George Ritter, M.D., 96, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2017 leaving behind a loving family of sons James, John, William, Thomas, and Robert. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, of 67 years. He will be missed also by his wonderful daughters-in-law Diane, Rita, Dana, Donna and Carrie. There are also eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
His family was his first priority and thereafter came the care of patients, Cardiology, as well as Internal Medicine, were his special interests. He was a graduate of the Detroit public school system and graduated from Wayne State University in 1942 and in 1945 (M.D.) After an internship at City of Detroit Receiving Hospital, he was on active duty in the United States Army, being discharged as Captain in 1948. Professional societies included American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, Detroit Heart Club, Detroit Academy of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association and American Heart Association (past president). He held staff positions at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and Providence Hospital. At the latter hospital, he held offices as president of the staff, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Cardiology Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He received numerous awards and co-authored over 20 research papers on cardiology. He had a special interest in cardiac resuscitation and was instrumental in the establishment in one of the first paramedical systems in the country in Southfield, Michigan.
Donations in the memory of Dr. Ritter may be made to Wayne State University School of Medicine, or Providence Hospital (Southfield) Foundation, or the American Heart Association. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel) 32515 Woodward Ave (between 13-14 Mile).
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Transfiguration 25225 Code Rd., Southfield, MI. Visitation begins at the church at 9:30 am.
(Originally published in the December 21, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)