Hospital Renames Department in Honor of the Late Dick Locke '58

Hospital Renames Department in Honor of the Late Dick Locke '58

January 15, 2010

Dick Locke 7.gifJanuary 15, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — The diagnostic radiology department at Illinois' Decatur Memorial Hospital is now known as the G. Richard Locke, M.D. Diagnostic Imaging Center.  The unit was officially renamed at a public dedication ceremony yesterday at the hospital.  Dick Locke, a 1958 graduate of DePauw and a member of the University's Board of Trustees, passed away on August 30, 2009.

"Dr. Locke came to Decatur Memorial in 1968 to the opening of a new cancer program," notes the Decatur Tribune. "He retired in 2002, after treating thousands of patients with cancer." (at right: Judy Locke at Thursday's ceremony with her four sons -- Dr. G. Richard Locke III '83, Dr. Jonathan T. Locke '85, Dr. Mark D. Locke '87 and J. Michael Locke '89)

Lockes Jan2009.jpgLocke's widow, Judy (Blang), was his classmate at DePauw. "As a freshman, Dick wasn’t sure if he would pursue some sort of farming career or perhaps medicine," she recalls. "Blessed with a gift for patient care, Dick worked in a hospital his sophomore year and after that he decided medicine was for him. He loved patient care. And patients loved Dick."

Dick Locke earned a varsity letter as a member of the DePauw's men's golf team. He received his M.D. from Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, and then trained in radiology at the University of Iowa. Locke also served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.

Read the complete article at the newspaper's Web site.