Thomas C. Apostle, MD

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Dr. Thomas Christ “Tom” Apostle, 85, of Winchester, Virginia, departed this life peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Tom was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1932, the only child of the late Christ Peter Apostolopoulos and Olga Theophanellis Apostolopoulos. Tom attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate studies and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa in 1954. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1958.

In 1961, he completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He then served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, stationed at Sandia Base Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tom returned to Charlottesville in 1964 as an assistant professor of anesthesia at UVA. He then served as a staff anesthesiologist for 2 1/2 years at Kings Daughters Hospital in Staunton, Virginia.

He joined Drs. Braunschweig, Stickley & MacLellan in private practice in Winchester, Virginia in 1967. Their practice incorporated as Winchester Anesthesiologists a few years later, and Tom served as their Secretary for 24 years. He was the first Board Certified anesthesiologist in Winchester.

Tom was an active leader in and advocate for his profession, serving as president of the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists from 1984-86 and as a delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists House of Delegates, 1984-95. He was involved in his community and was a member of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, serving as treasurer for a number of years.

After 28 years of practicing medicine in Winchester, Tom transitioned to an active retirement. Favorite pastimes included traveling the world with his wife, Edwina, doting on his grandchildren, and spending time with friends. The ultimate do-it-yourselfer, Tom enjoyed building things in his workshop, tinkering with anything mechanical, doing home repairs and renovations, indulging his Greek heritage, and mixing a mean cocktail.

Tom’s life was an admirable model for his children and all who knew him. He was a dedicated and talented doctor who cared for others, a valued member of the community, a committed friend, and a devoted son, husband and father — family was everything.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to SVWC Fellowship Fund, 300 Westminster-Canterbury Drive, Winchester, Virginia 22603, National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, or Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.