Jack Hough

September 10, 1920November 1, 2012

Jack Van Doren Hough, M.D., was taken home to his Lord and Savior November 1, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, JoAnne Ingle “Jodie” Hough; their four sons, Ted and his wife Beverly, Jack Jr. “Van” and his wife Donna, Tim and David and his wife, Laura; 10 grandchildren - Charles, Becky Creech, Jaime, Jack III and his wife Amy, Julia, Tiffany, Stephanie, Emily, Joel and Joshua; 5 great-grandchildren – Jacob Creech, Rachel Creech, Aaron Creech, Colton and Levi; and Jack's sister, Ruth Cadogan and her husband, Lew.

Jack Hough was born September 10, 1920 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, the son of Chapman and Hazel Hough who worked as a school superintendent and school teacher. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Doren, were pioneer settlers in the land run of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma. Jack graduated from Cameron High School at age 16 and graduated summa cum laude in 1939 from Southeastern State College in Durant with a degree in Chemistry. He then graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1943. Inducted into the Navy during his senior year at medical school, Jack received the Bronze Star fighting with the 4th Marine Division leading a troop of 40 corpsmen at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Dr. Hough practiced as an Ear, Nose and Throat-Head and Neck surgeon in Oklahoma City beginning in 1946. He limited his practice to otology (the ear) in 1955 and 'retired' at age 80, but continued working on research related to the ear until shortly before his death. Dr. Hough pioneered microscopic middle ear surgery in the late '50s. He was founder of the Hough Ear Institute at Integris Baptist Medical Center. With his research team there he helped develop the cochlear implant, invented the Audiant bone conduction implant and a middle ear implantable device, the SOUNDTEC Direct Drive System, now the Ototronix Maxum.

Dr. Hough was a clinical professor of Otorhinolaryngology at OU since 1949. He began lecturing worldwide in the 1960s at which time he started fellowship programs bringing ear surgeons to Oklahoma from around the world - especially developing world and third world countries. Dr. Hough authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles published in professional periodicals and textbooks. He had 14 academic appointments and was a member of 24 professional societies and had held 34 professional offices, including president of the American Otological Society. Four times, he was the guest of honor and featured speaker of the Royal Society of Medicine in London. He received numerous prestigious awards in his chosen field.

Dr. Hough put his Christian faith in action in many ways, including traveling the globe with his wife on medical mission trips, leading Bible studies and mentoring other Christians. In 1993, Dr. Hough founded the Christian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons with over 500 members. In 1999, he and his wife, Jodie, were presented the Servant of Christ Award by the national Christian Medical and Dental Society. Jack also received the Medal of Valor from the American Medical Association.

Jack was on the board of MAP International (formerly Medical Assistance Program) for 40 years from incorporation serving as chairman of the board for 12 years. MAP International has supplied hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drugs and medical supplies to nearly 100 third world countries. With Mike and Tomi Sue Fisher and a group of 20+ believers, Jack and Jodie started Covenant Community Church in Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1979. Dr. Hough was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1996 he received the annual 'Salt and Light' award presented by the metro Oklahoma City chapter of the Christian Business Men's Committee of USA (CBMC).

Jack was truly a multitalented individual with a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit. To Jack's wife he was a faithful lover, friend and companion, to his sons a great dad, to all of his family a Christian patriarch and loving ‘Poppie’, to his colleagues he was a world-renowned ear surgeon, to employees a beloved boss, to his fellow believers an exemplary elder, and to so many a mentor and 'dad' as truly he had many 'sons' and 'daughters' in the many arenas of his life. All knew he wasn't perfect, but he knew he had a Savior and to His Creator God and His Son, Jesus, he gave all glory.

Dr. Hough's life verse comes from the Living Bible paraphrased by his good friend, Kenneth Taylor, and is written on Jack's tombstone - 'As for me, my contentment is not in worldly wealth or fame, but in seeing You and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see You face to face.' Psalm 17:15

Viewing will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 13313 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, with the family to receive friends 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Community Church, 2250 Yukon Parkway, Yukon, Oklahoma on Friday, November 9, at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice with acknowledgments sent to the family at P.O. Box 850240 Yukon, OK 73085.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 9, 2012

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Katie Heitmann (Kopke)

February 12, 2013

Dr. Jack Hough--thank you for teaching my dad, thank you for being instrumental in moving my family to Oklahoma from San Diego, thank you for giving your life in service during WWII and to helping people hear, some for the first time. Thank you for following Jesus and for the legacy you have left in OKC, HEI, and all over the world. You will be sorely missed here. Now you are truly knowing and getting to see face to face the One who fashioned the ear. We love you.

