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Dr. John Frederic Kelley

December 27, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Dr. John Frederic Kelley was born in Gay, W.Va., Sept. 17, 1931, to Audra Cunningham and Waldo Kelley, died at the age of 81, late Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 2012.

He was an active licensed physician in West Virginia. Dr. Kelley was still working until his recent illness. He was an alumnus of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, and McGill University's School Of Medicine, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Kelley served his general medical internship at Virginia Medical College, Richmond and psychiatric residency at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He then serviced as a Navy Psychiatrist to the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. He had a forensic psychiatric fellowship at Patuent State Prison in Maryland and served his child residency at the Child Institute at Clark University in Worchester, Mass. He was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and by the American Board Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. For the next 23 years he worked as a child psychiatrist with the West Virginia University Medical School, rising to the chair of child psychiatry as a full professor. While in Morgantown he worked with various mental health organizations in the Morgantown area and numerous state and national organizations some of which include the Pittsburgh Regional Council of Child Psychiatrists and the American Academy of Psychiatry committee of Rural Child Psychiatry.

Dr. Kelly was a lifetime fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and of the AMA and APA working in Parkersburg until his illness. Dr. Kelly was a consulting child psychiatrist for Westbrook Health Services and Pressley Ridge School, and was previously employed with St. Joseph's Hospital and the Counseling and Wellness-Center.

Dr. Kelley was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Jane Ellen Seested Kelley; and is survived by his son, Colin; daughters, Bridget and Kathleen; granddaughter, Diana and his beloved cat Angel-Sally.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Marietta College, your local Humane Society or the charity of your choice in his honor.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. The viewing will be Saturday, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Sunday, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, W.Va., officiated by Pastor Ralph Hayes. Cremation services have been entrusted to Lambert-Tatman.

The family requests that in memory of John, loud ties be worn at the funeral service.

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