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June 17, 2013

Local doctor retires after 37 years

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He is appreciative of the chance to raise his wonderful kids in a safe and well-rounded environment with the opportunity for all of them to ultimately achieve their doctoral degrees and life goals.

“And of course I couldn't have done it without the unending support of Dewey and my family. I am grateful also to all of the physicians and hospital and clinic people who have been such great friends and supporters,” McConville said.

Beyond his dedication to local medical care, Dr. McConville and his wife unselfishly contribute to improving health world- wide. In 2002, he arranged a medical mission to Tanzania to provide medical care to a population in great need of medical and health assistance. His service to this African nation expanded to raising funds for medical supplies, a grinding mill, fish ponds, and scholarships to educate young students as a course from severe poverty.

“We continue to work in Africa, where we not only support medical care but also education, and economic development," McConville said.

Along with his medical service, he has been an outstanding community supporter. He served on the founding boards of New Focus and Centerville-Appanoose Recreation, Inc. (now the Rathbun Lake Area YMCA). He served on numerous hospital committees over the years including the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital Board of Directors for nine years and was the County Medical Examiner for 27 years. He was also awarded the Centerville Community School Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award.

As a member of the Appanoose County Historical Society he has participated in several living history events, portraying Gov. Drake and Capt. William Vermillion. He has also been active in civil war reenactments throughout the state and Midwest.

A man with many interests, he has a lot of goals for retirement. Writing, painting, traveling, fixing, building, planting garden, working on old cars and his house along with historical and Civil War activities not to mention spending time with his soon to be 11 grandchildren.

“I won't get bored,” he added.

The public is invited to attend a retirement social honoring Dr. McConville for his dedication to community healthcare on Tuesday, June 18 from 4:30–6 p.m. at the Mercy Medical Clinic, formerly Centerville Medical Clinic located on the hospital campus.

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