John H. Chapman MD

June 19, 1944December 30, 2012

Dr. John Hascall Chapman, 68, passed away at home Sunday, December 30. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Alexandria, VA, where he met the love of his life, Molly (Zearfoss) Chapman, to whom he was married for 47 years. He was educated at Colgate University, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. In 1975 he joined the cardiology staff of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, where he practiced medicine for more than thirty years and enjoyed teaching as an associate professor through Geisinger’s affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University. He was recognized as a fellow of the American College of Internal Medicine, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Interventional Cardiology. In Danville, he and Molly raised two daughters, who were the great joy of his life; were active members of the Grove Presbyterian Church; played tennis and bridge; and vacationed in Eastham, Cape Cod, MA, where they retired in 2006. There, they became avid golfers, members of two choirs at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport, and doting grandparents. John also loved good books, his dogs, Cape Cod sunsets, writing, painting, and the Boston Red Sox. Above all, he was a caring and talented physician, a devoted husband, and a proud and dedicated father and grandfather.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11am at Pilgrim Congregational Church. Survivors include his mother, Catherine Chapman Kinney; his wife, Molly (Zearfoss) Chapman; two daughters, Emily Chapman and Erin (Chapman) Thornton; a son-in-law, David Thornton; two granddaughters, Lucy and Hannah Thornton; a brother, Stephen Chapman, and sister-in-law, Linda (Martenson) Chapman; a sister, Catherine (Chapman) Boren, and brother-in-law, Stanley Boren; two nephews, Jonathan Chapman and Todd Boren; and a niece, Catherine (Boren) Holly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Partners in Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578 or


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Diana Diana

October 7, 2013

To the Chapman Familly, I have tried several times to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Chapman was my dear friend, most trusted cardiologist, and a very sincere and caring person. I will never forget my visits with him in Geisinger. Danville Pa. I was his patient since I was just a teenager. We would always discuss our writings and poetry. God bless, and may the prayers and love from all that had the privilege of knowing Him sustain you all.

pamela souders

April 22, 2013

Dear Molly and Family,
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Pam Souders, Lewisburg, PA

Jeffrey Folk

March 19, 2013

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John. John taught me much about cardiology and the art of being a physician. His compassion and devotion to his patients was extraordinary, as was his enthusiasm for what he did. Thank you for being the person you were and it was an honor to call you a friend and colleague.

Seth Fisher MD

March 19, 2013

To the Chapman Family:

I only learned of John's passing today. It was my privilege to work with John for the many years GWV did not have its own cath lab. He was what my mentor would call a "good olde country doctor": he loved taking care of patients, was incredibly talented in the cath lab, dedicated to always doing the right thing and more importantly to "do no harm." His honesty and integrety are legendary. He will live on for generations in the physicians, patients and families he touched. God speed John. Amen.

Leo Iliadis, MD

March 14, 2013

To the Chapman Family,
I was saddened to hear of John's passing during my recent visit to Geisinger. I had the priviledge of working with him during my time at Geisinger and he was example of the Gentleman physician that we should strive to become. As you are witnessing, he was loved by patient and peer alike. His legacy will be the patients and trainees he touched and the world he made kindler and more personal. May his memory be eternal.

Kevin Brouse

January 13, 2013

Dear Molly and family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family in this sad time. I will always remember how your husband was such a down to earth person, who had a great sense of humor. I hope that as when my father died, the many that came forward to show respect, helps you through this tough time. He was most certainly a classy person, and great human. So sorry for your loss...

Barb (Coombe)Gough

January 11, 2013

To the family of Dr.Chapman: I was so saddened to hear this news. I had the privilege of working along side Dr. Chapman at Geisinger from 1986 (as a graduate nurse) until I left in 1999. I never saw him without a smile. The smile grew even bigger when he talked about his family and/or "the Cape". I remember how frustrated and excited he was about the book he wrote. What he gave to the patients was not medicine. He spoke from his heart and I think the young doctors who worked under him had the best example of what true "bedside manner" means.

January 9, 2013

Mrs. Chapman and family,
I am sadden to hear about the loss of Dr. Chapman. I am a nurse who previously worked in CICU with him. I remember Dr. Chapman as not only a great physician but a very kind and gentle sole who always took as much time with patients and families as they needed. He practiced old school medicine with current technology. He and his fruit cakes will be missed.
God Bless,
Nancy Nuss, RN Geisinger

January 7, 2013

Dr. Chapman was my husband's very competent and caring cardiologist at GMC before he retired to Cape Cod. Today we learned of his death. During our visits he often spoke lovingly of his family. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Sincerely, Tom and Marie McDonald

January 7, 2013

Dear Molly,
We was very sad to hear about John's death. We wanted to let you know we were thinking of you and your daughters.

our deepest sympathy,
Andy & Pat Nassef