John (J.R.) Randolph Gambill Jr, 96, a long time Iowa Psychiatric Society member, passed away on December 16, 2014, after a brief illness.
He received his BA in English at Bridgewater College in 1940. Dr. Gambill received his bachelor's degree in theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, his M.D. from the University of Louisville and his L.L.B. from Chicago's Blackstone School of Law.
Dr. Gambill was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry, and worked in hospitals and clinics in the New England and Midwest areas. He held positions such as superintendent of the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda, and was a staff psychiatrist at the VA hospital from 1976 to 1996 when he retired. He has served as the chief of psychiatry at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, president of the Iowa Medical Society, president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society, and in January 1993 was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Gambill was a faithful member of Rotary and attended 5 International Rotary Conventions.
He is survived by his second wife of 21 years, Lois, daughters Martha Gambill Neely (John) of Des Moines, Sarah Gambill Tipton (Bruce) of Carlsbad, CA, son Paul Gambill (Carri) of Colorado Springs, CO, granddaughter Bethany Tipton, brother Kenton Gambill of Strasburg, VA, step daughters Sue Ingels, Jan Hopper (Don), Pam Humphrey (Redmond), Polly Haffner (Scott), and 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
He lived his life with humility, honesty, kindness, gentleness, compassion, and integrity. He was a soft spoken, humble, and caring man of great intellect. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary International Foundation.