Walter H. Whitcomb MD

January 26, 1928January 22, 2013

Walter Henry Whitcomb, MD, passed away January 22, 2013 with his loving family by his side. He was born January 26, 1928 in Enid, Oklahoma to Walter and Ollie (Henson) Whitcomb. He is survived by his wife, Juanetta; son, Walter Phillip Whitcomb and wife Kristina Bush; son, James Mark Whitcomb; daughter, Katheryn Whitcomb Potts and husband Steven Jeffrey; eight grandchildren, Michael John Potts, Christopher Joseph Potts, Andrew Whitcomb, Hayley Whitcomb Lester, David Andrew Potts, Jessica Whitcomb Johnson, Walter Price Whitcomb, and Conner Horan Whitcomb and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Phyllis Figley Whitcomb of Woodward, OK. Dr. Whitcomb was an Eagle Scout and proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Philmont Scout Ranch. During his seven years as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Dr. Whitcomb focused on research pertaining to the U.S. space program in Austin and San Antonio, TX. During his 35 year career at the OUHSC, Dr. Whitcomb conducted vital research in the study of Nuclear Medicine and Erythropoietic Kinetics. He was instrumental in the growth of programs and facilities for the Oklahoma City VA Med Center including the first VA outpatient clinic in the US and the first hospital in the US to have electronic medical records. He served as Chief Resident at OU Medical School, Chief of Radiological Laboratory at University of Texas and USAF in Austin, Assistant Professor of Medicine at OU Medical School, Chief of Staff OKCVAMC, Director of OKCVAMC, Director Computerized Medical Systems, Washington, DC, and Director of Rehab Medicine of OKCVAMC. Dr. Whitcomb has been published over 40 times in Medical journals and text books. Besides medicine, Dr. Whitcomb has a passion for his children, sailing and metal sculpture – not necessarily in that order. For further information and accomplishments please visit his memorial through In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of the Friends of Byrd Library, checks can be made payable to: OU Foundation, PO Box 26901, LIB 162, OKC, OK 73126. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2013 at Quail Springs Baptist Church with a reception to follow.


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Viewing Saturday, January 26, 2013
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John Nelson

January 29, 2013

Dr. Whitcomb was ahead of his time. He saw the technological revolution coming and knew it would change everything. He turned his attention to “Medical Informatics” and electronic medical records. We were a little skeptical then, but he was right! Walt was definitely one of the good guys.

January 28, 2013

Walt epitomized the teacher, researcher, and clinician so rare in academic medicine today. He always had ideas, readily encouraged the aspiiring young medical researcher, and approached all with kindness, a sense of generosity, and humor. I always enjoyed him, first as a teacher, and then later as a faculty colleague at OUHSC.
Patrick A. McKee MD
Prof of Med

January 28, 2013

Am so sorry to learn of Dr. Whitcomb's passing! He hired me into the VA Medical Center 40 years ago! He was a dear man and the Lord our God used him to bless me in my life here on earth. Such fun memories of my early VA career! Once he signed a note to me as "Chief of Staff; Chief, Hem/Onc; Mouse Anesthetist" (remember his research?)--so funny! I will never forget him or the kind things he did for me, and I will continue to treasure the metal sculptures he made for me. I miss him! May the Lord give his sweet family and friends comfort and peace. With love, Twila Davis Willard

Michael Kuns

January 28, 2013

Physician, administrator, mentor, loving family member...friend! He touched the lives of so many and leaves behind a great personal and professional legacy. With deepest regrets,
The Kuns Family

Michelle & John Tompkins

January 28, 2013

Dr. Whitcomb was a man of great vision and compassion. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with the Whitcomb and Potts families.

Linda (Williamson) Fiesel

January 27, 2013

I am sorry to here of Walter's passing. I so enjoyed looking through the pictures posted of Walter through the years. And thrilled to get to see a picture of Ollie and my grandfather Claude McElvina. My prayers and sympathy go out to Walter's family.

Alicia Moorehead

January 25, 2013

I enjoyed working with Dr. Whitcomb at the VA Medical Center for many years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace Dr. Whitcomb.

Rosetta Sledge

January 25, 2013

Great memories-Dr. Whitcomb-shared with me how he met his wife Juanita, he also shared with me about his first wife/family. He was truly a dedicated human being to his family and all the Veterans at the Oklahoma V.A. Hospital. Rest in peace well done my friend...

Laura Chwan

January 25, 2013

I'm very sorry to hear of Dr. Whitcomb's passing. I used to clean for he and Juanetta at Touchmark. My sincere condolences go out to the family.

Shari Janger

January 25, 2013

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Whitcomb leaves a remarkable legacy that has touched so many people's lives. I know you have lifetimes of good memories to help give you strength. You are in my heart.