OBITUARY

Harold Brown Cameron, M.D.

February 25, 1918February 25, 2013

Memorial services for Harold .Brown Cameron, M.D., 95, of Tyler are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. John Robins officiating. Following the ceremony, a reception for family and friends will be held in Pirtle Hall. Prior to the memorial services, a private family graveside service under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Directors, will be held at the Bradford Cemetery in Troup, Texas. Dr. Cameron died peacefully in his sleep at 1:30 a.m. at his home in Tyler, Texas, on his 95th birthday, February 25, 2013, while surrounded by members of his family. He has left behind a wonderful legacy. Harold Brown Cameron, M.D., was born in Cumby, Texas on February 25, 1918. He grew up in Yowell, Texas, where his parents Justice and Nancy Day Cameron owned farms and a general store. The family moved to Commerce, Texas, where Harold graduated from high school. After three years at East Texas State Teacher's College (now known as Texas A&M Commerce), he was admitted to Baylor Medical School in Dallas. During his last two years of medical school, Harold worked as an extern at Medical Arts Hospital. Before graduating in June 1942, he married Eleanor Melton of Troup, Texas, on April 25, 1942. He served his internship at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C., where he delivered 70 babies in two weeks one December 1942 when the medical students were on Christmas vacation and he was left alone with the outside obstetrical service. At the end of his internship in 1943, he entered the Army Air Force, graduated from the School of Aviation Medicine and served for three years as a Flight Surgeon attaining the rank of Captain. He was then attached to a B-29 bomb group on a troopship on the way to the Pacific Theater when the war ended and he was then sent to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, to screen army officers who were trying to re-enter the service when his first son, Robert, was born in 1945. Harold completed a three year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. His second son, Hal, was born in 1948 and the family moved to Tyler in 1949. There was one hospital, Mother Frances with 50 doctors on staff. Harold was the first doctor in Tyler to limit his practice to obstetrics and gynecology and the first to be Board Certified in OB-Gyn. He shared offices with Drs. Elbert Caldwell and J. W. (Cotton) Birdwell. At that time the hospital did not have emergency room doctors and so all doctors served in the emergency room on a rotating basis in addition to their practice six days a week. Since Harold was the first and only Board Certified obstetrician-gynecologist physician in East Texas at that time, he spent many late hours driving to Athens, Mineola, Kilgore, and Palestine to help doctors who called with difficult deliveries and surgical procedures. On completion of the cases the doctor would often call and tell him, "I am sorry, but these people do not have any money." Dr. Cameron delivered the first baby at Medical Center Hospital in September 1951 and according to East Texas Medical Center Hospital so" Anniversary publication, he had delivered approximately 9,000 to 10,000 babies during his 47 years of practice in Tyler. Of note, Harold delivered Dr. Brent Harris, Dr. Jerry Schwarzbach, Dr. James Harris, Dr. Mollie Bankhead, Dr. Sunni Boren and Dr. Kyle Smith who are all practicing in Tyler, Dr. Cameron has been honored by his peers on many occasions. He was a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Life Member of the Smith County Medical Society where he served as President in 1972. Former Tyler Mayor, Smith Reynolds, proclaimed April 25, 1996, Harold Cameron M.D. Day. He served on the Administrative Board of Marvin United Methodist Church and on the Board of the Salvation Army. He served as President of medical staffs as well as Chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments at both Mother Frances and East Texas Medical Center Hospitals. In 2003 he was approximately 300 years ago where the walking awarded the Gold-Headed Cane which is an award that originated in England cane was carried by the most outstanding physician of the time. In 2010 he was honored to become a member of the Doctor Luke Society from Bethesda Health Clinic. During Harold's lifetime he especially enjoyed travelling throughout the world with friends and family as well as hunting and ishing in Texas, New Mexico and Utah, which he pursued and enjoyed until he was told by the rancher who owned the deer lease on which he hunted, that he was too old to be hunting at the ripe age of 93. In retirement Harold went to the office each morning that he shared with his son Hal, an attorney. He was a consultant for the Texas Medical Insurance Trust, reviewing cases of doctors who were being sued. He delivered Meals on Wheels as long as health permitted. He served on the board and was very committed to the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library that he and his wife Eleanor, and Julietta Jarvis established in memory of their son, Robert, and Julietta's father, Julian Jarvis. They received the Texas Library Association Benefactor Award at the Association's Annual Conference in Houston in April 1992. Dr. Cameron was a Lifetime Member of the Collector's Circle of the Tyler Museum of Art. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church for 64 years, an associate member of Angel Fire United Church in Angel Fire, New Mexico and a member of the Tuesday Noon Bible Class. It was a rare day that he did not meet a patient that he had delivered and it always pleased him when they identified themselves. Some would say, "You delivered my mother, grandmother and me.” Others said, “I am model 56 or model 60”. Harold truly loved the practice of obstetrics. Dr. Cameron is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Eleanor Melton Cameron, his son Hal B. Cameron, Jr. and his wife Brenda, and their children, his grandchildren, Robert Hart and Paige Elizabeth Cameron of Tyler, sister-in-law Eudora Cameron and nephews Jerald Cameron and his wife Cathy of Hideaway Lake, Texas, and niece Nancy Fincher of Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his son Robert Brown Cameron and his brother Day Cameron and sister Isabel Tenery. The family would especially like to thank Trinity Mother Frances Hospital System, Dr. Richard Anderson and caregivers Carol Knight, Bobby Walker and Dianne Miller. In lieu of flowers,donations may be made to the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia Street, Troup, Texas 75789; Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave., Tyler, Texas 75701; Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin, Tyler Texas 75702; or, to a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Private Graveside Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Harold Brown Cameron, M.D.

