Doctor's varied jobs, locations led to storied life
By Craig Smith
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Dr. Glen Doran felt at home wrapping the arm of NFL quarterback Len Dawson, tending to B1-B bomber pilots or working at a state prison.
“He was a man of many accomplishments,” said his wife of 46 years, Katy (Koller) Doran.
Dr. J. Glen Doran Jr. of Greensburg, one of the first recipients of a mechanical heart in Western Pennsylvania, died in his home on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, after a lengthy illness linked to kidney failure. He was 70.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Doran worked for the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons in the '60s as an assistant trainer and equipment manager, serving during the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game between the Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in 1967. He made the highlights reel when he tended player Fred Williamson on the field during the game, his wife said.
Dr. Doran's passion was collecting trains. Fly fishing helped maintain his sanity, his wife said.
“He was always puttering with the train layout,” she said. While serving as an Air Force flight surgeon in Bitburg, Germany, he and a buddy found a way to get home each year for the annual train show in York.
Dr. Doran worked as a data processor at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis and a real estate broker in Kansas City.
He had a family practice between 1989 and 1993 in Grove City, where he managed a clinic for the Mercer County State Correctional Institution. He was team physician for Grove City High School and the physician for the Grove City College clinic.
“He made the most of his life,” said his son Thomas of Erie.
After catching the flu from a patient in 1993, Dr. Doran was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy and became a candidate for a heart transplant, initially receiving an experimental mechanical heart. He received a heart transplant in 1994 and met the donor's family in 1997.
Dr. Doran was predeceased by his parents, John G. Sr. and Margaret (Leudemann) Doran; a son, John Glen Doran III; and a brother, Thomas F. Doran.
In addition to his wife, Katy, and son Thomas, he is survived by a daughter, Megan Reeher, of Slippery Rock; two grandchildren, Mason and Norah Doran, of Erie; a sister, Sheridan Felkner, of Charlotte, N. C.; and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Cremation services were provided by Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St. in Greensburg. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 108 Woodland Road, Greensburg, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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