Doctor devoted to career, others

2013-10-01T02:15:00Z Doctor devoted to career, othersBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 01, 2013 2:15 am  • 

Dr. Tom Covey was a true gentleman who always cared about others, said his wife, Barbara Covey.

“He was kind, thoughtful of others, generous and caring about others and their problems,” she said. “He had a wonderful sense of humor, and an infectious laugh that often had others laughing just because he was laughing.”

Tom Covey, 85, of Bradenton Fla. and formerly of Valparaiso, died Sept. 15. He was a graduate of Clark High School in Hammond, DePauw University and Indiana University Medical School.

He was a pediatrician in Valparaiso for 40 years. The couple moved to Florida in 2003 after his retirement.

Covey loved working as a pediatrician, and was happy when he could diagnose a problem and help someone treat it and heal, she said.

“He loved his work and said that if he were granted another lifetime, he would do the same thing all over again,” she said.

The couple were ballroom dancers for more than 30 years, and took weekly dance lessons. He enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as all types of adventures. Some favorites were rafting the Colorado River, riding in a hot air balloon and an East African safari, his wife said.

He was proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed being a part of their lives.

“He found great joy in his fatherhood and grandfatherhood,” she said. “He loved getting down on the floor playing with the children when they were young, and then joining in their sports and hobbies as they grew older.”

He was honest in everything he did, his wife said.

“He revered his family and home life, his work as a physician and caring for others,” she said.

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