Dr. Glen M. Ebersole of Lakewood, N.Y., died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008.
Dr. Ebersole was a leader of the medical community in the Jamestown area for many years before his retirement in 1988. He founded the partnership of Jamestown Radiologists and led the group in expanding its facilities and capabilities. Under his leadership the first CAT scanner was brought to the Southern Tier in 1977. He was a member of the Buffalo Radiological Society for many years and served a term as its president. He served on the boards of WCA Hospital, the James Prendergast Library and the Jamestown Concert Association, and on the County Health Board and the Board for Renewal of the Palace Civic Center.
In 1967, he made headlines when, with Joseph Gerace, later county executive and State Supreme Court Judge, he brought a suit against the county. This led to a reapportionment of Chautauqua County and the fair enfranchisement of large segments of the population.
Dr. Glen M. Ebersole
In 1974 tragedy touched his family deeply when his youngest son, Daniel, was kidnapped and murdered. He led his family through this, and the ensuing trial, with great strength and en-durance.
Dr. Ebersole was born May 27, 1922, in Chambersburg, Pa., the only son of the late Aaron and Emily Michael Ebersole. His background was rural and Mennonite, and he enjoyed a very happy childhood. He went on to study at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., the first of his family to pursue higher education. Deeply religious when young, he planned to become a minister in the Church of the Brethren. Then, after college, his religious faith turned to a deep belief in the power and potential of the natural sciences. He went on to complete a medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and served as a general practitioner in Newcomerstown, Ohio. He then specialized in radiology and came to Jamestown to practice in 1963, where he remained until his retirement in 1988.
He met Helen Good at Juniata College, they married in 1945, and theirs was an uncommonly successful marriage lasting 63 years. He is survived by Helen; their three children: David, Mark and his wife, Maria, and Kate and her partner, Bethany Robson; and by grandchildren Katie and John Ebersole, as well as a sister, Peggy Dick, and many nieces and nephews.
Glen Ebersole was a man of vision and energy and great good humor. He was a leader who served and who pursued his goals, to the great benefit of the community, with unstinting honesty and integrity. He was a fount of love and encouragement to all who had the privilege to be close to him. He believed in the good of humankind, and so brought it forth in all he met.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fireplace Room of the James Prendergast Library.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Daniel W. Ebersole Memorial Grant in Aid Fund at Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, NY 14701.