Dr. Terrence L. Riley

January 27, 1947 - February 03, 2011

Dr. Terrence L. Riley

January 27, 1947 - February 03, 2011


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Obituary for Dr. Terrence L. Riley

Terrence L Riley, MD, 64, died February 3, 2011, following an acute stroke, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Terry was born in St. Joseph, MO, to Weldon and Clarissa Riley. He grew up in Kansas City, graduated from Ruskin High School, Harvard College and medical school at the University of Missouri. He completed a neurology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins in clinical neurophysiology.

After fellowship at Hopkins, he ran the EEG lab and taught neurology at Bethesda. In 1978, the year he passed his neurology boards and won the Best Teacher award from the internship class at Bethesda, he also started at offensive guard for the Frederick Falcons semi-professional football team. He left active duty in 1980 to join the faculty at Boston University. While a reservist, he learned to fly and earned his commercial and flight instructor licenses. His love for aviation brought him back to active duty to become a naval flight surgeon in 1988. He served as the Senior Medical Officer on the USS Forrestal, CV59, and wrote his book, “Ship’s Doctor” about his experiences. He served with the Marine Corps during Dessert Storm as the Force Surgeon for the II Marine Expeditionary Force. He served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Aerospace and Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, FL. His military awards include two Legions of Merit.

Following retirement from the Navy in 2001, Terry joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as Professor of Neurology, and Chief of Neurology at Ben Taub Hospital. Upon returning to Kansas City, he was Chief of Medicine at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, and most recently, a partner with Kansas City Neurological Associates in Lee’s Summit.

Terry was a member of the American Heart Association; Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons (President 1999-2000); Aerospace Medical Association; American College of Preventive Medicine, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; American Academy of Neurology; American College of Physicians; American College of Physician Executives; Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit; ACLU; VFW; and the Democratic Party.

Terry is survived by his wife, Sandra Sorensen Riley of the home; daughters Mary Riley Doyle and husband, John, of Milton, MA; Abigail Riley Hastings and husband, Corwin, of Ashburn, VA; Deirdre Riley Merrill of Milton, MA; three grandchildren, Andrew Hastings, Alexander Merrill, Delaney Mason; his mother, Clarissa Riley, of Lee’s Summit; his sister, Jennifer Gooden, of Kansas City; brothers Andy Riley and wife, Carol, of Honolulu, HI; Winston Riley and wife, Anne, of Springfield, MO; mother-in-law Mary Elizabeth Thomson Sorensen, of Kansas City; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends and shipmates.

In keeping with his generous spirit and love for teaching, Terry donated his body to the University of Kansas Medical School. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit MO 64063. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. preceding the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the National MS Society, MidAmerica Chapter, 7611 State Line Road, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114. Terry was a 5-time participant in the BikeMS event.
Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd Lee’s Summit Mo, 64063 (816) 524-3700

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