Edward C. Weiford
Dr. Edward Clinton Weiford was born on July 4, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Westport High School in 1935 with varsity letters as quarterback in football, forward in basketball, and state medalist in the half-mile. He was elected to the Honor Society.
He received his A.B. degree from the University of Kansas in 1939, and graduated from the Medical School in 1942, having been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha scholastic medical fraternity in his junior year. After his internship at the University of Kansas Hospitals, he served in the Navy Medical Corps from 1943 until 1946, being awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for combat in 1944 at Okinawa. He started a fellowship in Neurological Surgery in July 1946 at the Cleveland Clinic under Dr. W. James Gardner and upon completion was appointed to the staff of the clinic until he resigned to return to Kansas City in private practice in 1951 until he retired in 1981.
Dr. Weiford married Mary Claire Gillick of Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1942. They met when he, as a medical student, and she, as a nursing student, attended an obligatory autopsy. Their only son, Thomas, was born in 1946. They have three grandchildren, Jeff, age 21; Brian, age 19; and Katie, age 14.
Dr. Weiford has been quite active in the Naval Reserve finally serving as a commanding officer of the number one-rated Volunteer Medical Reserve Company preceding his retirement as a captain in 1973. His memberships include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, the Central Neuropsychiatric Association, American and Mis_souri Medical Associations, the Missouri and Kansas City Neurosurgical Societies, and various hospital staffs. He has served as secretary and president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, president of the Missouri and Kansas City Neurosurgical Societies, chief of staff of St. Margaret's Hospital, honorary director of Rockhurst College, Outman Scholarship Foundation member of the University of Kansas, director of Mercantile Regional Bank, and district chairman of Funding for St. Ann's Catholic Church.
His life-long and all-consuming passion has been golf in which at age 72, he maintains a 10 handicap at Indian Hills Country Club in Kansas City and at E1 Camino Country Club in Oceanside, California. If you need to find him and can't, look on the golf course.