John Risher, MD

Class Year




Posted on: November 6, 2017

John Risher, MD ’36, the University of Virginia’s oldest living football player and oldest living alumnus of the School of Medicine, died on November 3 in Lynchburg. He was 107 years old.

A 1932 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in chemistry, Risher attended UVA’s School of Medicine, earning his medical doctorate in 1936. He was a member of the 1931 Virginia football team. Risher practiced medicine for 35 years in Lynchburg as an ear, nose and throat specialist.

“There has been no better friend of the University and athletics than Dr. John Risher,” UVA Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage said. “His love and support of UVA athletics was unconditional and unequaled. He will be missed by everyone that followed our program; our prayers and thanks go out to his family for sharing ‘Doc’ with us all of these years.”