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William Glenn Gamel, M.D.

Obituary for William Glenn Gamel, M.D.

September 13, 1936 - December 14, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 81

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William Glenn Gamel, M.D. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on December 14, 2017 at the age of 81. Bill was born September 13, 1936 in Lampasas, Texas, the elder of two children, to Glenn B. and Johnnye Ruth Gamel. Bill graduated from Lampasas High School as Salutatorian in 1955. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he met his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy McNair. He served as President of Sigma Nu Fraternity, graduating with a degree in History in 1959. Upon graduation, Bill went on to attend medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After his first year of medical school, Bill married Nancy McNair from Brownsville, TX on June 11, 1960. By the time he earned his MD in 1963, the couple had two children, Chris and Susan. Following graduation, the family moved to Dallas where Bill served his internship, residency and completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Parkland Hospital in 1967. While in Dallas, the youngest of their three children, Bill, Jr. was born.

The family moved to Austin in 1967 as Bill began private practice in Gastroenterology. Bill was very civic minded and was called to a life of service. He founded Gastroenterology Associates, became involved with The Travis County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He served as President of The Travis County Medical Society in 1981 and The Texas Medical Association in 1992. He received the Gold headed cane award when named Physician of the year by the Travis County Medical Society in 2003. Bill was a key player in the TMA that was instrumental in effecting tort reform in Texas. As chairman of the Texas delegation to the AMA, he served on the Council on Legislation that was instrumental in effecting health care reform in The United States. He later served as CEO of the Texas Medical Foundation (later renamed TMF Health Quality Institute), a provider of health care quality improvement services, which strived to raise health care standards in Texas.

Bill had a strong love of the Episcopal Church, serving as Senior Warden on the Vestries of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and St. David's Episcopal Church, as well as serving as a member of the Commission on the Ministry for The Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

He and his loving wife, Nancy, shared a passion for travel over the years exploring much of the world. The family was able to enjoy their trip together to Alaska and Canada this summer commemorating Bill and Nancy's marriage and celebrating family.

Bill bled burnt orange, passing on his passion for The Longhorns to his family. As an avid Longhorn fan, he loved attending UT football, basketball and baseball games with family and rarely missed a game.

Later in life, Bill became interested in genealogy and his Texas heritage. As such, he was a member of The Sons of The Republic of Texas and The Sons of The American Revolution, tracing his heritage back hundreds of years.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn B. and Johnnye Ruth Gamel.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; his son, Robert Christopher Gamel and his daughter, Marissa Ann Gamel; his daughter Susan McNair Gamel and her daughters Anne Gamel Donnelly and Rachel Gamel Royster; his youngest son, William Glenn Gamel, Jr.; his brother, John Paul Gamel and his wife Jayne; his sister in law, Sherry McNair; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road Austin, TX 78703 at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 30th, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's honor may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd P.O. Box 5176 Austin, TX 78703 or the charity of your choice.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's honor may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 5176 Austin, TX 78703 or the charity of your choice.

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