Clift, Jonn Vinton

July 04, 2006

JOHN (JACK) VINTON CLIFT, MD. Born March 14, 1926 died June 29, 2006. Dr. Clift was originally from Baltimore, MD and recently resided locally in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Clift entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 17 only to withdraw early to serve his country during World War II. At age 19 he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Returning after the war, in 1946 he resumed his education at the Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA. graduating Magna Cum Lauda and then later graduating in the top of his class from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1953. In 1954 he had a rotating Internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He did his Surgical Residency at Union Memorial Hospital from 1954 to 1955. One of his largest contributions to the medical world was his part in the Surgical Research Fellowship and the development of the first Heart and Lung By-Pass Machine. Dr. Clift also very much enjoyed teaching Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1957 he was elected as a member of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association. In 1963 he was elected to the American College of Surgeons. In 1970 at the age of 44 was made Chief of Surgery at the Commonwealth Doctors Hospital and in 1975 was elected President of the Medical Staff. In 1978 he obtained membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 1980 he married his current wife and was a devoted and loving husband for over 25 years. In 1985 he was honored by his inclusion in Volume #1 of the "Who's Who in International Medicine" for his accomplishments and contributions in the world of medicine. Jack enjoyed horses and actively bred, trained and showed Arabian Horses. He also had a love for flying earning his private pilot's license. He was a wonderful husband and father and truly enjoyed life. He also enjoyed teaching, skiing, woodworking, polo, sailing and gardening. He is survived by his beloved wife Georgia O. Clift (maiden name Obrecht) also of Baltimore. He leaves behind his two children, daughter Valerie Dale of Virginia, her husband Jack, and his grandchildren Carrie and Nicholas; and son Jon Moore of Connecticut, his wife Patti and his grandchildren Jake and Katharine. There will be no local services and the family requests in lieu of flowers to make any desired donations to the American Heart Association in remembrance of a great man. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and all those lives he touched. Services under the direction and care of Ponte Vedra Valley, "a family owned funeral home and cemetery", 4750 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 904-285-1130.

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