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Thomas (Tom) E. Finch, M.D., 82, passed away in Tucson, Arizona during the evening on November 8, 2017 after a prolonged bout with illness.
Tom was born on May 29, 1935 in St. Joseph, Michigan, the middle son of Ronald and Bernice Finch. Tom married Waneta (Woody) M. Plank in September, 1956, and they had two sons, Scott H. Finch and Thomas E. Finch II. Tom was graduated from Central Michigan University, and attended The University of Michigan Medical School from which he was graduated (cum laude) in 1961, having honed the craft under the esteemed J. Robert Willson, M.D. After completing a highly successful residency Tom served during the Vietnam War as a Captain in the United States Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
After an honorable discharge Tom and family moved to Traverse City, Michigan in April, 1968 where he entered into medical practice as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with Drs. Haberlein & Wagener. A passionate early advocate of women's health issues, Tom co-founded Grand Traverse Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C., which for decades was the region's premier women's health center. During his distinguished career Tom delivered more than 5,000 babies.
Years after Tom and Woody divorced Tom married Gayle Joslin. After Tom's retirement from the practice of medicine in 2001 the two split their time between Tucson, Arizona and northern Michigan.
Tom was a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of The Norman Miller Society, The Victor Vaughan Society, REEBEROM, the Elks, and the Whorl Club. Aside from his passion for the practice of medicine Tom enjoyed time on Long Lake, golfing, cards, and fishing Up North.
Tom is survived by his sons, his grandchildren Montgomery and Jacqueline Finch, his brothers Ronald (Elsie) and William (Gay) Finch, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, by his first wife and mother of their children, Woody, and by his second wife, Gayle.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, and Tom will be interred in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Traverse City, Michigan.
Published on November 15, 2017
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