Clifford K. Callaway
AVON, CO- Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Clifford K. Callaway, MD, 73, of Avon, CO and formerly of Charlotte, NC, passed away following a brief illness at Denver’s St. Joseph Hospital on December 22, 2018. Born in Oklahoma City, OK on June 22, 1945, Clifford was preceded in death by parents Hazel (Chapman) and Charles, and his siblings Robert and Charlene (Goble).
A passionate and lifelong Boomer Sooner, Dr. Callaway attended the University of Oklahoma for both his undergraduate studies and follow-on medical school, graduating from the OU School of Medicine in 1970. It was during his subsequent internship at the Vanderbilt Hospitals in Nashville, TN, that he would meet the former Althea Stuart Trevor of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Althea and Cliff were married on November 6, 1971, and would go on to raise a family of four children and five grandchildren.
After completing his internship, Dr. Callaway served as a Captain in the US Army from 1972-74, including a year in the Republic of Korea. It was his time overseas that would ignite a curiosity in world travel that he would return to later in life, visiting Nepal, India, Turkey and recently, Iran. Following the Army, Dr. Callaway worked as an Emergency Room physician in Oak Ridge, TN; Huntsville, AL; and Gastonia, NC.
Unafraid of risk, Dr. Callaway was also a successful entrepreneur, founding North Carolina’s first urgent care centers in 1979. Headquartered in Charlotte, ProMed Minor Emergency Centers was a highly successful business that eventually grew to multiple locations that served central and western North Carolina for almost 30 years.
Dr. Callaway was a member of downtown Charlotte’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where he would frequently serve Sunday morning breakfast to the hungry. Cliff was also an enthusiastic volunteer for Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity where he worked with the roofing crews.
In 2008, Cliff retired to Colorado’s Vail Valley to pursue his passion for skiing. For the past six years, Cliff volunteered as a guest host at Beaver Creek.
In recent years Cliff grew into a committed bicyclist and on most days could be found pedaling the Vail Valley on his Fat Tire mountain bike. During the summer of 2018, he participated in Colorado’s Ride the Rockies.
Cliff is survived by his wife Althea and sister-in-law Janice Callaway of Oklahoma City, OK. He is also survived by four children, their spouses and five grandchildren, including Anna (Jeffrey) Sturm, Whidbey Island, WA; Patricia Callaway and Tom Crabtree, San Francisco, CA; Nick (Kari) Callaway, Loveland, CO; and David (Arvette) Callaway, Eugene, OR.
A memorial service is planned around his June birthday in the Vail Valley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the American Heart Association, or St John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, CO.