Dr. Grover L. Bynum, Jr.

  • Born: July 30, 1927
  • Died: January 29, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

info@wcfish.com
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family


Following 91 years of friendship, laughter, and service, Dr. Grover L. Bynum, Jr. left this earthly sphere on January 29, 2019. He was married to Anita Schneider for almost 60 years and father of Deborah, Belinda, Grover III, and Thaddeus. Thaddeus preceded his father and is doubtless appreciative of the companionship, if not the supervision, upon the Doctor's arrival.

Grover touched the lives of countless individuals. He held a combination of professional skill, empathy, humility, good humor, and regard for his fellow humans. Convening meetings on his varied personal and business interests long past closing time, Dr. Bynum was "on call" throughout his long life and busy career.

He was also on call for his family and long, long, long list of friends. There are too many tales of companionship and celebration to list but they will no doubt be revisited many times over the next days, months, and years. Nothing would make him happier.

Born in Henryetta, Oklahoma, to Grover Sr., attorney and occasional politician, and Lady Clare, decorous town librarian, Grover was raised under the watchful eyes of four sisters. Helene, Natalie, Patricia, and Elinor were ever vigilant that he met his full potential. He loved his sisters and was devoted to them and their families, whom he loved and worried about as his own. In high school, Grover thrilled his hometown as the "willowy wisp of gold" star quarterback for the undefeated 1942 Henryetta Fighting Hens football team. Throughout his life, his athletic abilities often confounded his peers with victories after years away from the game at hand.

Grover attended Tulane undergrad and medical school in New Orleans alongside lifelong friends. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and Nu Sigma Nu fraternities. For decades, annual Cadaver Table reunions were held around the country. It's unclear what these events entailed but the Bynum progeny remain intrigued.

As a young man, he served his country in the US Navy and, after medical school, the US Air Force.

During his fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he met school teacher Anita Schneider. He asked her father for her hand over a pheasant hunt at her family farm. The addition of this loving and caring family to his life brought great joy to him over the years.

Dr. Bynum was recruited from the Mayo Clinic by Central Texas internal medicine pioneers (and also Mayo Fellows) Charlie Darnall, Horace Cromer, and Frank Pearce to establish a modern practice in the venerable Capital National Bank building (now the Norwood Tower) in downtown Austin.

His favorite part of being a doctor was his patients and many became long time family friends. He continued making house calls long past industry standard, doctor bag in hand and with children often in tow. He also regularly made rounds at the various hospitals around town, following up on patients' care and their families.

Along with patient care, Grover was committed to his profession, its support of community, and providing equality, equity, and access to health care. As President of the Doctor's Building Corporation, Dr. Bynum and Capital Medical Clinic were instrumental in the creation of Austin's first medical district, when CMC moved from downtown to West 38th Street, followed shortly by the building of Seton Medical Center and Shoal Creek Hospital.

Although the group was committed to modernizing Austin's medical landscape, they remained true to their roots. Dr. Bynum's office had the only window that opened, so these health crusaders would gather there after hours to smoke cigars and plan for the future.

Dr. Bynum served as Chief of Staff to both Seton Medical Center and Shoal Creek Hospital. He served on the Health Services Advisory Board which supported 30 counties in Central Texas. Participating in professional organizations was also an important part of his involvement in the medical community. He was a long time member of the American Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the Texas Cancer Council, and the Texas Club of Internists. As his friends and family aged, he expanded his commitments to include the American Geriatric, Southern Medical Geriatric, and Texas Geriatric societies.

Grover was involved in several cultural and civic organizations over the years, some of which he out lived. He was a charter member of Tarry House and an active member of West Austin Rotary, Knights of the Symphony, Admirals Club, and Headliners Club. With Anita, he was an enthusiastic support of organizations including St Martin's Lutheran Church, Settlement Club, Sewing Club, and PEO.

The family wishes to recognize Grover's steadfast respect for Austin's medical community, the Capital Medical Clinic, and the family, friends and mentors that filled his life. There is a story and smile for each and every one and many, many more.

There will be a service at St. Martin's Lutheran Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM. Following the service, there will be a reception at Tarry House from 3 to 5 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages those so inclined to join the Doctor's lifetime support of Seton Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My mother and I were patients for many years. I also enjoyed our EIEIO visits. My sympathy to the family of this wonderful man! Sorry not to make the service today.
Ron Rogers, Austin,Tx.

