I was born November 11, 1926, nine miles west of Edmond, Oklahoma in the Deer Creek community. When the U. S. government opened the unassigned lands for settlement in 1889, my grandparents and great grandparents migrated to Oklahoma from Indiana and Nebraska. They established farm and ranching enterprises in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties.
I became interested in writing fiction while studying creative writing in college. After retiring from the practice of general surgery in 1993, I began to write my first novel, No Lesser Measure, which has been recently published. My second novel, Incident at Crazy Woman Creek, was published by Infinity Publishing in 1999. Bighorn Publishing has contracted to publish it and my latest novel, Wakan Man, and, also, my anthology of short stories, Ridden Hard--Put Up Wet, originally published as a series by American Western Magazine. I joined the Western Writers of America in 1996 as an associate member and later became an active member. I retired from writing after my novel, No Lesser Measure, was published in 2012.
One year after graduating from Big Cabin, Oklahoma High School in 1944, I enrolled at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. After graduating in 1947, I attended Oklahoma University and the University of Central Oklahoma. I enrolled at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences -- College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 1948. Following graduation in 1952, I interned for one year at the Clinic Hospital, Nowata, Oklahoma. I practiced general medicine and surgery in Bonham, Texas until 1958 when I decided to specialize in general surgery.
I served a second internship at the Gleason Hospital, Larned, Kansas, and then served a five-year preceptor-residency in general surgery under Frank I. Kendall, D.O., FACOS at the Fremont Clinic and Hospital in Riverton, Wyoming. I was later certified in general surgery by the American Academy of Surgeon Specialists.
I received the degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Surgeon Specialists in 1968. I served as the president of what is now the American Association of Physician Specialists in 1972. I was appointed to the Wyoming State Board of Medical Examiners in 1964 by Governor Clifford P. Hansen. The Wyoming Board of Medicine exists to serve and protect the public through licensing and disciplining physicians and physician assistants under the authority of the Medical Practice Act. The Board protects the public by assuring Wyoming citizens that physicians licensed in Wyoming are competently trained and practicing within appropriate standards.
Prior to retiring in 1993, I served several years as an Adjunct Professor and member of the Admissions Committee for Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Wilma Lee Cave and I met while we were students at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1947. We were married June 4, 1950 when I was a junior medical student. We have four children: Paul Fredrick, Amy Lou, David Charles and Mark Edward. Paul and his wife, Rosario, reside in Houston, Texas, where he recently retired as vice-president and Chief Financial Officer of Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc. Amy and her husband, Robert Blassingame, reside in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas where Amy is a computer software consultant, and Bob is a retired certified financial planner. David, a SAP software consultant and designer, lives in Lantana, Texas. Mark is a Corps of Engineers EPA specialist at Lake Hugo, Hugo, Oklahoma. Following our retirement in 1993, Wilma and I moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.