Dr. Thomas Ghrist, Sr. Obituary

Dr. Thomas D. Ghrist, Sr.
Dr. Thomas D. Ghrist, Sr.

February 6, 1929 - February 15, 2005
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA


Dr. Thomas David Ghrist, Sr. died at the family winter home in Rio Verde, Arizona on February 15, 2005. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19 at Central Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Ghrist was born February 6, 1929 in Des Moines. He graduated from the University of Iowa undergraduate and medical schools. After graduation he studied at St. Louis City Hospital, Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago and Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He practiced internal medicine in Des Moines from 1961 until 1990.

Thomas Ghrist was a member of the Polk County Medical Society, serving on many committees and was an active member in the Des Moines community. He was a board member of the Blank Park Zoo, Nature Conservancy, Iowa Methodist Health Foundation and Central Presbyterian Church Foundation. He was an active member of Rotary, YMCA, Wakonda Club, Moingona Hunt Club, and was the founder of the Des Moines Public Schools Library Support Group, providing books to the elementary school system.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; daughters, Mary, Anne, Julie and Sara; son, Tommy and his wife, Jessica; and grandchildren, Virginia, Elizabeth, Gwendolynn and Thomas III.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane; his parents, John and Edna Ghrist; and his brother, William.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 18 at Dunn's Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to be made to the following charities The Library Support Group, Blank Park Zoo or the Nature Conservancy.




Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, February 18, 2005
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Presbyterian Church
3729 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, February 19, 2005
11:00 AM


Library Support Group
3550 Lincoln Place Drive
Des Moines, IA 50312
Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Nature Conservancy
303 Locust Street, Suite 402
Des Moines, IA 50309