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Monday, April 5, 2010

My Father

My father died Easter Sunday. He will be missed.

Dr. Edward Richard Graviss, pediatric radiologist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, died April 4 at the age of 67, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Graviss was born in Philadelphia, PA and received both his BS and MD from the University of Louisville. He was an intern at Philadelphia General Hospital, and a resident and fellow in radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. He was a professor in the Department of Radiology and the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at St. Louis University as well as Professor of Radiology at University of Missouri-Kansas City. For a number of years, Dr. Graviss was the Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Cardinal Glennon.

Dr. Graviss was active in professional organizations, including The Radiological Society of North America, the International Congress of Radiology, the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, the Missouri State Radiological Society, and the American College of Radiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Roentgen Ray Society, and the Society for Pediatric Radiology. He was a board examiner for the American Board of Radiology. He was responsible for over fifty publications and over 90 scientific presentations.

Devoted to his family and profession, Dick was also an avid tennis player, active in the USTA and the West County Tennis Ladder. A recent convert to scuba diving, Dick and his wife Joan traveled frequently to Roatan, Honduras, where they own a home. Dick was an adventurous traveler, accomplished skier, lover of fine wines, and enthusiastic gardener.

Dr. Graviss is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan (nee Leeds), three children: Dr. Christopher Graviss (Beth), Jeannette Graviss (Chris Dornfeld) both of University City, and Melissa Graviss (Jim Farber) of San Francisco; five granddaughters: Margaret Lindsay Graviss, Madeline Graviss Dornfeld, Alexandra Graviss Dornfeld, Ella Rose Marie Graviss, and Lauren Elizabeth Graviss, all of University City; one sister: Julia Hatton of Orlando, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dr. Graviss donated his body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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