Edward C. Voss, Jr., M.D., 94, of Wheeling, beloved husband of Ruth Malcolm Voss, died at his home in the company of family on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
He was born March 11, 1927 in Buffalo, New York, the only child of the late Cora (Schaefer) and Edward C. Voss, Sr.
Voss was a general surgeon in private practice with The Wheeling Clinic from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. He arrived in the Ohio Valley after a surgical practice at La Crosse Clinic in La Crosse, WI and a surgical residency and instructor role at University of Iowa Hospitals. His internship was with Detroit Receiving Hospital where he met Ruth. He proudly served as Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. Voss completed his medical degree at the University of Buffalo.
He was dedicated to serving the medical needs of the Ohio Valley through his practice and leadership and had licensure in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and though not local, Hawaii was also on that list. The Wheeling Clinic and Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) were his second homes. He was past Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee, and Member of the Board of Directors for The Wheeling Clinic. His association with OVMC was career-long as Active Staff, Department of Surgery, member of the Board of Trustees, which later became the Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation, the parent company of OVMC, East Ohio Regional Hospital, and Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital. He was past President of the Medical/Dental Staff. A respected mentor, he taught residents at OVMC as Clinical Professor of Surgery, WVU School of Medicine.
Leadership continued locally as past President and member of the Ohio County Medical Society; past member Board of Trustees for Blue Shield of Northern WV, Inc., Health Plan of Upper Ohio Valley, Inc., Preferred Health Plan, Inc., and Oglebay Institute.
Voss was a member of the American Medical Association and West Virginia State Medical Association. He was diplomate American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Physician Executives, Medical Group Management Association.
He was passionate about gardening and spent long hours in his backyard oasis in retirement. He was a voracious reader with an office full of historical texts and biographies of presidents, world leaders and military commanders. In earlier years, he loved to travel across the country with his young family to important sites like Washington, Gettysburg and Williamsburg, as well as out west to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. In later years, he and Ruth traveled abroad to Europe and Asia to visit their adult children. A savvy investor who closely followed the stock market, brokers would consult him for tips rather than the reverse. He also made his fun money by cleaning up on Pittsburgh Steeler bets. His quick intellect, charming style and dry sense of humor kept many patients and staff entertained, and on their guard, as he went about his day.
In addition to his loving wife of 70 years, he is survived by sons C. Bradley Voss and his wife Geneva Chin of Portland, OR; Wayne Malcolm Voss and his wife Gemi of Houston, TX; daughters Ellen Lee Voss of Asheville, NC and Karen Voss Gruzen and her husband Alex of Cambridge. MA; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.