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Murrysville cardiologist generously donated his time, expertise

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 11:45 p.m.
Dr. Kirk Frederick “Doc” Musselman
Dr. Kirk Frederick “Doc” Musselman

Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Musselman made time for his patients and for his family.

“He had a very good bedside manner,” said his wife, Joan. “He would take as much time as the person needed. It may be a 15-minute slot, but if that patient needed a half-hour, he sat there quietly. He was willing to listen.”

When a patient couldn't make it to an appointment, Dr. Musselman made a house call on the way home from work. “Not everybody does that,” his wife noted.

When it came to his six children, Dr. Musselman “went above and beyond to make sure he was there for the important stuff,” daughter Brittany Rabe said. That included going to work early so he could leave in time to attend her college basketball games in Ohio. “He would get in at midnight or 1 a.m. and get up for work at 6 a.m.,” she said.

Dr. Kirk Frederick “Doc” Musselman, 60, of Murrysville died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, after suffering a heart attack. Born in Norristown on Nov. 17, 1956, he was a son of Shirley Musselman of Norristown and the late Truxton Musselman.

Graduating from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1982, Dr. Musselman completed his residency at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and a fellowship at UPMC, later working at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

A member of Murrysville Alliance Church, he played saxophone in the orchestra for the church's three Sunday services and for its youth group.

He also volunteered at a free medical clinic, the Sheep Inc. Health Care Center, offered through the Monroe­ville Assembly of God.

Joining the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Musselman completed several mission trips to countries in the Caribbean and Central America. He was accompanied by family members when he made a return visit to Guatemala in February 2016 to teach CPR classes, distribute food and provide general care to needy patients.

“That's when I truly understood why he wanted to do this, the love he had for these people who had absolutely nothing,” his wife said.

Dr. Musselman welcomed into his family's home a Haitian translator he befriended on a mission trip and who now is attending a local community college. He also hosted an international student from South Korea.

He enjoyed playing baseball and was an avid fan of the Flyers hockey team he'd supported since his youth.

“He got teased, but he could give it right back,” his wife said.

Rabe said her father, strong in his faith, might not have been comfortable with posthumous tributes. “He was so humble,” she said. “Everything he did was for God, and not for himself.”

In addition to his mother and his wife of 35 years, Mr. Musselman is survived by six children, Allison Kepple of New Alexandria; Brittany Rabe of Fayetteville, N.C.; Cherice Schroeder of Monroeville; Larissa Wattenphul of Charleston, S.C.; Kirk Musselman and Victoria Musselman, both of Murrysville; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Murrysville Alliance Church, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Hart Funeral Home of Murrysville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Sheep Inc. Health Care Center at sheepincclinic.org or 4561 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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