Dr. John J. Dettling, age 94, of Akron, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home, on March 22, 2023, with his family by his side.
John was born in Akron and was a lifetime resident of the area. He was an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his Medical Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He interned at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City. Following his internship, he completed a four year Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Downstate Medical Center and King's County Hospital in New York. The following year he received a Fellowship in Gynecological Oncology at Downstate Medical Center and King's County Hospital from the American Cancer Society. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force, serving in Japan for two years.
John was the past Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of the Executive Committee at St. Thomas Hospital, in Akron. He later was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Akron City Hospital and a member of its Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He was also past Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lakewood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
John was past President of the Akron OB-GYN Society, past President of the American Cancer Society, past President of the Ohio Ballet, and past member of the Board of Trustees of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Following retirement from private practice in 1992, John worked for the Fairview Hospital System in Cleveland and at the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He retired from the Cleveland Clinic in 2003. He was a former member of the Summit County Medical Society and Bluecoats.
He was a past member of Portage Country Club and Catawba Island Club, where he was a Past Commodore. He was an avid boater on the Great Lakes for 25 years and was a member of the International Order of the Blue Gavel. He loved to ski and had a home in Vail, Colorado for 30 years. He was a member of St. Sebastian Church and later St. Victor Church.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Alfred Dettling, Jr. and Hazel Diener Dettling, sister, Joan Botdorf, brother, Thomas Dettling, and brother, James Dettling.
Married to the former Marjorie Beringer for 62 years, he was the father of five children: son John C. ( Dr. Jacqueline) of Arlington, Virginia, daughter Rosemary of Chevy Chase, Maryland, daughter Karen Stultz (John) of Reston, Virginia, daughter Gail Morrison (David) of Cleveland, and son Scott (Karrie) of Akron and 12 grandchildren.
The family would like to express our most heartfelt thank you to the SummaCare Hospice care staff, who treated John with kindness, respect, and compassion.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery for the immediate family only. A Memorial Mass will be held on April 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Victor Church, 3435 Everett Road. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Department of Obstetrics, Summa Health System, 525 E. Market St., P.O. Box 2090, Akron, Ohio 44309 or to St. Victor Parish Foundation, 3435 Everett Road, Richfield, Ohio 44286.
Arrangements are being handled by the Hummel Funeral Home.