Dr. and Mrs. Charles Albert "Mug" Stump, attending an alumni gat-
hering at Calhoun High School. Dr. Stump died on December 25, 2011
By Linda Trimble, Staff Writer
Daytona Beach News-Journal
December 28, 2011
Gloria Barkin remembers Dr. Charles Stump of Ormond Beach as "the type of physician who made you feel you were the only patient of the day."
"He was, to me, the consummate physician because of his awareness of the privilege and responsibility of being a physician," said Barkin, retired executive director of the Volusia County Medical Society. "He really served mankind."
Barkin first knew Stump -- who died at home Sunday at age 84 -- as the obstetrician/gynecologist who delivered her two children. They later became good friends and worked together closely in 1988, when Stump was president of the medical society.
"He was old school in the way of being involved in patient care and being totally available to his patients," said Dr. Richard Snodgrass, another close friend.
Stump started to practice in Daytona Beach in 1961 just after finishing a stint as chief OB/GYN resident at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. He delivered thousands of babies over the years before trying retirement in 2008, said JoAnn Stump, his wife of 59 years.
Her husband missed being a doctor so much that he soon returned to work one day a week and continued that routine until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in March.
While Snodgrass described his friend as an "old school" doctor, Stump was one of the first local physicians to use mammography as a tool to check his patients for breast cancer.
And he completed a pair of two-month trips aboard a Project Hope hospital ship to Colombia and Brazil in 1967 and 1973, caring for local people and helping to train medical staff.
Stump also worked on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona for a month in 1970, again through Project Hope.
"He always found there was one thing he was supposed to be and that was to be a doctor," said Stump's son, Michael. "He was very grateful for the life he'd been given."
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