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  Fred Shipman Winter M.D.  
Fred Shipman Winter M.D.

Fred Shipman Winter M. D.

Dr. Winter of North Coventry passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family Thursday, June 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Taylor Winter, and they recently celebrated a wedding anniversary of 49 years on April 6.

He was born in Schenectady, N. Y. on May 17, 1919, to Fred Hill Winter and Effie Kate (Ellsworth) Winter where he attended public schools in that city and completed formal college and medical education at the University of Kansas with additional postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine receiving a Master of Medical Science Degree for Graduate work in Radiology. He interned at Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA and did a Radiology Residency at Delaware Hospital, Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. He was a Visiting Observer at the Department of Radiology, Ulleval Hospital, Oslo, Norway and shorter periods in radiology departments Stockholm, Copenhagen, Leiden and London studying Cerebral and Cardiovascular Angiographic Methods.

He became a Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia PA, where he did pioneer work in developing a technique for coronary arteriography and received the Gold Medal of the American Roentgen Ray Society in 1958 for his success in this field. In 1961, he was made an honorary Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He was a member of many radiological societies and authored many medical publications in his field.

Dr. Winter was a Radiologist at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic for 9 years before coming to Pottstown in 1968 and was an Associate of Radiology on staff at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center for 25 years. The Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Montgomery County Medical Society honored Dr. Winter in 1994 for his 50 years in the service of medicine.

As a member of the Navy Medical Corps, Dr. Winter served in both WW2 and the Korean conflict with additional time in the active Submarine Reserves with Rank of Commander.

He pursued interests outside of his professional career. He received a Medal from the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture and given Honorary Member status in the Society in 2011. He was a member of The Quaker City Farmers, a Paul Harris Fellow in Pottstown Rotary, past president of the Valley Forge Chapter American Rhododendron Society and past National Board Member of the American Rhododendron Society. He was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Scabbard and Blade and Phi Chi fraternity while at college.

One of his many talents was a love for rhododendrons and azaleas and as a Master Gardener his garden was selected to be included in the Archives of American
Gardens, Horticulture Services Division, Smithsonian Institution in 2002. He was actively caring for his gardens until recently. He joined the Coventry Singers at their inception and did solo work at many of their concerts. His interest in the environment led him to write many editorial letters to The Mercury. He started a program to educate the school children about the health hazards of tobacco and other addictive substances and personally visited many elementary classrooms in the Pottstown vicinity during his retirement. Fred had a kindness and genuine interest in people and made lasting friendships easily.

Dr. Winter volunteered with CARE-MEDICO to train radiology residents in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1966 as well as help McCormick Hospital in Chiangmai, Thailand to improve their radiology department. He lectured to the Chinese Medical Association Shanghai Branch 1984 and joined a Rotary Polio Plus group helping immunize children in New Delhi, India in 2001. He and Mrs. Winter have traveled extensively world wide.

Dr. Winter is survived by three beautiful children - daughter, Elizabeth Ellsworth Winter Temple, wife of Dr. Patrick Temple of New Salem, MA; son, John Shipman Winter of Park City, UT and son, Robert Lovell Winter, husband of Kelly Kaiser Winter of Albuquerque, NM. Six beautiful Grandchildren, Alexandra Elizabeth, Jacob Alan and James Patrick Temple and Mason Mandeville, Avery Kate and Brady Burdell Winter. His brother, Burdell Smith Winter, was killed in the ski troops in Italy in 1945 and his sister, Laura Winter McKnight, predeceased him in 2011.

He became an Associate Member of the WW2 10th Mountain Ski Division and honored his brother’s memory by building and donating a mountain ski-in cabin (Uncle Bud’s Hut) along the 10th Mountain Ski Trail in Colorado.

A memorial service will be celebrated at First Presbyterian Church, Pottstown, on Friday, June 29, at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be Saturday, June 30, at Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, PA. at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown Endowment Fund, 750 N. Evans Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or charity of ones choice.

Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA.


This obituary was published in the following newspapers:

Mercury, Sayer Morning Times





Fred Shipman Winter M.D.

The services will start at the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory.

750 N. Evans St.
Pottstown, PA  19464

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