Dr. Keith DeVoe Jr., who practiced obstetrics and gynecology at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital for 36 years, was known by his colleagues as a teacher and mentor.

DeVoe, 87, of Upper Arlington died July 18 from complications of pancreatic cancer, said his son, Keith DeVoe III.

In 1961, DeVoe started practicing at Riverside and directed the residency and training program for OB-GYN doctors there for 22 years. He retired in 1998.

He was recognized by his colleagues at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1976 with the Teacher of the Year Award.

DeVoe also served on the staff at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was a professor emeritus. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Medical School in 1972.

"He had a passion for teaching. Anything he enjoyed and was good at, he wanted to share that knowledge and expertise with others," his son said.

Dr. Carl A. Krantz Jr., who has an obstetrics and gynecology practice in Westerville, said he trained under DeVoe at Riverside during the early 1970s. Krantz said DeVoe helped to build the program to what it is today.

"Few people have impacted my life like Keith has," Krantz said in a statement. "There is never a week that goes by when I -- and I'm sure many more of the hundreds of doctors he trained -- don't ask what would Keith think or what would Keith do."

Dr. DeVoe held a commercial pilot's license and was a pilot for 53 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn, whom he met while they were both attending Ohio State University. In addition to his son, Keith III, he is survived by a daughter, Lynn DeVoe Kuehn of South Bend, Ind., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m.Saturday, July 29, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Upper Arlington.

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