A fervent Aggie, James R. Duke, M.D. age 88, passed away January 17, 2017. He was born August 10, 1928, in Laredo, Texas to Innes and Consuelo Duke. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and wife, Ralph and Gloria Duke; and brother-in-law, Alfonso Valls. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary Green Duke; daughter, Joan Duke Olivencia, her husband Juan, and their children, Nicholas Olivencia, Luisa Olivencia and fiancé Erich Ellis; daughter, Jennifer Duke Conner, her husband Bill, and their children, Thomas Conner and wife Michelle and a second great-grandchild on the way, Amy Conner Warlick and husband Justin and their daughter Blakely Ann, and Leanna Conner; daughter, Ellen Duke Drury, her husband Paul, and their children, Allison Drury, Lawson Drury and Vivian Drury, son, James R. Duke, Jr. and husband, Jeffrey Reid; and Jim’s sister, Doris Duke Valls.
For forty-one years Jim described his problems as “little ones” throughout his pediatric practice in San Antonio. Jim graduated from Texas A&M, class of ’49 and served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army earning the bronze star for meritorious service. Later he graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1958. Jim completed his pediatric residency in 1961, under the Baylor University Medical program in Houston Texas, and subsequently moved to San Antonio to open his private practice.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH
4201 DE ZAVALA ROAD, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78249
A private burial service will be held in Fort Sam Houston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Association of Former Students for the James R Duke’49 Memorial Ring Scholarship. TAMU online gifts may be made here: https://www.aggienetwork.com/aggie-ring-scholarship.aspx or mailed to 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840. Or memorial contributions may be mailed to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 6301 Culebra & St. Joseph Way, San Antonio, TX 78238-4909.
The family would like to thank All County Hospice, particularly Dr Jeff Ethridge, Gayle, Rebecca, Michael, and Isella, as well as Tabitha and Benjamin Mogus and Katy of the Happy Living Care Home in Boerne for Jim’s loving care at the end of his life.