Dr. Eddie R. Apple dies at 82 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 00:00

Delivered Nearly 10,000 Babies in County

Caring, honest, incredible, compassionate, wonderful, hardworking and loved, when asked to describe Dr. E. R. Apple in one word this is what the community had to say.

Dr. Eddie R. Apple passed away at his residence on Monday, July 14, at the age of 82.

Apple was a well known physician, not just in our county, but throughout southern Indiana. Apple delivered over 9,000 babies throughout his career at Washington County Memorial Hospital and more in neighboring hospitals.

One thing that stood out about Apple as a doctor, was he really knew his patients. You were not just a person, you were his friend and he took care of you.

A few years back Dr. Apple told of his first “surgery” as a youngster. He performed surgery on a chicken who had a lump in its throat. He made up his mind of becoming a physician early in life.

In 1951 Apple graduated from Indiana University School Medicine and opened his practice in Salem in 1952, where he continued through 2002, always out of the same office.

In 1947 Apple married his late wife, George Ann Pope, who was killed in vehicle accident in 1985. Dr. Apple himself was seriously injured in the accident.

Dr. Apple and his wife had four children, Sally Ann who died shortly after birth, a son, John Apple, and daughters Susan Apple Marcia Meadows. Dr. Apple had two grandchildren Ashley and Jabin Apple and two great-grandchildren, Travis and Aiden Taylor

While being a doctor to most of the county, he was also the Washington County Health Officer, a member of Salem Church of Christ, Salem Masonic Lodge #21, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, I. U. Alumni Association, American Medical Association and Indiana State Medical Association. He was also a World War II Navy Veteran and a member of V. F. W. and the American Legion.

He was also was the master behind the scholarship fund that was set up for Jinny Scifres at the Washington County Community Foundation and the Dr. Eddie Apple Community Youth Fund.

In recognition of the many deliveries at WCMH the hospital named the OB unit after him, Apple Family Birthing.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 18:59