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Thomas Hugh Kent


Posted By: Sarah Fletcher (email)
Date: 11/27/2020 at 11:33:20

Thomas Hugh Kent died on November 21, 2020.Tom was born on August 17, 1934 in Iowa City, Iowa to Frederick W. Kent and Clara (Hartman) Kent. He met Ann Laurel Johnson on a blind date and they were married on December 22, 1957. Married for 47 years, they raised their family in Iowa City. Tom was proud of his three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tom attended University Schools (K through 12) and the University of Iowa with degrees in Liberal Arts and Medicine. After medical school he did an internship in Indianapolis, Indiana, residency in pathology at the University of Iowa, and military service at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

Tom was Professor of Pathology at the University of Iowa from 1966 to 1995, where his major interests were gastrointestinal pathology and medical education. He was a pioneer in medical education, developing a case method for learning pathology, self-paced learning, programmed texts, mastery learning strategy, and computer testing systems. He founded the Group for Research in Pathology Education and directed it for 20 years.

Tom spent countless hours bird watching, photographing and recording his findings. He took extensive birding trips throughout North America, compiling a list of over 750 species, as well as compiling a list of 376 species of the 405 known to have occurred in Iowa. He founded the Records Committee of the Iowa Ornithologistsí Union and was secretary for 20 years. He edited Iowa Bird Life for four years and wrote three books and over 160 articles on Iowa birds. He spent several retirement years organizing and archiving F. W. Kent photographs and records of Iowa birds collected over 20 years. Tom was also a Gold Life Master in duplicate bridge and enjoyed the study of history with a special interest in U.S. presidents.

He is survived by his son William F. Kent, Iowa City, daughter Judy A. Putney, Santa Rosa, CA, and daughter Sally A. (Chad) Sell, Eden Prairie, MN, grandchildren Justin (Julia Pustizzi) Putney, San Rafael, CA, Heather A. (Nick) Ludvigson, Santa Rosa, CA, Nikolas S. (Natalie) Sell, Eden Prairie, MN, Mikalyna A. Sell, Chanhassen, MN, Natalie A. Sell, Fairfax, VA, Calder T. Sell, Minneapolis, MN, great-grandchildren Henry V. Ludvigson and Daphne A. Ludvigson, Santa Rosa, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, parents, Frederick W. Kent and Clara (Hartman) Kent, brothers, James A. Kent, Charles F. Kent, and sister Barbara Kent Greenleaf.

There will be no service.

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