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Milestone: Dr. Thomas Hudson Eaton

Printed from the Sandusky Register
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
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BELLEVUE, OH – Dr. Thomas Hudson Eaton, 81, died Friday, July 1, 2005, in his home in Bellevue.

Visitation will be 1-3 and
6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Harris Funeral Home, 289 W. Main St., Bellevue, with Masonic Memorial service at 6 p.m., and where funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday. Private burial will follow in Strong’s Ridge Cemetery. Graveside military honors will be conducted by Bellevue VFW Post 1238 and American Legion Post 46.

Dr. Eaton is survived by his wife, Ann, with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage Aug. 9; two sons, Thomas (Dixie) Eaton Jr., of Tulsa, Okla., and Hudson Randolph Eaton II of Clyde; two daughters, Deborah Eaton (Dwaine) Beck of Columbia, Tenn., and Melissa Leigh Eaton of Sandusky; three grandsons, Thomas Hudson (Colleen) Eaton III of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Nicholas Gordon Beck and Geoffrey Thomas Beck of Columbia, and two brothers, James (Betty) Eaton of Charlotte, N.C., and Lawrence (Vivian) Eaton of Jupiter, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Donald A. Eaton.

He was born
Oct. 16, 1923, in Cleveland, the son of Hudson Randolph and Helen (Conway) Eaton. He graduated from Yale University in 1945 and Temple University Medical School in 1949. He completed Army basic training at Fort Hood in the tank destroyers, reaching the rank of PFC. He then entered the Navy as an intern at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston from 1949-50, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He was discharged during his second year of medical school. His service lasted two years, 10 months and 17 days.

He began his medical practice in
Fremont in the fall of 1950, moving soon after to Greenwich. In Greenwich, he maintained a private practice from 1950-67. Subsequently, he joined Drs. Ross Irons and Charles P. Smith to open Firelands Medical Clinic in Bellevue. Dr. Eaton continued his medical practice for 53 years, seeing his last patient in March, 2004. He was on the staff at Bellevue Hospital for more than 30 years, serving two terms of chief of staff.

He was one of the founders of Carrousel Stables in
Bellevue, a nationally known Morgan horse training facility. He raised and showed registered Morgan horses for almost 40 years.

He was a brother of the Star of Bethlehem Masonic Lodge in
Wakefield, Mass., and a strong conservationist, as well as an avid student of the Civil War.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Back to the Wild, Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center, 4504 Bardshar Road., PO Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824. This facility rehabilitates injured wild animals and releases them back to the wild.

(reprinted from the AMHA)

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