HOWARD — Dr. Mark Koerner, 57, of Howard, Ohio, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, while vacationing in Cancún, Mexico. Memorial services will be held at Liberty Barn Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio, on Monday, April 5, at 11 a.m.
Mark Alan Koerner was born March 17, 1953, in Charles City, Iowa, the son of Vance and Dorothy Koerner. He graduated in 1971 from Grundy Center High School, Grundy Center, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology, summa cum laude, from Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University). He attended NMSU three years, and his fourth year he studied at the University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City. He was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. His residency in OB/GYN was completed at Indiana University. In 1981, he began private practice in Columbus, Ohio. One of the highlights of his medical career was when he led a team that delivered a set of quadruplets.
Mark joined the faculty of Columbus State Community College in 2006. He was the lead instructor for their anatomy program. He also taught courses in physiology and pathophysiology. He co-authored a textbook, which is due to be published in late summer or early fall. He was loved by the faculty and students.
Mark liked to travel and especially enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Canada. He loved his family, his friends, his students and his God.
He is deeply missed by his survivors, who include his mother, Dorothy Koerner of Groveland, Calif.; his daughter, Megan Nash and husband Bill of Grove City, Ohio; his son, Sgt. Neal Koerner, currently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq; his granddaughter, Lillian Rose Nash; his sister, Vanessa Hall and husband Mark of Groveland, Calif.; and his girlfriend, Cynthia Gardner of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Memorials may be directed to the Pathways to Medicine Scholarship Program at Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Submitted by Vanessa Hall.