SORAUF, Thomas


Thomas John

Age 79, from Beavercreek, OH, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, 52, Margaret Sorauf, parents John and Adelaide Sorauf, brothers Donald Sorauf and John

Gerald Sorauf and a sister Jeanne Kirlin. He leaves his children Thomas Sorauf Jr., Edward (Susie) Sorauf and Kathleen (Michael) Kroeger, grandchildren James Sorauf,

Jarred Sorauf, Michael Sorauf, Emily (Devan) Slaybaugh,

Angelica Sorauf, Nicholas Sorauf, Freya Kroeger and Beorn Kroeger and great-grandson Atlan Slaybaugh and his dog Sprout. He was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School in Racine Wisconsin and completed medical school at Marquette University in Wisconsin in 1967. He co-owned South Dayton Pediatrics from 1972 and retired from daily practice in 2017. He was committed to caring for children with learning and developmental disabilities for generations. He was committed to child safety and was an advocate for:

legislation in the field of car and bicycle safety since the 1970s.

During his professional tenure as a pediatrician, he served as Chief of Pediatrics at WPAFB, then as Medical Director and Chief of Pediatrics at Kettering Medical Center. He led the way in neonatal care, initiating many new practices that later became the standard of care. While at Kettering Medical Center, he worked at three daycare centers, including the design of the Level III neonatal intensive care unit. He served on the clinical faculty at Wright State University and Ohio University, where he provided medical counseling and education for decades

students. He was a member of the Western Ohio Pediatric

Society. He received the Alan D. Shafer Distinguished Service Award from Dayton Children’s Hospital. He has volunteered for many hours at the Reach Out Clinic, formerly known as The

Solar Clinic. He had numerous publications, including the case of Robinow-Sorauf syndrome. He was known to many OB & Pediatric community professionals for his great presentations on continuing education; he was a gifted speaker and loved to explore new ideas. His passions out there

medicine included looking at wildlife and animals. He was a train enthusiast, built elaborate model railroads, and was a member of the National Model Railroad Association. He also extensively researched and documented genealogy and family ancestors. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Helen Parish, 5100 Burkhardt Rd, Riverside, OH 45431. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one or more of the following charities: The Nature Conservancy, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Autism Speaks.

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