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Dr. Thomas D. Breitweiser

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dr. Thomas D. Breitweiser entered this life Oct. 28, 1940, in Ruston, La.

He was the son of the late David Paul and Alverta Pauline Morgan Breitweiser.

He was raised in Anderson, Ind., and was a 1958 graduate of Anderson High School.

He received his Bachelors of Science from Anderson College and was first chair violin in the college orchestra. Dr. Breitweiser was an accomplished musician and taught piano lessons to pay for college, which he completed in 1962.

He was a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1966.

He was united in marriage in 1960 at the United Methodist Church of Anderson to Lynda Jae Day. To this happy union arrived a daughter and a son.

He interned at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

While in the middle of his medical schooling, the United States Navy called him to serve during the Vietnam War with the 21st Signal Group. Earning an honorable discharge, he returned to the University of Kentucky Hospital and their Radiology Department. After which, he became Chief Resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine, pursuing Radiology as his specialty. He settled in Madison in 1972 and became the third radiologist in Madison affiliated with King's Daughter's Hospital.

He was proud to have helped recruit physicians and specialists for Kind's Daughter's Hospital to the benefit of the community as well. He also helped start the school for Radiology technicians in Madison.

He left King's Daughter's in 2000, semi-retiring, but continued to work with Northwest Radiology of Indianapolis, finally retiring to his farm in 2001.

Tom Breitweiser was a quiet man who worked diligently behind the scenes. With strong convictions, he gave of himself on projects such as Save The Valley's work on clean air and water, saving the Dutch Elm and Butternut Tree and keeping endangered honey bees. Dr. Breitweiser was very proud to have built the first total solar powered home in Indiana. He and his wife restored the historic Cliff House on Fairmount Drive and Autumnwood on Maywood Lane operating each as a Bed and Breakfast for several years. He even adapted one to partial solar power.

He was a member of the National Forestry Association and was proud to have planted and preserved four tree farms in Jefferson County.

He loved fishing and building lakes. He enjoyed his Beagles and his Dobermans, rabbit hunting, as well as raising catfish. He and Jae, along with the Reindollar family, purchased and have been preserving the Eleutherian College in Lancaster, making it a National Historic Landmark and State Treasure to be enjoyed by all who visit.

He was furthering his education and knowledge. He was a member of the Indiana Board of Radiology and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Breitweiser was a born again Christian and enjoyed studying with Pastor Arnold Murray on his television ministry, "Shepherd's Chapel."

Dr. Breitweiser died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 2:30 p.m., at the King's Daughter's Hospital in Madison, Ind.

Tom will be missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Lynda Jae Breitweiser, Madison, Ind., his loving son David A. Breitweiser, MD, and his wife Nancy, Brazil, his loving daughter Beth A. Breitweiser, DVM, Indianapolis, his adoring grandchildren Hannah, Micah, Morgan, Jackson, Jessica, Tessa and Blythe Breitweiser, his sisters Louretta "Lou" Parlette, Lockport, N.Y., and Mary McWhirter and her husband Don, Issaquah, Wash., several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul David and Alverta L. Morgan Breitweiser.

Friends and family will gather Wednesday, May 20, 2010, at the Eleutherian College, 6927 W. State Road 250, Lancaster, Ind., from 4-7 p.m. Everyone is invited as we remember the contributions of a life well lived.

Private interment service was held at the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison, Ind., presided by Michael Ryan, MD, with military honors conducted by the Great Lakes Naval Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Historic Eleutherian College or Save The Valley. Cards are available at the Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Dr., Madison, Ind.

Online condolences can be sent to www.morgannay.com.