OBITUARY

Donald A. Girod, MD

November 18, 1933October 15, 2020
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Dr. Donald A. Girod, 86, of Indianapolis passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Lorna B. Girod, in 2015. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Ina Mae Dormire and Hallie Pace. Donald is survived by his four children, Jeff Girod, John (Alysen) Girod, Elizabeth (Ray Begovich) Girod and Jennifer Girod; his adoring grandchildren, Susannah, William, Elizabeth and James Beckman, August and Henry Rodefeld, Sam Kaiser and Nicholas Girod; and sisters Jean (Jack) Kober and Joyce Grandlienard.

Don was born November 18, 1933 in Bluffton, Indiana to the late Alfred and Marie (nee Brickley) Girod. Don attended Indiana University, where he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees. He became a pediatric cardiologist, and came to Riley Children’s Hospital in 1964. He practiced at Riley for 48 years, where it was his honor and privilege to care for patients and their families, and teach medical students, residents and fellows. He conducted research with colleagues across the country and throughout the world. Don was a pioneer in infant cardiac catheterization in the United States, and served as the Riley Hospital Director of Pediatric Cardiology from 1967 to 2004. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash for his service to Indiana children in 2005.

Don was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He took on life with kindness, a strong sense of fairness, unflagging energy, and a childlike sense of appreciation and wonder. We are so lucky to have had him in our lives and will miss him terribly. A funeral service for Donald will begin at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20th at St. Luke United Methodist Church in the sanctuary followed by interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Live streaming of services can be found at: www.stlukesumc.com/funeral Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed at the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested in his name to Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation at www.rileykids.org Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

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Donna Cleland

October 25, 2020

Thank you, Dr. Girod for being there for two frightened parents and their little girl. Your gentle demeanor and knowledge assured us that all would be well-and it was. Well done, good and faithful servant🙏 Donna and Jeff Cleland

Sharon Espich

October 24, 2020

The Espich Family is very sorry for your loss. We live in Uniondale, Indiana and were very good friends with Ina Mae as well as Joyce, Jean, & Hallie. Ina & I were walking partners. Today my 97 year old mother is in River Terrace Health Care Facility so we get to see Jean & Joyce. What a great Family! Thoughts and prayers are offered with the hope that they comfort you in every way possible.

Al and Marianne Kite

October 20, 2020

He will be greatly missed a brilliant man exceptionally kind and caring -the world is poorer for his loss -he was always there for our children and grandchildren .He and Lorna became part of our family

Lynn Mahony

October 20, 2020

I was a faculty member just out of training 1981-1985 in Riley Cardiology. Don was a wonderful "first chief" for me. I benefitted greatly from his as well as Roger and Randy's support and role modeling of effective and compassionate patient care. Don also made sure that I knew all about Bob Knight, someone I had never heard of before moving to Indiana. I was always happy to cover his call on evenings when he went to Bloomington to watch basketball games.

Lynn Mahony

Mark Hoyer

October 20, 2020

Dr. Girod hired me in 2000, and I have been at Riley Hospital ever since. Though he established a solid program long before my arrival, I was lucky to have found a home here when he hired me. The group of people he added to the team and his leadership resulted in the building of a program that has allowed all of us who remain to ride his coat tails and to continue our pursuit of excellence.

On a light note, I will never forget how much he enjoyed the cafeteria food, especially the peach cobbler. He would say. "The cafeteria food. It's pretty good, isn't it?" I don't think there was a bad bone in his body. It was an honor to work with him and to know him. He legacy is destined to last.

patricia kruger

October 20, 2020

Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your very dear Father. I was one of Dr. Girod and Lorna's Caregivers for four wonderul years. His very kind daughter Libby, showed me Lorna's care routine and I must say, Lorna had the absolute most kindest and sweetest voice. Lorna sensed the love and care I gave to her, in one of my care routine's for Lorna, she whispered, "I love you" and of course I said I love you, as I felt very touched and honored to give her care in her last moments. Dr. Girod also impacted my heart immediately. I quickly learned the things Dr. Girod loved and one of them was music. We sang so many songs over the years, each and every week for four years. It brought so much joy to him. He never tired of singing songs. He would always be smiling while singing his favorite songs of Frank Sinatra, Andre Bocelli and so many more. I would tell him how beautiful of a job, he and Lorna did at raising their children. And their Grandchildren were just as a kind and intelligent. He would have the biggest smile in agreement. His loving and very kind son John and I worked closely together in the four years and one thing John and I accomplished was to implement a new work out and water exercise routine for Dr. Girod at 81 years of age. He did this for a few years, three days of personal training workout and water exercise twice a week. He was quite the Senior exercise role model! He adored his sisters as they adored him immensely. We made a trip to visit them and oh so much love they shared. Dr. Girod always had a smile and kind words to give you. I am certain he is holding Lorna close and happily dancing in heaven to one of her favorite songs "Somewhere over the Rainbow"!

Kathleen Kenney (Malarney)

October 19, 2020

I was born in 1969 with a complex congenital heart defect (Interrupted aortic arch, VSD, pulmonary atresia...) Fortunately for me and my parents, my pediatrician (Dr. George Parker) knew about a young cardiologist working at Riley Hospital. Dr. Parker would accept no one else.
For the next 22 years, I saw Dr. Girod at least once a year (usually more). My father was an ophthalmologist and my mother was a registered nurse, and they always expressed an unbelievable gratitude toward Dr. Girod. His clinical acumen, personality, kindness, and intellect allowed them to know that their child was in the best of hands.
Thank you Dr. Girod, not only for saving my life, but guiding my parents and family through a long road. You always made me feel like a “kid first, and patient second.” I am now a nurse myself, and I owe so much to this man. Heaven has “gotten a little brighter, and a lot smarter.” You are in my prayers.

Jeff OBrien

October 19, 2020

We were saddened to learn of Dr. Girod's passing. Our daughter Sheila was born with a rare congenital heart defect, and soon after her birth was transferred to Riley, where Dr. Girod became her cardiologist. He remained so for over 21 years. As she grew, she was won over by Dr. Girod and his calm demeanor, his warmth and his sense of humor. (we were too) As her heart issue progressed, it was finally time for surgery, and Dr. Girod highly recommended a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He turned out to be the most accomplished specialist in the country dealing with our daughter's defect. All went well, and a year later, Sheila actually climbed a mountain in Colorado. We were so lucky to have Dr. Girod's care for our daughter, who is married with two kids and teaches yoga. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his kids and grandkids. You had a great dad and grandfather.
Jeff and Mary O'Brien

Bonnie Opperman

October 19, 2020

We will always remember Dr. Girod because he was our daughter Debby's doctor at Riley and three or four years later we were in New Orleans where my sister lived and met him when he was there for a conference. He went with us to have a beignet and we enjoyed talking with him again. We always thought a was a great doctor and so sorry for your loss. Bonnie & Don Opperman

Patty Abbott

October 19, 2020

Dr. Girod was a kind and thoughtful man. He cared deeply for all of his patients. I had the opportunity of working with this special man for only 8 years before he retired. His smile would brighten up the room when he walked into the office everyday. He loved his job!
He made time to get to know you and your family. He talked about his Lovely wife Lorna ( she was the sweetest person), his children and grandchildren with a smile on his face.
He will always have a place in my heart.

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