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Turan Ozdil M.D.

March 25, 1925 May 25, 2018
Turan Ozdil M.D.
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Obituary for Turan Ozdil M.D.

Turan Ozdil, M.D. died peacefully Friday, May 25 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 93. He was beloved and respected by his family, friends, and colleagues for a life defined by compassion and integrity.

He was born March 25, 1925 to the late Lutfi and Sukreye in Denizli, Turkey, one of four children. He was raised in Pendik, Istanbul where he graduated from Uludag University Faculty of Medicine in Istanbul in 1950. He completed a general surgery residency in 1955 and then immigrated to St. Louis, MO to continue his training. During his internship at Missouri Baptist in St. Louis, he met and fell in love with his beloved wife of 60 years, Bonnie Collins. They married on September 11, 1957 and moved to Louisville, KY where he completed a surgery residency at Norton Memorial Infirmary. Switching the focus of his medical field to anesthesiology, they moved to Knoxville in 1958. Following a residency at UT Hospital, “Dr. Turan”, as he was affectionally known, remained there as a professor for over fifteen years. He developed several procedures in anesthesiology that are still widely practiced. Upon his retirement from UT Hospital, he founded a private practice at Parkwest Hospital with Drs. Orville Duncan and Cecil Rowe. They remained in practice together until Dr. Turan’s retirement in 1990.
Dr. Turan was an avid boater and shared that love with his family, teaching them to sail and to ski. When he wasn’t on the lake with his children and grandchildren, he could be found in the stands cheering for his Vols. His greatest passion, however, was traveling the world with family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother Ilhan, sister Perihan Gunay, and son Ali, he is survived by his wife Bonnie, three children, Leyla Higdon of Knoxville, TN, Rana (Gene) Tenorio, M.D. of Springfield, MO, and Erol (Shelly) Ozdil, M.D. of Austin, TX; nine grandchildren, Cameron (Lindsey) Higdon, Kennedy Higdon, Eric Higdon, Emily (Garner) Brinkmeyer, Ayla Mauldin, Anne Mauldin, Anna-Blaire Ozdil, Collins Ozdil, and Liam Ozdil; sister Tomris Ozdil; two nieces, Umit (Selcek) Kutuk and Isik (Ilhan) Sener; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Facility for their thoughtful care of our husband, father and grandfather during his time there, especially Shantel, Candis, Marites, and Kara.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to:
(Dr. Kim’s) Free Medical Clinic, 6209 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920

Private family services will be held.

Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Ozdil family. Condolences to: www.clickfh.com


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