Dr. James ‘Red’ Duke, the US TV doc­tor, dies at 86

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Dr. James “Red” Duke, a trauma sur­geon who at­tended to Texas Gover­nor John Con­nally on the day of the Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion be­fore go­ing on to be­come a fa­mil­iar tele­vi­sion doc­tor, died in Hous­ton on Tues­day at age 86.

In a state­ment, Dr. Richard An­drassy, surgery depart­ment chair­man at the Univer­sity of Texas Health Science Cen­ter in Hous­ton, said Duke died of nat­u­ral causes at Me­mo­rial Her­mann Hos­pi­tal in Hous­ton, where he was on staff.

“He was with fam­ily at Me­mo­rial Her­mann. He was not in pain. He will be missed very much by all of us at UT Med­i­cal School and Me­mo­rial Her­mann,” An­drassy said.

Duke treated Con­nally’s wounds in Novem­ber 1963, af­ter the gover­nor was shot while rid­ing in the car in which U. S. Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy was killed. Dur­ing the 1980s, Duke had a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated med­i­cal seg­ment in which he ap­peared in cow­boy garb and with a bushy red mus­tache and spoke with a thick Texas drawl.

Duke, a na­tive of the Texas city of En­nis, earned his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at Texas A&M Univer­sity and a di­vin­ity de­gree at the South­west­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Fort Worth, be­fore re­con­sid­er­ing his ca­reer choice and earn­ing his med­i­cal de­gree at the Univer­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dal­las.

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