Posted by Ron Rogers - Austin, TX - Friend   February 19, 2019

Grover was my doctor and good friend-all Austin will miss his smiling face. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Lou McCreary - Austin, TX   February 19, 2019

Dear Bynum family, I've missed Grover the last few years, but I haven't missed the memories of his caring for our family over many years with such skill and wisdom; I think of him often. My Dad admired Dr. B so much, and after his untimely death, that admiration was passed to my Mom and all of us Powell kids. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we love you all and pray for God's peace to land on each of you. I'm also smiling, thinking of Grover in heaven with his doctor bag, helping folks, because that's what he did. Maybe he and my Dad are in the old Sugar Bowl, eating roast beef Po'Boys and watching Tulane beat LSU in football!

Posted by Danny Powell III - Austin - Family Friend   February 19, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with and becoming friends with Dr. Bynum through his volunteer service with the American Cancer Society. He made a significant impact on the fight against cancer and leaves a lasting legacy.

Posted by Dan Ingram - Spicewood, TX   February 19, 2019

Dear Bynum Family please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Bynum. I served alongside Dr. Bynum for many years on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society in Austin. Dr. Bynum was a true leader on our board and a mentor and friend to me. Despite a wide gap in our ages, we worked well together and he played a major role in building the ACS into an effective and powerful force for over a decade. Although he took our life-saving mission seriously, he treated every volunteer and staff member with respect and courtesy and he was beloved by all who knew him. Please know he and your family are in my prayers. God Bless.

Posted by August Petersen - AUSTIN, TX - Friend   February 18, 2019

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Dear Anita, Deborah, Grover 3, & Belinda,
Oh how we wish we could come & celebrate Grover's life with you all. We have so many wonderful memories! Please know we will be there in spirit. Much love & many blessings,
Bill & Tita Adams

Posted by Bill &Tita Adams - Harlingen, TX   February 18, 2019

Anita, I haven't seen you in many years. My sincere sympathy. Beverly O'Brien

Posted by Beverly O'Brien - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 16, 2019

Dear Family hope to see you soon. Thank you all for being a part our our lives and always in my heart...will always miss him.... he gave me good kind confidential Counsel as I grew older - at the Office and at the Ranch .... Love, Mark B.

Posted by Mark Bleakley - Austin - Family   February 15, 2019

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Dr. Bynum treated me while I was in high school in 1965 and throughout the years after. His "bedside manner" was wonderful and it was almost a pleasure being seen by him. He also treated my father and will be remembered very fondly by all of us.

Posted by Angela Bishop-Connolly - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   February 12, 2019

Dear Mrs. Bynum,
I was saddened to see Dr. Bynum's obituary. My step mother, Charlotte, just passed as well and her obituary will be posted.
I send my condolences and prayers to you and your family. Dr Bynum holds a special place in my heart and I know I can say the same for my parents, Amos and Frankie. May our Lord keep you strong and comforted in His arms.
Love, Robin Riha Linden

Posted by Robin Linden - Temple, TX - Friend   February 09, 2019

Dear Anita,

My prayers are with you and your family as you grieve Grover's death. He was a dear man and old-school doctor, who knew he had a vocation rather than a career.

Rest eternal grant Grover, O Lord, and let Light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

Posted by Pr. Sam Zumwalt - Wilmington, NC - Family Friend   February 07, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss our loving God promises to give you the strength to cope with the pain of your loss. He also promises to hold your hand every step of the way. Please take comfort that he does care at Isaiah 63:9 and Jeremiah 29:11,12.

Posted by A friend   February 04, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolence for the loss of your loved one. My the loving god of all comfort and promised hope strengthen you during this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Posted by A friend   February 04, 2019

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man! Grover was full of life and wisdom in happy and in difficult situations. He will be missed!

Posted by Midge & Frank Whitson - Houston, TX - Friend   February 04, 2019

Grover was such a pleasant, interesting, hospitable and kind man. We always enjoyed being around him.

Posted by Hulan and Judy Hill - Tulia, TX - Family Friend   February 02, 2019

Grover was the BEST big brother a girl could have! He was my "star" and was as attentive as a busy doctor could be. I always felt "looked after", since our Dad died when I was 11. I love Grover forever and his dear, dear family. I have been Blessed beyond measure.

Posted by Elinor Hartman White elie.b@tx.rr.com - Dallas, `, TX - Sister   February 02, 2019


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What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man! Grover was full of life and wisdom in happy and in difficult situations. He will be missed!