Loran Clifton Grubbs, M.D., FACS, 90
Loran Clifton Grubbs, M.D., FACS, age 90, passed away early morning, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at The Residency in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at The Residency in Scottsbluff. A private graveside service will be held at Gabe Rock Cemetery in Banner County. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place in accordance with Loran's wishes. Memorials may be made to The Residency.
Dr. Loran C. Grubbs was born July 27, 1922 in a sod house in Banner County, Nebraska, son of Dallis Bernard and Vera Bell (Heintz) Grubbs. He was delivered by his grandmother, Mrs. John B. Heintz.
He attended grade school in a one room school house, situated on several sections of virgin prairie, and graduated from Banner County High School in 1939. He then attended Scottsbluff Junior College for two years, followed by one year at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dr. Grubbs was inducted into the U.S. Army in October, 1944 and was medically discharged in December, 1945. Upon his discharge he returned to the University of Nebraska, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in August of 1947. He was accepted to attend the University of Nebraska College of Medicine at Omaha, graduating in 1950 as a Doctor of Medicine, followed by a one year internship at St. Joseph Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa.
Dr. Grubbs married Mabel Irene Nevins in Sidney, Montana on August 31, 1947.
Beginning in 1951, and for the next ten years, Dr. Grubbs conducted a private general medical practice in Mitchell and Scottsbluff. In 1961, he entered a residency program in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Upon completion of this residency in 1965, Dr. Grubbs returned to Scottsbluff to practice in his specialty.
Among the numerous awards and commendations received: Dr. Grubbs was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in 1965; elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1966; and inducted into the American College of Surgeons in 1968.
Dr. Grubbs practiced medicine in Scottsbluff from 1965 until his retirement in 1987. During this time he served terms as President of the Medical Staff at both West Nebraska General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital, as well as the President of the Scottsbluff County Medical Society. He was a member of the Nebraska State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a charter member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. and Mrs. Grubbs moved into The Residency in 1992.
Survivors include his three children, Irene Burnett of Springfield, VA, Janet Burton of Raton, NM, and Lowell Grubbs of Springfield, VA; four grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and his brother, Francis Grubbs of Harrisburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel; and his sister, Barbara Morehead.
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