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Field doctor from Plum earned Bronze Star under fire

| Saturday, April 5, 2008

Family and friends remember Dr. Alfred Tuttle as a man who never let trials and tribulations affect his dedication to his roles as husband, father, doctor and friend.

Dr. Alfred Tuttle of Plum, a former member of the medical staff at Shadyside Hospital, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at UPMC Shadyside. He was 98.

"My father went through the Depression years growing up in Wilkinsburg," said his daughter, Lucille Scholl Tuttle-Smith of Penn Hills.

"During World War II, Dad was a field doctor in the Philippines, where he was awarded a Bronze Star for attending the wounded while under fire."

She said Dr. Tuttle was devoted to his patients: "Dad was on call day and night."

Dr. Tuttle was the son of commercial and graphic artist Alfred Heath Tuttle and Florence Smith Tuttle.

A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Tuttle did his medical residency at the former Homestead Hospital and his surgical residency in Chicago. His surgical residency was interrupted by World War II.

He joined the staff of Shadyside Hospital -- now UPMC Shadyside -- and retired in 1982.

At Hahnemann, he met Louise Mary Scholl of Philadelphia. They were married in 1946.

"My mother graduated from Goucher College and for many years taught on the college level," Tuttle-Smith said.

Alfred Tuttle of Middlebourne, W.Va., said his father was a capable handyman. "Dad taught me how to repair many items around the house, including our lawn mower."

In addition to his children Lucille and Alfred, Dr. Tuttle is survived by a daughter, Louisa Corine Salon of Schenectady, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Florence Sprague of Zanesville, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Heath Tuttle, Helen Geissinger and Dr. William Tuttle.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Longwood at Oakmont.

Arrangements are being handled by English Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Oakmont.

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