Austin R. Sandrock M. D., (84), passed peacefully into God's loving hands on November 5, 2019. He was born on May 2, 1935 in Fort Madison, Iowa to John & Ruth (Gibbs) Sandrock. He served as senior class president and year book editor and was a 1953 graduate of Fort Madison High School. Austin attended the University of Iowa and earned degrees as bachelor
science in commerce (1957), doctor of medicine (1961) & Education Specialist in Higher Education (1975). During his senior year he served as president of his Sigma Chi fraternity chapter, business manager of the University's Hawkeye yearbook while completing the prerequisites for medical school admission. He was honored to be selected as University of Iowa Son for 1957 and received the Sigma Chi Balfour award for the Northeast Conference. He returned to teach in the Department of Radiology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine (1968-1975). His credentials and professional organizations were numerous. During the Viet Nam War Austin served as a major in the U S Army hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas where he developed a very deep respect for the American soldier.
February 8, 1975 he married Carole Wallis and a few months later they moved to Phoenix, AZ where he assumed his duties as Chairman of the Radiology Department of Maricopa County Hospital. They then moved to Metarie, LA where he assumed similar duties as Chairman of the Radiology Department of East Jefferson Hospital from 1981 to 1984. Lured by the climate of Arizona he returned to the private practice of radiology and fun in the sun especially golf and travel.
He is survived by his wife and life partner, Carole; son Todd; five grandchildren, Nathan, Jennifer, David, Eric and Jacob; preceeded in death sister Alice. His favorite pastimes were golf and travel. His favorite passions were improving the quality of medicine & teaching. He enjoyed his membership in various medical and social groups and his church. Austin was always happiest when surrounded by family & friends. He will be laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery in Fort Madison, Iowa. Services will be held at Barr Memorial Chapel in Fort Madison, Iowa.
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