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Murralyn Gibson

March 9, 2013

My sympathy to Dr. Cameron's family. He delivered me on 11/1/54. A wonderful doctor, so my Mom used to tell me! May God be with your family during this time of sorrow.

March 6, 2013

Dr. Cameron delivered me on February 25, 1951 at Mother Francis Hospital. My mother always related the story about him being called away from his (33rd) birthday party that day to deliver me. My mother named me after Dr. Cameron. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. His death on our birthday is a bit sureal. What an amazing man! What a lot of babies he delivered! I guess he was the first human being to touch me. Rest in peace, Dr. Cameron. With deepest sympathy to his family, from Harold W. Waller, Memphis. Tennessee

PAT TAYLOR

March 5, 2013

Sweet Eleanor, I too dearly loved your precious Harold. He was truly a gentleman's gentleman. He always had a friendly smile ready to flash at any given time and kind words of encouragement.

Trish York

March 4, 2013

Dr Cameron delivered my daughter in June of '83. That following fall he quit delivering babies. Every year when I would go in for my yearly checkup he would ask me if I was gonna have any more children. I would always tell him, if you aren't delivering them, I'm not having them. He was such a kind, caring dr.

Mike Mason

March 1, 2013

I was one of those "10,000 babies" delivered by Dr. Cameron at Medical Center. He got me off to a good start in March 1955 and I am grateful!

March 1, 2013

Dr Cameron was such a wonderful doctor that always had time to talk to his patients (sometimes about too much weight gain) but honestly so concerned and caring. My first pregnancy, my labor was quite lengthly and he gave me something to help speed things up. I was a little out of my head and I said "Dr Cameron is such a good Biscuit Cooker." My family wrote that down and it is in my sons baby book. He delivered my sisters , sister-in-laws and mine which was a total of 10 babies in our family. We all loved him. I knew he was a great Christian and his legacy will always be remembered. I will always be grateful for my two healthy babies that he delivered. Matt (1975) and Will (1982) They are both Doctors and I have told them both how wonderful Dr. Cameron was. He will always be in my heart! Thanks to each family member for allowing him to touch so many lives. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and sympathy to each of you.
Carol Mayfield

Frank Payne

February 28, 2013

Mrs. Cameron, Hal, Brenda, and family

I was priviledged to know Dr. Cameron for many years,and honored to have him as a good friend. Words seem to be lacking when you try to describe just how fine a person Dr. Cameron was, and the influence he had throughout Tyler in medicine, in the community, and on so many people. I do not know any person who did not hold Dr. Cameron in the highest esteem.

When I thnk of him, and all the times we visited over the years, I remember a very kind and caring person that you enjoyed being with, a person whose visit made your day better. He delivered our son,John, and would always ask about him each time we met. Over so many years I was constsntly amazed at how he seemed to never change in appearance , and his great attitude toward life and people was constant.

There are many ways to describe Dr. Cameron, all good, but I think one of the best would be to say that he was a true gentleman, a great friend, and a person that I, his many friends, and Tyler will miss. We have all benefitted from knowing him.

I pray God's blessings on you, his family at this time.

February 28, 2013

Delivered all my babies. Very sweet Doctor. U

February 27, 2013

Wonderful man..he delivered me and my twin sister, plus worked in the same building with him.Delivered one of my kids....God Bless Him.

Tom McCall

February 27, 2013

I knew Dr. Cameron only about one year before he became unable to attend our Men's Tuesday Luncheon Bible Class at Marvin. He was so very much respected by all the brethren, and his quiet and gracious demeanor was greatly appreciated.

I could tell how rich his sense of humor was. On one occasion I mentioned that this class was a "movers and shakers" class. He then held up his hand that was trembling from age and illness, and laughingly said, "We're shakers alright!"

We miss him, his humor and his love for the Word of God, but we rejoice that this beloved physician in now in the presence of The Great Physician whom he so faithfully served.