OBITUARY

Dr. George Ellison Hurt Jr.

December 21, 1932November 11, 2012

George Ellison Hurt, Jr., M.D. died peacefully on November 11, 2012, after a protracted illness. He was born on December 21, 1932, to Dr. George and Mildred Grimes Hurt. A lifelong resident of University Park, he graduated in 1950 from Highland Park High School. George attended Southern Methodist University where he met his future wife, Ann Prideaux. He was President of the Freshman Class, served on the student council, and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Delta Theta. After three years at S.M.U., he entered the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he was a member of Phi Beta Pi and elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He graduated first in his class and received the Ho Din award, given by the Trustees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation to the graduating student deemed most outstanding by his peers and by the faculty of UT Health Science Center at Dallas. George completed his internship at Denver General Hospital, and his General Surgery and Urology Residencies at Parkland Memorial Hospital, serving as Chief Resident in Urology his last year. George joined the firm of Drs. Alexander, King, Fuqua and Ware, and enjoyed a thriving private medical practice for 41 years. He served as President of the National Society for Pediatric Urology and President of the South Central Section of the American Urological Association, and was a member of the Combined Examination Committee of the American Board of Urology and the American Urological Association. He was Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at U.T. Southwestern and was a member of the Medical Advisory Committees at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was the Staff man of the year in 1976. George was Director of the Pediatric Urology Service at Children’s Medical Center and President of the Medical Staff in 1986. He was a member of the staff of Baylor University Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He was also a member of the Texas Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons, the International Society of Urology, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Texas Urological Society and the Little Brothers/Doctors Journal Club. Internationally, he was highly regarded as a surgeon, educator, and innovator in the urological field. George was a devoted physician, with deep understanding and wisdom, which enabled him to give special care all to all his patients, particularly children. He founded the Urology Clinic for spina bifida patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and served as Director of the clinic for 40 years. He received the Joan L. Venes Humanitarian Award presented by the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas for outstanding dedication and contribution to the welfare of people born with spina bifida. In his honor, the Association established a scholarship in his name. George was awarded the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Distinguished Health Service Award in 2001, honored as a Highland Park Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 , and was selected as an SMU Distinguished Alumnus in 1987. Friends of the University Park Public Library honored George and Ann with the Acorn Award in 2009. He was a member of the Dallas Country Club. He served on the Boards of Camp Sweeney for Diabetic Children and the Park Cities YMCA, and was the City Health Officer for University Park for 18 years. He also served as President of the Phi Delta Theta Alums. He particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of the members of the Texas Delta Investment Club, a group of Phi Delt brothers with whom he met for 50 years, and of the men of the Turtle Creek Breakfast Club. Early on George picked up the nickname “Happy” which suited him perfectly. Even with all of his accomplishments, what George “Happy” Hurt cared most about was his family and friends. Happy remained close to friends he gathered from childhood on. With Ann, and often with his children, Happy skied, hunted, fished, biked, coached Y teams and traveled the world. However, he was always most content to be home in Texas. Along with Ann, his beloved wife of 58 years, he is survived by his five children: Catherine and husband Bill Scheihing, Douglas Richard and wife Beth, Carolyn, George Ellison III and wife Laura, and Gregory Prideaux. He is also survived by his deeply loved grandchildren: Charlie and his wife Claire Scheihing, Elizabeth Scheihing, John Scheihing, Elizabeth Ann Hurt, Clint Donald, George E. Hurt IV, and W. Henry Hurt. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Richard Prideaux and nieces and nephew, Cindy Wilson Wallisa, Sue Wilson McCallum, Wendy Prideaux Kumpf and Chris Prideaux, and their families. Happy was preceded in death by his sister, Joy Hurt Wilson, and his grandson, Elijah Christian Noel Hurt. Happy Hurt truly lived his life with the optimism, love, compassion, and energy that his name implies. In all his actions he gave one-hundred percent and could conceive of no less. Happy grew up in the East Dallas Christian Church, and his was the embodiment of a life well lived. He exemplified Christianity every day through actions rather than words. He is now with his Savior, having served as His good and faithful servant. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to all of his wonderful caregivers: Melanie Accord, Sophia Berryman, Dianna Becerra, Collette Campbell, Richard Cooper, and Wanda Osteen. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. Following a private family burial, a celebration of George’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sparkman/Hillcrest Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations honoring George’s life may be made to:

George E. Hurt Jr. Scholarship Fund Spina Bifida Association of North Texas c/o Robin Lee, Director 705 W. Avenue B., Suite 204 Garland, Texas 75040 www.spinabifidant.org

University Park Public Library 4420 Worcola Street Dallas, TX 75205 www.uptexas.org/library

Camp Sweeney P.O. Box 918 Gainesville, TX 76241 www.campsweeney.org

Elijah’s Angel Fund c/o Launchability 4350 Sigma Road, Suite 100 Farmers Branch, Texas 75244 www.launchability.org

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Dr. George Ellison Hurt Jr.