Alan Gibb

January 5, 2013

Jack Hough, whose friendship I have been privileged to enjoy for around 50 years, has been an absolute source of inspiration to me.In our numerous talks together in Oklahoma,Scotland and elsewhere, Jack confessed to me that during the horrific battle in the Pacific while in war service, he promised God that if he came through alive, he would devote his life to Him. But how many of those in danger have made similar promises and failed to keep them?
But Jack remained true to his promise and became a wonderful disciple with God at the centre of his life. Following his return to civilian life, in his early days as a young otologist he was presented at a medical conference with a prestigious award for his work on the ear: courageously he decided that he must acknowledge publicly God's help and the part that He played in his life. From then on we all knew where Jack stood in his relation to God and his fellow men.

Not only was Jack a great Christian but his skill as an ear surgeon was second to none. I have travelled round the world watching famous ear surgeons and there have been none more skillful than Jack Hough. Many of my own techniques have been derived from what I learned in Oklahoma but I never came near to equalling Jack's wonderful surgical skill.
Jack's clinic was unique as the staff were true Chistians who cared for the patients with prayerful devotion giving them confidence and a sense of security.
My thoughts go to his lifelong Christian companion Jodie and to all the family

November 23, 2012

Dear Hough family,
It's doubtful you remember me as an intern at Presb Hosp in OKC back in 68-69. One day many of you took me up to Eagle Lake, and we hiked down those seven beautiful miles together, Punchbowls and all! Dr. Jack was a kindly mentor during my year in OK, and he let me watch as he performed a couple or more ear procedures at Presb.

I'm winding up 50+ yrs in medicine, having served over half that time as medical consultant for the Navs International here in Colo Springs. You and Jack helped me get my start. Thanks and praise God !!

Danita Testerman

November 12, 2012

I first met Dr. Hough in 1961 when I was diagnosed with a hearing loss and saw him periodically throughout my life. He always told me that one day I would be able to get a cochlear implant and that by the time I needed one, it would help me hear much better. In 2001, when I was scheduling my first cochlear implant, he was working on an implantable hearing aid and another surgeon did my implant. I now have two implants, and the level of hearing I experience is truly a miracle. I have always been touched by the level of caring he provided, by his support of the Hearing Loss Association and even by the Christian literature in his waiting room. He was certainly someone to look to as an example of "let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven". My heart goes out to his family.

Carrie Dycus

November 12, 2012

Dr. Hough was a very special man and am so sorry the world and especially his family has to suffer his loss. I was fortunate to have his hands perform surgery on me and give me a precious quality of life I would not have otherwise. My dear husband was also fortunate to receive hearing from surgery Dr. Hough performed, also. We were always grateful Thank you for sharing his talent and expertise with us..Sincerely, Mrs. James Dycus

November 12, 2012

Dearest Family of Dr. Jack Hough,

I join with so many others who knew Dr. Hough in offering my deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life.

Dr. Hough saved my life twice during the first 11 months here on earth. Most of the following information came from parents, Bruce and Billye Howard, who have since passed. It is possible that their spirits have visited with Dr. Hough's spirit this past week.

Following Bruce and Billye's four-year-old son's (Kent) death from croup in 1949, I was born. From the beginning, I also had croup problems just as my brother, the only 2 of 7 children who had croup. Because of Kent's early death, Bruce and Billye insisted on getting good doctors for me. They hired Dr. Neil Lysaught, an accomplished doctor, who arranged help from Dr. Jack Hough, another highly skilled doctor.

Dr. Hough performed two tracheostomies on me in December 1950 and April 1951. Following one of the tracheostomies, Dr. Hough approached my mother as he left the operating room. My mother said that Dr. Hough was perspiring from head to toe due to the hours spent saving my life. My mother thanked Dr. Hough for saving my life. Dr. Hough would not acknowledge that he saved my life. Instead, he told my mother that God had saved my life. Dr. Hough's statement, along with my healing, certainly strengthened my mother's faith throughout her entire lifetime.

I thank God every day for Dr. Hough's belief and faith in God. I feel that God saved my life through Dr. Hough's skilled tracheostomies. I am thankful for all those, including Dr. Hough, who gave me the faith to believe in a God that is well aware of my needs.

Reading the other comments shows that Dr. Hough shared his faith in God with others throughout his lifetime. What wonderful accomplishments!

