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Dr. John Holt Sewell

December 7, 1925 - January 22, 2018


A Memorial Service is planned in the spring and will be announced in an obituary closer to that date.

Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be given to the Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107.

Dr. John Sewell, beloved doctor and surgeon, died peacefully Monday morning, January 22, 2018, surrounded by his family.

John Holt Sewell, Jr., was born on December 7, 1925, in Fort Worth to Dr. John Holt Sewell, Sr., and Edna Loane Sewell. He attended Lily B. Clayton Elementary, McLean Junior High, and Paschal High School, graduating in 1941. After 1 year at TCU, he attended the University of Texas, and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1945. He received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1948.

Dr. Sewell met his future wife, Elaine Scott, during his surgical residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. They married in 1951, and moved to Fort Worth, where he joined The Fort Worth Clinic.

Dr. Sewell served as President of the Texas Surgical Society and Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He also enjoyed participating in the Tarrant County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He served as Chief of Staff at Harris Hospital. Jack was an avid tennis player into his 70s, as a member of Colonial Country Club.

He is remembered by his family and friends as a thoughtful, caring person. He had an exceptional gift for finding common ground with each person he met.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Scottie Sewell, and his brother, Dr. Robert Sewell.

He is survived by his children: Elaine Todd Sewell, John Scott Sewell, Alan Rice Sewell and wife, Cheryl, Shelley McDonald and husband, Rick; grandchildren: Claire Massie and husband, Dan, Dana Vukajlovich and husband, Matthew Ashman, Marie Sherman, Deanna Sewell, Shawn Sewell, John Hason and wife, Audrey, Ian McDonald, Christopher Hason, Dillon McDonald; great-grandchildren: Alexa Massie, Elise Massie, Theodore Ashman, Madeleine Ashman and Avery Hason.