C. Vincent Townsend, MD.
Article Type: Obituary
Subject: Medical colleges (Officials and employees)
Pub Date: 03/01/2010
Publication: Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284
Issue: Date: March-April, 2010 Source Volume: 106 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles
Persons: Biographee: Townsend, C. Vincent
Accession Number: 223908190
Full Text: C. Vincent Townsend, M.D., husband of Sara H. Townsend, Huxley Hall, Old Mill Road, Martinsburg, died on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the Winchester Medical Center. He was the son of C. William and Roxie Mae Townsend of Martinsburg. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, C. Vincent Jr. and wife, Julie; Gary Miles Townsend, M.D., J.D.; and Robin Wade Townsend, D.V.M. and wife, Janet. He is also survived by his dear grandchildren, C. Vincent III, Carson Hunter, Sage Noel, Sarah Bucko, Austin Hux, Troy Kearney and Amber Dawn Townsend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence William and Roxie Mae Townsend.

He was a graduate of Martinsburg High School; Potomac State College, Keyser; West Virginia University, Morgantown; and the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va.

He was president of Sigma Chi fraternity at WVU and a member of Phi Beta Pi at MCV. He served as a Medical Officer at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and aboard the USS Adirondack AGC 15.

He was active in many facets of his hometown community in addition to his private practice of internal medicine for 40 years. Over the years, he was president of Kings Daughters Hospital and City Hospital staff, Eastern Panhandle Medical Society, Eastern Panhandle Heart Association, Rotary Club of Martinsburg, Junior Board of Trade, Exhausted Roosters, Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club, Burke Street School PTA and the Medical College of Virginia Valley Chapter and West Virginia Chapter.

He was a member of the General Adam Stephen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Fraternal Order of Elks, Lodge 778, the Henry Kyd Douglas camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Berkeley Post 14 American Legion; Voiture Local 1356 of La Societe des Quaante Hommes et Huit Chevaux. He was also a trustee and past master of Robert White Lodge #67 AF & AM in Martinsburg and Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia AF & AM. He was a member of the Palestine Commandery, R.A.M., the Scottish Rite 32nd and the Royal Order of Jesters.

He had been medical director of paramedics for Eastern West Virginia, medical director of civil defense and medical director of Regions 8 and 9 Emergency Medical Services, for which the office building was named the C. Vincent Townsend, M.D. Building. He was chosen from the EMS regions for the 2001 state Samuel W. Channel Award and received the 1999-2000 Rural Health Physician of the Year award from the West Virginia State Medical Association.

He was a past director of the local Chamber of Commerce, past director of the West Virginia Heart Association, past director of Old National Bank and One Valley Bank and a director Emeritus of Branch Banking and Trust.

Memorials may be sent to the Dr. C. Vincent Townsend Scholarship Fund, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 3210, Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210; or Robert White Lodge #67 AF & AM, 1007 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.
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