Theatre and witnessed the devastation of Hiroshima shortly after the event.     He worked as a physician at the U.S. Naval Gun Factory during the Korean Conflict.   During his military service, he earned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Battle Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the China Service Medal.

Dr.   Tom was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Berryville.   From 1973 through 1983, he was a member of the Virginia State Board of Health, serving for two of those years as that Board’s president.   He served as Chairman of the Clarke County School Board Selection Committee from 1985 to 1992.   He was inducted into the Clarke County High School Hall of Fame as a result of serving as team physician for 20 years.

Dr.Tom chaired the Winchester Star Leadership Committee.   He was a member of the American Legion and a charter member of the local chapter of Military Officers of America.   He was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, Chi Beta Phi honorary scientific fraternity, and the Kappa Sigma social fraternity.

Dr.   Tom married the love of his life, the former Mae Oglesby Tench, with whom he spent 64 happily married years until her death in early 2009.

Surviving are his daughter, Jean Larew Biaett and her husband, Doddridge H. Biaett III of Williamsburg, VA; three sons, Thomas Carroll Iden, Jr. and his wife, Susan H. Iden, of Winchester, VA, John Conway Iden of Dayton, VA, and Alexander Riddick Iden and his wife, Stacey M. Iden, of Winchester, VA; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Iden Biaett Coleman, Doddridge H. Biaett IV, Mayanne Migley Larew Biaett Thomas, Thomas C. Iden III, M.D., Amy Christina Iden, Morgan Brittany Boxwell, Emily Larew Iden, and Samuel Alexander Iden and two great-grandchilden, Robert Stewart Coleman and Sarah Elizabeth Coleman.
A daughter, Elizabeth Iden, a sister, Jane Potts, and two brothers, James R. Iden and Dr. Robert William Iden, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held, 1:00 P. M. Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Berryville with Rev. William K. Dawson officiating.   Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville with military honors provided by the Clarke County Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Robert W. Smalley, Jr., E. Scott Smalley, John R. Milleson, Roy E. Potts III, Brown D. Burton, David S. Weiss, Rice W. Levi III, and Norman deV. Morrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Randolph Macon College, Randolph Macon College Gift Processing, P. O. Box 5005, Ashland, VA   23005.

Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville.

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  1. Dr. Tom was our family doctor while I was growing up and I am grateful for the memories of how doctors were a part of the family, or so it seemed ….. unlike today.