OBITUARY

W. Stanley Muenzler MD

March 30, 1932August 27, 2013

W. Stanley (Stan) Muenzler, poet, surgeon, husband, father, kind and gracious friend, has passed from this earth too soon. The unexpected loss of this fine man and his absence from the lives of his family, friends and patients constitutes an emotional and very real vacuum that will not be filled in this life time. A true renaissance man, Stanley was intellectually curious about the world at large and in the intricacies and evolution of his chosen medical profession. After living in multiple states growing up as a child due to the demands of his father’s profession, Stanley’s family settled in Oklahoma City where he attended and graduated from Northeast High School. In a moment of youthful patriotism, after graduating from High School, Stanley misled the U.S. Marine Corps recruiter as to his age, and was sent to off serve in the Korean War shortly before he turned 18. While he celebrated the Marine Corps birthday every year, he was never a chest pounder regarding his service on behalf of our country. Regardless, it is a fact, that he was one of the youngest Marines who participated in the famous battle and celebrated retreat from the Chosin Reservoir as the communist Chinese army overran everyone but the Marines, as China entered the war. Stanley survived to return home, but he always remembered the bone deep cold of the winter fighting in that long ago and forgotten war.

Stanley graduated from the University of Oklahoma during the Bud Wilkinson years and went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He was a lifelong rabid Sooner football fan, and was wholly unreserved and without balance in his opinions as to the competency of the coaches during the course of the games. After graduating from medical school he went on to complete his Residency in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University’s Evanston Hospital. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Corneal Surgery in San Francisco, California under Max Fine, M.D., a nationally recognized corneal surgeon. Returning to private practice in Oklahoma City, Stanley always gave back to his profession in advancing medical education and clinical research. He served as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center for the last 25 years. He published numerous academic articles, including multiple articles in the American Journal of Ophthalmology on a wide variety of subjects including diagnosis, treatment and surgical techniques, regarding corneal issues, dry eyes, metastatic tumors of the eyelid and diseases of the eye. He was a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, Southern California, Texas, Toronto (Canada), Utah and Vanderbilt. He presented at the World Congress on the Cornea and made multiple presentations to the International de Mecrocirurgie de la Cataracte in Paris France.

Stanley was justifiably proud of his leadership and contribution as the Medical Director of the Oklahoma Lions’ Eye bank and as the Director of the Charles A. Royer Corneal Study Group. He was a member of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma County and American Medical Associations, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Castroviejo Society, The International Corneal Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Stanley received this year’s Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology’s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the state academy and the profession of ophthalmology. He maintained an active and successful practice to the end of his life. He was ultimately a doctor’s doctor, as well as a man’s man.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Hattie "Pat" Muenzler; and brother Frederick Muenzler. Stanley is survived by his wife Nancy Muenzler of Oklahoma City ; four daughters, Julie Muenzler (Tamar) of Dallas, TX; Leah (Paul) Campbell of Dallas, TX, Paige (Bruce) Simpsen of Dallas, TX, and Lynn (Frank) Saunders of Shawnee, OK; two step-daughters; Katherine(Steven) English Groves of Washington, DC, and Kristin (Bart) Reichert of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

The family only will participate in a private funeral service. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club at 5:30 pm, on Thursday, September 5, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank at 3840 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. http://www.oklionsfoundation.org/Oklahoma-Lions-Eye-Bank_ep_46-1.html

Services

  • Reception Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Dean Todd

June 20, 2014

Dr. Muenzler did a corneal transplant on my eyes in1991. And this changed the rest of my life. Thanks for saving my life! I've been his patient since 1972. He and his staff were my second family I grew up with.

February 5, 2014

A FINE MAN WITH CLASS ,LOVED TALKING TO HIM ABOUT OU -OSU GAMES AND ALSO LOVE THE PICTURE OF HIS MOMMA ON THE HARLEY IN THE LOBBY ,LOVED JOKING WITH ABOUT IT.A WONDERFUL MAN AND ALSO THANKS FOR THE GREAT JOB ON MY CORNEA TRANSPLANT SURGERY.HE WILL BE BE MISSED. LOVE CHAD ERWIN

wendy reynolds

February 4, 2014

I received a letter today notifying me that Dr. Muenzler passed away. I was stunned by this news. My mother, brother and I have been his patients since 1984. He was a wonderful doctor and man. He performed corneal transplants for my mother and brother and treated them with compassion and concern. Thank God, never had to have this surgery. He was like a member of the family as we would schedule our appts on the same day and make a fun trip of it. He will be missed. God Bless his family

Terry Carr

February 4, 2014

I accidentally misspelled Dr muenzler name sorry for the mistake

Terry Carr

February 4, 2014

Dr Munster did eye surgery on my cornea and did a excellent job and made me feel like I've known him for ever he was a very good man I just got a letter about his death I'm sorry to hear of his passing

guy hackney

January 21, 2014

I was a long time worker and friend of stan. tom hoch and I did many projects for stan and he was always praising our work. he was generous to a fault. such a multi talented man!! he is sorely missed. I don't read obits anymore so was unaware of his passing. guy w. hackney

David Churchwell

December 2, 2013

I called today to change my checkup appointment and was given the news of Dr. Muenzler's passing. I want to extend my sympathy to his family at home and at the office. Dr. Muenzler did my cornea transplant about 12 years ago and over time discovered we both enjoyed riding our Harleys. He was a good man and great doctor and has left a tremendous legacy. May God's Grace surround you and keep you.

Vicki Hayward

November 14, 2013

Yesterday was my 6 month check up at Dr. Muenzler's. As I was waiting, I noticed a picture of Dr. Muenzler up at the check in window. I got up to look at it, and my heart dropped. It showed the year of his birth and the year of his death. I was in tears, for I was unaware that we had lost him. I started going to Dr. Muenzler years ago for very bad "chronic" dry eye. All the other doctors I had seen, and there were many, all wanted to blame me for the problem saying i rubbed my eye too much. By the time I made my way to Dr. Muenzler my nerves were shot because of this nagging eye problem. He was so kind. He never once blamed me for having dry eye. He was the only doctor to ever help me with it. Last year when my Mother was near the end of her life, I broke down in his office. He was so kind. Told me I was like family, and he spoke to me with such compassion. I will miss him and the care he so expertly delivered. I know he has left a big hole to fill. I extend my sympathies to his wife and daughters. I know how much they must miss him.

lynn saunders

September 29, 2013

I HAD TO ADD THIS FOR MY FATHER A LONG TIME SOONER FAN..DAD WE BEAT THE FIGHTING IRISH ND..35/17..THE LAST TIME WE WON WAS 1956,THE YEAR I WAS BORN.I KNOW YOU WOULD BE PROUD,AND WERE ON THE SIDELINES..I LOVE YOU DAD.LYNN

Janis & Bill Upchurch

September 28, 2013

So sorry to hear of your passing. Bill called to make an appointment today. You have taken such good care of Bill over the last 25 + years. You always went above and beyond to give him the best care possible. You were always looking for new ways to try to save his vision you never gave up. You helped him to be able to see our son grow up. You were always caring and encouraging. We thank God that we were blessed to know you.