Oswald H. Coury M.D.
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Oswald H. Coury, M.D. Bonita Springs, FL

Oswald H. Coury, M.D. passed away May 8, 2010 in his home surrounded by his entire family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy McCann Coury; five children, Robert M. (Kathleen) Coury, Karen C. (James) Poole, Brian A. (Joanne) Coury, Rebecca L. Coury, and Gregory J. (Marina) Coury. He is also survived by two brothers, Joseph F. (Dorothy) Coury and Paul E. Coury, M.D.; one sister, Mary (Dr. Richard) Mense; and his 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Mary J. Coury; and his beloved brother, John J. Coury, M.D.

He was born August 29, 1928 in Wheeling, WV and he graduated from Wheeling High School in three years to enter college during World War II. He received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA and his M.D. from CaseWestern Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served three years on active duty at Valley Forge Army Hospital and in France as a captain and commander of the Medical Detachment of the 843rd Engineer Aviation Battalion attached to the Air Force. He then spent four years in Surgical Residency at the University of Miami/Miami Veterans Hospital in Coral Gables, FL, where he served as Chief Resident.

In 1960, he opened his private practice in General Surgery as a founding member of South Miami Hospital and later practiced at Larkin Hospital. He was a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, A.M.A. and F.M.A. and Dade County Medical Association. In 1975, he opened the first Breast Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the southeast and developed the specialty of Surgical Breast Oncology as a pioneer in breast reconstruction, presenting his work at national and international meetings. He moved his practice to HealthSouth Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, FL and moved to Bonita Springs, FL in 1994, commuting to Miami and retiring in 2000. He soon returned to medicine as an on-site physician for 21st Century Oncology in 2001, opening their Bonita Springs office where he worked part time until his death.

He served as director of the Collier County unit of the American Cancer Society and also served the association of the Pelican Landing Community. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Senior & Retired Physicians Association. Dr. Coury dedicated his life to fighting cancer in his patients and was a 20 survivor of prostate cancer and a five year survivor of a rare Liposarcoma.

His love for travel with his wife and family took him to 79 countries and all 50 states through numerous trips, cruises and motor home adventures.

A Memorial Mass celebrating Dr. Coury's life will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Avenue North, Naples, FL 34108, followed by a reception for family and friends in the Parish Life Center.

Burial with Military Honors will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.

In lieu of flowers friends may wish to make contributions to The Special Olympics or The American Cancer Society .


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