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Dr. David Andrew Stump

December 5, 1950February 5, 2021
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Dr. David Stump passed away February 5th, 2021 at Wake Forest University Hospital after suffering a heart attack. David was born in Amarillo, Texas on Dec 5th, 1950 to the late Gerald and Lily Stump.

He received a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1972 and ultimately a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology-Physiological Psychology from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. He was a practicing psychologist from 1976 until he moved in 1977 to Winston-Salem, NC after being recruited by Dr. James Toole and the late Dr. Lawrence McHenry to set up the Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory and run the Outpatient Neuropsychology Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (at the time called Bowman Gray School of Medicine).

Initially, Dr. Stump’s professional career at Wake Forest centered on cerebral blood flow and ultimately his research interests solidified into studying brain injury after cardiac bypass. This career-long research resulted in writing or managing 56 NIH grants, most of which centered on modifications to cardiac bypass and testing for subtle, but significant brain damage after surgery. Dr. Stump was a world renowned investigator, authoring 97 peer reviewed scientific papers. He was a visiting professor and lectured at numerous prestigious medical institutions and medical meetings all over the world. At the time of his retirement in 2015 he was a full Professor with appointments in both the Department of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

David was an avid outdoorsman for his whole life and engaged in numerous outdoor activities and adventures on many continents. He and his wife Paula regarded their Chihuahuas as “surrogate children”, and at one time there were as many as nine in their household. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Paula Reid Stump, two sisters, Jeannie Stanfield and Anna Nedeau, both of Kansas City, MO , Uncle Carl Puett of Marquez, TX, Sisters-in-law Rose Jackson(R.A.) and Jackie Frank(Joe) along with numerous nieces & nephews.

We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care David received at Wake Forest University Hospital, the Cardiology Department and in particular, the medical teams and caregivers in the Cardiac ICU.

A celebration of life will be held at 3PM Sunday, February 14th at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Clemmons. The family will receive friends at a catered reception immediately following the service.

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  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, February 14, 2021


  • Gathering of Family and Friends to follow the Service


Dr. David Andrew Stump

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Paula Stump

February 27, 2021

(Tim Wilcox - New Zealand):
Dear Paula. I have just heard of David’s passing in a message from Tim Jones. Brigid and I send our most sincere condolences. I am finding it difficult to dictate this as tears run down my face. David was a huge influence on my life. I consider him a close friend not with standing significant differences geographically and (I now say with a smile) politically. His mentoring and encouragement throughout our interactions at Key West forged a major part of my academic career. However what endures is David’s genuine care for people and his kindness. I recall when Brigid‘s cousin in Australia got sick with some mysterious illness that had a cognitive component David picked up the phone and provided advice to her GP. Paula it’s hard for me to explain the deep affection that I have for David and his friendship. I feel for you at this time but I know that you and David are soulmates in the true sense and live life to the full. My sincere love and best wishes. Tim

John Murkin

February 25, 2021

Paula and family, what a tremendous loss - David was truly one of the greats.
He was one of those unique and fearless individuals who you may only meet once but will never forget.
The self styled 'bald-headed professor' enjoyed nothing better than sharing his opinions and theories - many of which have profoundly improved the conduct of perfusion and cardiac surgery around the world - no matter who he was speaking with.
A real outdoorsman, a warm and open individual with an inventive mind, a great sense of humor and an inexhaustible store of anecdotes and stories - David was always entertaining and never at a loss for words.
It was my very good fortune to have had the opportunity to work on 'Outcomes' with David for a number of years and to share, what were for me, several truly great adventures. My deepest condolences to you and the family. He is sorely missed.
Sail on Tex.

Tim Jones

February 24, 2021

Paula all out thoughts are with you. What terribly sad news and a huge loss.
I had the privilege of being David’s research fellow. He was my boss, supervisor, mentor and most importantly friend. His pioneering research work undoubtedly has improved the lives and outcomes of patients undergoing heart surgery throughout the world.
Using his vast knowledge, experience and unique approach he not only highlighted the plight of patients but he also came up with solutions as well as training a generation of researchers. Our current research program is built on many of the principles he taught me and I frequently find myself quoting David to our fellows and collaborators!
I will never forget the spontaneous tutorials we had sitting in rivers, on dive boats, at airports or in his yard with Paula and the chihuahuas covering everything and anything from statistics, to fishing, grantmanship, how to shoot a gun, research methodology, survival and of course politics! They were special times.
A unique person who could at times be controversial and confrontational in his views but always he was incredibly kind and generous not only in a materialistic way but with his time and his knowledge and his support.
David it was a privilege to know you, to train under you and to be able to call you a friend. May you rest in peace.

Kathryn Crowell

February 17, 2021

David was my godfather. I have fond childhood memories of David swinging my brother and I around by our ankles every time we visited and chasing us around the house. Paula, I was so sorry to hear about his passing.

Griffin Murphey

February 16, 2021

I’d like to add a short story about Dave; he used his psych background to talk down a guy who went berserk on a flight to South Africa and was trying to break down the cockpit door. (After he and other passengers subdued the man...) He received a TSA commendation for that. I’m certain he also used it to comfort many patients he interacted with over his career.

Garland Swiney

February 15, 2021

Sorry Paula for you and your families lost. May God look down and lead you and your family thru the lost of a loving husband and family member. Will be praying for you and the family.

Frank Wood

February 14, 2021

As a scholar and friend David was as vigorous as he was insightful; as pro-social as he was intellectual. Paula, please know that, despite the distance, Martha and I are walking beside you, with fond memories and renewed hope.

Dwight Deal

February 13, 2021

David was my mentor, advocate, and friend for over 20 years at Wake Forest in the Cerebral Blood Flow lab. I could always count on his full support which made so many things possible for me over those years. Thank you my friend, may you rest in peace.

Judy Aanstad

February 13, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear of David’s sudden death. He was a friendly and caring neighbor who always had a smile and good ideas to help in any way he could. My heart goes out to Paula at his unexpected loss. So very sorry, Judy and Brad

Mitzi Royster

February 13, 2021

Paula, I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked and saddened to see the passing of David in the newspaper. He was fun loving and a joy to be around. I always enjoyed seeing you two lovebirds together at Anesthesia gatherings.
May he Rest In Peace and may you find comfort in your happy memories.