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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: ORR; KENNETH DEW-8/2/2005-TX
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 00:38:39 +0100

Kenneth Dew Orr
Born in Moscow, Idaho on Nov. 1, 1913
Died Feb. 8, 2005 and resided in Converse, TX.

Service: Friday Feb. 11, 2005
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary North
Cemetery: Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dew Orr, M.D. U.S. Army, (Ret), passed away on February 8,
2005 in his home in Converse, TX.

Born to Victor H. Orr and Velva Dew Orr on November 1, 1913 in Moscow,
Idaho. Kenneth lived a long full life and certainly left this world a better
place through his efforts as a Physician and 40 year career in the U.S. Army
as a Medical Officer.

In 1931, Dr. Orr began his Army career with the Idaho National Guard.

Dr. Orr graduated from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho with a BS and
MS Degree and a M.D. degree from the University of Chicago, Rush Medical
College, Chicago, ILL, housing Internship at the University of Chicago
Clinics. Dr. Orr entered the U.S. Army as a First Lt. in July 1942. He
served as a Regimental Surgeon and saw WWII action from Arnzio through Italy
and into Trieste having been a prisoner of war twice during WWII. During Dr.
Orr's military career, he was a Veteran of World War II and Korea. During
Korea, he organized the first M.A.S.H. unit and his team later developed a
successful treatment for cold weather injuries.

He is recognized as the authority on cold weather injuries. His studies on
the effect of frostbite led to today's refinement in the treatment and
preventing of such cold weather injuries. During the Korean War, he served
as Chief of the Far East Cold Injury Center at the Osaka Army Hospital in

In 1960, he assumed command of the U.S. Army Hospital in Munich, Germany. He
was the commander of the Valley Forge Hospital in Phoenixville, Penn from
1962 to 1966. He served a two year term of duties Commanding General of the
U.S. Army Medical Center in Japan. At this time, his command provided direct
support for casualties of Vietnam . Then Dr. Orr was Commanding General of
the William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, TX Prior to retirement in
1973, Dr. Orr was promoted to Major General in 1969 and assigned a
Commanding General of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He was
also the Commandant of the U.S. Army Medical field services school.

In 1970, the University of Idaho named Dr. Orr to its Alumni Hall of Fame in
recognition of his distinguished medical career which earned him a place in
"Who's Who in America", and an Honorary Doctoral Degree at Baylor
University. During Dr. Orr's career in the U.S. Army, he was awarded
Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/2 OLC, Bronze Star Medal,
Army Commendation Medal, w/2 OLC, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal,
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal,
Army of Occupation Medal (Germany and Japan), National Defense Service
Medal, w/OLC, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Armed
Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Medical Badge and Meritorius Unit Commendation.

Dr Orr was also associated with the Masonic Lodge and 32nd Degree Mason,
member of the AMA, Association Military Surgeons U.S. Army, Federal Business
Association, Phi Chi Club and the Kiwanian.

In retirement, Dr. Orr was Director of a local Bank, an avid golfer, enjoyed
his vegetable garden and yard work, an avid reader and NBA fan, where his
grandson, Michael Doleac plays and is currently with the Miami Heat.

Dr. Orr is survived by his wife of 72 years, Helen Martin Orr; children and
grandchildren, Charles K. Orr and wife, Ann and their two children, Bruce
and Susan, Mary O. Garber and her husband, Richard and their two children,
Gary and Laura; Victor H. Orr and his wife, Donna and their two children,
Victor and Richard; and Margaret K. Doleac and her husband, Phil and their
four children, Jason, Michael, Kenny and Suzanne; sisters, Kathryn Rogers
and Edith Ivy; eight great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Windcrest United
Methodist Church, 8101 Midcrown, San Antonio, TX 78239 or Boysville, Inc.,
855 E. Loop 1604 North, Converse, TX 78109.

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