Dr. Frank J. Wierichs Jr., 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at home after a two-year battle with lymphoma.
Frank was born May 22, 1945. After a youth spent in Eagle River, Wis., and Arcadia and Sarasota, Fla., Frank graduated Saint Leo Preparatory School in Dade City, Fla. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors, and then attended Emory University Medical School, where he earned membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society.
He undertook his medical internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and then was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving most of his two years at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He completed his residency in the Emory University Hospital System in Atlanta, whereupon he and his family moved to Venice in 1977 to establish his practice.
Frank served the South Sarasota County community for 35 years as a neurologist. He was a member of the Sarasota Medical Society; a board-certified neurologist with the American Academy of Neurology; and a friend, mentor and leader to the staff and patients of Venice Hospital, where he served one term as chief of staff.
Frank was a world traveler, an avid sportsman and a proud native-born Floridian with deep roots in Sarasota County.
Frank is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son, Frank Joseph Wierichs III, and daughter-in-law, Marina DiCarlo-Wierichs of Falls Church, Va.; his daughter, Leigh Ellen Wierichs, and son-in-law, Cmdr. R. Michael Masica of Patuxent Naval Air Station, Maryland; his siblings, Mary Salek, of Tampa, Kathleen Way of Lutz, William Wierichs of Tampa and Carol Sinai of Temple Terrace; and two grandsons, Alexander Joseph Wierichs and Michael Patrick Masica.
Services: A memorial service will be held at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Venice Community Center.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the American Brain Foundation of the American Academy of Neurology (www.curebraindisease.org) or to Southeastern Guide Dogs (www.guidedogs.org).