J. Kent Guild
5, 1931 -- Jan. 21, 2007
-- Dr. J. Kent Guild, 75, passed away Sunday morning, January 21,
2007, surrounded by family at home after battling leukemia.
was born March 5, 1931, in Indianapolis, to Merrill Daniel Guild
and Lily Kent Guild of Fairland, Indiana. He graduated from
Fairland High School in 1949. He graduated from DePauw University
magna cum laude in 1953 and graduated from Northwestern University
School of Medicine in 1957.
DePauw he was a member of Gold Key honorary and served as
president of the Interfraternity Council and was president of his
fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon. While at DePauw he
also won the heart of Judith Barnes Drompp. He and Judy were
married on June 25, 1955, in Logansport, Indiana.
a medical student at Northwestern, Kent was elected national
president of the Student American Medical Association in 1957. He
served as a captain in the United States Air Force at Beale Air
Force Base, California, from 1959 to 1961. He and Judy came to
Plymouth in 1961.
thoroughly enjoyed his career as a family practice physician. His
practice began in 1961 with Dr. Louring Vore and Dr. Ronald
Peterson at their offices at 116 E. Washington St. He estimated he
delivered about 2,000 babies and observed that a disproportionate
share of them came at night. He also made hundreds of house calls
and personally dispensed medical care and compassion to thousands
of patients. When he retired in 2000, he was delighted to turn his
practice over to Dr. Joel Schumacher, Dr. Tod Stillson and Dr.
Craig Miller. He was proud to help bring them to Plymouth and to
entrust his patients to them.
were always an important part of Kent's life. As a youth, he
enjoyed his father's passion for hunting and fishing. He also
participated in basketball, softball, track & field, and
baseball for Fairland High School. In basketball, he led the
Hornets to a sectional victory defeating local powers such as
Shelbyville and Columbus before losing in the regional finals to
eventual state runner-up Madison. Kent followed family tradition
and attended DePauw where he played varsity basketball three years
for the Tigers. Highlights include scoring 21 points against Iowa
and finishing his career with a 33 point output against rival
Wabash. His DePauw career was recognized with his induction into
DePauw's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
passion for sports continued in Plymouth where he became team
physician for Plymouth High School and was a co-founder of the
Plymouth Athletic Booster Club. The Plymouth High School Athletic
Department honored Kent's 34 years of service by naming their new
Athletic Training Center after him in 2006.
fit throughout his life, Kent enjoyed many sports but mostly
racquetball and golf as an adult. He played golf often with many
of his friends as a member of the Plymouth Country Club. Kent had
few regrets but one of them was never having a hole-in-one.
was an active member of the Plymouth First United Methodist Church
and served in a number of roles from Sunday school teacher to lay
leader to representative to the Northern Indiana Annual
an active alumnus of DePauw, Kent served on the Alumni Board and
the Board of Trustees. He served as the first chairman of the
United Methodist Council of DePauw University. He served as
physician on DePauw Winter Term medical mission trips to Conacaste,
Guatemala, and Puno, Peru.
was active in his profession and in his community. Kent was a
co-founder and the first president of the Marshall-Starke
Development Center. He was past president of the Plymouth Hospital
Medical Staff, Hospital Board of Trustees, the Marshall County
Medical Association and the United Way. In 1966 he was recognized
as one of five "Outstanding Young Men of Indiana" by the
Jaycees. With Judy, he received the 2001 Community Spirit Award.
of the things Kent enjoyed most was simply spending time with his
family and grandchildren. This was especially true in the
summertime which Kent and Judy spent at their cottage on Lake
Maxinkuckee sailing, swimming and playing games such as dominos
and cards with family members who would visit often.
Kent had a positive attitude. He would frequently observe that he
had a great life and was blessed. He often said he was "a
lucky guy." Even at the end, Kent chose to focus not on
his disease but rather on his 75 very good years.
is survived by wife, Judith Drompp Guild, and children, John K.
Guild Jr. of Indianapolis and wife, Dana; Anne Guild Adams of
Indianapolis and husband, Brian; Steven A. Guild of Athens,
Georgia, and wife, Teri; and Sarah Guild Smith of Plymouth and
husband, Tim. Kent and Judy have 12 grandchildren: Emily Judith
Adams (16), Laura Elizabeth Guild (14), Sarah Ruth Adams (12), J.
Kent Guild III (12), Kevin Stuart Adams (11), Ellen Guild Smith
(10), Curtis Guild Smith (8), Leah Guild Smith (6), Hugh Guild
Smith (4), Kaitlyn Faith Guild (3), Allison Grace Guild (3) and
David Allan Guild (1).
was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by two
sisters: Mary Guild Lothamer of Canton, Ohio, and Susan Guild
Trauba of Loomis, California. He is also survived by many nieces,
nephews and extended family.