A devoted husband and father, Dr. Gary Roberts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away on March 16, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by family in the home he loved. He will be remembered as a man of integrity and quick wit.
Gary was born on December 24, 1940, the only son of Gilbert “Gib” Edward Roberts and Marjorie Pauline Brown Roberts. He grew up in Cabool, Missouri, and graduated from Cabool High School in 1958. As a child Gary participated in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, band and debate. He graduated from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, in 1962 and was a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
After college, Gary entered the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduated in 1966, followed with an internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, from 1966 to 1967. He served as a physician in the U.S. Navy until 1969.
During his internship he met Eloise Winter, and they were married in Dallas in October 1968, when he returned from Pacific duty.
Upon the completion of his radiology residency at Baylor Hospital in Dallas in 1973, he joined Radiology Associates in Oklahoma City. Gary enjoyed all aspects of Radiology Associates, especially teaching the residents and assisting doctors and patients. In 1980, Gary was instrumental in establishing the first MRI facility in Oklahoma City, forming a joint venture between Radiology Associates and Baptist Hospital.
During Gary’s distinguished career he was a member of the American Board of Radiology, president of the Baptist Medical Staff, member of the Credentials Committee, president of Radiology Associates, chairman of the Baptist Department of Radiology, and served on the Baptist Foundation Board. He worked there until his retirement in June 2007.
Gary had several passions in life: cooking, spending time in the yard, art, reading, business and especially golf. One could find Gary on the golf course at Quail Creek Country Club on Thursdays and Saturdays with a group of lifelong friends. Gary and Ellie enjoyed traveling, especially to Beaver Creek and Scottsdale, and playing golf. They were fortunate enough to travel worldwide with a special group of Radiology friends.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ellie; two daughters, Peyton Woodyard and husband Bill of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Devon Nelson and husband Brad of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Ellie and Helen Woodyard and Finley and Alexander Nelson; his aunts, Betty Roberts of Cabool, Missouri, and Veda Roberts of Cape Coral, Florida; cousins Anne Truskowski and husband Mike of St. Louis, Missouri, and Pattie Kuruzar of South Bend, Indiana, a brother-in-law, Art Winter and wife Emily of Scottsdale, Arizona; a nephew, Steve Winter of Seattle, Washington; and a niece, Anne Winter of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. He also leaves behind other loving family and friends.
Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Oklahoma Museum of Art, Attn: Jim Eastep, 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, www.okcmoa.com or a charity of your choice.