Published: Jul 29, 2012 12:05 AM
Modified: Jul 29, 2012 12:05 AM
Dr. M. Wayne Heine died on July 24, 2012 at the age of 79 from pancreatic cancer. Born in Ellendale North Dakota he was the third child of Robert and Laura Heine. He grew up in Dade City Florida and attended the University of Florida. After three years of college he was accepted to Duke Medical School and graduated in 1958. During medical school he met Mildred Joyce Phillips and they were married in 1958. He subsequently completed his internship at the Medical College of Virginia and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida. From there he performed a research fellowship in Endocrinology at the Worcester Foundation in Massachusetts.
Wayne spent two years of service in the Army at Fort Benning Georgia during the Vietnam War. At his discharge he was honored with a commendation medal for introducing oral contraceptives to the patients he cared for in the base clinics. He subsequently embarked on a highly successful career in academic medicine. He was involved in over 200 publications and for his entire career was considered one of the premier educators in the field. He held academic positions at the Universities of Florida and Arizona. He became the founding Chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas and opened three other campuses that served as referral sites for the entire West Texas region. After 12 years at Texas Tech he returned to Arizona as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona where he completed his career. Dr. Heine was an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 20 years, and belonged to many professional societies and clubs. Of his numerous accomplishments, the ones in which he took the most pride were the teaching awards he received at all three academic institutions in which he practiced, and the numerous medical students, residents and faculty he mentored during his 46 year career.
Wayne will be remembered as an honorable man who was always kind and encouraging. He was devoted to his wife Millie, relished the time he spent with his grandchildren who adored him, loved to travel, play golf or share a glass of wine with friends.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Millie Heine; his son, Kevin Heine; and his daughter, Taylor Anne Heine; and his son, Phillip Heine MD and his wife, Holly Jean Coward MD; and their sons, James and William Heine.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at Duke Medical Center, Duke Hospice, and the people who assisted Wayne at home for their compassion and capable care.
A memorial service will be held at the Goodson Chapel in the Duke Divinity School at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Parking will be available in the Bryan Center garage. Afterward, a reception will be held at the Washington Duke Inn.
A memorial service will be held in Tucson at a later date.
Donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to the ObGyn Resident Education Fund, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona. They may be mailed to Sonia Garcia, P.O. Box 245078, Tucson AZ 85724.
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