medical community

Wed
15
Aug

A Shepperd of men: Doctor's legacy remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The memory of Marble Falls resident and well-respected physician Dr. Ivan Shepperd will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the members of the community he impacted for 61 years.

Dr. Shepperd was born in 1927 and raised in Liberty Hill, the youngest of six children. During the early 1940s, Dr. Shepperd attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Virginia Wirtz. The two then moved to Galveston, where Shepperd studied at the University of Texas Medical School while the two started growing their family.

Because of the efforts during World War II, individuals were being rushed through medical school as the country saw a need for more medical professionals, but Shepperd completed his schooling and graduated after the end of the war. After he obtained his degree, Dr. Shepperd, Virginia, and their young family moved to Marble Falls and opened his practice in 1948.

Wed
08
Aug

Garwacki remembered as staple of medical community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Dr. Janusz “John” Garwacki was a fixture in the medical community in Burnet for 40 years, and his memory still holds strong throughout the many lives he touched – and saved – during his 75-year career.

Karen Litterer, chief nursing officer of Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet, began working alongside Dr. Garwacki when she and her husband John moved to Burnet in 1984. 

“Dr. Garwacki was one of the more advanced physicians that we had at that time,” Litterer said.

Garwacki was a man of many skills, putting his talents and trainings to use in more than one task at Shepperd Memorial Hospital.

“He was the main anesthesiologist, but he could be that one day, then the surgeon the next day, and the family practitioner the next,” Litterer said.

Litterer worked as the circulator RN, working close with Dr. Garwacki during surgeries.

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