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Becky McGee

October 17, 2013

I'm sorry to hear about Dr. Hurt passing. He was a wonderful man. He performed surgery on my son's kidney when he was 7 and on his bladder when he was 11. When my son was 18, his kidney failed because of an injury. Dr. Hurt cared for him for over 2 months during the crisis. He finally scheduled him for surgery to remove his non-functioning kidney. The day before surgery he reran the tests. We were with him when he viewed the x-rays. He broke into a delighted grin and explained to us that there was no need for surgery. My husband, son, and I really loved him and credited him with contributing to our miracle. I know he worked long hours that took him away from his family. Thank you. He really made a difference.

Amy Hosp

May 9, 2013

I was just telling someone today about how wonderful Dr. Hurt was and so I decided to look him up and I found this information that he passed away. To the Hurt family I am truly sorry for you loss. What an honor to have such a man as Dr. Hurt in your family.

I met Dr. Hurt when I was 3 yrs old when he did surgery on me. It was 1970 and although I was only 3 I remember so well the kindness and love that he showed me. I remember the day of my surgery that he came to the waiting room and took me from my parents and carried me to the O.R. As he put me on the table he gave me a kiss on my cheek. In my late 20's I saw Dr. Hurt once again as a patient and I was so amazed that he knew exactly who I was and that he had remembered me from almost 30 years ago.

Dr. Hurt is someone that I have never forgotten and I never will. He was a huge influence in my family and he saved my life and for that I will for ever be thankful. I saw him until I was around 5 and I remember that I would tell everyone I knew that my doctor's name was Dr. Hurt but he didn't Hurt at all.

I look forward to spending eternity with one of my most favorite people!

John O'Brien

December 16, 2012

We want to express our sincere condolences on hearing that Happy died. He was a great person, friend and physician.

I shall always remember those wonderful times we had on the hunting leases throughout the years.

November 25, 2012

We were so sorry to hear about Dr. Hurts passing. He operated on our 11 month old daughter Mikell, 35 years ago, and we will forever be grateful to that wonderful, compassionate man. I hope the belief that he is in a wonderful place, surrounded by wonderful people, will bring comfort to the Hurt family. Sincerely, Mimi and Scott Miles

Hilde Zeiske and Jim Whittlesey

November 17, 2012

What wonderful friends Happy and Ann were with us at SMU. Jim and Junior (as Jim called him) were brother Phi Delts and Hilde and Ann were Thetas and roommates. We had so many great times together, and we still have a picture of the Hurts, Whittleseys, and a few others with birds on our heads when they all visited us in Cardiff, CA. We miss you, Happy!
Hilde and Jim Whittlesey

Heather Humphrey

November 17, 2012

Dr. Hurt performed surgery on me when I was 4 in 1975. I was a scared little girl, but he was so kind and gentle with me. He always gave me a lollipop after and the widest smile. He taught me how to use a stethoscope, a skill I utilize today as a nurse. He exemplified true compassion in medicine.

Bettina Wieland Snyder

November 16, 2012

Even as a young child, I knew that "Dr. Hurt" was a misnomer. I am not at all surprised to hear that his nickname was Happy. I was a patient of his in the late 60's, and I am sure he saved, or at the very least, changed my life. He called me "Missy" and made me feel so at ease. I actually enjoyed my visits with him. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. I know he will be missed by many.

Marilyn Scott RN

November 16, 2012

Dr Hurt was a wonderful doctor and an amazing person! I had the pleasure of working with him in surgery at Baylor many years ago. What a pleasure it was to see his smile every time he walked into the OR. He truly loved surgery and helping his patients. He will be missed, but his spirit will live on with all the lives he touched as a healer and role model. Fly on with your new wings Happy!

Lisa Schraeder

November 15, 2012

Dr. Hurt performed surgery on me in 1969. I was four years old. My mother recalls how kind and comforting he was. My parents were young. Dr. Hurt always took time with them to explain everything and to listen to them. They appreciated the excellent care I received and his wonderful manner. May your family find comfort at this time remembering him as others do.

November 15, 2012

Remembering the fun times at SMU with the two of you. He left a wonderful legacy and will be remembered by many.
Sue Sims