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George Cornish

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Dr. George G. Cornish of North Port, Fla, died on May 25. He was 90.

Dr. Cornish was born on March 6, 1923, the only child of Frank and Naomi Cornish of Carrollton, Ohio. After graduating from Carrollton High School in 1941, he attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, before entering the United States Navy during World War II and serving as a pharmacist’s mate third class in the Naval Reserve. He was honorably discharged in March, 1945 and returned to Ohio completing his education at Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1950. He married Thelma Marie Bartel of Cleveland, Ohio, in September of 1946. She was his wife of 23 years and mother of his two sons, George R. Cornish and David R. Cornish.

Dr. Cornish served his internship and residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, before entering the United States Air Force, in 1954 as a captain. He served for two years at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., where he became chief of obstetrics and gynecology. In August, 1956, he received an honorable discharge from the Air Force and again returned to Ohio where he joined the staff of the Yellow Springs Clinic. For several years, he had privileges at Springfield City Hospital and Mercy Hospital, both in Springfield, and Greene Memorial Hospital, in Xenia. After leaving the Yellow Springs Clinic in 1967, he joined the staff of Medical Associates Clinic in Xenia, and continued to practice at Greene Memorial Hospital, which later named the delivery room in his honor. Additionally, he was on the faculty of the medical school of Wright State University in Fairborn. In November of 1972, he married Iris Shinkle. They lived in Xenia, surviving the 1974 Xenia tornado, until his retirement in September, 1985, after which they moved to North Port.

Dr. Cornish and his wife Iris were longtime members of Old Town Methodist Church, Old Town, Ohio, and Trinity United Methodist Church, North Port.

Dr. Cornish was a proud member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

Dr. Cornish was an avid golfer. He was a member of the MacDill Air Force Base Golf Club, a founding member of Greene Country Club, and member of North Port Country Club for over 30 years.

Dr. Cornish is survived by Iris Cornish, his devoted and loving wife of more than 40 years; his sons, George R. Cornish and David R. Cornish and his wife, Diane M. Cornish, all of Venice, Fla.; granddaughter, Lindsay J. Cornish of Gainesville, Fla.; stepdaughter, Iris Bone and her husband Dennis Bone of Jamestown, Ohio; step-grandson, Shawn Bone and his wife Kim Bone of Jamestown and children, Tyler, Brandon and Logan; step-son Ronald Shinkle and his wife Connie Shinkle of San Diego, Calif. and stepgranddaughter, Leslie Shinkle, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

As a true gentleman, Dr. Cornish gave generously of his time, talent and treasure to his churches, numerous individuals and charitable organizations. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross for victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.

Services will be private and burial will be at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. Condolences or memories may be shared at


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