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Dr. Donald R. Myers Died in Tampa April 27


May 1, 2005 – Dr. Donald R. Myers, a 35 year resident of St. Thomas, died on April 27 near his home in Tampa, Fla. He was 74. Born in Boston, Mass., he attended Arlington, Mass, public schools. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played football and hockey. He later graduated from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed a three year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center/Boston City Hospital.
Myers served in the US Air Force Dental corps, stationed in Korea and Iwo Jima. During his service on Iwo Jima he fell in love with tropical island living. Drawn by the weather and water, he moved his family to the Caribbean from the Boston area in 1967, settling first in San Juan. He began working for the Virgin Islands government as an oral surgeon in late 1967 and moved to St. Thomas full time in 1972. He conducted an active dental and oral surgery practice from his office in Estate Thomas. He was the first oral surgeon in the territory.
Myers was a member of the St. Thomas Yacht Club for more than 30 years. He was active in sailboat racing until he was well into his 60's. He was an avid sailor, enjoying the beautiful waters around the Virgin Islands. His last boat, Eleazer's Tavern, was well known for the painting of an Indian warrior on its bow.
Myers was also involved in the St. Thomas community. He served on the V. I. board of Dental Licensure and represented the Medical Staff on the Board of Trustees of the Roy L. Schneider hospital. Additionally, he testified in front of the legislature many times on issues related to health insurance.
Recently, upon retirement from an active practice, he and his wife, Janet, began to spend more time in the states to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
In addition to Janet, his wife of 43 years, Myers is survived by his sons Rick and Jamie, daughters Lynda Barack and Kathie Doton and grandchildren Robert, Annie, Edward, Lily, Alex, Elizabeth and Anne. His daughter, Lynda, and her husband are expecting their first child in July.
A memorial service is to be held at 3 p.m. May 3 at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Tampa. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612-9497 or www.moffitt.usf.edu ), or to the Dartmouth College Athletic Sponsors (Dartmouth College Athletic Program, 6083 Alumni Gymnasium, Hanover, NH 03755-3512 or www.darthmouth.edu/athletics).


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