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Linda Beth Howard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(nick-named "Princess" by Dr. Hough)

Donna Schoenfelder

November 12, 2012

What an amazing husband, father, grandfather, boss, friend Dr. Hough was to all who knew him. He truly leaves behind a blessed legacy. I was privileged and honored to work for him and I send my heartfelt prayers for comfort to the family. Donna Schoenfelder (Yukon, OK)

November 10, 2012

Dear Dr. Hough Family,
Son, Ted probably doesn't remember me but I was a student aid for him at NWC High School in 1969. I mispronounced his name the first time, bad on me. Dr. Hough was my Dad's ear doctor and was always very kind & patient. He was a truly great man.
Sincerely, Shari Morris Colt, OKC

November 10, 2012

Jack Hough's obituary brought back so many memories of an old friend we knew so many years ago. We remember him as a Christian friend and honor him as an outstanding Oklahoma ear surgeon. In recent years, our daughter Janet Galloway has become good friends with Jack and Jodie's daughter-in-law Donna Hough (married to Jack Jr.(Van), as they are both into Arabian horses. When our daughter Susie Wheeler (now Eubanks) was in high school, she was a member of a Christian singing group called "Opening Hours" with Tim Hough, another son, made up of young people from different churches.

It's been so long ago, but I (Mercedes) am associating Jack Hough with the first Billy Graham Crusade held in Oklahoma City, also with friends Minnie Lou and Bob Jessup, who were Republicans and a "Belle for Bellmon" but also worked for Democrat Cleeta John Rogers when he won his Senate seat. I think we met Jack and Jodie through Minnie Lou and Bible Studies and other activities we were invited to, such as a Dinner-Dance once. Al felt a special bond as he too is a graduate Chemist.
When Janet was a teenager, we agreed to buy her a riding horse and I took her out to Jack Hough's ranch near Yukon where he had a herd of beautiful Arabian horses. Jack and Janet and I walked down into the pasture and he sold us Janet's first horse, Farwa Lane, a brood mare with a colt at her side Tamarzon and bred back to a pure bred registered Arabian stallion Ferzon from an old English blood line. I've forgotten how much we paid, but Jack told us we could pay her out in payments however we wanted over a period of time.
When I first started having trouble with my hearing, I went to Jack Hough for my first hearing test and fitting with hearing aids. When he retired, I still went to his clinic Hough Ear Institute with Dr. Dyer as my doctor. Dr. Dyer is the one who noticed my misaligned septum (caused by car accident) and operated to repair it, the best corrective surgery I ever had.
Jack Hough was one of the most amazing men we have known as a friend in our lifetime. His obituary tells the incredible story of his contribution to so many whose lives he touched. He is another of our generation who has left this world a better place because he lived. He was a deep thinker and great Christian. We still have a copy of his booklet "Science, Philosophy, and Religion" he passed out to patients and friends. It was from an address he gave as speaker at a Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity gathering.
I'm quoting the first few paragraphs:
"From a scientific standpoint, it is inconceivable to me that a thinking person would not believe in God. As a man, I look up and I wonder why the tremendous forces of the universe are held together in such perfect harmony: earths, planets, moons, stars, suns all balanced, rotating and moving in prescribed arcs in split-second timing in an order that has continued for an eternity. Furthermore, there seems to be perfection and power down to the smallest atom with its electrons and neutrons. The microscopic world is as perfect as the gross astronomical world. I think of the millions of blood cells now rushing through my body. They are carrying nutrition from my stomach and from my lungs to the uttermost parts of my anatomy, supplying each body cell precisely with exactly what it needs and removing its by-products and keeping it healthy so that it may perform its own individual purposeful activity.
"I say to you that there is not one chance in multiple billions that this world and you and I were put here and maintained by chance. To believe all this exists without a guiding creating hand of a supreme intelligence would require a fantastically blind and illogical mind.
"Let us read how the Bible leads us to the truth concerning the origin and purpose of life. Let us read the thesis statements in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Verses 1 through 5.
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
"May I pause here just a moment to state the "Word" translated into Greek is O'Logos. Now I shall reread the first verse here in the Gospel of John refers to the person of the man Jesus Christ. "In the beginning was O'Logos and O'Logos was with God and O'Logos was God" . . . The word O'Logos familiar in all Greek philosophy refers to the whole realm of thought. Now John said then, "In the beginning was the whole realm of thought and the whole realm of thought was with God and the whole realm of thought was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made." Al and Mercedes Wheeler, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Vikki Boaz Dearing

November 9, 2012

Jodie and Family - I celebrate Jack's life and thank God for all of the gifts he brought to this world. He was a wonderful example to to many people and a remarkable servant of Christ. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days.