Tom Sefton, Class of 1954

Posted Aug 13, 2020

Tom Sefton ’54 died Aug. 1, 2020. Tom graduated from Otterbein University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi (Country Club) fraternity. He also graduated from the University Health Sciences Des Moines, Iowa College of Osteopathic Medicine, and interned at Grandview Hospital. He was a lifelong member of the American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, and Dayton District Academy. He was board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Tom served as a trustee on the Board of Grandview Hospital as well as serving on multiple hospital and community committees. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by Grandview for his lifetime of service. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Also, he was a member of the Ohio State High School Football Hall of Fame after serving as team physician for over 30 years at Walter E. Stebbins High School. Dr. Sefton was asked personally by W.E. Stebbins to be team physician when the high school first opened. A family practice physician for 41 years, he was devoted to his patients, but above all else, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by parents Harry and Margaret (Daugherty) Sefton and brothers, Harry and Richard. He is survived by wife of 65 years Norma (Schumacher); sons Tom (Kathy), Dr. John (Diane), Steve (Michelle), and daughter Susan (Matt) Henry; grandchildren Ben, Lauren, Dr. Grant, Holly, Christopher, Megan, Shannon Sefton, and Caitlin and Zachary Henry; great-grandson Carter.