Dr. Richard V. Ohmart
Richard V. Ohmart, MD, FAAFP, 84, Oakley, died Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Logan County Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1936, in McPherson, to Verle and Fern (Heckman) Ohmart. He was a long-time Oakley physician and enjoyed photography.
After completing high school in Scott City, Dick enrolled in the University of Kansas and received a bachelor’s degree in 1958 with majors in English and chemistry.
He played in the KU band for three years. While there he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, chosen as a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, (the chemistry honor society) and received honors in English. During his senior year at KU he also married his high school sweetheart, Carol Socolofsky, on April 19, 1958.
In the fall of 1958, Dick entered medical school at the University of Kansas, graduating in June 1962. Dick and Carol, along with their two boys, Dale and Dean, moved to Wichita where Dr. Ohmart interned at Wesley Medical Center.
In June 1963, the family moved to Oakley, and he joined a practice with James Marchbanks, M.D.
Susan, their third child, was born shortly after they arrived in Oakley. Dr. Ohmart practiced in Oakley until his retirement in 2001.
He was a member of the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Academy of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He has been president of the Northwest Kansas Medical Society. He was a preceptor and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice at the University of Kansas Medical School until his retirement. He was a Clinical Preceptor for The Wichita State University Physician Assistant program until his retirement.
In Oakley, Dr. Ohmart has been a Scoutmaster, a member of the school board, medical director of the Logan County EMS and district coroner. He has been a board member of the Kansas Blue Cross/ Blue Shield insurance company and of the High Plains Mental Health Center.
In 1992, the hospital administrator and Dr. Ohmart founded the New Frontiers Health Services and was medical director until his retirement. From 1996 until his retirement, Dr. Ohmart was Director of Medical Education, Northwest Region, University of Kansas Medical School.
Dick was an avid amateur photographer. He could often be seen at local activities taking pictures. He had some of them printed and his patients enjoyed his local activity pictures that were in his exam rooms. He also hung scenic pictures that he took in his office. Some of those are on display at the Logan County Hospital.
Dr. Ohmart was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honorary society. He was chosen Rural Practitioner of the Year in 1999 by the National Rural Health Association. In 2000, the Kansas Academy of Family Practice selected Dr. Ohmart as Family Physician of the Year.
Dick fell on the ice in January 2001, sustaining a subdural hematoma. Following a flight to Denver, surgery to remove the hematoma was successful. The next morning Dr. Ohmart suffered a stroke. After spending six months in a hospital, Carol took him home to an apartment in Denver for rehabilitation.
Two years after his stroke, Dr. Ohmart and Carol published a book about their experiences called When I Died, An Amazing Adventure.
In 2004, he and Carol built a house in Fulshear, Tex., where they would spend the colder months. They were dedicated to their grandchildren and their winter/summer schedule often depended on their activities.
In 2011, he published “The Education of an Old Doc, The Story of my Practice in a Wilderness.” He’s also contributed to medical magazines, had articles in the local newspaper, written on his own website (OldDocOhmart. com), and a Facebook Group page, Education of an Old Doc (https://www. facebook.com/groups/ 196486377090052).
There is also a collection of his works at the American Association of Family Physicians Center for the History of Family Medicine in Leawood. Survivers include his
wife; children, Dale Ohmart and wife, Minette, Dean Ohmart and Susan Jenkins and Susan Bloom; grandchildren Joel Nicholas Ohmart, Kira Jasmine Ohmart, Charlie Bloom, Roderick Bloom and John Bloom; great-grandchild, Carrie Mikaela Bloom; a brother, Harold Ohmart, and wife, Carol; and sister-in-law, Caroline Ohmart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Ohmart; and son-in-law, Mike Bloom.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Logan County Healthcare Foundation and can be sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, Box 204, Oakley, Ks. 67748.
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