Karl Norman Detwiler
Karl Norman Detwiler was born May 20th, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was the only child of Marie and the late Norman Detwiler. He attended OSU, graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 1979. After college, Karl was offered a position with Phillips Petroleum but his direction changed and he would follow the path of medicine.
As a young adult, Karl’s path crossed with a young Oklahoma neurosurgeon who he greatly admired. This physician was the driving force behind his decision to attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma and on to his main goal, neurosurgery. He completed his neurosurgery residency from the University of Iowa in 1989.
Karl loved everything about neurosurgery, the art, the science; the decision making; the surgery and yes, even hospital call. Anyone who knew Karl, knew he loved his family and his work. It was common for him to say “I’m a lucky guy. I have a great job; a great wife and children that make me proud”. He took his job very seriously. His patient was always at the center of his concern. He understood the power of his medical decision making, wanting only to make the patient better. He had a definite calling. He was a person with pristine ethics, great conviction and the ability to “cut to the chase”. He will be greatly missed.
Karl is survived by his wife, Susan, his children, Wendy, Sarah, Alex, Kyle and Grant and his mother, Marie.
Please consider donating to the Barrow Neurological Foundation for the specific designation to benefit the Research and Educational Activities directed by David M. Treiman, MD.