Claire Leitnaker Tamblyn

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Claire Leitnaker Tamblyn died Thursday, November 07 2019. Born in Culver, Indiana on July 19th, 1923, the oldest of 3 Leitnaker children.

Claire was a member of Alpha Chi Omega while attending Baker University, from which she graduated with a degree in English. And you always had to watch your English around her because she would correct anyone when necessary. (Her grandchildren addressed her as ‘Grammer.’) She was an extraordinary woman that was good at anything she tried. She loved cooking, golf, singing in the Colonial Church choir, bridge, birdwatching, collecting art, and ‘R&R’ at the lake with her girlfriends. She graduated from KU Med School in 1951 with her M.D. in a time when it was unheard of for women to go into medicine. It was so rare in fact, that in 1958 she appeared on the TV show ‘What’s My Line?” You can watch that here--

She spent her career working long hours at Research Hospital as an anesthesiologist, but wasn’t too busy to take her children out of school to see movies like Fantasia or 2001. Mom spent her last years with the fine people at Bickford in Mission in the Memory Care Unit.

Preceded in death by husband George and her daughter Claudia Corey. Claire leaves her brothers, James Leitnaker in Tennessee and Frank Leitnaker in Germany, sons Greg Tamblyn, Jeff Tamblyn (Linda), Rick Tamblyn (Marthe); Son-in-law Roger Corey; eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private memorial to spread her ashes.

Contributions may be made to Baker University.