John J. Funkhouser, MD

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

John Jeremiah Funkhouser died after an age-related illness on the morning of November 18, 2023, at JML Care Center in Falmouth, Mass. He was born on July 1, 1937, in Indianapolis, Ind., the eldest son of Dr. James B., and Gene S. Funkhouser.

John’s family moved to Virginia in 1938. He attended Westhampton School and Saint Christopher’s High School, excelling as a scholar and athlete, and was captain of the tennis team. He received a scholarship to Yale University where he was an English Literature major and a member of the Elizabethan Club. He sang with the Yale Alley Cats as well as the Yale Glee Club. After graduating from Yale in 1959, John attended the University of Virginia Medical School. He married Avery Thompson, from Buffalo, New York, in June 1963. In 1964, he began military service and was a ship’s doctor on the USS Oglethorpe in the Mediterranean Sea. He was later stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Philadelphia Naval Hospital, and St. Alban’s Hospital on Long Island. The family relocated to Kingston, Mass., in 1972, where he practiced urology at Jordan Hospital and served as chief of surgery; they moved to West Falmouth, Mass., in 1977. He worked at Falmouth Hospital, where he was president of staff during the 1980s. He co-founded Urology Clinic Inc., in Falmouth and was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He retired in 2009.

Over the course of his adult life, John engaged with a range of activities. He was chairman of the Major John Bradford House (Kingston, MA), a co-founder of Bowerman’s Beach Club, president of Harbor Head Tennis Club, and an active member at Woods Hole Golf Club. He played classical piano throughout his life, and as a member of the Yale Alumni Chorus, he sang in concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in two overseas tours, which included concerts at The Kremlin and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He participated in the Mostly All Male Men’s Chorus and was a dedicated supporter of the College Light Opera Company and Falmouth Theater Guild. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid stamp and coin collector, birdwatcher, and a Life Member of the Pilgrim Society.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Avery Thompson Funkhouser, and his sister, Alice Flowers. He is survived by his son, Christopher, and his wife Amy Hufnagel; his son, Stewart, and his partner, Bridget Kilkenny; his daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Jason Stumpf; his sister, Laura Ruml, and her husband, Ted; and four grandchildren: Constellation, Aleatory, Jonas, and Owen.