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Funeral Services For Dr. Duke To Be Held This Weekend

Funeral services for Dr. James “Red” Duke will be held this weekend, and the public will have a chance to pay their respects.

Surgeon Dr James H Duke
Dr. James H. “Red” Duke
Dr. James Henry “Red” Duke, Jr. died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 86. The funeral will be held this weekend at the George H. Lewis and Sons funeral home on Bering Drive. Public visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The public is welcome to attend, sign a guest book and view some of Dr. Duke’s pictures and belongings.

One of the people remembering him is Dr. Diana Fite of Houston, who was one of his first students at the UT Medical School. She later went on to become an emergency medicine doctor herself.

“He would make rounds for hours on the patients,” Fite says. “He would go in to the room of every patient, answer every question, have a seat and talk to them awhile about their family and their job and other things. And as medical students we learned from someone who was very compassionate and caring about their patients.”

Dr. Duke became nationally recognized through his television program, Texas Health Reports. Most notably, he founded the helicopter ambulance service Life Flight.

The funeral in Houston will be followed by a private burial at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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