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Dr Rupert



By Thelma Rupert

Dr. John E. Rupert with his wife, Thelma Boyer Rupert came into the Ohio Valley area in 1951 and began his medical practice in St. Marys, West Virginia.

John E. Rupert is a descendant of the Huguenot Isaac Deturk who came into Oley Valley, Pennsylvania. Where some of the Deturks still live on the old Daniel Boone property. The union of the Deturk, Shakely and Rupert families came through their moving from Kutztown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Venango and Clarion Counties. John Eugene Rupert was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1903 to Bertha Shakely and Duane Rupert. He died in 1984 and is buried at East Lawn Cemetery in Marietta.

Dr. Rupert attended WV University and was a graduate from Western Reserve University at Cleveland, Ohio, with a B. S. degree. He received his D. O. degree at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri and came to West Virginia to practice medicine.

Dr. Rupert was a member of the American Academy pf Family Physicians, Honorary Life Member of the Ohio Osteopathic Association and member of the Ninth District Academy; he was a 32nd Degree Mason, Nemesis Temple Shriner, member of Marietta Shrine Club, and throughout the years had been affiliated with the Kiwanis and Lions Club and several medical groups and fraternities.

Thelma Boyer Rupert was born in Marion County. WV to Bessie Caton and Clarence K. Boyer and descended from Colonel Edward Dorsey, Judge Joshua Dorsey and Captain Edward Parrish all from Annapolis, Maryland, and Jacob Boyer who settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a eventually moved to Oakland, Maryland, and united with the Hinebaught family, then on to Marion County, WV.

Thelma Boyer Rupert graduated from Fairmont State Teachers College, Fairmont, WV. With a B. A. Degree, and from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a M. Ed. Degree. She taught at Spencerian College in Cleveland, Ohio and the University of Chicago, Illinois before coming to the Ohio Valley.

Mrs. Rupert was Regent and is an active member of Marietta Chapter of DAR, Ohio DAC, Huguenots, S&DP, and Ohio Office Clubs. She was the organizing president of the Edward Parrish Chapter in Marietta of Colonial Dames 17th Century, is Honorary Ohio State President of that organization, and is serving her 5th year as National Librarian General of NSCDXVII Century with headquarters in Washington , D. C. She was a member of the executive Board of Ohio, DAR as State Schools Chairman. State Librarian, 12th year as National Vice Chairman of the Credentials Committee.

In Pleasants County, Thelma Rupert was President of the ST. Mary’s Women’s Club, President of the Western District WVFWC, ad State Recording Secretary of WVFWC, President of the Woman’s Association of ST Mary’s Presbyterian Church and Ecumenical Secretary of State Presbyterial, County Chairman of Cancer Society, and was a substitute teacher.

In 1971, after 20 years of Practice in Pleasants County, WV., Dr. Rupert went into semi-retirement and closed his office in St. Mary’s. He and Mrs. Rupert moved to Newport, Ohio, where Mrs. Rupert still resides in Newport Acres. They both are members of the Washington County Historical society.