On behalf of Dr. George Tiller's family, attorneys Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson issue the following obituary of Dr. George Tiller:
Tiller, Dr. George R., age 67, Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and Medical Director of Women's Health Care Services, died on Sunday, May 31, 2009. He was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his place of worship, Reformation Lutheran Church.
George was the son of Dr. Jack and Catherine Tiller. He was born in Wichita at Wesley Hospital where he later became President of the Medical Staff. As a young man he attended Alcott Elementary School, Robinson Junior High School, and Wichita East High School, graduating in 1959. He attended the University of Kansas on a swimming scholarship, completed a degree in zoology in 1963, and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1967. He served his medical internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA. He graduated from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute Flight Surgeon School and became a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon.
In 1970, upon the death of his father, mother, sister Paula and brother-in-law, George returned to Wichita to assume his father's medical practice at 5101 E. Kellogg, the current location of Women's Health Care Services.
George served as one of the team physicians for the Wichita Wings. He was Medical Director of Women's Alcoholism Treatment Services for the Sedgwick County Health Department. At Wesley Medical Center he was a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine, a member of the Executive Committee, and President of the Medical Staff. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Abortion Federation and many other national organizations. He was a renowned speaker and guest lecturer on women's health issues for numerous organizations around the world.
George married his best friend and life partner Jeanne Guenther in 1964. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, son Maury (Kristin) and daughters Jennifer, Rebecca (Eric), and Krista (Cory); ten grandchildren: Jackson, Julia, Joseph, Cora, Nathan, Lily, Kathryn, George, James and Benjamin; and his sister Diana (Roger).
The Tillers wish to thank countless friends, community members and well-wishers for the tremendous outpouring of world-wide love and support. The Tillers recognize and commend all law enforcement agencies for their professionalism and dedication to duty.
A Celebration of Life for George Tiller will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 East First Street, Wichita, KS. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be sent to the George R. Tiller, M.D., Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women's Health in care of the Wichita Community Foundation, 200 W. Douglas, Suite 250, Wichita, KS 67202. To sign a guest book or leave condolences, go to www.legacy.com.