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In Memoriam - Dr. Karl Raynor

On May 21, 2012, Dr. Karl Raynor passed away. With his passing the Highlands community has lost a giant in the field of Podiatric medicine and surgery. Karl was a graduate of the Highlands Center Hospital training program in 1986 and has been very active in the Highlands Institute over the last 8 years. Karl, along with his wife Sandy, have practiced in Indianapolis since that time. His passion for his profession and his patients helped grow one of the largest podiatric practices in the country. His experience and insight into complex surgical procedures was unmatched, and he was always willing to share and teach his colleagues.

Karl was a true Renaissance man. He believed that no matter what the undertaking, it was to be done to the best of one’s ability. Karl was an avid and passionate road cyclist. He was a founding member of Team Treachery and Deceit Cycling Club [ in Indianapolis]. He also was an All-American high school baseball, basketball and football player. With his infectious smile and easy laugh he pushed anyone[ who sought to do anything physical with him] to perform at the highest level. Whether it was skiing, riding, or working out at the gym, Karl would always bring his intensity and encouragement .This is the way he approached life.

Karl’s greatest love and biggest accomplishment were his wonderful family. He had three wonderful children and a loving wife who he cherished. He was a great role model to his children. Testament to that is that his children have grown to be wonderful adults with values that he helped instill. Some of the best memories he had were of family vacations to Colorado and the west to ski and play in the mountains.

On a personal note, he was my senior resident and one of my best friends. He pushed me to succeed more than any other person in my life. He was probably the brightest and most hard working person I have ever met. He was liked by everybody and he lived by the credo that “you make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give”.

He will be sorely missed.

Jack McGarry DPM, FACFAS

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