JEROME L. (JERRY) TUCKER, M. D.JEROME L. (JERRY) TUCKER, M. D. July 31, 1925 - March 4, 2016 Jerry was born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 31, 1925, and raised in Memphis, TN. He attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee before entering Tulane University School of Medicine and graduating in 1952. Almost immediately after completing his internship and marrying his wife Alice, Jerry was drafted into the army and sent to Korea, where he was placed in the 25th Infantry Division. A year later the 25th Division (including Jerry) was brought "home" to Hawaii, where Alice joined him. It was love at first sight for the Tuckers, and they made Honolulu their home from that point on except for time spent in San Francisco while Jerry received his ophthalmology specialty training. After five years of solo practice in the then-brand-new Ala Moana Building, Jerry became the first ophthalmologist to join the Honolulu Medical Group, where he practiced until his retirement in 1995. Jerry also served as the Medical Director of Ho'opono, the Hawaii State Low Vision Clinic, as well as President of the Hawaii Ophthalmology Society, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. In addition to his professional activities, Jerry served on the boards of Temple Emanu-El and Lyon Arboretum. For years Jerry volunteered at the arboretum, going up into Manoa's high country to maintain trails and "hack and whack" the prolific growth of rare species. Jerry was a professional drummer all during his high school and college years, and played gigs in the then-top-secret town of Oak Ridge, TN, during the time that the hydrogen bomb was being developed there. He later performed as a member of the infamous "Floating Ribs", a quartet of Honolulu physicians who lip-synched Spike Jones records so expertly that people thought they were all singers, which Jerry definitely was not. Jerry was the first Medical Director of the Honolulu Marathon, and served on its board from its early years. He developed aid station protocol and equipment, which was later accepted by the International Marathon Medical Directors Association, on which board he also served. Jerry ran nine marathons (including the "original" in Greece), and he and Alice took fifteen overseas bicycle trips. He was an adventure traveler to over 100 countries, trekked independently in Nepal, and loved self-operated narrowboating in the British Isles. One of Jerry's retirement hobbies was learning to play the ukulele. Jerry was a sweet and gentle man who always wore a smile. He quietly accomplished a great deal without seeking attention for himself. He is survived by his loving family: his wife of sixty-three years, Alice, sons Randy (Mary Logan) and Gary (Curtis Wynn); daughter Jill; and three grandchildren, Hope, Georgia and Otis. The family is extremely grateful for Jerry's expert and loving care by Hospice Hawaii, and by his incomparable caregivers Ana Taualupe, Mateaki (Jackie) Moimoi and Fetuli Taulepa. In keeping with Jerry's desire to share knowledge, he is a participant in the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine's Willed Body Program. A remembrance service will be Saturday, March 26, at 4:00pm at Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822. Carpooling is appreciated, and flat shoes are encouraged. In lieu of other kindnesses, donations will be gratefully accepted in Jerry's memory to the Tucker International Scholarship Fund, Friends of Lyon Arboretum.
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